In Reception class this week, we have read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and have been discussing similarities and differences between England and Africa. Lynn from Tesco came in and we got to try the food from Handa’s story. We had banana, orange, mango, avocado, passion fruit and pineapple. We didn’t really like the avocado, passion fruit or mango but we all had a try!We had so much fun tasting the fruit!
We have had a fabulous day at Cobble Hey Farm. We began with an exciting journey on the coach, then the children made their own plant pot from newspaper and planted some peas. We also got to hold chicks and feed the lambs. We got to see lots of different animals, we even saw a baby lamb being born which was very exciting! We walked around the beautiful gardens and spoke about the flowers starting to grow. All the children really enjoyed themselves and we look forward to our next trip!
After reading the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we come into the classroom to discover that our home corner and reading area were very messy! We had a letter from Mr Jones telling us that there were photos on the CCTV showing someone throwing our toys around. We thought it was Goldilocks and wrote letters to the police asking them to investigate.
The next morning we came in to find a video from the police officer asking for our help to make ‘Wanted’ posters and to write a description on what Goldilocks looks like.
We made porridge and added in sprinkles, jam and sugar. We spoke about what we liked and didn’t like about the porridge. We wrote instructions about how we made the porridge.
We had great fun role playing Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
We have been learning about Chinese New Year. We read a story about the great race, where the Emperor asked the animals to race across the river and as a reward the first 12 animals had a zodiac year named after them. 2017 is the year of the rooster.
We had a letter sent to us from a girl called Miya, who lives in China, asking for our help to make and decorate lanterns and to translate her Chinese writing into English. We played what’s in the box with Chinese food and had to guess what we were eating. We all enjoyed eating the noddles and prawn crackers but only a few of us liked the seaweed.
“Red is the favourite colour to scare the monster away.”
“Yuck! That tastes disgusting!”
“Look at my lantern.”
Over the last week we have been following the childrens’ interest on animals. We have spoken about all the different types of animals you can have as a pet. We wrote about our own pets and drew pictures of them. As a group we spoke about how to care for our animals and what they need to stay strong and healthy. We have been role playing and have set up our own vets. We’ve had lots of fun!
“I don’t have any pets but I would like a cat.”
“I want doggy, just one.”
“I have two dogs, 1 cat and 5 fish.”
“I got doggy in my house.”
The artist that inspired us was David Batchelor. David uses lots of construction materials, shapes and neon lights. We made special neon light biscuits and two pieces of art work. Our first piece was a set of traffic lights using neon colours. The second piece, we used different 2D shapes and silhouetted over them using neon colours. We then removed the shapes to see the end effect.
We have had lots of fun!
On 11.11.16, we all took part in a 2 minute silence to remember all the soldiers that fought in the war. We made our own poppy wreath using our hand print.
For Children in Need we got to wear something spotty. We enjoyed lots of different activities throughout the day and helped raise money for the charity by buying biscuits and cakes.
Can you guess what we have been learning about in Reception these last two week?
We have been reading the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’. From re-reading the story daily, the children have been re-telling the story to us! We have discussed how the pigs must have felt when the wolf was trying to blow their houses down, how the wolf was feeling at the end when he landed in a pot of hot stew and some children have enjoyed using our role play character mask to act the story out!
We have also used straw, sticks and pretend bricks to build our own houses indoors and outdoors and discussed what materials we would used if we were to build our own house.
Last Thursday was also ‘hand washing day’. We have the story ‘Blow Your Nose The Big Bad Wolf’ and have discussed importance of keeping clean, using tissues when we sneeze and washing our hands multiple times throughout the day!
Don’t forget to use bug club and write in your home school dairies all the fun things you have done over the half term! We look forward to hearing all about your adventures!
We hope you have a lovely half term and we will see you on Monday 7th November.
During our first half term in Reception, we have been learning about the season Autumn. We have been discussing what happens to the trees/leaves, what colour the leaves change into, what happens to the weather and the clothes we need to wear!
The children have enjoyed exploring in the creative/paint exploring using Autumn colours. We have used pastels to shade over the leaves, painted the leaves to create pattern, felt and discussed the textures of acorns and conkers and make some beautiful Autumn pictures!
We also went on an Autumn walk. We put on our wellies and visited Mr Davenport at our allotment! We collected lots of leaves on our journey and saw our pigs, chickens and falkins for the first time! It was an exciting time!
We would like to say a big thank you to all parents/carers that came to our phonics workshop on Thursday after school!
Last week, we introduced the home school diary books. These will be sent home every Friday night and will include a section about what we have done in class that week, a small literacy and maths activity and any information/dates you need to know. Please ensure your child brings the book in by Thursdays.
Also, a letter has been sent home about Bug Club. Bug Club is a website which allows your child to access books online which have been allocated by their teacher. Again, this is another opportunity for you to discuss and share books!
Lastly, we have now started using Dojos. Dojos is a reward system for children for a variety of reasons such as: following the rules, trying hard, playing nicely, being kind and so on. On the letter we sent home, there is a link where you can download an app onto your phone and you will receive a notification when your child receives a Dojo. There is also a link where you can message your teacher and attach images.
Any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to come and ask!
We look forward to our next parents/carers session where there will be a chance for you to come into our classroom for a fun/craft afternoon session next half term.
Thank you again!