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Mere Sands Wood Trip
We had a brilliant time on our trip to Mere Sands Wood! We went minibeast hunting in the woods, went for a woodland walk, pond dipped and built dens.
We found lots of different types of minibeasts and creatures and learnt all about them!
Summer Term 1st Half
This term the topic in Reception is ‘Transport’. Over the half term we will be learning about different modes of transport. We will be starting by discussing road transport and how to keep ourselves safe around roads and traffic. We will look at different road signs they may see and the children will design their own sign. We will also look at rail, water, air and space transport.
In our Literacy work we will be looking at narrative texts and traditional stories. The children will be creating captions and labels and there will be a strong focus on the development of story vocabulary so that the children can write their own imaginative stories using adjectives. You can help to support your child by using different pictures to make up a story, encouraging them to use adventurous vocabulary. We will also be doing some drama work, acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
As well as doing addition and subtraction, in Maths the children will be focusing on positional language, time, money and 3D shapes. You can help to support your child with their number work by continuing to counting in 1s to 20 and back, in 10s to 100 and back, in 2s forward to 10 or 20 and in 5s to 50, depending upon your child’s confidence and understanding.
Hopefully your child will have brought home a purple homework folder , inside the folder there should be a homework activity related to Bonfire night. We would be very grateful if you could complete the homework with your child and return it to school, in the purple folder on Tuesday 8th November. Future homework, will be a mix of phonics, number or topic work and will be sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday. Homework which is returned late may not be marked until the following week.
All the children should now have a reading book and a yellow reading diary. Over the next half term the children will read at least once a week with an adult in reception, the adult will update your child’s reading diary with weekly sounds and a focus (if applicable). Please sign your child’s reading diary each week. If you have any questions about reading please see either Mrs Smith, Miss Myhill or Miss Cunningham.
As you know our PE day is Friday. The children are getting very quick when changing for PE! They have learnt how to do ‘good PE sitting’ and have been learning about spatial awareness and putting different movements to music, as well as travelling in different ways. To make it easier when getting changed for PE we suggest girls do not wear tights on a Friday. Please remember the children are not allowed to wear earrings for PE.
Miss Myhill & Mrs Daggers
Summer 2nd Half Term – Minibeasts
We have had such a busy week back at school! Our topic for the last half term is ‘Minibeasts’. The children have enjoyed working in the new ‘Bug Research Laboratory’ role play area and searching the school grounds for minibeasts.
In our Literacy work we have learnt about non-fiction texts and used information books to learn more about minibeasts then we wrote our own fact files.
Summer 1st Half – Week 3
We have learnt all about trains this week. We talked about our experiences of travelling on a train and looked at pictures of early steam trains and compared them with modern day trains. In our mathematics we learnt about money to help us buy train tickets and snack at the ‘train station’.
Summer 1st Half – Week 2
This week we have been learning about positional language. We used the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to help us learn some vocabulary related to positional language then we went on our won bear hunt. We took turns hiding from each other and hiding a teddy bear then drew maps to help us!
Inside the classroom we drew our own roads and railways then programmed the bee-bots to follow them.
Summer 1st Half – Week 1
This week we read ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’! We looked at each of the problems in the story and thought about adjectives to describe them. We made a story map, but this time we used iPads to take photographs and acted each part out.
Spring 2nd Half – Week 6
This week we have learnt about Easter traditions and why we celebrate it. We listened to the story of Jesus’ crucifixion from the bible then, later in the week, acted it out.
We talked about our own experiences of Easter and how we celebrate it. We learnt about why we give and receive chocolate eggs and, also, how Christians celebrate Easter by going to special services at church. We learnt about recipes then followed one to make chocolate Easter nest cakes – they were delicious!
We finished off the term by setting our butterflies free; it has been so interesting to see them change from tiny little caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.
Red Nose Day 2017
We really enjoyed raising money for Comic Relief by coming into school dressed in red! We learnt about where our donations go to and the people whose lives our money changes. One of the children made some Red Nose Day cupcakes at home with their mummy – we all had one, they were very yummy!
Spring 2nd Half -Week 4
This week the children have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have some caterpillars that we have been watching carefully, by the end of the week they had changed into chrysalises. It will take two weeks for them to emerge as butterflies. We learnt about the different stages of a butterfly’s life then used our bodies to re-enact it. In the outdoor classroom we made a cocoon from the den building equipment and took turns to emerge as a beautiful butterfly!
In Mathematics we used butterfly wings to help us learn about doubling.
In our Literacy work we read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We wrote our own stories and made our sentences more interesting by using adjectives to describe the foods. We tried some of the fruits from the story and used our senses to describe them.
