Welcome to Reception!
We have been a busy bunch since half term with many exciting things happening. We had an amazing trip to Gressenhall where we loved getting involved in lots of different activities. The witch called Wicked really made us laugh and we enjoyed our trip down the Beanstalk too. The weather was amazing and we were pleased to cool down on our tractor ride!
We have had a special visitor in our class who has recently visited the Queen! Paddington arrived in our classroom unexpectedly and he has been causing all kinds of mischief. We have been writing to him and he has been writing back. We had to show him how to make marmalade sandwiches too because he made such a mess when he tried.
We have been really creative again this week. We are loving drawing and we have been creating artwork for our classroom and posters about all kinds of things that interest us. It was National Numeracy day this week, which inspired some of us to make number posters.
We have been learning about some things that Christians do and this week we were finding out about churches and what people do in them.
We are having a great time at our tennis sessions and we were so excited to use the tennis nets this week. We were able to hit the ball over the net and each week we get better at controlling the racket and ball.
This week, we enjoyed making some delicious fruit kebabs because we have been learning about keeping healthy. Some of us tried fruits that we had never tried before and we all loved eating our kebabs. We used knives very carefully to cut the fruit and we found that some fruit was easy to cut and some was much trickier.
We read the story "The Great Pet Sale" in Maths and we learnt about money. We had fun playing with money and learning how to find the correct coins to pay for something in our class shop. We decided to make our own price tags for things in our classroom.....M made a price tag for Mrs Briggs too! We read some other great books this week which had loads of maths in them. We did well counting the crabs legs in 10's!
We have been reading a lovely book about numbers this week. As well as numbers, it also has some beautiful pieces of art in it, by many different artists. We have discussed so many interesting things linked to the pictures and we have learnt a lot. We are excellent artists too.....we have spent time outside with our sketchbooks and we have produced some super pencil drawings. We took our time and looked carefully at the things we were sketching. We were very proud of our drawings.
Our tennis skills are improving with our coaching from a professional tennis coach. We loved the games we played this week and they were great for our coordination.
We have had a lovely week! We are lucky to be having some tennis coaching and we have loved these sessions. We are learning how to use a racket and how to do ground strokes.
After reading The Ravenous Beast, we have been making our own beasts. Our beasts have a range of personalities....some are grumpy and some are friendly! We have been writing our own parts of the story too. This then inspired us to write our own little books about lots of other things too. Some of us made books to read to younger children.
We have been getting creative with wooden blocks again.....making all kinds of structures and scenarios. We are thinking more carefully about what we want to create and adapting as we build.
We have been happy to be back at school this week after a lovely Easter break. One of the children from KS2 brought a nest to our classroom that she found at home and thought we would like. We had a really good look at how the nest was made and what was used and then we went outside to have a go at making our own nests. We loved collecting things from around the school grounds. As well as mud, sticks, and leaves, we found feathers and bits of cotton. We discovered that it is hard to build a nest and birds must be very skilled to do this!
We have had lots more Mums and Dads visiting us this week. We get so excited each morning when we see who is joining us. We love showing them what we can do and they have been great at helping us and playing with us. This week they helped us to make some people with paper and card. We used split pins to join the parts of the body, so the arms and legs and head can move around. The split pins were challenging to use but we persevered and managed to make them work.
PE has been exciting this week because we have been using the larger apparatus. We have been brave when climbing and we have not given up when we were nervous. L said to me, "I'm a little bit scared" but he still had a go and discovered that he COULD do it!
This week got off to the most exciting start because we went on another SCHOOL TRIP! We went on a coach (which we were very excited about) to the UEA Sportspark. Before we left, we found out about Universities and what people do there. You can do so many things at university! When we got to the Sportspark we were greeted by some really kind and enthusiastic students from a high school. They spent the afternoon teaching us different skills that are needed to play cricket. It was a lot of fun. Children from Year 1 and 2 came with us too and we loved being mixed up with them and working together.
It was Science Week this week too! So we have been doing some little experiments in our class. We used different substances to try to turn old dirty coins into shiny new ones. We used different materials to scrub them with too. We also made boats and our challenge was to see if some small bears could go sailing in them! We loved putting them on the water to see if they would float.......some did.......some did not!
This week we have been excited to welcome some of our Mums and Dads into our classroom for the morning. For the next few weeks, they will be taking turns to join us in class for the morning. This week they played games with us and helped us to create some models using materials from the recycling bin. We have enjoyed experimenting with different ways of joining things together.
In Literacy, we have been reading a book about a girl with a BIG worry. We discussed emotions and used our "feelings fans" to decide how we would feel in different situations. We did some acting too - we thought about how the little girl might look and behave when she was feeling worried. Mrs B was really impressed with our ideas.
It's been a happy week! We loved making our own pancakes and eating them. We have been flipping a lot of pancakes too. We used some felt ones which enabled us to master our techniques without getting burnt!
