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I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full - John 10:10

Our Week in Reception

22/03/24

 

Hi Reception,

 

Happy Friday!!!!!!

 

This week we continued looking at the story 'Yucky worms'. We looked at their habitat and discussed where would be good places to find worms. We also looked at different minibeasts and their habitats such as ladybugs, spiders, ants, bees, and snails. We have been preparing for our school trip that is happening next week where we will get the chance to look at different minibeasts and their local habitats.

 

We have also continued learning about repeating patterns in Math's and looking at different types of patterns we can create by using more than two colors and objects. 

 

In RE this week we have continued looking at the Easter story, the children have had some great discussions about what they have learned and how Jesus is a very important part of Easter. We firstly recapped on Palm Sunday and the significance of the palms before learning more about Good Friday. The children made crosses and placed a painted handprint over the cross to symbolize how Jesus died on the cross for us and how he gave his life for us so that we could be forgiven for our sins.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!!

 

Thank you!

15/03/24

 

Hi Reception,

 

Happy Friday!!!!!!

 

This week we looked at the story 'Yucky worms', to explore this further we explored the features of a worm, where they live, what they eat, and what they are good for. We spoke about the different types of worms and looked at how they live in our earth. The children have been able to learn about worm farming and being a wormologist. As a whole class we went worm farming in our outdoor area and safely looked for worms by digging holes and gently looking through the mud to see how many worms we could find and we found so many!!!!!! We added these worms into a large container filled with sand, soil, and food for the worms and over the next week the children will be documenting what they can see and how the worms live in our class worm farm.

 

Throughout the week the children participated in music lessons where they looked at the keys D and G on a glockenspiel. In ICT we spoke about what an algorithm is and debugged a set of instructions for washing hands. In art we looked at the artist Van Gogh and his famous sunflower painting, the children had the opportunity to mirror his painting by using colored pencils and shading to recreate his sunflower picture.

 

We have been learning repeating patterns this week and looking at different types of patterns we can create by using more than two colors and objects. 

 

In RE this week we have continued looking at the Easter story, the children have had some great discussions about what they have learned and how Jesus is a very important part of Easter. This week we focused on Palm Sunday and the journey Jesus took as he arrived in Jerusalem, the children made their own palms to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!!

 

Thank you!

08/03/24

 

Hi Reception,

 

Happy Friday!!!!!!

 

This week our story of the week is the 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', to explore this further we have started exploring the lifecycle of a butterfly. We spoke about the different stages in a butterfly's life and looking at the transition from a caterpillar into a butterfly. The children have been able to recreate their own lifecycle and label the different stages. We have received a small container containing some caterpillars and over the next month we will be able to watch them grow, turn into a chrysalis and then into a butterfly the children will be documenting each stage as it happens and feed the butterfly's before releasing them into nature. 

 

To celebrate World Book Day, the children were given the opportunity to create a book cover design of their favourite book, create their own book re telling the story of the hungry caterpillar and read many stories throughout the week. All the children looked terrific and had amazing costumes and came up with really unique words to represent their costume!

 

We have been learning subtraction using a ten frame and number bonds and children are becoming more and more confident with this. Next week we will be looking at repeating patterns.

 

In RE this week we have been looking at the Easter story, the children have had some great discussions about what they have learned and how Jesus is a very important part of Easter. We will continue learning more about this leading up to Easter looking more in depth about Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday etc.

 

The children have been extremely busy making their mother's day cards ready for Sunday. We hope all the Mother's have a lovely and relaxing weekend being spoilt by your loved ones!

 

Thank you!

1/3/24

 

We have had a fantastic week continuing on our learning about gardens and growing… and have learnt all about sunflowers this week! We started the week looking at what a plant needs to grow and are carrying out an experiment by taking an element away from potted sunflower seed. We will monitor this over time. We are wondering whether the seed without water, the seed without soil or the seed without sunlight will grow the same as the seed that has everything it needs. As we have been looking after our very own individual sunflower seeds and we have been so excited watching  them grow during the week… most of our seeds now have shoots! We are keeping a weekly diary of how our plant grows and changes each week. We also looked at the lifecycle of a sunflower and learn some interesting facts about sunflowers.

