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Reception Newsletter

Reception Autumn Newsletter 2018

Welcome to Early Years, In Reception the class teacher is Mrs Ramzan and Miss Hall is our Early Years Practitioner. We have 17 girls and 11 boys.

We have established class rules for the classroom and playground. Everyone has settled in beautifully and truly are wonderful. Miss Hall, and I look forward to the amazing learning the year will bring.             



This is one of our favourite areas, here we love mark making and practising writing our phonemes that we have learnt in phonic sessions.


David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, and his birth place is Bradford.  We will be looking closely at his work. We will be using iPods, pencils and mirrors to help us draw our self-portraits

Above is a small collage of a few pictures showing, how busy we are throughout the day.


12th October 2018- Investigation Laboratory

Here are some of the things we will be investigating.

The above is a picture of Orbeez, they expand when you add water.

We will also use candles to create wax resist artwork to understand how wax repels water.

We will be learning about solids and liquids using cornflour and water. We will also learn to classify objects as solid or liquid.

Watch this space, for photos of our scientists in Reception Class, busy making their discoveries in our investigation laboratory.

12th October 2018- Dinosaur World

A new dinosaur has been discovered! He is called, Writersaurus. We don’t know what he looks like, what he likes to eat and how he has fun. We are going to investigate and find out everything about him.


This idea is an extension from last half-term. The boys have shown a particular interest in dinosaurs and loved setting up our, Dinosaur World. Hopefully this will encourage our reluctant writers.



Harlow Carr

Our trip to Harlow Carr supported our scientific learning. In school we have been growing vegetables, fruits and flowers.

It was a lovely hands-on experience which helped to stimulate and capture children’s curiosity about nature and gardening.

We attended a workshop to discover how the seasons change and find out how fantastic seeds can be. We also went on a hunt around the garden, collecting seeds, leaves and petals, and planted our own seeds to take away.




Friday 16th March was our Science Day, lots of scientists visited our school. Our visitor was Dr Kelly. We were all very interested to hear all about his job. We had lots of questions we wanted to ask.

Dr Kelly showed us some of the equipment he uses to help him find out why people are poorly, so that he can help them.

We were all very inspired and most of Reception Class want to become doctors when they grow up.



Thank you to all the parents and carers for attending our Science Workshop.

As you all know, science is an incredibly important subject to teach children. Experiments and science related activities that are carried out by children can lead to amazing and unforgettable learning experiences that can inspire and motivate children to want to more. At Atlas Primary our aim is to create inquisitive minds.

On this table the challenge was how to make a liquid that is also solid. We created a Non-Newtonian fluid that pours like a liquid but can solidify under pressure; yes it sounds quite complicated! You can create this at home, all you need is cornflour and water. It is messy but lots of fun.

Below Maryam is really excited to see her magic potion bubbling. ‘What’s the science?’ You ask!

It’s chemistry! When baking soda (a base) and vinegar (an acid) are mixed together, one of the products this reaction creates is carbon dioxide gas. The carbon dioxide gas escapes, and that gas forms the bubbles you see coming out of the potion. The food colouring helps you see the bubbles a little better. All you need: baking soda, food colouring, washing up liquid for lots of bubbles and vinegar. Now you can create your own magic.

We loved creating the magic potions, this was one of our popular tables in the workshop.

Here, our little scientists are creating rain clouds. Clouds are formed when water vapour rises into the air and condenses onto tiny particles of dust. When billions of these droplets come together, a visible cloud forms. Over time, the droplets and crystals that make up a cloud can attract more water to themselves. When water droplets grow heavy enough, gravity pulls them down as raindrops.

We made a rain cloud in a jar, this is a simple way of finding out how it actually rains.

All you need is: a glass jar, water, a dropper, shaving foam and food colouring. Add water to the jar, add shaving foam and start putting drops of food colour in. Let’s see if you can make rain.

This was another popular activity; everyone wanted to eat the marshmallows!

The challenge was to create structures using marshmallows and cocktail sticks. This develops engineering skills and critical thinking. The learning involved is science, technology, engineering and maths based.

The Science Bit

Cubes tend to make stable structures, especially if they have diagonal pieces to strengthen the sides.

This little scientist and his mummy enjoyed this table, I think quite a few marshmallows were consumed!

Introducing plants to children, who are in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is a great way to show them more about nature and the world around them. In Reception Class, at the moment we are growing various plants, from herbs to vegetables which the children have helped us to plant. This will help children to understand where some of their food comes from.

For our workshop we dedicated a table to plants. Children labelled the different parts of a real plant.



We have been focusing on improving fine motor skills in Nursery. The stronger our fingers are the better our writing will be





06/12/2017 – Parent Workshop

Thank you to all the parents for attending our workshop which was all about reading.

Parents had the opportunity to observe how phonics is taught in our school.

We also demonstrated our talents on how we can memorise stories, using the ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy.

Finally, we made owls, because our story is all about three baby



A Christmas grotto has magically appeared in our classroom.

Santa’s little elves have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes, this has helped them recognise the shape of the presents that they are wrapping. Children have also been making lists of the things they would like for Christmas.



Reception have been super busy this week practising their story Owl Babies. They have a tree in the classroom and the children have been asked to make owls to hang on the branches.