We have been busy balancing and throwing and catching in PE; we can throw the balls really high now and still catch them.
It was World Book Day on Thursday and we dressed up in some amazing costumes. We read LOADS of stories, looked at the books we brought from home and loved having Year 5 reading to us too.
We were all pleased to be back at school after half term and we enjoyed telling our friends about all the lovely things we had been doing. We were amazed to see how much our beans had continued to grow while we were away and we have been fascinated looking at the roots and seeing how the beans had split and grown. We are going to put one of the plants in the dark and stop watering it to see what happens.
We had an exciting visit to Blofield library this week. Tess, the librarian, was so pleased to see us and she gave us a wonderful morning. We read stories, listened to stories, played with lego, programmed the Code-a-pillar and learnt how to check out books out with the library machine. We are looking forward to going again soon.
Our school is taking part in the Go Go Dino trail in Norwich and we had an important job to do this week.....we each decorated a scale that is going to be used to decorate the Dino. We used special paint pens and we loved decorating and talking to each other while we worked.
We can't believe it's half term again! We have been observing our beans growing this week and we are amazed at how quickly some little shoots have appeared. We also noticed that the beans that were just in water became very smelly! Smelling them made us laugh!
It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday and we read a story about Smartie the Penguin. Smartie reminded us of all the things we need to remember when we are using the internet. We talked about strangers trying to talk to us in real life, as well as on the internet.
We have been reading some lovely stories that remind us about our feelings. We have been talking about different things that worry us and what we can do if we are worried about something.
As well as all of that, we have loved being out in the sunshine this week.
This week we have been reading a book called Jasper's Beanstalk in Maths. We have been trying to remember the days of the week and to remember what day it was yesterday and what day it will be tomorrow. In the story, Jasper plants a bean so we have been investigating beans this week and planting our own. We love checking each day to see if there have been any changes!
As part of our PSED, we have been learning about our bodies, keeping some parts of bodies private and talking about the different parts of our bodies. We loved drawing around our friends and labelling the body. Mrs B asked us if we could kiss our own elbow and we couldn't even reach it!
We have been having more science fun this week. We discovered that eggs are really strong! We started by seeing if we could break an egg by squeezing it.....we all thought that would be easy but we just couldn't break it. Mrs B asked us what we thought would happen if we stood on the eggs. We thought they would definitely break because we are really heavy. So, we started with two boxes of eggs (we did some maths when we looked at the two sixes) with the lids closed and we stood on them. They didn't break! We wondered what would happen if we opened the lid and did it.....they still didn't break. We were amazed! Mrs B and Mr H stood on the eggs too but they didn't break, even with adults on them. We talked about the shape of the egg and our weight being spread and how that stopped them breaking. We tried some other ways of breaking eggs - hitting them with a pen and dropping them - and the broke very quickly. Then we broke some eggs to make cup cakes!
We have had a sticky time making jelly this week! We were learning about dissolving, so we investigated what happens when you add different things to water. We noticed that sand just sunk to the bottom but coffee dissolved into the water and the water became brown. It was fun pulling the jelly cubes apart and we were surprised how hard we needed to pull for this. And then we watched the cubes dissolve as we mixed and mixed. When our jelly had set, we thought it was very funny turning the containers upside down above our heads! Fortunately, the jelly didn't fall out on top of us!
We loved our science experiments last week so we have done more this week! We discussed how things change and how the water last week turned to ice. We had the idea that we could investigate melting this week. We looked at a block of butter and when we were passing it around, we noticed that it started to melt just from the warmth in our hands. We thought of different places we could put some butter and different ways to melt it. We had butter on the radiator, in pots around the classroom and we used the microwave and the oven too. We used a hair dryer which we really enjoyed! Then we made toast and watched what happened to the butter when we spread it on! It has been a lot of fun.
We were lucky to have a special visitor this week. Anna originally came from Africa and she brought some amazing drums for us to use and we learnt some songs. We made so much noise and we loved it!
We were excited to be back at school after our holiday. It was such a cold start to the term and J told us that he had been de-icing his Dad's car before coming to school. We talked about why the cars were icy and looked at the weather forecast and temperatures. We decided to leave some pots of water in the garden overnight and see what happened. The next day, we were very excited to discover that some of the water had frozen. Not all of it had frozen, so we had some good discussions about why it hadn't. H thought that "maybe there just wasn't enough coldness". When we looked at the tub that was made of thick plastic we noticed the water in it hadn't frozen at all. J suggested, "maybe the cold wasn't strong enough to get through the plastic". We decided to put our pots in the freezer the next night and we had a lot of fun melting the ice the next day (and trying to save the dinosaurs we had frozen in them!).
It has been a week of great excitement! We have started rehearsing for our Christmas play and we are lucky enough to have Advent Calendars at home that we have started to open. We have enjoyed doing lots of singing and learning how to use clear, loud voices on the stage. We were so excited when we first saw the stage; we all gasped! It has been fun doing some acting and thinking about how we move about on the stage.
