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Year R

Welcome to our Year R blog!

 

Each week, we hope to share with you some of the learning that has taken place in our busy Reception classrooms. Maybe you could talk about what the children have been doing at school when you are at home with them?

Friday 2nd February 2024

 

This week in literacy and topic we have enjoyed learning about another planet, this time the biggest in our solar system, Jupiter! We found out that Jupiter’s big red spot is actually a huge swirling storm that has been going on for a few hundred years! We also looked at some recent news reports which showed that Jupiter also has Northern Lights and watched the images and videos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Our activities included choosing a fact we liked about Jupiter and we then practised our sentence writing skills.

 

During Child-initiated time we have been enjoying being astronauts in our space rocket with our friends. We have made some rockets out of different types of construction. Can you see the shapes we used? We have even drawn our own space rockets ready to blast off into space.

Friday 26th January 2024

 

This week in maths we have been using our knowledge and understanding of numbers. We have been grouping all sorts of objects to count and then writing that number on our whiteboards.  We played different games with rolling a dice and finding that numeral.

 

We had an exciting visit this week from The Planetarium! We jetted off into space and learnt lots about the moon, Earth and other planets. We also loved watching videos of the moon landing! The sky above our head was also transformed so that we could explore the night sky and spot different star constellations. We spotted a bear in the sky, a warrior and even a unicorn! Back in class during Child Initiated time we spoke about different textures and explored lots of different rocks and shells. We used words such as bumpy, heavy, shiny and smooth to describe them.

We have continued to learn about Space in our Topic/Literacy and this week we learned about Mars. Did you know that it is really cold on Mars even though it looks like it should be hot? We used marble printing and then cut out our own Mars planets. We also wrote facts about this amazing planet!

Friday 19th January 2024

 

During Child Initiated this week the children have been exploring our topic all about space.  The children have been scientists! They have been using torches to explore light and dark We talked about materials that let light through these are called translucent and materials that are solid and do not let light through are called opaque. We also talked about shadows; the children loved using the torches to make shadows.

 

This week in maths we have continued our learning on shape by looking at 3D shapes. We explored the names of the shapes, their features, and spoke about what they looked like. We thought a cuboid looked like a cereal box and a cone looked like an ice cream cone! During lessons we have been using building blocks to make models and spoke about the 3D shapes we were using. Finally, we went on another shape hunt to see if we could spot any 3D shapes around the classroom and school.

 

This week has been really cold but we have wrapped up well for our outdoor activities. Every day we go outside for a walk/run around the playground to do our Daily Mile. In Forest School we kept warm in our house. We found frost outside in different places but only where the sun hadn’t been shining.

 

This week in topic and Literacy we have been learning about the moon. We found out that the moon orbits the earth, and you can fit 4 moons inside our planet. We also found out that the holes on the moon’s surface are called craters. We had lots of fun making our own craters by dropping rocks in sand. We noticed that the bigger rocks made bigger craters.  

Friday 12th January 2024

 

Our topic/English this term is all about space, we started the week by discussing the solar system to find out what we already know about it.  We came up with some great facts about Earth. We talked about the deserts, the sea, forests and had lots of discussions about volcanoes!  The children loved exploring the role play area, this had been transformed into a spaceship! The children could complete the ‘Spaceship log book’ or study the rock samples. We read the book ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. The children really enjoyed re-creating the story using our own cardboard box, wellies and picnic blanket.   

 

In Forest School this week we enjoyed being out in the sun, despite it being so cold! We spent time looking in the trees to see what we could find and we enjoyed using the 2D shape hunter mats to help us find lots of different shapes hidden around the forest.

 

In maths, we have been exploring shapes and finding how they can be made up of other shapes. For example a diamond can be made of 2 triangles, or a big square can be made up of 4 little squares. We also made repeating patterns using 2 or 3 different colours.

 

During Child Initiated lessons this week we have had lots of fun playing in our new roleplay area. The children have been using the area to aid their imaginary play and travel to different planets in our solar system. The children have also enjoyed building rockets out of Lego this week.

Friday 5th January 2024

 

This week in literacy and topic we began by sharing our holiday news with everyone. We then began looking at our topic for this term, which is space! We really enjoyed sharing what we already know about space and worked together in groups to make mind maps, where we drew pictures and wrote words or sentences to show what we know.

 

In Forest School we had fun developing our motor skills. We hid behind the log pile and swung on the swing. We collected wood in our wheelbarrow and found some pine cones. When they are wet they are small and closed like this and when they dry they open out.  

Friday 15th December

We have had lots of fun across all of the Reception classes this week, celebrating all things festive! We have got stuck into lots of different craft making, including making Christmas trees, Christmas cards, reindeers, paper chains, decorations and more! We have been continuing to practise our sounds in phonics and are all making so much progress. We have also enjoyed listening to Christmas and winter stories, along with singing holiday counting songs! Merry Christmas to all and we look forward to sharing more of our learning in 2024.

Friday 8th December 2023

 

As well as nativity performances this week we managed to squeeze in some Christmas themed maths activities! We decorated a tree with pompoms and sequins then counted how many of each colour. We worked out which colour there was most of. We ordered numbered stockings from 1 to 10 and from 10 to 1. And we drew decorations onto trees, finding one more and one less than the amount already there We also made Christmas pictures with 2D shapes and were able to name all of the shapes we used.

 

We had so much fun taking part in The Nativity this past week and wanted to show off our costumes! In Child Initiated time we enjoyed reading books and we spent time making our Christmas cards. We chose to have either our hand or our foot painted to make a snowman or a reindeer!

 

We wrote letters to Santa in our Literacy this week, can you see what we asked for? We practised spelling some words on these phonics frames and if we weren’t sure how to write the letters we used our soundmats. We have also been doing our own writing and drawing in our new Doodlebooks during child-initiated time.

