Welcome to Reception!

This week all Reception children have visited the Computer Suite. They learnt how to switch on the machine and practised using the keyboard to write their names. They were very good at finding the correct letters! 

The children were introduced to Bertie the school owl. Bertie teaches the children about different cultures, communities and beliefs. This week Bertie helped us to think about our special friends and encouraged us to think about why they are so special.

Our new class of Reception children are settling in brilliantly. We have been busy making friends, playing with the new toys and learning all our class routines! What a super start to our first term!

We are all trying new things and playing together.

Look at all the activities that we have enjoyed already!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pond Dipping

The children visited the new school pond this week. We were amazed how many creatures were living in there. We found Water Boatmen, big tadpoles, Pond Skaters and Pond Snails! 

Spring is here!

In Reception we have been looking for signs of Spring and we found some, yay! Read on to see our recent activities and adventures!

We are very much enjoying watching our tadpoles change and grow... 

We have also made a wormery. We filled a fish tank with layers of soil and sand and we placed veg peelings on the top. After that, we collected bucket loads of worms from our Reception garden and carefully transported them into their new home. 

We love looking at natural objects. The children made flower arrangements using beautiful Spring flowers. We carefully selected, smelled and described our finished pieces. Keep scrolling to see what happened to the flowers next...

Next we used the flowers to create magical potions. The smell in Reception was incredible! The children mashed, stirred, drizzled and mixed their own perfumes and potions. It was great fun!!

Our visitors from the Environment group this week showed us the SUD's house. It was very interesting learning what happens to rain water.

After learning about the rain and water, pipes, gutters, water butts and sewers we went out to play with our water equipment.  We transported the water and watched gravity, angles and forces  in action!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been on a scavenger hunt looking for natures treasures. Each child had an envelope to fill with seeds, grass, leaves and other natural objects. We then chose how to display our items and made these pictures.

 We have been busy bees this half term!

Can you see us making autumn potions, making pumpkin soup, creating magical sticks or collecting autumn treasures in the photographs below? 

Our recent topic has been  Autumn and the children have loved looking outside at all the changes happening at this time of year. We have been on an Autumn walk all the way around the school grounds in our wellies and collected objects to bring back to the classroom. We jumped in puddles and got muddy! We then studied our autumn treasures and used them in lots of creative ways to aid our learning e.g. printing, sinking, painting, counting, singing, sharing.

 

In literacy we have read Leaf Man and Stanley’s Stick and we enjoyed choosing our own sticks to decorate and make them become magical. The conkers have been used in maths to help us with our counting and to compare weights of different objects. We have also loved looking at the changing colours of the leaves and have made our own blackberry paint, leaf prints and spiky clay hedgehogs.

Most recently we have been reading the story Pumpkin Soup, which has been fantastic at helping the children use all their new phonics knowledge . The children had fun weighing an enormous pumpkin and then cut it up to make delicious pumpkin soup which we all tasted. some of the children asked for second helpings!!

 

 

The children have also learnt how to use the classroom resources inside and outside and they have completed challenges, tasks and activities in all our areas of learning.

Our maths has seen us describing shapes, counting sets of objects, arranging sets,  grouping objects, comparing numbers and weighing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tadpole news...

Our tadpoles are happily swimming around in their new tank. The children are really enjoying watching them wiggle around their new home! We are still waiting for signs of their legs growing... check back soon for more updates!!

We have been planting seeds this half term. All the children have planted, watered and cared for their broad bean seed and we are very proud to see our first few shoots coming through! We will be sending these home shortly so you can hopefully have a crop of beans in a few weeks time!

Here are some photos of some of the other activities we have enjoyed during our topic this half term...

 

 

ur topic this half term has been  Autumn and the children have loved looking outside at all the changes happening at this time of year. We have been on an Autumn walk all the way around the school grounds in our wellies and collected objects to bring back to the classroom. A highlight for the children was getting very muddy and squelching in the puddles! We used all the objects we collected to help with our learning, these included leaves, sticks and conkers.

In literacy we have read Leaf Man and Stanley’s Stick and have got messy decorating sticks to help them to become magical. The conkers have been used in maths to help us with our counting and to compare weights of different objects. We have also loved looking at the changing colours of the leaves and have made leaf rubbings along with collage hedgehogs.

Most recently we have been reading the story Pumpkin Soup, which has been fantastic at helping the children use all their phonic knowledge learnt this half term. The children had fun weighing an enormous pumpkin and then cut it up to make delicious pumpkin soup which we all tasted!

We have been learning how to log onto our school IPADs this week. We know how to enter a special code and navigate to a program. We have been using the IPADs to take photos too!

We are loving learning to read and write. We have been writing about the models we have made. What super progress we are making!

Look at our maths work! We are thinking about ways of making 5 and 6. What two numbers do you know that make 5 or 6?

 

Remember reading books are changed every Monday and Thursday, please write in your child’s reading record so we are aware they have been reading at home. Thank you!