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This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
For our theme of weather we have been learning about different types of weather. Last week we had lots of windy weather and so we decided to make wind socks. The children were required to cut, stick, attach and roll to create them. Once they were finished the children were encouraged to share their learning using the words First, Then, Next and Finally when discussing what they had done. Finally we took them outside to test in the wind. We had so much fun listening to the wind rustling their streamers.
We went to Mass and then stayed behind to look at and learn about different things in church. We learned some new words e.g. altar, lectern, aisle, pews, hymn book, prayer book and collection bag. We are going to try and remember these words when we get back to class.
We have been watching the BBC weather forecast everyday and have been discussing the countries in the UK. The children were invited to select the symbols they wanted to use and then rehearse their weather forecast. When they were ready they were videoed doing this using the Book Creator app.
We have been using the 10 frames to help us create add number sentences. We are now trying to record the number sentences we are creating on our 10 frames.
Maths - adding
The children have been learning to add using the add and equals actions. We are learning that add means joining groups together and equals means equal value, might look different.
The children were able to discuss many of the celebrations they know about. We brainstormed what would happen at the celebration and who would be there. We then cut up some pictures of celebrations to make a celebration jigsaw puzzle. The children were asked to complete the puzzle and decide the type of celebration they could see.
We are studying the story 'Stickman'. We have watched the story and read the story and now we have made our own stickmen. The children had to practice and develop their skills of wrapping around and twisting the pipe-cleaner to ensure the arms were nice and tight. Great work children!
Dates for your Autumn Diary
We had a fabulous time at our party. What a great way to finish for the holidays. Happy Christmas everyone!
Birthday cards for Jesus
We created our very own cards to remember Jesus' birth. We took them over to church and sang 'happy birthday' and said the 'Hail Mary.'
Cards and Letters
We all received a letter or card through the post from our parents. We were so excited to share them with our friends in class. Our parents can't wait to come and see our Christmas play - 'A Miracle in Town' and we can't wait to perform it for them as we have all been working so hard.
During this special time the children have been learning about the meaning of advent. We know that advent is all about getting ready to remember Jesus' birth. We have discovered that there are very many ways in which we get ready during advent. In school we have been using our advent calendar to help us count down to Christmas. Each day the children have made an advent promise before they have opened to calendar.
Anais said, "I will help my mum mop the floor."
Maisey said, "I promise to tidy up my bedroom."
Bobby said, "I will help mummy with the dishes."
We have also been getting ready by decorating the classroom. Each child was encouraged to bring in a decoration to put on out tree.
Finally the children have been using the Nativity figures to help them role play the story of the very first Christmas.
Christmas Jumper Day
The children all looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers. Thank you parents for supporting us in this.
'A Miracle In Town'
The children worked incredibly hard to produce our performance of the Nativity story. They had to learn many songs as well as learn their lines. Each child participated fully, singing the songs with enthusiasm and saying their lines with such confidence and clarity. Reception you looked amazing and the play was a wonderful spectacle!
Reading - Library books
We love books in Reception, we like listening to stories, hearing stories and reading our own stories. Every 2 weeks we visit our school library to change our library books. We are now learning how to not only choose our library books but also to use the computer to take out the library books. We not only love books, we also love being librarians!
The children were challenged to recycle a t-shirt or some old clothing to make something new for our trashion show. We had bags, capes, skirts and up-cycled t-shirts. The children took to the class catwalk like seasoned professionals. They looked great and all had a fabulous time strutting their stuff!
We have had great fun reading, listening to and watching this story about Rosie the hen. The children then created a map of the route Rosie took around the farmyard. They drew their own pictures and then wrote their own captions. We really like your story maps Reception.
"My favourite part was when the rake hit the fox in the face." Logan
"I liked when the bees chased the fox." Sophie
"My favourite part was when the flour hit the fox." Sophia
What an amazing visit we had to Imagine That! The children had a fabulous day full of enquiry and exploration. We hope you get a feel for how fantastic this place is from our small selection of photos.
The children were a credit to themselves and to the school. We are all super proud of you!
"I loved the dressing up." Maggie
"My favourite part was the bubble making." Ethan
"I loved making the snow." Phoebe S
The children wrote an invitation to their parents inviting them to our Christmas play - 'A Miracle in Town.' We excitedly visited the Post Office to buy stamps and then posted them in the letter box. We are very excited for our parents to receive them and are hoping we might have something posted to us back in school. Watch this space!
Maths - Finding all Possibilities
The children were challenged to use either 3 different coloured cake cases and 3 different coloured smarties or 2 different coloured cake cases and 2 different coloured smarties and make as many different cakes as possible. The children had to explain why the cakes were the same or different, and were encouraged to place their cakes correctly. We used the actions for rows and columns and tried hard to work systematically to prove we had found all possibilities.
"Each cake has to look different." Harrie
"The yellow smarties have to go in the yellow smarties column." Bella K
Literacy - The Little Red Hen
The children used the ipads and Book Creator to create their very own version of 'The Little Red Hen.' It was lovely to hear their voices telling the story as well as seeing their written captions.
R.E. - Birthdays
The Reception children helped to plan for Ted's 5th birthday by creating a party list. Mrs O then took the list to the shops and bought the items. Back in class we made party hats using the skills we had developed from our baker hats. Finally the party was organised; we sang Happy Birthday, shared birthday cake and finally played party games. 'Happy Birthday Ted!'
Maths - equivalence museums
Working cooperatively the children found different ways of making the same number and displayed them in their museum. They used the Numicon shape of their chosen number to prove they were right and were then asked to check that all of their exhibits were different. The children are learning that equivalence means 'makes the same number, just looks different.' Finally the children were asked to say what Numicon shapes had been used to create each exhibit. What fabulous mathematicians you all are!
