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Year 6 PGL - Tuesday 20th to 23rd September 2022!

Reception

Welcome to our Reception Class Page 2022/23

 

A warm welcome to Renoir and Morris class page!

 

Remember lots of our learning will be shared on Tapestry, (https://tapestryjournal.com/) but this page may provide you with a further insight into school life at Round Diamond.

 

 

Meet the team

Renoir Class - Miss Conroy/ Mrs Mason and Mrs Allan

Morris Class - Miss Higham and Mrs Underhill
 

Important dates

PE is taught every Monday and Wednesday.

 

Children should keep a named kit at school on their peg. This is kit is in addition to their spare clothes bag which also needs to be kept in school.

Week beginning 12th September

๐ŸŒณ Exploring Outside ๐ŸŒณ

 

The children have been enjoying exploring the outdoor area and engaging in lots of different activities as part of their Child Initiated Learning.

 

It has been lovely to see them begin to develop some friendships and talk to their peers with increasing courage.

 

 

 

Week beginning 12th September

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Lunch time ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

 

The children are doing a fantastic job at eating their lunch in the dining room.
 

They are trying hard to remember their manners when collecting their food from the cooks and they are eating their food with increasing independence.

 

The children are also enjoying playing outside on the Key Stage 1 playground once they have finished eating.

Week beginning 5th September 2022

โญ First week โญ

 

It has been wonderful to meet you children this week.

 

The Reception children are already becoming more independent and they are settling into the school routine well.

 

We can't wait to continue to get to know the children and watching them flourish throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 27th June 2022
๐ŸŒ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน Animal Visit ๐Ÿน๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒ

 

As part of our cross-curricular learning the children enjoyed a visit from Wild Science.

 

The children met Gary the snail, Sid the hamster, Stefano the frog and Randal the lizard. 

 

The children asked lots of questions and learnt lots of interesting facts about each of the animals.

 

This week in literacy,the children will be writing their own non-fiction books about the animals that visited.

Week beginning 20th June 2022

๐Ÿ› The Very Hungry Caterpillar ๐Ÿ›

 

This week in literacy we have been reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Clarle.

 

Each day, the children have had the opportunity to try one of the fruits that the Hungry Caterpillar ate in sequence.

 

Upon tasting each fruit, the children were encouraged to think of cloud words (adjectives) to describe the fruit. The children then used the  adjectives shared to write sentences to sequence a retelling of the story.

 

 

Week beginning 13th June 2022

๐Ÿž๐Ÿ›๐Ÿœ Mini-beast hunts ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿž

 

This week in Child Initiated Learning the children have been enjoying going on mini-beast hunts.

 

They have enjoyed predicting where they might find each of the mini-beasts on the checklist and then using the magnifying glass to take a closer look in the outdoor area. 

Week beginning 6th June 2022

๐ŸŒŽ Geography Fieldwork ๐ŸŒŽ

 

This week the children all took part in some Geography Fieldwork.

 

The children began by looking at a map of the local area and naming some of the local roads. They went outside in small groups to see if they could spot these roads in real life.

 

They had lots of fun exploring the local environment and developing their map skills.

Week beginning 23rd May 2022

๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง The Queen’s Jubilee ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘‘

 

This week the children have been celebrating the Queen’s jubilee.
 

They have  designed some royal crowns, drawn and painted a portrait of the queen, written and posted letters to the queen and had a picnic on the field to celebrate.

 

Week beginning 16th May 2022

๐Ÿชด Planting ๐Ÿชด

 

This week the children have enjoyed exploring planting different seeds. 
 

During this time, the children have been learning and using new vocabulary linked to planting. They have been discussing what a plant will need to keep healthy and thinking carefully where they will place there plant so that it can be healthy.

Week beginning 9th May 2022

๐Ÿ–ฅ Using Technology ๐Ÿ–ฅ

 

During CIL, the children in Reception have been enjoying practising their segmenting and blending skills using the computer and the interactive whiteboard. 

 

The children have been navigating the pirate coins into either the treasure chest or the bin, depending on whether they were real of fake words.

 

It has taken some real determination and perseverance this week for the children to use the computer mouse with success.

Week beginning 2nd May 2022

๐Ÿ” Odd and Even ๐Ÿ”Ž

 

In Maths the children have been exploring odd and even numbers.

