Year Group Blog

2019/20

Finding our way to Year 1!

This is likely to be one of our final posts before we bid you all adieu for the summer holidays. With that in mind we hope that you have enjoyed the learning videos sent from our UCPSpace Station last week. Next week will be one that focuses on our transition into Year 1 and prepares … Continued

Let’s get Non-fictional!

Children and families! Did you have a fantastic week exploring Alien School with Albie? We sure did at school and at home, we used our imaginations and participate in lots of different alien lessons. We wrote in alien language, we played with alien gloop, we also transformed ourselves into aliens and flew to different planets. … Continued

An out of this world experience at alien school!

We hope you enjoyed the beginning of our intergalactic adventure into space. You all showed compassionate and empathy when we had a visitor from outer space land in our playground and Ms B’s garden. You made her feel very welcome with your positive attitudes, your friendliness towards her and teaching her lots of new skills … Continued

Our Space Adventure Begins!

We hope you enjoyed the learning last week and have found both the Colour Monster and Grandad’s Island’s enjoyable texts to support talk around feelings. Next week we are finally launching our topic on space and we are so excited to take children on this intergalactic adventure! In order to preserve the awe and wonder … Continued

Week Beginning 15.06.20 – Grandad’s Island

Dear children and families, We hope you thoroughly enjoyed learning about ‘The Colour Monster’ last week – it was fantastic to see so many children excited about how we can match our feelings to certain colours. Did you have a go at painting or drawing an emotion picture? Thank you to all parents that have … Continued

Week Beginning 8th June: How is The Colour Monster Feeling?

We hope you enjoyed your first week back at school or at home during our final term together in Reception. This year seems to have just flown by! It was lovely to see so many of your happy faces bounce into school on Tuesday morning and it has also been fantastic to see all of … Continued

Welcome Back to Summer 2!

    Welcome back Reception, we hope you have had a fantastic half term break and have been enjoying the gorgeous weather this past week. Are you feeling refreshed and ready for an exciting last half of this summer term? Now that some children from Reception will be returning to school, we still want to … Continued

A Fairytale Celebration!

It’s time for a celebration of story and legend – this week our focus will be on stories from around the world, the grand finale of our topic ‘Once Upon a Time’ before a week’s break for half term. Well done on all of your amazing learning! Group Learning: This week we shall be reading a … Continued

Who is that trip trapping over the bridge?

Watch out! Who is that trying to cross the bridge? We hope you enjoyed the story of ‘The Great Fairy Tale Disaster’  last week, it was fantastic to see all of your suggestions about what the wolf got up to in different fairy tale stories. Today, we are continuing on our fairy tale theme with … Continued

Oh What a Messy Disaster, Mr Wolf!

Stop Jumping into My Story Mr Wolf! Wk Beginning 4th May, 2020 We hope you enjoyed the story of Little Red Riding Hood last week. Today, we continue on our fairy tale theme with the comical story of ‘The Great Fairy Tale Disaster,’ by D. Conway.  Again this week, we are going to try and … Continued

Into the Woods with Little Red Riding Hood

We hope you enjoyed the launch of our new topic ‘Once Upon a Time’, we continue on our fairy tale theme this week with the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood. This week we are going to try and cover all of the learning in one blog entry. We hope this will be a … Continued

Three Little Pigs – Day three

Wow! We are super impressed with how resilient and courageous you have been getting back into your school routine after the Easter holidays. You have produced some superb learning at home it has been a pleasure to see. Are you ready for your final day learning about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ Group Learning: Today the children … Continued

Three Little Pigs – Day 2

Wow! It was lovely to see so much fantastic learning on Tapestry yesterday. Thank you to all for sharing these with us. You must be curious what learning activities we are completing today! Here is a sneak preview: Group Learning: Today the children will be retelling the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using pictures and actions. … Continued

A Fairy Tale Beginning – The Three Little Pigs – Monday

One Monday morning, the children were getting ready for an exciting beginning to their ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic. They are ready to go and excited to learn what the focus book is for this week. They have discussed over the weekend different fairy tales and are eager to learn about our first fairy tale … Continued

Once upon a Summer term,

Once upon a time, there were three classes: Sunflowers, Acorns and Pumpkins who bravely dived into the unknown world of ‘online learning’. As teachers we have been super impressed with the children attitudes towards this new style of learning. We also want to thank the parents for continuing to support the learning at home. As … Continued

So long, Spring term – Have a lovely Easter, everyone!

