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Reception class week 5 - 8!

posted 20 Nov 2017, 06:52 by Vicki Bowes


Week 5

We were surprised to find a box with a magical egg inside our classroom this week. We couldn’t believe it. With the box was a book about a reluctant dragon. We wrote about what we thought was inside.


Everyday we spend time outside learning. Lots of us in the Reception class love to use our outdoor learning space to improve our communication, physical development and understanding the wider world skills. 


Week 6
  

Inside the egg there was two scarecrows, one called Betty O’Barley and one called Harry O’Hay. They left a note for us and little hay trail. They asked us to perform at the church and we decided we would make some scarecrows for our indoor and outdoor learning space.

   


For the last few weeks we have been working with Dawn from ‘Signing Tots’. She teaches us songs and shows us the sign language for different foods, animals and colours. Each week we make our best even better. Ask me about the different actions for colours. 


Week 7

This week we continued our work about ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson’ . We really enjoyed writing about Betty and Harry, some of us are starting to spell words using our phonic knowledge and we are becoming excellent at writing our names too. 


Week 8

This week we found some spooky items in our classroom. We’ve made potions, pumpkins, wizard and witches hats and counted creepy objects such as bats and bugs.


We would just like to say thank you to the parents/carers who were able to attend our open afternoon, we appreciate your continued support. We will continue to have these afternoons to share some snippets of learning with you. We will also be offering times for individual consultation times with each of you over the next few terms so you can chat to the Reception team about your child’s current progress. 




Reception Class Week 1 - 4

posted 20 Nov 2017, 04:03 by Vicki Bowes


Week 1

This week we settled back into Reception fantastically after our summer holidays. We had lots of time in areas working with our friends and learning about the different areas within the classroom. Lots of us enjoyed making houses with the giant Lego and we were even to make a tower that was as tall as ourselves. 


We worked with our teachers on number formation and we checked our excellent phonic knowledge too. This was so our teacher would be able to help us make our best even better over the next term. 


Week 2

This week we came to school dressed as superheroes on Monday. When we arrived at school we found out we were meeting a real life reading superhero called ‘Resilient Reader’. He came to visit us in our classroom and we asked him some super questions about being a superhero. We also learnt new sounds in phonics and were busy learning in our outdoor area too.


We are trying really hard to improve our physical development through activities such as dough disco and scissor skills. All these activities help our muscles become stronger and make us better at mark making.



Week 3


We read the story Supertato, we used our scanning hand to find out what was happening with the evil peas. We went on a hunt around the academy to find help the different vegetables after they had been captured by the evil peas. After that we wrote about the adventure Supertato had at Caldicotes. 


Well last week our attendance was that super we managed to receive the attendance treat from Miss Barry. We had the best attendance in the whole academy. Keep it up Reception and thank you to the parents for your support. 


Week 4

We found a magical fairy door in our classroom on Monday and we didn’t know what to do! We asked wandering questions about what was inside. Some of us thought that there was a fairy, a dragon or even a crocodile inside. Then we received a video from a dragon from the story ‘Twinkle tames a dragon’ 


Twinkle the fairy sent us a message on Thursday telling us it was National Poetry Day. She asked us if we could write a poem. We wrote a class poem and performed them for lots of our teachers in the academy.



Week ending 23.06.17 in Reception!

posted 2 Jul 2017, 12:48 by Vicki Bowes


In Reception this half term we are doing a topic on ‘Our Environment’ and the focus for this week has been the park. Sadly, the previous hot weather turned very wet and we were not able to visit the park.

In English we have read the story ‘Fergus in the park’ by Tony Maddox. It is a funny story of a naughty dog, who is amazing at skateboarding. 


We have written about our weekend news as well as writing about the park story.


The children even built their own park in the construction area.


In Maths this week, we have been completing work on 2D and 3D shapes. We have described the properties of shapes, sorted shapes and drawn pictures of shapes.



We went outside when the rain stopped and did a shape hunt. The children found 2D shapes in the environment and recorded where they could be found.


For our homework this week, we have made 3D models of the park. Here are some examples.

  


Week ending 16.06.17 in Reception!

posted 28 Jun 2017, 14:29 by Vicki Bowes


In Reception this half term we are doing a topic on ‘Our Environment’ and the focus for this week has been the library. Thankfully, this week the weather was much improved and we managed to walk to the library. Whilst there we listened to a story and completed some book reviews.


In English we have watched the story ‘Library Lion’ by Michelle Knudson. It is a fantastic story about a lion who just loves stories, just like us.

We have written about our weekend news as well as writing about the lion story.


After reading some of our favourite books the children did a great job of writing book reviews and some of the children became authors and wrote their own books.



The children even built their own library in the construction area.


In Maths this week, we have been completing work on measuring. The children have weighed a whole host of things.



Week ending 09.06.17 in Reception!

posted 28 Jun 2017, 14:03 by Vicki Bowes


In Reception this half term we will be doing a topic on ‘Our Environment’ and the focus for this week has been the shops. Sadly our planned visit to the shops had to be cancelled as the weather was too wet, but we have had fun in school watching video clips and reading stories.


In English we have looked at information books and watched clips on the computer. We have also listened to stories. We wrote about times we had been to the shops and thought about who we went with and what we bought while we were there. As well as writing linked to our topic we wrote our half term news, as lots of us had visited different places and done all sorts of exciting things during the half term holiday.



As part of our shops topic we had a role play area set up within our writing area, with a till, money and differently priced items to sell. In the tuff tray there was small Lego, which the children used to build different types of shops.

In Maths this week, we have been completing work on money. The children have done a great job of finding out how much something costs and the finding which coins they would use to pay that amount.

  

This week has been Sports Week in the academy, we have had great fun learning some new sports. On Wednesday we had a session on skate boarding, we found it quite difficult to balance, but by working together we managed it.


Then on Thursday we tried our hand at scooters. We were really good at this!

On Friday we were very lucky, the rain stopped and we were able to hold our Sports Day. The children all joined in and were amazing!




Week ending 26.05.17 in Reception!

posted 28 Jun 2017, 13:39 by Vicki Bowes


In Reception this week we completed our topic on ‘People who help us’ and the focus for the week has been the work of the fire fighters. During the week we had a visit from the fire brigade, though it was cut a little short as they had to attend a real emergency.


In English we have looked at information books and watched clips on the computer. We have also listened to stories. We wrote about the work of the fire fighters and we wrote thank you letters to the firemen for their visit. As well as writing linked to our topic we wrote our weekend news.


As part of our fire fighter topic we had a role play area set up within our dressing up area, with a number of outfits. There was also small world play in the construction area, with a fire station and fire fighters and engines. The children used the paper and resources incorporated to write accounts of emergency incidents and to record their models. The children used the building blocks to construct their own fire station.


In Maths this week, we have extended our work on halves and were exploring sharing. We shared biscuits between our two Busy Bears and Bedtime bear. We completed a maths task in our books, sharing items between Emerald and Sapphire.


Our PE was outside again this week and we practised some of the activities we will do as part of our Sports Day, after half term.


Some of Class 1’s caterpillars have emerged from their chrysalis, it has been very exciting.



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.



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