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Summer 2- Rumble in the Jungle 

Jaime's Brain Breaks | 3. Walking through the Jungle

A quick music & movement brain break with Jaime from Cosmic Kids. A call-and-response song with yoga poses linked to our current theme! Why not have a try at home...

We enjoyed jungle yoga as a cool down activity this week, can you guess which animal we are?

The end result and verdict...”They are really crunchy”. “Mine is tasty and sweet”. “It smells delicious” “I can smell the chocolate” “It’s a little bit hard but I like it”

We have been busy working together to read the recipe and instructions to make jungle biscuits. We weighed, measured, mixed, stirred, poured, sieved, rolled and cut our own biscuits.

We voted for our favourite animal and recorded the findings in a block graph. Which animal was most popular? Which animal was least popular?

Reception made the most of the sun with an outdoor jungle themed tricky word hunt, how many tricky words can you read and write?

Getting creative in designing our own jungle animals by applying our new knowledge of their functions and features! 🦁🐯🦒🐅🦓🐘

Special delivery 📮✉️📄 Reception received a very special letter in the post from the zoo keeper this week, we have been invited to apply to become a zoo keeper ourselves. Watch this space for our reply letters!

Seven Continents Song

A song to help kids learn the 7 continents in order from largest to smallest and locate where some animals live too!
🚫WARNING🚫 it is very catchy and you’ll soon all be singing it at home!

We have explored the question: Where do I live? Using maps, atlases and globes to locate where different animals live.

In maths, we have been using positional language to describe where the animals are located on our zoo maps. We even practised this language and moving like the animals in P.E.

Reception have been learning to follow step by step instructions to draw different animals from the jungle, just look at the detail!

Reception are learning to add single digits together using concrete materials and then record their findings using written number sentences in preparation for Year 1! Can you find the total number of legs of your animals? How many legs altogether? Can you count on to find out? Can you count the legs and match the numerals? Can you record your number sentence using one digit per box?

We have been busy using mixed media and materials to create our very own jungle animals for our new display. Which colours will you choose and why? What features will it need and what could you use? How will you attach them?

We ❤️ using Miss Solan’s non-fiction books to learn about jungle animals! We have been busy learning lots of new vocabulary to name animals, their features and what they use their features for. We then used this learning in our Literacy lessons to label animals and even write sentences using our phonics knowledge.

Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore Song - Can you tell your friends and family about the foods that the jjungle animals eat?

I wrote this one for my science unit on the food chain. It helps teach about herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Lyrics: Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, All came to eat some lunch, Munch! Crunch! Munchy, crunchy-crunch-crunch-munch Creatures came over to eat some lunch Herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, I better go shopping at lots of different stores...

Reception had such an amazing day at Blackpool Zoo, we saw lots of animals! Which was your favourite animal and why?

Summer 1- Why was the caterpillar hungry?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eril Carle 

Reception have been tasting and describing some of the fruits that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate. We decided that the apples were crunchy and red, the pears were juicy and soft, the plums were purple and smooth, the strawberries were bumpy and tasty and the oranges were tangy and sour.

We have been busy writing lists of the different fruits that we know 🍎🍊🍐🍓🍌🍉🍍🍋

Patterns, patterns everywhere! We’ve been busy continuing and creating different repeated patterns using lots of different resources! How many patterns can you see?

Reception are always busy learning during continuous provision time! Just look at that independent learning ⭐️

Can you retell the story?

We are exploring the lifecycle of a caterpillar! How quickly can you complete the lifecycle using the pasta shapes and tweezer? Can you name each part?

Reception's visit to the Book Bus 📚🚌 We loved looking for our favouriture characters and stories!

Exploring the school grounds for minibeasts 👀🕵🕵🏻‍♀️ What can you see? Where do they live?

EYFS visit King George's Park! What a fabulous morning at the park, it wasn't amazing to see the children so engaged, taking turns and demonstrating some amazing physical skills that we would never have otherwise seen at school. We have a shopping 17 parent helpers that came along all commented on the children's amazing behaviour! Thank you and well done to everyone involved ❤️️

Reception learnt all about the African Land Snail and even got to hold one, thank you so much to one our children and parents for sharing their exciting pet!