 

The children have been making their own numicon number lines to help them identify the odd numbers and some children have even noticed a pattern.

 

We have also been listening to and joining in with the Odd Todd and Even Steven song to support our learning.

Odd Todd and Even Steven Song

Week beginning 25th April 2022

Rhyming

 

In literacy this week we have been reading the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson.

 

The children have enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains and phrases in the story and discussing the different characters.

 

In addition, we have begun exploring the skill of rhyme. The children have had ago at finding the rhyming words in the story, making 'silly soup' with rhyming words and  completing one syllable rhyming strings. 

Week beginning Monday 18th April 2022

๐ŸŒธ Outdoor Area ๐ŸŒธ

 

This week, the children have enjoyed exploring some of the recent renovations that took place in our outdoor area during the Easter break.

 

It has been wonderful to see so many areas of the early years curriculum being explored in Child Initiated Learning.

 

 

Week beginning 28th March 2022

๐Ÿงฎ Maths ๐Ÿงฎ 

 

The children have made some excellent progress in maths this term.

 

Take a look at the video below to see what Reception have been getting up to in Maths.

Maths Learning Look

Week beginning 21st March 2022

๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ Spring Hunt ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

 

This week the Reception children went on a Spring Walk.

 

On the walk, the children were looking out for signs of spring and comparing what they saw in reflection to the Autumn walk they went on last term.

 

Thank you to all of the grown ups for joining us on this walk.

 

Week beginning 14th March 2022

๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ• 3D Shape Hunt ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŒณ

 

In maths this week we have been learning about 3D shapes.

 

We have explored the different shapes such as cube, cuboid, cylinder, pyramid, prism and cone. We have also discussed the different properties of these shapes and thought about these shapes in everyday life.

 

The children also went outside on a 3D shape hunt, they looked closely for the shapes we have learnt about and then took pictures using the iPads.

 

Week beginning 7th March 2022

๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ†• History ๐Ÿ†•๐Ÿ“œ

 

In History, the children have been continuing to compare old and new. This week they have been exploring schools from the past to modern day schools like Round Diamond.

 

After these comparisons, the children decided that they definitely preferred modern day schools and teachers to those in the past. 

Week beginning 28th February 2022

๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ“š World Book Day ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒ

 

The children have had a busy day today celebrating ‘World Book Day.’

 

It was wonderful to see all of the children dressed up and talking about the book character that they were dressed as.

 

The children have had a virtual visit from an author, Holly Ryan, listened to a story from our very own Round Diamond author, Mrs Hooper, taken part in The Masked Reader, had a ‘Book Tasting’ treat and then finally the day was finished with a story from a guest teacher, Miss Owen.

Week beginning 21st February 2022

๐ŸŒธ Well-being Wednesday ๐ŸŒธ

 

The children had a wonderful day on Wednesday with activities planned around boosting mental health and well-being.  The activities were based around the 5 key areas outlined by the NHS ‘5 ways to well-being’.

 

In the morning, the children took part in a range of mini sporting activities that were ran by the Round Diamond Sports Crew and Sporting Futures. The activities included using the parachute, throwing, catching balancing and team work games.

 

Before lunch, the children completed some beautiful art work through the exploration of tessellating. The painted, tessellation patterns were created in the style of Escher.

 

In the afternoon, the children had the opportunity to compose their own songs in music and take part in more outdoor sporty game with Miss Cousins.

 

Finally, the day was finished with some calming meditation.
 

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Week beginning Monday 7th February 2022

๐Ÿฆ• ๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaur Display ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•

 

Our ‘Dinosaur’ display is complete!

 

Lots of AMAZING learning is now displayed in the corridor. The reception children have really enjoyed learning about dinosaurs this half term and it’s been amazing to see all of the cross-curricular links they have made and experienced!  

Week beginning 31st January 2022

๐Ÿงง๐Ÿ‰ Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿงง

 

This week we have been doing lots of learning linked to Chinese New Year!

 

The children have had the opportunity to visit the role play Chinese New Year restaurant, make traditional Chinese lanterns, make dragons from various resources, learn the story of the great race, participate in a dragon dance, play the piano with Mr Meek to make some Chinese music and even try some traditional Chinese food!

 

It has been lovely to see the children enjoy exploring this celebration and asking lots of questions to develop their understanding!

 

Happy Chinese New Year! 

