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Reception Class News W/E 23.04.21

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Welcome back Reception Class to a new term and a new topic.

At the end of last term we planted some seeds to watch their growth as a sign of new life at Easter. This term we are exploring our 'Diverse world and growing plants.'

In our Communication and Language Development, we listened to the story of Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt and discussed elements of the story. We understood that the story was set in another country: France and checked our understanding of words used. Building upon prior discussions about how we treat people and all people are individuals, we questioned some of the children's actions in the story and decided that they had been unkind and gave explanations of how we would act in the same situation.

Following on from the story ending where we saw Vincent Van Gogh's picture of sunflowers that now hangs in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, we looked at some large sunflowers and step by step made some detailed observational drawings of the elements we could as part of our Creative Arts and Design Development. We used a variety of medium to show depth of colour. I was really impressed with how you delicately applied the watercolours for the lighter shades. They look beautiful on our classroom display, well done Reception.

Continuing with Creative Arts Development, we started to explore funky music with Mrs Swan, listening and responding to different styles of singing and playing instruments.

As World Earth Day was celebrated this week, we were very fortunate to watch a production of 'The Lorax' performed live from 'The Old Vic' theatre as part of our Understanding the World Development. We really enjoyed the singing and acting and thought about the message at the end: that we need to respect the environment and we can be too can be like the Lorax and look after our trees as they are important to our planet's sustainability. With this message in mind we thought about how we could start with looking after our garden environment first. Building upon our ideas we created posters to display, reminding people to care for the planet and not to litter as it is dangerous to our local wildlife.

Continuing in this development area we planted some vegetable seeds and beans in our garden and thought about the elements that they need to grow successfully: good soil, water and sunshine. So that we will know the difference between our seedlings and weeds in the coming weeks we planted them in 'seed drills', using a piece of wood laid on the soil as a guide as we made our channel. We are super excited to see them grow over the coming weeks.

As with all good gardens we understood the importance of labelling up our seeds and so our Literacy writing focus this week has been to write labels for our radishes, spinach, beans and lettuces so we know 'what's what!' as they emerge from the soil. So that we can continue to plant independently in provision, we also created a set of simple instructions to follow. We based them upon our prior knowledge from our real experience ensured they were in the correct order.

In our mathematical development this week we have consolidated our learning from last term about shape and space before moving on to our new unit of work. We recapped the names of 2D shapes and thought about words to describe their properties and where we would see them in the world around them. Building upon this, we looked at identifying similarities and differences within 2D shapes, particularly triangles which can have sides that are the same length and sides that are different lengths. We then compared 2D shapes to 3D shapes and identified 2D shapes within them.

In our Physical Development this week, we have continued to our athletics theme, and moved around the playground in a range of ways, freely and with pleasure, observing the effect of activity on our bodies.

We began our new Heartsmart topic this week – Fake is a mistake as part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development. As we explored the Boris story, we quickly understood how important it is to say kind and truthful things. We talked about how Boris might be feeling and how important it is to be truthful and not fake, just as the bible says 'A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever.' Proverbs 12:19. We then created a heart to represent how kind and true words fill our hearts.

Enjoy the weekend and the fabulous weather
Mrs Ward

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