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Oxford Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS20 9DA


Headteacher - Mrs Sally Buckton

Guiseley Primary School

Reception Blog

Summer 1

This half term, our topic has been 'down on the farm'. We had a fantastic day out at Hesketh Farm, where we learnt lots of facts about farm animals and how to handle and feed them. The children had a special visit from some new born rabbits; we learnt that baby rabbits are called kits or kittens. Over the half term, we have looked at lots of non-fiction books about farms and farm animals and learnt to recognise the features of these. The children have learnt the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and have loved retelling this story in the areas of provision, whilst choosing materials to build their own houses for the pigs. 
We are continued to be impressed with the children's marvellous maths skills; we have become masters at recognising teen numbers and using positional language. We continue to learn in a practical, hands-on way in maths lessons by telling stories and playing lots of games. It's hard to believe there is only one more half term left of this academic year; we will be sure to make it an exciting one!

Spring 2

Reception children have continued to 'wow' us with growing resilience and independence when learning. Our topic this half term has been 'Superheroes' and the children have certainly proved they are 'real life' superheroes in many ways! Of course, we learnt about the amazing, cool superheroes in films and comics, but we also learnt about what it takes for us to be respectful superheroes. The children suggested you are a respectful superhero by saying 'please' and 'thank you'. We have been learning all about the number bonds to 10 and will keep practising next half term. The children have investigated the number bonds in lots of different ways; Numberblocks have helped us along the way, too! Have a look at our Spring 2 highlights to see all of the wonderful learning opportunities that the children have loved this half term.

Spring 1

We have had another action packed half term in Reception full of fantastic learning. Our topic has been 'Just the Job'. We have been learning all about people who help us. The children have loved being police detectives in our police station role-play area and we were lucky enough to have a real life fire fighter who came to visit and teach us all about her job. One child said, 'I love the firefighter's helmet.' The children continue to amaze us with their intricate models and imaginative play. They have been making lots of hotels and imaginative worlds, which has sparked interesting conversations and even involved some maths learning!

We have had a busy Autumn term in Reception! The children settled so well and are forming some lovely friendships. They are confident to try new things in the classroom and in the quadrangle. They have particularly enjoyed our autumn work: going on an autumn walk, making clay hedgehogs and using their autumn finds to make their own leaf people. They even used an app called Chatterpix to make their leaf-man come to life!

We have had some exciting visitors this half term. We built a rocket ship and went to the moon in an imagination workshop with Tots pretend, a lady from Leeds Road safety team taught us how to stay safe for road safety week, but our most exciting visitors were five little ducklings who spent the day with us!

To view previous year's information and pictures, please click here.