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Mrs Crook Reception

Welcome to Reception!


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Fire Engine Visit


On Monday, Reception had a visit from the Fire Brigade.  They learnt all about the jobs the fire brigade do and the equipment that they use.  They were even lucky enough to have a squirt with the hose!

Police Visit


Reception were very excited to have a visit from the local police officers.  We learnt all about the different roles they have and had the chance to look in a real police car.

Reception's Dinosaur Museum


Over the last few weeks, Reception have been working hard to create their very own dinosaur museum.  They began by discussing what things might go in a museum and their own personal experiences of visiting museums.  The children decided on the types of things they wanted in theirs.


The class were split into project teams, with each team having a different job to complete in the Museum.  These jobs included, writing information boards, museum rules, cafe menus and signage for around the museum as well as coming up with games and activities for children  to complete when visiting.  Every child made a dinosaur clay model and painted a picture of their favourite dinosaur to display.  The children used a whole host of skills during the museum making process from writing and  word processing to art and design skills. They even made dinosaur chocolate chip biscuits to serve in the cafe.


Mrs Ebdon kindly helped the children assemble a large dinosaur skeleton which is now hanging proudly in our museum.  


The whole process was concluded with the year 1 children coming to visit the museum and looking at what had been made.  They had the chance to complete some of the games and activities that the children had come up with as well as eat one of the delicious biscuits in the cafe!  The feedback from year 1 was very positive.


A huge well done to all the children for their efforts.  They were very proud of their work.

Explorers Theme Week


In Reception we looked at what an explorer is.  We talked about some famous explorers in history including Captain James Cook.  We looked at some different ships that were used by explorers and then painted pictures of ships.  We used cardboard boxes to try and create James Cook’s ship ‘The Endeavour’. We all had a go painting it and then attempted to fit the whole class into it!


We made explorer kits which included a pair of binoculars, notepad and magnifying glass.  We then took our kits and went to explore the school and created maps of the area.  We all had a lot of fun!

Pyjama Day


On Friday 17th February Reception had a pyjama day.  Each child brought in a small donation.  We raised a total of £35 which will go towards resources for our new outdoor area.  Thank you.

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Hearing Dogs


Reception were very lucky to have a visit from the volunteers at the local Hearing Dog centre in Saunderton.  The children learnt about what they do and how dogs are trained to support people who are deaf.  

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Over the last few weeks the children in Reception have been incubating chicken eggs.  After 21 days the first egg began to show signs of hatching.  The children were then able to watch the chicks emerge from their shells.  It was fascinating.  By the following morning two more chicks had arrived giving us a total of 6. 


The children will now be caring for the chicks over the next few weeks and watching how they develop.  


A big thank you to Mrs Davies in Year 1 for organising the eggs and Widmer Feeds Country Store for kindly lending us the incubator.  

Stay and Play


The children and parents all had a great morning at Stay and Play.  The children spent some of the morning with their parents completing a variety of activities around the classroom.  Thank you to all that attended. 



This week the children have kicked off their new topic 'Around the World' by going to Italy! On Monday, Mr Paradiso came in and told the class all about Italy.  They even got the chance to learn some Italian.  Throughout the week the children made pizzas and topped them with cheese and vegetables.  They were very tasty.

Theme Week


For theme week, Reception read the story of Rama & Sita.  The children made masks of the characters and retold the story in groups. The learnt all about Diwali and how it is celebrated.  The children made diva lamps and even go to try some traditional Indian sweets.

Settling in


The children have all settled in well to their new school routine.  We have been very busy getting to know each other, exploring the classroom and becoming familiar with school expectations.  Here are some photos of our first few weeks.