Children in Need
The children celebrated Children in Need by coming into school dressed in their pyjamas. Thank you so much for your continued support and for all the donations to this worthy cause.
Maths - Making baker hats
The children worked cooperatively with a partner to create a hat to us e in our role play bakery. They learned and were encouraged to use the language of measuring. The children had to measure around each other's head to ensure the hats would fit.
"It is just the right size." Elliot
They then demonstrated growing physical development to use the masking tape and stapler to complete their hats.
Happy baking everyone!
The children have been reading the story of 'The Little Red Hen.' They discovered that the other characters in the story were not very good friends as they would not help the Little Red Hen. When Mrs O decided to bake bread the children all said, "Yes I will help!"
The children discovered lots of new vocabulary linked with baking and baking bread, they also discovered how delicious the bread was as we had it for snack each day.
"The bread was yummy." Harrie
"The bread was delicious." Ethan
"The bread was scrumptious." Maggie
Collective Worship - Remembrance Day
We created poppies and then gathered together to remember all the brave people who try to keep us all safe. We listened to an Act of Remembrance on CBeebies and to some words from the bible. We showed great respect during the 2 minutes silence.
Altru drama presented an anti-bullying performance for the whole school. The performance helped us to realise that being a good and kind friend is very important. We saw how upset people can become if they do not have kind friends and we also learned a very important message, "We must always tell a grown up if people are mean and unkind to us."
P.E. - Gymnastics
In our gymnastics sessions with Sam we have been learning all about movement, control and balance using all the equipment.
We thought about what makes a good friend, we came up with lots of great vocabulary.
"A good friend is kind." Ava
"A good friend is helpful." Caitlin
"A good friend is loving." Oliver
We then decorated a 'special friend' heart and gave it to our very own special friend.
During our music session with Mrs Payet we have been learning to follow the conductor and using the stop and go signs. We know if the sign is red our music making has to stop and if it is green we can start to play. We have to watch and listen very carefully during these session.
During our other faiths week we learned about Judaism. We watched a presentation about Hanukkah and the story of 'The oil lamp in the Temple.' The children learned all about the menorah a special candlestick and how it represented the 8 days that the lamp burned for in the Temple. We had a lovely time creating our very own menorah and loved using all of the glitter!
Stay and Share
Thank you for coming along to make our very first Stay and Share such a special occasion. We celebrated all things physical and the children were delighted to be able to share their Learning Journeys with you all.
Art - observational representations of autumn fruits.
Having selected one of the fruits available the children were encouraged to use the media available, choosing colours and shades of colour very carefully. They then worked until they were satisfied with their end results.
R.E. - Welcome
As part of our theme of 'Welcome' we looked at pictures of a baptism, talked about who came to our own baptism and then re-enacted a baptism. The children used appropriate vocabulary demonstrating a growing understanding of baptism. Roles were decided upon as a group and the children reminded each other what they needed to say or do. Well done Reception, you performed your re-enactments so beautifully and with such care and respect.
Art - observational painting of a sunflower.
The children were encouraged to spend some time carefully observing the sunflower. They discussed shape, size and colour. Using the paints available the children were invited to mix their own colours trying them out before they used them on a separate piece of paper. Once satisfied, the children created their own representation of a sunflower, some of which are now on display in our class 'Gallery.'
The children were encouraged to estimate how many conkers they thought were in the container. They then recorded their estimation using a variety of resources and finally counted out the real number again recording this in a variety of ways.
Problem Solving - Finding All Possibilities
The children were challenged by Captain Conjecture to make as many different faces as they could from using two different eye colours and two different hair colours. We had lots of different predictions, but after working systematically and introducing the terms rows and columns we discovered that we could make four different faces. Great problem solving Reception!
R.E. - learning 'God Loves Me' from 'Come and See'
The children were learning the hymn 'God Loves Me' to fit in with our theme of 'Myself.' They all listened so carefully and joined in with the words and the actions. It sounded beautiful.
Building the Numicon staircase
The children were engaged in building the staircase, they were encouraged to check what they had done using the number lines, then they were challenged to add digit cards underneath and finally they were encouraged to count out accuratley using two hands.
Initially the children were challenged to place themselves on a human pictogram on the carpet depending on their eye colour. They were then encouraged to discuss what they could see about the pictogram they had created. This information was then transferred onto a paper pictogram. The children were then asked by Captain Conjecture to talk about what they noticed. The children were encouraged to use the vocabulary of more and less, most and least.
The children have been developing their observational painting skills. We have been collecting seasonal objects and the children have been studying them carefully and then completing their own representations of them.
Our grandparents were invited to come and look around our setting. What a wonderful morning we had sharing what we do with them. There was lots of wonderful working together in evidence. Thank you for coming and making it such a special morning.
Allday's Farm Visit
The animals from Allday's Farm came to visit Foundation Stage. We had a wonderful time learning about them and handling them. We learned about the similarities and differences between ourselves and the animals.We even had the chance to brush the pony.
Accessing the outdoor provision
The children have loved exploring the outdoor setting. They have been showing off their physical development skills by balancing, climbing, reaching, stretching and pulling. They also worked well together to create a bridge around the garden using all the available resources. Great communication and co-operation skills in evidence!
Mission Statement Display
In Reception we have been exploring the book 'We're All Works of Art' by Mark Sperring and from this we chose to represent our faces in the style of Pablo Picasso. We discussed how very special we all are and began to understand that we are indeed 'God's Work of Art.'