What a jam packed term we have had learning about mini-beasts. It has been fantastic to see the children progressing and absorbing so many wonderful texts and facts about creepy crawlies.
When the time came to finally set our butterflies free it was an emotional moment opening their net and watching and waving as their fluttered up into the sky. The children have so loved watching the caterpillars growth and development as their became chrysalises and then transformed into butterflies. We even had a completion to think of names for them before we set them free!
The children were so sad to see them go that I thought it might cushion the blow to introduce a new temporary class companion for the last week of term. And therefore Sidney the snail joined Reception class!
This term in Reception we have really begun to embrace writing. After talking about the range of reasons to write, I introduced a writing challenge which encourages the children to write, labels, speech bubbles, sentences, lists, recipes and stories. The writing they have begun to produce is absolutely fantastic and this week, after using our story bags as inspiration many of the children chose to write an entire story independently!
We have covered both addition and subtraction this term in maths and are currently really trying to encourage the children to investigate things with a mathematical way of thinking. Using tally’s to record scores in games, timing physical activities by counting the number of seconds aloud, as well as exploring capacity, shapes and measurements.
I really hope everyone has a fabulous half term and lets hope the sunshine continues into the break.