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 12/3/2018 We have continued our learning about America and this has involved some really interesting and mature discussions. We have been using Google Earth to look at some places in America and we loved using Street View so we could pretend we were really walking down the streets! J's cousin lives in America so we are going to talk to her class using Skype which we are really excited about.
We have been writing about our favourite characters from books and programmes as we enjoyed doing this as part of Book day last week. Games have been helping us with our maths skills too. We have also been learning about Stephen Hawking and the amazing things that he did. We listened to his words about looking at the stars and not at your feet and then we tested this out - we walked around our school just looking at our feet and realised that was quite miserable! When we walked around looking up we made a list of all the amazing things we could see. He also said that we should never give up and we are going to remember that in all that we do.
Science Day again next week which we are looking forward to!
WC 5/3/2018 We have been continuing our learning about different places in the world and we have found out lots of interesting things. We had a reply to the email we sent A's Uncle in Australia and he told us all about the town he lived in. We have been looking at it on Google Earth and going for a virtual walk along the streets. Now we are learning about America and we are going to email J's relatives that live there. We have been planning the questions we want to ask them. We have been very musical this week too! We have been playing ocarinas which sounded really good and we also had the chance to ring some church bells which was great fun! O said "When I pulled it I nearly jumped up!" and F said "they were higher than a dog could jump!". We finished the week with World Book Day (it was cancelled because of snow days last week) and we looked brilliant in our costumes!
WC 19/2/2018 We have had a busy return from our half term break. We have been working hard on our writing and we have been doing lots of reading, as usual. We have had fun using scales to find out how much things weigh and to compare the weight of different things in our classroom. We weighed some Numicon too and discovered that the bigger numbers weigh more than the small numbers! While we were experimenting with this we realised that if we put a 2 and an 8 in one side of the balance and a 10 in the other side, it would be level because they weigh the same. We have been learning about Australia this week too. We have been using the Internet to research some of the poisonous spiders that live there as well as looking at photos of the Outback. It is a good time of year to compare the temperature in England and Australia too! We learnt all about emails and we worked together to write an email to A's Uncle who lives in Australia. We can't wait to see if he sends us a reply and answers all the questions we asked him.
We were lucky on Friday when Jo from the Dogs Trust came to visit us. She taught us some important ways of keeping safe when we are near dogs so we now know when and how to stroke dogs and what to do if we were chased by a dog we didn't know. Thank you to Jo!
We are getting excited about World Book Day next week - look out for photos of our book inspired outfits!
WC 29/1/2018 Whilst continuing with our topic this week, finding out about different places and cultures, we have been doing some bridge building too. K got a book from the library with her Mum and Dad and it contained different activities. One was building a bridge and testing it with carrots! So K's mum sent some photos and K told us what she had to do. We were so interested we decided to have a go too. It was great fun cutting the carrots ourselves and finding ways of making our bridges stronger.
The weather has been really cold so we have also been learning about temperature. We watched a weather forecast to see what temperatures were on the weather map and we could see how to do our own weather forecasts!
WC 15/1/2018 We have been learning about money this week so we have had lots of fun shopping using coins. We have been buying our snacks too and we are getting good at working out what we need to pay for them. We have been getting very messy making dough and we loved using different colours and mixing them up to see what they made. Some of us made rainbow dough and loved looking at all the colours swirling together. We have been doing some problem solving outside while making dens and waterfalls and we are getting good at thinking of different solutions. We have also been making some old maps of London and it was fun using tea bags to make our maps look old.
M brought in a great book about lots of places and we started to learn about Paris. Next week we are going to make some crepes and taste some French cheese too. We can already speak some French but we are going to learn some more words.
WC 8/1/2018 Joe brought in a beautiful book about London that we found very interesting. So, this week we have been learning about London. We found out where it was by looking at Google Earth and then we put a pin in a big map in our classroom to remind us where it is in the world. We learnt about the Great Fire of London and we have been looking at lots of photographs of famous London landmarks. We had a go at drawing them and we are really proud of our efforts. People who have been to visit our classroom cannot believe such young people drew them!
We have been doing some exciting PE this week too. We are lucky enough to have a specialist dance teacher visiting this term to teach us how to put movements to music and we have also been exploring the big apparatus.
We have also been bird watching outside this week and baking yummy muffins in our kitchen too.
We have been lucky to have some of our parents helping in class every day this week - Oscar said "it's another lucky day, we've got another mummy here"!
WC 4/1/2018 (That's the day we came back anyway!) It's been a very short week but we have been busy working together to plan our learning for the coming term. We had a big discussion about all the things we would like to learn about and made a big list. Then we looked at how we could fit lots of the ideas in. Some of the suggestions included learning about London, Blofield, Space, Big Ben, cars, trucks, France and food. So we have decided that we will learn about lots of different places (including Space!) and we will learn about transport as part of it, about the people who live in these places and the food they eat - as well as learning about some of the amazing buildings too. It's going to be busy but very interesting. When we had come up with a list of some ideas, T said "Do you know about the Great Wall in China? I know about that - we could all learn about it". So the ideas are already growing!
We are also looking forward to some special Dance lessons this term that will be taught by a visiting dance teacher. Every day we have different Mums and Dads coming into class to learn with us and we are looking forward to our next whole school Science day later in the term. Keep an eye out for photos of all our learning....
WC 18/12/2017 It's nearly Christmas! We could not believe it when we heard bells ringing outside and then there was a knock on the classroom door - Father Christmas had come to visit us! We were all very excited and amazed that he had a present for each of us. A great way to end the term! Merry Christmas everyone!
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.