15th – 19th July
We welcomed the children to their last week in Reception this week! We concluded our mini topic of ‘Why do zebras have stripes?’ by learning about the Maasai people of Kenya, playing the drums and learning the Kye Kye Kule ‘call and response’ song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7RShxiWpQ0) and we even answered the register using the Swahili word for hello ‘Jambo!’.
Please see the photos below showing a fun-filled last week in Reception. The year has flown by so quickly and we have had such a lot of amazing experiences and learning with the children over the course of the year. The Reception Team would like to wish all of the children the very best as they move to Year 1 to continue their learning journey.
Monday 8th July - Friday 10th July
On Monday we finished our topic of 'Are we there yet?' with a walk to Boundary Park. Leaving the school grounds allowed the children to spot different vehicles passing by and record this on a vehicle spotting sheet, we also took advantage of the sunshine by playing in the park, playing a very big game of 'duck duck goose' and playing parachute games. Thank you to all volunteers that helped out with this!
We are finishing the year looking at a brief topic of 'Why do zebras have spots?' which explores African culture, safari animals, Massai people and African music. This week we have focused on safari animals, the children have learnt which animals are classed as safari animals, what their different features are and similarities and differences between the animals.
This week the children have been introduced to number bonds to 10, which is a topic they will continue in Year 1. The children are learning a good song for this called "Farmer Pete", have a look at the video and encourage your child to listen and sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heZp5RVT5a8.
Along with this the children have used familiar apparatus to support learning the number bonds to 10, e.g. tens frames, part-part whole models and Numicon.
1st- 5th July
Transition Days and Sports Day
It has been a very busy week for the Reception children this week! The children started their week by visiting their new Year 1 classes on Monday and Tuesday and they have enjoyed telling us all about their Year 1 adventures!
On Friday, the children were busy again with our Sports Day morning. The children all put in a great effort and showed real sportsmanship towards each other. After all that running around we cooled off in the afternoon by paddling our feet in cool water!
In maths this week the children have really enjoyed beginning to understand and carry out data collection. They now know that all this means is that we collect information and that there are several ways that we can do this. The children collected data on questions such as ‘Do you like pizza?’ and ‘Do you like swimming?’, we recorded this information in the form of a tally chart. We also asked the question ‘What colour are your eyes?’ and we recorded this on a graph. In exploring time, the children then enjoyed thinking of their own questions to collect data on and record this in their chosen way.
The children have been busy in their choosing learning time too, please see the photos below of what the children have been up to!
24th June - 28th June
This week in Reception we have continued our topic "Are we there yet?" with thinking about holidays and destinations. The children have enjoyed bringing in their photos of their holidays and sharing their experience with the class - thank you for sending those photos in! We have also thought about what kind of holidays we would like to go on and suitable things to take in your suitcase for different places.
In maths this week we have thought about counting 5s and 10s. The children have really focused on the patterns that occur with counting in these multiples - for example when counting in 5s the number ends in a 5 or a 0, there's always 4 numbers between the each multiple of 5 etc. This is a challenging topic for the children but they are working really hard to understand this concept.
In exploring time the children have enjoyed thinking about holidays in their child-initiated play. For example, painting beach scenes, writing postcards and completing counting 5s beach puzzles.
Remember to encourage your child to complete Spelling Shed and Doodle Maths for extra phonics and maths practise!
17th – 21st June 2019
This week we have continued our topic of ‘Are We There Yet?’ by thinking about different forms of transport and road safety. As part of this, we took an imaginary aeroplane ride to Egypt mid-week! The children were given passports and boarding passes and had to get these stamped in ‘Passport Control’ before they were allowed to board the plane. We thought about what going on an aeroplane ride entails, such as wearing our seat belts and the noises you may hear on a plane. Once we landed in Egypt the children explored the pyramids and looked at the camels! The children then enjoyed carrying this role-play on in their own Exploring Time.
In maths this week the children have been introduced to the concept of counting in twos. We discussed what a ‘pair’ is and the children found their matching ‘sock partner’. The children organised pairs of socks on the washing line and also learned a counting in twos song- ask your child if they can teach it to you!
Monday 10-14th June
This week the children have been introduced to our topic: "Are we there yet?", this topic will explore transport, destinations, keeping safe by roads and imaginary and real journeys. To kick start our topic with a memorable experience we went on a school trip to Beale Park where we experienced two different types of transport: a coach trip to get there and a train ride around the park! The children had a fantastic time and loved looking at and finding out about all the different animals, we had some very tired children on the way back to school!
Have a look at some pictures below:
This week in maths we have thought a lot about addition and subtraction, the children worked out number sentences from given number stories and selected different apparatus to help them find the answer, inclluding tens frames, part part whole models and adding and subtracting quantities. The children were also introduced to a new method of counting on and back on a number line.
In PE this week we are beginning to prepare for our sports day events! The children have practiced races such as hurdles, sprinting and bean bag balancing and also staying in their lanes! They are working really hard and are really looking forward to the day.
3rd - 7th June 2019
This week we welcomed the children back to their last term in Reception!
The whole school has had a wider curriculum focus this week, with an emphasis on single use plastic. Reception have been introduced to the stories ‘The Curious Garden’ and ‘Somebody swallowed Stanley’. We thought about the impact that rubbish, especially plastic, has on the environment and ways to keep the oceans cleaner. We also made our own jellyfish.
As part of the wider curriculum focus, the children spent more focused learning times outdoors. As well as having maths lessons outside, the children also carried out a walk in the outdoors using their senses to explore the environment around them, as a class we then wrote a ‘senses poem’:
Garden Fun - By Cherry Class
I see pink flowers,
I feel the spiky thistles,
I hear the tweeting birds,
I smell a buttercup,
I taste apples.
Walk in GEMS Garden – By Hazel Class
I see the big, bright, hot sun,
I feel the spiky, short grass,
I hear the very loud drill nearby,
I smell the fresh cut grass.
The children have been bringing in some amazing work from home! We always love to hear what the children have been getting up to when they are not at school, so please always send a 'WOW!' card in when your child has done something special.
This term, as preparation for Sports Day, our PE lessons will focus on athletics. This week the children concentrated on waiting for the 'Go!' signal before they start running, staying in the correct lane, running, practising jumping the hurdles and relays.
Next week we will be starting our new topic 'Are we there yet?' and going on our very special trip to Beale Park! In case of warm weather, please send your child into school with suncream applied and a sun hat.