You should all be immensely proud of yourselves this week, I know myself and Mrs Wainwright are.
This week for us has been about settling into the rhythms and routines of the school day, making new friends and familiarising ourselves with our classroom.
In our literacy learning we have enjoyed and explored our class story for this term 'Mr Gumpy's Outing.' By John Burningham. We discussed the meaning of new vocabulary like squabble, bleating, trample and tease and thought of words that are similar that we might use. In provision time we have made some storyboards and story characters made from dough.
In our mathematical learning we have enjoyed singing some of our favourite number songs that count forward and backwards, as this is a skill we will use well when we begin our Power Maths lessons.
For our wellbeing session we discussed the things we love and why they make us happy. Using our hand to regulate inward and outward breaths, we learnt a calming breathing technique that we can use when we may feel a little sad or upset whilst thinking about what makes us happy.
We were very excited to have our first PE lesson on Thursday and began our unit of work on 'Invasion games.' Before we began we quickly discussed how our bodies work and that before we do any exercise it is important to warm up our muscles and prepare our hearts to work harder.
In our warm up game we played the bean game where we prepared to be different types of beans, running on the spot, jumping in the air and then wobbling like a jelly bean. Then in our main session we practiced the skill of dodging, ensuring that when we playing games we don't bump into each other. We then applied this skill into our games of north, south, east west and sharks and minnows. After all that physical exertion we had a relaxing cool down, stretching out our muscles and hydrating with a nice drink of water.
As part of getting to know each other this week, we explored what a self-portrait was and as we looked into mirrors to observe and discuss our features, we also noticed that we are all wonderfully different. I'm sure you'll agree the portraits look great so far.
This afternoon we also got to meet and spend some time with our Year 6 buddies. They were super impressed with our good listening skills, our ability to follow instructions and our amazing lining up skills. We even taught them our lining up song!
Although we haven't joined the school in worship this week, we have learnt about why we have a lighthouse in our classroom and why we light a candle to light the spark for a love of learning and of life. We have listened to our school aims prayer and sung 'My lighthouse' by the Rend Collective.
Reception Class, you have certainly shone your lights this week!
Have a super weekend, get some rest and we will se you again on Monday
from your very proud teacher Mrs Ward