"The ice is melting because my hands are hot" said Karson.
"Spray the hot water it will get Elsa out quicker" said Elliot.
"I had ice in my garden. It melted because the sun came out" said Evie.
The children have enjoyed their first week back after the holiday and have been sharing their Christmas experiences and news. They have enjoyed telling each other about their favourite toys, how they spend Christmas with their families and friends. We have even had news of the birth of new baby brother and sisters!
It has been a cold week and we have been keeping warm even when going outside by wearing our cosy Boundary School fleeces and our waterproofs.
The children have discovered frozen water in the water tray and in the mud kitchen. This has sparked lots of interesting discussions about the cold weather and why water freezes. The children suggested that they could have hot chocolate outside to keep them warm!
Happy New Year to all the children, their families and friends!
Welcome back to School
Christmas Week in Reception
It's been a very exciting and busy last week in school. We have performed our Christmas Nativity to our family and friends, enjoyed our Christmas Party and wore our Christmas jumpers on Christmas Jumper Day.
From all the children and staff in Reception, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
A Frosty Day
We used our senses to explore our outside area. We talked about what the frost looked like, what it felt like and what shapes we could see.
"It's a heart shape...it's cold and slippy"
"The frost is white"
"The ice is cold and then it turns to water when it gets hot- it melts"
Since our trip to the woods we have been enjoying making leaf owls, leaf mobiles and fairy sticks from the items collected on the trip.
In class we have been reading The Gruffalo, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread man and Stick Man. The children have really enjoyed role playing the characters, painting the characters from the stories and retelling the stories in our story telling area.
For the final two weeks of this half term we will be thinking and learning about The Christmas Story and practising for our Nativity. A very busy time for us all in Reception!
Reception Class Autumn 2 WOW!
Salisbury Wood Trip
We really enjoyed our visit to Salisbury woods to observe signs of Autumn and to see if would could spot any woodland animals. Some of the children looked for the Gruffalo as we have had lots of fun reading the story at school. We collected some beautiful Autumn leaves in colours of red, gold and green. We had a stick race in the stream and followed the path to a clearing where we found a fox's den. The children also discovered two fairy door at the bottom of the trunk of two huge trees. We knocked on the door to say 'hello' but no one answered. We though they may have gone out to do some shopping!
We took our leaves and other items back to school to made some leaf animals and leaf rattles.
We hope you enjoy looking our our photos.
Don't forget our Open Morning on Tuesday 14th November. Please come and visit our Reception and Nursery Classes to see all the lovely learning we do!
Hope to see you then.
The children enjoyed talking about what they did at Halloween and Bonfire Night.
We enjoyed using loose parts to create our own fireworks and we made a large scale firework painting based on the style of Jackson Pollack.
We hope you like them!
Autumn 2 WOW
During the second week of the half term we will visiting Salisbury Woods to explore and develop an understanding of a Woodland environment. We believe there to be fairies living in the woods so watch this space! We hope we spot some! We may even meet a Gruffalo! "a Gruffalo, why didn't you know"...
Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals. The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes. Take a look at the lamps we made.
A Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. In Reception we have been creating our own Rangoli patterns using pasta and pulses.
In class we have been sharing the story of Little Red Hen. We talked about the animals in the story not helping the hen to plant, grow and harvest the wheat. They did want to help her eat it and she said 'NO'
We made our own delicious bread and of course shared it with everyone even the adults! We drew story maps and made fox and hen crafts using a range of materials and resources. We also talked about and remembered times when we had shared things at home and at school.
This week we have been celebrating Harvest Festival. We have talked about how fortunate we are to have food to eat when there are some people in the world who are less fortunate. The children brought in food from home to donate to Vincent House and then attended a Harvest Assembly in the hall, led by Year 6.
As part of our learning we had a fruit and vegetable shop outside where the children were able to role play and act out experiences. We also chopped and cut up vegetables and fruit to practice using one handed tools.
In class we have enjoyed learning about the different people who help us in school. The cook, the site supervisor, the office manager and the school nurse all came in to talk to us about their different jobs. Some of the children then enjoyed acting out the different jobs in the classroom.
The children have settled into school really well. They have taken the new routines and transitions in their stride in particular staying for their lunch. The children will be in school full time from Monday 18th September. They are going to be very tired at the end of the day so will need lots of sleep in order to be bright and breezy for school the next day.
We will be learning a bit more about the children and their families over the next few weeks and will be visited by some of the adults that help us around school.
The Reception Team would like to welcome all the children and their families to our lovely School!
Reception Class of 2016/17
The children in Reception have had a very busy year. They have learnt to get along with each, to listen and share their ideas and have developed good characteristics for learning. They particularly enjoyed visiting Salisbury Wood in the Autumn term and looking after newly hatched ducklings in the summer term. The children are proud of their achievements and are looking forward to year one.
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