This week has also been ‘Science Week’ at school. In Reception Class we experimented with floating and sinking in the water tray and made our own cornflour slime too!
We have had a very busy week!
Spring Term 2nd Half Weeks – 2 & 3
Over the past couple of weeks there have been some strange things happening in Reception Class! First we found some huge muddy footprints and heard some loud footsteps on the roof. We even found some enormous clothes in the home corner. We talked about who we thought it could be and decided that it must be a giant! We received a letter from him and he told us that he had lost his key and needed our help to find it, which we did! To say thank you the Giant (his name was Gerry) left us his favourite story… Jack and the Beanstalk!! We learnt the story and used story telling actions and language to retell it. Over the course of the week we decided to change it and make our own versions of the story – our class’ version was very funny – it had a cheeky monkey and magic bananas in it!
World Book Day 2017
Reception Class had a brilliant day dressing up for World Book Day! Mrs Wright came into class and read us a story. Ms. Salthouse came dressed as Gangster Granny – she ‘stole’ some things from the classroom, she was very sneaky!
We had lots of fun dressing about as our favourite characters and sharing our books with each other.
1st February 2017
Today Gemma Lees, an author, came to read some of her books to us! We listened to her stories about Ethan Elephant, Leno Lion and their animal friends. Gemma even read us her brand new story, it was so new that it hadn’t even been made into a book yet! She told us all about how books are written, illustrated and printed – it was very interesting.
Spring 1st Half Term – Week 5
This week Reception Class read the book ‘The Great Pet Sale’ and decided to have our own pet sale. We made a pet shop and took turns to choose which animal we wanted to buy. We had to read the price on the tag to see how much it cost then we counted out the correct amount of money to pay for it. We had lots of fun learning about how to look after the different animals.
Spring 1st Half Term – Weeks 4 & 5
Reception Class have been solving a crime this week! When we came to school on Monday we were shocked to find the home corner a mess! There were three very sad looking bears in there with three half eaten bowls of porridge. We could see somebody asleep in the bed too, they had curly blond hair. We talked to each other about what we could see, what we thought had happened and who the culprit might be!
Over the course of the week it became apparent, from the clues that we had found, that Goldilocks must have sneaked into the school over the weekend, eaten the porridge and fallen asleep in Baby Bear’s bed. We wanted to interview her about it but she had run off! We thought of adjectives to describe her to help us make some wanted posters and stuck them up around the school.
Goldilocks sent a letter to Baby Bear and Reception Class to apologise for her behaviour. The children wrote letters back to her to thank her for her apology but to remind her how to behave and treat other people.
In our PE lessons we used our bodies and facial expressions to re-enact the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. We tried our best to match our movements to the music.
Spring Term 1st Half – Week 3
Reception class have had lots of fun learning all about Chinese New Year! The children did their own research about the celebration and Chinese culture at home and shared it with the rest of the class.
We learnt about the story of the Jade Emperor and the ‘great race’ and used ordinal language to retell it. We watched videos of New Year parades, made our own dragon and practised our dragon dancing.
The children enjoyed practising their fine motor skills by using chopsticks to pick up noodles and rice – it was very tricky! We had a go at drawing Chinese symbols too.
At the end of the week we all dressed up in lucky red colours and had our own Chinese New Year party! We ate lots of noodles, rice, prawn crackers, spring rolls and prawn toast. It was delicious! We had our own dragon dancing parade too!
Kung hei fat choi!
Spring Term 1st Half – Week 1
The children have had an exciting week back at school! We have enjoyed exploring the new builder’s yards role play areas in the outdoor classroom and topic area. The children designed their buildings and used their phonics to label them.
In our Mathematics we learnt how to add by counting on. Some of the children wrote their own number sentences independently and used counters to find the answers.
In Literacy we have been retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs. We used story telling actions, puppets and story maps to re-enact the story.
In our PE lesson we travelled like a little pig and played racing games. We had to collect all the bricks from the other side of the hall and bring them back to make a house for the pigs.
Autumn Term 2nd Half – Weeks 6&7
We have been learning all about Christmas! We learnt about the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus then acted it out using masks and costumes. We practised singing Away in a Manger ready for the Christmas carol service.
We all worked together to decorate our Christmas tree and enjoyed decorating the classroom with tinsel and paper snowflakes.
On Monday we had our Christmas party. We played pass the parcel, ate lots of party food and danced and played games in the hall. We were so excited when Father Christmas came to visit!