Week beginning 24th January 2022

๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaur books ๐Ÿฆ–

 

In literacy, the children have been very busy writing their very own non-fiction book all about Dinosaurs!

 

Each day the children chose a different dinosaur to write about. They orally rehearsed their sentence, then used their phonics to have a go at writing it. Some children even remembered their sentence rules whilst they were writing.

 

These dinosaur books will be on our corridor display next week!

Week beginning 17th January 2022

๐ŸŽถMusic๐ŸŽถ
 

This week in music with Mr Meek, the children have been exploring the different sounds that different musical instruments make.
 

They have been thinking about the high sounds that they can hear and the long sounds that they can hear. They have also been practising making high notes and low notes using their voices.

Exploring instruments

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Matching notes

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Week beginning 10th January 2022

๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaurs ๐Ÿฆ–

 

This week the reception children started their new theme learning of ‘Dinosaurs’. 
 

As a class, the children shared everything they knew about dinosaurs and their super knowledge was recorded in a ‘Knowledge Harvest.’

 

The children have also enjoyed engaging in some small world dinosaur play in the dinosaur den outside!

6th & 7th January 2022

๐Ÿ—‘ ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš’ ๐Ÿšฆ๐Ÿด Cross-curricular days - Life skills ๐Ÿด๐Ÿšฆ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ—‘

 

Over the last two days the children have been learning different life skills.

 

We have looked closely at the importance of recycling and not littering to keep our world happy and safe, people who help us and how they help us, fastening zips and undoing and doing up buttons, cutting and spreading food, considering the value of different items and exploring money. Finally, we also learnt how to cross a road safely!

 

The children have shown such a mature response to this learning and fantastic perseverance skills, especially when it came to fastening lots of tricky buttons!

Keep practising at home and remember try, and try again because you CAN do it!

 

Week Beginning 20th December 2021

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Learning๐ŸŽ„

 

The children have been busy doing lots of learning linked to Christmas.

 

In literacy, the children have done Christmas word matching, written Christmas cards and written a Christmas list for Santa. 

In maths, the children have been revising lots of learning that they have been taught since joining reception. This has included 2D shapes, counting and making repeating pattern paper chains for our Renoir Christmas tree.

 

In CIL, the children have made Christmas cards, Christmas calendars, followed maps to help Santa deliver presents, decorated Christmas trees, wrapped presents and many other festively fun activities!

 

In addition to the above, the children have continued to learn and perform their Christmas songs (video links posted below) and enjoyed a yummy Christmas lunch together! 

 

Have a wonderful Christmas Reception. We can’t wait to see you and all of your super learning in 2022!

Week Beginning 13th December 2021

๐ŸŽต Christmas Singing ๐ŸŽต

 

Over this half term, the Early Years children have been learning some Christmas songs to perform. The children have worked really hard to learn both the words and actions for each of the songs with Mr Meek. They have also been exploring pitch and rhythm whilst singing these songs.

 

We hope you enjoy listening to these songs.

Away in a Manger

Little Donkey

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Week beginning 6th December 2021

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ„ A special day ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ
 

This week the children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas. 
 

They behaved really well and have enjoyed talking to their friends about Christmas.

 

Thank you for your contributions today for Christmas jumper day too! 
 

Week beginning 29th November 2021

๐Ÿ Autumn Walk ๐Ÿ

 

 

This week the children were very excited to go on their Autumn Walk with their grown-ups from home.

 

Over the last few weeks we have been discussing the season of Autumn coming to an end with the children and how Winter is on its way! The children have also been looking closely at the changes in weather as we go into the winter months.
 

On the Autumn Walk, children collected Autumn treasures on a journey stick. After the Autumn walk, the children were given the opportunity to talk about their ‘Autumn journey stick’ with a small group of friends.

 

 

Week beginning 22nd November 2021

๐Ÿฆธ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅ” Supertato ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿฆธ‍โ™‚๏ธ
 

This week in literacy we have been reading the story Supertato and the children have made their very own Supertatoes!

 

First, the children looked carefully at the illustration of Supertato on the front cover of the book to decide what resources they would need. Then, they followed step-by-step instructions to build their very own Supertato.

 

The children’s Supertatoes are now in the Small World area of the classroom ready to be used for role play during CIL.

Week beginning 15th November 2021

๐Ÿ“– Story Time ๐Ÿ“–

 

In Reception we have story time everyday.

