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2021-2022 Reception Tawny & Barn Owls

Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) ~ Tawny and Barn Owls Classes

Early Years at Abbotswood




This week, our wonderful Esme went on a trip to London! She went on the train and then to a television studio! She even met Eamon Holmes!


Esme and her sister were invited to be on national news due to their fundraising efforts supporting children in the Ukraine. Esme and her sisters have been selling sweets at school and at their local rugby club to raise money for, “Children who aren’t lucky like us”.


So far, Esme and her sisters have raised over £430 (with a little help from Eamon himself).


Here is a link to watch Esme in action!


Book Week


Thank you so much to the parents who came in to read with the children in Reception. Hopefully we will be able to do it again soon!

Book Cafe

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PE - Gymnastics (Gross Motor Skills)


This term in PE we have been finishing our work on gross motor skills. The children have been jumping and landing, climbing, running and balancing. They have all been incredibly responsible and have become very good at checking the mats before the activity begins.

Lizah's Handstand

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Molly's Handstand

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Charlie's Forward Roll

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Ted's Balancing

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Supertato and Superheroes!


Recently, we have been looking at the story of Supertato! The children have done some fabulous writing based around this book! They had to pretend that they were Supertato and imagine what he might say.


“I will get you evil pea!” Ezzy.

“Hey Evil Pea I am too fast for you!” Coby.

“I am super strong.” Isaac W.


Later in the week, the Evil Pea stole our snack and all of Mr Jelf’s fruit and veg. He left the children a note telling them to follow the trail of peas around the playground. The children had to use their positional language to help Mr Jelf get all of his fruit and veg back. In the end, Willow found the children’s snack! “It was inside the tyre.”


We are now looking at superheroes and the children are enjoying being able to tell us all about their favourite heroes! They have been making superhero dens; some children have been playing in the role play area and have been pretending to be superheroes; and all children have created their own superhero and written about them.

Planting Potatoes!


We have begun the process of planting our potatoes ready for the allotment in spring! We spoke about what plants need to grow:


"They need soil." Charlie.

"Water makes them grow." Billy.

"It doesn't make them grow straight away, it needs the sun to come and shoot down on it." Chandler.


What might grow first?


"Flowers." Billy.

"No. It will be the plant first." Kooper.

Super Numicon Skyscrapers


We have been looking at the composition of numbers up to and beyond ten. The children needed to fit the Numicon pieces together to make skyscrapers and then count the windows in each building.



Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We have been looking at Goldilocks and the Three Bears over the past two weeks. The children have enjoyed writing about Goldilocks and retelling the story verbally. They had to measure out porridge for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear and even got to try some of their own porridge with a choice of toppings! We spoke about healthy choices when it comes to food and how it is ok to have sweet things, as long as they are part of a balanced diet.

Shape Hunt


We have been looking at 2D shapes in maths this term. The children have been learning the names of some shapes and exploring their properties. We went on a shape hunt around the school and the children discovered lots of shapes!


Stick Man!


In the run up to Christmas, we have been looking at the book Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We have been into the Wildlife Area to find some sticks and we have also made our own edible stick men (which we enjoyed eating very much!). The children have done some writing based on the book, writing 'I am Stick Man'. 


What an amazing week we have had!

Pirates invade Abbotswood!


So many children have spoken about how much they love pirates! We decided to do a two week unit on the book Captain Sparklebeard! In the book, a young girl called Peg dreams of becoming a pirate and one day some pirates arrive in her town looking for volunteers to join their crew. When Peg asked to join, the pirates laughed in her face because she didn't have a beard and she was too small!


Those pesky pirates also captured Mr Jelf and sent the children on a wild goose chase! They had to follow clues which led them all over the school, from Mrs Willoughby's office, to the climbing wall! Thankfully, we eventually found Mr Jelf trapped in the Wildlife Area and managed to set him free.


We didn't think these pirates sounded very nice, so we wrote them a letter asking them to, 'Please be kind.'


The children took part in lots of activities over the fortnight. We made pirate bandanas, experimented with floating and sinking, found some frozen treasure, trained to be pirates in our PE lessons and counted treasure in our maths lessons.


Finally, Captain Redbeard decided that we were capable of joining his crew, but only if wee could find his hidden treasure! This meant another treasure hunt around the school, where we eventually found his hidden loot in the KS2 playground!



Outdoor Learning


We have been getting out and about as much as possible while the weather is good! The children love exploring in the Wildlife Area, seeing what they can find and noticing the changes that happen across the year.

Maths - understanding the value of numbers to 10.


In our maths lessons this year, we have been looking at the values of numbers. We have been practising our counting and finding different ways of representing the numbers up to 10.

Autumn Walk


We went on an Autumn walk to see how our natural environment changes at this time of year.


Lots of children spoke about how the leaves had changed colour and fallen off of the trees. "Look they're brown! It's cold so they change and fall off."

Pumpkin Soup


The children have been making pumpkin soup! They all tried it and were pleasantly surprised!


We are trying to encourage the children to make healthy choices when it comes to food - this is something that we, as a school, are very passionate about.


They prepared the soup from start to finish, including carefully cutting the vegetables.


We also made pumpkin lanterns for the children to take home.

Pumpkin Soup


We have been playing a maths game which required the children to roll the dice and cover the numbers it landed on.


All About Me


Our learning this term stated with the topic of 'All About Me'. We talked about what makes us special and learnt that we are good at doing different things. We used the story of 'Funny Bones' as our text. We learnt about our skeletons, where they are, what they look like and why we have one. We made our own skeletons using paper straws to fill the template of the humans from the story. We also developed our cutting skills as we cut out skeletons and put them back together again!   


We spent time learning to recognise our own names and used a bingo dabber to trace over the top of them.

We developed our fine motor skills by adding beads to give the funny face some trendy coloured hair. 

In the home corner we had our very own birthday party where the children were able to role play having a birthday party with their friends.  

The Little Red Hen


We have spent time reading and retelling the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. We have made our very own little red hen's using a red hand print and even made him our of red playdough and loose parts. The children all an opportunity to make their very own bread roll with the help of Mr. Jelf. The children took them home to eat but told us they were delicious and most of the children shared them with their family.  We made a 'Little Red Hen' using a paper plate and other craft materials. They are great! 

In the home corner we have our very own shop. The children have been buying items and using Numicon to pay for their goods. We have been taking turns to be the customers and the shop keeper. 

In maths, we have been learning to recognise the Numicon shapes to math numeral cards and this week the challenge was to independently order these shapes in the correct order from 1 to 10. 

In writing we have been using our phonic knowledge to write a speech bubble to write 'not I' which is what the animals said to The Little Red Hen when she asked for help to make her bread as well as writing the ingredients they used to make the bread with Mr. Jelf. 

Wildlife Area!


During Term 1, we took all of the children into the Wildlife Area to explore the natural environment.


In the Wildlife Area, we found: slugs, leaves, worms, ants, pine cones, sticks and many more things.


The children were also learning to manage their own risk by climbing in the trees and playing on the rope swings.


They absolutely loved it and we will be going back to the Wildlife Area lots over the coming weeks!

Here are some of the boys singing our ABC song!


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