Reception: Blog items

Creative children in Reception

Date: 16th Jan 2022 @ 2:41pm

This week, the children have been showing their creative sides using all sorts of different resources. Smiley faces from stickle bricks, a floor plan of a house with lego and dominos (the dominos are ramps between rooms), a bridge with cars and vans on (using all sorts of small parts for the cars and vans), as well as lots of winter snowmen and snow flakes! 

Ice, ice, baby!

Date: 7th Jan 2022 @ 5:07pm

This week, we started our brand new topics about winter and the Arctic. And what a perfect week to start, the temperature dropped so much that we were able to see what happens to water when it gets cold. The children investigated how ice feels, breaks and melts. They loved how the top of the tough spot was frozen, but they could see the water moving underneath. Then they used different tools to break the ice. Some held it in their hands to feel how cold it was, some used it to slide down the drain pipes and others used it to make ice towers. We even found that the ground was frozen too. We hope we get some more cold days and hopefully some snow that lays on the ground!

It's Christmas!

Date: 15th Dec 2021 @ 5:04pm

We have been enjoying lots of Christmas activities this week, especially the Christmas party and the visit from Santa and his reindeer. We have been making Christmas cards, present tags, lists for Santa and Christmas decorations. We also learnt all about the Christmas story from the Bible. We asked some of our friends what they enjoyed the most, here are a few of their responses.

"I loved meeting Santa's reindeer. They were so cute!"

"I liked making lists for Santa, I want a toucan for Christmas."

"The Christmas party was fun, especially musical statues!"

Science experiment in Reception

Date: 7th Dec 2021 @ 3:29pm

We had great fun with our science this week. We set up a water chute and watched the water run down. Then, we tried to find a way to stop the water part way down, making a dam like a beaver makes. At first, we tried stones, but the water went through them. We tried using sticks, but the same thing happened. Next, we tired mud and sand, but the water washed it all away.

Then we had a great idea. Use all of the things we had found. We used stones first, then put the sticks. We packed the sand and mud in front of the sticks and stones to pack them in. When the water ran down, it stopped at the dam. Some went through, but a pool of water gathered at the top.

Outdoor learning

Date: 4th Dec 2021 @ 3:58pm

Reception have had lots of fun learning in our outdoor environment. We all wrapped up warm, went outside and explored all the different areas of learning together. Some children experimented with making ramps for cars in to the sand pit. Others used bats and balls to practice their hand eye coordination. One group used the building blocks to make towers and challenged each other to see who could make the tallest tower!

Light and Shadow

Date: 25th Nov 2021 @ 7:49pm

This week, we have been learning all about light and shadow. We have been finding out how shadows are created by looking at them inside and outside the classroom. We learnt that shadows are created when you block light from its source (a word we have learnt this week). We have found out about natural (the sun, lightening, fire) and man made (torches, tablets, television) sources of light. We found that our shadows are really long in the playground because the sun is so low in the sky. We have made puppets and used torches to see their shadows in the classroom and in the dark dens.

Busy days in Reception

Date: 4th Oct 2021 @ 4:58pm

We can't believe a month has gone by already! What a busy time we have had. The children have been learning about our local area, looking at maps and discovering the train tracks nearby. We have drawn our own maps, built houses and made places to park our toy cars. We have been working on our gross and fine motor skills, using ribbons to make circles, zig zags and lines. We have been learning our phonic sounds and trying to write the letters that we have learnt. Keep practicing at home! We hope you enjoy looking at the photos of many of the things we have been doing.

Balby Central Primary Academy

Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL

Balby Central Primary Academy, Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL


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