During ICT, we learnt the importance of following a set of instructions and spoke about what might happen if one step is missed out… things might get muddled up and go wrong! During our creative learning, we looked closely at spring flowers and their colours. We learnt how to mix primary colours into secondary colours and, using our knowledge of shades, how to then use white to create a shade that best matched our daffodils and tulips. We also loved using mud to practise shading using large scale strokes within the natural paintbrushes we made last week. We realised the more water we added to the mud, the lighter the shade became observational painting were beautiful! We are becoming more and more confident with number bonds to 10 and enjoyed learning the number bond song by Jack Hartmann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD9tjBUiXs0.

23rd February

 

This week we have explored gardens and read Erol’s Garden. We spoke about what a garden is, the role of  gardener and what gardens mean to each of us. We planted our on sunflower seeds and will watch them grow. We even wrote a set of instructions on how to plant a seed!

 

We made our own natural paintbrushes using foliage and sticks. We used our fine motor skills to tie them together using twine. We have been learning about how to create different shades of a colour, and focused on yellow shades when painting daffodils.

 

We have been learning number bonds to ten using a ten frame and children are becoming more and more confident with this. We will continue this next week.

 

9th February 

Dear Parents,

 

We started the week learning the importance of oral health and learnt how many teeth we have and how to keep them clean and healthy. We learnt how the dentist helps us with this and what might happen if we don’t brush our teeth properly on a regular basis. We then had great fun learning about the role of a firefighter and police officer and looked closely at how they help us in our community. We hosed down the ’fire’ (paint) on our tuff trays, engaged in role play and small world play and even made 3D firefighters (focusing on what their uniform looks like). On Thursday, we came into school only to discover CCTV had captured an ‘intruder’ that was in disguise (Miss Whittaker). The whole day was spent investigating, looking for fingerprints and clues and writing wanted posters! On Friday we had a lovely morning of Mardi Gras celebrations and the children were busy decorating their masks for our Mount Carmel parade!

 

For our maths focus this week, the children experimented with heavy and light objects and then compared and ordered them from heaviest to lightest. They took this new knowledge and put it into practise in our home corners and to our mud kitchen when weighing fruit and veg for our imaginative recipes.

 

When we return from the half term holiday, we will carry out a phonics assessment on every child. At the end of the first week, we will send home any sounds your child may need to work on further. From now until Easter will we review previously taught sounds and continue to practise our blending skills.

 

We have had such a fantastic half term and it has flown by. We hope you all have a restful half term and look forward to our Spring 2 term!

 

As it is half term, we will not set any home learning. Please continue to read with your child daily.

 

Have a lovely half term!

 

 

2nd February 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have explored the role of doctors and nurses and how they are very important jobs. We started the week thinking of what our dream job might be and listened to how Dr Ranj treats his outpatients. The children loved our role play doctor surgery and were busy discussing symptoms and treatments, writing appointment cards, prescriptions and health checks! We even got a video call from a real life doctor! Dr Verma explained what was in her doctor's bag and how she used her equipment to check her patients.

The children were busy using their fine motor skills at wrapping bandages and peeling/putting on plasters on each other. They also used their scizzor skills to cut and create their very own doctor's bag with all the equipment in. We looked closely at x-rays and matched real life x-ray images to the correct body parts... We also loved reading 'Funny Bones' and working out which bones are connected together. We loved piecing ‘bones’ together to create a skeleton using cotton buds.

In Maths we went outside into our natural environment and collected leaves, sticks and cones to compare the length of the object to our body parts. Some of our feet were longer than two leaves! During creative arts we have learnt and practice how we join junk materials and thick card together and we will continue this next week. When logging onto the computers this half term, we have been practicing how to control a computer mouse (dragging, left click and selecting colours/shapes)  and this week we drew our dream job using the Paint programme. We are getting better and better at this skill!

 

Thank you Ruth Class parents for attending their liturgy, the children performed brilliantly and explained how we unite, just like Jesus, superbly.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

26th January 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been sharing our favourite books and exploring contemporary tales by Julia Donaldson. The children have really enjoyed exploring the different characters and plots. We looked closely at our own opinions, our thoughts about the characters and what we enjoyed most about a book. The children loved writing their own reviews!

 

In Maths, we have been using stories to support understanding of part, part, whole. ‘First there were three bears on the rug. Then four more came along. Now there are seven bears sitting on the rug.’ Can your child come up with their own maths story?

 

Ruth Class will be having their liturgy on Wednesday 31st January at 2:45pm, in Ruth Class. Ruth Class parents, please arrive via the school’s main office. Your child’s lines have been given out today. Please help your child learn their line.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Demiray and Mrs M