This week in Reception we have been learning about 3D shapes. The children have been introduced to the phrase '3D shapes are fat not flat' and we have begun to learn a range of 3D shape names and the different features that they have. The children have been spending time on activities to help them name and sort the shapes by their familiar or different features.
The children enjoyed their Christmas dinner mid-week. They made party hats to wear for the event and during the afternoon after the dinner we had a visit from a very 'Naughty Elf' who had a very familiar face! (Please see the photos below)
All members of the Reception Team would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! We look forward to welcoming you back in January when our termly topic will be 'What Happens When I Fall Asleep?'.
Below are some photos of our very busy week!
10th -14th December
This week Reception and Nursery gave a fabulous Nativity performance! All of the children worked so hard to sing all the songs as beautifully as they can and some children even had lines to learn for their speaking parts! The children really enjoyed learning about the Nativity story and performing this to parents and the rest of the school. Have a look at some of the pictures from the performances:
Christmas is now in full swing and the children have enjoyed taking part in the Christmas activities during their exploring time. They have worked particularly hard at writing letters to both Cookie the Elf and to Santa using their phonic knowledge.
In maths, the children have been intorduced to 2D shape and their properties, we have spoken a lot about key vocabulary including: corners and sides and squares, triangles, circles and rectangles and explaining how we know rectangles are different to squares.
3rd-7th December 2018
Christmas has landed in both of the Reception classes this week! The children have been introduced to Cookie the Elf, who likes to hide in a different place every day. Cookie the Elf likes to receive letters, so the children have been encouraged to write him letters daily and post them in the post box!
We have come to the end of our ‘Why do squirrels hide their nuts?’ topic this week and the children have been learning about what makes a wild woodland animal different from a pet and what happens after Autumn. Over the last two weeks of term, we will be thinking about the celebration of Christmas.
The children have been busy perfecting their Nativity performance and are excited to perform this in three separate shows next week! They have also been busy getting the stage props ready!
Here is what we have been up to in Exploring Time…
26th November - 30th November
This week we have developed and continued out topic of "Why do squirrels hide their nuts?", the children have begun to learn about the coming seasons and the physical differences between them. We also went on our very first school trip to Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, the children travelled by coach and took part in lots of activities linked perfectly to our autumn topic, these included: learning about the seasons, being squirrels and finding a safe place to hide your nut (and find it again!), learning about a swallows migration journey in winter, making nests to keep your dormouse warm and a theatre show which encouraged the children to use sight, smell, hearing and touch to follow the story. The trip was a success and the children really enjoyed it!
Have a look at some pictures from the trip:
Group Time, Writing and Expressive Arts
This week we have been thinking about woodland animals. The children have been busy writing an information sentence about a woodland animal of their choice, we have started to think about using a capital letter at the start of the sentence, finger spaces and putting a full stop at the end of the sentence.
The children have also learned lots of information about hedgehogs and squirrels during group time, we have encouraged the children to remember what they have learned by asking them ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ questions, e.g. ‘Why does a hedgehog roll into a ball?’, why not ask your child some information questions to see if they can tell you what they know? We have also created some great paintings of hedgehogs by using just forks to create the spikes!
In maths this week, we have focused our learning on numbers nine and ten. Towards the end of the week, we consolidated our learning of numbers 6-10 and have begun to calculate using these numbers.
Princess, Dragon and Helicopter Stories
Once again this week, the children have been busy creating their own stories and acting them out on the ‘stage’. The children have come up with some fantastic stories so far and growing increasingly confident at acting them out!
Nativity practise has now started and is in full swing! You may hear your child practising the songs at home too, as they are very catchy and the children have really been enjoying learning them! For the children who have a speaking part in the Nativity play, your child will soon be bringing their lines home- please support your child by having a practise with them at home so they are ready for the big day!
Here is what we have been up to in exploring time…
12th November - 16th November
This week in Reception we have returned to our autumn topic: "Why do squirrels hide their nuts?" The children have learnt and discussed different woodland animals associated with autumn and thought carefully about how they move and survive. The children then used this knowledge to demonstrate moving like these animals in a listening game. The children also explored different natural materials found in autumn time, they then were challenged to work in teams to manipulate these materials to create different 2D shapes.
In maths this week, the children have been introduced to numbers 6-10 and how these can be represented in different ways. The children have had lots of practise recognising the numerals, counting objects up to 10, spotting numbers in the environment (clocks, calendar, phones, door number) and using apparatus (Numicon, tens frames, dice).
This is what we have been doing in exploring time:
This week in Reception we have been learning about Bonfire night and the celebration of Diwali. We began our week by thinking about Bonfire night, we discussed our own experiences of Bonfire night and ways to stay safe around fireworks. We also watched some fireworks on the interactive white board and made a list of the different sounds that fireworks can make!
We have also been learning about the celebration of Diwali this week. On Wednesday we had a group dance and learned some different movements as we learned a Diwali celebration dance. The children have also been learning about the story of Diwali and engaged in activities that help to celebrate Diwali. As Diwali is a celebration of light, the children made and decorated their own Diva lamps using clay, they had to think about how they could shape it so that it could hold a candle.
In maths this week we have been thinking about repeating pattern. The children have been learning to recognise repeating patterns, continue patterns and make their own patterns. When recognising pattern, we have focused on shape, colour and picture patterns, and also two and three step patterns.
We have continued to explore our new termly topic during exploring time, here are some of the things we have been up to.
This week we have continued to think about different ways of moving and balancing. The children have also been working together when playing team games, we had a race to see which team could collect the most bean bags before they all ran out! The children showed us some great team working skills by helping one another out so their team could win.
Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November
With the new term Reception have started a new topic: "Why do squirrels hide their nuts?". During this topic the children will learn and experience everything to do with Autumn in a variety of different ways. On Monday, Hazel and Cherry class went on an autumn walk around school, looking for any signs of autumn on their way. The children found conkers, pine cones, acorns, berries and different coloured leaves. What they found was then discussed on Tuesday where we thought about changes and differences between summer and autumn.
In maths we have begun looking at calculating with numbers 0-5. The children explored how numbers and quantity can be displayed in a variety of ways, for example the number 5 can be: 3 and 2, 4 and 1 and 0 and 5 - this was explored in a number of ways throughout the week with the use of sorting teddies into two boxes, part-part whole models and tens frames.