We looked at the festival of light called ‘Diwali’. The children watched a video clip of a little girl who took us through her celebration. She explained they wear pretty clothes, have lots of lights in their house and outside, create Rangoli patterns, visit the temple, eat lots of food and sing some songs together.
The children enjoyed the theme ‘Halloween’. They loved accessing the challenges we set. We decorated Halloween cakes, made Halloween cards to someone we care about, carved pumpkins, became witches or wizards and made potions, created Funny Bones skeletons and used split pins to make split pin Halloween characters.
PE – Gymnastics
What a success our first ever PE lesson was! W discussed our unit called ‘Gymnastics’ and looked at what skills we will be learning. We split the children into groups and explained we will rota around the stations throughout the half term. We looked at a range of rolls, balancing on benches, jumping off different size horse, long jump and climbing on the climbing frame.
The children could all share knowledge about fireworks. Most visited a firework display and the others could see or hear them from their house. The children enjoyed creating pieces of art using salt, glue and water colours, rolling marbles through the paint and using chalk on black paper. We followed instructions for ‘How to make chocolate apples’ and most importantly they enjoyed eating them. The children designed and made their own fireworks using a range of materials.
Parent Phonic Meeting
Thank you to the parents who could make today's meeting. The feedback we received was very pleasing! Attached below is the Power Point to refer to and the necessary links.
Floating and Sinking
After such a great science show in the morning with Adrian, the children soon realised they could carry out one of his investigations, using our water tray in our classroom. They could predict and test which objects would float and which would sink. They loved the thought of being scientists for the day!
We had the privilege of being invited to watch a science show in the hall. We learnt how to work scientifically within Reception. He taught us key words:
We watched a range of investigations and experiments. Some of the children even got to join him!
International Dot Day
They listened to the book and learnt that every child is an artist. Also, that they should have a positive mindset and say we can do things instead of we can't. They created a collaborative piece of art, each taking turns. Individually, they each had a small black dot and turned the dot into a picture, such as the middle of a flower or the top of a lollypop.
Throughout the weeks, the children have been working very hard on their speaking and listening skills. During circle time, they have talked about themselves, their families, their likes, dislikes and places they like to visit. We ask the children questions to test their listening skills and understanding.
Using their imagination
We have seen lots of children using their imagination so far since joining Reception. They have created models in the making area, role play of a bakery in the mud kitchen, using construction to create buildings and models, making their own music with the instruments and detailed drawing in the mark making area.
A class full of singers and dancers
During snack time, we sometimes listen to songs on the IWB. The children have showed a great interest in music, singing and dancing. They can confidently recite songs from memory and put actions to the words.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed ‘Dough Disco’ first thing in a morning. Dough Disco involves manipulating playdough using our hands to strengthen our muscles to help us write. You can do this with your child at home! Google Dough Disco and the song will explain what to do.
Squiggle is another activity which strengthens our hands and fingers to help us write. The children mark different size circles and lines on large pieces of paper to music. After the song their little hands and arms are very tired!
We have begun our phonics lessons! The children have learnt that phonics helps us to read and write. They are trying very hard to learn new phonemes (sounds) and how to write the graphemes (letters). Ask your child what sounds they have already learnt. We are so impressed with how they are picking it up and staying focused throughout the session.
Exploring the indoor classroom
They children have ventured into different areas of the classroom from our role play area to our construction area. Some activities involve playing on their own and others involve children playing cooperatively. It has been lovely to see the children working together, gaining confidence to explore the classroom and tidying up after they have finished an activity. Our tidy up song is Mission Impossible. They love trying to beat the timer!
The children are enjoying playing and learning outdoors. They have made cakes and bread in the mud kitchen, explored channelling water from the tap to the tub, rode bikes, climbed on our large climbing frame and made paths for the dinosaurs in the sand.
During circle time we have spent lots of time getting to know our friends, learning our school rules and exploring our classroom. We are trying really hard to remember our friends’ names.
