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What a fun start to our new term!

This week we have begun our Superhero topic! We started off by saying what we already knew about Superheroes and then decided on some questions that we would like to find out the answers to during our topic.

We then moved on to learning about real life Superheroes. We learned about doctors and nurses, vets, firefighters, guide dogs and police horses! We have been using our outside area to recreate lots of situations where we need to become these Superheroes to rescue each other!

We watched an episode of Fireman Sam and wondered how he kept his hands dry while using the hose to put fires out. We decided to test different gloves made out of paper, wool and rubber and decided which would be the best to keep his hands dry!

In Maths we have been learning about the number 7, and we have been counting on from different numbers to get to 7. When we count on we say the next number. We have also been comparing quantities using the terms fewer and more. We know that 3 biscuits is fewer than 7 biscuits!

In PE we had a lovely time with Mrs Butterworth, travelling in different ways and making different shapes with our bodies.

Reception has been very Christmassy this week! We have had a fun week of Christmas activities and treats!

On Tuesday we had a wonderful time at the pantomime in Loughborough seeing Beauty and the Beast.

On Thursday we all wore our Christmas jumpers and our specially made Christmas hats, while we enjoyed our Christmas dinner. Then we had a lovely Christmas party where we played party games like musical statues. We then had a biscuit and a drink and after that a very special guest came to visit us……. Santa!

On Friday we were treated to a special performance of Dick Whittington.

What a lovely week!

Merry Christmas everybody!

We have had a very exciting week this week! First, we discovered a big mess in our classroom and we had no idea who had made it. So we set up a camera and left it running overnight. The next morning we looked at the footage and saw that some elves had been playing in our classroom! We wrote letters to them asking them to please tidy up in future!

We also made wrapping paper for the elves using repeating patterns, we wrote our Christmas lists and posted them to Santa, we played elves in our small world area and outside we recreated the North Pole using tuff spots and our large construction!

We also designed our own toys, like elves do, then made them using our junk modelling.

On Friday we went to Forest School, for a Christmas treat. We made dens and explored the forest and then…. we had a camp fire! We watched Sam cook popcorn over the fire and listened to the sounds it made as it cooked. We then got to eat some! After a warming drink of hot chocolate, we very carefully roasted our own marshmallows over the fire and ate them. It was wonderful!

This week we have been continuing to think about our topic of light.  We wanted to know if light came from a mirror, so we explored mirrors and reflective surfaces using torches.  We also used a variety of different media to recreate Van Gogh's painting 'Starry Night'. Through discussion we showed that we had we have learned a lot about light sources.

We also continued to think about the moon.  We had a fantastic time in our moon tuff spot, moving moon buggies and we had great fun dressing up as astronauts and using our large construction and bike to play moon games!

In Maths we have been thinking about counting numbers that cannot be moved.  We have also continued our learning about 5, by making pentagons and turning them into rockets and houses!

We had fun playing a very special game of twister.  We needed to try to sound out and read the words stuck to the spots before we could put our hands and feet down!

Week Beginning 19.11.18

This week we have been thinking about the sun and the moon as sources of light. We had a lovely time following instructions to make moon playdoh. We also made stained glass baubles that will let the sunlight through.

Thank you for all the glass jars we received. We enjoyed turning these jars into beautiful lanterns, another source of light.

We have been writing for different purposes this week; labelling lights on and off, writing captions about the sun and writing 3 letter words.

We have been playing games to develop our sounding out and blending in order to read simple words and learning some words by sight.

In Maths, we have continued to think about the number 5 and the different ways of representing it.

This week we have enjoyed the story 'Peace at Last'.  We turned our role play area into the Bears' House and the next day we came to school to find muddy footprints!  We think it was Mr Bear!  We thought we would help him by being 'Noise Investigators' and warning him about anything that might keep him awake! 

We have had lots of fun on the computers making dinners and ice creams for the Bear Family.  We also drew pictures of the sounds that kept Mr Bear awake in each room of his house. 

 In Maths we been thinking about 5.  We played board games to familiarise ourselves with dice representations of number and we were 'Number Detectives' in the outside area, looking for hidden dice representations.   We also learned about ordering these representations from 1-5. 

At Forest School we had a fantastic time making dens and then we got eat our snack in the dens we made!

