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Reception Class News 17:09:21
Another fantastic week Reception Class!
I am so proud of how you are all settled and very happy in school.
I love how we have become a little class who love to learn, play and discover together.
Let's share our learning...
In our literacy development, we built upon last week' learning, using our story map and story actions for 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' by John Burningham to start to independently sequence the story and retell in our own words. This week we have become more confident in our retelling and are able to use most of the story language from the book. We are also beginning to use our voices effectively for the different characters and key events in the story.
In our communication and language development, we have enjoyed listening to some of our new favourite stories from our reading challenge basket and talking about why we like them. We have discovered that we like stories that have good or happy endings, like the 'Three Little Pigs' and 'The Teddy Robber' and we also like stories where it has big letters to show us when we need a louder voice to say a word. I think our most read book this week is 'Six Dinner Sid.' We love that he is a clever cat to get six dinners, in six different houses!
In our mathematical development, we have enjoyed finding out the different character who help us with our Power Maths: Astrid, Ash, Flo, Dexter and Sparks the cat. Our focus this week was to count forwards and backward, linking our skills of counting concrete objects to pictorial representations and then to abstract numbers. We began by learning a number song, which we sang along to and joined in with the different actions, matching each action to a spoken number.
We then looked at counting backwards, or down the number line, to play a game of 3, 2, 1 go, where we had to a different number of actions. Using a picture as a stimulus we counted the different amounts of objects, seeing if we could subitise or count out carefully. Flo and Dexter gave us some great tips for counting which we practiced: putting our objects in a line and touching each object as we counted. This was useful as it stopped us from counting some objects twice.
As we became more confident, we stated to match numbers to groups of objects. Our reflection activity at the end of our week was to independently show our understanding of number by representing the given number in drawing form.
As part of our personal, social and emotional development, we had our first Heartsmart session, where we met Dave and Boris. Dave explained that Boris is a very special robot as he is the only robot with a heart. Boris wanted us to think about the different ways we can be Heartsmart. Boris uses some great tools in his shed to remind him and he kindly let us look at them.
His hammer reminds us that we are special.
His screw driver reminds us to love others.
His saw reminds us that we can do things.
His spanner reminds us to be a good friend.
And finally his pliers remind us to tell the truth.
To help us become Heartsmart like Boris we made a tool belt to take home. This lesson linked to the bible quote from:
Proverbs. 4::23 Be careful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts.
This week we have included a wellbeing activity into our day. We have talked about why it is important for us to have a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. We chose to go for walks around the field and enjoy the wonder of nature around us. We have a wondeful collection of different coloured leaves that we found and sycamore seed pods. Most impressively we were able to identify some of the different trees on our field. We have some lovely mountain ash trees that are in the forest school area, full of bright red berries. We thing the birds will have a wonderful feast on them.
In our physical development, we focused on balancing on one leg, whilst still and then maintaining our balance while moving slowly with Mrs Swan. We used our arms to help us balance, we also used our eyes ~ keeping our heads up. With Hayley, our Sportcape coach we learnt why we warm up and cool down our bodies as part of exercise and then practiced different gymnastic positions.
During snack and lunchtimes we have talked about the food choices we make to keep our body healthy. We undertstand that our body gets its energy to learn and play from the food we eat. We have really enjoyed our fruit choices this week of carrots, bananas, apples and pears and have drunk plenty of milk and water for healthy teeth and bones.
In our creative arts and design developent, we listened to the song 'Happy' and thought about how it made us feel. We moved to the song finding the pulse and pretended to be all the animals in Mr Gumpy's boat. We learnt 'This old man', 'Pat a cake', '12345' and a new song called 'The name song'.
In our understanding the world development, we have observed the weather each day and made a record of how the weather has changed:
On Monday it was raining.
On Tuesday it was cloudy.
On Wednesday it was sunny.
On Thursday it was cloudy with some sunshine.
And today it was cloudy again.
On our wellbeing walk we observed that the season was changing from summer to autumn as we could see the colours of the leaves changing and some had already fallen to the groud. Also the apple trees were full of fruit ready for harvesting. We are planning to go apple picking next week as making apple crumbles and stewed apples become a popular request for an activity next week. Mmmm yum!
This week we had our first RE lesson where we explored our key question 'What is good news?' After partner discussion and idea sharing, we understood that good news is hearing about something good that has happened that makes people feel happy or makes them laugh or smile. We discussed with our partners where we might see or hear good news stories, we shared that we could hear them on the car radios, on the TV and in a newspaper, even on a phone or tablet. We then had great fun making our own class 'good news' newspaper, sharing our good news stories with our group of friends. We chose one of our story books that had a good ending and talked about what the good news was at the end of the story. The story we chose was 'The three little pigs.' and we shared that the good news was that the wolf did not eat the three pigs at the end and that they never saw him again. We also thought it was good news, that in our version, they built a big house to share and lived happily together.
Each day we have joined in daily worship with the whole school and explored a range of images and messages about generosity. We understand that being generous can be how we give our time and friendship to others and care for them. This week we also welcomed Reverend Alison to share in our daily worship, where she read us the creation story. The rest of the school joined us virtually via zoom and we have loved hosting and waving to all our friends and siblings in other classes.
In our independent learning time we have explored continuous provision and set up restaurants and cafes, marking up food choices on the chalk board, drawing picture menus and taking orders for customers foods.
We have also enjoyed setting up shops and selling items around the classroom, using real money to pay. Who knew real money could be so exciting!
The craft area has also been very busy where we have made birthday cards for our friends.
Have a wonderful weekend Reception Class.
See you on Monday
Mrs Ward and Miss Alex.