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Reception Gallery

Summer 2

We loved working with artist Bryony Pritchard . We made botanical mandalas and explored markmaking with natural pigments

Summer 1

Celebrating the Jubilee 

The children have enjoyed making crowns and jewellery fit for a Queen. 

All the children have created a card to send to the Queen to congratulate her being Queen for 70 years.

Anyone for afternoon tea? The children enjoyed playing in the messy play area to make tea and buns to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

What wonderful bunting we have all made!

Everyone enjoyed going on a Jubilee scavenger hunt. We found lots of royal items in our school!

Comparing England and Spain

 

After the children had learnt about England and Spain, they compared the two countries and identified things that were different and things that were the same. 

Spain

The children enjoyed learning facts about Spain. They carried out drama to act out flying to Spain on an aeroplane.

The children acted out climbing a mountain in Spain. They were surprised to see a mountain goat and brown bear! They enjoyed looking at the distant sites from the top of mountain.

The next day, the children went to the beach. They enjoyed having lots of fun in the sea and carrying out lots of different activities. 

We were very excited to go to a Spanish restaurant where we tried paella and churros. 

The children wrote a postcard about their visit to Spain. 

In P.E., the children became 'Flamenco' dancers. It was lots of fun. 

Look at the fantastic fans we have made!

The children have looked at some of buildings that Gaudi designed. They then created different mosaic pieces using playdough and paper in the style of Gaudi.

England

 

The children have been enjoying finding out facts about England. They have learnt that England is part of the United Kingdom and what the flag looks like. They have cut pieces of paper to create the flags.

The children used a variety of skills to make buns and cucumber sandwiches for a traditional afternoon tea. 

We had a traditional afternoon tea where the children enjoyed eating their cucumber sandwiches and buns.

We looked at some of the human and physical features we would find in England.  

All the children wrote an invitation for their parents to invite them to the Jubilee Tea Party. 

Look at all the new facts we learnt about England this week. 

We love our new outdoor area!

Spring 2

English

Creating a non-fiction book

'All About Spring'

 

The children were told that they were going to write a fact book about Spring to go into our reading corner. To help them find out information about Spring they have been on a 'Spring' walk and have used different sources to find out facts about the season of Spring.

 

Once we had done this, the children worked in threes to look at different non-fiction books to work out what different features they would find in a fact book (title, sub-heading, photographs, contents page, fact sentences and diagrams). This information then helped us to write out own sentences for our fact book. 

 

 

We created a circle map at the start (when we read Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom) and the end of this project to show all the facts that we had learnt.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom

The children were excited to find a bag full of clues and a wrapped book in our classroom. We used them to try to work out what book we would be reading. We then enjoyed reading our new story. We have created some 'Spring Vocabulary Mats'. 

We listened to part of 'Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom' and we explored how Fletcher felt when he thought it was snowing using a 'Conscience Alley'. 

We read the next part of our story and the children created freeze frames of the different animals. The other children had to guess which animal that group were acting out. Can you guess which animal they are?

Little Red Riding Hood

This week, we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood using 'Talk for Writing'. We have carried out different drama activities to help us understand how Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf might be feeling in the story.  

We then wrote a thought bubble for one of these characters. We had to remember the key things we need when we are writing a sentence. 

We have enjoyed carrying out lots of drama activities to help us understand the  story 'Jack's Fantastic Adventure'. We have used the drama to help us develop our speaking skills and create stories about different adventure stories at sea. 

The children worked together to think of games that Jack and his friends would do together at the beach and then they created freeze frames. They thought that they would: catch, bat and ball, sand angels, swimming, star jumps and building sandcastles.

Art- Expressive Arts and Design 

Art - Exploring mixing colours

The children used circular lids and pots to create different marks and patterns. 

D.T.- Expressive Arts and Design

Making our Easter Cards

After we had read 'Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom', we taught the children two different joining techniques to create a blossom tree. We were very proud of our creations and were impressed when we created an orchard with our blossom trees. 

Science-Understanding the World

The children enjoyed investigating our enquiry question: Is all of a plant green? The children chose an object from the classroom and took it on our spring walk. They tried to find a part of a plant that matched the colour object they had chosen. We looked for the signs of new life that was growing and we discovered that not all parts of a plant is green.   

The children then looked at the cress seeds to see what colour, size and shape they were. Some of the children drew an observational drawing of the seeds. After that, the children then planted some cress seeds and are looking forward to seeing how they change.

We have also enjoyed observing how our frog spawn is changing. 

For World Book Day, the children made some amazing book characters using a potato. We are very proud of how they have worked at home.

 

Can you guess which characters they have made? 