They have been making story maps using whiteboard pens on perspex boards and editing the story on the wipe clean walls. The builders tray has been transformed into a story tray for the children to practise re telling the story and outside they have been making nests for owls.



We went to watch My Neighbour Totoro, a tale of two girls in the countryside that meet a giant, cuddly cat named Totoro. The film is a message of hope and optimism explored through fantasy in times of hardship. This acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki follows schoolgirl Satsuke and her younger sister, Mei, as they settle into an old country house with their father and wait for their mother to recover from an illness in an area hospital. As the sisters explore their new home, they encounter and befriend playful spirits in their house and the nearby forest, most notably the massive cuddly creature known as Totoro.


06/11/2017 – Bonfire Day


The children worked together to build a huge bonfire, then started to make a Guy to put on top.

We used yellow and orange cellophane to represent the fire.

Our fire is ready; we are waiting for the delicious food to warm us up.

The warm baked potato with mushy peas is delicious.

We hope everyone had a fun and safe bonfire night!

Bonfire Night

A Great, British Tradition

On the 5th of November, people across the UK celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks, bonfires, sparklers and toffee apples. It’s the night of the year we all look forward to, when it’s worth it braving the cold night air to see some amazing fireworks and to enjoy and share food such as: baked potatoes, mushy peas, pies, soup, and many more local traditional foods.

The reason we do it is because it’s the anniversary of an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

This was called the Gunpowder Plot.

When we light bonfires to remember this event, traditionally there will be a dummy man on the top of the fire. He is called the ‘Guy’ and is a kind of doll that represents a man who was part of the plot, called Guy Fawkes.

Guy (Guido) Fawkes was part of the Gunpowder plot in 1605. He wanted to blow up King James I and his government.

So, Fawkes and his group put 36 barrels of gunpowder in cellars underneath the Houses of Parliament in London, ready to set off a massive explosion.

However, one member of Fawkes’ group sent a letter to his friend who worked in Parliament, warning him to stay away on the 5th of November. The King’s supporters got hold of the letter and the plot was rumbled!

Guards broke into the cellars where the gunpowder plotters were waiting. They were arrested and executed.



Have a look at our updated areas of provision within Early Years. We have added lots of natural resources and everyday objects that the children can find within their own homes or when out and about. We are promoting the childrens creative development skills and how to use resources in a range of ways.



The children have been embracing the provision within the Early Years unit over the past couple of weeks and within the loose parts and maths area they have been using the objects to make pictures and patterns. One child made different shapes within their picture frame and talked about all the other things he knew were the same shape within the environment.

The children have been making rockets and dens by using tape, tubes and canes. They then found some material to cover it and enclose the space.

We have started learning the story of Whatever Next and the children have been using the props to re tell the story. Talk to your child about how baby bear got to the moon, what would you pack in your suitcase if you were going?


09/10/2017 – The Tiger Who Came to Tea

This morning, when we arrived there was a surprise waiting for us. We were all very excited because a tiger had come to visit. He had a letter and a present for us.

Mrs Ramzan, read the letter to us. We found out that someone had told the tiger that we were a very kind class, so he wants us to look after him. He also needs our help because he thinks he has upset his friend Sophie and wants to know how to make her happy again.

Next we opened the present; it was a book about the tiger. We listened to the story and found out why Sophie might be upset with him.

The story is about a girl called Sophie, her mother, and a tiger who interrupts their afternoon tea. He is very hungry and eats all their food!

To start helping the tiger, we started with trying to teach the tiger how much and what type of food he should be eating.



This afternoon we have been busy sorting our planting area. There was lots of weeding to be done. We have started preparing our garden for spring.
As winter is looming, we will also be thinking about plants that will survive the cold weather.

After removing the weeds, we planted daffodil bulbs. We can’t wait to see them in spring!



The children have been very busy this week exploring media and materials. They have been manipulating strips of paper to make a 3D pattern.

We have been developing our fine motor skills by using the tweezers to collect beads. We added a sand timer and turned it into a competition to see how many beads the children could collect before the time ran out.

As we continue to learn through the story of Elmer some of the children have painted fantastic pictures. They have thought about the shape of his body as well as the different colours on his body. How was Elmer different to the other elephants? What did he do to look the same?



This week we have been continuing to learn through the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children have been learning different actions during literacy to help them remember the story.

In the craft area the children have been exploring different materials and making their own houses.

Reception have introduced a ‘tinkering’ area and the children have been using tools to explore a range of equipment. We have talked about how to use the tools safely and what we can use each tool for.

We have started to learn the story of Elmer and talk about how Elmer is different to the other elephants but that it is ok to be different and we are all unique. What makes you unique?



The year has started well in the Early Years Unit and all the children have settled in well. Friendships are being formed and the children are responding well to new rules and routines.

Our topic this half term is ‘We are all different’ so we are learning through the story of The Three Three Little Pigs and Elmer. We have been talking about who lives in our houses and the different members of our families.

We have been using mirrors to look carefully at our faces and using different materials we have made faces. We have then compared faces with other people and discussed the differences. Do we all look the same? What makes you different?

We will be moving on to learn about birthdays and how different people celebrate them. When is your birthday and how do you celebrate it?

We also spent some time with the road safety team and practiced how to cross the road safely, holding an adults hand. We took this learning outside and set up a road with a lollypop lady and road signs and the children took it in turns to safely cross the road.