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Highfield Academy

Reception (Classes 2 & 3) - 2020/21

Welcome Back

We have had lots of fun since coming back to school. We have settled back into the classroom very well and have loved seeing all of our friends again. We have continued our topic of ‘Our Wonderful World’ by reading the books ‘The Streets Beneath My Feet’ and ‘The Skies Above My Eyes’. We have learnt all about dinosaur fossils and how they are formed. We made our own dinosaur world in our tuft tray, complete with dinosaur fossils. We have also learn about space and Tim Peake.

Anti-bullying week

This week is a very important week; it is anti-bullying week. In Reception we looked at the different ways we can be a good friend, especially to somebody who is being bullied by being kind and helpful. We also learnt that it is okay to be different from our friends because that is what makes us all special. We read the story ‘Meesha Makes Friends’ and made our own friendly stick puppet toys. 

Children in Need

Classes 2 and 3 have been learning all about the amazing things children in need supports. We have been focussing in particular on how the charity supports those families who are less fortunate than ourselves. We donated lots of things to our local foodbanks. We also learnt lots about Pudsey Bear; Did you know that he is older than our teachers? We enjoyed coming to school with our Pudsey ears on and making our own Pudsey eye patches and Bliss bows.

Remembrance Day

Reception class have been learning that we wear poppies to help us to remember the brave soldiers. We learnt about all the things that brave men and women have had to sacrifice to keep us safe over the years. We looked at what Anderson shelter were and how children would have used them to hide from bombs during the war; we pretended that our reading den was an Anderson shelter and hid with Miss Norton. We made our own poppy wreaths and wore home-made poppies on our jumpers. We were all very quiet during the two minutes of silence to show our respect for all the fallen soldiers.

Amazing Autumn

In Reception we have noticed that while we have been away from school for half term, the leaves on the trees on our garden have started to change colour and fall to the ground. Today we all went to the garden and collected lots of Autumn treasure during a treasure hunt. We used a checklist to find lots of Autumnal items such as; conkers (We even found some that we still in their shell!), orange leaves, berries and we even found a squirrel hiding in one of the big fir trees! We also had a competition to see who could find the largest leaf, we tried very hard to line ourselves up in order based on the size of the leaves we found.  We brought all of our amazing Autumnal treasure back to the classrooms and we have been very busy all week using them to make lots of lovely pictures.

A Goat’s Coat

We read the story ‘A Goat’s Coat’ as part of our colours of the rainbow topic. We enjoyed this story as it is all about how being kind and sharing helps you make friends and gain their respect. Miss Norton and Miss Emmerson think we are particularly good at this in Reception. We did lots of different actives after we read the story, such as; acting it out ourselves with puppets, designing and making our own sweaters for Alfonso the goat.


We have all been very excited this week because it is nearly Halloween. We read lots of Halloween themed stories, such as; ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Pumpkin Soup’ and ‘Pumpkin feels lonely’. We had real pumpkins to explore. We discussed how they looked, felt and smelt and then we cut them open and talked about how they looked, felt and smelt inside. After we had explored with the pumpkins we scooped out the seeds and flesh with spoons and tweezers to strengthen our fine and gross motor skills. We even used the pumpkins to make our own spells and potions like the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’.


This week in Reception we have been very interested in spiders. We found a nest of baby spiders in our outdoor area which led to lots of discussion about how spiders make their webs and how they used them to catch insects. We read the story ‘Spinderella’ and played a spiders vs scorpions game in PE.


The children in reception have been working very hard in phonics this half-term and have now learnt all of the sounds in Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds Phonics. We have been doing lots of practise to segment and blend words to read them independently. Some of us have even been reading simple captions and sentences. Our teachers are also very impressed that we have been using our phonics independently in play and to help us write. 

Self-Serving Snack

We are working on our independence in Reception and this week we have opened up our self-serve snack area. We have to make sure that we wash our hands before eating, then we have a choice of three delicious fruits and vegetables to choose from every day, we wash our own snack and pour our own milk!

Name writing

Miss Emmerson and Miss Norton have set us a challenge this week and we are all very excited about it! Our challenge is to be able to write our first and second names by Christmas time, without using our name-cards! We have been practising writing our names every morning when we come into our classrooms and we have also started using our very own name cards to practise reading and ordering the letters in our names. We also have name-cards in our classes so that we can write our names on all of our pictures and creations.


In PE this half-term our focus is on using space and making sure that we have enough space to ourselves in the hall to do PE safely. We have played lots of different games with our friends, where we have had to be very careful and negotiate lots of different spaces without bumping into anybody else.


