How did Oscars first year at school go?



Below are some diary entries from his Tapestry – there were photos of Oscar and other children which of course I wouldn’t upload for privacy reasons.


before and after school photos


First trip to the library

12 Sep 2018 03:45 PM

He enjoyed his first visit to the school library.


Fine motor skills.

19 Sep 2018 01:28 PM

Using their preferred hand to pick up the peg using pincer grip to improve their pencil control.



27 Sep 2018 10:29 AM

They sang Autumn songs from memory in their music session today. They used their ears to detect the different sounds and we were challenged to pass the percussion instrument all the way round the circle without making a sound!



Counting, finding and making shapes

02 Oct 2018 10:59 AM

Everyone was busy with shape challenges, super learning.



P.E. With the equipment today!

04 Oct 2018 10:26 AM

They practised balancing and jumping! They did a super warm up – it involved knocking on doors.



Sticky Kids!

05 Oct 2018 09:57 AM 

The teachers enthusiasms is contagious in their morning routine of Sticky Kids, it really does wake and shake them up!



Smelly pots

05 Oct 2018 11:00 AM

They used their sense of smell and passed smelly pots around the circle, describing what our noses could smell and guessing what could be inside the pots. The children had a lovely time and suggested some wonderful ideas!




07 Oct 2018 06:51 PM

Shape activity and naming the shapes in the photograph.




Measuring detectives

09 Oct 2018 12:23 PM

They became measuring detectives! Each child had one minute to find something taller than the ruler and something shorter than the ruler. They then sat in a circle and told their friends the things they had found.


Fabulous fun in P.E. today

11 Oct 2018 12:33 PM

They visited a magical garden today, can your child remember the different styles creatures they pretended to be. Their teacher took around the running track which everyone enjoyed.



Keeping ourselves clean and healthy

12 Oct 2018 10:56 AM

teeth cleaning

Story of the Week

15 Oct 2018 12:53 PM

That week’s story was ‘The Little Red Hen’. In inference they talked all about how the characters feel in the story. They acted out the tale and can tell the story orally. Later this week they worked together to make bread.



15 Oct 2018 12:58 PM 

This week they were talking about why some people in Britain and around the world choose to celebrate Harvest and Sukkot. They used their senses to investigate the seasonal fruit and vegetables. On Friday we will walk to St. James to church for a Harvest Festival Service.



A special visitor.

16 Oct 2018 09:25 AM

Ros Canter a double gold medal winner for Britain came into assembly today. Ros is in the eventing team for Great Britain. She has been riding horses since she was a little girl that came to Kidgate Primary and she showed everyone her gold medals and spoke about how hard she has had to work to earn her gold medals.



Baking bread

17 Oct 2018 02:58 PM 

They baked bread liked the Little Red Hen in our story of the week and mixed the ingredients to make dough. They kneaded the dough with their knuckles and then left the bread to prove. Once the yeast had worked its magic, they then put their rolls in the oven to bake.



PE fun

18 Oct 2018 10:53 AM 

They had a super time in PE that morning – 18 Oct 2018 10:53 AM . First we moved around the hall like the animals from the Little Red Hen story. We then played a game of cups and saucers – everyone showed great team work!




29 Oct 2018 10:44 AM

They have learnt all about an artist called Arcimboldo this morning. He uses different fruits and vegetables to make portraits. They designed their own…


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harvest art


Silly Sound Soup!

30 Oct 2018 10:23 AM 

“We’re making silly soup, we’re making soup that’s silly. We’re going to pop it in the fridge and keep it nice and chilly!”


Pumpkin Patch problem solving.

30 Oct 2018 10:54 AM

They found different ways of making 5. Can you say two numbers that total 5? Can you record your number sentence?




31 OCT 2018

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3D shapes

05 Nov 2018 11:16 AM

They were inspired by the work of the famous artist ‘Arcimboldo’ and worked together harmoniously in small groups to create their own artwork.