 

Each day, the children vote on which book they would like to be read at story time. To support the children with their choice, we discuss each book by reading the blurb and the adults make their vote. Sometimes, the children even choose the books to be put to the vote.

 

In the clip below you can see Mr Paice reading a book to Morris class and the link to YouTube of Miss Conroy reading to Renoir class.
 

Remember every child has a school reading book and a library book to share at home. Please remember to log all of your super reading on Goread.

 

Renoir Story Time

Morris Story Time

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Week beginning 8th November 2021

๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ’ฅ Fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŽ† 

The children have been doing some collaborative painting this week.

 

After lots of discussions around light and firework celebrations, the children decided it would be a good idea to make our role play area look like a fireworks show. 

 

We got a giant piece of black paper the children chose bright coloured paints from the art cupboard. They then began carefully painting fireworks to create a firework backdrop after watching a teacher model of how to successfully paint a firework shape. The children made patterned fireworks using the paint and then some children decided to sprinkle some glitter on their fireworks to make them extra sparkly.

 

Whist the children were painting, they discussed the noises that fireworks made and shared their own firework experiences.

Week beginning 1st November 2021

๐Ÿช” Diwali ๐Ÿช” 

 

This week the children have been learning all about Diwali in school as part of our theme learning.

The children learnt that Diwali is the festival of light and was celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus among other religions. 

We shared a story about celebrating Diwali and Navi, Vedika and Kira told how they were celebrating Diwali in their homes.

During our learning, the children also decorated their own rangoli patterns, learnt a Diwali dance using an online tutorial and created a collaborative firework scene. 

At the end of the day, Vedika gave the children all a Diwali gift to take home too. Thank you Vedika!

 

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Week beginning 18th October 2021

๐Ÿงบ ๐Ÿฅช The Giant Jam Sandwich ๐Ÿฅช ๐Ÿงบ

 

Our Literacy learning has been inspired by the book 'The Giant Jam Sandwich'.

 

We used the book to create a range of learning across the key areas for our corridor display.

 

Literacy learning included story sequencing, name writing and exploring initial sounds.  In maths, we looked at door numbers and matched the sequins to the number on the door. 

 

During our CIL time, the we created wasps and people from the village as part of expressive art and design learning.

 

 

Week beginning 11th October 2021

โšฝ๏ธ๐ŸŽพ PE ๐ŸŽพโšฝ๏ธ

 

In PE the children have been going to the all weather pitch for PE and they have been learning how to move in various ways including running, jumping, skipping and hopping.

They have learnt various ball skills including dribbling the ball with their hands and feet, throwing, catching and bouncing.


The children have also been learning in pairs by passing the ball to each other. They have learnt to do this by both rolling and kicking.

Week beginning Monday 4th October 2021

๐Ÿงฎ Careful Counting ๐Ÿงฎ

 

This week in maths we have been focussing on our careful counting skills. 

The children were showing their ability to use  1:1 correspondence when counting and some children even had a go at  finding 1 more.

Week beginning 27th September 2021

๐ŸŽถ Music ๐ŸŽถ 

 

This week in music the children have been practising expressing emotion through a change in facial features. This music learning links with the reading skill that many children have been focussing on of suggestions how a character might be feeling because of their body language/ facial features. 
 

We hope you like this video snippet of our singing!

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Week beginning 20th September 2021

โค๏ธ Family โค๏ธ

 

As part of the children’s theme learning, we have been talking lots about our family. The children all brought a family picture in from home and then shared this picture with their friends.

 

We spoke about how families can all be made up differently and come in all different shapes and sizes. These family pictures are now displayed in the cloakroom.

Week beginning 13th September 2021

๐Ÿ“š Our first reading books ๐Ÿ“š 

 

This week, following the children’s baseline phonics assessments, they received their first reception colour banded book. The children were very excited to get their lilac or pink book, and their login details for the GoRead app (our online reading record system).
 

The children also chose a book from the class library to share at home. They have loved spending time enjoying books in the reading area that they designed in the transition session.

Week beginning 6th September

๐Ÿซ Settling in ๐Ÿซ

 

The children have had a great first week in Reception. 

They have enjoyed exploring the learning environment both indoors and outdoors, making new friends, exploring the resources and becoming increasingly independent.

 

All of the Early Year’s staff are SO proud of each and every child!

