To enhance our 'Fantasy' topic we decided to make alien cakes. We talked about the ingredients and how we were going to make them. We had great fun mixing the melted chocolate and cornflakes together and smelling the delicious smell!
Here are some photos of us making and decorating them.
I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter holiday. Thank you to everyone who took part in the Easter Egg competition, we had some fantastic entries. Here are a few photos of us finding our Easter eggs in the playground. Some of them were really tricky to find but we each found one in the end!
We had great fun during Science Week in school.
We did lots of experiments, predicting what might happen and then discussing what did happen and why.
We definitely have some future scientists in class RG!!
On Thursday 1st March we celebrated World Book Day. We really enjoyed coming to school dressed as different book characters and talking about our favourite stories.
The whole school read the book 'Du Iz Tak?' by Carson Ellis. It is a beautifully illustrated book about some bugs who find a shoot in the ground and have lots of adventures as it grows, flowers and withers away. The children enjoyed hearing the strange 'bug language' that the book is written in. There were surprisingly good at working out what the bugs might be saying to each other!
Despite the cold weather, reception had a fabulous day at Chester Zoo this week. The children were exceptionally well behaved and we were really proud of them. Thank you also to our parent helpers who came with us.
We saw lots of different animals including Giraffes, Elephants and Lions! Here are a few photos from the day. Which was your favourite animal?
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.