We are nearing the end of Phase 2 phonics in reception now and only have one new set of sounds to learn! Miss Emmerson and Miss Norton have been very impressed with our new phonics skills because we have been segmenting and blending to read words and today we even had a go at reading a longer caption! We have also been using our phonics skills in guided reading at school with our friends and at home with our grown-ups.

Colourful stories

In reception this half term all of our stories are centred around the colours of the rainbow. So far we have read; The Rainbow Fish, The Princess and the Wizard, The Colour Monster, The Day the Crayons Quit and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. Alongside these stories we have been doing lots of mark making and experimenting by mixing different colour together to see what new colours we can make!

Henry the Hedgehog

This week we introduced a very special friend into our classes; Henry the Hedgehog. We learnt that hedgehogs sleep all day so, Henry does not like it when we use big voices and running feet inside our classroom because it disturbs his sleep! We have all tried very hard to keep quiet and Henry has been very impressed. He was so impressed that he has given some of us special certificates for showing respectful behaviour. When you are Henry’s Respectful superstar you get to keep Henry company during story-time as a reward.

Our First Week in Reception

During our first week in Reception we had lots of fun getting to know our new teachers and friends. We have lots of exciting areas across four different learning spaces to explore; a creative area where we can paint to our hearts content, a reading and writing area to practise our fantastic phonics, a role play and construction area for our imaginations to run wild in and an outside area to help us keep active. In our first two days in reception we spent lots of time in all of these areas.

Super Soft Play!

In Reception we are very lucky to have access to our very own Soft Play area, we all look forward to our two weekly sessions. We especially love the big blue slide because we can go down super-fast. We also love the ball pit, and the bumpy log slide too. We always have so much fun with all our friends in soft play!


This week in Phonics we have started to learn some of the Phase 2 sounds from letters and sounds. So far we have looked at: s, a, t, p, i, n and m. We have also started to read some simple words that have those sounds in. Our teachers are very impressed with how hard we have all tried!


This year in Reception we are focusing on numbers to 10, we are using Ten Town to support the teaching of numbers as they have lovely rhymes to help us remember how to form our numbers correctly. So far we are all well on our way to becoming experts in numbers to 5; we can all tell you what they look like and show you on our fingers!

Exploring in the Secret Garden

Today in Reception we all went out to enjoy the sunshine and explore in the secret garden! We had so much fun looking for pine cones, playing hide and seek in the maze, searching for wildlife in the trees and collecting lots of Autumnal treasure to take back to our classroom; we found: lots of pine cones, some beech nuts, funny shaped sticks, stones, feathers, apples and… we even found a lost ball!

The Rainbow Fish

The first story we are reading in our literacy lessons is; ‘The Rainbow fish’ by Marcus Pfister. We liked reading this story because it is all about how to be a good friend, we learnt that if you are kind to others they are kind back. We each decorated our own Rainbow Fish and came up with our own rules on how to be a good friend for our class charter. We have spent the week doing lots of different activities based on the story.

Reception 2019/20

Bug Hotel

In Reception as part of our RRSA (Rights Respecting School Award) we are trying our very best to be more environmentally friendly. We have a weekly Eco warrior who makes sure that all of our lights are switched off when we are not in the room to save electricity.

This week we talked about other ways we could help the environment and decided that we could make our outdoor area more attractive to wildlife. We decided to make a bug hotel. We all collected sticks and pine cones and put them into our hotel along with some bricks and some bamboo canes.

Autumn Crafternoon

This week in Reception we had our Autumn stay and play. We enjoyed spending some time with our grown-ups showing them how we have settled into Reception over the last eight weeks. We all shared an Autumn story; even our grown-ups! making leafy hedgehogs Then we did lots of fun crafty activities like; making leafy hedgehogs, creating leaf rubbings, making clay hedgehogs and we had a chocolate dipping station.

Brilliant Beebots

In Reception we have been using the bee-bots to learn some basic computer programming skills. We talked about how just like a computer, the bee-bots have their own memory and can remember lots of instructions at the same time. Before we gave it new instructions we had to remember to tell the bee-bot to forget our last instruction. We used our number skills and took it in turns to make the bee-bots move across the mat from 0-10. We had lots of fun!

Our first week

In reception we have had a very busy first week. We have enjoyed making new friends and getting to know our teachers. We have tried very hard all week in our new lessons and we are getting very good at singing the alphabet chant to help us in Phonics. We have particularly enjoyed our first PE lesson where we played some team building games to help us get to know our friend’s names.