We are so excited to begin our new topic ‘Let It Grow’. The children will be celebrating Pancake Day and learning how Pancake Day is celebrated around the world. We will read the book ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and learn the story using ‘Talk for Writing’. We will be planting beans, observing changes that occur and learning how to look after them. As Spring sets in, the children will explore changes that occur during this season and they will be going back to Nightingale gardens to explore this. We will talk about healthy eating and how this helps us to grow into healthy humans, from baby to adult! The children will identify the names of a range of baby animals and match them to their adult name. In maths, we will look at doubling, 2D and 3D shapes, and adding and subtracting, beginning to look at counting on and back.
Below are some resources you may find useful with more information on Phonics and the Early years curriculum.
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Articulation of Phonemes
Below is a link to a useful video clip showing the correct ‘pure’ pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).
R1 Hedgehog class
R2 Owl Class
Reception have been working hard in D&T this term. As part of their theme based on the book ‘Lost and Found’, the children were given a picture of a finished penguin as well as the steps that they could take to decorate them. The children then had the choice between following the design or making their own penguin. They were provided with a range of tools and materials to do this. The finished penguins looked fantastic. Well done everyone!
In Reception, we have been talking about winter and thinking about changes that happen during this season. The children went outside and used chalk to draw winter trees, describing what they had drawn.
In Reception, we have been exploring melting and freezing. The children put white and milk chocolate into a bowl which was inside a bowl of hot water, stirring it until it had all melted. We then poured the melted chocolate into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer. The next day, we looked at the now solid chocolate and discussed what it had happened to it. The children really enjoyed eating it!
The animals were stuck in the ice! The children had to work out how to melt the ice to set the animals free. They melted the ice using warm water, salt and by holding it in their hands to warm it up.
The children worked really hard at preparing for the Christmas show and then performing it to the school and their parents. We are very proud of the way they learnt the Christmas story and sang a range of Christmas songs in the play. Well done Reception!
This week we have been talking about Bonfire Night. The children have enjoyed making their own fireworks using paint, chalks, crayons and even leaves!
In Owl Class we have been practising recognising Numicon. Some of the children went on a hunt in the outdoor area to find the giant Numicon and place it in order from 1 to 10. We have also been looking at using Numicon to make different numbers, for example ‘4 and 2 make 6’ and ‘8 and 2 make 10’.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
This half term, we have enjoyed learning the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. Once we had practised the story, we created a class story map to help us to remember it. The children took part in a variety of activities to develop their learning linked to the story. They made their own puppets of the characters from the story and put on puppet shows for others to watch. Additionally, they designed and created their own bridges using different construction toys. They also painted their own trolls and carefully cut them out.