Week of May 15th in Reception

What a lovely week. We had Science Week and National Outdoor Learning Day on Thursday.

We kicked off science week asking the children what they thought science was all about. They blew us away. We introduced a song that covered gravity, hibernation, migration, metamorphosis, evaporation. Many of which the children have / are experiencing through their everyday play. Here is the link to the song on You Tube from The Learning Station.

  1. Joshua knows all about gravity.

  2. Most children could explain evaporation, they just didn’t know the proper scientific term.

  3. Most children knew about hibernation. Migration was a new term to many.

  4. Metamorphosis – We are learning about this ‘in the moment’ with our class caterpillars.

Science Week photos:

Gloop: The children were exploring two type of gloop, making it,  then observing how it changed and what it felt like using their senses. They explored transporting it, putting it through funnels and sieves, trying to pick it up with their hands or utensils and trying to form it into shapes, just to see what would happen.  We heard some lovely language, describing how it felt, looked and behaved in their hands.

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Bubbles: Talking about how bubbles are made of trapped air, the colours the children can see, their shape, size and chasing them to try and pop them are all valuable learning opportunities. I sent a recipe home that we used for science week, it’s well worth it! Would love some pics if you are successful making even bigger bubbles.

STEM Challenge: The children (and many of the parents!) loved the STEM challenge. The children used toothpicks and sweets to build 3D shapes. We are taking a closer look at 3D shapes next week. Could you make a better one at home?

Child led learning at its best: How much water is needed to be added to make the perfect sandcastle? What is happening to the water when it is poured on the sand?

Jump Rope: What goes up must come down!!!

George P was amazing, gold medalist in the making. Think we’ll try double dutch next week…

Sorry, but my photos really don’t do the children justice, didn’t manage to capture many mid flight.

Imaginative Play:  Mrs. Kimber and I managed to salvage some car seats and bumbers from the Car Body Repair Shop in Breakspeare Rd (Thanks Issy!). They were so popular with the children, lots of lovely language and imaginative play. At risk of turning the garden into a salvage yard we love open ended resources like these. We’d love a steering wheel or three!

  More construction:

 

Next Week: We are looking at 3D shapes. Take a look at your environment, can the children spot any 3D structures, cone, cube, sphere etc.

We are collecting interesting shaped boxes. There are some hexagonal chocolate boxes if you fancy treating yourself (just in the interests of your child’s 3D education of course!).

  1. What shape is the football?

  2. What shape is a toblerone?

  3. What shape is a Swiss Roll cake?

  4. What shape is a Battenburg cake?

On Wednesday  Miss Boby and I are out of class for part fo the day each  as we have an internal moderation which is a statutory requirement, but we are on site.

Mrs. Quinn.

Week of May 1st in Reception

Our caterpillars continue to hold the children’s interest, which they have demonstrated  through their art work, creativity and their daily interest in observing change, which has also led to measuring them. Most have been given a name too, lovely writing.

 

Growing plants:

Last week we made observational drawings of plants and planted beans and sunflower seeds. We have been watching a bean germinate and it’s been lovely hearing the children use this new vocabulary as they talk about the changes they have observed.

Pirates!

We have observed some pirate play this week and will be developing this next week. I bought some lovely swash buckling swords in Tiger (what did teachers ever do before Tiger hit the high street?) and the children had already made swords for St. George’s Day play. We’d love some plastic bottles for messages in a bottle….

 

2D Shapes

We have been reviewing 2D shapes this week. The children were encouraged to guess the shape from its description, number of sides, curved or straight and number of corners. They also went outside to look for the shapes in their environment and used shapes to create a picture.

A few more:

 

Next Week: 

We have been working on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are working on describing  the giant using wow words and the oral retelling of the story. We hope to see the caterpillars begin to change into chrysalides.

Do you have any (clean) plastic bottles or pirate that you could donate?

Save the date: Sports Day June 20th.

This Week in Reception, W/C March 6th.

After visiting the baby ducklings in Nursery the children painted pictures.  We will be observing and recording their growth and changes.

I was really impressed with how the children managed to complete a game involving money. We started just using pennies but very quickly extended this to other denominations.


In PE we were throwing and catching.  Jamie is a future gold medalist! Many children can catch with one hand too… Roll on Sports Day.


We completed some maths assessments, which can be discussed in Parent Consultations, but the children are making great progress generally. Keep them counting and adding groups.
W/C13th March:

Parent consultations will be in cottontails. Learning Journeys and children’s stories, as well as learning portfolios will be available to look at in Tiggys.

I am collecting kitchen roll centres, or that type of cardboard cylinder, the stronger the better.

I’m also collecting screw drivers for the woodwork area and any off cuts of soft woods.

Our literacy focus this week is writing speech bubbles for the characters in The  Three Little Pigs. Perhaps you have a copy to read at home this week.
Mrs. Quinn.

Week of February 20th in Reception

It’s been a fun week and lovely to see the children back, ready to learn. The Birthday theme was fun – did you get to hear our new Insey Wincey Spider song or The Button Factory Song?

