Our reception children have the opportunity to choose their own activities, develop a good basis of phonics that sets them up for reading and writing, establish good relationships with their peers and the adults they work with, ignite their curiosity and enhance their skills all in a fun and stimulating environment.
In Reception, the children begin the year by learning all about themselves and their friends in our ‘Guess Who?’ topic focus. The term is then finished off with a ‘Winter Wonderland’ topic with the children getting creative with lots of craft activities and the Christmas play.
In the spring term the children learn all about the Gruffalo and Stick Man. They also learn about 2D and 3D shapes, estimating, problem solving, addition and subtraction alongside finding out about dinosaurs.
In the summer term, it’s all about traditional tales, minibeasts and finding out about the ocean with our Rainbow Fish story focus. If you would like more information about our curriculum, please get in touch with a member of staff.
We are so proud of our Reception children for trying their best during lockdown! They took part in accessing daily maths and phonics sessions on Tapestry, which involved lots of fun to help with their learning… walks in the snow, scavenger hunts and other outdoor learning opportunities, teachers dressed up, silly video clips, story times and music sing-a-longs, puppy challenges and jokes from Percy the Pig!
Every week we had P.E. videos to help us keep fit and active and lots of topic activities were included too, such as science experiments and exploration, creative tasks, PSE learning and mental wellbeing videos. The children met up on Zoom for World Book Day, dressed as their favourite book character to hear a story before completing lots of fun tasks!
Well done everyone, you were such super stars during our lockdown learning!
On Thursday 18th November we all came to school wearing odd socks to show our support for Anti Bullying Week and to recognise that we are all different and unique and that we all have the right to be who we want to be.
On Friday 19th November, we all dressed up to support Pudsey Bear and to raise money for children who are not as lucky as we are. We posted lots of pennies in the boxes that our School Council representatives made and several Pudsey Bears came to school too!
We had a super Red Nose Day! We came dressed in pyjamas and donated £1 each to help others. We also held a second hand mug sale after school - this was the School Council's idea - to help encourage reducing waste and reusing resources. Miss Sorrell our Green Team leader was very proud of the School Council for their awareness and for their promotion of such an amazing idea.
On Thursday 3rd March we all came to school dressed as our favourite book characters as part of World Book Day. We had fun trying to guess the different books represented and also spoke about why we chose the book and character that we came as. We also took part in a scavenger hunt in the school library, trying to find pictures, words and characters to match the information on our maps.
Peggy Visits Reception!
Miss Sorrell bought her dog Peggy to school on Thursday to listen to the children read. Peggy enjoyed all the stories and the children were so excited, they could not wait for their turn!
During British Science week, we took part in a whole school experiment. Our challenge was to find Humpty Dumpty a safe jacket to wear on the wall to stop him from cracking if he fell. We wrapped Humpty Dumpty in different materials and dropped him from 1 metre to see if his shell cracked. We made predictions as to which material would be the best and worst.
We had a visit from the Junk Orchestra and had the opportunity to play some upcycled instruments and to make some wonderful music! We learnt how to keep a beat, copy a rhythm and to join together to become an orchestra to follow the conductors guide. It was so much fun! Afterwards, we made our own upcycled instruments and performed wonderful music outside to our friends.
This area was recently transformed with the help of The Friend of Ghost Hill School and The Norfolk Grass Co. There are flower beds used for planting, a racing track for riding scooters and bikes, a wildlife area, a mark making area, stepping stones and balance beams and a pirate ship for climbing in, on and around. The reception children also have access to the main school grounds which includes a pond area, large musical instruments, a wooded area and a larger climbing frame.
Reception children have the opportunity to go on a school trip in the summer term and go on an Autumn walk in Ghost Hill woods.
We celebrated the Hindu Festival of Holi, the festival of Spring and colour, by having a paint party. We made colourful handprints and patterns on our clothes using paint and colourful powder. We had so much fun!
During the Spring, we learnt about the Queens Platinum Jubilee and wrote a letter to her to say congratulations. After the Easter Holidays we received a very special reply! We were very excited to read what was inside.