Outdoor learning

02 Nov 2018 04:40 PM 

They had a super time learning outdoors and shared their story of the week Pumpkin Soup, ate their own delicious soup and got busy building a house for the cat, squirrel and duck from the story. The children worked together in groups, listening to each other’s ideas and creating some wonderful houses. 



06 Nov 2018 09:31 AM 

They learnt the sound ‘qu’ in Read Write Inc today. Can the children tell you any words that start with this sound?



Play dough shapes

06 Nov 2018 10:57 AM 



First ditty book

07 Nov 2018 01:05 PM

They were very excited that afternoon and was using the sounds they know to start to read their very first ditty book. We will keep building on this skill in school and very soon the children will bring their ditty book home to share with you. Great blending everyone!



Physical firework fun!

08 Nov 2018 10:25 AM

Everyone enjoyed an energetic PE lesson 08 Nov 2018 10:25 AM



Pronunciation of the pure sound (phoneme)

08 Nov 2018 01:51 PM

 This video shows parents how to support their child to pronounce the ‘pure sound’ and will therefore support them in both reading decoding and encoding ( reading and spelling). 

Shape hunt

09 Nov 2018 11:14 AM

What a busy shape hunt around the classroom this morning they were looking for 3D shapes.


Making 6 and 7

12 Nov 2018 11:21 AM

They were exploring addition in maths and first looked at how many ways they could make number 7 as a group. The children then worked with their partner to see how many ways they could make the number 6 and even had a go at writing some number sentences. What a busy morning!





Ordering challenge

12 Nov 2018 11:24 AM

The children worked in pairs this morning to order numbers 0 to 10. 


Diwali PE

15 Nov 2018 01:47 PM

That week they have been talking about why some people choose to celebrate Diwali. The boys and girls retold the story of Rama and Sita in PE today. The girls pretending to be Sita, lighting lamps to guide the way home whilst the boys pretending to be the demon king blowing out the lamps and bringing the darkness – this was turning the cones over and the children had lots of fun. They then acted out cleaning their house in preparation for the Diwali celebrations and finished by learning some Indian dancing.



Prove it

16 Nov 2018 10:20 AM

They had been exploring addition in maths that week and had a go at ‘proving it’. The children were given an addition such as 4+2=6 and 7+3=10. They then had to choose a way to show that this is correct. Some children gathered cubes to show their working out, some used Numicon and some children drew dots on their whiteboards. We then finished with a challenge where each pair was given a number and had to find two numbers that add together to make that total!



A visit from Sunita

16 Nov 2018 02:32 PM

They learnt all about why some people choose to celebrate Diwali the Festival of Lights. Sunita visited and told us the story of Rama and Sita and listened to some Indian music and looked at some of the special things that help Sunita celebrate the festival in her home.



5 currant buns

19 Nov 2018 12:35 PM

They explored money in maths this week and sang 5 current buns in a bakers shop, one of their nursery rhymes this week. Then explored how many pennies make up different amounts. 



Shopping list

20 Nov 2018 10:55 AM

In maths they made a shopping list and worked out how much each item would cost and then had to make sure we had enough money in their purse to go to the shops. Finished our maths session with the coin number fans – the children were fantastic at finding the right coin on the fan and holding it up!




22 Nov 2018 01:35 PM

They were all so excited to bring home our first ditty book to share with their grown ups.



Money maths

23 Nov 2018 11:22 AM

They used 2p and 1p coins to work out some money number sentences and did a great job! Also practised writing numbers 0-10.




27 Nov 2018 10:35 AM

They explored weight in maths and spoke about objects being heavy and light and how we can use some balance scales to compare the weight of two items. We set ourselves a challenge – the girls had to find objects lighter than the pumpkin and the boys had to find something heavier than the pom-poms.



Christmas day

25 DEC 2018 8AM

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 Christmas Shop

07 Dec 2018 04:12 PM

The boys and girls for worked hard at making  beautiful Christmas crafts and running the Christmas shop.



Party time

14 Dec 2018 04:03 PM

Their party day in Reception and had a very special visitor who came with a present for all of the girls and boys. They also enjoyed playing musical statues round the Christmas tree and ‘Santa’s on the roof’. Back in the classroom there was a lovely party snack with friends and shared a magical story together. What a brilliant day!




