Dragons and Sandwiches!
The children were amazed and intrigued to find dragon footprints in their classrooms! As part of their literacy work, they have been reading the "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch. The story generated some interesting conversations about gender stereotypes and the children talked about how some dads stay at home and how some mums work in professions such as firefighters. They also became very creative using oil pastels to draw dragons and used different materials to create habitats for their dragons.
They also read "The Giant Jam Sandwich" by John Vernon. Everyone followed a set of instructions to make their own delicious sandwich, using language such as 'next' and 'then'. They really enjoyed eating them as well!
Reception's Diwali Projects
The children retold and re-enacted the story of Rama and Sita, a traditional Hindu story connected to Diwali and compared it with other familiar religious festivals. They made some delightful diva lamps, Rangoli patterns and cards.
There was some rattling noises in Reception as the children work around the story "Funny Bones". They had a great time becoming skeletons and making up their own actions to the story. They composed poems using repeated story book language of "dark, dark". These included dark, dark bananas and dark, dark unicorns! They made homes for the animals of the skeletons found in the Zoo. Worked hard at ordering various skeletons from one to ten, following the correct order and checking their work once they had finished. They have also created some super spooky skeleton art using cotton buds and straws.
The Reception Children Go Space Travelling
Just like Beegu, the Reception Children went space travelling! In literacy they explored the text Beegu and developed their ability to recall the story about the cheeky alien. They designed and created their own rockets using cardboard tubes and boxes, working out what they would need to take them to another planet.
In their first P.E. lessons, everyone learnt the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle; the rules we use in school to keep us safe when exercising and they especially enjoyed using the running track for the first time.
Welcome to Our New Reception Children
Our new Reception children settled well into their school routines. We were so impressed with them all, especially at lunchtime and for getting used to the new lining up routines so quickly.
The first term's journey was all about "Ourselves" and they started it by exploring how we celebrate our birthdays and how other children around the world celebrate theirs. They read the book "Bear's Birthday" and interacted with the different maths themes in the book. They also received a book from the Book Trust, called "The Runaway Pea" by Kjartan Poskill and Alex Willmore. The story is about a pesky pea who decided to ping himself off the plate in search of a party! The Book Trust works in conjunction with Kent Libraries to encourage families to have fun discovering new stories.
Reception Go Potty
The children practised their modelling skills! After reading the story of
the “Empty Pot”, they have designed and created their own pots. Some children used the
coiling technique and some pinched their pots. Once dried they painted them by mixing colours.
RECEPTION'S MATHS LESSON
The children have been learning about money in their maths lessons. They have identified different coins, their value, colour and size. Using this knowledge they played a fun bingo game and also worked out which coins they needed to buy their favourite fruit.
RECEPTION'S LEARNING JOURNEY
The Reception children read the story “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. As part of their work, they were asked to come up with their own ingenious plan for stopping the seagulls getting the basket of food. They wrote them some lovely letters asking them to leave the food for Mr Grinling, and devised a pulley system just like Mr Grinling’s to send down the lunch safely. They also made a simple circuit to light up their lighthouse.
THINGS ON WHEELS
EYFS have been researching different types of transport using the non-fiction text “Things on Wheels”. As a group project, they have built a map of a town, including place names and vehicles. They really enjoyed counting the cars outside school, to find out how many different colours passed by and used pictograms to record the data.
RECEPTION SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
The Reception children have been reading the book “Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord. They have carried out their own experiments with bread to see how it changes over time in different conditions. They have also developed their engineering skills by creating their own ovens using recycled materials.