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Reception

 

This year your child will interact with a colourful environment filled with new friends, exciting activities and hands-on adventures! Join us on our adventure here:

 

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On Thursday we investigated ice and became scientists for the afternoon. We began with a circle time where we could only speak with a piece of ice in our hands. By the time it had gone all the way around the circle it had disappeared! Our warm hands had made it melt. We then carried out an experiment to see what would make ice melt more quickly and put a cube into hot water, cold water and into a bowl on its own. Everyone made a prediction like true scientists and we observed the ice melting. The ice in hot water melted quickest and the one in no water was the slowest to melt. Photographs to follow soon...

Over the past couple of weeks we have had so much fun learning all about space! We explored all the different plants and discussed constellations. We read the books ‘Whatever Next?’, ‘Aliens love underpants’ and ‘Man on the Moon’. The children drew pictures and wrote what they loved about the planetarium and some of these are displayed in the corridor. 

 

In our phonics lessons we continued to learn more digraphs e.g ‘ai’ ‘ou’ ‘ee’ and ‘or’. The link below will direct you to the Jolly Phonics songs we use for digraphs and you can practise these at home! 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=akIN2ohJ2uE

 

In our Maths lessons we looked at different shapes and learnt the correct language to describe them. For example ‘a square has four corners and four sides, all of the sides are the same’, ‘a rectangle has four corners and four sides, two long sides and two short sides’.

We hope you have enjoyed the first night of Chanukah! Here are some songs that we have been learning at school:
We had a fantastic visit from a mobile Planetarium today. The children were fascinated and watched in awe as the stars and planets were projected on the domed screen. We also watched a short film with aliens exploring the weather on the different planets. Here are some photos to give you a flavour of their experience. More details to follow!
SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) - During our circle time this Friday we spoke about getting on and falling out. We played a drama game where we made a 'friendship cake' and then we learnt and practised the 'make up make up never ever break up' chant. We are also continuing to say "stop! I don't like it" when someone does something to us that we don't like. 

Congratulations to our Capital-city-a-thon winner

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Geography - Capital City-a-thon

 

After a few intense rounds, we are happy to announce that Ethan H and Sophie are going through to the next round of the Geo-a-thon! Mazel Tov! A massive WELL DONE to the runners up; Romy, Jamie, Natasha and Charlie who also excelled with their knowledge of capital cities. Well done to all the children who took part, we are very proud of all your hard work.

Space week!

Space week! 1 An astronaut contacts the space station!
Space week! 2 The children fly their space rockets
Space week! 3 Making a spaceship using spaghetti

Week beginning 13th November - Anti-Bullying week.

We have had a lot of discussions about what it means to be a good friend. At the start of the week we joined in with the whole school and worked with the other children in our house to make a poster about being kind to each other.

 

In Literacy we read the story ‘This is Our House’ by Michael Rosen. We discussed our favourite part of the story and drew a picture and labelled it. Later on in the week we made friendship bracelets for each other and wrote our friends names on them. We have also visited the Library this week; please remember to return your library book on a Thursday.

 

In Numeracy we have continued to practice simple addition and used lots of different aids to help us work out some sums.

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On Thursday afternoon Reception class looked at how to stay safe when playing games online. We watched a PowerPoint presentation about Smartie the Penguin who was given a tablet for his birthday. The children learnt that there should always be a responsible adult nearby when they are online and if something is not right they should ask an adult they trust to help them. The children also looked at being kind online and designed their own friendship emoji. On Friday, during our weekly SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) circle time, we learnt the phrase "Stop! I don't like it" - which we told the children to say if another child is doing something they don't like. We also spoke about the importance of talking to a teacher if you have a problem in school.
Your child is bringing home a home learning book today. Inside you will find a letter explaining how the home learning works and a grid with a selection of fun and practical activities. Please make sure you look in your child's bag. 
Week beginning 6th November - 

This week we have had so much fun talking about the lovely fireworks we saw last weekend. We discussed the sounds that the fireworks made and then wrote these down using the sounds we have already learnt. We also made lots of lovely fireworks pictures!!

