Welcome to Reception RC from Miss Crispin and Mrs Jones.
On a Thursday afternoon RC class will have a PE lesson in the hall. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit including: a white t-shirt, navy shorts and pumps. Please encourage your child to practise getting dressed and undressed independently.
Every Thursday afternoon this half term RC class will be taught PE by Mr Hazel and Music by Mrs Humphries. On a Friday afternoon Mrs Sheard will teach the class.
The Reception children have all settled into their new school and are busy learning new routines and making friends. We love our guinea pigs, Spike and Humphrey and are learning how to take care and look after them.
We will be learning how to share and look after our toys and tidy away resources correctly. We will practise writing our name every day and encourage the children to be independent.
We will soon be starting our phonic lessons. There will be a Phonics Workshop for parents and carers to attend on Monday 19th of September at 2.45pm in the hall. Please return the attendance slip if you would like to join us and receive a phonics pack to help you support your child's learning at home.
Following on from learning about how to care for our guinea pigs, Spike and Humphrey, we have transformed our home corner into a vets. The children have really enjoyed exploring this area and looking after their poorly pets. We made animal masks so the children could pretend to be animals in the vets too. In the water area the children have been washing muddy dogs and seeing how many they can wash before the time runs out and recording their scores on a score board. They also really enjoyed running a pet shop and delivering milk shakes outside.
This week RC class loved visiting the woods. We looked for signs of Autumn and collected leaves, sticks and pine cones. We used magnifying glasses to explore our collection more carefully and drew what we saw. We have started learning about hedgehogs and hibernation.
This week we have been to the woods again. We learned about trees and took some fantastic bark rubbings. We have been reading 'Owl Babies' and learning about nocturnal animals. We worked in teams to make some nests for our owls from sticks we found in the woods. The children did some fantastic Autumn inspired artwork this week too using watercolours and we even tried painting with sticks instead of paint brushes.
Well done to the children for performing really well in our Harvest Festival on Tuesday. Thank you for all their kind donations to Bradford Food Bank.
This week we have been learning about where our food comes from and we have read the story of The Little Red Hen. In the water tray we have been sorting and counting vegetables to make soup and exploring capacity too. We changed our role play area into a farm shop and the children wrote some excellent labels for the produce and prices. We have continued to work really hard on our name writing and letter formation.
Happy half term and well done to all the Reception children for doing so well during your first half term at school! All the staff in Reception are very proud of you all.
On Monday we learned all about Diwali and made some fantastic diva lamps.
For the rest of the week we have been reading Room on the Broom and have been practising counting by making potions and even writing some of our own. We made our role play area into a potion shop and the children designed the potion bottles to sell. We have been looking at rhyming words this week too.
We have really enjoyed our firework themed PE lesson this week and have made some amazing rocket models and had a go at writing the sounds fireworks make.
On Wednesday we had an amazing time working together to build snowmen and playing in the snow. Some children did some great writing about the fun they had in the snow.
We have learned about Remembrance Day and made poppies to wear in our special Remembrance Day assembly. All the children showed a great deal of respect to the brave soldiers during the 2 minute silence and in class discussions.
This week RC Class had a visit from the Big Bad Wolf. He huffed and he puffed and he blew down our dolls house! He left claw prints on our window too. We have done some fantastic writing making signs and 'wanted' posters to find him. We found clues and a letter in the woods and found out that he is really a good wolf!
We have also learned about road safety and have helped make a fantastic baked mural to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you to Sally Sandwich for organising and helping us to bake this masterpiece!
We have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been making the perfect porridge for the bears by working out the number problems. We have tried our own porridge to see what we like and made a graph to show the results. We have had a lot of fun constructing a new chair for baby bear too.
We have done lots of work on 'We' re Going on a Bear Hunt' this week. We sequenced and retold the story, made some amazing dens outside and practised writing and letter formation in the 'thick, oozy' mud.
An elf called Snowflake arrived in our classroom with a letter from Santa. The children have been doing some fantastic learning so Snowflake can report back to Santa. Our Role Play Area has become an elves workshop and the children have been designing toys and wrapping presents. We have explored weight this week, weighing presents. We found out that the smallest item is not always the lightest!
The children did an amazing Nativity performance for their parents, carers and families. They all did an amazing job and we are very proud of them and all the hard work they put in. Well done!
The children have really enjoyed doing lots of Christmas activities this week. We have made lovely Christmas cards, decorations and even a gingerbread house. The children had an amazing time at our Christmas party. Thank you for all the food you brought in. We enjoyed our school Christmas lunch too.
We hope you have a lovely holiday. Happy Christmas!
Happy New Year!
This week we have read Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We enjoyed making our own stick men and drawing and writing about our own families.
Just a reminder that our PE is now on Thursday again for this half term.
The children have worked hard this week retelling the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They have created their own trolls with junk modelling materials, paint and using the interactive white board. They have worked really hard acting out and retelling the story.
The children were set a challenge to make a bridge from lolly sticks and play dough which supported the weight of a toy animal. I was really impressed by the inventive ideas they came up with and their persistence when the bridges kept falling down. The result of their hard work was some amazing bridges that the Billy Goats could use the cross the river safely.
We found a tiny door had appeared in our classroom and we think the Trolls (from the new film) live behind it. We have been making ice creams in the sand and mud kitchen for the Burgen Monsters to eat instead of eating the trolls. We have used our counting skills to follow the recipes. The children have been learning addition through Troll related activities and have been practising colour mixing to dye Poppy Troll's hair. The children have loved our new hairdressers role play area too.
