This week we have been incredibly lucky to have Mrs Lymn come and teach us some Science. We explored the different ways of creating shadows, watching how our movements are reflected. We experiemented with shape, size and width. As we are fast approaching Year One we have also been working on our number formation. We used the playground to write number lines to 20 to practise – making sure they’re facing the right way.
This week we have been looking at dividing and halving. We worked on halving objects and then halving numbers. Some of us also progressed to dividing by 3’s and 4’s. We have been on fire in Maths this week! Not only have we been dividing we have also been working on repeating patterns. We have been challenging ourselves to create repeating patterns of 2/3 variables and even including size in there too! Reception have also enjoyed Music this week, experimenting with volume!
This week we have been learning about The Magic Porridge Pot. We have cooked and eaten porridge, and also played with it experimenting with its texture. We then created a bank on adjectives to describe it. We also wrote recipes for porridge so other children can follow our instructions and have their own. As well as this we made our own potions in welly work in our own magic pots.
This week as we are approaching the royal wedding we have been discussing the royal family, who they are and what they do. We have also been preparing some decorations for the big day! We have made bunting, union jack placemats and even royal themed cakes. (some mud ones too).
We have also been writing letters to Prince Harry and Meghan to wish them a wonderful day!
This week we have been looking at Henri Matisse and his inspirational artwork titled ‘The snail’. We imitated this and then created our own Matisse styled artwork based on our favourite mini-beast.
This week we used the lovely weather to create a science experiment. The children tipped water on the pavement and circled it, labelling it with their name. We then left it for 10minutes and came back. It had evaporated! We discussed why this had happened and tested it out in different conditions such as shade, and the rubber mulch. We also built a snake, and predicted how many children it would take to be longer than our creation. We were very close!
As well as this, the Reception children have discovered the fine art of taking a selfie! Of course, they found this hilarious as well as using their knowledge to demonstrate their Early Learning Goal!
After last week -making our owl feeders, we must have done a good job as we had Bob and Hayley with their three beautiful owls visit us last week. They talked about the different owls, gave us a flying demonstration and even let us hold them on our arms. Amazing!!
As well as this, we have been practising our addition sums, we then also changed them into a bar model! This clearly showed the depth in our children’s learning, as some of them even went on to make their own bar models. After that, we moved on to how to double a number. We used the mirrors and dominoes to help us, and we even recorded our answers.
We’ve also started to write our stories that we innovated, using narrative language and our amazing vocabulary and spellings to help us.
As we have been learning about owls, we decided that we should try and get our own. So we decided to make some owl feeders! We discussed what owls eat such as rats, bats and moths, but we were in agreement that this wouldn’t be good to hang from the trees. So we went for Cheerios! We had to use our fine motor skills and maths to carefully thread and count our Cheerios before going into the wild area and hanging our new feeders!
Last week our new outdoor area was finished, school have invested heavily in new equipment to benefit and enhance the children’s learning and they have been loving playing in it!
After Brian’s visit, he phoned us and told us that he has lost one of his bees, so we searched round the school but no luck! So….we made missing posters to help everyone find him and luckily… he has been returned safe and sound.
Following our visit from Brian last week, we decided after learning about honey and how it is made, we will taste it too. So this week we had honey on toast for our snack! We also made our own repeating patterns by designing our own pretty coloured bumblebees. It was also CRAZY hair day for CLIC sargent so check out our funky styles!
This week we had a visit from Brian, he brought in his virtual hive and explained how the bees make the honey. He discussed a queen bees job and told us they lay over 2000 eggs a day. He also left us some local honey to try!
Alongside this, we have started learning our text map ‘The Sleepy Bumblebee’. We decided that our school was quite noisy so we used our Welly Work lesson to make some bee houses. They are unbeelievable. As well as this, we have used our new fuzzy friends to help us with some sharing problems!
This week we have been looking at a variety of animals with wings! We have been learning a poem called ‘If I had wings’ and the children have been writing about where they would go if they could fly. As well as this, as a school we had a whole school art day on March 13th. The inspiration for this artwork was Picasso’s abstract face paintings. We used half of our face to look at, before painting the other half ourselves! Look at our budding young artists masterpieces! Incredible! If that wasn’t enough, we have also been making shakers for our big ‘Sing Up’ day, as part of a digi-choir we then used the recycled material shakers to play alongside our amazing song!
This week we have been building beanstalks! We have used our fantastic fine motor skills to put the correct amount of loops onto our beanstalk. We then have been comparing which has more/less and also a little bit of estimating how many we can fit on! We are unstoppable! After completing our story map and learning it so in depth, we have started to write our story in written form!! We have been using our amazing phonics knowledge to decode words and even snuck a few tricky words in too. We have also had World Book Day where the children wore pyjamas and read their favourite bed time stories! They all looked fantastic. As well as this, we also had belated Chinese New Year Celebrations.
After being amazing at addition we decided to look at subtraction and we have been incredible. We have been learning to use objects, our fingers and pictoral methods to solve our number sentences!