 

In Maths we learnt how to work out one and two less than a number. We used different nursery rhymes (e.g 5 fat sausages) to help us and used our fingers to take one away! 

 

We are starting to learn some trickier sounds in Reception and this week we learnt 'sh', 'ch' and 'th'! We thought of lots of words that had these sounds in them and read them too! A lot of the children got confused with the sound ‘f’ and ‘th’ so please practise this at home if you can. Thank you. 

Week beginning 30th October - This week in Literacy we have been looking at stories about tidying up and keeping the classroom clean. The children have made lists of the different things we need to tidy up during tidy up time. Please encourage your children to be independent 'super tidy uppers' at home also! You could choose one 'special tidy up job' from this list:

 

- take your plate to the sink

- pick up some toys from your bedroom floor

- help an adult to make your bed

- tuck the chairs under the kitchen table

 

Why not try using the Tidy Up Rhumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4cczzBsmZ4

 

In Maths we have been learning to count one more. We rolled a dice and then wrote the number and then counted on to find the number which is one more.

 

In our classroom we have made a spooky witches cave. The children helped Mrs Lauder make the cave and decided where to put the different objects inside it. We have loved role playing in it and may even begin to make some scary potions next week!

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During our SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) lesson, we were given two apples from Polo the Bear. We passed one apple around the circle and we were very kind to it, saying nice things and giving it hugs. We said unkind words to the other apple. When we cut into the apple we were kind to, it was clear and fresh on the inside. But when we cut into the apple we were unkind to, it was bruised and mushy. We realised that if we are kind to people, they feel good on the inside... but if we are unkind to people, they feel horrible and sad on the inside. After half term we will talk about what it means to be a good friend.

This week the children have been practising rhyming using the story Room on the Broom. During our Literacy lesson we each wrote a word that rhymes with ‘cat’ and made a rhyming chain. The children also enjoyed making broomsticks and talking about which animal they would like to take on their broomstick. In our Numeracy lesson we continued to focus on number order. We looked at one more or one less than a number and the children loved the game we played on the white board.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/chopper-squad

We also played a game where we threw a bean bag onto a number and then said what number was one more and one less.

We had a great time playing a game on the interactive whiteboard on Friday. We had to blend the sounds to read the words on the coins and then give them to the correct pirates. We put the ‘real’ words in the treasure chest and the ‘fake’ words in the bin! If we got them correct, the pirate would do a funny dance which made us all laugh. You can try blending some sounds with your child at home too e.g. saying the pure sounds ‘C-A-T’ makes the word cat. Why not try making up some silly fake words as well – the children love this e.g. Y-O-M = yom! We call this Fred talk. You can find some Fred talk games by clicking on the link below.

