Hello and welcome to Reception 1's page
We use this page to let you know what and how we have been learning through newsletters and pictures. We also put letters at the bottom of the page, so please check back regularly.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Miss Bailey and Mrs Dixon
Elves and Fairies
We couldn’t believe it when we came into the classroom to find a magic fairy door last week! We found a letter from the fairies telling us that they had visited our classroom. We decided to write some messages and questions to the fairies and we also looked for information on the internet and in books. After hearing that their houses had fallen down in a storm we decided to help the elves and fairies by making our own fairy houses. We used lots of different natural materials to build our ‘fairy village’ on the field. Make sure you go and have a look!
Rhythm and Beats
The children enjoyed experimenting with rhythms. We created different clapping rhythms and copied each other. Then Mrs Pentith played us a song with two very strong beats. We loved it so much that we worked together to recreate it. Can you tell what it is?
The chidren were so inspired when they found a secret door and an old set of keys. They had to use their imagination to unlock the door and be transported to a special place. We decided to create our special place from a box and craft materials. We then created a story map of the key things that would happen on our adventure. The children then used their story map to create amazing and very individual stories.
The children loved sharing them with all of you...
The Creepy Crawly Show:
We loved our visit from the 'Bug Man' on Thursday and were all brave enough to touch at least one creature. We had look at a spider, a scorpion, a tenrech, a giant land snail, a giant cockraoch, a tarantula and a corn snake and found out lots of interesting facts! Have a look at the photos...
Thank you to all of the parents who came to our Phonics meeting. It was great to see you having a go at the activities and talking about phonemes, graphemes and digraphs! Below are some of the activities that hopefully inspired you to do phonics at home...
We completed a variety of Easter themed activities including Easter rocky road, stained glass eggs, colouring pages, natural egg patterns and printing with potatoes.
We then learnt about capacity, using what else...eggs! We had lots of fun predicting how many eggs we needed to crack and then testing it out. What a great way to end the term.
We loved our new story about the mole who woke up to find a poo on his head! After some detective work and a few very entertaining experiments we were able to match each animal from the story with their "poo." We couldn't believe it when we received a letter from the mole asking for our help and we have really enjoyed writing our own letters and labels as well as exploring different types of "poo" in the messy tray. We have created a suspect board and will let you know as soon as we discover "who did it?"
World Book Day
We were so excited to dress up as our favourite book characters and spend a fun-filled day (or week!) in school:
Reading and writing a variety of stories and poems,
Creating poems with Matt Goodfellow; a real poet,
Listening to an author read her book and...
Mixing with children in the juniors to share stories.
Here are some photos of what we got up to...
We had a visit from Matt who looks after fish and other creatures from the ocean. He talked to us about the different fish, where they live and what they eat. We were so brave and held different starfish including a chocolate chip, red, green brittle and a baked bean starfish! We also saw Mrs Pentith’s favourite fish; a puffer fish. One of our favourite things was a baby shark growing in a mermaids purse. Some of us even overcame our fears by holding slimy sea slugs. Why not have a look at our pictures...
Design and Technology Day
We couldn't believe it when we received a letter in a bottle from Moana asking us to build a boat so she could sail to find Maui! We were so excited, we set to work straight away. We researched boats using books and the internet and split up into groups to draw out our designs. Then we set to work making a boat using the materials we had been sent. We came up with some brilliant ideas and created 4 amazing boats. We then had a great time testing the boats in the water to see if they could float, move and carry Moana. We found that the boat built of wood was the best. Have a look at the amazing work we did!...
Where in the World?
We were so excited to receive emails and messages from Miss Keaveny (the nursery teacher who taught many of the children last year) who is travelling round America! We spoke to her via Skype and heard all about the place where she was staying at the time- New Orleans!
We realised that Tiana from 'Princess and the Frog' is also from New Orleans in America so we watched a few clips and decided to learn about New Orleans from the internet, books, photos etc. We particularly loved tasting beignets and gumbo and listening to jazz music.