Well, it has certainly been an eventful ending to our Spring term! Today is our last day of online learning for the next few weeks and we hope this time gives you a bit of space to catch up on some sleep, relax and enjoy the sunnier days that are becoming more frequent. Whilst there … Continued

Week 2 Day 3 Wednesday 1st April Lessons and Resources

We hope you all enjoyed your Tuesday’s learning videos and the learning tasks that followed. So you must be curious – what can we expect for tomorrow’s learning? Well here is a sneak preview! Our learning videos for Wednesday 1st April 2020: Welcome video: You’ll get to enjoy the amazing singing of your Reception class … Continued

Week 2 Day 2 Tuesday’s Lessons and Resources

We hope you all enjoyed your Monday learning videos and the learning tasks that followed. So you must be curious – what can we expect for tomorrow’s learning? Well here is a sneak preview! Our learning videos for Tuesday 31st March 2020: Welcome video: You’ll get to enjoy the amazing singing of your Reception class … Continued

Finale of Animal Kingdom – Monday 30.03.20

Good morning children and welcome to Monday’s learning activities – The Animal Kingdom, a phonics review and an introduction to time.     Group Learning: This week will be our final week on our Animal Kingdom topic, so we are going to be creating our very own Non Fiction book (with a twist) about any three … Continued

The online journey has begun, where will it take us next?

Dear Reception Families, What an exciting but bizarre week it has been for everyone at UCPS. We want to say thankful for all the kind wishes, your understanding and your positive attitude to online learning. It was a strange feeling not welcoming excited children into school on Monday morning but we are entirely grateful for … Continued

Daily Blog: Onward to Thursday 26th of March!

We hope you enjoyed your Wednesday learning videos and that they weren’t too messy! We are so grateful to all families for sharing their children’s learning with us. We do however want to emphasise that this is an exceptional situation and there is no expectation that all of these activities have to be completed. We … Continued

Prepare for Wednesday – Peak of the Week!

We hope you all enjoyed your Tuesday learning videos and the learning tasks that followed. So you must be curious – what can we expect for tomorrow’s learning? Well here is a sneak preview! Our learning videos for Wednesday 25th of March: Welcome video: You’ll get to enjoy the amazing singing of your Reception class … Continued

Our Online Classroom Begins!

We hope you enjoyed your first day of online learning, Reception! Please do email the Enquiries email address if you have any questions about the learning that you would like to ask us! Tomorrow our learning videos will focus on: Group Time: We will be reading our non-fiction book ‘Colourful Creatures’, which you can also find … Continued

Bugs, bugs, BUGS! (+ Information for our Online Classroom)

What an exciting and peculiar week it has been for everyone at UCPS. Our focus this week has been on minibeasts (and not just the garden variety!). We hope the children have enjoyed the learning this week and that they (and you!) are feeling ready to dive into the brave new world of online learning. … Continued

Nature Explorers and Outdoor Adventurers: Celebrating STEM Week!

We have had a fantastic week engaging in a range of outdoor learning activities, from orienteering, microscope investigations to allotment exploration and planting. So much science, technology, engineering and mathematics has come out of this week and the children have enjoyed connecting with nature. Our Learning Next Week… In preparation for our trip to Shepreth, … Continued

Spots or Stripes!

Wow! Another super busy fun filled week in Reception! Children have thoroughly enjoyed all the rainbow challenges and have worked very hard in a joyful way! Our focus this week has been on speaking and listening to each other in a respectful way, so our story this week ‘Spots or Stripes? has really helped to … Continued

Why you do not want wild animals as pets in your house!

What a busy first week back! Reception children have been super excited to start their new topic-‘Animal Kingdom’ and there has been some great discussions about why some animals make great pets and others don’t. Children enjoyed the focus story ‘You can’t take an elephant on a bus’ so much that many decided to become … Continued

Here We Are – It’s Book Week!

This week has been a fun filled adventure to learn about our Book Week book ‘Here We Are’. We’ve loved reading the story, learning about our special character (the Inuit) and composing our own music about the sea, land and sky with our special visitor, Natasha, who is a composer and cellist.       … Continued

Welcome Polar Scientists!

This week marked the end of our topic on Polar Explorers and what a super exciting week it has been! On Wednesday, Reception children had a fantastic time when they got to meet some real Polar Scientists! They organised some really exciting activities for us all to join in with. We held real Polar ice … Continued

Writers and Explorers venture North!