For Children in Need we dressed in our pyjamas and had a pyjama day!  We made beds on the Creative Table and thought about our bedtime routines. 

This week we have been thinking about Bonfire Night and Fireworks!  We have had lots of fun mark making different firework shapes in lots of different ways.  We used the computer, chalk outside and worked with our friends to make lots of fantastic shapes!  We also used the Creative Table in lots of exciting ways to make bonfire collages, firework pictures and rockets!

We have continued to learn about 4.  This week we have looked at the smaller numbers within 4.  We coloured in 4 rockets using 3 crayons and talked about how many there were of each colour.  We have also been thinking about 4 sided shapes - squares and rectangles - and used these shapes to make rockets!

We now have a dark den in our classroom.  This dark den will help us next week when we think more about our topic of Light.

This week we had our very first visit to Forest School!  We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the forest and climbing trees!  We played hide and seek in the forest.  The seekers learned to shout, "One, two, three where are you?" and the hiders had to reply, "One, two, three I am here!"

We also used the natural forest materials to build little homes for little animals.

We enjoyed our snack time as well!

During Welly Time we went on an Autumn Treasure Hunt.  We needed to find different amounts of different coloured leaves and tick them off on a checklist.  We then explored the leaves in the classroom and practised colour mixing to get the paint colours just right! 

We have been continuing to think about the number 3.  In particular, we learned that three is made up of smaller numbers.  We also learned that triangles have 3 sides and 3 corners.  We made our own triangles using a variety of lengths of paper.  We then created beautiful stars using 2 triangles and made the Big Bad Wolf using lots of different sized triangles.

We have been retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs using story maps and pictures from the story.

We now have some new special building bricks in our outside area, and we have really enjoyed building with them this week!

This week we have been thinking about the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.  We have been very creative!  We pretended to huff and puff like the Big Bad Wolf, blowing paint through a straw, and created some wonderful pictures!  We also mixed red and white paint together to make pink, to paint little pigs.  We then used junk modelling to make little piggie houses.  We stuck on straw, sticks or bricks and made sure the houses had a door and window!

This week we have been thinking about the number three.  We have looked at the quantity of 3 and are beginning to make three from different starting points - like if we already have two, how can we make it into 3?

During Welly Time we explored the playground and woodland area looking for signs of Autumn and discussed them with our friends.

This week in Reception we have been learning about the number 2! We have learned what 2 looks like. We have found 2 objects from a larger number, we have drawn 2 objects and we are learning to recognise the numeral 2.

We have also been thinking about materials. In particular, the materials used in the story of the Three Little Pigs. On Tuesday we had Welly Time, when we went into our Woodland Area and gathered lots of sticks to build a house for the second little pig. We have used sticks, straw and bricks in our continuous provision this week, to familiarise us with the properties of these materials. We particularly enjoyed mark making with sticks in paint!

On Wednesday we had a special visitor to teach us all about lorry safety. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the cab of the lorry!

On Friday it was Little Piggie’s birthday! He is 2 years old! We made him cakes using playdoh and put 2 candles on top. We then helped him with his birthday list by finding the things he had asked for….. 2 dinosaurs, 2 books and 2 lego bricks!

Our story this week has been 'Construction Destruction'. and this has led us into a lot of thinking about playgrounds.  We have talked about how to look after ourselves and others on the playground.  We have made playground collages by cutting out and sticking pictures of playground equipment and then we made playground equipment using lollipop sticks!

In phonics we have been thinking about the sounds s and a.  We have been thinking about different words and objects that begin with these sounds and have been familiarising ourselves with what these sounds look like when they are written down.

We have been counting a lot this week as well!  We also began our Maths Mastery this week, and we have been finding out lots about the number 1.

This week we have read the story of Pete the Cat, who was 'Rocking in his school shoes' and finding out all about his new school.  We decided to rock in our own school shoes, and we visited lots of different places in our new school.  We then printed off the photos we took and used the photos to mark make. 

We also painted pictures of Pete the Cat and decorated his school shoes using lots of interesting creative materials.  We thought a lot about lunchtimes and food, and cut out and stuck pictures of food on to plates.  We have continued to explore the different areas of our new classroom, and had lots of fun using all our classroom resources in interesting ways!

Week Beginning 3.9.18

Reception have had a fantastic first full week at school!  We have enjoyed getting to know each other and exploring our classroom.
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