After completing our story map and learning it so in depth, we have started innovating our text map, we have been working on changing our main character, and creating our new story from our original! The children have been working really hard with this and have been performing them. Please check your tapestry to see these! We have also been writing sentences practising our finger spaces.
This week we have continued to learn our text map ‘Jack and the beanstalk and I will be sending the text map home for the children to share with you. The children can then share their incredible vocabulary with you. We have also been writing about what we would like to find in our golden egg. We have been looking at addition this week, and solving number sentences. This week we used magic beans to use as objects to solve our sums! Check us out.
This week we received some magic beans from a mystery delivery. We wanted to see what they would do, so we planted them in a pot, inside our classroom. We wrote predictions of what we thought it could be, we thought it could be a sunflower, or a beanstalk. The next day when we came to school it had grown into a colossal beanstalk! The children were amazed, and now we have been making our own castles to go at the top of our beanstalk—to match the stories we already know.
We’ve also been working hard on our Maths. We used our magic beans to make repeating patterns and challenged ourselves to 3 or even 4 factor repeating patterns. As well as this, we also used cubes to measure our beanstalks!
The children have still been incredibly drawn into their under the sea theme, they have loved drawing and painting their own sea animals, and writing sentences about them. They then even went on to write their own child initiated shopping lists, and postcards/letters from the mermaid, or themselves.
After looking really hard at one more and one less of a number, we are now starting to look at addition and subtraction. We will be looking at the vocabulary, as well as focusing on number formation ready for when the children come to write their own number sentences!!
This week is our first full week back after the Christmas break and the children found a special treasure chest but the treasure had been stolen. We then went on a treasure hunt around the school, and returned the precious jewels to their owner! As a reward, he left us a story! We were then inspired to make our own story maps and they were fantastic. We have also been learning lots of tricks with our maths. We have been focusing on one more, one less and understanding that a total stays the same when separated. We have even been working on addition sums!
This week we have been looking and learning about space. The children have loved making moons, acting out being spacemen and writing lists about what they would take to the moon. We were a very food focussed group! As well as this we have loved being in the slime this week, and we have also been describing the textures. Also a huge thank you to everyone that stayed for the book and biscuit, the children enjoyed it thoroughly and I hope you did too.
This week as we have concluded our superhero theme we have been making potions to turn us into superheroes and villains! The children have been comparing capacity and have written their own potions! We used the mud kitchen and our outdoor area herbs, to add in coriander, mint and other beautiful smells to entice our victims in! We loved exploring our senses!
This week we have been learning about superheroes, we have been reading the story of Superworm and Supertato! We have then used our maths knowledge to be able to weigh our potatoes to find the heaviest (to make the best Supertato) and also measuring the length and height of Superworm. We also wanted to measure ourselves too.
We have also been learning our Talk 4 Writing text, which is ’The enormous potato’. The children have learnt the story using actions, they have then changed it, and also created their own story maps
Just before half term was the start of Diwali, we celebrated it in many ways in Reception and we loved the different activities. We made our own Rangoli patterns on the playground which were amazingly colourful! We also made out own divas and had our own festival of light in our classroom which was absolutely magical. We are incredible at shapes, we have been on a shape hunt around the school and have been main pictures using shapes and beginning to use the language of sides and corners.
This week, we must be tired! We have been working so hard on our Maths and using the mini-beast to match the ones with the same amount of legs, we then moved on to adding our mini-beast legs to find a total of how many we have altogether. Some of us then even went on to make our own number sentences! Amazing! However, it doesn’t stop there, Reception have also been working on their Literacy, we have been looking at our text ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. The children have loved it, not only have they made their own story maps, they have also made their own shopping lists of what they would eat if they were a hungry caterpillar. After they drew their food they then used their phonic knowledge to write the initial sounds.
This week we have been amazingly lucky to have so many guests come to visit us! We had two police officers who came to talk about road safety and what to do if we were to lose a grown up somewhere whilst enjoying fun family time, we also had two firemen who showed us their heavy equipment, let us see their special tools in their cars and also let us hear and see their sirens. We then, if that wasn’t enough had the amazing Mr and Mrs Tanna-Shah who spoke about their job as an optician, we got to play some cool eye test games and we are so excited to ask our grown ups to go to the opticians for a proper eye test (and to sit on a cool chair they have). On Friday we were again blessed to have Mrs Bennett in who taught us lots about being a physiotherapist and how we can keep our muscles strong and healthy, the children loved their new exercises, thank you so much to our guests we’ve loved all our new knowledge.
We have been so busy this week! Not only have we learnt our new phonics sounds and practised them in chalk, we have also been matching quantities with numeral and representing numbers. As if this wasn’t enough, we also had time to bake for the Macmillan coffee morning and it was incredible! Thank you for all your support!
Today Reception have enjoyed exploring their new classroom!! We had lots of excitment playing with our new toys, and meeting lots of new friends! I think we have some amazing builders, artists, florists and chefs in the making!! How lovely it has been to have you all with us for your first day!
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