Spring 1 - Poles Apart
This half term we will be reading lots of books linked to our topic, including; Snowball, The Evil Pea Rules, The Problem with Penguins, The Girl the Bear and the Magic Shoes, Poles Apart and Lost and Found. The children will design and make their own boats, exploring floating and sinking. We will also be taking part in the Slippery Slope science investigation.
The children enjoyed cutting up pictures from their favourite books to create their rainbow calendars inspired by Eleanor Bowmer. Which characters do you recognise? Who are the authors of these books?
The children had fun using a simple computer program called J2code to create their Christmas cards. Use the link below to access J2code at home:
The Lost Coin
In RE this week we talked about actions that made us feel precious.
The Bible says that Jesus taught his followers many things about God. He once said, ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ and ‘Do for others what you want them to do for you.’ This is known as the Golden Rule.
We listened to the parable of The Lost Coin Luke: 15:8–10. We thought about why the women wanted the coin so badly. It was because it was precious to her.
The children have been using design sheets when playing in the loose parts area. They first draw their design and think about the materials they will need to use when building. After completing their build, children are encouraged to take a photograph of their work and think about what could make their design even better.
The children have been working hard this week, using phoneme frames to write CVC words. They are building confidence, segmenting to spell words. Well done reception!
'We're building a princess castle'
A group of children had a busy morning in the construction area outside. They first created a floor plan for their castle by placing wooden blocks along the lines in the pavement.
'It has four sides'
'It is a square'
'Rectangles have four sides too'
Children have fun drawing their own maps when playing in the small world area. They then use the resources to create what they have drawn.
Using the loose parts, a group of children set up for a party. They used the different resources to represent different objects.
'These are the disco lights'
'I've made some orange juice for everyone'
Today in PE the children explored responding in movement to words and music. We focused on weather, representing it in different ways. Children had fun using musical instruments to make different sounds. We also learnt about opposites; fast and slow, wide and thin, straight and wiggly, high and low.
The Christmas Story
Today we dressed up in Nativity costumes to retell the Christmas story. We then set up our wooden nativity set in our classrooms and talked about who is the most important. Children are beginning to understand why Christians perform Nativity Plays at Christmas.
Children in Need
The children are very excited to come to school dressed in their pyjamas tomorrow (Friday 13th November). It would be great if they could bring £1 to help us raise lots of money for charity. We will be joining Joe Wicks to help him complete the last part of his 24 Hour PE Challenge!
The children have been inspired to explore the curiosity cube this week, answering:
Who? What? Where? When? and Why? questions.
Next week, we will be learning all about the Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. We have lots of lovely stories to read, including Binny's Diwali, Mr Men and Little Miss Diwali and Peppa's Diwali. Visit our class page again next week to see our 'Diva Light' designs which we will be making out of clay.
Nurture - Discover - Respect
The children have had a busy day in the outdoor area, helping Miss Gaughan and Mrs Shackleton, getting ready to grow grass under the trees! The children have worked hard, digging up the soil and moving the pebbles so that we can sow the grass seed. The children have observed the leaves falling from the trees throughout Autumn and we are going to explore growing grass, to bring some colour back to the outdoor area throughout Winter.
Brilliant team work reception!
The children had lots of fun today, celebrating a friends birthday. They worked together to set up a 'surprise' pizza party for their friend. Using resources from around the classroom, the children used the tuff tray to set the table. It was lovely to see children using resources from the writing area to make birthday cards for their friend. What a brilliant idea everyone.
In collective worship this week we have been learning all about Remembrance Day. On Wednesday, at 11 o'clock we did a two minute silence.
The children have painted some beautiful poppy pictures in the outdoor area. They also explored using other media and materials to create pictures.
The children have had fun exploring the new jigsaws and puzzles. We have seen children show perseverance as they explore different ways of fitting the pieces together.
In maths this week we started 'It's me 1,2,3'. We represented 1 in different ways by finding different objects around the classroom.
What a fantastic afternoon in the outdoor area! A group of children worked together in the water area, exploring different ways of filling and emptying different containers. The children used pipettes to fill bottles and used the tubes and pipes to fill buckets.
'We're doing Science'
'Scientists mix things up and make things work'
'They do experiments and do lots of amazing things'
Autumn 2 RE - Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?
This half term in RE we will be learning to retell the Christmas story and understand what Christians do at Christmas time. In our first lesson we learnt about the special baby, Jesus. We listened to Hush! There's a baby... and learnt actions.
The children have enjoyed the new fine-motor activity, threading pipe cleaners through cones and adding beads.
'I've made a strawberry ice-cream using the pink cone'
'It looks like a robot with 2 arms'
'It's like a Christmas tree with decorations'
As part of Healthy: Inside and Out Day we introduced the emotional register. The children are encouraged to find their name and place it above the 'colour monster' which represents how they feel. After relaxation time in an afternoon children complete the emotional register.
