Spring 1 - Chinese New Year
In class, we listened to the story of 'Chinese New Year' and acted out the story using masks and hats. We learnt all about the animals in the race and which animal won. This led us to learning about ordinal numbers. We tried a range of Chinese food such as prawn crackers and noodles. We created dragon masks and learnt a Chinese dragon dance. We had great fun learning a little bit about China.
Spring 1 - Dear Zoo
In English, we have been learning about a book called 'Dear Zoo' where a boy would like a pet, so he writes to the zoo. Unfortunately, he is not happy with the animals due to different reasons, such as the giraffe is too tall or the frog is too jumpy. Eventually, he is sent a dog, which he loves and calls it perfect. In provision, the children have played with an animal tuff tray, drew animals from the zoo and found a reason why they don't make a good pet and then wrote their own Dear Zoo books. The children really enjoyed this book and soon will be writing their own Dear Farm book following the same pattern.
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
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