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.
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.