It was all about "dem bones" in Reception as the children's learning linked to the text "Funny Bones" by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. They though about their own bones looking at x-rays; painted some fantastic some fantastic life size skeletons; used pasta to create animal skeletons just like the zoo ones in the book; and explored repeated book language such as "in the dark, dark street......".
Alien Invasion in Reception
The aliens landed in Reception! The children noticed strange footprints in their classrooms and were delighted to discover that Beegu, an alien character, had arrived for a visit. The children loved reading about her and were fascinated by the funny noises she made when she spoke.
For their home learning, the children designed and made a vehicle that they could travel in through space. They thought about what it would look like, what they needed to take with them and where they could travel to. We had some amazing rockets and spacecrafts. Well done everyone!
Reception's Term One Topic
The EYFS topic for Term One was "Ourselves" and the children learnt all about birthdays. They read the story "Bear's Birthday" and explored different ways he liked to celebrate, comparing these to the way that children like to celebrate theirs. In art, they painted some wonderful self portraits.
The children also started "Dough Disco" exercises which is designed to support dexterity and finger strength.
Around the World with Reception
The Reception children started their topic "Around the World" by reading a story about Max and her toy, who travelled to different countries looking to see if everyone is "unique". This encouraged much discussion about different cultures, people and environments. They also read the book "Pretty Salma" which is an African story based on "Little Red Riding Hood", and created some wonderful wanted posters for the mean wolf! During their art lessons, everyone explored elements of African art especially colours, patterns and weaving.
They also read the story of "Immi" which looks at different people, relationships and the importance of making kind choices. The children particularly enjoyed role playing and interviewing the characters in the book. They felt very cold though when they explored the polar landscapes that Immi lives in.
Growing in Reception
The children read a story about a little boy who goes on an extraordinary adventure. Albie helps his mum to plant some seeds and when he wakes up the next day, to his surprise the seeds had grown into a great big Jurassic jungle, including real live dinosaurs! This discovery prompted much discussion about other things Albie could grow, such as unicorns, night stars and superheroes!
The children really enjoyed reading "Yucky Worms" by Vivian French and learnt lots of facts relating to worms and soil. They certainly must have used good soil as the sunflower seeds they sowed in class started to shoot up very quickly!
It's all about the Bugs in Reception!
The children learnt about the lifecycle of tadpoles and frogs. They used adjectives to describe what happened to a frog as it develops. They extended their vocabularly using words such as metamorphosis and chrysalsis. Linked to this they read the book "Tadpole's Promise" and particularly enjoyed it when poor butterfly got eaten by her froggy friend at the end of the story! They also got very creative and made some wonderful frogs and tadpoles in the creative areas in the classrooms.
They also read the book "The Very Ugly Bug". This wonderful story teaches us to value everyone and to recognise different skills and positive traits. The children made lolly stick insects; learn the ugly bug ball song and designed their own bugs.
Down at the Bottom of the Garden!
The Reception children started their new topic "Down at the Bottom of the Garden" by transforming their role play areas into garden centres. They all planted a sunflower seed and wrote instructions for how to grow and care for them. They made careful observations as they germinated and grew. The children also produced some beautiful, sunny sunflower artwork beginning with observational detailed line drawings.
Following on from the pirate theme, the children read "The Night Pirates" and were introduced to a crew of girl-only pirates! The story is about Tom, a boy who joins the crew, which takes him on an adventure across the high seas to steal the treasure from the grown-up pirates. They designed their own wanted posters and created some fantastic masks so that they could disguise themselves in preparation for their heist!
They also took part in floating and sinking experiments as well as coin cleaning, because as everyone knows, every pirate needs shiny treasure!
Term Four's topic in Reception was wonderful water and the children started it by reading "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Sea". They created giant seabeds, exploring texture and adding different natural materials for fish to live and hide in.
After reading the story "The Fish Who Could Wish", they weaved with willow! They used wet strength tissue paper to make their own fish and decorated them independently to add to their giant seabeds.
There was a roar of dinosaur's in Reception when the children went on an archaeological dinosaur dig! Using adjectives they described the features and actions of the different dinosaurs that they found. They also made dinosaur eggs out of paper maiche and dinosaur skeletons, as well as dinosaur footprint painting!
They really enjoyed their art lesson when they draw observational pictures of fossil lines.
Plants and Habitats!
The Reception children read the story "Whatever Next" by Jill Murphy and made their own papier mache planets to visit, just like Bear and Owl in the story.
They also read "Oi get off our train" and discussed and wrote about different animal habitats. This encouraged great discussion about endangered animals. The children researched why some animals are extinct and why we need to look after our plant so all animals can thrive.
Reception Christmas News
The children read "Letter to Bear", a festive story all about doing kind things for our friends. Bear wrote letters inviting all the animals in the wood to a Christmas party and then the children wrote their own very special letters to Father Christmas. Their teachers were really impressed with their letter formation and were particularly pleased to see so many of them applying phonics knowledge in their writing.
They were also very busy making some fabulous eco decorations for our tree which were displayed on the St. Mary's Church web site as part of their Christmas Tree Festival. There are lolly stick triangles, prickly pine cones and beautiful beads!
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.