Winter - Spring 1

Enrichment Activity Day and our lovely Outdoor Adventure

English

We are enjoying learning the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' story. Together, we have created a physical story map using puppets and small world toys and the teacher has shown us how to create a drawn story map.

Drama Workshop - The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Mrs Wyatt really loved our wanted posters for the Troll

We have been learning a poem about snowflakes. We have practised performing it in our groups and then performed it to our class.

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In groups, we have thought of words to describe snowflakes and used them to write our poems together.

Fletcher and the Falling Snowflake

 

We read Fletcher and the Falling Snowflake and talked about what season the story was set in. We then went on a winter walk and looked at how the environment had changed. As we went on the walk, we used a checklist to identify the different things that we had seen. It was very cold!!!

In groups, the children drew pictures to create a list of things we would need to wear in the winter. They then used their segmenting skills to try to label the pictures. As a group, we wrote a simple sentence e.g. Put on a hat.

Maths

We have been using objects to find different ways of making 6 and we have also been looking at the different ways we can make 6.

We have been using objects to find different ways of making 7 and we have also been looking at the different ways we can make 7. Some children then went on to represent 8 and 9.

The children have been using numicon tiles and objects to find the different pairs that make 6.

In Geography we went on a walk to the apple tree then used photos to make a map of the route we took.

DT - Understanding the World

The children have been creating pictures of snowmen independently. They have used a variety of resources and practised their cutting skills.

Art-Expressive Arts and Design

We have been creating winter pictures using wintery coloured paints and pom poms. Once we had finished, we cut out a photograph of ourselves and stuck it on. We also used sponges and cotton wool to make a negative space painting.

We have been tearing strips of different types of paper to create snowflakes.

The children selected different media to create a picture of a snowman.

R.E.-Knowledge of the World

 

Chinese New Year Activities

Autumn

English

The Gruffalo's Child

The children enjoyed listening to the story and thinking about the different settings within it. We focused on the setting of the cave and the snowy wood and thought about words to describe the setting.

 

It was very exciting that it snowed this week and we used the snow in the tuff tray to help the children develop their vocabulary to describe how the snow felt. 

 

The children also create a simple map using our tuff tray and puppets. We were very good a remembering the order that the Gruffalo's Child saw the animals. 

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

The children have been learning the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. They learnt the repeated refrains within the story and told the story in the correct order. The children carried out different activities based around the story.

Using mud and sticks to develop pencil control to draw Baby Bear.

Maths

The children enjoyed selecting, rotating and manipulating shapes to develop spatial reasoning skills to create different models.

We have been looking at the composition of numbers from 1 to 5. We have used different manipulatives to help us. 

We enjoyed making repeating patterns

All About Number Two

D.T.-Knowledge and Understanding and Physical Development

 

The children have been creating a special Christmas Punch for somebody in their family. They selected the different fruit and juices that they wanted to put into their punch. After they had chosen their ingredients, each child had to chop the fruit that they had chosen and pour the juice/s that they had selected. The children decorated the cup that they placed their juice in. 

 

Geography-Knowledge and Understanding

 

After we went on our Autumn walk to look at how the trees had changed in our school grounds, we went on the same route to identify man-made and natural features. We then drew what we saw onto a tree map. 

Science-Knowledge and Understanding

 

We had lots of fun when we had a visit from Sublime Science

The children have enjoyed finding out who can make the brussel sprout travel the furthest and the fastest down the cardboard tube. They tested whether making one side of the cardboard tube higher would mean the brussel sprout would go further.

We have been predicting which objects would float and sink and then we tested if the children's predictions were correct.

We went on an Autumn walk to look at the changes that have happened in Autumn. We looked closely at the trees, collected leaves and were fascinated by the dew on the grass.

RE-Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have had a go at writing some Chinese letters, making junk model and playdough dragons and paper lanterns. We have also loved playing with Chinese food in the Home Corner.

Reception have been learning about Diwali

P.E.-Physical Development

Our first two PE lessons.

Music-Expressive Arts and Design

The children have been really enjoyed learning new songs and trying to keep the pulse of the songs. During their independent learning, the children used the instruments to sing a song and keep the pulse of that song.

Art - Expressive Arts and Design 

Ice Painting

The children used frozen paints to create some amazing paintings. They enjoyed feeling how cold the ice was and how it melted in their hands to create their paintings.

For two weeks, we used different media to create firework pictures. We made some fantastic creations. 

In our first term in Autumn, we looked at the artist: Richard Long. He paints with mud and likes to make spirals and circles. 

We have been painting a picture of Baby Bear using mud just like Richard Long.