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Week Ending 19.05.17 in Reception!

posted 15 Jun 2017, 04:03 by Vicki Bowes


In Reception we are carrying on our topic on ‘People who help us’ and this week we have been learning about the work of doctors and nurses. All of us at some time have visited the doctor, or hospital or nurse. So we were all able to talk and write about our own experiences.


In English we have looked at information books and watched clips on the computer. We have also listened to stories. We even had a visit from Riley who had been to the hospital recently because of his broken arm.


We wrote about times when we or our families have been to the doctors or the hospital.


As part of our doctors and nurses topic we had a role play area set up within our writing area. There was a doctors chair, outfits, bandages and lots of opportunities for writing. We also had a medical kit in our home corner where the children were looking after the dolls. Some of us did some great recording of how we had looked after our patients in both areas. Some of our work is going to be part of our people who help us display.


In Maths this week, we have been learning all about halving. We know how to use our fingers to show half of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. We shared sweets between Emerald and Sapphire, making sure they got halv each, so it was fair. We completed a maths task in our books, sharing the food in our lunch box with Mrs Crabbe, we had half each.

Our PE session this week was outside. The children used great climbing skills using Key Stage 2’s tyres and the trim trail.



Week ending 12.05.17 in Reception Class!

posted 12 Jun 2017, 03:59 by Vicki Bowes


In Reception we have started our topic on ‘People who help us’ and this week we have been learning about the work of the police. We have learned about their role in the community, how they travel around, what they wear and how the investigate crimes. 


In English we have looked at information books, watched clips on the computer and had a visit from two community police officers. 

 
We drew pictures of police vehicles and labeled them. We recorded what we knew already about the police and some of us wrote thank you letters to the PCSOs after their visit.


As part of our police topic we had a role play area set up in the classroom, with hats, helmets and other parts of the uniform. We also had some handcuffs and vehicles. In our ‘Tuff Tray’ we recorded our own and our friend’s finger prints. We made police cars in the creative area. Some of our work is going up in the classroom to make a display.


We were able to use our investigative skills on Tuesday afternoon when Bedtime Bear went missing from the classroom. The children had some fantastic ideas of how we might be able to find him. One person suggested we look in the library, as bedtime bear loves stories, another said we could make a tail of books, because he loves books, then Bedtime Bear could follow the trail. In the end we followed his paw prints and found him hiding in the tree next to hub 1. We are going to make sure we take better care of him in future and read him more stories, so he won’t go wandering off again.


In Maths this week, we have been learning all about doubling. We know how to use our fingers to show double 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. We sorted dominoes into doubles and not doubles and watched a machine doubling pictures.



Week ending 05.05.17 in Reception!

posted 11 May 2017, 02:41 by Vicki Bowes


This week in Reception class,we have been exploring the life cycle of a butterfly. We have caterpillars in the class, which we can observe and we will be able to watch them as they grow and as they form the chrysalis and then turn into butterflies.


In English we read ‘Caterpillar to Butterfly’ by Camilla de la Bedoyere, an information book about the life cycle of a butterfly and used our Resilient reader hand, to help us ask and answer questions.


We talked, drew and wrote about what happens during the life cycle and about why it is called a cycle. 


In Maths we have been using play dough balls to support subtraction. The children made balls of play dough and smashed a specific number of them, then counted the remaining balls of dough to find the answer. We had great fun and we were developing our understanding of subtraction.


The children also illustrated the life cycle of a butterfly by making the cycle on a paper plate and using pasta and dried peas.


Week ending 28.04.17 in Reception!

posted 11 May 2017, 02:17 by Vicki Bowes


This week in Reception class,we have been reading ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ by Raymond Briggs. This story was unfamiliar to the children and is a variation on the traditional story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. 


In English we listened to the story and used our Resilient reader hand, to help us ask and answer questions We wrote about the things that the giant had Jim get for him (teeth, hair and glasses). We also wrote thank you letters for presents we had received from different people, like the letter the giant wrote to Jim to thank him.

  

In Maths we have been adding and subtracting and finding the answer by counting on and back. 


We also planted bean seeds to see if we can grow our own beanstalk.



Week ending 07.04.17 in Reception!

posted 10 Apr 2017, 13:55 by Vicki Bowes


At the beginning of the week we learnt about the Easter story and we talked about why we celebrate Easter. 


We created story maps to help us understand and sequence the events that happened in the story.

In Maths we have been learning to add two single digits together using our adding machine and numicon. 


On Wednesday we invited our parents in to our class to share our learning. 


On Thursday we walked to the church and we took part in a special Easter service. We really enjoyed singing Easter songs and performing in front of our parents and carers. We certainly were ‘the best that we could be!’ 


When we were in the church we spotted Jesus on the cross, just like in the Easter story.

On Friday, as a special treat, we tasted hot cross buns. 


Did you know that hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. The buns mark the end of lent and different parts of the hot cross bun also have a certain meaning. As well as the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, the spices inside are said to remind Christians of the spices put on the body of Jesus.

We hope you all have a fantastic Easter break and we look forward to coming back in the Summer term to make our best even better.



