Stay & Play - Session 5
Another great turn out! Thank you for your continued support. We hope you enjoyed your time and could see how much your child has progressed since September.
The last Stay and Play is Friday 5th July 2019 followed by their Graduation on Monday 8th July 2019. We hope to see you there!
Summer 1 - Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
In Maths we have been looking at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We learnt some songs to help us remember. We looked at patterns in numbers to help us such as counting in 10s from 0 always end in a 0.
Summer 1 - Narrative writing
The children are working very hard to write short narratives following their plan. We are reading lots of stories to give the children lots of ideas to magpie (steal a little part/idea)
We have discussed adding detail:
= character's name
= character's appearance or personality
We looked at adding conjunctions:
We looked at exciting vocab:
= as quick as a flash
= all of a sudden
= before their eyes
We talked about chronological order and exciting the reader.
Summer 1 - We're going on a bear hunt
With Miss Egan, the children learnt the story 'We're going on a bear hunt'. They acted out the story through messy play. This led to the children writing the story remembering the repetitive language that occurs throughout.
Some fabulous action photographs!
Summer 1 – Modelling clay
We gave each child some modelling clay and asked them to make a 3D pig, duck or sheep. We watched and observed how they shaped the clay, composed their idea and which tools they would use. What fantastic results we had! They loved that they got to take them home. Look at the detail on some of their models.
Summer 1 – The farmer’s in the den
In PE we played the song Farmer’s in the den. We all started in a circle and sang the song. We added a character each time. First the farmer through to patting the bone. The children could all sing the words to this song.
We then looked at the animals that the farmer looks after on a farm from a pig to a wallaby. The children moved around the playground (and the classroom for the pig) as different animals on the farm. They rolled over and over like pigs in the mud, jumped up and down like a wallaby, crouched down pecked like a hen etc. They had lots of fun!
Summer 1 – Role play farm area
The children have enjoyed our farm role play area. They took it in turns to come to the shop and buy lots of different vegetables, fruit, butter, milk etc. All the essentials things they would need. They wrote shopping lists to remind them what to buy, made sure they had enough money by adding up their items and pretending to cook a meal for their family’s tea. The children enjoyed playing the shop keeper.
They have also enjoyed our new farm small world area where the children showed great imagination when learning through play. Some children retold the story of ‘What the ladybird heard’, some said come on farmers we need to feed all the animals before bedtime, and lots sorted the animals into different homes where they live.
Summer 1 - Chinese Whispers
We have been looking at a book called 'What the ladybird heard'. In this story the ladybird whispered into each animals ear. We played the game Chinese Whispers where they had to listen very carefully. The children realised this was harder than it looks.
Summer 1 - Our trip to Smithills Farm
Our new topic is called 'Do cows drink milk?' The children visited the farm where we learnt lots of interesting facts about the animals, got to ride on a donkey, take a ride on the tractor into the fields, ride on the little tractors, stroke the animals and feed the animals. We had such a good time! The children were exceptionally well behaved.
Outdoor fun - Spring 2
We had lots of new toys out on the playground for the children to explore and play with. We wanted to see any new interests the children have and plan for this during Summer 1. Lots of children loved wearing sunglasses and pretended to be on their holiday. We had lots of children sharing places they go on holiday, such as Australia and Spain.
Spring 2 - Red Nose Day
The children enjoyed dressing up for Red Nose Day and wearing their noses. Scarlet asked to have her hair like mine (in cupcake cases) and soon the trend began. Mrs Hardman and myself played hairdressers for most of that afternoon. Tayden asked to have his hair done the same and soon we had an endless line. We could have made a fortune!
Spring 2 - Surprising Sharks
During our English lessons the children have been so engrossed and engaged with this book. They have produced some amazing work from learning how to write a non-chronological report about sharks to writing an acrostic poem about sharks. They have created a variety of sea creature craft throughout this book unit from using a fork to create a pufferfish to using Cheerios to create starfish. Here is a picture of their wonderful work on display.
Spring 2 - Floating and Sinking
The children have enjoyed investigating and exploring which objects sink and which float. The children soon discovered that what the object is made from plays a part to knowing if the object is going to sink or float. Most of the children initially thought it was objects that were very heavy and very big. They then recorded their findings on the large whiteboard.