We have been learning about Antarctica and Frozen this week. We have used the internet to find out about Polar animals and written our own information book about them for our book shelf. We have enjoyed retelling the Frozen story using puppets and our small world castle. We have transformed our Role Play Area into a science lab and have been learning about what Antarctic scientists do.
We received a mysterious box this week that was addressed to Antarctica. We looked inside for clues as to who it belongs to. We found a toy seal, a compass, photos of Antarctic scientists and other scientific equipment. We emailed the owner, Sheldon, and found out he is a scientist in Antarctica and have been asking him questions about his life in Antarctica, what he does and how he lives. We have learned about how things are sent in the post and tried to learn our own addresses.
We have done lots of work on shapes this week and have been building fantastic castles for Elsa and Anna from 3D shapes. We measured out a Blue Whale on the playground to see just how big it is (30 metres!).
This week we pretended we were in Antarctica and wrote post cards home to our parents and friends. The post cards were so amazing that Mrs Poole gave the class a Special Mention certificate. Well Done RC Class!
We discussed what items we should take on an Antarctic expedition and have used Numicon to work out what we should take in some very tricky maths problem solving.
We also found that Elsa had frozen her friends. We became real scientists and thought of how we could melt the ice the quickest to free them. We tested our ideas and discovered that submerging the ice in hot water melted the ice quicker than putting it in salt, sand or by the light. The children were really excited and I think we have some budding scientists in RC Class.
We have learned all about Chinese New Year this week. We found China on the globe and learned about how the festival is celebrated. The children have enjoyed playing in the Chinese Restaurant Role Play Area, building the Great Wall of China and Pagodas and learning how to use chopsticks to move pom poms, competing against each other to move the most before the timer ran out. We also learned how to subtract by eating prawn crackers!
We have continued learning about Chinese New Year. We learned about the story of The Great Race and ordered the animals and did some brilliant writing. We debated whether the rat won the race fairly or not! We made a giant dragon head and used it to do Dragon Dances around the school which we filmed to show our parents. We added flags and musical instruments to our dance and performed it for our parents. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Have a fun half term!
This week we have learned about Lent and Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day. We made our own pancakes and tried different toppings. We talked about which toppings were a healthier choice. The children then ordered the pancake recipe and wrote the instructions. They have designed different pancake toppings too. We practised subtraction using tiny pancakes and enjoyed reading Mr Wolf's Pancakes too. The children enjoyed reading words written on pancakes then flipping the pancakes if they read the word correctly too.
The children loved dressing up for World Book Day and talking about their favourite books.
Just a reminder that PE is now on a Monday again.
Following the children's interest in the police we have started learning about different people who help us. We were lucky enough to have a real paramedic and a real ecologist come in to talk to us about their jobs. All the children listened really carefully and asked some fantastic questions.
The children have enjoyed taking finger prints in our new police station role play area and have been practising subtraction by letting people escape from jail! We have read Burglar Bill and talked about whether stealing is right or wrong. We have learned about how to call the emergency services by phoning 999.
This week has been Science Week. We have been learning about floating and sinking and have investigated which objects float and sink and the children have tried to think of reasons why this might happen. We used our new knowledge to make a life boat Fireman Sam and his team. We tested our boats to see if they floated and had a boat race.
We have carried on learning about people who help us. We have met a policeman, a nurse and a dental nurse this week and learned all about their jobs.
We have learned about how to brush our teeth and which foods are good and bad for our teeth and our health. We have made medicines and written about what illnesses they cure too.
This week we have been preparing for our special Mother's Day event. We have designed and prepared special drinks, baked scones and learned a song. We used this to learn about capacity, counting in 2s and halves too. We have made some lovely Mother's Day cards and tried really hard to write inside them. We have made some special videos on the iPad to show our mummies. We hope you really enjoyed our Mother's Day tea party event on Friday, thank you for coming.
This week we also had a visit from a tortoise, Donatello. We enjoyed learning about him, finding out facts about tortoises on the internet, doing observational drawings of him and caring for him. We have been sharing pizzas between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too.
We have been learning about charities and Red Nose Day too. Thank you for your kind donations.
31/3/17 and 7/4/17
For the past 2 weeks we have been learning about Spring and Easter. We have been making repeating patterns on Easter eggs, weighing different eggs and trying to balance the scales and sharing chicks and eggs too. We have learned about why Christians celebrate Easter.
We have really enjoyed looking for signs of Spring in the woods and around our outdoor area and we have used iPads and cameras to take photos of them. We have also planted onions and we cannot wait to watch them grow. The children did some fabulous art work based on the things they saw too.
The children have done some amazing writing in provision and are trying to become more independent when writing. Everyone has been trying really hard to be chosen as 'Writer of the Day' and Mrs Jones and I have been so impressed by the writing all the children have produced.
We also want to say a huge thank you to 4L who have been learning about hand washing and passed on all their knowledge to us using presentations, puppet shows and demonstrations. We learned a lot!
Have a lovely Easter holiday!
The Evil Pea from the Supertato book has moved into our classroom. He has been causing havoc! He tied up Robbie Rabbit with toilet roll and also kidnapped him and hid him in the woods! The children have designed and made lots of traps to catch the Evil Pea and making 'wanted' posters to find him. The children have written lots of letters to him to tell him to stop being so naughty The children have been learning to double and have doubled Supertato's food to make him super strong. They have been estimating and doubling Evil Peas too. We have also enjoyed making Evil Pea soup too!