Our topic this half term is
We will be reading lots of fairytales this half term and thinking about the characters, setting and imaginative ideas. This will then help the children to write some of their own creative stories.
Over the half term holiday the children made some fantastic story boxes for their homework. We were amazed by the effort and finished boxes when they came into school this week. The children were very excited to share them with each other and talked about them in detail. Thank you so much to the families for helping the children!!
Our first traditional tale was 'The Frog Prince'. Lots of the children had not heard the story before so they were excited to hear it. We talked lots about the characters and plot and the children took part in some hot seating and drama.
The children pretended to be frogs by jumping to measure the distance from a starting point to a character from the story. They counted the jumps and then recorded them. The children used measures language whilst completing the activity.
The children have been writing their own stories about the story boxes they created or about their favourite story they have heard. They thought about the keywords needed to construct their sentences and read their work to make sure it made sense.
We have been observing tadpoles for the past few weeks and the children had been very excited each day to see if they were growing their back legs. After they got them they very quickly started to get their front legs and needed a log to sit on as they were turning into froglets. We decided they needed to be taken to a pond before they started hopping out of the tank! Ms Baker very kindly took them to a pond close to the school and broughtsome photographs in to show the children.
The children have had a wonderful time exploring the new small world castle!
Prince and Princess Crowns
The children have enjoyed using materials to make their own crowns to become a prince or princess!
For our tasting session this week the children tried different breads from around the world.
Week Beginning 12.06.2017
This week we have been exploring the traditional tale, "Jack and the Beanstalk". The children have loved this story and could be heard practicing their best Giant impression whilst in the setting. They have been able to access a variety of activities across the provision from writing WANTED posters for the Giant to counting and sorting beans. As part of our learning, we have engaged in lots of role play opportunities and the children really enjoyed acting and performing the story in front of their peers.
In cooking, we followed on from last week and decided to make our own bread rolls. We learnt all about the ingredients needed to make bread and that yeast helps transform our bread from pancakes to fluffy bread rolls. We had a go at kneading the bread and shaping it into balls through rolling it in between our hands. After they had cooked in the oven, we then all took one home to eat for our tea. Delicious!
This week, saw the start of swimming in Reception. Our teachers were very proud of us as we were all very brave and showed great resilience when it came to trying new things in the water. We practiced swimming on our fronts and backs as well as getting familiar with the water. We even turned ourselves into motorbikes through blowing lots bubbles! We had great fun and can't wait to see what we learn next week.
Week Beginning 19.06.17
We have enjoyed the story of "Jack and The Beanstalk" so much that we decided to continue our learning for one more week.
In Maths, we have been exploring the characteristic of 3D shapes and were given the challenge to construct a 3D castle for the giant. We then had to name all the shapes we had used before thinking about why we had used certain shapes for particular purposes. For example, why have you used a cone at the top of castle?
In our creative learning, we have been using different types of bean to create bean collage pictures. We thought very carefully about which beans would be best for certain parts of picture, taking into account their colour as well as their size.
We have also been using beans to create our very own instruments. We selected the correct junk modelling materials before adding beans and sealing them inside. We had to be very careful whilst doing this to ensure we didn't leave any holes for them to escape. We also discovered that different beans make different sounds.
Tasting Carrot & Orange Chilled Soup
As part of our tasting session, we tasted chilled carrot and orange soup. We discussed how the soup was made before discussing when someone might choose to eat soup that is cold. It was a new experience for most of us and our teachers were very proud that most of us were willing to give it a try.