So far this term we have already learned about many classic fairy tales, inspiring our literacy, maths and many other subjects. From planting cress for the three billy goats gruff to making rope long enough to help Rapunzel escape, we have covered a range of fairy tale problems, helping a multitude of characters along the way!
This week it was the turn of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ as our focus story, and the children were excited to receive a rather large letter from a rather large character…the giant!!
We were able to use the giant’s footprint as a great measuring tool, comparing, ordering and measuring a range of objects inside and outside the classroom. This activity helped us to practise using mathematical language to describe the size of various everyday items.
All the children have also been working incredibly hard in phonics, learning our digraphs this term. They have also been wonderfully enthusiastic about our sentence of the day, where we use a picture as inspiration and then as a class work together to write a super sentence about the image! Some children have even had a go at writing their own sentence!
We have one more week of our fairy tale topic then the last week of term is our whole school ‘Bird Week’. In this week please feel free to send in any bird related books, pictures or objects that might help or motivate our learning for the children to share with the class. Many thanks!
This week our learning has been particularly star themed, with our story focus ‘How to catch a star’. The children were very excited to share their ideas of how they would catch a star, designing some fabulously imaginative and ingenious contraptions! The star theme didn’t end there, with starry maths, art, reading and writing.
Then of course we had a particularly exciting evening on Wednesday when the children came back into school in their pyjamas for story time. Dressed in their lovely pyjamas with teddies in toe, the children snuggled into various cosy, twinkly dens around school and were treated to an array of stories. We then had a biscuit and drink before going through the important bedtime routine of brushing our teeth, with brand new toothbrushes! Some of the children seemed so cosy they were almost ready to curl up for the night!
I hope all of you that came to the readying and phonics talk found it helpful and if you didn’t manage to make it and would like some of the information and resources I handed out on the night, just let me know and we can send it home with your children.
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.
We have leapt into our learning this term with our new topic ‘mini-beasts’ and the children have already been so excited to learn about all sorts of different creepy crawlies. Our mini-beast investigation zone as provoked many discussions about what sorts of creatures the children have found in their gardens and whether they have been brave enough to touch one!
The highlight of the term so far as been the arrival of our ten class caterpillars. Every morning when the children come into the classroom they are desperate to check up on how much they have grown overnight and whether they have begun to form their chrysalises’ yet.
This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘Zoolab’ to give a workshop on mini-beasts. We learnt about and met some fascinating and rather unusual mini-beasts, including a giant African land snail, a Madagascan cockroach and even a scorpion! I was amazed at how brave Reception were, having a go at holding and stroking the various critters. All that is apart from the scorpion of course, which was to my relief in the safety of a tank! This then inspired some brilliant descriptive writing where the class had a go at sounding out such words as ginormous and massive!
In R.E this term we have begun thinking about all sorts of special places. So far we have thought of our very own ‘special place’ ranging from hidden dens to tree houses and cosy beds. The children then created some beautiful watercolour pictures of their own special place to put up in the classroom.