The children loved our trip to Sea Life center last week. Their behaviour was amazing and we were super proud of them. A big thank you to the Adults who came to help us, we couldn't run these trips without you.
Highlights of the trip included seeing sharks, sting rays and seahorses. We also really enjoyed our packed lunches! We met two rescued sea turtles called Cami and Ernie and some of us were even brave enough to stroke a real starfish!
We have been doing lots of talking about what we saw and found out about and writing about our favourite sea creatures.
This half term we have been learning all about life under the sea. We have read lots of books such as 'Fantastic Fish' and 'Hooray for Fish'. We have enjoyed writing about life in the sea and creating lots of art work which you can see on our topic board in class and in the stairwell in the main school building. This is what it looks like, lots of staff in school have commented on how amazing it is!
We have been using drama to help us retell short stories written by other young children. We also had a go at making up our own stories and acting them out. Everybody had a go at getting onto our virtual stage and being a character or an objects in the stories. It is great fun and gives us the skills we need to write our own stories in the future.
Our gymnastics sessions happen every Wednesday morning. It is vital children have the correct clothing in school for safety reasons. Changing into our PE kit is an important skill we need to learn. At first it is really tricky and we may not get it quite right. Sometimes our clothes get mixed up so it is VERY important that everything has our name written on it!
It is worth it though because we love our gymnastics sessions. So far we have learnt how to jump off a small table and land correctly, how to do a pencil and curled roll, how to carry the equipment safely and how to do a forward roll.
Another lesson we have really been enjoying is ICT. Each Thursday we go to the compute suite in main school and practise using computers to make artwork, type and play fun games. Some of us are beginning to learn how to use a mouse and keyboard and even how to log into the programs by ourselves!
In addition to our Manchester city sports sessions, the children have also been having Anchor literacy sessions. The team from Anchor visit us once a week to consolidate important literacy skills through music, drama and movement. We now know songs about letter sounds and names, sentence structure and nouns. The children really enjoy these lively sessions and it really helps to remember important literacy skills.
A few weeks ago we started our Manchester City sessions. A sports coach, Carl, from the club comes into school each Wednesday to teach us new sport skills. So far we have been practising handling balls in different ways, passing them to each other and receiving them. We have also tried to find and use our own space and practised balancing, and moving in different ways around the room.
It's a while since our blog was updated so here is a very quick catch up from last half-term.
We enjoyed a visit from the nurse who told us why it is important to wash our hands and how do it properly. She then put some special gel on our hands. We went to wash it off using the actions she had shown us. Then we put our hands under a special light to see if we had done a good job. If we could see some gel left on our hands we had to try again!!
In Maths we have been learning how we can represent numbers in different ways. We used objects, money, ten frames, numicon and more. We enjoyed making number boards to show our numbers in lots of different ways.
We also worked really hard to practise our Christmas performance of The Very Hopeless Camel. Some of us had lines to speak, some of us were acting or dancing and some of us were the singers.
The children were all fantastic and did a great job, so I would like to say a hug THANK YOU to them all! We hope you enjoyed watching it.
At the very end of term we enjoyed a party together. Thank you to anybody who send in food donations. As always, we had lots of lovely food to share. We even had a very special visitor. Santa Claus came to visit us in our classroom and brought us all a little gift!
Finally, the children enjoyed watching a pantomime performed by the grown-ups in school. It was called 'The Grinch who Stole Christmas'. Everyone thought is was very funny and enjoyed shouting 'Booooo' at the Grinch when he was naughty.
I hope everybody enjoyed the holiday. The children all seem to be refreshed and ready to start learning again. This term our topic is Animals. We have lots of exciting things planned including a trip!
Today we started our extra PE sessions. Manchester City Football Club coaches will visit us every week to teach us football skills. We will be outside for these sessions so it is important that the children have a tracksuit and trainers. We will also start our gymnastics lessons next week. The children MUST have the correct kit. A letter has been sent home with the details.
We have had a great week learning how to be a good friend and what to do if somebody is being unkind to us.
We learned a song about it and wanted to share it with you, so here it is......
We are all feeling a little fresher after a week off but many of us have been catching colds and coughs.
It hasn't stopped our learning though. We started our first week back by reading the book 'Spinderella' Julia Donalson.
We did an experiment where we had to think of ways to free Spinderella, who had been frozen into an ice block. Luckily our ideas worked and Sprinderella was free!
We talked about Bonfire Night and made firework pictures using paint and toilet roll tubes.
We have had an amazing half term in Reception. Here are a few of the things we have been getting up to....
We read the book 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. Then we tried our hands at a little magic ourselves by making our own magic potion! We predicted what might happen when we mixed together the special ingredients. We took turns adding them and watched what happened to the mixture.
We cut up some pumpkins and had a look what was inside. We tried to describe how it looked, smelt, and felt.
We did some observational drawings of the big dinosaurs outside.
We had a fabulous week last week, reading The Smartest Giant in Town. we talked about the characters and their feelings and our favourite parts of the story.
Weve been getting creative this week as well. We enjoyed painting a huge tree for our Julia Donaldson display. We used brushes, our fingers and our hands to spread the fun. It was messy but great fun.
We talked about the building that make up a town and made our own Town, like the one in the story.
In one of our other sessions we talked about healthy and unhealthy foods and tried to make a healthy lunchbox.
We also started our guided reading sessions this week. We tried really hard and Mrs Gooch was very proud of us.
Finally, thank you to all the amazing Gruffalo homework that was brought in. There were some very creative ideas and they all look amazing on the wall.
Our topic this half term is Julia Donaldson and all her stories. We have started by reading The Gruffalo. We have been so busy settling into our new Reception class. We've had lots of fun trying all the activities in our areas of learning, inside and outside, and we've been making new friends.
We have enjoyed some quiet reading time this week and have started our new Phonics sessions. We've been learning about animal habitats and have enjoyed sorting animals into the different places they live. In Maths we've been practising counting out a given number of objects from a larger set and matching numerals to a set of objects. We've also had our first Dance lesson with Mrs Shaw. We are practising taking our own shoes and socks/tights off and putting them back on.
Can we please take this opportunity to tell you that we have dance on Friday mornings. Children do not need a kit for this as they will take their socks and shoes off to do their dance session.
We were lucky enough to visit our new Forest school area on Thursday. We sat in the tipi and listened to The Gruffalo story then went out to look for the character's homes (using our imaginations). We then collected sticks, went back into the tipi and decorated them by winding wool around them. They looked great even though it was quite tricky to do!
Next week we will be looking at a new Julia Donaldson book. I wonder which one it will be? Which one is your favourite?