Welcome to Reception
In Reception we love to learn and play! We have lots of different areas that we can explore and we like to challenge ourselves with our mini-me challenges.
Miss Moody, Mrs Thompson, Miss Hayter, Mrs Berckley, Mrs Aslam, Miss Priestley and Mrs Elsom all help us with our learning.
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Making a Chinese Stir Fry
This week we are learning about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated. In class we are making a Chinese Stir Fry.
First we prepared the vegetables and chopping them. Then we made a Chow Mein Sauce using; Soya sauce, lemon juice, tomato ketchup and honey. Next we eagerly watched the teacher as she add the ingredients to the Wok and listened to them sizzling as they cooked.
Finally we tried our stir fry using chopsticks. It was delicious!
This week we have been looking at capacity and using the words full, half full and empty.
We started by filling our containers and saying how full they were and then we played a game where we had to race to fill our bucket with water, using yogurt pots. We had to decide the best way to carry the water; either half full, so we could walk faster, or full but walking more slowly. It was lots of fun! Stickman and Tabby McTat groups came joint first.
The alien stole our underpants!
We were very shocked when we came into school on Monday because we found out that an alien had stolen our underpants! We made wanted posters to describe him and we asked everyone to keep an eye out for him. Today we found a trail of pants and it led us to a letter from the alien. He gave us all of our pants back and said that he had just been borrowing them for a party!
We were very excited about the snow today so we got wrapped up and went outside to explore! We talked about the difference between ice and snow, how the snow felt and why it had fallen. We then made different shapes in the snow. We had lots of fun!
Reading 'Stay and Play'
We really enjoy seeing our parents for stay and play. This week Miss Moody's class did some lovely reading with our families. We then acted out Stickman for our parents to see, they were really impressed!
We have been using part-whole models and bar models to add two amounts together. We counted the amount in each part and then counted how many there were altogether to find the whole amount.
Mr Cowpe's Visit
We had a special visit from Mr Cowpe on his school trail. We sang him a song "Happy Retirement To You", we presented him with a malteser cake, presents and a card and then he played the guitar for us. It was lovely to hear him chat about his 36 years at Alwoodley and he advised the children to work hard and enjoy their time at this wonderful school! HAPPY RETIREMENT MR COWPE from all of Reception!
In Maths this week we have been looking at different objects and ordering them from longest to shortest. We then went outside and found different natural objects to measure using cubes.
We really enjoy using different technology in school. Here we are using the Ipads, interactive whiteboard and sound buttons. What technology do you have at home?
This week we have been making maps, showing where people can find different signs of Autumn outside. We found a map of our own and followed it to reach some treasure! We had to look carefully at the directions and what we passed along the way.
This week in Outdoor Maths we got active by testing which 3D shapes rolled down a ramp. We worked out that some rolled if you dropped them, rather than let them go and some just slid down. The cylinders and spheres were the best rollers!
We have been exploring outside this week in our Topic lessons, looking for Autumn things. We found acorns, berries and conkers amongst the red, brown, yellow and orange leaves.
This week we have been looking at 2D shapes. We played corners outside choosing a different shape in a hoop and then had a go at drawing some shapes of our own with chalk on the playground.
This week we are looking at instructions and we followed instructions for making edible sparklers! We learnt the time openers first, next and finally and used Talk for Writing actions to support us.
We have really enjoyed making our houses out of clay. We thought carefully about how many windows we needed, where our door would go and what number we need on our door. We then placed our house on a map, thinking about if we would like to live near a park, the shops or the road.
The Arium's Grand Opening!
A few weeks ago, Reception were asked to create part of a wonderful display for the new garden nursery in Leeds. Three of the children were then invited to attend the opening of it! We planted bulbs, had our photographs taken for the nursery and had a tour of it. We had a brilliant time and hope we can visit it again.
In Maths we have been looking at representing numbers in lots of different ways. We used resources such as counting toys, dice, shapes and numicon. How could you make some of these numbers at home?
Our local walk
We had a very windy (but lovely!) walk around our local area today. We looked at the different features in Alwoodley, such as shops, a park and a church and then thought about things we don't have. We also posted a letter in the post box and talked about things that we needed on the envelope.
Postman Pat's birthday
Today we have been celebrating Postman Pat's birthday! We read a story about it, made birthday cards for him and decorated cakes with the first letter of our name. We can't wait to eat them!
This week we have been learning about ourselves. We have named different body parts, made a skeleton picture, created a self-portrait and compared our eye colour.
We have started our phonics session this week and we are learning the s, a, t, p sounds. We enjoyed practising forming a 's' with chalk and paint.
What words do you know that start with these sounds?
We enjoyed meeting Mr Manning today who will be teaching us some of our PE in Reception. Today we were looking at different ways of movement and thought about how different animals move. We slithered like a snake and jumped like a kangaroo!
Today we found lots of frogs in the outdoor area so we brought them into class to have a closer look. We talked about how they felt, described how they looked and thought about where they might live. Some of us then drew a picture of a frog.
We've had a fantastic start to Reception and we have all settled in really well! We have enjoyed playing in the new areas, making friends and challenging ourselves with fun activities.