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Reception 2017




During Terms 5 and 6 we will be sending home our challenge homework each week for you and your child to do at home, on your walk to and from school or when you are out and about. Please return your completed challenges to school, which you can record with pictures, photographs or writing. These will be shared at carpet time.


To start our challenges we are sending home 14 Challenges to 14 Exciting Projects to Keep Children Busy Every Day of the Easter Holiday.

Reception Welcome and Reading Meeting - Tuesday 3rd October 2017

The information below was shared at the Reception Welcome and Reading Meeting. If you would like this explained any further please speak to your child's class teacher.

Term 5

Zoolab visit

We loved having the opportunity to look closely at and learn about minibeasts. We got up close and personal with Turbo the giant African snail, Hunter the snake, Rosie the tarantula, Twinkle-toes the millipede and the hissing cockroach. Ask us to tell you all the facts we learnt as you look at the photos.


Thank you to all the parents who paid donations and contributed cakes to sell so that we could give our children this fantastic learning experience. It is much appreciated.

Term 4

Fire Station Visit

We enjoyed our visit to the Fire Station where we got to try on the firefighters' protective clothing, try and hold the hose pipe and spray water, sit in the fire engine passenger seats and looked at all the different equipment that the fire engine carries. It was a fantastic trip and we were all very excited.

Science Day - Monday 12th March 2018

We had lots of fun learning and exploring and asking questions during Science Day. We moved slime using magnets, explored how Oobleck can be a solid and a liquid, inflated balloons by creating a gas with popping candy and fizzy drink, made fizzy fairy potions, melted chocolate and ice and explored colour using skittles sweets and putting celery in food colouring in water. We thought of lots of fantastic ideas as we discussed what was happening and why.

World Book Day - 1st March 2018

We enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters and sharing and talking about our favourite stories.

On RE day in Reception we listened to the story of The Lost Sheep. Have a look at what we did.

Term 3

Fab Finish Week - Around the World

We had a fantastic time exploring and learning about India, Japan, Italy and Mexico this week. We made Indian peacocks, Japanese carp kites, Leaning Towers of Pisa from Italy, Mexican piniatas and many other exciting things. We listened to music from the different countries and explored artefacts too. 


We also enjoyed tasting korma sauce, rice and popadoms from India, chili, rice and Nachos from Mexico, rice, seaweed and rice crackers from Japan and we made pizzas from Italy.

Giraffes Can't Dance - Dancing from Around World

We enjoyed sharing the story Giraffes Can't Dance. In the story the animals dance the cha cha cha, waltz, tango, rock and roll and the Scottish reel. We watched the dances and then had a go at learning how to dance in our PE lessons. We were fantastic working with our partners and in groups.

Granny Went to Market - Kite Making and Flying

We enjoyed sharing the story Granny Went to Market and finding out about all the amazing things Granny bought in the different countries she went to on her magic flying carpet. We made boomerangs, lanterns and kites. Here are some photos of us having a great time flying the kites we made.

Term 2

Celebrating Christmas

We have had a great day having Christmas dinner and playing games like pass the parcel and musical statues in our Christmas party.

A Wriggly Nativity

We were brilliant at singing, dancing and acting in our Christmas Play - A Wriggly Nativity and made our grown-ups feel very proud.


We loved playing in the snow and exploring how cold the snow and ice felt. We found the snow was crunchy and we could make lots of things out of the snow.

The Little Red Hen - Bread Making and Tasting

This week we have been learning about the story of the Little Red Hen who made a loaf of bread. We tried different types of bread from around the world and described what we could taste, feel and smell.

Term 1

Harvest Celebration

We loved singing our Harvest songs to our grown ups and sharing with them how we Squiggle Whilst We Wiggle!

Autumn is Coming!

We have been busy exploring the school grounds looking for signs of autumn. We found berries, apples, pine cones and orange, yellow and brown leaves that had fallen from the trees. 

Getting ready for writing!

Dough Disco - making our fingers strong for writing!

Squiggle whilst you wiggle - making our arms strong for writing!

Our first few days in Reception.
Friday in the woods!

Future of Faringdon, Including all, Supporting everyone to grow