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Week Beginning 26.09.22


As part of our topic ‘People Who Help Us’, we have been learning about the importance of oral health. This week the Reception children had a visit from a dentist called Jack from Space Healthcare in Leamington, who talked to the children about teeth and how to look after them. They learnt how many teeth they have, which kinds of food and drinks are good or bad for our teeth, how to clean their teeth and what to expect when visiting a dentist. The children all listened brilliantly and some were even able to share their own experiences of going to the dentist and how they clean their teeth at home. We set up a 'Dentist Station' which all the children loved accessing; we practiced brushing teeth (not their own!) with toothbrushes and toothpaste. All of Reception were also given an amazing dental ‘goodie bag’ each. These were all kindly donated by House of Dental in Birmingham and we would like to say a big thank you to them, Jack and Space Healthcare for their tremendous support!

Week Beginning 19.9.22


It was so lovely to have all of the children in school full time week! During our carpet time sessions, we have learnt about Coten End's Golden Rules and the children are really beginning to understand what they mean and have been earning special stickers for following them. We have also spent a lot of time encouraging the children to develop friendships, learn each other's names and explore all of the different areas both inside and outside. Everyone has settled in brilliantly and we are so proud of them all! Although it has only been four days, everyone is quite tired so some early nights might be needed this weekend!

Week Beginning 12.9.22


What a wonderful first week in Reception! The children have settled in brilliantly and have learnt all about our daily routines. It has been lovely to see them playing together, making new friends and exploring their new classrooms. They enjoyed staying for their first school lunch and even had a short playtime on the 'big playground'! Please see Tapestry for a selection of photos of their first few days. 


We are really looking forward to all of the children being in full time from next Tuesday! 

Week Beginning 13.6.22


This week we have started our new half-termly theme of 'Traditional Tales'. The children have loved hearing some of these stories so far so it is worth having a read of some traditional tales that you might find in a library or having a look at some animated versions on the internet. We have started with the tale of 'The Three Billy Goat's Gruff' and we have been very creative with lots of construction! We have looked at making boats for the goats to travel under the bridge, discussing the difference between waterproof and absorbent materials when deciding what to use to make our boats. We have also used junk modelling to create strong bridges. This has led to lots of conversations about how we can make the bridge strong, such as how we can join parts together and what materials we can use that are strong enough for the goats to walk over. Some children have also enjoyed retelling the story, using storyboards.


In maths, we have been focusing on taking away and have played lots of games to help us to practise. One game we have played is called 'Race to Zero'. You and a friend/partner each make a Lego/Duplo tower of 10 cubes and take it in turns to roll a dice and take the number that has been rolled away from your tower. The person to get to 0 the fastest is the winner! Maybe you could try this at home, as we have had lots of fun playing it.

Week Beginning 16.05.22


This week, after reading 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson, we have continued to learn about various different minibeasts and we have looked closely at the life cycle of a ladybird. We have made our own 'cunning plans' following in the footsteps of the thieves in the story and we have started to paint the clay minibeasts that we made last week. We have also been monitoring the progress of our caterpillars which we have now transferred to their nets ready for their butterfly transformations! 


In maths, we have been exploring lots of different ways to help us to add and children have been reminding themselves about thinking of an addition number sentence as part + part = whole. We have also been practising using a number line and counting objects when adding, to support children depending on how they learn best.


In phonics, we have been assessing the children to see how they are getting on and we have been really pleased with how hard they have been working.


We are very excited for our trip to Hatton Farm next Thursday and celebrating the 'Queen's Jubilee', a week early, with the rest of the school next week!