Class RB and RS Archive – 2017 – 2018
Meet The Teacher 2017
Huge thank you to all the parents/carers that managed to pop along to our Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday 19th September.
If you didn’t manage to come along then please find a copy of the PowerPoint below:
Today Reception enjoyed dressing up and celebrating Pirate Day! We built a pirate ship, made treasure maps, dug for buried treasure and took part in a pirate obstacle course in the hall. Everyone managed to win a golden coin and a pirate pencil!
Our First Few Weeks in Reception
We have been learning how to share and play with our new friends and toys. We have enjoyed building, creating and investigating the outdoors.
We have been looking at the changes in the outdoors and we have been collecting evidence of Autumn. The children have loved using the different coloured leaves to make faces with. There were some happy faces, sad faces and some scared ones too!
The children have loved exploring our new and improved outdoor kitchen area. There has been lots of mixing with sand, mud and water as well as the addition of herbs from our plant pots. The children have created some weird and wonderful potions and the language they have been using is amazing. They have been following the rules about putting on aprons, sharing and looking after the eqipment as well as washing their hands after they have finished.
Reception enjoyed Halloween and made lots of spooky recipes and potions in our role play area. Lots of children got dressed up and went to the Halloween costumes. We loved seeing all the spooky costumes!
Parent Open Morning
We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents that came to our open morning. It was a lovely opportunity for you to play with your child and see all of the things they get up to in Reception as well as have a look at their Learning Journals so far. We look forward to seeing you all again at our Christmas craft morning.
Reception took part in Anti-Bullying Week and the them this year was ‘All Different, All Equal’. We had lots of discussion about what makes us different and equal. We also talked about what makes a good friend. In each class, we used the children’s hand prints to make a big heart.
Rhythm and Rhyme
Over the past six weeks, Reception have loved taking part in Mr Renwick’s ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’ sessions. They have explored rhyming words and learnt how to tap out simple rhythms using their body parts. Mr Renwick’s sessions are always fun and interactive! Children have had opportunities to sing, dance, use instruments and meet some of Mr Renwick’s puppets, like Sammy Sneezy and Mr and Mrs Wish.
Let is Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
Reception have had a fantastic afternoon exploring the snow! They have been painting in the snow, digging, mashing, stamping and making snow angels. They are all hoping for lots more snow tomorrow!
Decorating the Tree
Reception loved bringing in decorations and from home and decorating the school Christmas tree. They had already had some practise because they decorated the tree in Reception classroom, too! We put some Christmas music on and children chose a special place on the tree for their decoration.
Our Visit to Santa
Reception were surprised this morning to find out that they were going on a special trip to see Santa at the Town Hall! Every child sat down with Santa and he asked the questions to find out what they had asked for and if they were on the naughty list or the nice list… they all said the nice list! Santa even gave all the children a chocolate selection box to take home.
Thank you to all the parents that came to our Christmas craft morning – It was lovely to see so many of you. Children and parents enjoyed making Christmas cups, elves, decorations and snowman biscuits. We hope that you will treasure all of the Christmas treasures you and your child made for years to come!
Reception did a fantastic job in their Nativity today! They had loud, clear speaking voices and everyone was blown away by their amazing singing and actions. We are so proud of Reception class and all their effort.
Below is Reception’s Spring Term 1 parent Curriculum Overview. Our topic next term will be… Castles!
Outdoor Learning and Painting
Reception are using the Community Garden and log cabin every Thursday this half term. Today, children loved making their own paintbrushes and paint! They found sticks and other natural objects like leaves and grass for the brushes and then mixed spices and charcoal with water to make natural paint. The children that took part enjoyed exploring and making their own resources.
Reception have been making pictures with the snow. We used small pieces of tissue paper and put them onto our paper. We then collected some snow and added it on top. When the snow melts it takes the colour off the tissue paper and you are left with a colourful picture. We really enjoyed collecting the snow and seeing the colours come off the tissue paper.
This week we took part in a Boogie Beats session. We had lots of fun moving around to the different music and playing parachute games.
Castles and Flags
We have been learning all about castles and what they look like. We made some castles of our own using different coloured shapes. We also made flags using masking tape and paint. They looked amazing.
