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.

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.

Week of May 16th

We have had a fabulous Science Week!

Our Sensory bottles were a big success. We heard lots of lovely observations and explanations about what the children could see happening.

“I put beads, sticks and glitter in the water but when I turned it over it made a pattern. It’s like a glittery fire ball. The beads go to the top, they are floating. I can go on my back and float in the sea too. Some are going down because they are sinking.” Layla

“I put beads and alphabet and big shapes in it. The balls aren’t sinking but the tiny things did, like the numbers and pasta. The sprinkles sunk but the other things floated.” Ava H

” Some bits are heavy and they stay down because they are heavy”. Maya.

“They floated down to the bottom. The beads are tiny so they go to the top because they are light. Look!, the sparkles are going down.” Aliza shook the bottle and said it looked like a snow globe.

“I added marbles, shells, sand, jewels and a cork. The cork is too light so it floated. The beads floated but the marbles sank. Cork is light and beads are light but shells and other things are heavy so sink.” Max W

 

We also had a visit from Jungle Jo, and met lots of huge mini beasts.

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The children have been painting butterflies. I wouldn’t normally use a template to paint on in Early Years but my focus was on the visual symmetry, which the children clearly began to understand. We heard language such as ‘the same, matching.’

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Look how these young girls worked together to create a symmetrical butterfly on the light table.

The children are still observing the changes in our tadpoles daily, so they were given a life cycle to cut out in Busy Fingers time to demonstrate their understanding, whilst practising their scissor skills.

 

A few more:

Next Week: We are still encouraging the children to represent their understanding of mini-beasts and will provide transient art resources to create their own bugs.

However, from discussions about floating and sinking this week, and reading ‘Who Sank the Boat, many children are keen to build their own boat and put things in it to make it sink! We are collecting containers for our junk modeling for this purpose.

  • Please keep practising oral counting with your child, at least to 20, and count anything and everything supporting accurate counting.
  • I’d love feedback on the syllable  sheet I sent home.

Save the date: Sports Date is June 21st. Please let me know what colour team the children’s siblings are in.

June 17th/18th are National den building days. I would like to do something for this with you and the children, so keep the date and more details to follow, dads too!

  • I have had two parents out of 53 express an interest and willingness to help develop next years reception area. Anymore?????

Mrs. Quinn

 

 

 

Science Week

Next week is Science Week. I would like to introduce the children to Sensory bottles.  It would be great if each child could bring in a 2L bottle  that I hope to fill with a variety of resources.

There will be opportunity to develop language about floating, sinking, density, colour changing, magnetism etc.

I hope to give the children lots of choice to create an individual sensory bottle

Can you help resource:

Food colouring, baby oil,   which will form the basis of the sensory bottles.

Also: Water beads (used for flowers), coloured stones (kind used in fish tanks),

sequins, stones, shells, buttons, small saped pasta, pom poms, small alphabet, loom bands, marbles, googly eyes, plastic numbers, beads, tinsel, corks, shopkins, the list is endless, so anything  that can fit through the neck of the bottle and won’t perish in the water.

Mrs. Quinn.