Number time

08 Jan 2019 12:27 PM

They loved getting back to their maths this week! The children started by writing numbers as high as they can… What a fantastic job they did and they then played car park addition and the children added two single digit numbers together by adding cars to the car park and finding the total.



Bedtime story session

11 Jan 2019 03:40 PM

What a wonderful afternoon they had at their learning launch as they read some fascinating books, made up their own stories and explored different ways to enjoy books together. A great way to launch our topic ‘While you were sleeping’. They were excited to find out all about what happens at night while we are asleep.



Hedgehog visit

16 Jan 2019 12:28 PM

They had a visit today from Hedgehog Care who brought Serena the hedgehog to meet us. The children asked lots of wonderful questions and learnt some facts about hedgehogs. Lots of people donated towards the hamper, it will help Hedgehog Care continue to look after hedgehogs like Serena. Some of the children wrote thank you cards and coloured pictures to say thank you too!



Outdoor fun

18 Jan 2019 03:34 PM

They went to their outdoor classroom that afternoon to look for signs of hedgehogs visiting and spotted a hedgehog house where they thought one could live and also did a mini beast hunt to see if there was enough food for hedgehogs. A lovely afternoon!



Signs of winter

23 Jan 2019 10:56 AM

They enjoyed exploring signs of winter outside this morning. The children made patterns in the ice using their feet and described what they could see. It was very exciting!



Music music music…

What a wonderful music session they had – first they played a listening game ‘Pirates Treasure’ and then the children sang and danced to their winter songs. To finish they continued their learning of patterns in maths by making patterns using musical instruments to create patterns. 


24 Jan 2019 11:18 AM

In mathematics they worked hard to sequence the times if the day.



Music patterns

31 Jan 2019 11:10 AM

They made a repeated pattern using the musical instruments in music that morning.



Super PE

31 Jan 2019 11:29 AM

They joined the year 2 boys and girls for PE that morning and enjoyed a circuit of different activities. The children had a wonderful time running, jumping, throwing and hurdling!



Drawing fun

13 Feb 2019 04:16 PM

Oscar is enjoyed some large scale mark making today!



Marvellous, magnificent and magical!

14 Feb 2019 10:15 AM

Their teacher led the children on an incredible and imaginative journey of movement.



Shrove Tuesday pancake making

05 Mar 2019 11:16 AM

They talked about why it is that some people choose to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and their teacher showed all how to make a pancake and spoke about the ingredients and followed the instructions. They chose the toppings but most of all they enjoyed watching their teacher toss the pancake!



Our incubator

06 Mar 2019 07:58 AM

Farmer Joe had been to see them with a very special delivery. EYFS had got ten eggs to look after in their incubator and they kept the eggs safe and warm for 21 days then they will have a very special arrival of some chicks hatching out of the eggs.




World Book Day

07 Mar 2019 02:18 PM

They dressed in pyjamas for World Book Day today. The children enjoyed sharing stories together in the afternoon and in the morning they acted out the story of a Squash and a Squeeze with their friends, repeating the refrains from the story. What a wonderful way to celebrate books and a love of reading!



Rand Farm

11 Mar 2019 03:36 PM

On Friday they launched their ‘Down on the Farm’ project with a visit to Rand Farm Park. The children had a wonderful time seeing all the animals and learning about farming plus they saw lambs being born, fed the animals, had a ride on a tractor and asked lots of questions along the way. A wonderful day!



Science week 2019

12 Mar 2019 11:12 AM

What a super time they had celebrating British Science Week 2019. The children enjoyed investigating materials through making bridges strong enough to hold the goat and turning a liquid to a solid making butter! Everyone had a great time learning and experimenting. It was lovely to see so many grown ups come to support them.



Tulip experiment

15 Mar 2019 11:20 AM

The teacher brought in some tulips to do a colour changing experiment with and had put different coloured food colouring into each of the jugs of water. The children predicted that on Monday when they get back to school the tulips petals will have changed to the colour of the water.