We had a great time playing a game on the interactive whiteboard on Friday. We had to blend the sounds to read the words on the coins and then give them to the correct pirates. We put the ‘real’ words in the treasure chest and the ‘fake’ words in the bin! If we got them correct, the pirate would do a funny dance which made us all laugh. You can try blending some sounds with your child at home too e.g. saying the pure sounds ‘C-A-T’ makes the word cat. Why not try making up some silly fake words as well – the children love this e.g. Y-O-M = yom! We call this Fred talk. You can find some Fred talk games by clicking on the link below.  1
We had a great time playing a game on the interactive whiteboard on Friday. We had to blend the sounds to read the words on the coins and then give them to the correct pirates. We put the ‘real’ words in the treasure chest and the ‘fake’ words in the bin! If we got them correct, the pirate would do a funny dance which made us all laugh. You can try blending some sounds with your child at home too e.g. saying the pure sounds ‘C-A-T’ makes the word cat. Why not try making up some silly fake words as well – the children love this e.g. Y-O-M = yom! We call this Fred talk. You can find some Fred talk games by clicking on the link below.  2
We had a great time playing a game on the interactive whiteboard on Friday. We had to blend the sounds to read the words on the coins and then give them to the correct pirates. We put the ‘real’ words in the treasure chest and the ‘fake’ words in the bin! If we got them correct, the pirate would do a funny dance which made us all laugh. You can try blending some sounds with your child at home too e.g. saying the pure sounds ‘C-A-T’ makes the word cat. Why not try making up some silly fake words as well – the children love this e.g. Y-O-M = yom! We call this Fred talk. You can find some Fred talk games by clicking on the link below.  3
We had a great time playing a game on the interactive whiteboard on Friday. We had to blend the sounds to read the words on the coins and then give them to the correct pirates. We put the ‘real’ words in the treasure chest and the ‘fake’ words in the bin! If we got them correct, the pirate would do a funny dance which made us all laugh. You can try blending some sounds with your child at home too e.g. saying the pure sounds ‘C-A-T’ makes the word cat. Why not try making up some silly fake words as well – the children love this e.g. Y-O-M = yom! We call this Fred talk. You can find some Fred talk games by clicking on the link below.  4

FRED TALK GAMES

Shake the lulav!

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We have had a fantastic week learning all about Succot. The children have all had a chance to shake the lulav and hold the etrog. We visited the Succah in the school and had a special visitor who came to read us stories about Succot too. We also learnt a song about shaking the lulav. Have a go at singing along with your child...

On Tuesday Reception  went for an Autumn walk around the school field. We looked at all the leaves and noticed that they had changed to brown, red and orange in colour. They made a crunchy sound under our feet.  We noticed that the apples had fallen off of the trees. We collected some leaves and used them to make Autumn pictures ready to hang in the Sukkah. We also had good fun throwing sycamore seeds into the air and watching them spin down like helicopter blades.

Autumn Walk

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Today we dipped apple in honey for a sweet new year and sang lots of Rosh Hashana songs. Wishing you all a Shana Tova! Have a healthy and happy new year!
This week we have had so much fun exploring our classroom and continuing getting to know each other. The children have learnt the sounds p, i, n and c. We have made lots of different words using the sounds we know. The children also spent lots of time playing in our supermarket in the role play area. They thought of all the things we can buy there and wrote some fantastic shopping lists. We continued to practise writing our names and also writing each other's names.
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In Maths, the children made lovely ladybirds and then counted how many spots they had put on them.

In Maths, the children made lovely ladybirds and then counted how many spots they had put on them.  1
In Maths, the children made lovely ladybirds and then counted how many spots they had put on them.  2
In Maths, the children made lovely ladybirds and then counted how many spots they had put on them.  3
In Maths, the children made lovely ladybirds and then counted how many spots they had put on them.  4

This week the children have had lots of fun exploring our Early Years Unit,  both inside and outside! We have spent time getting to know each other and develop new friendships. 
In class they have already starting learning phonics and we have covered the sounds 's' 'a' and 't'. 


The children have all settled in really well and are becoming more familiar with their new surroundings. We hope they all had a fantastic week and that they are looking forward to next week.

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We cannot believe its our last week in Reception! The children really enjoyed the Teddy Bear's Picnic thank you for joining us.  They really enjoyed  making their own picnic food. We hope you loved their singing of their favourite songs from this years learning. We are very proud of all they have achieved and thank you for all your support.

 

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It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team.

It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 1
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 2
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 3
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 4
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 5
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 6
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 7
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 8
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 9
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 10
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 11
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 12
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 13
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 14
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 15
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 16
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 17
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 18
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 19
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 20
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 21
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 22
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 23
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 24
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 25
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 26
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 27
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 28
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 29
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 30
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 31
It was so lovely spending time with Reception on Transition Day. Their behaviour was excellent! We are really looking forward to September from the Year 1 Team. 32

This week the children have had a transition morning in Year 1. They had a fantastic  time getting to know the Year 1 team and new teachers. 

