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Spring 1 Term learning -2019

We started our topic this half term with Winter. We looked at what happens in Winter and how important it is to keep warm. The children were interested in why it rained or snowed so we talked about how it rains and did an experiment about clouds using shaving foam and food colouring. We also did experiments with ice, timing how long it takes to melt in hot or cold water. We froze lots of water and the weather also helped us with our ice experiments. The children tried melting the ice using hot coloured water, bashing it and using salt. They watched the changes. They also collected ice to make pretend drinks and decided to see if it took longer for the ice to melt inside or outside. We then found out about Arctic animals and made a role play area with a ship, initially to find Santa in the North Pole but also to go on other expeditions. They are very interested in looking at the globe to find out where places are. We read lots of different books about snow and polar animals. The children also made collages about the snow.

The children are making great progress with their phonics. We set up a little museum so that they could keep their models from the magnetic shapes and lego. They wrote labels for their models so that they would be kept in the museum and we saved all the writing in the “Museum Catalogue.” We had a role play school where they were keen to teach each other phonics and read stories. This has now changed to an office and the children went to talk to the office staff about working in an office. They enjoyed writing letters and cards to each other.

In Maths we have focused on counting on and finding one or two more from any given number. They have played many dice games with two dice. They order numbers to 10 and 20. We are now adding and subtracting numbers that make 10. We use tallying on many occasions as a way of recording numbers and the children have started tallying how many children have the different lunch options each day. They also started learning how to tell the time to o’clock. They sequenced their day and timed how long it took to do different activities.

In RE the children are learning about the life of Jesus as a young boy and also as he grew up. We make links with PSED about helping other people and staying safe, including online safety and first aid.

Autumn 2 Term learning -2018

This term in Reception we have read “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” as our Talk for Writing story. The children retold the story using actions and painted pictures of the different characters. They also experimented with bridge designs using different construction materials to make a new bridge for the goats.

The children made beautiful paintings of poppies as a response to the book “Where the Poppies now Grow.” They learnt that the poppies are for remembering soldiers who died during the First World War.

In phonics they have learnt many more sounds and are gaining confidence reading and writing CVC words. Our role play area became Santa’s workshop to encourage independent writing. The children wrote letters to Santa with lists of the toys they would like for Christmas. They put them into envelopes with stamps and posted them in the post box.  They played being elves and wrapping presents to go into the sacks. They also had a phonics game, reading the words on the presents and sorting them. The children wrote Christmas cards to each other and measured out Reindeer food. This extended out to imaginative play outside, pretending that the climbing equipment was a sleigh and the children became reindeer.

In maths we have been concentrating on the fiveness of five and the sixness of six - doing adding and subtracting with these numbers. We have used many different practical activities to develop number sense. The children did a problem solving activity to find as many different ways as possible to make different shapes and patterns using four lolly sticks and drew their result. We are also finding ways to record numbers using pictures, tallying and writing numerals. We did a bauble hunt where the children could choose how to record how many baubles they could find. We count to 20 and order numbers to 20. The children use construction, especially the large outdoor crates and the magnetic shapes, to make many very imaginative designs and are encouraged to draw what they have made.

This half term we learnt about Advent and getting ready for the birth of Baby Jesus. The children rehearsed and performed their Nativity Play, singing all the songs and learning lines. They became very familiar with the story of Christmas and why we celebrate it.

Autumn 1 Term learning -2018

This half term in Reception, everyone has been making new friends and learning the routines and expectations of being in Reception. The children have been engaged in lots of imaginative play which greatly helps with their social skills, communication and language. We set up a role play doctor’s area where children took turns being the doctor or the patient. They made appointments for each other to see the doctor and wrote prescriptions for medicine.

Outside the children have enjoyed using the open ended resources in the construction area. They have made houses with beds and moved planks and crates under the tent to make a living room with sofas. The mud kitchen has been very popular. Children make a wide variety of food, pretending it is a McDonald’s drive thru one day or a take away pizza restaurant the next. The children decided to make pizzas using natural materials as toppings e.g. conkers, twigs, bark for ham and put them in pizza ovens made from the big bricks. We will be going to MOD Pizza to enrich this learning.

In Phonics the children have started learning sounds and blending and segmenting them for reading and writing. In Literacy we retold the story of The Enormous Turnip using Talk for Writing. We changed the characters and the children drew their own story maps where, instead of pulling up a turnip, the characters dug for treasure.

We have been doing lots of Active Maths games outdoors, matching shapes, numbers and objects. The children have practised counting different numbers of objects to match dice pattern and numerals. Many children have had lots of fun using the art area independently and experimenting with mixing colours.