This week it is all about Addition!
We have had discussions in our carpet time which was very interesting - the question was 'What is adding?' Lots of ideas took place, 'it is about numbers' 'it is about numbers getting bigger' 'you can add tomato sauce to your dinner' 'it is like blending sounds when we add them together'.
We then played the sandcastle game together and talked about how we could solve the problems that it was posing. We found out that we had to add all the shells together to find the total. This meant that we had to take our time counting, say the number names in the correct order and then stop when we had counted them all.
We also had the chance to play our favourite 'spotty dogs' game. In this game we had to take turns and share, count out the dogs that had the correct amount of spots and then count out the bones that were in the basket. On our second go we had to add the bones together to find the total!
We have also been carrying on our Mary Poppins work. Last week we used our phonics to create a list of the objects in Mary's bag and also on Friday we talked about making kites and what to use to make them stick best. We are carrying on with these activities this week along with making labels for our creations in the outdoor area.
This week it is all about money!
We have created a shop for Mary Poppins and have put objects into it that Jane and Michael would enjoy working with. We then played a coin game on the computer which showed us the many different coins that we could use in our shop. We then looked at the different coins we have in our classroom and discussed their shape, colour and size. All the coins have different names - 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.
In our shop the shopkeeper has one set of coins and the customer has another set. They have to then match the different coins to pay for the objects.
We also used 1p coins to pay for different objects that Mary really likes. A puppet and jigsaw were our favourites. We had to look at the cost of the object, say what the number is and then count out the correct amount of 1p coins to pay for it.
What a wonderful week!
This week we are working on a design and technology focus. We are investigating different ways of sticking things together and talking about what works well and what doesn't.
We decided to create something for Mary Poppins. We had lots of different ideas. Perhaps we could make a turtle, an umbrella, a bridge, some food or a house. We then decided on creating some penguins as they made us laugh so much in the film!
We worked in our groups and listened to the ideas of our friends. We cut and created together and made some amazing penguins!
A fantastic start to the new term! We have enjoyed talking about our holidays and all the wonderful things that we have been doing.
At the end of last half term we started to create our own diaries and this week we have started to write in them. We have decided what we wanted to write and then listened to the sounds in the words. We then began to use the letters to create words.
We have also worked hard on our PE - trying very hard to get changed on our own!
We have then been finding out about Supertato's friend - Christopher Pumpkin. He is very funny! Our week then entailed investigating, counting, drawing, creating and writing using Christopher as our focus!
Our last week of this half term!
What an amazing first half term we have had - lots of investigating and learning new things. The evil pea has been very tricky but we have really enjoyed working on different challenges that he has set.
Our favourite activities have been to create shape pictures, assemble traps, create new homes, machines to trap the pea and also vegetable printing.
We have learnt the routine and expectations of being at school and Mrs Stevens is very proud of all of us.
Thank you for all your support, enjoy half term and we look forward to next half term with more exciting activities.
This week is all about birthdays! We are investigating two books that Floppy has sent to us - they are all about Kipper and how he enjoys birthdays. We predicted what we thought the story would be about using the front cover and the title. We then looked through the book, using the pictures as clues to help with reading.
We talked about our own experiences of birthdays, what we enjoyed and what we looked forward to. We thought about all the things that we would need if we were to have a birthday - the cakes, presents, food and cards.
We have been developing our awareness of writing our own names, forming the letters correctly and used this to write an invitation. We then developed our fine motor control in using scissors carefully.
We have also been on many shapes hunts this week and discussed what shapes we could see in our environment - we created presents with the mobilo - did you know that we could see squares, circles and oblongs in the bricks?
What a busy week!
This week we are continuing with our evil pea and Supertato work. The evil pea hid all of Floppy's magic keys and we had to find them and create maps to show where they were. Floppy was so pleased with our work that he sent us a present - JELLY!
We have been making jelly in our class and watching how it changed. It melted into small cubes when we added hot water. We told Mrs Stevens that she needed to be very careful when using hot water!
We then watched the jelly harden again - we said that it went very watery and also then became rubbery.
We were then able to play with lots of jelly in the tuff spot - it was very sticky, squidgy, slimy and smelt lovely.
We were then able to take a small jelly home with us! But there were no evil peas stuck in our jelly!
This week it is all about 'veggies assemble'. We are investigating different vegtables and are beginning a printing exploration! We will be printing different vegtables and discussing what we see. We will then choose our favourite and reprint on material - this will then become a whole school project!
We are also developing our understanding of papermache and the different ways we can describe it - how it feels, smells and looks! Lots of wonderful language has been used. Once we have completed our paper mache work then we will create a new supertato and evil pea.
We are also working on collecting and counting evil peas, saving objects from the ice and also creating different evil pea stories using the blocks.
This week we have been sent a book from Supertato.
We predicted what we thought the book may be about and used pictures as clues. We then investigated further and found out that it was a book about nursery rhymes.
We found lots of nursery rhymes, some that we knew already and some that we found out about. We then used some actions to develop Humpty Dumpty, 5 little ducks, 10 fat sausages and Incy wincy spider!
As part of our writing focus we have been recording our favourite nursery rhymes and explaining why!
Ask us what our favourite was and how we have been working on them this week - we even created an evil pea game to practise!
This week we have been continuing with our work on learning our new environments and have been carrying out initial phonic and maths work. One of our favourite stories so far is Supertato - we really like the evil pea!
We have started to look at ways that we can help Supertato to capture the evil pea and have created jails and traps!
We have really enjoyed learning how to make dens with the big blocks and how to keep safe!
Welcome to Reception!
What an amazing first week we have had. The children have all worked hard on investigating their new environment. Each day they have talked about what they have enjoyed and what they want to learn next.
We have been into the hall and worked on our listening skills during our movement activities and had a great time!
Some of the things that we have enjoyed most were discussed at the end of the sessions......
I loved working with the horses and making a station for them.
I enjoyed making a story in the bridge area
I enjoy building
I loved working in the den area
The water area is fun!
I enjoy dressing up and playing in the house
We have been very proud of how well the children settled in and have really enjoyed working with them.
Thank you for all your help and support in settling them into school.