Geography Week. Reception and Year 6 create journey sticks on Outwood Nature Trail. Amazing teamwork, communication and behaviour from all ❤️

Doubling, halving, sharing and matching numerals and quantities 🦋🐝🐌🍃🐛

Watching the lifecycle of a butterfly before our own eyes, they made an appearance just in time for the Bug Ball 👏

EYFS Lovely Bug Ball, thank you for your support and efforts with the amazing costumes created.

Spring 2- What could it be? (Stanley's Stick)

Busy using our imaginations...what could the stick be?

EYFS visit Radcliffe Library 👀📚📖 We had such a lovely morning with Sarah the librarian, she read some stories and organised some craft activities for us whilst others went on a hunt around the library and wrote lists of they could find!

We have been learning to work as a team in PE with our new game ‘Stanley’s Stick’, each ‘stick’ had to stay with ‘Stanley’ at all times and even copy the movements!

Our group stick poems 📝

We have loved learning anout 3D shapes this week! We have been on a 3D shape hunt around school, even sneaking in some KS2 classrooms whilst they did PE! How many 3D shapes can you find at your house?

World Book Day 2019 🌎📖🗓❤️

Spring 1- Who's that trip trapping over my bridge? 

This half term we are exploring the book The Three Billy Goats Gruff, looking closely at the structure of the story, the setting and the characters.

Take a look at our Spring 1 Newsletter 👀👍🏻

Take a look at our learning so far...

We have been busy sorting the Troll’s picnic food into groups depending on whether they are healthy or not...

Did Granny have an iPad? 🤔📱

This term, we are busy exploring lots of different toys using our new book Knuffle Bunny. We have been sorting toys into groups of new and old, looking at the similarities and differences between different toys and thinking about our favourite toys and games.

Children in Need 💰🐻🙌

We had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need, we explored lots of colours, spots and stripes and even made our own Pudsey Bears. As a school, we raised £186 for such a worthy cause. Thank you so much for your kind donations 💕

❤️Celebrating Remembrance Day 2018 ❤️

In Reception, we paid our respects to the fallen soldiers with a morning of lots of Remembrance activities. We were extremely lucky to have a very special picture to look at too, the children very respectful and took part in a minutes silence to remember those who lost their lives at war. ❤️💕❤️

R Newsletter Autumn 2

Our autumn walk 🍂🍁🍃👀🖐👃🏽👂

We found lots of signs of autumn...

Reception were so excited to meet Dudley the owl! He is a 7 year old tamed Tawny Owl, we all got to stroke him using our gentle hands 👋

We love Owl Babies 📖🦉✍️💭👀👂

We are having so much fun in our first few weeks at school! We are getting to know our new friends, learning to share, take turns and even tidy up! Our teachers are so proud of us all!

Welcome to Reception!


In The Early Years Foundation Stage, the children follow a play-based curriculum that will provide them with the opportunities to


· Develop their confidence, independence and social interaction

· Encounter a range of new and exciting experiences, through the power of play

· Build upon the skills they have as they leave the home environment to start school

· Develop these skills as an individual

· Prepare for the next stage in their primary school education


Throughout the school day, the children will learn in a range of different ways. Through whole class focused group work, small group learning, adult-led activities, child-led activities and independent play.


Please find additional details about this academic year below.

If you would like any further information on The EYFS at St. John’s please do not hesitate to arrange a visit.


We always enjoy welcoming new friends and are looking forward to getting to know you all,


Miss Solan, Miss Semeniuk and Miss Blears smiley

The EYFS Long Term Planner:


Timetable of useful information:


Reading Books - Please read books at home and sign the Reading Record

Thursday Library- Please return your library book each Thursday. Phonics books are updated on Thursday too. 

 PE- Please ensure your child has a fully labelled a PE kit in school 

Safer Internet Day 2019

Useful websites and games to try at home: