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Week 5

 

Monday 19th- Friday 23rd March

 

It was a very snowy start to the week which was thoroughly enjoyed by all children and reception staff! The children used this opportunity to make snow angles, snow men and take part in snow ball fights!

 

Our topic "Will you read me a story?" is now coming to an end and we are finishing with the story: "Jack and the Beanstalk". Reception have worked hard to really get to know the story and then implement elements in other areas of their learning. For example, many of the children built beanstalks out of Lego, role played the story with the small world castle and molded beanstalks out of playdough.

 

We also used this opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a bean and what they need to grow and then put this into practice by planting our own beans. We have learnt a lot of new vocabulary that coincides with this, including: "root, shoot, seedling, flowering, bean plant, bean pod, stem and leaves". 

 

In maths this week we were introduced to a new concept: money. Reception discussed what different types of money there is and what it is used for and then concentrated on exploring coins: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p. The children observed that these coins were either copper or silver in colour and also were different shapes and sizes which helped us to identify which coin was which. Next time you are shopping include your child in deciding what type of money you are going to pay with and why and encourage them to correctly identify these coins.

 

We went for a walk around the school site looking for signs of spring.  The children found daffodils that they remembered planting in the autumn, lots of buds, catkin, pussy willow and new shoots on the willow dome.  We will be going for another walk after the holidays to see if we can spot further signs of spring.

 

On Thursday we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a visiting artist, Rodney Harris.  Rodney worked with the children to help them to explore and develop their ideas using the medium of clay.  Look at the pictures below to see some of the collaborative work that the children created.

 

Picture 1 Unexpected fun in the snow on Monday.
Picture 2 Making a beanstalk.
Picture 3 Finding a different way to make a beanstalk.
Picture 4 Comparing beanstalks.
Picture 5 Looking for signs of spring.
Picture 6 A tree full of catkins.
Picture 7 Looking for signs of spring in the willow dome.
Picture 8 Working with Rodney, a visiting artist.
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Picture 14 Planting beans.

Week 4- 12th-16th March

This week in Reception we have been exploring the story of The Three Little Pigs. We have read different versions of the story and have been comparing the similarities and differences between them. We have also been thinking about the different characters in the story and discussing whether they made good or bad choices and what they could have done differently.

 

The children have really enjoyed getting into character and used some great language and ideas to recreate and act out some of the different events in the story!

 

By using different materials; cardboard boxes, bricks, twigs, straw and clay, the children have had lots of fun building and rebuilding the Three Little Pigs houses!

 

 

In maths this week, we have been beginning to understand how to half, share and double objects and numbers.

  

 

Here are some photos of the children exploring the different areas of the Reception garden this week. As you can see, they have been very busy!

 

 

 

 

Week 3

5th-9th March

This week the focus text has been 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff', the children have been using key phrases from the story in their role play and have made great use of the bridge in enhance their imaginative play.

 

In maths the focus has been on estimating quantity.  The children are becoming confident at making 'good guesses' and really enjoyed estimating how many bean bags they might throw into a hoop.

 

Continuing with the PE focus on dance, based around the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. This week the children listened really carefully to some music and altered their dance moves when there were changes in the music.  The children really enjoyed listening out for the entry of the wolf. Ask your children to show their movements for each character at home.  Can you guess who they are depicting?

 

The children were very enthusiastic to make their Mother's day cards, they all offered their own personal and unique reasons as to why they thought their Mummy is special.  We hope you enjoyed reading the cards.

 

Week 2

 

26th February - 2nd March

 

It has been a very exciting week celebrating World Book Day; which tied in very nicely with our topic: "Will you read me a story?" The children were very excited to take the opportunity on Tuesday to dress up as a hero or villain and join in with the World Book Day activities. A highlight of the day was being visited by the superhero Bookman and helping him restore his superpower of imagination; this was done by singing a special song with actions from famous stories. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. 

 

    

 

We have continued our topic by exploring a new traditional fairytale 'The Gingerbread Man'. The children have particularly enjoyed this story and are fantastic at re-telling it. The children have worked hard to make a class story map on  'The Gingerbread Man'  accompanied with actions to effectively retell the story. Reception were introduced to the format of a Lost Poster - and what a typical one may include - the children then used this new knowledge along with their art and writing skills to create a Lost Poster for the Gingerbread Man.

 

 

In Maths we have moved on to subtraction. Similarly to addition, we use physical objects that can be moved to help us work out the subtraction number problems and challenge ourselves to write this down as a number sentence afterwards. A good way to practise this is to have a subtraction puppet that can physically take away objects in a subtraction problem. We have spoken about the variety of language that accompanies subtraction including, "subtract", "minus", "take away", "equals" and "the same as".

 

Week 1

 

19th February - 23rd February

 

Our first week back has kick started our new topic "Will you read me a story?" with the traditional fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood. The children really enjoyed learning and becoming familiar with the story and explored this within other areas of their learning, such as: making a big, bad wolf with different art materials, writing a letter to Grandma, making Grandma cupcakes with playdough and acting out the story in the role play area.

       

 

 

 

The children were lucky enough to have a visit from Little Red Riding Hood herself; the children used this opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to think of questions to ask the character so they could better understand the story.

 

   

 

In maths, the children have been introduced to the concept of addition, this has been explored through a variety of different ways including using an adding machine, tens frames and ladybird pictures to solve the addition sums. At this stage physical objects that can be moved is the best way for the children to learn this concept. The children have also been thinking about the different types of language we use when we refer to addition, for example: "add", "plus", "equals" and "the same as" and the corresponding symbols that make up an addition number sentence.

 

    

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