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Mountain Lane School

Class 2 - Welcome to Reception


Welcome to Reception

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you as parents and pupils to Reception at Mountain Lane School. Last week whilst the children were attending school part-time the teachers and pupils have had the opportunity to get to know each other and have settled down well into the school routine. As staff we look forward to working with you as parents and carers during the course of the year.



Mrs E Smith - Class teacher

Mrs Catherall - Nursery Nurse - Class 1 and 2

Mrs T Marsden - CSW

Mrs C Davies - CSW        Mrs Ledsham - CSW


Dates for your calendar



School Photographs                       Monday 25th September


Parent/Teacher interviews              Thursday 19th October


Half Term                                    Friday 27th October


School re-opens                            Monday 6th November


Christmas Concert                        Wednesday 13th December


Christmas Party                            Friday 22nd December



Weekly Events

Tuesday -      PE

Wednesday - Reading books go home / Library books returned to school.

Friday -         PE

Friday -        All reading books to be returned to school.

Friday -        Library books go home



What will we be learning this term (Autumn 1) ?

This half term our topic will be ‘Marvellous Me’. The children will learn to name parts of the body, describe themselves and their friends and explore different feelings and emotions. They will talk about and sequence their own personal growth cycle and draw and paint portraits of themselves. They will begin to learn simple sentence patterns in Welsh i.e. asking someone their name and how they feel. This topic will provide a wealth of opportunity to develop children’s linguistic, mathematical, scientific, creative, environmental and personal and social skills.


We have been taking on the roles of doctors and nurses in 'Miss Polly's Hospital' and have been caring for all the poorly babies and patients in the hospital.  During our play we have been counting the plasters, taking telephone messages to help Miss Polly and buying things from the Chemist.

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We made models of our own faces out of play dough.  We used different tools and manipulated the play dough to make the different features for our faces. 



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We listened to different pieces of music and had to identify the pace.  If we thought the music was fast, we show a picture of a train.  If we thought the music was slow, then we showed the picture of a snail.


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We have been creating collage 'faces' using a variety of resources.


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In art we used mirrors to look carefully at out faces.  We drew our own self portraits.


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To cheer Miss Polly up, we made her a patterned necklace using coloured beads and links.  We made repetitive patterns of 2,3 and 4.


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We have been learning to recognise and order Numicon shapes.



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During maths investigation morning we looked at different everyday objects and sorted them according to shape.



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We have been teaching our friend 'Kipper' to count in order forwards and backwards and from different starting points.


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Last week we listened to the story of 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert.  Having listened to the story we used natural objects to make our very own leaf man outdoors.

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We have been on an autumn walk, and took on the roles of autumn detectives.  We went around the school grounds looking for different signs that told us it was autumn time.  We also thought of lots of different words to describe and compare the temperature outdoors. We used i pads to take photographs of what we had found on our autumn walk and also used the record button to record ourselves describing the photographs we took.  Here are some of the photographs we took.



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In maths we have been learning to order and compare numbers up to 10 using Numicon shapes and using the language 'bigger than' and 'smaller than'.



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We helped Miss Polly to sort all her friends. We sorted them according to the clothes they were wearing, hair colour, gender, colour of shoes. We found many different ways of sorting them!!!


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We have also been learning to add two sets of objects together using Numicon shapes. 



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We have been learning to recognise different coins.  We used the coins to pay for items from Miss Polly's chemist.



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Just before half term we helped plan a surprise birthday party for Kipper.  We wrote shopping lists for Mrs Catherall so that she could go shopping to but all the party food.  We made Kipper birthday cards and wrote invitations.  We also made and decorated cakes for the party.


On the last day before half term we celebrated Kipper's birthday and had a party and played birthday games.



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What will we be learning during the second half of the Autumn Term ?


During the second half term we will be learning about ‘Celebrations/ Toys’. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore how special times are celebrated and to talk about their own personal experiences The children will have the opportunity to explore both old and new toys and create a simple toys timeline. They will investigate how various toys move and work i.e. pushing and pulling / battery operated etc. Our class role play area will become a toy shop where the children will be busy buying and selling toys in time for Christmas!



Outdoor Learning



Outdoors we matched the Numicon shapes to the correct numbered leaves.


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We used sticks and other natural materials outdoors to make different 2D shapes.  We discovered a circle was much more tricky to make, as it doesn't have straight sides.


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We have been learning to play co-operatively outdoors in the 'house'.



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We used den building materials to create Kipper a tent for a surprise birthday present. 



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In the 'Mountain Lane' café we have been using Numicon shapes and real coins to pay for items from the café.



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We have been practising writing lists when taking food orders from our friends.


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Using a variety of small equipment outdoors, we have been creating our very own games.  We had to think of our very own rules to play the game. 



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We created self portraits outdoors using our very own 'mud paint'!!!



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We have loved using the 'Mud Kitchen' to make yummy cakes.  We have made 'Amazing Acorn Cakes', 'Green Grass Cakes' and mouth watering 'Chocolate Mud Cakes'.  We created our own recipe cards and made lists of the ingredients we needed.  We also carefully counted out the correct amount of ingredients.


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