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Miss Davidson

Mrs Pallett

Miss Bourner

Mrs Cox


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Welcome back for the final term of the year! Get ready explorers because this term Reception are learning about all different types of animals, the places they lived and even looking at animals that are no longer around.

On Monday 4th June 2018, Reception arrived ready to be explorers and begin this terms learning. Our first stop was Africa where we learnt about the different countries, cultures and traditions. We sang a traditional Swahili song and copied African Tribal dances. We looked at the beautiful necklaces made and worn, and created our own using just paper plates. As a class, Reception B explored the art of Adinkra printing and created a fantastic wall hanging. Reception A made geometric pattern art and they look amazing!

We had a brilliant day and cannot wait to start learning more in our new topic.


Today, Reception B took a trip to Folkestone Coastal park. We spent the afternoon pretending to be Pirates and developing our gross motor skills exploring the climbing apparatus. We had a brilliant time helping each other on the zip line, sliding down the slides in partners and building castles in the sand. Some of us definitely wore ourselves out! 


Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Our Royal Wedding Celebrations!

On Friday 18th May 2018, Reception celebrated the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We had an indoor street party and decorated the classroom with all the creations we have made this week. We put up bunting and made the tables red and blue. We had flags and balloons. Some of us wrote invitations and sent them to Mr Paget, Mrs Castle and Mrs Fotheringham. At the party we made jam sandwiches and drank strawberry milkshake. We played musical statues to some special music and took photos in Royal Family masks and props. We wish Prince Harry and Meghan a huge good luck and cannot wait to watch their wedding on the television at the weekend.


This week we have been learning about the Royal Family in preparation of Saturday's Royal Wedding. Reception have been getting ready to have their own street party on Friday and have been making lots of different decorations. We have looked at the union jack flag, the colours and have painted our own to make bunting. We have been learning the names of the Royal Family members and working out how they are related to one another. Reception have become engrossed and fascinated by the Royal Wedding. We have been watching Newsround to keep up with all the latest information, making cards for the happy couple and designing a beautiful wedding dress and suit for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We watched the wedding of Prince William and Katherine and have made a giant wedding cake (not real cake though). We made playdough cakes and wrote amazing posters telling everyone about the Royal Wedding. Mrs Cox bought her beautiful wedding bouquet in for us to look at and some photographs of her own wedding day.


Week beginning: 14th May 2018

Is it full or empty?

In Maths this week, Reception have been exploring capacity and learning to use the special vocabulary of full, half full and empty. We have been following a magic potion recipe in the outside area, in which we had to fill the cauldron with different amounts of liquids. We have been using collage to help us show full, half full and empty and sorting different containers. We talked about liquids and identified lots of different liquids that we could measure or use. 


Week beginning: 6th May 2018

Topsy Turvy Afternoon

On Friday 4th May 2018, Reception B decided to have a topsy turvey afternoon. We moved all the tables and units away and spent a lot of time playing and exploring on the carpet. We become professional artists by turning the tables on their sides and painting wonderful pictures of pirates and sea creatures. We even attached paper under the tables and tried to draw laying on our backs, that was tricky! We had a brilliant afternoon.

Money Money Money

This week Reception have been looking at money. We talked about why we need money and where we get money from. We then got to explore using the coins and what they look like. We were able to recognise the numbers on the coins are the value of them. Towards the end of the week, Reception gained confidence in using the coins to make different amounts and comparing them to the Numicon pieces.


Week beginning: 23rd April 2018

What a beautiful day to be outside

With the beautiful weather we have been very lucky to have this week, Reception have spent a lot of time outdoors. Our outdoor area has undergone lots of changes since September and we would really like to share it. Come and take a look!


Week beginning: 16th April 2018

'Arrrrrrrr' What a Wow Day!

Wow! What a wonderful first day back at White Cliffs.

Reception boarded the Royal White Cliffs pirate ship and became pesky pirates for the day. Their teachers transformed into Captains and put them through day of pirate training. Reception thought of their pirate characteristics and made pirate hats, eye patches and scary pirate faces. Whilst aboard their pirate ship they sang sea shanties and perfected their pirate ‘arrrrr’. They completed their training with a pirate assault course on our adventure track, they had to balance across the rope lines and walk the plank without taking a dip in the ocean!

In the afternoon, Reception climbed aboard a different kind of boat; a submarine. They began their deep sea adventure looking at the different animals that live under the sea. They each chose a sea creature that was their favourite and decided what they wanted to research about it later in the week. On their travels, Reception met a beautiful Rainbow Fish who taught them about being a good friend and shared one of his sparkly scales with them.

The children are so excited to continue their research and have suggested some amazing ways they would like to find out about the depths of the Earth’s oceans.


Monday 16th April 2018

Happy Easter!

