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The children continued with their phonics this week. These are the sounds they have been learning to read and write this week.

We have also been learning how to read simple CVC words with the sounds we have learnt. The video shows how we sound out and blend the words.

Please continue to help your child practise the words that are being sent home each week.

 Thank you.

Night and Day

This week the children have been learning about night and day.

We read the story ‘Night Monkey, Day Monkey’ and discovered lots of differences between what we can see and do during the day compared to during the night.

“We see the moon and stars at night.” – Hassan

“Owls come out at night, like Owl Babies did.” – Neave

“When the sun is shining it means it’s the morning now.” – Evie

“The sun makes the flowers grow.” – Rose

“When it’s night time in Wibsey that means the sun is shining in a different country.” – Finlay

The children sorted different activities into whether they are best done at night or during the day and they even decided some things can be done at night and during the day.

“You have to go to the park in the day because when it’s dark you can’t see and you might hurt yourself on the swing.” – Ava

“You have breakfast in the morning but I like to have cereal at night time sometimes.” – Finlay


The children learnt that some animals only like to come out at night and sang a song about them.

The night monkey discovered shadows in our story and so did the children. We talked about how shadows are made by blocking the light.

They made their own shadow puppets and performed stories for their friends.

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And we discovered our own shadows outside!

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The children are really enjoying cooking and baking each week and this week to go with our night and day theme they baked shortbread star biscuits.

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This week the children have started Phonics lessons every morning. Each day the children have learnt how to read and write a new sound.

Watch the video to see how the children do this.

Please continue to help your child with their letter formation homework. The ‘rhymes’ help them to remember how to do this correctly. It is important the children form their letters the correct way and keep practicing. Point out these sounds to your child in signs, labels and the local environment to show how they are in the early stages of reading by recognising them in everyday life.

Next week we will be learning CVC ‘green words’ by sounding out and blending sounds to read simple words.

Bonfire Night

This week the children have been learning why we celebrate Bonfire Night. We have learnt the story of Guy Fawkes and the rhyme ‘Remember, Remember.’

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We have used different media to create our own Bonfire and Firework pictures and look at our fabulous rockets!

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On the 5th November we talked about how to stay safe on Bonfire Night and the children made safety posters to tell other people how to stay safe.

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We even had our own sparklers and we were very proud of how sensible the children were and followed the Firework Safety Code to stay safe and have fun!

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The children made their own traditional toffee apples with chocolate and sprinkles.

First we washed and dried our apples.

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Then we put the lolly stick in the end of the apple. It was very hard!

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Next we broke up the pieces of cooking chocolate and the children spotted the square shapes and counted them into the bowl.

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To melt the chocolate the children put it in the microwave for 1 minute and watched as it turned from a solid to a liquid.

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It smelt lovely in the classroom today!

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Now the chocolate was runny we could dip our apples in the mixture and coat them with scrummy chocolate.

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Finally we decorated them with sprinkles.


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They look really scrummy. I’m sure the children will love eating them, it is the best part!!

Golden Star Achievers!

 Well done to all the children who achieved a Golden Star Award this half term


We have been blown away with you!

Today’s The Day The Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic!!

What better way to end our bear topic and the half term but with a teddy bears picnic.

The children brought their own special teddy bears and soft toys to class and shared with us why they are special to them.

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“My bear is called Tig, I sleep with him in my bed.” – Alexis

“My bear is called Big because he is big. My grandma bought him for my birthday.” – Grace

“I go to sleep with Snowflake and he wakes me up and I make him breakfast, he likes cornflakes.” – Eliza

“Floppy helps me and mum bake cakes. He is soft and helps me draw pictures. He holds the paper.” – Rose

“He is called Toby, it says Toby on his tag and he has a lead. He is good all day.” – Oliver

“Geoffrey is wearing exercise clothes. I got him in London, my dad ran a marathon.” – Amos

“My bear is called Eliza, he is my best friend. He likes ham sarnies for breakfast.” – Chloe. L

“I cuddle him at bedtime and he lights up. Mummy and Daddy bought him from the penguin shop. ” – Lily

“I’ve had baby for 4 years. My Nana made him. It says his name on him.” – Finlay

“He’s called Beary. He likes to jump in muddy puddles and we watch CBeebies. I sleep with him.” – Phoebe. T

“It’s called Rainbow. Me and Nanny went to the shop and made him because I was a good girl.” – Scarlett. P

If we were going to have a picnic we needed to make sandwiches to eat and we all know bears like jam (or is it marmalade?) sandwiches!!

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And the best part? Eating them!!

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The children and their cuddly friends had a wonderful time!

It has been a fantastic first half term in Reception. Myself and Mrs Browne are very proud of all the children and how they have settled into school life.

We are looking forward to lots more exciting learning next half term.

Happy Holidays and we will see you soon.

Mrs Darbyshire.

An Unexpected Surprise!!

We were very surprised to receive a letter in Reception class. Mrs Coe delivered the letter to us and when we opened the letter it was from the bear in the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!’

He was very sad that we thought he was scary and wanted to chase after the family because he wanted to eat them!! He explained how he is actually very friendly and the family made him jump when they tip toed into his cave and that is why he roared so loudly. He chased the family because he wanted to be their friend.

The children said they would be his friend and Grace suggested we write a letter to the bear to tell him. So that’s what we did.

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We made him teddy bear puppets to keep him company and to have something to cuddle when he is feeling lonely.

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I’m sure the Bear will not be lonely anymore with all his new fabulous bear friends to play with!

10 Star Club!!

Congratulations to our first 10 star club winners!! 

Every day children can be rewarded with stars for when they ‘wow’ us with their fantastic learning and the amazing things they are doing in class.

When they earn 10 stars they can choose a prize from the golden box.


     Well done girls, we are really proud of you! 

Who will be next?

There are lots of children nearly at the magic number 10.

If you go down to the woods today…

We are continuing  with our bear theme this week in Reception.

We read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Can You See?

 We decided to make our own story and changed the words! We did this by picking a colour and an animal and then saying the story in the style of the original.

Fantastic storytelling Reception!

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I think our version is much better, what do you think?

The children are learning ‘Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear’ in rhyme time this week. Sing together and join in the actions!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

The children have amazed us this week with their re-telling of the story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The children acted it out using puppets and small world scenery.

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Some of the children even built a cave for the bear!

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The children have understood the story so well they helped Mrs Browne sequence the story pictures when they all got mixed up!

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We even went on our own bear hunt when the classroom bears went missing!

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The story inspired our PE lesson this week. The children tackled different obstacles by going over, under, weaving through, sliding, climbing and jumping!

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The children have really enjoyed We’re Going on a Bear Hunt this week and have amazed us with their telling of the story.