Autumn 1 – What a great start they have had!
Class of 2019 - 2020
Summer 2 – Africa Homework
What a fabulous range of homework from the children!
Each child came to the front and explained what they had brought in.
We had children bringing in food that they had made, creative 3D masks, fact file booklets about animals, African instruments, a song and much more.
Summer 2 - We had a picnic with our teddies!
With Miss Egan we talked about our favourite teddies, read our favourite books to our friends and enjoyed a picnic. It was so much Fun! This followed on from looking at the story 'We're going on a bear hunt'.
Summer 2 - Fun in the outdoor continuous provision
Here are some of the different things your child explored, created and solved throughout Summer 2 outdoors. We had making cakes and potions in the mud kitchen, channelling water and moving the animals along the water pipes in the water area, mark making and writing on the large outdoor whiteboards.
Summer 2 – DT Day
Today was a full day of DT. The children were split across the three infant classes to work alongside Year 1 and Year 2 children as well as some of their peers. First, the children designed their puppets using the template design sheet. Then, they learnt how to sew and created their hand puppet body. Next, they added gems, felt, sequins, buttons etc to their puppet. Finally, in groups they created oral stories and shared them with the rest of the class. What amazing, creative and unique puppets they produced.
Summer 2 – Sports day
They all really enjoyed their first sports day at Cams Lane and tried hard on the different events. They completed the egg and spoon, a running race, a sack race, a long jump and throwing a bean bag. The children loved receiving their stickers and watching the parent and teacher races. What a fun day it was!
Summer 2 – Our Graduation Ceremony
What an amazing performance all the children did today! We are ever so proud of all your children. They learnt speaking lines, songs and actions. They enjoyed dancing with you and sharing their work from September to now. What a difference a year makes! We will truly miss this class and can’t wait to see them blossom further as they move through the school. Thank you again for your amazing support this year.
Stay and Play - session 6
Our final session of the year!
Another fabulous turn out! The theme was Africa linking to our multicultural day. Throughout the provision the children made pasta necklaces, made paper plate necklaces, created sunset shadow pictures, tried some African food, created Ndebele patterned houses, played Achi, solved some African animal maths and found Africa in an Atlas. The children enjoyed performing their African dance, singing their call and response song and counting to 10 in Swahili to their parents and grandparents. We hope you enjoyed their mini show!
Summer 2 – Africa
Our topic this half term is all about the continent Africa. This links nicely to our multicultural day on the 5th July. We have learnt where Africa is, looked at an Atlas, learnt about African animals, counted to 10 in Swahili, learnt an African dance called Waka Waka and sang a call and response song called Kye, Kye Kule. We have got lots more amazing activities to share during our Stay and Play session.
Summer 2 – Handa’s Surprise
The children listened to the story called ‘Handa’s Surprise’. They acted out the story, sequenced the story in order, matched the animals to the fruits, tried the fruits from Africa, such as passion fruits and mangoes and wrote African animal fact files based on animals in the story.
Summer 2 – Ducklings
On Tuesday 25th June 2019 6 little duck eggs arrived in their incubator. The children were all amazed and constantly watched for any movement or cracking. By Wednesday the eggs began to crack. The first little duck arrived on Wednesday tea-time, which the Tiger Club children got to see hatch. On Thursday morning we were welcomed by another 3. This was followed shortly by our last duckling. We have 5 happy ducklings! The children wrote all about the ducks, which is displayed on our display. Please feel free to come and have a look! Miss Partington took the ducks home for the weekend and on Sunday gave them their first bath/swim, which they enjoyed very much. We can’t wait to spend another week with our little ducklings especially watching them swim.
Summer 2 – Caterpillars
We have enjoyed watching our caterpillars grow throughout the weeks. They started off so small, grew bigger, went into a cocoon and then turned into beautiful butterflies. The children have observed them daily and wrote lovely diaries, painted pictures, drew pictures and made models. Their work is displayed on our classroom wall. Please feel free to come and see!
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.