This week we have been learning about Easter. We have been reading the Easter story and learning all about why it is a special time. We have been discussing the different ways some people celebrate this special time and took part in our own Easter celebrations. We munched delicious hot cross buns at snack time, made chocolate nests using yummy rice krispies and created beautiful Easter bonnets from paper plates. At the end of the week we had an Easter hunt in the outdoor environment and gave a bonnet parade to Year 6.


Reception staff would like to wish everyone a lovely and safe Easter break, and we all look forward to seeing you back at College for Term 5.


Week beginning: 26th March 2018

Today, all our parents were invited into our classrooms for the afternoon. As we are learning about stories and one of the College priorities this year is to promote reading, it made perfect sense to show our parents how we practise reading. There were so many amazing activities out for us to do and it was nice to show our parents our new outdoor environment. There were some phonics activities and some guided reading games and picture cards.

Eleonor- “I liked doing the cards with my mummy. You had to choose cards and make a story”

Orson- “me and my sister went and squirted all the sounds we could find outside with water guns”

Ollie- “I played a rhyming matching game, my mummy was better than me! I did show her how to do it though”

The afternoon was lovely and it was so nice to see lots of smiles and a real love of reading. Miss Davidson and Mrs Pallett would like to say a huge thank you to all who came.


Monday 19th March 2018

Doubling and Halving

This week we have been learning about doubling and halving. 

First we looked at what it means if we need double of something and what it means if we chop something in halve.

Jake- "double is 2 lots of the counters"

Tyler- "if we cut it in half then that makes 2 things"


Once we had established what each word meant we were shown the Singapore Bar Method. This was amazing! It looks very simple, in that it has one long box on top of 2 rectangle boxes. We explored doubling first:

Savannah- "you need to put 4 counters in this small box"

Orson- "then you have to put the same amount in this side, 1 2 3 4, 4 again"

Gijs- "then you got to push them all up!"

Jamie- "its 8, look there's 8 now"

Then we explored halving:

Dexter- "this time you put them all in the long box like this" 

Edie- "you share them, 1 in there and then 1 in there until they're all gone"

Cameron- "you got to cover it up"

Dexter- "and that bits the answer, its 7 see. Half of 14 is 7"


Week beginning: 19th March 2018

Hickory Dickory Dock

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Hickory Dickory Dock 3
Hickory Dickory Dock 4

This week Reception have been learning how to tell the time. We have been playing 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' on the playground and making our own paper watches. We have talked about the hands on the clock and that we have the minute (long) hand and the hour (short) hand. We have been setting, reading and recording o'clock and half past times. We grasped half past, so Miss Blear and Miss Davidson challenged us with learning quarter past!

Macie- "it 2 o'clock, because the minute hand at top and the hour hand at 2"

Isabelle- "that one says half past 7, because the minute hand is pointing to the 6 and the hour hand has gone past the 7"

Harry- "it's 5 o'clock, the long hand on 12 and the short hand at 5"


Week beginning: 12th March 2018

How does it grow?

How does it grow? 1
How does it grow? 2
How does it grow? 3
How does it grow? 4
How does it grow? 5

After learning all about Jack and the Beanstalk and with this week being British Science Week, Reception were naturally inquisitive about how things grow. Is there such a thing as a magic bean? What does it need to help it grow?

We decided to carry out a cress experiment. First we looked at the seeds; they were tiny! We took turns to sprinkle them into 4 trays containing cotton wool. We then talked within our groups about the different things that we thought a plant really needed to help it to grow. We decided that it must need water and sunlight. Miss Blear challenged us, she thought some cress might not need any sunlight and some might not need any water. We placed our 4 containers in different places around the classroom. Some went by the window and some were hid away in the dark cupboard. We were only allowed to water 2 trays.

We are going to leave them for this week and see what our results are at the end. We have each made some predictions to what we think is going to happen:

Amelia- “the ones with water will grow, everything needs water it keeps it all healthy”

Kyze- “I think the one in the cupboard wont grow, its dark in there”

Marsels- “I think same as Kyze, no sun in the cupboard”


Week beginning: 12th March 2018

Exploring Balance

In PE today, Reception were exploring balance. We first looked at balancing independently and tried to stand on just one leg. This was a bit tricky for some of us, so we talked about ways to help us stop wobbling such as focusing on something and holding our arms out. We then had to balance with a partner. This was super challenging as not only did you have to stop yourself wobbling but also your friend and if you wobbled, you both toppled over! We then moved onto balancing bean bags. We explored a range of ways to balance the bean bag using the different parts of our bodies. Some of us balanced on our hands, some on our backs and some on our heads. It wasn’t too difficult with a bean bag but the adults kept challenging us and we then moved on to trying to balance a ball! This was a little bit harder. You had to stand very still and almost freeze in your position for the ball to balance. Take a look at our balances.