Tally marks

15 Mar 2019 11:42 AM

Part of their home challenge this week was to use a tally chart. They had a practise at this and the children had to come and put their tally mark next to their choice. They then ordered the numbers and worked out which type of egg the children liked most. And they know that tally marks make groups of 5.



Rhubarb Theatre Company

18 Mar 2019 11:25 AM

They had a lovely treat this morning, watching a production by the Rhubarb Theatre Company. The children sat beautifully listening to the story and even thought of some questions to ask the actors at the end.



School run with siblings

Of course this was from day one to the end – his big sister was so happy that Oscar had joined her at big school and loved being able to walk to school with him everyday plus see him in his classroom. He got his 100% attendance certificate like she did plus worker of the week and their certificates are stuck on the door together!

school with sibling

Numbers to 20

19 Mar 2019 11:06 AM

They practised their teens numbers in maths. We are learned to recognise and order numbers all the way to number 20.



Egg candling

19 Mar 2019 02:52 PM

We had a visit from Rand Farm today to check on our eggs. We have been looking after them for two weeks now and it is only 7 days until our eggs will hatch. We have 9 chicks growing inside our eggs in our incubator. I wonder if the children can tell you how to check if there are chicks inside the eggs?




27 Mar 2019 04:17 PM

Our eggs have started to hatch here in Reception and they already have 6 fluffy chicks to look after. The children have been so excited, observing them closely and suggesting names. Don’t forget to follow the instructions for the live feed of our chicks on YouTube. How exciting!!



Holding our chicks

28 Mar 2019 01:06 PM

What a special treat this morning. We sat in a circle quietly and met our lovely chicks and held them very carefully. They are so soft!



Mothers Day

29 MAR 2019 3.30PM

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Easter Gardens

01 Apr 2019 09:07 AM

Easter gardens designing, the children are so proud and everyone has admired them.


Egg baskets

02 Apr 2019 02:09 PM

The children were challenged today to make a basket in the construction area. The basket had to have a handle and it had to be able to carry the eggs from Farmer Joe’s farm. What brilliant designs! 



Weather excitement

They went out to play the hailstones fell. The children were so excited watching them bounce on the floor and collecting them in tubs as they fell from the sky. They brought some hailstones inside to explore and talk about. What good fun!



Reception – where friends are found and memories made❤️

05 Apr 2019 09:53 AM

When they arrived back in their classroom this morning there was a big mess and some bunny footprints… The Easter bunny had left them  a letter and told them to follow the clues. They had so much fun finding them around the school and it  lead us back to the classroom where the Easter bunny had left chocolate eggs on top of the nest cakes we had made yesterday! What a wonderful surprise.


Cress heads

23 Apr 2019 10:43 AM

How wonderful to have so many cress heads to start our project Gardener’s World.


How many

29 Apr 2019 02:40 PM

The boys and girls have some challenges to do in their outside play and been super busy!



Wonderful bees

02 May 2019 03:45 PM

Will ‘the bee man’ visited – he showed a hive that he uses to keep his bees and then a hive that would have been used long ago. He showed us some honeycomb and we all tasted different coloured honeys which have different tastes because they come from different flowers. They asked him questions and found out lots of fascinating facts!



There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf

09 May 2019 01:42 PM

They all enjoyed a wonderful PE lesson with blowing big sheets in the air pretending to be little bugs.



Worms and caterpillars

09 May 2019 02:48 PM

They had their own caterpillars, which they closely kept an eye on – soon they will make a chrysalis and they will hang them in the butterfly net and wait for them to turn into beautiful butterflies and they will then set them free into our school garden. They have also created a wormery and the children have collected worms from the school garden. It is fascinating watching them dig through the layers and wriggle around the soil. 


Brilliant designers

 21 May 2019 05:13 PM

In their story of the week ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’ the animals make up an imaginary bird called a Snuggly Snerd. This morning the children worked in pairs to design their own imaginative bird. They made the most wonderful designs of birds of all colours, shapes, and sizes – some even laid chocolate eggs! 