Spring 2 - World Book Week
We spent the week looking at the book called 'Dear Zoo'. The children learnt the story and acted it out in groups, made masks at home for homework to be used when filming their retell of the story, they added their own animals and said why they sent it back, we looked at a range of adjectives, played vets with the poorly animals and wrote our own stories called 'Dear Farm'.
Here is a picture of their amazing work on display.
Spring 2 - Maths - Time
We have learnt songs to help us remember the days of the week and months of the year. We learnt when our birthday is and how old we are going to be next. Then we looked at times of the day and language associated with time such as yesterday, in an hour, in the morning etc. We made our own clocks to help us tell the time (O'clock). We are very good as a class telling the time (O'clock). The children have enjoyed playing with the clocks during continuous provision time and have been playing what time is it Mr Wolf with their peers.
Stay and Play
Thank you yet again for another fabulous turn out for our 4th stay and play of the year. The children enjoy sharing their learning with you and showing you their work on the walls. We value your feedback each time and appreciate the time you have taken to attend. We are currently thinking of what the theme can be next time and we realised soon it will be their end of Reception graduation. They are growing up so fast!
Our next Session 5 - Friday 17th May 2019
We hope to see you there!
The children enjoyed learning Yoga linking to our book called 'Dear Zoo'. We learnt a range of animal poses. The children enjoyed it so much that during time in the provision they are doing their own Yoga on our rug in the classroom. Quite a few of the children said that their Mum does Yoga at home or at a gym.
Stay and Play Session 3
What an amazing turn out! Thank you to all the Parent/Carers who came to see all the amazing work your child does during their time at school. Our themes this time were Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day and Monsters. The children had great fun showing you round the classroom.
- fruit monsters
- Chinese drums
- Chinese lanterns
- Blossom tree painting using the end of a plastic bottle
- Love heart sweet addition
- Valentine's Day card making
- Writing who they love and why
- writing Chinese numbers in the powder paint tuff tray
- Exploring the Chinese tuff tray
We look forward to seeing you at the next one with the theme Easter.
Spring 1 – Maths
Reading and ordering numbers
We have been working very hard to read numbers 0 – 20.
We looked carefully at:
Eleven and twelve being different
Thirteen and fifteen having positions at the beginning instead of saying ‘threeteen and fiveteen’
Thirteen to nineteen all end with teen.
Twelve has a one first then a 2
Then we looked at ordering numbers from 0 – 20.
They had 5 numbers on the board, which were mixed up and the children had to order them from smallest to largest. They did really well!
Spring 1 – PE
We have been working as a team to complete team challenges in our PE lessons. We had to run through hoops, jump across the hall, hop round cones, run between obstacles and crawl over and under obstacles.
We ended our session by playing ‘Shark Attack’ which the children loved! Well done to Theo for being the last fish standing when shark Miss Partington and shark Mrs Thompson came to eat all the little fish in the ocean.
Spring 1 - Bedtime Monsters
We have started our new book called Bedtime Monsters. We found some footprints on our school playground and had to think who they could belong to. We had bears, foxes, aliens, monsters, tigers and dinosaurs. We worked out they were not human footprints because they were pointy and only had 3 toes.
We then looked at the inside cover of the book and realised they belonged to the monsters.
Our task was to design our own monsters and think of a name. Some children painted monsters, some made monster using pre cut foam pieces, some drew monsters and some made monsters out of bricks. We had lots of fun doing this!
Our next job is to write character descriptions about our aliens using exciting adjectives.
In PE we are learning all the different ways to roll. We have covered a forward roll, a teddy bear roll, a pencil roll, a dish roll and an egg roll.
The children are working very hard to make sure that: their legs are straight when needed, chins are tucked in, arms are pointing above their head and stomach is tight.
They are enjoying their PE lessons and help each other to perfect their rolls.
With Miss Egan, the children have started their new book in English called 'Naughty Bus'.
One of their lessons involved carrying out a traffic survey. They watched the traffic go past them and wrote tally marks to show how many of each transport passed.
They saw buses, cars, bikes, lorries and vans.
On Sudden Hill
We are learning about a new book called 'On Sudden Hill'.
It is about 2 boys who love to play with cardboard boxes.
We explored and played with cardboard boxes and imagined that it was something else.
We answered the question - It is not a box it is a...
We had a range of creative ideas from a submarine deep in the blue sea to a Nintendo switch that she plays with her big brothers and big sister.
