Week 2

This week we have started our topic for the term: ‘Lost and Found’. We began with an interesting visitor to each class……a penguin! We talked about where they came from, why they had come to us, what were their names. We then recorded our thoughts in our mark making books, and we will use the internet to answer some of our questions eg do penguins have ears? We shared the story ‘Lost and Found’ and used lots of story language discussing what might happen next, why, and so on. We have been doing lots of art related to penguins, ice and snow and winter, which we will continue through the term.  In maths we have been continuing to estimate quantities, using numicon, recognising numerals and understanding numbers (eg. knowing what ‘6’ is, comparing, understanding number order). On Tuesday we played a fun team game with Mr Davis (which also involved number work and listening skills). Next week we will be continuing with our theme ‘Lost and Found’.

As many of you will have noticed, the Foundation Stage is now finished – hurray! The children have been having lots of fun using it. Thank you for all your help with fund raising and helping to clear and tidy.


Spring Term Week 1: Welcome back!

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and you are all ready for the new term. We have been busy this week discussing and then writing about, our Christmas holidays. We have had a circle time to re-cap the school’s golden rules to help us to make our classes happy places to be. We have been using numicon in maths activities to understand number order and value, and we will  also be doing some estimating at the end of the week. Our high frequency ‘Words of the Week’ this week are ‘we‘ ‘up‘ and ‘can‘. We practice reading these every day, please help your child by practising at home too (flash cards, hide and seek with the words hidden around the house or garden etc). We are also sharing and discussing reading books.  Next week we will be starting our theme for the term ‘Lost and Found’ by reading the story book.

Please check bookbags this week for the termly door note for this term. This includes lots of useful information for the term – please read it! You should also have had a letter explaining the weighing and measuring of all Reception children that will take place in a couple of weeks at school.

We also need large cardboard boxes for next week – shoe box size and above please! We will be making ice blocks for our role play areas. Thank you for your help!


We’ve made it!! What an exciting end to our term. The children enjoyed a party day this week which included a surprise visit from Father Christmas. He was asked some interesting questions and the children sat brilliantly while he read a story. To add to the excitement we also had a magic show.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will see you all back in school on a Monday 7th.

Foundation Stage Party and other Christmas Info

Christmas jumpers can be worn on Friday 14th December, with school uniform trousers/skirts/pinafores bottoms please.

Come to the school Carols around the Tree on Monday 17th December 6-7pm. The Foundation Stage will be selling hot dogs for £1 to raise money so please remember to bring some money as well as your singing voices!

The children can wear party clothes for our Christmas Party on Wednesday 19th December. Can we ask that they do not wear onsies, super hero or fairy/princess costumes for practical reasons. The children will also still be going outside to play during the day! Please remember to bring in the £2 voluntary contribution as soon as possible. thank you.


Foundation Stage Performance

We are so looking forward to sharing our hard work with you in our Foundation Stage Performance “Away in a Manger” on Wednesday and Thursday. The timings are 10.30am on Wednesday and 1.45pm on Thursday. We will be starting promptly at these times so please make sure you’re here on time. We will be opening the doors a few minutes before the show starts.

We are selling lucky programmes this year for £1. Two programmes from each performance will win a prize, so don’t forget to bring some change. Monies raised will go towards resources for the classrooms.

There will be a short time for photo opportunities at the end of the performances but please be aware we need to clear the hall for lunches so may be leading the children out promptly after the show. Please do not share photos on social media sites.

Immediately after the performance on Thursday children may be collected from the normal classroom doors.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy the show.

The Reception team.

November 23rd

This week the children have been very engaged making lots of junk model homes for the animals from After the Storm, our focus book. We used lots of tape and glue! There was lots of good discussion and critical thinking skills.

We have also been looking at money and playing shop! Perhaps the children might want to role play this at home too.

There has been lots of Christmas play singing this week. Please send in your costume by Thursday (in a named bag!,) as we have a dress rehearsal for older children on Friday next week. Many thanks.

Foundation Stage Garden

The new Foundation Stage garden is almost completed, there are just a few bits left to finish it before we have our official opening.

The children are loving playing on it during the sessions. Please can you make sure they don’t play on it when you are dropping off and picking up as we are not insured at these times.

If you would like the old green astro or rubber matting stacked in the corner of the garden, please let us know.

Welcome Back

We have had a very action packed first week back to school in Reception this week, from Halloween fun runs to school photos. We started the week by writing about what we got up to over the half term break, putting the sounds we learnt before half term to good use in our writing. Yesterday we really enjoyed our Halloween Fun Run on the school field. We were very proud of the effort all of the children put into the run and their costumes were definitely the talk of the school. Thank you for all your help in making your children look really spooky and your support in getting sponsorship.


We have all enjoyed a Foundation Stage Harvest gathering, where we celebrated all the wonderful food kindly donated to Bicester Food Bank. The children listened to a story about Isaac the Hedgehog and sang some Harvest songs.


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