Autumn Term 2nd Half – Week 5
We have been learning all about Advent this week. We learnt about how candles are used to celebrate the four weeks of Advent and made our own Advent wreaths. We found out about how Advent is celebrated in other countries too – in Germany it is known as the time of the Knocking Knights. We learnt about how Advent is celebrated in Hungary and put a boot out in the classroom window on the 5th of December, the eve of Saint Nicholas Feast Day, like children do in Hungary so that Mikulas, the Santa-like figure, would come and fill it with treats. When we looked the following morning it was full of sweets!
Autumn Term 2nd Half – Week 4
This week Reception class have learnt about birthdays. We talked about our experiences of birthdays and how we celebrate them. We learnt about how birthdays are celebrated around the world too. We made our own little fairy cakes – we had to use scales to weight out all the ingredients and used a timer so we knew how long they had been baking in the oven. We learnt how to make a pictogram to put our class birthdays into a graph and talked about what we had found out. We read the story of ‘Kipper’s Birthday’ and learnt what information we need to include on an invitation. We used our phonics to write our own.
Autumn Term 2nd Half – Week 3
This week we have been learning about weddings.
In our Literacy work we read ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’. We looked at the list in the story and talked about how we write a list and what we might use lists for. We used what we had learnt to write our own wedding lists and some of the children decided to write their own Christmas present lists!
In our Topic lessons we shared our experiences of weddings and brought in photographs of our family and friends’ weddings to show the rest of the children. We learnt all about different types of weddings and how weddings are celebrated in different religions.
Pounds for Pyjamas – Children in Need 2016
We have had a very exciting day raising money for Children in Need. We came to school wearing our pyjamas and donated money.
Graham Liver from Radio Lancashire came to school, he was pushing a bed! Pudsey Bear came to see us too – we made him feel welcome by cheering and dancing for him. Some of the children wish they could wear pyjamas to school everyday!
Autumn Term 2nd Half – Week 1
This week we have learnt about Bonfire Night. In our Topic lessons we learnt about Guy Fawkes and the story behind the tradition. We made handprint bonfire pictures, it was very messy!
In our Literacy work we learnt the Bonfire Night poem ‘Remember, Remember The Fifth of November’ and used adjectives to create our own poems. We used our senses to help us think of describing words and wrote a class poem:
We remember the fifth of November,
The smell of the grey smoke,
The taste of the yummy chocolate apples,
The sound of the fizzy fireworks,
The sight of the glowing orange logs,
The feel of the hot bonfire.
Autumn Term 2nd Half 2016 – Week 1
In our maths work this week we have been learning about repeating patterns. We used lots of different resources to make our own!
Autumn Term 1st Half 2016 – Week 8
Reception class have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali this week. We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and how people celebrate ‘The Festival of Lights’. We made our own Rangoli patterns using coloured rice and lentils and created our own mendhi designs. The children found it all fascinating!
Autumn Term 1st Half 2016 – Weeks 6&7
In our Literacy work we have been learning about the story of The Gingerbread Man. We learnt about the characters, setting and repeated refrains in the story then drew story maps to help us retell it ourselves. We learnt some storytelling actions too!
Miss Buxton & Mr Conway
Spring 1 – Week 3
This week we have been focusing on Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. The children have been so excited to learn about the Chinese flag, traditions and symbols. We all had such a fantastic time at our Chinese New Year party on Friday we tastes Chinese food, had fun Dragon Dancing and making lanterns.
Spring 1 -Week 2
In literacy we have been learning about ‘The Three little Pigs’. We have Read the story and then we have been talking about what characters we could change. We also talked about what else the three Pigs might build their houses with. We had ideas such as ice, marshmallows, chocolate and even balloons.
In our Maths work we have been looking at counting on and counting back. We have started to use numberlines to help us.
In our Topic work we are looking at buildings. This Week we have looked out different types of houses and the different rooms we have inside.
Spring Term 1st Half
What a busy half term! This half term we have enjoyed exploring the builders yard role play area, learning all about buildings, including famous London landmarks. The children have had opportunities to design and construct their own buildings, using their knowledge of phonics to write about and label the buildings.
In our Mathematics we have learnt about counting on and counting back to solve addition and subtraction problems as well as naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes. We have also learnt about the different parts of a day – morning, afternoon, evening and night. This prompted a lot of discussion about what happens to the sun at night and which animals sleep during the day! Mrs Smith found some books in the library and we have been reading non-fiction books about nocturnal animals as well as finding out about the sun and the moon.
In Literacy we have been retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks was very naughty and messed up the home corner in the yellow zone! Miss Myhill was not happy! We used story telling actions, puppets and story maps to re-enact the stories. We have been writing sentences about the stories, using our phonics and making sure we remember to include finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.
We also enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year and having out own Chinese New Year party. We ate lots of yummy food and had a Chinese dragon dancing parade. This Friday (3rd February) we are going to watch a special Chinese dance performance.
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