2020 - 2021

Week beginning 19th July 2021

๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงบ Teddy Bears Picnic ๐Ÿงบ ๐Ÿงธ 

 

This week we celebrated the end of our time together in Reception by having a Teddy Bears Picnic on the field.

 

Both the children (and the teddies) had a lovely time and enjoyed having conversations with their friends in Reception and Nursery.

Week beginning Monday 12th July 2021

๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹ Transition ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›

 

This week the children in Reception have been thinking about the transition to Year 1. We have been reading the story ‘Colin the Cautious Caterpillar’ and relating Colin’s feelings to our own.

 

The children and teachers are feeling excited, anxious, happy and nervous all at the same time. However, we know that the children are ready to spread their wings and that they will be absolutely FANTASTIC in Year 1.

Week beginning Monday 5th July 2021

๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ–ผ Painting Portraits ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจ

 

This week the children have been reflecting on the special friendships that they have developed so far this year in Reception โค๏ธ
 

The children had to pick a friends name out of a hat and then carefully paint a portrait of them. They had to look closely at the colours that would be needed and the shape of each of their friends features to complete an accurate portrait. If the colour needed wasn’t available, then they had to used their colour mixing skills to make the correct shade.

 

The children engaged in two way conversations to clarify shapes and colours to complete their portraits as accurately as possible.

 

These portraits will be sent home at the end of the year as a Reception keepsake memory โค๏ธ

Week beginning 28th June 2021

๐Ÿ“š GoRead ๐Ÿ“š 

 

This week the children have enjoyed using the new GoRead online reading record app at home and at school. The children have earned so many gems already from super reading!

 

Renoir read a staggering 111 times at home this week. A huge congratulations to the Renoir children and all of the grown ups at home.

 

Morris class will you beat Renoir next week?

Week Beginning 21st June 2021
๐Ÿ“ Phonics ๐Ÿ“

 

The children have been making some super progress in phonics this term. Miss Conroy's group have been learning Phase 4 consonant blends and the children are feeling so proud of themselves!

Week beginning 14th June 2021
๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅฆ Healthy Lifestyle Cross-Curricular days ๐Ÿฅฆ๐ŸŽ

 

This week we have had our cross-curricular days which have been focussed on a 'Healthy Lifestyle.'

 

The children have enjoyed learning about dental hygiene, basic first aid skills and Great Britain. The children also took place in a 'Mini-Olympics' afternoon with Miss Hall.

Week beginning 7th June 2021

๐Ÿฅ• ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŒพ Oliver’s Vegetables ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŒพ

 

In literacy, we have been reading Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. This week the children began by making a prediction of what they thought would happen after listening to the first few pages of the story. 
 

Here are some of the super predictions from the children below.

Week beginning 24th May 2021

๐ŸŒป Sunflower Art ๐ŸŒป

 

In Reception this week we have had a focussed art CIL session.

 

We began by looking at a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh and then we created our own sunflower art pictures. We have done some detailed drawings, some painting and even some salt dough sunflower sculptures!

Week beginning 17th May 2021

 

This week we have been learning about halving, doubling and odd/ even numbers in maths.

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor can’t believe how confident we are becoming and how ready we will be for Year 1! 
 

Below is one of the songs we have enjoyed listening to and learning this week to support us with our maths learning. 

 

 

Odd Todd and Even Steven Song

Week beginning 10th May 2021

๐Ÿ Well-bee-in Wednesday ๐Ÿ 

 

This week Reception took part in a ‘Well-be-in Wednesday’ activity with Mr Haig.

 

The children got involved in improving the environment of the school, learning about the increasing number of pollinators and enjoyed spending some quality time outside in the mud!

 

 

 

๐Ÿฆ Week beginning 3rd May 2021 ๐Ÿฆ 

 

Following on from our ‘Lion King’ cross-curricular days last week, we have been gathering lots of lovely learning to renew the Reception corridor display. 
 

Here’s the finished product below, we hope you like it as much as we do!  
 

*** UPDATE- Pupil parliament LOVED our display so we earnt a blue rosette ๐Ÿ˜ ***

Week beginning 26th April 2021

๐ŸŽญ Cross-curricular days ๐ŸŽญ

 

This week the children have enjoyed participating in this terms cross-curricular days alongside the whole school.

