We have had an exciting start to the new school year in Reception. We have been learning our school rules which help keep us all happy and safe. These can be seen in our classroom and the children are learning the rhyme and actions to help them remember.
The children have enjoyed exploring their new learning environment, getting to know each other and forming new friendships.
We have started our topic ‘Ourselves and Others’ and have been discussing our families and our favourite things. We have spoken about the different jobs and roles people have in community and what their jobs might involve. We have spoken about how important it is for us all to work together and that is okay to have different opinions, preferences and choices and that this is what makes life so much more interesting.
Wow look at us practising our own names, learning our numerals and quantities and what this means. We have also explored 2D shapes, we found them on the faces of 3D shapes around our outside area and we also had ago at naming and describing them.
A huge thank you goes to our parents who joined us for our Early Years Celebration – Ourselves and Others.
At this celebration we enjoyed doing lots of different crafts and activities, playing music and tasting foods from our different cultures. We celebrated each of us and how we are similar and different from each other. We got to find out more about our parents and grandparents culture as well as finding out more about the places we are from and how this might be different to where we live now.
In class we have also been looking at African sunsets and talking about how the African culture might be similar and different to ours as we know some of our families originate from Africa.
Watch out for our Art Exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday 15th and 16th October where you will be able to see our final art pieces on African Sunsets.
Below is a sneaky peek…
We are super proud of our creations!
We had to help the police investigate what had happened to our classroom and we were very upset to find out our bikes had been stolen! We looked at the CCTV, made wanted posters and interviewed the culprit- who turned out to be our very own head teacher – Ray!
To round off the term we spoke about what job or role we might want to have when we grow up. Check out the children’s amazing writing we are super proud of the progress they have made so far this term!
We are talking about different animals that live in the ocean, their physical features, what they eat, their habitats and how they protect themselves from predators. We are going to be looking at healthy and unhealthy environments and what we can do to look after them, in order to protect the animals from becoming endangered. We will also begin to have conversations and discussion about the problem of plastic in our world today especially for our sea creatures and our oceans. We will explore the book Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts which highlights in a very lighthearted way the real life impact of plastic in the ocean. This book has been cleverly written using Stanley who looks like a jelly fish but is in fact a plastic bag and highlights to the children the problem plastic is causing for our beloved sea creatures.
The children had been reading the story Barry the fish with fingers by Sue Hendra. We spent the week exploring the book, talking about feelings and being a good friend. We focused most of our literacy lessons on verbs and what this means. We can now tell you that a verb is an action word! On Friday we helped Barry put the verbs from his recipe back in the right place as he had accidentally mixed them up. He then asked us if we could make the biscuits for his party as he was too busy getting ready. We were able to read the instructions and follow the recipe measuring and combining all the ingredients. We made a few extra so that we had some to share as well.
Barry was super impressed with our baking skills!
Again a huge thank you goes to our parents who joined us for our Early Years Maths Celebration.
We loved inviting our parents in for the morning to explore lots of different maths activities with us and to show them all the things we will be learning about in Reception. We had lots of fun sharing different ideas, activities and having ago at some problem solving games with both our friends and our parents. Here are a few photos from the morning.
We have booked a trip to the London Sea Life Centre on the 10th December. We are super excited to see some real life sea creatures and learn a few more facts about some of the creatures that live in the sea. We also can’t wait to share some of our facts about Sharks, Octopuses and Whales with the people at the Sea Life Centre as we have learnt so much already this term. For example…
Did you know that a Sharks body does not have any bones?
Instead Sharks bodies are made up of cartilage which we find on our own bodies in our ears and noses.
Book this date in your diary: 16th December 2019 at 9:45
This year the children will be performing Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. It’s one not to be missed!
Over the last few weeks we have been so busy!!
We went on our first school trip to the London Sea Life Centre where we learnt so much more about all the sea creatures that live in oceans. A big thank you goes to all the parents who volunteered on our trip as we wouldn’t be able to go without you. You made sure we were happy and safe all day and we had lots of fun.
We showcased our wonderful Nativity, Whoops- A – Daisy Angel, to our parents and they were all so proud of how amazing we were at singing and saying our lines.
Now it is time for us to wish all our lovely families and friends of Keyworth a lovely restful break and we will see you all after the holiday for another busy term!
Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope everyone is coming back well rested and has had a great start so far to the new year. Take a look at how well we have settled after our break and some of the activities we have been doing.
This term our topic will be ‘Space.’ We have begun to look at the solar system and talk about what we see and might find in space. Over the coming weeks we will be doing a study on different planets and discussing the sun and the moon phases. We will be looking at the differences between our ‘day sky’ and our ‘night sky,’ and discussing the differences between the seasons.
It would be great if you could start asking your child questions about space and the planets and see how their knowledge grows throughout the term. Don’t forget to write these ‘quotes’ on a WOW sheet and bring them in!
We have been learning all about a whole and parts and what this means so that we could do something super tricky… Partitioning. In the words of one of our children “Partitioning means splitting something like a banana or strawberries into parts.” Take a look at the work on partitioning we have been doing in class.
So this is what we saw one morning when we came into school…
We thought it might have been aliens and had to write a scientific report about the incident. Then our teacher told us that aliens were not real and she just thought she would make a mess for fun! Shocking! We learnt that aliens have not yet been found on any planet but that astronauts are still looking as they think there might be a chance there could be some out there.