We had an amazing time on our school trip to Chester Zoo on Wednesday. The children's behaviour was fantastic, we were very proud of them. We didn't manage to see everything that we had wanted to, but we saw lots of amazing animals and creatures. We learnt lots of new things and saw things some of us had never seen before!
Here are a few photos from the day.
And here is some of the amazing work we have managed to produce so far. The children were so enthusiastic to write about the trip and paint pictures of the animals!
This week we have been emerging ourselves in all things Dragon!
We made a simple story map of the story and retold it using actions. This helps us to remember the beginning, middle and end of the story as well as being fun.
We have also been making stories up about dragons (using the figures in the small world area), making collages of dragons (using different textures of materials to make scales) and writing speech bubbles for the dragon in the story.
In maths we have been learning all about the number '12'. We love watching the Numberblocks on cbeebies! We can now count to 12, write the number 12, share 12 between 2 and represent the number 12 in lots of different ways (eg using numicon, tally marks, drawings, 10 frames). Next week we will be learning how to make different arrays using the number 12.
Homework this week is to practise tricky words. These are words that cannot be sounded out so we need to learn how to read and write them from memory.
Enjoy the long weekend, hopefully the weather will cheer up!
Mrs Gooch and RG
Summer Term 2019
This half term we will be learning all about dragons.We will start by enjoying the story There's no Dragon In This Story' by Lou Carter. In the story the dragon wants to be a hero and visits different fairy tales to ask if he can be part of the story only to be turned away. Eventually something happens and the Dragon has a chance to be the hero, but will he be brave enough? If you would like to hear the story here is a link.
We will also be learning all about Komodo dragons. We will be visiting Chester Zoo in May and hopefully we will be able to see a real life Komodo Dragon as well as all the other animals. Why don't you have a look on the Chester Zoo website to find out which animals live there?
This week we have started our Manchester City sessions again. Coach Carl comes in each Tuesday morning to teach us how to develop out gross motor skills. This helps us build up our muscles, strength and even helps us with other important things such as writing.
*Please can you make sure your child has a PE kit in school
* Please bring your child's book bag in every day
Don't forget to bring back the Chester Zoo trip form and make payment at the office. If you have lost your letter, please ask me for a new one.
As a school we have been celebrating Black History Month. Reception decided to focus on the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. The children were amazed to watch her performing on the big screen. We had a go at doing some of her famous balances. We also designed new leotards for her. All our work went up as a display in the main hall. We then all went over to look at the work done by different classes. The hall looked amazing.
We enjoyed learning all about Diwali last week. We joined in the celebrations by making cards, rangoli patterns, diva lamps and more firework pictures. We heard the story of Rama and Sita which we really enjoyed.
We had a great time on the 5th November. School organised our annual fireworks display for all to enjoy. We watched from the field, enjoying the sounds and colours. This fed back to our art work in class where we made firework pictures using different materials.
I can't believe it is nearly the end of our first half-term in Reception!
Here's a quick catch up on some of things we have been up to.
We recently walked over to Fallowfield library where we were treated to a story session by the staff. We read 3 stories, one of which your child will have brought home in their free Bookstart pack. This was a gift from the library and the book is yours tokeep at home. We hope you enjoy reading the story.
Last Friday we made chocolate conkers. First we crushed up the biscuits. Then we added mascarpone cheese and rolled the mixture into the shape of a conker. We let them set in the fridge for 2 hours and then dipped them in melted chocolate. The children really enjoyed making them and talking about their favourite foods. I'm sure they enjoyed eating them as well!
We have now started our topic on 'Autumn' and are more or less following our full timetable.
In Literacy we have been reading the book 'Mouse House' by John Burningham.
The story is about a family who share their house with a family of mice. The Father phones the Mouse Catcher but the children warn the mice to run away. The mice go and live in the garden but when winter comes the children can't find them anywhere. One night, some time later, the boy sees another mouse in his house. This time he decides not to tell anybody.
The children have really enjoyed retelling the story with actions, sequencing the pictures from the story and making our very own mice. We carefully used the scissors to cut out a triangle and 2 circles to make our mice. They look fantastic on our class display.
Thank you to anyone who has brought in Autumn leaves and things they have found outside. The children have learned about conkers, fir cones, beech nuts and sycamore seeds. We have looked at the types of changes that happen in Autumn. This song is a favourite of ours and explains it really well.
We have also started our sports sessions with Manchester City and Manchester United football club. The teams are teaching us some football skills which also help with our gross motor and fine motor development.
In Maths we have been practising careful counting. We have counted up to 6 objects from the left to the right, the right to the left and from the centre. We have also been looking at patterns on a dice and trying to replicate them.
Next week we will be continuing looking at Autumn changes. We will be making our own version of the 'Mouse House' book and will be looking at subitizing in maths.
A very warm welcome to Reception! Your child will have now started their learning journey in class RG.
Each week I will post some work that the children have been doing and give you any information about upcoming events.
The children have settled remarkably well. They all seem happy to be at school and are enjoying exploring their new learning environment.
Here aresome photos of some of the things we have been doing:
We will be starting our topic 'Autumn' next week so please bring any Autumnal leaves, conkers etc that you might find. You might also email me some Autumnal photos of you enjoying Autumn walks. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to send in your child's book bag with them every day. The reading book will be changed twice a week. We are awaiting stock of the blue book bags so use the plastic wallet provided as a temporary measure.
Thank you for your support