We have been developing a role play bakery, based n children’s interests and an outside wedding role play. We have been modelling how to use the new play dough and baking area, with a view to encouraging independent baking.

I’m still trying to develop the outdoor role-play area and would love some wedding magazines for the children to look at. My mind is racing with what direction this learning could take us. Apart from the usual make a wedding invitation, making a list of people to invite, all of which is lovely, I though about discussing with the children British customs, such as something old, new, borrowed and blue. SO, we may be asking the children to bring something in. I’m also collecting (washed) tin cans to put on the rear of the brides carriage! and our baking/junk modelling could develop into making the tallest tiered wedding cake ever – which of course the children would need to design, draw and label first!

Please send in any wedding photos, especially old ones of older family members, in black and white, so the children can appreciate how times have changed or from different cultures, or exotic locations.

We had a successful week baking, which will continue next week with small groups of children if your child didn’t get to cook this week. We are still accepting donations of cake decorations

Here are a few from this week:

 

Next Week: Book Week – Dress up Friday!

As always, I need to see reading records signed and unnamed uniform continues to be an issue. Please label everything!

Mrs. Quinn.

 

 

 

Reception Week of September 12th

It has been a brilliant week! The children are settling into new routines and establishing new friendships.

A few housekeeping issues to help everyone.

Electronic Learning Journeys: If you have requested to be set up to be able to send observations direct to your child’s electronic Learning Journey you will get an email once I have set you up online which you will need to reply to. Just as you get a confirm for password resets etc.  It is just 2Build-a-Profiles way to ensure you did request it.

Library: We sent out library books this week. These should be returned each Friday. Your child will be encouraged to take a book home weekly, but they may not want to. The book out on loan must be returned the following week to allow another book to be taken home.

Wellies: Not all children have wellies in school yet. Please provide them asap.

PE/Games: We had our first PE lesson today. Please ensure you have provided a PE kit, which will stay on their peg until half term. This should consist of NAMED t-shirt, shorts, socks, plimsols. I noticed today that some children have been given clothes from another family, but the previous childs name is in the clothes still, which makes finding out who it belongs to difficult. Please check.

Outdoors: Remember we are out in all weathers so as the weather begins to change please make sure the children have a suitable coat in school.

Returning letters etc: Please remember that we would prefer the TAs to send their time with the children rather than checking bags, so anything important, give to the adult at the door at drop off, or put in the trays provided.

We have been introducing the children to their house teams and small groups.

House teams are red, yellow, blue and green, The children are awarded ‘gold coins’ as house points for their colour team. Its a nice way to practice our counting to see which team has the most coins.

Our groups for morning activities are foxes, mice, owls, rabbits, kittens. Ask your child which group they are in.

Photos from this week:

Next Week:

We are still at that important stage of settling and observing the children as part of our baseline assessment to help inform future planning. We will be observing and assessing the children’s phonic knowledge next week with a view to sending home reading books and Teddy words.

There is a Phonics presentation on Wednesday during which I will explain what you can do to support your child at home and explain how we teach your child to read. I will also have handouts available.  I urge your attendance if possible.

There is a bit of a magnetic theme brewing so we are offering resources to the children to investigate which materials are magnetic and which are not.

We will be encouraging the children to draw self portraits, so we have other resources ready to encourage discussion about how we are the same, but different, and to use different media to create faces.

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Mrs Quinn.

Mathematics Development

Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to expand and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

By the end of reception children will develop their understanding of:

  • Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
  • Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

How can you help?

You can help your child gain mathematical experiences in numerous everyday situations.  All of the skills can be introduced using things in the home and in the environment outside. Bearing these points in mind, encourage as many of the following skills as possible:

  • Compare objects to see which is the longest, tallest, thickest, thinnest, heaviest, and lightest.
  • Describe where something is, using the appropriate words; under, above, behind, on, next to ….
  • Sort naturally when playing; all of the red bricks together, all of the duplo in the box, sorting socks into pairs.
  • Develop spatial awareness by playing with construction items, make a tall house for a giraffe.
  • Discover which shapes fit together well, which shapes stack well, how tall can you make your tower before it topples over?
  • Notice shapes in the environment when out and about.
  • Develop capacity skills in the bath, fill up different sized containers, are they full, empty, half full?
  • Develop weighing skills by baking with your child, lots of flour, same amounts of sugar and butter.
  • Make predictions about the timing of the day, e.g. knowing that you go to pre-school after breakfast, that we can go to the park after lunch.  How many sleeps until our outing on Saturday?
  • Children naturally look for patterns and order, notice the pattern in a brick wall, put all the pictures of cars together, make a necklace with red, blue, red, blue beads.
  • Let them help you at the shops, put 4 apples in the bag, get a large bag of sugar.
  • Sing and recite number songs and rhymes.
  • Count up to 10 – beyond if they are able – stairs to bed, number of bananas in the bunch, number of teddy bears for the tea party.
  • Add on or subtract in very natural situations, ‘you had 4 sweets and you have eaten 2, how many are left?’