Friday 9th March 2018

Super Subtraction

This week we have been learning how to be super subtractors in maths. We have been exploring the different symbols and using them to create number sentences. We have been singing lots of songs to help us remember that subtraction means we need to take some away. We used our Numicon to help us find all the different answers.

Ollie- "you need to put the Numicon on top and then count what is left to find the answer”

We then moved on to writing our own number sentences and testing them on our friends, some of us went into really big numbers. After Easter, Miss Davidson and Mrs Pallett are going to show us how we can use a special crossing off method to help us solve subtraction problems really quickly! 


Week beginning: 5th March 2018

What a wonderful World Book Day

Today Reception joined in with College celebrations of World Book Day. 

All week we have been reading the many adventures of the wonderful Winnie the Pooh and exploring the characters. We have been talking about our favourite books and in literacy we wrote some amazing book reviews telling everyone about our stories and why we like them. Today, we dressed up as our favourite story book characters! 


Thursday 1st March 2018

I'll Huff and I'll Puff...

This week our key story is the 3 Little Pigs.

In literacy we have been sequencing the story looking at which house came first, then next and which was last. We made house pictures to help us remember and used straw, sticks and brick paper to help us. We retold the story using the wooden spoon puppets and Miss Davidson even pretended that her hairdryer was the Big Bad Wolf!

Week beginning: 5th March 2018

Snow Time!

The ‘Beast from the East’ arrived at White Cliffs today and the Reception children were very excited to finally see some real snow! We wrapped up warm and ventured outside to build little snowmen, explore the ice and feel what it is like to touch real snow!


Tuesday 27th February 2018

Early Work

This week we started doing Early Work for the first time. When we come into College in the morning we now go straight to an activity set up for us. The activities are all based around our next steps and allow us to have extra practise at the things that we are finding a bit tricky. There is always a reading activity, maths from the previous week, handwriting and funky fingers to help our fine motor. We work in our bug groups so we can all help each other. 


Week beginning: 26th February 2018

Oh no Reception A too!

On Thursday 22nd February 2018, Reception went on an amazing trip to Dover Castle, so we could see inside a real castle. Some of us had never been to Dover Castle before, including some of the grown ups. We explored the castle grounds and enjoyed recognising some of the features that we had been learning about such as the arrow slits, battlements and the drawbridge. Inside the castle we saw the King's bedroom, made dinner in the kitchens and sat on his royal thrones. We climbed the spiral staircases right to the top of the Keep and could see the whole of Dover; we even saw College! We also got to go in a special room in the castle. Here, Miss Davidson and Mrs Pallett read us a castle story and then we got to dress up as Knights, Kings and Princesses.

The whole trip was so much fun and even though it was incredibly cold, we had the best time! We would like to thank all the grown ups that came on the trip and braved the windy day with us.

NEWS UPDATE: Missing Goose and Golden Eggs!

This week we have had a little visitor to our classroom castle and someone has stolen the magic goose and golden egg from the scary Giant! He was not happy at all and demanded that we help him to find and catch the thief or we would become his next meal! 


We worked very hard to identify who it could have been by reading and sequencing the well known story of Jack and Beanstalk. We realised that is must have been Jack and that he had hidden the treasures somewhere in the College. However, people did not believe that we had seen inside the Giant's castle. Therefore, in Literacy this week we have been writing a description of what it is like inside the castle. We have been using exciting adjectives are all of our senses to write about the setting and tell people what it was like. 

We made castles using construction materials such as wooden blocks and lego. We looked at different pictures of castles and learnt the key features. We drew castle outlines using chalk and then painted them using sponges. Once they were dry we could add all the features we have been learning and label each one.


At the end of the week, Mrs Fotheringham came over to our classroom and said she had found something that she thought belonged to us. It was the goose and the golden egg! We carefully placed it back in the castle before the Giant returned. We had completed our first story book mission! 


Week beginning: 18th February 2018

Term 4: Once Upon a Rhyme... 


This term we are going to be reading some of our favourite traditional stories and fairy tales. We will be learning about the much loved characters in them, the heroes and the villains. Be very careful though, we do not want to make too much noise in case we wake the snoring Giant in his classroom Castle! 

Superheroes in Training

This week we have been superheroes in training. We completed a superhero assault course in PE allowing us to develop our skills in balance, jumping and landing correctly. We really enjoyed this lesson and even though some of us found jumping of the apparatus a little scary and challenging at the beginning, by the end of the lesson we were confident to jump independently!


Friday 9th February 2018

SuperTato Saves the Day!



This week we have been helping rescue SuperTato from the Evil Pea. We have been writing speech bubbles like the ones used in the story to show what SuperTato might say. We have also been making our very own super vegetables, giving them masks, capes and utility belts.

