Reception children may be the smallest in the school but they are capable of amazing things! We encourage them to be independent, inquisitive and resilient. Our curriculum is built around the Early Learning Goals (find them below) but is completely tailored to meet the needs and interests of all the children in the class. We involve the children in the planning by finding out what they already know about and what they would like to learn more about. Their enthusiasm is endless and their ideas are constantly evolving!
Please have a look at what we've been up to so far this year...
WC 4/12/17 This week we performed our Christmas production and it went really well! We did brilliant singing and everyone was very confident about being on the stage. We loved seeing our families there too. We also had some special visitors from Blofield Church! They have a Posada which is a Spanish tradition and involves Mary and Joseph going on a long journey around Blofield. They spent the day with us and we learnt about the story of Christmas and why Christians celebrate at this time of year.
We have been learning about penguins this week too and we had lots of fun in PE pretending beanbags were penguin eggs and trying to keep them on our feet just like the penguins do when they are moving their eggs into their pouch. We also made a penguin huddle and realised just how hot it is in the middle of the huddle!
WC 27/11/17 We have been singing some Christmas songs this week and had our first moment on the stage in preparation for our production next week - it's all getting very exciting! In class, we have been inspired by some amazing photos of the creatures we have been learning about during our Blue Planet topic time - including turtles, garibaldi fish and pyjama sharks. It prompted us to draw pictures of them and we have enjoyed looking at each other's work and talking about what we like. We have been thinking about ways of making our drawing even better and we keep adding bits to improve them. Some children decided to draw pirate ships that might be seen at sea and T drew an amazing skeleton pirate, complete with bandana! Our drawing has also linked well with learning lots of different shapes and we are getting good at remembering the names of them. There was much excitement when it started to snow this week and we had a great time running around in the falling snow and seeing what it felt like!
We were also amazed to see the results of our experiment with bread. We could very quickly see that we had LOADS of germs on our hands before we washed them. We have loved checking the bread each day and have learnt how important it is to wash our hands. Have a look below at the photos of our mouldy bread!
14/11/2017 Special Science Day!
We had a great day investigating what happens to eggs in water! We talked about what scientists do and we made predictions about what we thought would happen to eggs in water with no salt and eggs in water with salt. If we thought the egg would sink we stood on one side of the classroom and if we thought it would float we stood on the other side. We did some really careful measuring to make sure our investigation was fair. We found out that "if the water has no salt in it the egg will sink" and "if there is six tablespoons of salt in the water the egg will float". Some of us also thought that if there was more water than we had but the same amount of salt "it might sink because there's big water". A great day!
WC 6/11/2017 We are loving learning about the amazing creatures in the sea! This week, T brought in a Trilobite fossil which was amazing and M brought in a fossil she had found at the beach. We also loved looking at photos of fang tooth fish and some of us tried to draw some. We have been doing some maths while learning about the sea - we found out that the squid we watched was 2 metres long so we used some tape measures to see how long that was and to compare it to ourselves and things in our classroom. We have started creating a sea display in our classroom - we painted the sea using brushes, sponges and other tools and then we have been drawing and cutting out fish and other creatures to go on it.
We have been learning about why people are wearing poppies too. T's dad used to be in the army so we learnt a little bit about what soldiers do and looked at some photos of soldiers wearing camouflage clothing. We painted some poppies that we are really proud of.
Our writing is getting better every week and we have been busy writing lists for lunch orders and looking in catalogues and writing lists of the things we like.
Finally, we had a lovely time when we met with Year 6 and they read to us. Next week it's anti-bullying week and we have an exciting Science day too!
WC 30/10/2017 We started the week watching a clip about walruses from the brilliant Blue Planet II. We were inspired by it so we are making this our topic! We found out some interesting things about dolphins and when we were watching the walruses we also talked about ice caps melting. We know about David Attenborough too and we've been talking to our parents about what we've been learning. When we were outside, W drew a brilliant seal and walrus using chalk and inside, L cut out pieces of paper to make a seal. T brought in a crab from home and told us all "It's not alive anymore but it is real, it's not plastic. It's got pincers too". He showed it to all the children.
We have also been learning some Italian this week. We found out that Y can count to 10 in Italian so we thought it would be a fun challenge to learn some Italian. We have been learning how to say "please" and "thank you" and even singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!
As it's nearly the 5th of November we have also been learning about Guy Fawkes, King James and the Houses of Parliament. We have been building the Houses of Parliament with our construction materials and retelling the story. Importantly, we have also been learning about keeping safe when there are fireworks and bonfires about.
WC 16/10/2017 We have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have been doing gingerbread man maths (counting, ordering numbers and adding), drawing and painting gingerbread men, baking gingerbread men and discussing alternative ways for him to get across the river. One of the children thought he should have found a trampoline and used it to do a really big bounce across the river!
Outside, we have been writing numbers, making swamps and we also discovered that the tree stump was hollow so we investigated further and found some woodlouse that were really interesting.
To finish a busy week, we had our Harvest Festival and we were very excited because our Grandparents joined us and had tea and cake with us afterwards! We are certainly ready for a half term break!
WC 9/10/2017 What a busy week we are having! A photographer from the local paper came to see us to take our photo so we are looking forward to seeing it in the paper. We had a fire drill too so we learnt about what to do if there was a real fire and know that we have to leave all our things and get out quickly. We have had a great time outside trying to make homes with straw and building dens. We have been mixing up lots of interesting potions in the mud kitchen too - it's great fun getting messy. Lots of activities this week have been helping us to develop our muscles in our arms and hands which will help us to be really great at using pens, pencils and other tools. Look below for photos of our library visit too...
WC 25/9/2017 This week we have been reading 'Iggy Peck Architect' and have been inspired to build! We have been trying to make some really tall towers and have succeeded in making some bigger than us. We have also persevered when they have toppled over! We are going to make bridges and arches too, just like Iggy does.