Week ending 24.03.17 in Reception!

posted 2 Apr 2017, 08:48 by Vicki Bowes


This week in Reception class,we have been reading ‘Guess How Much I love You’ by Sam McBratney, we used the story to help us think about people who are special in our lives, like mums.


In English we listened to the story and used our Resilient Reader hand, to help us ask and answer questions We wrote about the people we love and why we love them. We also made ‘special people’ cards and wrote inside them, to give to our special person on Sunday.


In Maths we have been counting up to 20 and ordering numbers. Some of the groups played games where they could only lay a set of shuffled cards in order using adjacent numbers.


When working in areas, our children are showing what they have learned in different curriculum areas. Lacey wrote about Forest Schools.


Reception class worked with Year 6 pupils to read the Red Riding Hood stories both classes wrote last week.



Week ending 17.03.17 in Reception!

posted 21 Mar 2017, 08:05 by Vicki Bowes


This week in Reception class,we have been reading the traditional story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. In English we have listened to the story and used the story sack to retell the story. In Maths we have been counting and ordering numbers to 20.


In English we listened to the story and during a hot seating session, we had a visit from The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. The children asked the characters questions, using our Resilient reader hand. The questions the children asked were fantastic, Layton, just to be on the safe side, asked the wolf if he ate children, thankfully he didn’t. Macie noticed that Little Red Riding Hood did not have her basket and asked why. Red Riding Hood explained that she dropped in the forest, because she ran when she thought the Big Bad wolf was coming back.


In Maths we have been counting up to 20 and ordering numbers. Some of the children were able to do this independently in areas. 


In the construction area the children built cottages for Grandma and they made their own props to go with them.


Some of the children worked together to construct their cottage.



In PE this half term we have started to use the large apparatus and we have loved it! It is a bit scary at first, but we are taking our time and getting used to it. We are really good at remembering to stay safe while using the apparatus.


Class 1 had the best attendance in the whole academy AGAIN! and we were given our treat of hot chocolate and cake this week. We were very proud and thoroughly enjoyed our treat. We are going to try to be in school every day next week too! Thank you Miss Barry!



Week ending 10.03.17 in Reception!

posted 17 Mar 2017, 04:50 by Vicki Bowes


This week in Reception class,we have been continuing the theme of pirates. In English we have listened to pirate stories and watched episodes of ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ and in maths we have continued work on money.


In English we watched ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ on you tube. We then went into the Academy grounds and hid treasure. 

 
After hiding the treasure we wrote directions leading to where the treasure could be found and we drew treasure maps to help us and our friends locate the hidden treasure.After a couple of days when we went back to find it, lots of us could find our treasure as we had hidden it well.


In Maths we have been solving problems involving money. We had a class shop and the children brought different items and worked out which coins they would need to buy them.


In the construction area the children built pirate ships using ‘Lego’, they recorded their work and used their phonic knowledge to write labels and captions. In the creative area they made pirate ships using dough and gluing materials as well as treasure.


The previous week, Class 1 had the best attendance in the whole academy and we were given our treat of hot chocolate and biscuits this week. We were very proud and thoroughly enjoyed our treat. We are going to try to be in school every day next week too!



Week ending 03.03.17 in Reception!

posted 8 Mar 2017, 06:04 by Vicki Bowes

This has been a busy week again in Reception class. We have been following the theme of pirates. In English we have listened to pirate stories and in maths we have worked on money. We have also celebrated World Book Day and Pancake Tuesday. 

In English we read ‘Pirates love underpants’ by Claire Freedman and we wrote about pirates, what the look like and what they do and say.

In Maths we have been looking at money, we have been practising recognising different coins and notes. We have worked hard to understand the value of different coins.

Tuesday this week was Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. After discussing the reason Christians celebrate Pancake Day and talking about how some Christians give things up for Lent, we made pancakes. We ate the pancakes with golden syrup and with chocolate spread. They were delicious!

Thursday this week was World Book Day. During the day we read lots of stories and we talked about the importance of reading a story at bedtime. We loved our new ‘Bedtime Story Bear’ which we are going to take it home each day like we do with Busy Bear. Aurora took bedtime bear home on Thursday and read her favourite story ‘The Gruffalo’ to the bear at bedtime. Lots of us dressed up in our pyjamas for the day.


As part of our World Book Day celebrations we wrote about which are our favourite stories and why.


Week ending 27.01.17

posted 2 Feb 2017, 02:57 by Vicki Bowes


This week in Reception class we have been reading the ‘The Three Little Pigs’. A traditional story which the children are familiar with. We have loved it, we have listened to the story and retold it using the story sack and we have watched the story on YouTube. 


In English the children have written sentences linked to our phonics work.


In Maths we have been identifying and describing 2D shapes. The children can explain why a triangle is a triangle (it has 3 straight sides and 3 pointy corners) and they can talk about the difference between a square and rectangle (a rectangle has 2 long sides and 2 short sides and a square has 4 equal sides).


We also did some data handling, where the children looked at preferences of fruit. We then had a vote on which story wed would read next week and recorded our votes using a tally. The result of the vote was that next week’s story will be ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

  

In order to improve our fine motor skills we have been practising our cutting skills. We can now more accurately cut around shapes and picture outlines.



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