As a class, we created large class pictures that are going to be displayed in the College corridor. We used different vegetables to print shapes with paint and enjoyed looking at the different shapes that they made on the page. We also found it very interesting to see what some vegetables look like inside.


Week beginning: 5th February 2018

Super Daisy!

This week we have been learning about Superheroes. In literacy we read the story of Super Daisy whose mission was to save the children by defeating Planet Pea. We loved this story and it sparked the inner Superhero in all of us.


In maths we were looking at positional language and directions. We were working in our groups to programme the Beebot to move from the start position to the end position on the map. We had to remember to delete the previous instruction otherwise the Beebot would repeat it all and go completely off the map. We learnt the different buttons and what instructions they gave and managed to get the Beebot safely to the end of the map each time.


In PE we talked about how important it is to work together, especially when we are being superheroes. We were developing our ball skills, working in pairs to throw and catch a ball. We discussed under arm throwing and how to stand when you are preparing to receive the ball. By the end of the session, we had become really good at catching, so we played a catching game in our bug groups.


Week beginning: 29th January 2018

Space Rocket Engineers!

In this week's story, Charlie builds a space rocket with his Dad and has an amazing adventure on the moon. Reception have been using junk modelling resources and craft materials to make their own rockets. Some of us worked together and some independently to make incredible rockets and we enjoyed flying them on space adventures in the outdoor area.


Week beginning: 22nd January 2018


This week we have been reading 'Charlie and the Cheese Monster'. In this story we explored what the planets are made of, as we know they are definitely not made of cheese! In our Literacy sessions we have been using our story maps that we created last week to write our new alien adventures.


In maths, we have been exploring measuring. We have been looking at the differences between length and height and discussing the appropriate resources we might use to measure different sized objects. We have been moving around the classroom measuring different objects. We began the week measuring in non-standard units, using cubes to find the length and height. We mastered this very quickly, so were next challenged to exploring rulers and metre sticks. We were shown that we need to start measuring from the 0 and that the 0 needed to be at the end of an object. We were talking about how many centimetres long, tall or short an object was. When exploring height, we looked at the height of our friends. We put ourselves in order from the tallest to the shortest in our bug groups.


Using the computers this week, we drew alien pictures on the paint programme. We found using the mouse a little bit challenging, but persevered until our aliens were made.


We were very busy this week and we worked together to bake moon rocks. We had to weigh out each of the different ingredients and ensure they were all mixed together. They were incredibly yummy!


Week beginning: 22nd January 2018

Getting our Bodies Moving

This week we have been reading Q Pootle 5. We loved how this alien was just like our new visitor, in that he crashed his space ship on Earth. What an adventure!


In Literacy we took our new alien characters on amazing adventures and created short story maps to help us with our writing. We talked about the beginning, middle and the end of our stories and the different events and characters that they might meet.


In PE we were working in our bug groups and playing lots of different team games. We played games such as stuck in the mud and dodge the asteroids. We were much better getting changed into and out of our kits today and some of us were extremely fast!


Week beginning: 15th January 2018

Write Dance

This week we started Write Dance. We noticed that some of us found making big arm movements a little difficult so we are now doing Write Dance every Friday to help us. This week we were told the story and had to do the different actions with our bodies. We then listened to the music and did these movements with bog marker pens on the paper on the floor. We really enjoyed it even though we found some movements a bit challenging.


Friday 12th January 2018

Here Come the Aliens!

This week we have been reading 'Here Come the Aliens'. We received a letter form the author of the book asking us to design and write about some new alien characters for a new book he was writing. In our Literacy, we used some exciting adjectives to describe what our new alien was like. We used our senses to help us extend our descriptions, thinking about what it might smell like, feel like and the sound it might make.


In our art we created new aliens using paint, however this time we were not allowed to use a paintbrush. We were each given a straw and the paint was added to a little bit of water. We then used pipettes to squeeze the paint onto our paper and has to blow the paint around using our straws. It took a lot of work!


In maths this week, we have been looking at addition. We learnt the 2 symbols that we need and have special actions to help us remember. We then used lots of different counting resources to help us solve tricky number sentences. Some of us were so good at this, we were challenged to try and write our own for our friends to solve.


This week we had PE in the hall. We were extrememly good at getting ourselves changed into our PE kit and kept all our school uniform neat and tidy so we could find it again later. When we were in the hall, we talked about why it is important to warm our bodies up before we exercise.

Lexi- "to make sure we don't hurt any of our bodies"

After our warm up, we looked again at our bodies to notice if anything had changed...

Henley- "I all hot and sweaty"

Marsels- "my heart is beating really fast"

We then explored the different ways in which our bodies can move. We played a few games together where we had to move as different animals and in a range of ways. We had to crawl like insects, slither on our tummy like a snake, bounce like a kangaroo, stomp wide like an elephant, and reach up tall on our tip toes like a giraffe. It was so much fun!


