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 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