 

Katie " I enjoyed the new activities."

 

Ava " I liked painting a picture of my face."

 

Sophia " I liked writing in the starts about us."

 

Louis B " I liked playing with the lego."

 

We have had a circle time this week focussing on change and how we felt when we first joined Reception and how much we have changed now.  The children were able to talk about lots of things they had learnt. We used puppets to role play how we feel when we are worried about change and how to make us feel happy again.

We have been learning all  about healthy eating and the importance of keeping healthy , exercise and sleep. The children sorted foods into healthy and unhealthy foods. We  also made our own healthy eating plates. The children included 5 fruits and vegetables to their plates as well as a protein and carbohydrate. We spoke about the importance  of vitamins and calcium for our bones.

Our Healthy Eating Plates!

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We were very excited to have a role play smoothie bar. We made our very own smoothies. The children designed their smoothies and made their recipes come to life. They cut and prepared the fruit and then they helped to turn them into smoothies. The said the smoothies were delicious!

 

 

Anna said " I had banana and strawberry. I liked cutting the fruit."

 

Sophia " I liked making the smoothie it was very healthy. I liked drawing it after."

 

Noah said " It tasted like watermelon and orange. and the best bit was the pineapple."

Look at our smoothies!

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This week we have been enjoying learning and taking part in sports during Sports Week.

The children have been learning about the Olympics and talking about sports that they enjoy. They have been making their own Olympic torches and rings. We have also been discussing how we need to work very hard to reach our goals and to always keep trying.

 

On Tuesday the children were very excited to meet Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell. They took part in a circuit of different sports activities  which developed a variety of skills. They also had an assembly with Darren Campbell to talk about the Olympic medals and following their dreams. 

 

 

 

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We took part in an Early Years sports day on Wednesday. We were very proud of how well all the children did and how well they demonstrated  all  the skills they had been learning. They took part in  a variety of races such as sprint ,obstacle course, bouncing hoppers and weaving in and out of cones. They took  on board the learning from earlier in the week and really persevered and tried their best. They definitely did a fantastic job!

 

Our sports day!

The children have been learning about halving in Maths. They have done some fantastic halving of numbers , objects and shapes. They were very proud of their achievements.

 

Elisheva said " I halved shapes and I cut a banana in half."

 

Ava " I cut the banana in half and I halved the bears."

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We are very excited that the Caterpillars have continued to develop and are now in their cocoons. We are  very excited to see them turn into Butterflies. We have been reading The Hungry Caterpillar  and have been making our own Hungry Caterpillar books. 

 

Amelia said " I like watching the caterpillars go into cocoons and excited for them to be  butterflies."

 

Joel said " I like the Hungry Caterpillar he gets very hungry."

 

Kyle said " The caterpillar is now in the cocoon ."

We are busy writing our stories!

The children have been learning facts about Mini-beasts this week linked to our Mini-beast topic. They have written some excellent facts about bees and spiders  within Literacy and were very excited to learn some new information. They enjoyed reading some facts from the children's Mini-beast encyclopedia. 

 

Look at our writing about spiders!

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Max said " Orange spiders are poisonous."

 

Louis L said " Spiders have eight legs and they like to spin webs."

 

 

We are very excited to have some Caterpillars join us in Early years. The children have been observing the caterpillars and are going to watch them them turn into Butterflies. They are very excited to learn about their life cycle and observe these steps as they happen within our classroom.

 

This week we have been focussing on how to be a good friend during Anti Bullying Week. The children have had a circle time about differences and why we are special. We also discussed what it means to be a good friend and why it is important to have friends and who we should go to if we need help . The children came dressed in colourful clothing for Rainbow Day we were celebrating our different personalities and what were dressed in a colour that made us feel happy.

 

We are wearing all different colour clothes they make us feel happy.