Week beginning: 8th January 2018

Aliens and Astronauts

This week we have been introduced to our new class topic of Intergalactic Superheroes! An alien crash landed into our classroom and he doesn't know where he is. We thought of lots of questions to find out more about our new visitor:

Isabelle- What do you speak?

Orson- What do you eat for your dinner?

Nayara- Why have you come to Earth?

Leo- How did you get here?

Amelia- Do you need help? Are you lost?

During circle time we looked at the alien and discussed differences and similarities between us and him. We noticed that we are very different to the alien, but not so different to our friends. We compared hair colour, eye colour and talked about how we are all unique and special.

We explored colour mixing when using watercolour to paint different pictures of aliens. We noticed that the more water we add the more vivid the colour is.


Week beginning: 4th January 2018


Term 3: Intergalactic Superheroes!

An alien has landed in our classroom! He doesn’t know anything about our school or Dover. We will be teaching him about where we live and learning about where he has come from. We will also be trying to find a way to send him back home!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

As the festive season is now here, Reception have been getting extremely excited. We have decorated our classrooms, made all our Christmas gifts for home and today we decorated our outdoor area Christmas Tree. We covered it in baubles of various sizes and then talked about the different ways we celebrate Christmas in our homes during circle time. Parents and Carers even shared with us different traditions and ways their children celebrate Christmas with their families through our Seesaw Learning Journey app.


Kyze's Mum told us- "This yer we have an 'elf on the shelf', each morning the elf will be somewhere different doing something silly and the boys have to find him. We then change the sticker on Kyze's door to count down the days to Christmas.


Saphira's Mum told us- "Putting decorations up on the ceiling and putting the decorations up on the tree.


Macie's Mum told us- "Macie and her sister have decorated our Christmas tree. We went to the Christmas market one weekend and saw Santa arrive in his sleigh with real reindeers, then went to see Santa in his Grotto where Macie told him what she would like for Christmas and received an early Christmas present.


Jamie's Mum told us- "We have done a picture letter to Santa saying what he would like for Christmas. We always put our tree up the first weekend of December and this year he has decorated his blue tree with me. We make homemade decorations and Jamie puts them on his tree. We also watch Polar Express, The Snowman and Jack Frost. We do the Christmas Eve Box, where Jamie will get some new pyjamas, some chocolates, a new film to watch that night and a milkshake of his choice. Once it's bedtime, we will put out a carrot, mince pie, water and milk.


Week beginning: 11th December 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Today, Reception B went out into our icy outdoor area only to find that all the trays were filled with the biggest shards of ice. We explored all the different pieces, looking at the patterns and shapes. We found icicles in very amazing places, such as through the colander in the mud kitchen and across the surface of the storage tubs. We really enjoyed feeling how cold it was and the best bit was when it slipped through your hands and smashed into tiny pieces of the floor. Then we could scoop it up or sweep it with the brooms. When we came back into the warm we talked about what the ice felt like.

Issy- "it was slippery, slimy and freezing. Sometimes when it is cold it makes my teeth shiver"

Macie- Mae- "very cold!"

Jamie- "cold and smashing"

Lexi- all slippery"

Henley- "smashy and cold"

Dexter- "freezing and it feels like freezing water"

Amelia S- "it feels like water, because it melts into water in the sunshine. It was all slimy and freezing"


Tuesday 12th December 2017

Our First Nativity

Our First Nativity 1

This week was Nativity Week. We took turns with key stage 1 to show our performances to the rest of the school as our first dress rehearsal. On Thursday 7th November and Friday 8th December, Reception performed their Nativity to all the Parents and Carers. All the hard work paid off, as we sang beautifully, remembered all our lines and stage directions and managed to keep huge smiles on our faces throughout the whole performance! We spoke each of our lines slowly and clearly into the microphone (a skill which we had been practising lots) and knew that if we were on stage, then we needed to face the audience and project our voices right to the back of the hall!


The turn out of parents and carers was amazing! Miss Davidson, Mrs Pallett, the Reception Staff and all the children would like to thank everyone for coming to watch our special performances.



On Friday 1st December, Reception took part in the College Christmas Craft Day. We had a range of activities to explore and create throughout the day, including sticking with the College tradition of creating our class hoop display for Nativity week in the hall. We were very lucky to acquire the help of Mrs Georgiev to support us in making our delicious Gingerbread cookies in the morning, which we then decorated with icing and Christmas sprinkles in the afternoon. We also made special baubles for our parents and carers to hang on their Christmas trees (but those are a surprise present). We decorated the class Christmas trees, pretended to bake Christmas cakes and make Christmas dinner in the Home Corner and even made a beautiful calendar for our families to have up all year round.

There was lots of paint, lots of tinsel and most importantly lots of GLITTER! The whole day was fantastic and the children left very excited for the Christmas festivities to commence.



Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

On Thursday 30th November, Reception experienced their first glimpse of real snow! The weather that morning created lots of excitement in the classroom, so it made sense to discuss winter and the changes we may start seeing in our environment. We discussed what might happen in winter and that if we have a really cold winter we may get snow! So, we worked together to create some winter magic in the classroom. We made snow! We were then able to explore what it felt like, talk about the different animals that live in snowy places and make snowmen, balls and mounds with it. It was so much fun and for some of us, it was the first time we had ever seen anything like snow before!

The Jolly Christmas Postman

This week we have been reading the story of 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. We turned the writing area into a post office, with letters, envelopes, stamps and a magical Christmas post box. In Maths, we have been continuing our work on 3D shapes and identify the different shape parcels in the Jolly Postman's bag. In Literacy, we have been learning how to write a letter. We know to start our letter with 'To Santa' and to always use our manners when we are asking for presents. We finished our letters by saying who the letter was from. When outside on the bikes, we have been delivering the post to the different story book characters and ensuring that the write number goes to the correct house. We have thoroughly enjoyed writing our letters to Santa and as we have been such good boys and girls, we really hope he brings us all our amazing presents.


Week beginning: 27th November 2017

This week, Reception have been exploring 3D shapes. We have been learning the different names and identifying a range of everyday objects that match these shapes in our classroom and outdoor area. We have been counting each shape's vertices, edges and faces. As well as using this vocabulary, we have been exploring nets, junk modelling and playing a shape matching game on the interactive whiteboard.


Week Beginning: 20th November 2017

On Friday 17th November Reception supported Children in Need by dressing in their pyjamas, slippers, onesies and dressing gowns all day. We decorated our cakes using the vibrant Pudsey yellow icing and spotty Smarties and even delivered a special pink spotty cake for Mrs Fotheringham.

All our hard work over the past few weeks has led to our marble jars being full up, meaning we get to organise a special treat. This time we all chose to watch a movie and have milkshake and popcorn. We watched 'Trollz' in our pyjamas and had a fantastic afternoon dancing and singing along to the film.

This week we have been exploring parties and how and when we host parties. We talked about different times we have had parties, such as birthdays and Christmas. As we are supporting Children in Need at the end of the week, the children decided they wanted to host a Pudsey Party. We talked about all the things we need to make a really good party; games, cakes, hats, special food, party clothes etc. In Maths, we explored weight, scales and the language of heavy and light. Some of us even started to look at weighing the Numicon and making the scales balanced by finding different ways to make 10. In Literacy, we have been writing numbered shopping lists for all our ingredients to make our cakes. We have also been writing a set of instructions to help us to bake our cakes.


Week beginning: 13th November 2017

Lest We Forget

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On Thursday 9th November 2017, Reception attended the rest of the college in a special Remembrance Service led by our wonderful Year 6 children. We discussed why we take part in an act of remembrance every year and why it is important to remember all those amazing and brave soldiers who have risked their lives for us. We created poppy wreaths to present during the service and observed a 2 minute silence.

We will always remember and never forget.



We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

This week we have been noticing lots of changes in our environment and this has led us to talk about Autumn and the seasons. We have been looking at the different colours we can see, what has happened to the leaves and the different things that animals might do in the autumn. In Literacy, we have been using the internet to find a picture of Autumn and typing a sentence to explain some of the changes that we have been noticing. In Maths we have been finding one more and one less from different objects and numbers. We know that to find one more we have to add one, and to find one less we need to take one away.

As part of our learning we were very lucky to take a trip to River Rec. We all had to wear our favourite wellies, including the grown ups! We walked all the way and collected lots of amazing coloured leaves of all shapes and sizes. Some of us were very lucky to even find some pine cones, twigs and cog nuts cases.

We all had an amazing time and would like to thank Mrs Pallett for organising our wonderful Welly Walk.


Week beginning: 6th November 2017

Bang! Pop! Fizz! It's Bonfire Night!

This week we have been learning all about Bonfire Night. We discussed the different ways we celebrate Bonfire Night by reading the story 'Lights in the Sky' in our new outdoor area. In maths we were learning to estimate how many fireworks we thought we could hear in the music. We were then estimating and guessing how many objects we thought were inside the parcels in the class post office. In Literacy, we were writing different words to describe the fireworks. We used all of our senses to describe what the fireworks look like, what they sound like and what they might smell like. We created different firework pictures using different coloured paint and glitter. We printed different shaped fireworks using cotton buds, toilet roll tubes and brushes.


Week beginning: 30th October 2017

On Thursday 19th October 2017, Reception celebrated and explored Diwali.

We read the 'Lighting a Lamp' story which helped us to learn how people celebrate Diwali. We discussed similarities and differences between Diwali and festivals we celebrate such as Birthdays and Christmas.

