St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best we can be.

Brook Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 5HL

020 8953 3753

Welcome to Reception

A very warm welcome to Reception.

Reception is a really important and exciting year where the children develop skills that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their time in school and beyond.  We support them to become independent learners through encouraging their own ideas and curiosity about the world around them. We go on an incredible journey together in learning to read and write and develop the building blocks of mathematics. We plan topics throughout the year that emphasise different areas of the curriculum.

All children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework that is divided into the seven areas of learning. They have a mixture of adult led activities and child initiated learning, where the children learn by doing things for themselves.

We work together with parents to ensure all children are, ‘Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best that we can be.’

Mrs Ward

Spring 1 Term learning -2020

This half term we have been learning about Winter. The children thought about what the weather is like in Winter and what they wear to keep warm. They went on a winter walk and noticed that the trees had lost their leaves and you could see the birds’ nests in the trees. They decided that it rained a lot in winter and was very windy. In a search for real cold and snow, they found out about the polar regions. Reception bear Little Ted followed advice from his friend Barnaby Bear and travelled to the North Pole. He sent us a letter telling us all about how he travelled and what he did there. The children looked at lots of maps and had a ship in their role play area for their own Arctic adventures. The children also built their own boats and sleighs using the big bricks. They made lists of equipment to take on their journeys and wrote postcards.

The Reception children were very interested in the animals who lived in the Arctic and painted pictures in response. They attempted to build an igloo using sugar cubes, but their own little igloos in different shapes were more successful. They then read books about penguins and found out about the Antarctic. They made posters for the lost penguin from the book “Lost and Found.” We have frozen lots of different things in ice and investigated how best to melt the ice. It was also fun camping outside and telling stories in the tent. The children are making excellent progress in phonics and are starting to use it to write about their pictures. Many children have made little books to tell their own stories.

In Maths Reception have been making lots of patterns in different ways using shapes, cubes, threading and paint. Some of the patterns have been quite complicated. They have also been adding and subtracting numbers to 10. We have done STEM challenges making marble mazes using straws and paper plates. Some children also made mazes using lolly sticks. Everyone made an amazing effort making costumes for Maths Day and we did lots of different maths activities.

In RE the children are learning about the life of Jesus as a young boy and also as he grew up. We make links with PSED about helping other people. The children had a workshop on Online safety and learnt that they should always ask an adult for help if anything pops up on the screen that they are not expecting and never to give out personal information.

Autumn 2 Term learning -2019

In Reception this half term we continued our theme of Ourselves and set up a doctor’s role play area. The children were very interested in skeletons and naming all the different bones. We talked about x rays and added them into the role play. The children used the big bricks to make an ambulance. We read many of the books from the series Funny Bones by Janet and Alan Ahlberg and used Talk for Writing to retell the start of the story. The children drew their own houses and their street. Later we made an optician’s. The children tested each other’s eyes using the phonics sounds they had learnt.

In Maths we continued with adding and subtracting numbers less than 10. We found different ways to group the smaller numbers using dot patterns, counters on 10 frames, numicon and cubes. The children measured each other and organised pictures from shortest to tallest. They talked about different times in their day and played snakes and ladders games to 20.

In RE Fr Dominic talked to the children about Advent. We made our own advent wreath and learnt about the meaning of each of the candles. They made Advent promises. Our Nativity play has been a big focus this half term, learning the songs and doing rehearsals. The children retold the Nativity story and drew pictures. We had a great time at London Zoo visiting The Living Nativity.

Finally we set up Santa’s grotto and decorated it with baubles and tinsel. There has been great activity writing cards for the post box and wrapping presents. Many of the children measured out how much paper they needed to cover the boxes before using the paper and sticking it all together, using lots of different skills. They are also trying to make the longest paper chains in Busy Fingers to decorate the classroom.

Autumn 1  Term learning -2019

This half term the children have been learning lots of Nursery Rhymes to support their understanding of rhyming. We had a lot of fun changing the words and making new rhymes. As part of the topic of Ourselves, the children learnt the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and made story maps for the song. We talked about themselves and their families. We also talked about how to behave since Goldilocks didn’t behave very well! We also talked about how to make friends, as maybe Goldilocks might have wanted to become friends with Baby Bear.

The children have also been fascinated by the conkers, acorns and other seeds from autumn. We have used these in Maths and in small world play. To support their learning on Harvest, the children learnt the story of The Enormous Pumpkin. They retold the story with actions and made story maps. We then changed the story to fit in with their interest in hunting for Treasure and making maps. The story became “The Enormous Treasure Chest.” The children made vegetable soup and then ate it for snack.

In Maths we spent some time making pictures with shapes. They explored how they could use the shapes to make other shapes and have started naming 2 D shapes. We are exploring small numbers and how they are made up of even smaller numbers. This leads to problems solving such as how many different shapes you can make with five cubes. They have also been working out different number combinations to 5 such as 2+3.

In RE the children have been learning about God’s Beautiful World and how they can look after it. Father Dominic led a Rejoice session about St Teresa and Father Antonio gave a class liturgy to all of Foundation, focussing on friendship.