They produced a lovely piece of writing which you can come in to have a look at!
Miss Egan's Topic - A Brave Bear
The children have enjoyed reading this book together. Throughout this unit the children have:
- made caves in the den making area
- described the bear using adjectives
- acted out scenes from the book
Our next book is called 'Naughty Bus' by Jan Oke.
The children have explored the language of capacity in a variety of ways. They have made coloured potions outside, used the indoor water tray, the large outdoor water wall and a variety of challenge games in the maths area.
Look at all the different challenges and ways we have created repeating patterns in our continuous provision. Lots of children liked the challenge of adding more than 2 colours.
We had fun making chocolate cookies! We wrote a set of instructions to show how we made them. Our writing is displayed on the wall. The children enjoyed eating them!
Biscuit Bear - Making Biscuit Bear shaped biscuits
The children enjoyed their first baking session in Reception. They used our new kitchen. The children were amazing at orally giving instructions on how to make the biscuits. The children wrote a set of simple instructions for other people to follow. We picked clear and short steps with mainly phonetically decodable words.
The children have had a ball playing in the circus both inside and out. They have dressed up as clowns, balanced on tight ropes, walked carefully on stilts, lifted up strong weights, span plates, waved ribbons around, juggled balls and performed acrobats. The children took it in turns to be the ring master and introduce the next act. They also sold tickets in their office, answered the phone and sold a range of goodies to the audience.
The children this week had to decided which act they would like to perform on Friday for Cam's Lane's Circus Show. They have been practising hard. They did some amazing writing which said 'In the circus I will be a ...' We cannot believe the vast improvement in their writing compared to September.
In PE we created a circus ring in the hall and each child performed their act to the rest of the class.
We all can't wait for our school trip to the circus!
Reception School Fund
Thank you to the parents, grandparents and carers who have donated money to our Reception fund. In the Rainbow Room there is a grey teddy money box where weekly donations are greatly appreciated. We will also display what enhancements, special snacks or activities we have spent the money on.
Our first spend:
With your donations coming we are hoping to provide plenty of baking opportunities to fit with our Biscuit Bear book in English over the next couple of weeks.
We started our new book unit by tasting a range of biscuits. The children couldn't believe this was our English lesson. We described how the biscuits tasted, looked and smelt. Then we voted for our favourite biscuit by creating a tally chart. We plotted our results on a graph using our photographs. Digestive biscuits were the least popular with only 3 children. Custard Creams, Bourbons and Pink Wafers all won with 7 votes each.
Where do biscuits come from and how are they made?
We worked together to gather answers/ideas to our questions. We had some really good ideas!
We looked at the front cover including the title and predicted what we thought the story was about, what would happen to the biscuit bear and what kind of character he/she was.
We are excited to learn more!
We have had lots of fun activities for the children to explore this week!
Potion making and writing
They created shape witches. The children followed a set of pictured instructions to create their witch.
Outside the children had fun creating different coloured handprints and then adding detail to create vampires, pumpkins, spiders etc. We made them into Halloween cards.
We used a range of tools and our hands to take all the seeds and gooey/stringy pumpkin out of the middle. They then used carving knives to create patterns, shapes and faces on the pumpkins.
Ghost snow mixture
The children mixed veg oil and cornflour together to create a crumbly textured mixture, but once moulded together created ghosts. They added different coloured and sized eyes.
The children loved dressing up in different costumes and masks. We had scary spiders, nice witches, crazy skeletons and a mad mummy.
Brave Bear - Miss Egan
With Miss Egan they are learning all about a book called Brave Bear. They are enjoying learning this book and loved their lesson where they created the bear's cave using our den building area and then used drama to act out what the characters were saying.
Fun on the bikes
The children enjoy riding on the bikes. They have learnt how to take turns, ride safely in a circle and to change their speed. Well done to Molly and James who can confidently ride our school bikes without stabilisers. If any other children can ride a bike without stabilisers please let us know.
Autumn is such a lovely season to explore nature.
We used conkers to roll through the paint to create a painting.
We used tweezers to pick up conkers and fill different sized containers.
Using cotton balls dipped in paint we created autumn leaf paintings.
The children had fun making scarecrows using a variety of materials.
They worked hard to write an autumn senses poem.
Using leaves the children created leaf rubbings.
We used leaf shaped sponges to print on paper.
We will continue after October half term with some more Autumn fun.