On Monday we all put on our waterproof clothing and wellies and went for a colour walk around school. We had to find all the colours in the rainbow and then come back to Nursery. The children really enjoyed the activity and worked together in small groups to complete the colour challenge. We found other objects too and brought them back to Nursery including; a feather, a pine cone and a smooth pebble.
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This week in Reception we have started to learn our letter sounds and how to write them. We have enjoyed lots of fun activities to help us to remember the letter sounds s, a, t and p.
First we made sandwiches. Not only did this link to our letter sound, ‘s’, but it also helped us develop our communication and language skills of following instructions and our physical development skills and we had to handle the knife effectively to spread the butter on the bread. We did a great job and enjoyed our sandwiches and snack time!
Next we decided to link our next letter sound to the Expressive Art and Design and Maths areas of learning as we made apple print pattern pictures with paint! We enjoyed getting very messy and had lots of fun!
On Wednesday we went on the tyre park and trim trail as we explored the letter ‘t’. This helped us to practise our physical skills, such as climbing, balancing and jumping and also made us think critically about the best ways to do things. The children were very determined and although things may have seemed difficult at first, they never gave up. I think they have been listening to our motto for Reception. We encourage the children never to say they can’t do something, instead, we like them to say that they can’t do it, YET!
On Thursday we made pizzas. Again to develop our listening skills but to also to incorporate our Understanding of the World area of learning. We talked about how the pizza would change once it had been in the oven and the children had some great answers, such as ‘The cheese will melt and spread out’ and ‘The dough will go hard and crusty’. The children really enjoyed making, and eating their pizzas and I think we have a few chefs in the making!
We ended our week on Friday with our Reception Open Morning. Parents and Grandparents joined us to see how the children had settled into school life and to spend some time with their children in their classroom environment. We played a game of corners with the letter sounds we had been learning and practised our skipping, jumping, hopping and walking backwards which we had also worked on in PE this week. We then went into class to play a segmenting and blending game and then the children had some planning time with their special visitors.
What a super busy week we have had this week. Lots of learning and fun, just the way we like it!
It has been another very busy week in Reception! On Monday, we started our new topic of ‘Superheroes’. Our text for this week was ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra which tells the story of a super potato, who saves his vegetable friends from an evil pea who has escaped from the freezer. This story was to be the basis of other activities through the week.
Tuesday, was of course, Shrove Tuesday and so the children worked in groups with Mrs Pearson and Miss Doran to make pancakes. Firstly, the children learned about why ‘pancake day’ got its name and how this linked to the church’s season of Lent. A brilliant time was had by all as the children even tried flipping the pancakes and doing a brilliant job and therefor they were rewarded by eating their pancakes topped with Nutella!
Mass followed for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The children were impeccably behaved as they listened carefully about learning to be a better person during Lent, and getting into a habit of being good and more like Jesus. It was a lovely service and has been followed up in class and at home by the sending of Lenten bags.
On Thursday, whilst we were all celebrating World Book Day, and dressed in our amazing costumes, the children received a letter from Supertato himself. It asked them if they could possibly make their own supertato to protect the vegetables, whilst the real Supertato was away in a different country. Of course, the children obliged and made their own characters. Don’t they look fantastic?
Also on World Book Day, some of the children designed their own book covers and enjoyed sharing books with their friends. In return for dressing up as a character, many of the children brought in a book for our school library. What wonderfully generous children we have here at St Joseph’s! Reception also enjoyed a visit from Ms Armstrong who read a story called … and Mrs Seagrove who also came to read our final story of the day, dressed as Mr Bear from ‘Peace at Last’, in her pyjamas and slippers!
The story of ‘Supertato’ also gave two of our boys and idea to make a ‘pea hunt’ using Digimaps to plan their activity. Dylan and Aidan firstly drew their own map of the school and positioned peas in the different places. They then asked for a ‘proper’ map to transfer their drawings on to. I thought this was a fantastic idea and a way of developing our knowledge of our surrounding area as well as developing our positional language skills. Great work boys and most definitely a job for your classmates next week!
What a first week back! Full of learning and fun, just the way we like it!
This week in Reception we have been reading the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. In the story, the goats wanted to eat the fresh, green grass from across the bridge but were confronted by a nasty, selfish Troll! The children have produced some lovely writing, using the adjectives they came up with to describe the Troll and have also enjoyed role playing the story together.
As a further link to our story, we decided to grow some fresh, green grass for the goats but decided to investigate what we needed for grass to grow green and healthy. The children predicted light and water would be needed and together we planned an investigation to find out if they were right. We decided to put two trays of grass in the cupboard and two on the window sill. We would then water one of the trays in the cupboard and one of the trays on the window sill, leaving the others without water. The children predicted that the tray with no light and water would not grow at all and the one on the window sill, that had been watered, would grow the most.
We will observe what happens next week. I wonder if our predictions will be right?
In Reception, this week, we have been looking at changes in our environment. Back in Autumn, we enjoyed looking at the trees in our surrounding area and how the leaves had fallen off and were many different colours.
Now we are in Winter, we have noticed that the trees around school are completely bare. We decided that this could be a focus for some art work for our classroom. The children noticed that the branches of the trees at the top of the bark were quite thick, but began to get thinner as they went up. We also talked about how some of the trees were taller or shorter than others and about the different parts of the trees.
We made our pictures using the 2Simple program. The children needed to be able to select the fill tool to create the background and then change the size of the pen tool to create branches of different widths.
The children then used the spray tool to create a frosted effect on the branches to finish off their pictures. I hope you will agree they look very effective and that mouse control in Reception is definitely improving!
On Wednesday afternoon, Reception were very surprised to find a letter from ‘The Gingerbread Man’ on their return to class after lunch! He was asking if the children could help to make him some waterproof clothes, just in case he had to cross a river, just like in the story they had read.
We firstly discussed what the children understood by the term ‘waterproof’ and gained an excellent answer that, ‘It stops water getting through’.
We then did a virtual experiment, testing different objects/materials to see if they were waterproof, using BBC Bitesize. These included a pan, a wooden chopping board, a scarf and a plastic bag. The children made predictions and loved finding out whether they were right or wrong!
Again, some excellent answers were given with the children saying that the sugar cube would dissolve in water and the newspaper would go soggy and then fall apart.
The children then decided that in order to make some clothes for ‘The Gingerbread Man’ they first needed to test them so we wrapped the Gingerbread Man and other toys in the different materials and then put them into our water tray to see if they got wet.
We found out that the plastic bag and the tin foil were waterproof, but the tissue paper, paper envelope and fabric bag left our toys very soggy!
We loved testing our predictions and are looking forward to making waterproof clothes for ‘The Gingerbread Man’.