We created Rangoli patterns using different coloured rice and designed our own Mendhi patterns using handwriting patterns we use in Literacy.

During Diwali, special sweets and drinks are made. We made coconut Barfi, which tasted just like the middle of a 'Bounty' chocolate bar. It was very sweet, but we all enjoyed it very much. To wash it all down, we made a mango smoothie as a class. We looked at the mango, talked about the colour, texture and smell of it before and after we chopped it up. We added yoghurt, milk and then put it all in a jug to blend it with a hand blender. We then poured it into our cups and it was delicious! Some of us loved it so much, it gave us mango moustaches!


This week we have taken part in Art Week alongside the whole College. The chosen artist was Hannah Tompkins who specialises in print-based designs around William Shakespeare and his plays. Reception were given 'The Tempest' to read and explore across the week and they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!


In Maths we explored pattern and created different repeated patterns using colours, shapes and resources. In Literacy, as well as reading the text we acted out different scenes, created magical storms with handwriting patterns and wrote a list of amazing adjectives to describe the dangerous storm.


The afternoons were devoted solely to art. We drew portraits of William Shakespeare, made theatre masks and took part in a whole College canvas painting. Our chosen media was Action Art, which we absolutely loved. First, we hunted around the classroom looking for different objects and textures we could use to paint a storm picture instead of using paintbrushes. We then rolled these different objects through paint to create a magical dangerous storm.


We would all like to thank Mrs Bagshaw for organising such an amazing and fun-filled week!


Week beginning: 16th October 2017

Bend and Stretch

In PE today we talked about the different ways our bodies can move and stretch. We followed 'Cosmic Yoga' on the interactive whiteboard and took part in 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. We had to move into lots of different positions and poses which required balance, flexibility and movement.

Friday 13th October 2017

Look at my amazing writing!

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We would like to share a special mention to Gijs who did some amazing writing this week. He wrote about his target which he would like to achieve when he is 5. He heard lots of sounds when segmenting each word in his sentence, formed fantastic graphemes and remembered to use finger spaces and a full stop. Miss Bourner was so impressed she asked Mrs Pallett to take Gijs to see Mrs Fotheringham, who gave him a very special award and prize from her prize box.

Fantastic work Gijs, well done!

Something's Changing Outside...

Today, Leo found a 'helicopter' on the playground during lunch time. He was very keen to bring this into class and show all his friends. When Leo showed everyone, we all became very excited and began to talk about the helicopters and what else we noticed on the playground.

Amelia "There are lots of leaves on the floor. That's because it is nearly winter"

Issy "We are in Autumn now. All the leaves are all crunchy and crispy"

We then talked about all the different changes we have noticed around us at school, on our walk to school and at home.

Dexter "You can find conkers next to Shatterlocks and a massive leaf next to Bunkers Hill"

Ollie "The leaves are all falling off the trees"

Marsels "It's getting really windy and raining all the time"

Leo "when you get a conker yeah, you have to drill a hole through it and get a shoe lace. Then you can play a game and whack them at another one"

This discussion inspired some of us during 'plan do review' to create autumn collage pictures. We chose our own resources and materials from the Messy Area, including tissue paper, shiny paper, crepe paper, and glitter. We struggled to think of colours, until Lexi asked if we could go outside and look at the leaves. Miss Davidson took some of us out onto the playground and we looked at the different colour leaves, the shapes, patterns and collected them all up to bring inside. We then chose red, orange, brown and some green materials to collage with and added our leaves and helicopters too. We cut different shapes using the scissors and used the spatulas to paste the glue on when creating our collages.

Week beginning: 9th October 2017


Week 6: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

In Maths this week we have been learning to apply all the skills that we have been learning across this term. We engaged in different activities that allowed us to use our learnt skills such as ordering numbers, matching numerals to quantities, forming numerals, sorting and making pictures with 2D shapes, and exploring the Numicon resources. We enjoyed showing off all the things we have learnt.

Tyler "I've made 16 with a 10 and a 6, and I can make 22 look. I've got a 10, a 10 and a 2"

Amelia "I've made 11 and 12. I've got a 10 and then a 1 or a 2"

Dexter "Look Miss Davidson, I've put them all in order but its backwards, like a rocket blast off!"

Week Beginning: 9th October 2017


Star Reader of the Week

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A very big well done to Macie-Mae and Toby-Marcus for reading above our year group target of 10 minutes.

Congratulations on getting your bronze award badges.

In Phonics this week we have been learning the sounds 'p' 'i' and 'n'. We have been tracing over large chalk graphemes in the outdoor area using water and paintbrushes, before trying our very best to form each one correctly in our handwriting books. We have been using the special RWI rhymes to help us make sure we form each one correctly. Here are this weeks rhymes:

p - 'down the pirates plait and around his face'

i - 'down the insects body and a dot for his head'

n - 'down nobby and over his net'

We have attached a document containing all the Read Write Inc rhymes and a link to the correct pronunciation of each phoneme, so that you can help support your child with reading and writing at home.