5th birthday

23 May 2019

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01 June 2019 

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Eid al-Fitr

04 Jun 2019 10:24 AM

Today we talked about how and why some people in Britain choose to celebrate Eid.  “Eid Mubarak” to their Muslim friends.

Wimbledon here we come

06 Jun 2019 03:58 PM

They had a wonderful trip to Louth Tennis Centre. The children had a great time playing games and joining in with different activities. Their behaviour and listening skills were super and they followed instructions working alone and as a team. They learnt some great new skills and they can’t wait for their next PE session now to continue the fun!

A special letter

10 Jun 2019 10:08 AM

Their core text that week is The Rainbow Fish. After sharing the story together the children found a letter in the classroom.

Turn Taking

10 Jun 2019 10:20 AM

Things got competitive as the suitcases filled up!


Marble run fun

12 Jun 2019 09:46 AM

Patience and determination finally paid off, a marble run that works from top to bottom.


Tennis time!

13 Jun 2019 10:30 AM

The children enjoyed developing their skills with a competitive edge. The Tennis Coaches were impressed with their behaviour and determination. Another proud EYFS moment but we do need to practice our bouncing and catching skills.


Fascinating Facts.

17 Jun 2019 04:49 PM

They spoke about jellyfish and learnt that the largest jellyfish ever to be seen had tentacles 27 metres long! They measured this out on the playground and each drew a tentacle 27 metres long.

jelly fish


BLOOM – ing brilliant!

19 Jun 2019 11:24 AM

Learnt all to do with Commotion in the Ocean, and are now jellyfish experts!


Music of the sea

20 Jun 2019 12:30 PM

That morning in music they listened to the sound of the sea. They used musical instruments to make their own sea sound and got louder and louder and louder until they made a sound of a storm in the sea! They know this is called a crescendo and listened to the noises that whales and dolphins make and tried to make the sound ourselves! 

Campbells Book Party

30 June 2019

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01 Jul 2019 08:35 AM

Their measuring challenge table is all set up! You can  find some objects to measure at home and use all sorts of different things to measure with… cubes, rulers, your hands, pieces of string etc. 

A pirates life for me.

08 Jul 2019 10:15 AM

Ahoy there! What a busy morning on deck. After reading their core text ‘How I Became a Pirate’ they soon got busy exploring their pirate ship, writing messages in bottles and designing flags and treasure maps.


Shiver me timbers …. more pirate fun!

09 Jul 2019 11:07 AM

Scrubbing the decks, bailing out, map making, painting, cutting, dressing up, finding gold coins,pretending, laughing and having much pirate fun!

Tennis Tour!

11 Jul 2019 12:03 PM

They all went to the tennis centre today and to add the the children’s excitement they travelled by a DOUBLE DECKER BUS!

The Deep

11 Jul 2019 04:08 PM

They had a marvellous time at The Deep and saw all sorts of sea creatures, took a ride in the lift through the shark tank, touched the ice wall and enjoyed a fun workshop where they learnt all about divers. 

I’ve even done a blog post on The Deep too it’s a great place!

Tennis centre

11 Jul 2019 04:20 PM

They had a brilliant six weeks  building on their tennis skills and that day had their final tennis session. The children have made giant strides in their ability to throw, catch, bounce, work co-operatively and use a tennis racket. Brilliant hand eye co-ordination, brilliant listening and a brilliant term.



Back to past!

12 Jul 2019 09:11 AM

Not such a warm and fuzzy start to our school day that morning

Check out what they looked like on my instagram.


Wash house.

12 Jul 2019 10:50 AM

EYFS had a wash house outside. They learnt how their uniform would have been washed in the past. It was hard work and they were very grumpy!

Ring games

12 Jul 2019 03:55 PM

They enjoyed playing games this afternoon that children would have played at school in the past.

first year


Crazy how quick it’s all gone!

This is a blog post a few months ago before he even went to Reception: Oscar Dexter – my second born – beginning his new chapter BIG SCHOOL!

Click here for Back to school 10 Challenges

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