We have had fun in our kitchen this week! Mrs Briggs was given some lovely apples, so we have been learning how to use knives, graters and peelers. Once we had prepared the apples, we added some other fruit to them and mixed it all together with some tasty honey. One of the things we added was dates which were interesting because lots of us had never eaten them before. We cooked our apple mixture and then enjoyed eating it while it was warm. Some of us loved it and some of us didn't like it quite so much. We talked about the flavours and textures and what else we could mix into it.
We have been enjoying number work this week and using ten frames to learn about different numbers. We are doing so much counting while we are at school and we are definitely getting better at it! There has been plenty of creativity in the classroom too...H decided to make a kite and we have been experimenting with different ways of making them.
When we were looking at "what's in the news" we were interested about an item that was about subtitles. We didn't know what they were so we looked at some and found out what they were used for. We then learnt about what it means if you are deaf. Some of us thought that head phones were hearing aids so we had a look at both and found out the difference between them. Throughout the week we have been learning some Makaton sign language and we have had fun trying to communicate using the signs we have learnt. Next week, we are going to learn about some more disabilities and the things that people use to help them when they find some things hard.
We loved learning about shapes in our maths this week. We made shapes in different ways and particularly enjoyed using a huge elastic band to make shapes outside!
We were really interested to learn about why people wear poppies at this time of year. We looked at photos of soldiers from a long time and soldiers who are working today. We found out that they don't just fight! We noticed the difference between their uniform in WW1 and their uniform today; the helmets are very different. Since learning about it, we have spotted so many people wearing poppies. We decided to make out own poppies and we have enjoyed painting them and making them with card and paper.
In PE this week, we had a great time outside playing running games that got our hearts beating fast. Mrs Briggs was really impressed with how good we were at Yoga this week too!
We learn about some things in the news each week and this week we found out about some seal pups that have been born in Norfolk. It was exciting to learn about some good news from the county we live in.
As well as all of that, we are loving learning about numbers while we play and learning how to write too.
What a busy week we have had! We have been learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwali, which we have really enjoyed. We made patterns using bright sand and pasta shapes, we made little diva lamps and we learnt a dance that would be part of the celebrations. Because we were looking at the lovely patterns they create as part of their Diwali celebrations, we have been learning about pattern in maths too. We loved creating patterns using colours and equipment.
We have been painting bonfires and drawing fireworks because we learnt about Guy Fawkes and his plot to kill the king. We loved using our fingers, as well as paint brushes, to create our bonfires.
Next week we will be finding out why people where poppies at this time of year.
It has been a very exciting week because we had our first school trip. We were so excited because we were going into Norwich and taking our packed lunches with us! We went on the coach to Norwich Cathedral (which is enormous) and we saw Dippy the Dinosaur! A lady from the Cathedral told us lots of interesting things - our favourite thing was looking at Dippy's head (they have a spare one!) and seeing how big it is compared to ours. 'B' noticed that his head is very small compared to his body though.
Next, we walked (we were really sensible) all the way to St Peter Mancroft church where we saw the "Gaia" exhibition. It was a big globe. It was interesting to see what planet earth looked like from space. We noticed lots of blue sea and cloud. We spotted Africa and Australia too. We had our lunch in the church and we were pleased that the sun came out and lit up the amazing stained glass windows. It was a great day and we are looking forward to going on another trip.
We have been learning some interesting things about dinosaurs this week! We looked at how a T-Rex's built nests for their eggs using rotting plants to keep the eggs warm. We also looked at the size of the different parts of the T-Rex. There has been a lot of fun making dinosaur costumes out of cardboard boxes and drawing dinosaur footprints too. We compared the dinosaur footprints with our own footprints.
In our number work this week, we have been comparing amounts and having fun doing some subtraction. We are enjoying counting every day with silly voices too!
This week, the children have been sharing their knowledge of dinosaurs before we begin learning more about them. 'H' told us that he thinks a meteor came down and destroyed all the dinosaurs. 'J' thinks they are now extinct and that means their aren't any alive.
We have been sorting objects and exploring pattern this week. The children did some careful pattern painting which was also a great way of practising using a paint brush and developing fine motor skills. Everyone is enjoying phonics and keen to learn new sounds each day.
The children are settling in well to school life and enjoying all the new adventures and challenges. 'B' said, "Mrs Briggs, I never want to leave here!" and E said, "I LOVE school", so that's a good start!
We have started learning some traditional nursery rhymes which are helping us to understand rhyming words. It's great reciting nursery rhymes and poems together too. This week we have had fun pretending to be Miss Muffet! We made spiders using card and paper, and we learned how to make curds and whey too....it wasn't very nice! While we were on a spider theme we enjoyed singing "Incy Wincy Spider" and flushing our toy spiders down the drain pipe!