Reception: Blog items

We're all going on a summer holiday!

Date: 18th Jun 2022 @ 4:04pm

For the last 2 weeks, we have been talking and writing about holidays! We have thought about where you can go, by looking through holiday brocures and how to get there. The children have enjoyed pretending to be travel agents and we have been creating trains and planes in our outdoor area, using the crates. Lots of imagination has gone in to our work!


Date: 26th May 2022 @ 2:36pm

Reception has been home to some caterpillars this half term. We watched them as they started as tiny caterpillars, grew bigger and bigger and finally wrapped themselves up in a cocoon. It seemed to take them a long time, but finally this week, they emerged as beautiful butterflies. We were able to watch one of them push itself out of its cocoon. Today, we all went outside and Mr Smith released them in to the wild. We were very excited to see them fly off.

Aliens in EYFS

Date: 21st May 2022 @ 7:44am

This term, we have been home to some alien eggs. Last week, we noticed that some of the eggs had started to crack. We kept them in a cozy nest and watched them carefully. To our surprise, the aliens hatched and we had a baby alien in the classroom. On Friday morning, we were surprised to find an alien spaceship in our sandpit! The children were very excited. At lunch time, the alien spaceship disappeared and they had taken their baby with them, but left the other eggs. The aliens left us a present of some rocket shaped biscuits as a thank you for looking after their babies.

The children were inspired by the alien experience and wrote letters, signs and painted pictures of them. They built houses for the aliens to live in and a rocket ship to follow the aliens to their home planet. We had lots of discussions about where the aliens came from, why the had left their eggs with us and where they are now. The children gathered all of the alien eggs together, put their letters to the aliens in with the eggs and left them in the sand pit for them to return to collect over the weekend.

Sharing in Maths

Date: 4th May 2022 @ 5:11pm

We have been investigating numbers up to 15. In this activity, we had a number between 11 and 15 and had to share them equally between 4 houses. The only rule was, that each house had to have at least one person living in it. We found so many ways of sharing out the numbers. We had lots of fun with this activity! 

Let's get physical!

Date: 4th May 2022 @ 5:08pm

We have had lots of fun getting physical in our outdoor space. We set up lots of different activities and games. Some children loved throwing beanbags at the huge tyre targets, some enjoyed the obstacle course and many played football, cricket and running races. Some children used the crates and tyres to make their own transformer! We have some new equipment coming to school soon, so we are looking forward to sharing that with you!

World Maths day

Date: 25th Mar 2022 @ 9:15am

We celebrated World Maths Day with lots of different activities. The children investigated number, working in small groups to find objects of a given number. They looked at the different ways they could make the number, for example, 4 and 1 make 5, 3 and 2 make 5 and 5 and 0 make 5.

Then we read one of our favourite stories, going on a bear hunt. We went outside and acted out the story in our playground. As we were acting it out, we used different tools to measure the grass, mud, stream and forest. The children really enjoyed using the metre sticks and rulers, but also measuring using our cubes. After this, the children found other objects to measure from the playground. We had lots of fun! 

Physical day in EYFS

Date: 27th Feb 2022 @ 2:34pm

On Friday, we had a wonderful time doing lots of different exercises. We talked about the importance of exercise and how it helps to keep our body healthy. Then we had lots of different activities to take part in. We had a huge obsticle course with hurdles, boxes to climb, a cargo net to crawl under and lots more. Some children played football, some used a catapult to throw and catch balls, some played with hoops and some skipped. We also had a tug-of-war and parachute games! It was a fantastic day and we were very lucky to have such lovely weather for it.

Camping fun

Date: 31st Jan 2022 @ 9:22am

During the week, some of our children said they wanted to have a camping day in school. When asked what kind of things they would like to do, they said, to have the tent out, to sing camp songs, to drink hot chocolate and to have a camp fire. On Friday, we had our camping day in EYFS. The children loved playing in the tent and were fantastic at taking turns in there. They enjoyed hot chocolate, camp songs and story time all together. We were not able to have a camp fire this week, but are hoping to be able to have one in our forest schools area soon. The children loved it, with one child saying "This was the best day ever!"

Maths in Reception

Date: 25th Jan 2022 @ 2:01pm

This week, we wanted to show you all of the fantastic Maths work we have been doing. We have been counting up to and back from 20, ordering numbers to 20, practicing number formation by writing in snow (icing sugar) and making numbers out of unifix cubes. Also, we have been practicing using weighing scales and building towers using the 3D shapes. We have learnt the names of some 3D shapes, including cube, cone, sphere and cylinder. We can identify these shapes when looking around the classroom and outside.

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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