Week beginning: 2nd October 2017

RWI Formation Rhymes

...and in a dark dark house some skeletons lived.

This week we have been exploring the funny bones stories. We have been sharing a range of different stories and talking about the characters and the story events. We then discussed the fact that our characters were skeletons and that we are all made of different bones. We learnt the different names to some of bones such as the spine and our ribs (we found the pelvis particularly funny!). We then created our very own skeleton pictures using straws which we cut to different lengths for each of our bones. Some of us also drew skeleton pictures using black card and chalks.

Week beginning: 2nd October 2017

On Wednesday 4th October, Reception joined the rest of the College in participating in No Pens Wednesday. For this we were not allowed to use a pen or pencil for the whole day and had to engage in a range of different activities. Initially, some of us found it a little challenging, as we really enjoy writing and drawing lots of pictures. However we developed a new range of skills through out this day and had lots of fun. We used technology such as the tablets and computer to draw different pictures and practised our scissors skills when cutting and sticking. We also took part in our first Guided Reading sessions. We read stories in groups, focussing on the different illustrations,  retelling them to our friends and acting them out in our role play areas. We improved our fine motor skills by making handwriting patterns with our fingers in the sand and creating models and 'cupcakes' with the play dough. Throughout the day we took part in a Song Times and shared different songs and rhymes with the rest of the class.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed No Pens Wednesday and cannot wait to take part again next year.


Week 5: We're Going on a Shape Hunt!

This week we have been Shape Spies and have been exploring 2D shapes. 

We have been talking about the different shapes that belong in this group and learnt the names of each of the shapes. We now know that 2D shapes are special because they are flat. When looking at different shapes we counted all the sides and the corners for each one, some even went up to having 8 sides! We enjoyed exploring outside and looking for different shapes within our school environment.  We created shape pictures, printed with shapes, matched and sorted different shapes and explored what happened when we put different shapes together .

Isabelle " a rectangle has 2 long sides and 2 short sides"

Dexter "3 trapeziums makes like a recycle sign. It's a hexagon, because it has got 6 sides and has got 6 corners"

Edie "when we put 2 squares together it makes a rectangle"

Jake "a square has 4 straight sides and they are all the same"

Week Beginning: 2nd October 2017

Star Reader of the Week

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A very big well done to Dexter, Leo, Destiny and Orson for reading for 15 minutes and therefore winning the star reader award for Busters Book Club. They all read 5 minutes over our year group target of 10 minutes.

Congratulations on getting your bronze award badges.


Week 4: Developing our number and phonics

This week we have been exploring numbers 1 to 10. We have been learning to use the resource Numicon to help us to identify numerals and their value. We have been counting out different amounts to 10 and even counting each other. In phonics, we have been learning the beginning of our Letters and Sounds programme; 's' 'a' and 't'. We have been practising forming them, thinking of words which have them as initial sounds and sorting them. We are enjoying phonics and have been learning little rhymes from Read Write Inc to help assist us in forming each grapheme. Here are this weeks rhymes to help us:

s - 'slither down the snake'

a - 'around the apple down the leaf'

t - 'down the tower across the tower'


In the afternoon we participate in child initiated and this is our favourite time to explore the outdoor environment. Here, we have been investigating and creating autumnal collages using natural resources, practising our gross motor skills such as balancing and jumping, and developing writing and number skills within a different environment.

Week Beginning: 25th September 2017

Learning for Life: Why do we need to brush our teeth?

During Learning for Life this week, we talked about the importance of brushing our teeth. We discussed how many times a day we brush our teeth and why it is incredibly important to brush them twice a day. We looked at some pretend teeth and talked about how we must brush our teeth in a circular motion to make sure we get all the plaque and bacteria. We then took turns and waited patiently to try and use the giant toothbrush to clean in big circles. Miss Davidson then explained to us that because it is very important, we have to brush our teeth at school. We were then all given a special toothbrush to use at school.

Week beginning: 18th September 2017

Term One: Magical Marvellous Me.

The Reception children have all settled in amazingly well during our first 2 weeks and we are now beginning our term topic. We are going to be talking all about ourselves, our families and the different things that we enjoy. We are going to be exploring our senses and learning the various parts of our bodies. We are also going to be beginning Letters and Sounds Phonics and become familiar with numerals from 1 to 10.

Week beginning: 6th September 2017

Our Learning Environments

Welcome to White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts!

Reception staff are keen to meet all our new children and we cannot wait to see how far they blossom across this year. We encourage you to check our website regularly for wonderful updates of our learning and activities and invite you to take a sneak peak at our exciting learning environments all ready and waiting for our new children.