This week we’ve moved on from our Antarctic exploration and ventured north to the Arctic tundra to learn about the animals that inhabit this part of the earth. In Group Time: We’ve been learning some interesting facts about animals and writing these inside our polar explorer books. In Phonics: we have been fantastic at learning … Continued

Inventors and Explorers

This week in our ‘Polar Explorers’ topic we have been helping Jade the Explorer pack her rucksack with all the objects we think she needs for her adventure in Antarctica. We have learnt and discussed about what these objects are and why they may important to take. We have thoroughly enjoyed creating some of these … Continued

Pointy Penguins Galore!

All our Reception children have demonstrated a real love for learning this week and there has been a hive of activity! Well-done Pumkins, Sunflowers and Acorns! The Rainbow Challenges have been extremley popular! Using the Poitallism technique we carefully created an image of a penguin using cotton buds and paint. Using three colours,we thoughtfully coloured … Continued

A COOL start to the new term!

We’ve had a fantastic first week back at school, returning fresh and ready for all the new challenges that 2020 has to offer us. We’ve been recalling the rules and routines for our school day and have begun to learn about the polar regions, weather patterns, animals and people that inhabit these incredible places. Our … Continued

A frosty beginning to 2020!

We hope you’ve all had a restful break and made lots of happy memories with family and loved ones, we are looking forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday, bright and early. Our new year brings us a new beginning and when we return we will be reflecting on the activities we did over … Continued

No room at the inn – take 2!

*Apologies for those trying to access this blog, we’ve reposted it and hope this one works. We have had a super busy week in Reception!!! All Reception children have contributed to making the ‘Nativity’ such a wonderful and joyous experience, which we know that Parents and Carers thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you all for the positive … Continued

No Room at the Inn?

We have had a super busy week in Reception!!! All Reception children have contributed to making the ‘Nativity’ such a wonderful and joyous experience, which we know that Parents and Carers thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you all for the positive feedback and appreciative comments. Children looked amazing in their costumes as they acted, narrators bravely told … Continued

There’s a Miracle in Reception!

What a busy week! This week has been our intense practise week ahead of our big performances, we are looking forward to welcoming you all to see our fantastic show ‘A Miracle in Town’ – a retelling of the Christian nativity story. Our Learning This Week… In Group Learning we have been learning about the … Continued

Weddings

We have had a lovely week in Reception. We have continued our learning about different celebrations, this week we have focused on Weddings. We used the book: ‘When Willy went to the Wedding’ to support our learning of what is a wedding? and why do people get married? During playful learning, we have been making … Continued

Celebrating in Carnival Style!

We have had a very exciting and busy week in Reception thinking about all the sights and sounds at Carnivals. We were impressed with the wonderful hat designs and musical instruments that the children created- they are applying their skills with lots of imagination! We have also been dancing to Carnival inspired music and creating … Continued

Mr Muddles and Mr Snapples surprise Birthday Party

We have had a very exciting week in Reception thinking about different ways we can celebrate birthdays. We have been very busy becoming party planners, and planning a surprise party for Mr Muddles and Mr Snapples. It has been super busy… We have been making lists of the items we need for a party using … Continued

Fireworks and Fairy Fun!

This week has been an eventful week in Reception. We have been busy immersing ourselves in fantastical fairy forest adventures, enjoying watching and discussing fireworks, becoming conductors of our own orchestra to create a fireworks painting to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.                               … Continued

Hubble Bubble

This week: We began the week by reading and enjoying the story of Meg and Mog. We were very interested in the idea of potion making and we linked lots of our learning to this idea. We were very impressed with the way the children tried to blend the sounds in CVC words- we pulled … Continued

Autumn Adventures, Chilly Air and Change

We have reached the end of our first half term together and are so impressed with the way the children have settled and bonded as a cohort and within their individual classes. As Autumn sets in we have been enjoying exploring the beauty of this season, collecting leaves, creating autumn images and reading our story … Continued

What a SURPRISE!

This week has been an exciting week, we officially began our rainbow challenges and enjoyed listening to the story of Handa’s Surprise and recalling the different animals and fruit that featured in it. The children have been taking advantage of some of the sunnier days to explore outdoor areas such as the mud kitchen and … Continued

Have you filled a bucket today?

Our teachers say: We have had a very busy week thinking about the book- ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ The children have made us very proud this week- they have filled so many buckets with their kind thoughts, words and actions. They thought very carefully about the ways that they could be bucket fillers … Continued

We’re going on a Dr Biddulph Hunt…….

September 27, 2019 Our Teachers say… Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable week. The children have been fantastic in their first full week at school. They have enthusiastically engaged with lots of different activities and are developing their friendships within their classes and across the cohort. We are very proud of the children in Pumpkins, … Continued