Hello and welcome to Reception 2'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.
Mrs Pentith 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
This week the whole of Early Years had a special visit from Phil at The Creepy Crawly Show. He bought so many weird and wonderful creatures for us to see. We were very brave and even held some of them! We saw a giant African land snail, a scorpion, a tenrec, a corn snake and giant cockroach! Take a look at our pictures...
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.
Every day the children come into school and there is a picture on the board. We ask the children to think of a sentence that they could write about the picture. They need to remember our 5 key things for a Fab 5 sentence;
Take a look at our amazing writing...
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 Hawaii 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...
We had such a fantastic time on our school trip to Waterside Arts Centre in Sale. The Bear by Raymond Briggs was amazing! Take a look at some of the pictures...
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!
Dental Playbox visit
We had a fantastic visit from Dental Playbox. We learnt lots about our teeth and how to look after them. We had the opportunity to take part in lots of activities such as dressing up as dentists, sorting good and bad food for our teeth and cleaning fluffy animals' 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, 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 Emperor Zurg!