Healthy: Inside and Out Day
On the first day back after every half term we have Healthy: Inside and Out Day. Today we focused on recognising similarities and differences in the way we look and feel. We explored the question: What does unique mean? and read the story 'What Makes Me and Me?'. We encouraged children to look at themselves in a mirror alongside a friend and think about What is the same? What is different? We then worked in our key worker groups, talking about the things which make us happy. We drew pictures to represent our ideas.
PE day - Wednesday
After half term we will be starting PE in reception. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit. In Autumn 2 we will be doing dance so the children will be indoors. We will keep the kit in school, on your child's peg. This will then be sent home just before the Christmas holiday's, so it can be washed.
Remember, there are lots of ways that your child can stay active at home. Why not try this active challenge card below:
Autumn 2 - Let’s Have a Party!
Our topic this half term is 'Let's Have a Party'. We will be reading lots of different stories including Cake, Oh! Christmas Tree, Norman the Slug Saved Christmas, Gordon's Great Escape and Supertato Carnival Castro-Pea. We will also celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Throughout this half term we will learn about different celebrations and also answer the key question; 'Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?', in RE. We also perform our own Christmas songs, dressing up in nativity costumes and sharing videos on Seesaw.
What a brilliant first half term at school! It has been amazing to see new friendships form and observe the children within the different areas of learning. Over the holidays we would like you to go on a Number Hunt. Please access Seesaw to find the activity.
You will have also received your child's book bag. You will find a reading record and word list. Please practise reading these words at home with your child and write comments in their reading record. Encourage them to use 'phonic fingers' to sound out the words and practise blending. Have a lovely half term everyone.
Alma Thomas inspired artwork - Black History Day
Alma Thomas was an African-America Expressionist painter and art educator best known for her colourful abstract paintings. She lived and worked in Washington D.C. and The Washington Post described her as a force in the Washington Colour School. The children created their own artwork inspired by Alma Thomas.
Exploring height and length
This week in Maths we used pencils and multi-link cubes to explore ordering 2 or 3 items by height and length. The children impressed us, using mathematical vocabulary to describe the size of different objects.
'The red one is 6 cubes taller than the yellow one'
'This one is middle-sized'
The blue pencil is shorter than the blue one'
Fine motor skills
The children have enjoyed taking part in different fine motor skill activities this half term. They enjoyed using tweezers to sort pom-poms into different colours. Some brilliant necklaces and bracelets have also been made, threading the beads onto string. The boys and girls have also used their imagination when treading pipe cleaners through the colourful tubes.
'Look this one is a strawberry ice-cream'
'I have made a Christmas tree. Now it's time to add the decorations'
Autumn Treasure Hunt
Thank you to everyone who completed the Autumn Treasure Hunt this weekend. It has been lovely to hear stories about your Autumn walks, looking for treasure. The children were very excited to tell each other about the different treasure that they had found. Well done everyone!
Phonics - Phase 2
We have now started our formal phonics teaching. By half term, children will know sounds; s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d. Please use the sound mat below to practise these sounds at home. The word mat shows the different words which we will learn throughout Phase 2. It is important that your child learns to read the tricky words.
The children have had lots of fun, exploring moving in different ways. They showed some brilliant balancing skills, walking along the beams. The giant tunnel is a popular piece of equipment! Children enjoy climbing and crawling through the giant tunnel. It has been great to see the children using other resources such as the milk crates, to explore building. Some children have found the spinning tops challenging, but by showing perseverance they have mastered the skill of getting it to move around.
'Jesus welcomes the children'
In RE this week we listened to the story of Jesus wanting to see the children even though the disciples tried stopping him. “Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away.” (Mark 10:14)
We encourage children to vote for a book for story time each day. The children find their stick and choose 'book 1' or 'book 2' by placing their stick in the pot. At the end of the day we count the votes and the book with the most votes is read at story time. The children get very excited when their chosen book wins and we pick a stick out of the pot for a child to go and get the book from the voting station.
Miss Rodwell was very impressed with this amazing castle built in the loose parts area. The children worked together as a team, using the different materials to design and make a brilliant castle. Well done everyone!
We love to read in reception!
Thank you to everyone who responded to the 'caught reading' activity on Seesaw. It was lovely to listen to all of the responses. The children have lots of fun sharing stories together in the reading area and we encourage them to complete a book review to recommend books to their friends.
How to show 5
We now have our 'show 5' posters displayed within our classrooms. The children have been trying really hard to show 5 when we do the register, maths, phonics and collective worship.
Autumn 1 - Marvellous Me
Our topic this half term is 'Marvellous Me'. We will be reading lots of different stories including The Colour Monster goes to School, Max the Brave and Ruby's Worry. We will work together, forming new friendships and explore the different areas of provision.