Our Learning Reception 2017 – 2018 Autumn/Winter Term


Welcome to our Winter term at Forest School

In Reception Forest School will be on a WEDNESDAY MORNING. Please check the inside cover of your child’s homework book to find their dates. Please can you send your child to school in warm clothes wearing extra layers,wellies, waterproofs ,woolly socks or tights, hats and gloves.

Thank you for your support


Look 0ut the dragons are coming!!!Image result for dragon in a cave




Our Autumn Learning

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In The Deep Dark Woods


Theme Books of the term –

Where’s My Teddy by Jeb Albourough

The Deep Dark Woods by Algy Craig Hall

Rama and Sita Digital Story

Meg and Mog-Owl s Birthday Digital Story

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Barn Owls by Rain tree


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Session 2 – Hibernation

We are focusing on three hibernating animals : the Hedgehog,the Bat and the Dor Mouse.

Our challenge today was to imagine we are one of those animals preparing for the long cold winter.

What do we need to do?

First- find as much food as we need.

The Hedgehog needed slimy slugs and wiggly worms.Image result for hedgehog


The Dor Mouse needed juicy blackberries and hard hazel nuts.Image result for dormouse

The Bat needed lots of tasty moths.Image result for moth

Second –find a safe,cosy spot to settle down for winter.









Can you estimate how much food you have?

How can we find out?

“We count them”

We explored different activites at choosing time.We played 123 Where are you?

We became a different animal searching for food.

Enjoying a spot of drawing around the camp fire with friends.

Busy this morning looking for hidden treasure!











We collected lots of food for our hibernating animals.

We remembered carefully counting to find the total

Squelching in the sticky mud.




Today we decided to create our own owls from the story Owl Babies.

We moulded and shaped the clay using a selection of different tools to add the detail.










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Session 1 – Den Building

Exploring Autumn what changes can we see?







What Autumn treasure can we find?

We discussed the different things we had found, we looked at colour, shape,size , texture etc.

Thinking about where the characters in the story may live in the woods.What materials do we think they would use?What shape would it be?On the ground,under the ground maybe up a tree!

We work together to plan and build our dens.

Using our fine and gross motor skills to handle a variety of different tools and materials safely with care and control.

What do we know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.





Working together -What resources do we need? What shape den shall we build? How do we build safely?






We are learning to use a selection of tools, handling them with care.











It was great fun building dens ,time for a will earned hot chocolate.

My Tree


Smiley Spider



Updated 9/10/17