 

The cross-curricular days were planned to enhance children’s cultural capital and to allow them to begin to engage with their own personal development.

 

Cross-curricular days finished with a live production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The children really enjoyed the show and have all thought of lots of occupations they may wish to do in the future linked to the theatre, from costume designer, to popcorn server, to script writer! 

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Week beginning 19th April 2021

๐Ÿ’ฐ Money ๐Ÿ’ฐ 

 

This week we have been learning about money in maths.

 

We have been exploring the different coins and talking about what’s the same and what’s different. 
 

The children have been using numicon to support them in understanding the value of each coin and some children have been ordering the coins from the coin with the smallest value, to the largest! 
 

Week beginning 12th April 2021

๐ŸŒธ Spring ๐ŸŒธ

 

Outside, during CIL, the children have been enjoying going on  spring hunts.

 

The children have been independently looking for each thing on the checklist and then marking it off. They have really enjoyed going on spring hunts and reporting back to the adults every few items to share their findings and sometimes personal experiences with that spring item too.
 

 

Spring hunt ๐ŸŒท

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Week beginning 22nd March 2021

๐Ÿฃ Easter ๐Ÿฃ

 

Reception have been learning all about Easter this week!

 

We have been discussing why Easter is a special time in the Christian calendar and explored the Easter story. We have also been making lots of links to Spring whilst learning about Easter and how it symbolises the beginning of new life. The children have enjoyed observing daffodils blooming and baby lambs being born. 
 

We have also had lots of fun being creative by making lots of Easter crafts to celebrate Easter! We have made Easter cards using our fingerprints, Easter wreaths, Easter bunnies and even finished the week by making a special chocolate treat!!

 

We would like to wish you a restful break and a very Happy Easter! 
 

We are looking forward to a very exciting summer term ahead! โ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒธ โ˜€๏ธ

 

 

Week beginning 15th March 2021

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ PE ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
 

Reception have been working hard to put together a carnival dance in PE.

 

They have learnt a routine and have been being different animals during the carnival dance. 
 

I wonder if you can guess some of the animals they are travelling as? 

Reception Carnival Dance

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 Week Beginning 8th March 2021

๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿซ Back to school ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‰

 

It was so lovely to see so many smiling faces back at school this week!

 

The children have settled back in well and have really enjoyed seeing and playing with their friends again. We have spent some time talking about our school day and reminding children of the expectations at school.

 

This week we have been assessing the children to identify any gaps and regroup the children for their phonics, literacy and maths learning.

 

The children really have been super and we are so proud of them.

Google Classroom
 

As the children log off of Google classroom (for what we hope will be the final time), we want to say a huge well done to each and every one of you in Reception!

 

You have made us SO proud and we cannot wait to see you back at school on Monday 8th March at 8:50am.

 

Please find below a transition booklet that you may wish to share with your child at home to support them in their return to school.

Week Beginning 1st March 2021
๐Ÿ“š World Book Day ๐Ÿ“š 

 

This week we celebrate World Book Day.

 

We had  virtual fancy dress parade, a remote visit from an author, created our own story and took part in 'The Masked Reader'.We finished off the day with a story from a guest reader in our Google Classroom, before a cosy afternoon reading at home.

 

Lots of fun was had by all!

๐Ÿฐ Week beginning 21st February 2021 ๐Ÿฐ 

 

This week Reception have been learning about shapes in maths. The children built their own castles using 3D junk modelling shapes. This maths learning also linked with our Spring 2 theme of ‘Fairytales’.

Week beginning 7th February 2021

 

To finish off a very different, but successful half term the Reception children had a well-being afternoon.

 

The children made a jar of ‘Things to look forward to...’. They had some fantastic ideas of what they would like to do when it was safe to spend more time away from home. Lots of children are looking forward to having sleepovers again, going on day trips, visiting friends and family  but most of all they can’t wait to come back to school and we agree! 
 

Thank you for being abasolutly amazing this half term Reception. We can’t wait to see your smiley faces hopefully very soon. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ 

Week beginning 1st February 2021

 

This half term lots of Reception learning has been focussed around our theme of dinosaurs!

 

This week it has been all about the stegosaurus. The children watched a short factual based video about a stegosaurus and then produced their own non-fiction, factual stegosaurus pieces of learning.

 

Attached below is the video the children retrieved their stegosaurus facts from and some of their super learning. 

