1st – 5th April 2019
We have come to the end of our ‘Will you read me a story?’ topic this week and have been focusing on the story of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We celebrated the end of our topic by having a ‘Fairy tale’ party on Thursday morning. The children made fruit salad and had a special snack of mini rolls and juice.
On Friday morning, we had a special visit from the Easter Bunny- who hid eggs whilst we were in assembly! The children had to go on a hunt around the learning environment to find a chocolate treat!
Our focus on maths this week has been weight. The children became familiar with the language associated with weight, such as heavy, heaviest, light and lightest. We thought about if size matters- is something that is bigger always heavier? The children then explored the concept of weight with the pan scales and various equipment, the children also pretended that they were scales and measured the weight of different objects using their hands/arms.
The Reception Team wish you all a very happy Easter break and we look forward to welcoming you back in Term 5 when the new topic will be- ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’. This topic will focus on mini beasts and their habitats, growth and change and plants and flowers.
Monday 25th-Friday 29th March
It was a very exciting week for Reception because on Tuesday we went lambing! Hazel and Cherry class traveled to The Earth Trust for half a day and were able to learn about a range of animals on the farm, including sheep, pigs and cows. The children learnt about how lambs are born and then cared for in their first few weeks of life and how the shepherdesses at the farm assist this. The children also 'milked' a pretend cow and prepare pens ready for the lambs to be born into. Have a look at some of the photos of the day!
Continuing our topic "Will you read me a story?" we have focused on the traditional tale "The Three Little Pigs", the children really enjoyed writing about the story and listening to contemporary versions including "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig". They also worked in groups to build the "Three Little Pigs Houses" out of straw, sticks and bricks as a fun outdoor task!
Exploring time activities revolved mainly around The Three Little Pigs but we also helped the ducklings take a bath, have a look through the photos!
This week we have been focusing on the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have read different versions of the story and become familiar with the characters and repeated sayings in the story –‘Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!’.
The children have been busy learning how to double this week, and there have been several activities to support their understanding of this. Once the children were more familiar with the concept of doubling we thought about adding a matching number sentence.
In PE this week we have continued to think about dance. We have been using different styles of music to move to and this week we focused on African style music.
Very special care has been taken of our growing beans by the children, and look how they’ve grown! The children have been taking turns to water them every day and have shown they are eager to look closely at the changes they can see happening.
Please take a look at the photos to see what else the children have been busy doing during their exploring time!
Monday 11th-Friday 15th March
This week in Reception we have continued our topic "Will you read me a story?" and specifically looked at the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". The children really enjoyed learning about this story and we explored it in a number of different ways including story mapping, letter writing to Goldilocks and role playing the story. We also made porridge at the end of the week and tried some - it was delicious!
We were also very lucky to have Staff Sergeant Whitehouse and Sergeant McCallum come in and tell the children about working in the army. The children were shown what someone in the army would eat, equipment they carry and how they help each other. The children really enjoyed looking at all the equipment.
4th-8th March 2019
This week we have been looking in detail into the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The children have been busy planting their own beans and are now keeping a close eye on them, looking at the changes, as they begin to grow. We also explored the life cycle of a bean, and looked into how we could correctly sequence the different stages of the bean life cycle.
We also explored our understanding of Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday, we wrote a recipe and also had lots of fun seeing how many times we could flip our number pancakes in a minute!
This week we have been re-visiting the concept of 3D shapes. The children have been finding out which can be stacked or roll by experimenting with them, as well as, using the precise terminology to describe the 3D shapes.
The children were also challenged to see how tall they could build a Lego beanstalk!
Week 1 - 25th February - 1st March 2019
This term we will be focusing on the topic 'Will you read me a story?'. We will be thinking about different traditional tales, fairy tale characters, goodies and baddies, magic and fantasy and writing and telling our own stories. This week we have been focusing on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
This week we have thought about 2D shape, Whilst recalling different 2D shape names and their features the children have also been set challenges, such as, making different 2D shapes using different parts of their bodies and working together to make different 2D shapes (please see the photos below).
We had a final session on ball skills this week, before we move onto dance next week. As the weather was so lovely we were able to have our first pe session outside! The children worked well in teams to complete a game where they had to use their feet only to direct the ball.
As we have seen some beautiful weather for most of the week, we have seen lots of activity happening outside- take a look at what the children have been choosing to learn.