Welcome to our Reception page!
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Reception all helped to make pancakes today. Children could choose to have some sliced banana or lemon juice on their pancake. Here is some of the children's comments:
"I love Pancake day!"
"I like breaking the eggs and mixing it altogether."
"Mummy says Daddy eats far too many of these."
A few sneak peeks at what we got up to during today's P.E lesson using the apparatus.
As part of today's Victorian day, children participated in lessons which children during the Victorian times would have experienced. Lessons varied from hand writing lessons using chalks, still life drawing, P.E gym circuits, practising times tables by rote and chanting rhymes.
We started the day off with an assembly and recited a poem by Lewis Carroll about a crocodile. Miss Grigg went through what it was like to go to a Victorian school.
Our first lesson we did some arithmetic. We looked at the pictures of coins and discussed what similarities/differences children could identify. The children had to stick them to a sheet of paper and label what coins they were e.g. half penny; farthing, sixpence.
During our art lesson, children were given a picture of an eagle. Children were asked to look at the fine details in the picture and have a go at drawing their own using just the picture for prompts.
During playtime children were organised so that they played traditional games such as hopscotch, or made up their own games using limited wooden equipment.
We decided that we didn't want to eat gruel today, so we opted for spaghetti Bolognese.
The children participated in a hand writing lesson where they practised forming their letter formations correctly. Throughout the course of the session children's boards were checked so that they didn't have chalk dust all over their work.
Children participated in regular nail inspections. The children were expected to stand behind their chairs and sit in rows of girls and boys.
It was a very fun filled day!
Thank you to all parents for supporting us and providing your children with such wonderful costumes.
The children in Reception love to be able to explore their learning environment without adults directing or leading their learning. This mornings activities varied from children asking to mark make using paint and the giant rolls of paper to water play. Children were fully immersed in their chosen direction of play and wanted to explore further.
The adults work alongside children to facilitate their chosen activities, to build in learning opportunities to their play and to support children to move forward in their learning. An example of this might be a child who is naturally quite shy gaining confidence to become involved with an activity previously they were reluctant to explore. For example, building an assault course which has evolved in its design to travel around using their balance. This child is building in confidence to take calculated risks which are safely managed in a high quality learning environment. Everyday children ask for different activities. These choices can be influenced by their preferred areas of learning, personal interests or experiences.
This morning we went on a welly walk. We popped on our wellies and wrapped up warm.
We arrived at the wildlife area and listened to our strict instructions about keeping ourselves safe. We had to remember to stay away from the pond area which was being managed by an adult. We spoke about what might live in a pond and the children came up with many ideas including frogs, tadpoles, water snakes and fish. We looked at how the pond had so many leaves in it and considered the possible reasons why.
We used our minibeast identification sheet to help us remember what to look for. The children were thrilled to find slugs eggs, beetles, bird nests, ants, worms and centipedes. Some children were brave enough to hold them.
In the pond area we found some mushrooms and spoke about how we never touch them.
We ran up and down the mud hills and climbed some trees. We found some soil which had been dug up. We had a guess at which animal might dig the soil searching for food. Children eventually, after much discussion thought it might be a rabbit.
Some children found some old bird houses which had fallen out of the trees. Children wanted to find out if anything was still inside even though they had fallen on the floor. The bravely picked it up and peeked inside. We decided to try to find somewhere else for them to go. We knew that birds like to live high in the trees.
When we returned to class we washed our hands, took our wellies off and had some snack.
Just a little sneak peek behind the scenes at our nativity rehearsals.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their penguin experience at Colchester zoo. We learnt all about where penguins come from, why they can't fly, how heavy they are, what the eat and enjoyed meeting Father Christmas. Children all had their photographs taken with father Christmas and thanked him for their gift. We visited many animal enclosures for example, the sealions, meerkats, lions, elephants, sun bears. We also saw butterfly eggs and caterpillars as we walked through the butterfly house. After lunch we walked around the zoo to see what animals we could find using our 'spotting sheets.' What an amazing day!!!
Children love to go on our weekly welly walks down to the nature area on the school field. Children used this time to go on mini-beast hunts looking for all kinds of creepy crawlies. Children used their identification sheets to find out which insects they had found. We discussed number of legs, wings and body parts. The children climbed trees and made dens alongside their friends using whatever resources they could find.
"I love hunting for the sticky worms!"
Children in reception have been learning their phase two letter sounds. Children are encouraged to apply this knowledge when reading and writing. We use Jolly Phonics actions and songs to help children to remember the sounds. This supports children to recall the letter sounds through providing an action prompt. The children have thoroughly enjoyed applying their phonic knowledge when playing phonic games on the class interactive whiteboard. Everyday a child is awarded the class phonics trophy to take home for the evening. This allows children to share their success with their adults at home.
Thank you parents for all the reading and additional learning you have been doing at home to support your child's learning.
This morning children helped bake cupcakes ready for our Children in Need cake sale on Thursday. Children followed the picture recipe book to make the cakes as independently as possible.
Don't forget to bring some money along with you. We look forward to seeing you there!