Andy's Dinosaur Adventures - Stegosaurus Facts - CBeebies

Week beginning 25th January 2021

 

This week the children have exceeded all expectation via the Google Classroom. They have continued to put so much effort into their learning and they are remaining so engaged with their learning. We are so proud of the children! 
 

Here is a picture of some children showing their learning to the camera for instant feedback! Lots of children are choosing to complete the additional challenges as part of their learning which is a delight to see.

 

Well done girls and boys, you really are Superstars!

Week beginning 18th January 2021

 

This week we have been learning how to solve subtraction number sentences in different ways. Some of us have been using a number line, some of us have used our fingers, some of us have used concrete resources, some of us have drawn pictures and some of us have even began counting backwards in our head!

Week Beginning 11th January 2021

 

This week Reception had a virtual tea party. We invited our favourite toys and hosted a tea party. There were lots of yummy treats to choose from and we had the best time, even the grown ups enjoyed joining in!

Week beginning 4th January 2021

 

This week was our first week of online learning! The children did exceptionally well and we are so proud of them!

 

We spoke lots about Christmas this week and the children all drew their favourite Christmas present! Some children even had a go at labelling them, or writing a sentence about them.

Week beginning 14th December 2020

 

On Friday, we celebrated the end of a fantastic term with a Christmas party. We put our best party clothes on to play games, dance and eat lots of party food. We all had lots of fun and it was a great way to finish a very busy Autumn term! 

Week beginning 7th December 2020

 

We took part in the Santa dash this week! The children were so energised and they managed to persevere and keep on moving around the All Weather Pitch for 10 minutes!

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Week beginning 30th November 2020

 

In PE, we have been doing gymnastics. We have been learning to negotiate the space around us and travel in different ways with confidence.
This week, Miss Hall got lots of apparatus out for us to explore! 

Week beginning 23rd November 2020

 

In maths we have been learning all about shapes. We have learnt the mathematical names for both 2D and 3D shapes and we have began exploring their properties.

 

Below is our favourite shape song that we have learnt this week. 

The Shapes Song

Week beginning 16th November 2020

 

In literacy this week we have been reading the story Supertato.
 

To enhance our learning, we made our very own Supertato’s to help save us from any Evil Pea’s that may have escaped the freezer!  

Week beginning 9th November 2020

 

This week some children from Reception were presented with their Mini-Olympic medal from Miss Hall. The children were so proud of their achievement and enjoyed wearing their medal for the day at school.

Week beginning 2nd November 2020

 

This week we have being doing lots of learning linked to bonfire night. We have been reading the story Sparks in the Sky in literacy and all of our literacy learning has linked to this story.

 

As part of our theme learning we have created firework pictures. We had to think carefully about what colours we should use for our fireworks and what resources to use. We decided to create our pictures on black card so it looked like the night sky. Some children used the paint to create firework handprints and some children used pastels. We finished our pictures by adding glitter for some extra sparkle.

Week beginning 19th October 2020


We are so proud of the progress the children have made in phonics so far this term. They are becoming increasingly confident each day in recognising, hearing and saying the sounds they have learnt. 
 

Many children are now also writing the sounds that they have learnt which makes us so proud!

 

Below is a copy of the rhymes we use with the children to ensure they are forming the letter shapes correctly. By encouraging the children to form the letters accurately they are training the muscles in their hand to write with fluency in the future. 

Week beginning 12th October 2020

 

This week in literacy we have been reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. 

 

The children have have been busy engaging in lots of literacy learning linked to the story ‘Whatever Next.’ They have packed their bags to go to the moon, sequenced the story, practiced their tripod grip doing a space pencil control sheet and identified the initial sounds of objects from the story.

Week beginning 5th October 2020

 

This week we collated lots of our ‘All About Me’ learning, and Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor put it up on our corridor display for everyone to see.

 

We are so proud of our learning and enjoy looking at it when we are moving around the school.

 

We hope you like it as much as we do.

Week beginning 28th September 2020

 

We really enjoyed our PE this week with Miss Hall.

 

We have been learning to negotiate our travelling space successfully and control balls in different ways. We have been rolling balls of different sizes and beginning to learn how to throw them using an underarm throw. 

Rolling the ball...

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Aiming for the cones...

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Week commencing 21st September 2020

 

This week we have been talking about about how to be a good friend in Reception. The children had lots of good ideas of how they could be a good friend and we discussed what it meant to be a good friend.

