Autumn 2 Term Learning - 2017

In Reception this half term we changed our hospital role play into a post office so that the children could practise sending letters using their newly learnt phonics sounds. They are starting to write simple cvc words and posted letters to mum or dad. Most popular has been making the postman’s van using the large construction bricks. There have been so many different designs for vans and the children have managed to work together to let everyone have a seat and taken turns to drive. The Reception children have also been practising their phonics by playing being the teacher and testing each other on their sounds.

In maths, Reception children count to 20 and back. They had a go using plasticine to make different numbers and are working on simple addition and subtraction. Some children experimented mixing different ingredients together and watching what happened. Since cocoa powder was one of the ingredients they decided they were making hot chocolate.

For International day everyone had a go hunting for flags from around the world. They ate humous and pitta bread for snack and made some very stripy necklaces.

We are now practising for our Nativity Play, which also inspires impromptu singing and performing during child initiated play.

Autumn 1 Term Learning - 2017

In Reception this half term we have been learning about Autumn. We have gone on Autumn walks and found different leaves, seeds and noticed the changing colours. The children explored the different scents and textures of herbs. In Maths we have used natural objects for counting and making number lines, and also for making pictures. The children have also made lots of repeating patterns using different resources.

We have started learning our speed sounds in phonics. We also learnt The Enormous Turnip rap and wondered what the mysterious object was that appeared in our flowerbed. We sang the Enormous Turnip rap to try to pull it out and at the end showed everyone our big muscles. The children also compared root vegetables and made a delicious soup from them.

The children are also learning how to use the art resources more independently, including writing their names on their pictures.

Summer 2 Term Learning - 2018

This half term started with Art Week. The children learnt how to make felt poppies from wool by teasing out the wool, washing it and patting it back together to make it into flower shapes. 

We have also watched tiny caterpillars grow, spin their cocoons and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. We wrote about their life cycle and made observational drawings. They inspired some symmetrical butterfly paintings. The children have also used a computer programme to explore making symmetrical patterns. Later some boys made the foundations to their “Tree house” in the shape of a butterfly.

The children have been making use of the bean wigwam that was made from the beans they planted last term. They enjoy sitting and writing in it and have noticed that caterpillars have been making holes in some of the leaves.

In Literacy the children retold The Gingerbread Man using Talk for Writing. They drew story maps and wrote the story. They changed some of the characters and also used the puppets in their child initiated play. They learnt all the words of the traditional tale and some songs for a performance in their Celebration Assembly. The children worked out how to make a strong bridge for the Gingerbread Man using different resources so that next time he could cross the river safely.

In Maths we have consolidated adding and subtracting numbers and learning about 2d and 3d shapes. Outside we have been playing adding games using beanbags and hoops and the children have been encouraged to apply their adding skills to keep score.

Our RE topic has been “Our Church.” The children went to St Teresa’s Church and discussed the importance of the different things they saw. We made a role play church in the classroom and many children play at being Fr Dominic and saying the Mass.

Summer 1 Term Learning - 2018

This term our topic is Water. We have a new water wall and pipes. Reception children planned how to arrange the pipes on the wall. They have tested different arrangements and used pipes to see how far down the playground they could make the water travel, starting at the water wall and fixing different pipes together. There were many leaks that needed fixing! 

Following on from Jack and the Beanstalk, many children brought back their bean plants and we transplanted them into planters in the playground. They are growing taller and stronger each day. They have been well watered and have miraculously escaped being eaten by the snails. Some snails were collected and brought into the classroom and provided a morning of excitement as the children held them and let them walk around. We raced them to see which snail would come first and the children were fascinated by the slimy trails. Some have started writing little books.

In Literacy we have been doing Talk for Writing, retelling the story of the Little Red Hen. After lots of retelling with actions the children have drawn story maps and are set to have a go writing the story. We have planted a selection of grain and grass seeds to see which will grow as many children are very interested in collecting grass that has gone to seed as it looks like wheat from the story. In Maths we continue to practise counting on and have also done many activities with shape. 

The children have learnt about the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost in RE.  Some planned a response to the stories using junk modelling. We are practising throwing, catching and balancing using beanbags in PE.

Spring 2 Term Learning - 2018

This half term, part of Reception learning was about Winter. This year the children have been able to experience the properties of snow. They were very inventive and found how patterns could be made in the snow by filling the crates to make lots of squares, or sweeping it up into piles.

They also did lots of paper craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year and learnt about the story of how each year is named after a different animal.

The children have done lots of measuring. They used spring balances to weigh different objects and used non standard measures like marbles to compare weights. The children also were very interested in drawing around their shoes and measuring them using cubes. Some children designed different shoes, and strangely a few pairs of very large shoes were found in our classroom.

The children have done lots of storytelling, including the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Jack and the Beanstalk. Everyone has been having a go writing sentences. All the children are also learning how to access the art equipment more independently and have been doing lots of painting and model making.

Spring 1 Term Learning - 2018

The learning in Reception this Spring term started with Aladdin since the children watched the pantomime at school. We used props and dressing up to retell the story and made story maps, using talk for writing to tell the main story. Many children liked acting out what happened when you rubbed the lamp. Different characters appeared from a superhero genie to a wicked witch.  The big bricks were used as a stage but also turned into a cinema. They made tickets to buy and shared out money. The children drew their favourite films and talked about them to an audience who were eating pretend popcorn.

We have done lots of work in Maths using 10 frames to visually represent the numbers 10-20. We use different objects from shells and cubes to marshmallows. They have done addition to 10. We have also been estimating how many objects in a handful and finding one more and one less from different numbers. The children have compared 2 and 3 d shapes, making 2 d shapes from lolly sticks and 3 d shapes from cocktail sticks and play dough.

We read Lost and Found to start our topic on animals from cold climates, found out about penguins and have been investigating ice. The children have also very much enjoyed mixing coloured water to make different colours. This used both their fine motor skills using the pipettes and also their imagination as many of the concoctions turned into magic potions.

In RE they are learning about the life of Jesus and are also starting to learn the Lord’s Prayer.