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We were very excited to have a visit from Dr Ranj from C Beebies and Johnny. They continued our discussion about what it means to be a good friend , why friends are important and who we should speak to if we are feeling happy or sad.

 

 

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In Jewish Studies this week the children have started a new topic learning about Noah's Ark.

We introduced the story and the children  created their very own Noah's Ark using different constructions items such as Lego.

 

We made fantastic models the animals went in the Ark

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We made fantastic models the animals went in the Ark 4

Look at our Noah's Ark drawings

We had a fantastic time on our trip to  the Theatre to  see Room on the Broom. The children loved seeing one of their favourite stories come to life on stage! They were very exited to make their very own large broom in the outdoor area  and enjoyed acting out the story when they returned to school.

 

 

Harry said"  I liked the dragon and the cat I liked the cat going on the front of the broom."

 

AJ said " I liked the dragon that nearly ate the witch."

 

Maya said " I loved the bird because he didn't give the bow back and in the end they did."

 

Alana " I liked it when the frog was dancing."

Look at the stage and the fantastic costumes!

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We have been very excited to learn about Claude Monet.  We read the story Monet's Magical Garden and looked closely at the different interpretations of the Monet painting of the Japanese bridge. The children painted the picture using water colours. They worked hard to add a back wash of colour and looked at the detail of the bridge, Lillies and trees. They skillfully used the water colours to make their own versions.

 

Noah said " I painted purple Lillies."

 

Harry said " Mine is like the picture in the Magical Garden book."

 

 

Our art in the style of Monet's Japanese Bridge

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Reception have loved Arts Week and have been learning about the artist Claude Monet and flowers. They have been learning about different types of flower  such as Lillies, Daisies and Buttercups.  We discussed the features of different  flowers and the shapes of the different  petals. They drew detailed pictures of these and labelled their flowers. We were very proud of their achievements.

 

Look at our flowers!

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This week the children have been working on subtraction. They have been ensuring they are using the – and = sign in the correct places. We have learnt a variety of strategies to help us with our subtraction such as using bead strings and counting back. The children drew their own pictoral representations  to show their answers.

 

I am using the stacking blocks and counting backwards

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We completed word problems for example. There were 10 bears in the shop two were sold how many are left. The children used counting bears to help them solve the problems.

 

Today we subtracted using tens frames. We discussed that each row was made up of 5 and the total number on the tens frame was 10. The children then completed maths sentences using the tens frame. For example 10-2 = they ensured they took the two from the second row. Some children used two tens frames to subtract from 20.

We are using tens frames to subtract

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The children have loved reading the book Whatever Next. They were very excited to hear all about baby bears adventure. We have created a rocket in the role play corner and baby bears rocket including his box , space boots and colander. Reception have been making lists of what they would take on their picnic to Space. The children used their phonetic knowledge to sound  out the words.

 

We have included some excellent work below

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This week we have been very excited to celebrate Yom Ha' atzmaut in school. The children came to school dressed in blue and white.  We discussed why blue and white was chosen to represent the colours of the Israeli flag as it is Israels birthday and Israel is 69 years old. The children went to a fantastic assembly finding out different facts about Israel.

 

We took part in different activities as an Early Years Unit decorating biscuits with the Israeli flag, making our own Israeli flags and Israeli dancing. Reception took part in whole school Israeli dancing in the playground.

 

Sam said " I loved making my flag. It's blue and white."

 

 

 

 

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Last week in Reception we focussed on the book Chalk By Bill Thomson. We worked on telling the story from the pictures. We discussed that the pictures could be interpreted differently by different people as the story has  no words. The children were very excited to discuss what adventures the children went on using the chalk. Emily said " The butterflies came to life and were fluttering in the sky. They were all different colours."

 

 

The children designed their very own Chalk books by either creating a book similar to the Chalk story or using their imagination to reinvent some ideas used in the story.

We designed our very own Chalk books in Reception

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We designed our very own Chalk books in Reception 2
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