As the children were so enthusiastic we decided to learn about some other places through Disney characters from different parts of the world e.g. Belle (Beauty and the beast) who lives in France and Moana who lives near Howaai in the Polynesian islands.
We also talked lots about where we live and looked at a world map to discover where in the world these places were found.
Have a look at some photos of what we have been doing...
How could we save Olaf?!
We couldn't believe it today when we found out that Elsa had accidentally frozen Olaf in a block of ice! We all had some exciting discussions to work out how to solve this problem and thought hard about how to melt the ice to release him.
We came up with lots of different ideas and tried them all out to see which methods worked the best. We used a hot water bottle, a hot drink and a hair dryer to warm him up until finally the hot drink melted the ice and released Olaf! Have a look at what we got up to...
Moz the Monster:
We have been so excited about Moz the monster since seeing the latest John Lewis advert. We have been thinking hard about what makes him a good friend, what he is like, where he might be from and have done lots of exciting activities linked to Moz! When we tweeted our activities online we even got a reply from Moz himself who wrote us a letter! Since then we have been excited to write our own letters to Moz, make pictures, play dough Moz's and even create homes for him. Have a look at what we have been getting up to...
Children In Need Day
We have had a fantastic day raising money for Children In Need. We all dressed in lots of different colours and brought in some money for those children who need our help. We thought about how lots of children do not have enough money or may be poorly and need our help and we took part in lots of fun Pudsey activities too. Have a look at some of the things we have been doing...
Most of us went to see some fireworks on Bonfire Night and so we have been very excited to share our experiences with our friends and teachers. We have made the most of the children's enthusiasm and have been reading and writing words for the firework sounds we heard, counting down from 10 fireworks, painting fireworks, making play dough fireworks and much more! Have a look at some photos below...
Our Outdoor Area
We are working hard to develop our outdoor area and the children have provided us with some fantastic ideas. We have added pipes and tubes to the water area, which has already encouraged the children to challenge themselves. We have created a natural maths area with a range of numbers, collecting and sorting opportunities. We have also created a small world area so the children can develop their imagination by acting out stories with characters. Have a look at the pictures to see how much the children are enjoying the new additions.
We had lots of fun learning all about germs. We discovered that germs are there even though they are really hard to see. So we pretended that paint was germs to see how far they spread. You will not believe where they ended up!
We had a fun-filled visit from Dental Playbox this week where we had the opportunity to take part in lots of activities and experiences which taught us about how to look after our teeth. We even got to take home a new tooth brush and tooth paste! Here are some pictures of our exciting visit...
All About Me!
Over the last few weeks we have been thinking about ourselves, our families and our bodies. We have had fantastic fun:
-Making knock, knock books of our families
-Labelling our families
-Exploring the Funnybones stories and creating our own version
-Discussing ourselves and our feelings and much more!
We have also been very excited to explore our senses through Mr Potato Head and have enjoyed some fun sensory experiences such as spice painting, feely trays, smelly play dough, observational drawing etc. We even had to use our senses to rescue Mr Potato Head from the Evil Emporer Zerg!
Have a look at what we have been getting up to...
This week we have been thinking about birthdays and how we celebrate. We were very excited to realise that it was Barnaby and Rosie bear's birthday this week (our Reception class bears) and so we decided to begin preparations for a birthday party for them. We have been writing cards, invitations, gift labels, shopping lists for party food, making decorations, exploring cake ingredients and much more! Here are some photos of what we have been getting up to...
Pirate Day fun!
We have been having a fantastic Pirate week so far and were really impressed with the children's amazing costumes for 'Talk like a pirate' day. We have been enjoying so many swashbuckling adventures and activities that we just had to share some pictures with you. We have been on treasure hunts, counted and sorted treasure, read lots of pirate stories, made pirate ship jellies and treasure maps and much, much more. Have a look and see...