Reception class- 2018/19
During Autumn term Reception class settle well into school and enjoyed the topic magnificent me. We painted self-portraits; explored feelings and how to look after ourselves including healthy eating. We finished off the topic with a visit from healthy eating professionals and children explored what types of food we should have more of than others. The story text we focused on was the talk for writing story 'Finding a Friend.'
In Spring term we changed our topic to 'Down on the Farm'. We started off this fun topic with a farm day. The children enjoyed dressing up as animals or farmers, creative farm art work, making farm animal shape biscuits and singing Big Red Combine Harvester using musical instruments. We will complete this topic with a trip to Church farm seeing the animals and feeding new born lambs.
During this topic the children have had fun exploring the different types of farm animals, where they live, what they produce and how to look after them. We then moved onto vegetables grown on a farm and looked at the life cycle of chicks- with an exciting visit from the happy egg company- the children got to watch egg hatch and see how they grow into fluffy chicks. The books we enjoyed are Farmer Duck, Dear Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We are the youngest in school and are always "busy learning".
Miss Ellinor is the class teacher and she is supported by Mrs Adams, Mrs Webb and Mrs Davis - our teaching assistants.
Every day we use our "Today is..." board to help us learn the days of the week and understand about time - such as days, weeks, months and years. Autumn is a great time to talk about the weather and how it changes. Did you see the pictures up there of our Autumn walk? There were so many colours we named!
Lots of our work this term has been about phonics. We use Jolly Phonics to learn sounds for graphemes.
We then practise our letter formation and handwriting. Here is some of our mark making:
In Literacy, we have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs and have enjoyed our own construction area!
We also learnt the story of The Little Red Hen - it's one of our favourites!
We made bread with Mrs Adams just like in the story.
In Maths, we have been practising counting to ten (and even twenty!) and putting these numbers in order. We have also been hunting different shapes we can see. We're very good at using clever words like "bigger", "smaller", "taller", "shorter", "straight", "curved" and lots lots more to describe 2D and 3D shapes that we see.
In Puffins, we love Expressive Arts and Design! Messy play is lots of fun but also links all of our learning together. We get to play lots of instruments - sometimes LOUDLY and sometimes quietly. We are getting better and louder at singing. Make sure you come and listen to our angel song in the Christmas play!
Throughout the year, links will be added for ways to help your children's learning and you can also see what we have been busy doing in class.
Have fun looking!
Spring Term 2018
Through our topic this term the children will be exploring light and dark, learning about light sources, shadows and nocturnal animals. Where possible we base our learning around our Literacy text. This term we will be looking at the stories Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson alongside non fiction and poetry texts linking to Pancake Day, Mothers Day, Chinese New Year and Easter. In Maths we will be magic mathematicians exploring numbers 0-20, adding and subtracting and solving number problems. We will also be exploring position, weight, capacity, 3d shapes and money.
We found out that our class monkey Pat is a little bit afraid of the dark🙈 so the children used their imagination to create things to teach him not to be. Some made sticklebrick torches, junk model night lights and others wrote him letters! You'll be pleased to know Pat is no longer afraid🐵👍🏼.
The children have really enjoyed Julia Donaldson's Night Monkey Day Monkey, particularly making monkey shadows puppets and having them star in their own shadow puppet shows in the classroom. We also explored our shadows out on the playground.⛅️