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Reception - Mrs Holmes & Mrs Sheldon

Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to our Reception class page. The grown ups who teach us are Mrs Holmes, Mrs. Sheldon and Mrs Orridge. Make sure you check our page regularly to see what we have been up to. Lots of useful information can be found by following the links below.



Our topic this term is 'Everything’s Growing'  

Contacts: gholmes@darleydale.derbyshire.sch.uk   asheldon@darleydale.derbyshire.sch.uk

Our Learning Journey 

Come and see all the fantastic things we have been learning....

Ahoy Me Hearties! Having fun with our summer pirate topic…

Kandinsky Flowers… our abstract artwork where we explored colour mixing.

The Magic Beans.....we received a very exciting parcel in the post today!

Making potions and climbing trees were the order of the day in forest schools!

Over the next 3 weeks we will be having cricket lessons with a cricket coach! Here are a few photos from this mornings session. It was such good fun!

We have a new unit in our classroom that was kindly donated to us. We have used it to house all our loose parts that we use to construct things. The children have been taking good care to keep it tidy and their small world play has become a lot more purposeful.

Dinosaurs! Here are just a few of the things we’ve been up to as part of our dinosaur topic so far...

The Excitement of the marbling inks.........We made our 2021 calendars using marbling inks. The children we're absolutely fascinated. It was such good fun seeing how our pictures were going to turn out!

Well done to River our star of the of the week 🌟! (11.12.20)

Eden is this week’s star 🌟. Well done! (4.12.20)

This week the children were given a big pile of recycling to use their imaginations with. Their challenge was to make something for Baby Bear after Goldilocks’ mischief! They made all sorts of lovely things including chairs, houses, boats, unicorns, aeroplanes and comfy beds!

Well done to Abel our star of the week ⭐️ ! (27.11.20)

Congratulations to George our star of the week! 🌟(20.11.20)

In Reception we have learnt about the Hindu festival Diwali this week. We found out that light is a very important part of this festival and made our own Diva lamps, sparkly firework pictures and fireworks using construction. We also talked about 2D shapes and enjoyed very careful water colour painting to make our Rangoli patterns. There were some beautiful Diwali cards made for each other too. It was great to learn a Bhangra dance... the children always wow us with their dance moves!

Sometimes we write and mark make actually on our writing table! The outcomes are gorgeous!

Our Star of the Week this week is Lily! Congratulations! (13/11/20)

Movie night! The children had a great time watching despicable me 2 in their onesies.

Spooky fun! The children looked amazing today, thank you so much for all your efforts! In the morning they loved our little disco... Mrs Orridge and I learnt some new spooky moves! Then after lunch we took part in the pumpkin trail, with lots of Halloween themed activities in between. (Sorry the spider pictures weren’t dry enough to take home).

Disco Dancing!

Still image for this video

🌟Well done to Eloise, our Star of the Week! (23/10/20)🌟


Potion Making! Our water area was very popular today with our potion makers. They loved experimenting to fill different containers and worked together to fill the very big ones. Lots of lovely imaginative play and mathematical language!

Bird Feeders... The children worked so carefully with Mrs Orridge to make bird feeders using ice-cream cones, peanut butter, bird seed and cheerios. It was tricky not to eat them ourselves!

Our star of the week is Olive this week- Well done! (16/10/20)

Well done to Emmie, our Super Star for this week! (09/10/20)

Hello Yellow! We had a lovely Friday talking about feelings and how we can look after each other. We had lots of fun dancing to ‘Happy’ and drew what makes us feel happy.

Gruffalo Maths.....we had to do some very careful counting to make our Gruffalos look just like Mrs Holmes’. He needed 2 eyes, 2 tusks, 2 horns, 3 teeth, 4 purple prickles on each side making 8 altogether, 1 black tongue and FINALLY 1 green poisonous wart.

We have been learning how to use the ‘doodle buddy’ app to learn how to draw on the iPads. Can you guess what we have been drawing?

Great minds think alike........we have also been practising our sounds in foam with Mrs Holmes!

Gruffalo play dough

Congratulations to our Star of the Week Elias! (02.10.20)

We have enjoyed practising reading and writing our new letters...

We have been making woodland creatures using lots of creative skills. The children even made a little habitat for their clay hedgehogs to hibernate in!

Our Work is Incredible! When we do some exceptional learning we have it displayed on this board and get a special sticker too.

This afternoon we have been dancing and singing nursery rhymes including our favorite ‘sleeping bunnies’. Mr Gostick even came and joined in with the fun!

We have been very busy this week making hedgehog pictures. We are using a range of skills and mediums including cutting, sticking, colouring, painting and collage! Watch this space for the finished product......

We love a good obstacle course in Reception.

My favorite part of the week - phonic! The starting point of our reading and writing journey. And I must say we are picking up our sounds very quickly! Well done everyone.

We all worked hard this morning practicing writing our names. A very important skill in Reception.

Star of the week (wk ending 25.9.20). Well done to our 1st star of the week Leo!

Lunch in the hall........

As part of our 'owl baby' work we did a cut and stick Maths activity. We stuck our owls in the tree, counted them, then recorded using a number line for help.

Smarty Pants! We all have our own 'hot spot' on the carpet. Look at how smart we are!

The outdoor mud kitchen is incredibly popular this year. We get to scoop, mix, stir, take turns, count and engage in role play.

Who doesn't enjoy a bit of bank rolling on a sunny day?! This afternoon we enjoyed the last of the sunny weather and went onto the field to roll down the banks. We had so much fun and lots of learning took place....we discussed what a 'bank' is (a place you get money, a river bank, a small hill), compared the length of sticks, counted daisies and talked about how to keep hydrated on a warm day.

We all did a hand print in paint then Mrs. Sheldon cut them out and laminated them. At hand washing time we find our hand and put it in the basket to show we have taken our turn. It really helps the teachers to keep track!

This afternoon we went out to play on the bikes and scooters - great for developing gross motor skills and co-ordination. Which in turn helps to develop fine motor skills which are essential for writing. We had lots of fun!

We love playing in our fantastic outdoor area!

Wake and Shake! In the morning we wake up our bodies and our brains with some go noodle. We dance, move and practice our deep breathing to calm down ready for learning.

At around 10.30am it is snack time. We sit in a circle and take turns to serve our classmates fruit and milk. Then we wash the cups!

We are so proud of how well all of our new starters have settled at ‘big school’. From coming in by themselves, to waiting patiently for their turn to wash hands and playing together nicely. We honestly could not be prouder! We are really looking forward to the year ahead. Well done everyone.