Christmas is coming

With the start of December, we have been teaching the children all about Advent this week, and went on a visit to our local church on Monday, where Reverend Jude told us all about the Christmas Story. We had a very special time, thank you Reverend Jude!

We have also been enjoying the Nativity role play area in our classroom, especially dressing up as all the characters.

We have also been busy writing letters to Santa, which we have posted. We are very excited about getting a reply!

This week we also made some gingerbread. We talked about the importance of washing our hands, weighed the ingredients, cut out the gingerbread and then baked and decorated them. Finally we ate them – they were delicious!

 

As if that wasn’t enough, we also squeezed in some time to make decorations for our class Christmas trees! We enjoyed making repeated patterns with the coloured paper and measuring them to see who made the longest one. Our classroom is now looking fabulously festive.

 

Finally, this week’s learners of the week were Benji and Sophie-Mae. Well done both of you, we are very proud of you.

 

We’re not afraid of the dark!

This week we built a dark cave in our classroom and did a science investigation all about shadows and reflection. We found out the best distance to hold a torch to make the best shadows, and that if you shine a torch onto a reflective surface the light bounces back. We were also really interested in the tetris light, and had to make sure the pieces touched each other so the electricity would pass through each block.

 

We have been writing independent sentences for our morning task, and are doing a great job of learning how to write our names without our name cards.

 

In maths, we have been using our adding machine to find the total of two numbers, and deciding how to record that in our books.

 

We have also been using our blending line to hang socks on which make words, and then having a go at writing the words down.

Finally, the learners of the week this week were Summer and Isabel. Well done girls, we are very proud of you!

 

Taken Over

This week we have been exploring colour by making pictures using marbling. WE talked about how the colours don’t mix with the water because they are oil-based, and were very impressed with all of the fabulous patterns we created.

 

Sticking to a pattern theme, we have been exploring repeating patterns in our Maths work this week. We made patterns with counters, compare bears and even the children! Can you guess what our criteria were?

 

We have started rehearsing our nativity too, and Miss Mayhew was so impressed with how brilliantly we are starting to learn our parts.

 

Finally, today we were ‘taken over’ by some of our Year 6 students, and they did a brilliant job teaching the class all day! Our learners of the week this week were Rowan and Aubrie, both for the great quality writing they are doing. Well done!

Busy bees!

Well, what a busy week we have had in Reception this week! As part of anti-bullying week we have been learning all about what makes a good friend, and even took part in the whole-school picket about bullying yesterday. We wore odd socks to school too!

We baked and decorated biscuits for Children in Need this Friday, and sold them during our Friday assembly and after school – we raised over £40 and sold every single one! And of course we had a great time coming to school in our pyjamas.

As part of our colour and light topic, we also  made a giant rainbow outside using the different coloured objects we found in Reception – we are hoping to post the video of that soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

Colour and Light

This week we have started our new topic, colour and light. We have been making firework art out of loose part materials, and learning all about bonfire night!

We have also had a visitor in to tell us about the festival of light, Diwali, and have made clay diva lamps which we decorated with beads

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We also had a Diwlai part this morning, and would like to thank everybody who sent in the delicious food we ate!

We have been looking at colour mixing, using clingfilm to mix primary colours together and see what new colours we could make, and we also made some 3D rainbows.

Finally, it was Parisa’s last day at our school today so at home time we all sang her our Goodbye song and wished her lots and lots of luck at her new school. We will miss you Parisa!

Bonkers for Conkers!

This week in Reception some of the children brought in conkers and we had a competition! We liked swinging the conkers around, and also measuring to see who had the longest string!

We also had our very first Story Cafe today, and parents came down to our classrooms after assembly to do some activities relating to our book, Little Monkey. 

 

Our Learners of the Week were Ellie and Logan – well done to them!

 

Have a fantastic half term, and see you soon!

 

Miss Mayhew

Pumpkin Soup

This week our class book was ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. We made some pumpkins to decorate our book corner:

We also made our very own pumpkin soup today! We all had a turn chopping the vegetables, and then took the pan to our cafe to cook the soup. When it was ready we all had a try. Some people wanted seconds, but others weren’t too keen on the taste!

 

We have been collecting Harvest Festival donations all week and putting them on display in Miss Edward’s classroom. Thank you so much to all the parents who donated.

Finally, our learners of the week this week were Jessica and Everley. Here they are with their certificates. We are very proud of all our children and they really love it when their grown-ups are able to make it to assembly.

Libraries and Little Red Hens

On Wednesday this week, our class walked to Moor Allerton Library to have a look at their books. Here we are all ready to go!

It was Reception’s first trip out of school, and their behaviour was absolutely brilliant both on the walks to and from, and whilst we were at the library! Thank you to the parents who joined us too, your support was greatly appreciated.

Pie Corbett

This week we have been learning a Pie Corbett story with actions, The Little Red Hen. We did an absolutely amazing job of memorising all the words and actions, and were proud to show off to parents at this morning’s assembly!

 

 

Fire and Candles!

This week the firefighters came for a visit. The children thought of questions to ask them and were really great at listening and learning all about everything they do to help us. They particularly liked learning that firefighters often rescue children stuck in railings!

 

In class, we turned our home corner into a fire station and made a giant fire engine to play in – it looks amazing!

We have also been doing some brilliant writing this week, and learning all about estimating and making a sensible guess in Maths.

Some of the children have been really interested in the dinosaurs in the small world area, and have been looking up their names and matching them to our non-fiction dinosaur books. Next week we are going to make a dinosaur swamp!

Finally, we all had a fantastic time at our first assembly of the school year – thank you so much to all the parents who gave up their time to come along. We celebrated birthdays and chose our learners of the week – Leon and Murewa. If any of you children have any certificates for things they achieve at home, please do send them in so that we can celebrate these in our assemblies too. We are really looking forward to next week’s already!

Babies booming

Last week, we were learning all about babies in Reception. We looked at pictures of ourselves as babies (including Miss Mayhew!) and talked about the similarities and differences we could see. Lots of the children thought it was very funny that they had no hair!

Miss Mayhew as a child- can you guess which one I am?

We have also been continuing our fascination with the large outdoor building equipment, making obstacle courses for each other. This activity has kept the children engrossed for a significant period of time, and is fantastic for developing gross motor skills which are the basis for early writing and reading.

Another activity we have really enjoyed outside is getting some large containers for our water play, and splashing about in our wellies!