 

We also spoke about what we could do if we fall out with our friends and how we could fix our friendship by saying sorry and trying to make better choices next time.

Week commencing 14th September 2020

 

This week we have been busy doing lots of maths learning.

 

We have been practising our counting, trying to use mathematical language and exploring shapes. 

Week commencing 7th September 2020

 

The Children have settled in Reception so well and we are so proud of them. They are following the routines and becoming more and more independent each day. 

 

This week we started phonics. We have been learning the ‘s’ sound and name. The children thought of some words beginning with ‘s’, sorted out words that did/didn’t begin with ‘s’ and had a go at forming the letter ‘s’ with their magic finger.

 

Keep up the super learning Reception!

Welcome to Reception

 

A warm welcome to our new Reception parents with children who are starting September 2020. Please find our welcome video and Powerpoint below ๐Ÿ™‚

 

If you have any questions or queries regarding starting Reception at Round Diamond in September please email: faqs@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

Welcome to EYFS

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2019-2020

 

๐ŸŒŸ Goodbye Reception ๐ŸŒŸ

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Welcome to our Reception Class Page 2019/20

 

 

 

A warm welcome to Renoir and Morris class page!

 

Remember all of our learning will be shared on Tapestry, but this page may provide you with a further insight into school life at Round Diamond.

 

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

Information on how to support your child's development in the Early Years can be found in the above document 

What to Expect, When?

The What to Expect, When? document is a useful documents which breaks down the development matter statements into simple sentences as a way of tracking your child's development. 

Meet the team!

 

Renoir Class - Miss Conroy and Mrs Charge

Morris Class - Miss McGregor and Mrs Sheppard

Important dates

 

PE days are Monday and Thursday:

Please ensure to bring in named kit which is specified in the Welcome to Reception letter.
Where possible, please can children have Velcro/ slip-on trainers to aid independence. Many thanks smiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home learning - Week Beginning 20.07.20

 

The home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school is attached below. 

 

We hope you have a lovely summer.

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Week Beginning 13th July 2020

Story Writing

 

This week in literacy we have continued to read tales written by Beatrix Potter. We have read Johnny Townmouse and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher this week. On Wednesday we planned our own version of The Tale of Jeremy Fisher and then on Thursday we wrote our stories into mini books.

 

We hope you like our plans! Some of us have decided we would like to be authors when we are older.

 

 

Home learning - Week Beginning 13.07.20

 

The home learning for Reception children not yet returning to school is attached below. 

 

Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor.

Home Learning Overview W.B:13.07.20

Johnny Town-mouse READ ALOUD by Beatrix Potter Kids Read Aloud Story about Country Mouse Timmy Willy

"The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse" by Beatrix Potter follows the adventures of two mice: Johnny Town-mouse and Timmy Willy. Johnny grew up in the city, while Ti...

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, like Peter Rabbit, began life as an illustrated letter to a young child. It was written when she was on holiday in Scotland wh...

Maths videos

Let's Get Fit | Count to 100 | Count to 100 Song | Counting to 100 | Jack Hartmann

Teach your children to count to 100 as they get some great exercise too. This cool kid-friendly song starts out with a message about staying healthy and fit ...

Counting By Twos Song

The Counting By Twos Song by Have Fun Teaching is a counting song that teaches skip counting by two. Download the Counting Videos: http://havefunteaching.com...

Farmer Pete song with animation by Sunshine Class (pupils aged 5 years)

We made our own animation for the Farmer Pete number bonds for 10 song.

Genevieve Goings- "How Many Fives Around The Clock?" Official Video

DO YOU KNOW how to tell time? Learn with Genevieve Goings, Children's television Star! -As heard on Radio Disney Junior! Known to Disney Junior-watching fans...

Understanding of the World

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Week Beginning 6th July 2020

๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฅ• Peter Rabbit ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฅ•

 

This week in literacy we have been reading tales written by Beatrix Potter. We have discussed the similarities and differences between some of her tales and spoke about some of the unfamiliar words in the stories. The children have really enjoyed watching some Beartirx Potter animations and comparing events in the stories to their own lives.

 

Here are some lists the children wrote about what their grown ups do for them when they are feeling poorly! Peter rabbbit got tucked into bed and drank some camomile tea in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.