This week in Outdoor Learning we made clay faces using natural materials. We had fun manipulating clay, rolling it out and making it into a face shape. We then went outside and gathered natural materials to make a face. We had lots of fun choosing which materials to use for the different features of our faces.
Making Toast and Jam Sandwiches
Reception have been practising their cutting and spreading skills by making toast and jam sandwiches. Everybody had a turn and the children loved spreading their own butter and jam and of course eating their creations!
Ordering by Length
Reception have really looked forward to their weekly sessions in the Community Garden this half term. Today Reception had to gather a selection of sticks with a partner and then order them from the shortest to the longest. It was great to hear Reception using words like ‘long’, ‘short’, ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’ as they ordered the sticks.
It was great fun to end this half term’s topic of Castles with a banquet! Reception loved dressing up in costumes and party clothes, performing and having a feast. We had jesters, sword fighters, knights, dancers, musicians, princesses and even a king and queen that told everyone when to eat and when to perform! We have put a short video on the school Facebook page so that you can get a glimpse of all the fun we had at the banquet.
We have been so impressed by some of the ‘pick n mix’ homework we have seen this half term. We wanted to share some of the fantastic castles that children made at home and brought in to show us!
Afternoon Tea and Crafts
On Monday afternoon we were joined by many parents and carers who took part in decorating a plant pot and planting Sunflower seeds, as well as having afternoon tea. I think everyone had a lovely time.
Visit from the Police
On Tuesday we had some special visitors. We had some Police officers visit our school, bringing one of their Police dogs, Jet. The children learned a lot about the Police and how they can help everyone. They enjoyed dressing up in some of the uniform and getting to know Jet.
World Book Day
On Thursday we held our World Book Day reading session. Parents came into school and read with thier child. Everyone looked fantastic in their dressing up clothes. Thank you to everyone who could make it.
As part of Science Week this week the children have been investigating poo. We made some poo from special ingredients and added extra things to it. The children had to investigate it and decide what the animal had been eating, through looking at what came out! The children thought this was brilliant and we have some budding Scientists in Reception.
This week saw our sponsored Superhero Day take place. The children took part in lots of Superhero activities, including climbing through a giant spider web, shooting water at a target, jumping over hurdles and climbing through PE equipment. The children had a fantastic day and raised lots of money for Reception class. We will let you know how much was raised after Easter, when all of the sponsor money has been brought into school. Thank you for all of your support with this. It is greatly appreciated by all of the staff and will help benefit your children.
This week, as part of our topic on People Who Help Us, Nathan’s mum, who is a nurse, came into school. The children learned about how to be healthy and how to look after themselves. They talked about the heart and how nurses use a stethascope to listen to see if everthing is ok. They also learned how to take their pulse and why it is important to do exercise. The children all enjoyed it and learned lots of new things.
On Friday it was Sports Relief and Reception took part in lots of different exercises. They were balancing, travelling in different ways, jumping off equipment safely, as well as working as part of a team. The children had a fantastic time and prizes were awarded througout the day. Well done Reception.
This week we went to the Community Garden to look at the tadpoles in the pond. We found lots of tadpoles and caught some in a net to bring back to school. We have been looking at them with magnifying glasses to see if we can see their gills. We are looking at the life cycle of tadpoles to see how they grow over time.
This week we have been learning about the life cycle of a plant and what seeds need in order to grow. We have enjoyed planting our own seeds, flowers and herbs in our garden. We are going to look after them and watch them grow over the Summer.
St George’s Day
This week it was St George’s Day. We listened to the story of George and the Dragon and we made special St George’s Day biscuits.
Over the last 2 weeks RS have been spending 1 day a week in the outdoor classroom. They have been working with Sam, learning new skills and having lots of fun.
After observing the duckling eggs in the incubator for 4 weeks they finally hatched. The children loved to see the tiny ducklings wandering around their new home and taking a bath in the classroom! The children learned lots about new life and how it grows and changes. They enjoyed caring for the ducklings and watching them grow too.
RB have been working with Sam Jackson for the last 2 weeks. We have been working in our Community Garden, finding lots of things and learning new skills. We all enjoyed finding eggs and listening for what was inside. We enjoyed making fire and drinking hot chocolate.
Following on from the children’s interests in writing letters we visited our local Post Office, where all of the children bought a stamp. We then wrote a postcard about Adventure Valley and posted it home. We were all really excited to receive the postcard at home!