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.
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 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."
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.
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!
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."
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 ."
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.
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 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.
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 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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.