 

We enjoyed creating stories in the forest school this week. There were pieces of wood with a variety of characters on, and we were able to collect them with our friends. Once we’d found some, we would use our imagination to create a story. We also had lots of fun pretending to make Santa and reindeer treats in the mud kitchen. We’re sure they’ll love them!

Friday 1st December

 

We have been exploring all the areas of our school in Child Initiated learning this week. We have been using all of our muscles to make patterns in the sand tray . We used the water wall to explore how the water moves around the wheel and down the plastic tubes.  We worked with friends to make a long track for the train to move along. Some children really liked using the pencils to create beautiful patterns. It has been a busy week for us in Reception.

 

We have been practising recognising our numbers to 10. We independently ordered our numbers and then used our subitising and counting skills to match amounts to the correct numeral. We also wanted to share our amazing houses we made for our Three Little Pigs homework! Our houses were so strong that they didn’t blow down, even when we used hairdryers! Finally we wanted to share some posters we made for our Road Safety homework. We are so creative!

 

In Forest School this week we looked at all the different leaves that have fallen off the trees and chose some to use for our Christmas tree pictures. We stuck the leaves on paper and then decorated them with shiny sequins.

Friday 24th November 2023

 

For Forest School every week, we need to put on our puddle suits, coats and wellies and are making so much progress doing this independently! We had lots of fun this week in the mud kitchen cooking up meals and also practised our balancing skills on the logs and beams. We found leaves and sticks around the forest school and took it in turns to use the wheelbarrow to transport the items around. We also had a great time on the swing as you can see in the photos!

 

In Literacy this week we have been learning about the Nativity story as we will be performing this in our Christmas show in just a few weeks! We thought about our character in the story and wrote a sentence about it. We have also been thinking about what presents you would give or receive according to your age, sorting toys and gifts according to who they might be for and thinking about how we change as we grow older. We made a stocking for either a baby, a 4 or 5 year old or an adult putting the correct gifts inside.

 

In maths we have been finding one less this week. If we find one more than a number then it gets bigger, whereas one less makes the number get smaller. We have used numicon, numberlines and lots of different objects to find one less, and played games to help us remember.

 

During child initiated this week, we have been exploring our new ‘Christmas post office’. We enjoy mark making and writing familiar sounds on letters or postcards, and posting them into our Christmas post box, while also role playing as a customer or a post office worker. One of our favourite activities in yellow class is construction. Many of us have created models and have had lots of fun using them during our play with peers.

Friday 17th November 2023

 

This week in literacy we enjoyed listening to the story The Three Little Pigs. Lots of us already knew the story well and we had lots of fun joining in with the repetitive phrases! We used pig and wolf masks to act out and retell the story and also took it in turns to be the different characters and then ask questions! In our learning journals we drew pictures of a pig and used our sounds to spell out words. We also took part in a pig and wolf craft activity.

In our child-initiated time this week, we had fun painting and then cutting out some masks for the 3 Little Pigs. We also did some drawing and made burgers in our home corner. Outside we practised our numbers in the tuff spot.

In maths this week we have been finding one more. We have used our subitising to identify a number and then added one more. We talked about how when we add more, the number gets bigger. We played lots of games and used manipulatives to explore one more.

We were lucky this week that the weather was bright and sunny on Wednesday so we made the most of the forest school! We found lots of small sticks and made some houses for the second little pig, adding leaves onto the roof too. We also used larger sticks to make a bigger house, big enough for a child to fit in! As it had been very wet and soggy at the beginning of the week we also found many creepy crawlies under the logs, we always make sure we put them back where we found them.

Friday 10th November

 

We had lots of fun in Child Initiated this week retelling different stories we learnt about. This week we found out about The Gunpowder Plot and then chose to build a jail in class for our prisoners! We also used building bricks to build the Houses of Parliament and learnt that it is a big building in London where lots of important decisions are made, and we had fun making firework pictures by dropping bags of cornflour! We found out about Diwali and enjoyed colouring in pictures of Rama and Sita. Finally we also enjoyed making poppies after learning about Remembrance Day.

 

In Literacy/Topic we have been looking at different events. We talked about Bonfire night and fireworks and made a whole class firework picture using printing and paint splatting. We saw how Diwali is celebrated and compared this to a Christmas celebration. We also talked about how poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day and made some pictures.

 

In maths this week we have been exploring five and ten frames. We have been using different objects to show amounts in a ten frame, including a poppy theme for Remembrance day.

We are starting to use addition and equals signs to write number sentences, we can also use ten frames to show 2 groups of objects that go together to make 10.

Friday 3rd November 2023

 

This week it was too windy and rainy to go to Forest School so we did some spooky activities for Halloween instead. We used apples to print pumpkins and then drew faces on and cut them out by ourselves. We made a potion in our big cauldron and practised our problem-solving skills to find the right shapes to fill in the picture.

This week in maths we have continued our work on subitising by finding number bonds to 5. We found different ways of making 5 and enjoyed practising writing number sentences to show our recording. We have also been matching an amount of objects to the correct number and have been continuing to practise number formation.

We had great fun in child initiated this week. As it was Halloween we made and painted pumpkins. Some children used finger painting to create cats and hats .We had lots of matching sound games with a Halloween theme . Some children used the wooden blocks and Lego to build towers and rockets.

Friday 20th October 2023

 

Green class had lots of fun this week during child-initiated time. We enjoyed pretending to be doctors in our doctor’s surgery and cared for our toy babies. We built some high towers and chose to play some phonics games on our large screen! We also used Mobilo to build transformer cars.

In our Literacy/Topic lessons we have been learning about people who help us. We talked about when the firefighters and the police officers came into school a few weeks ago. We dressed up in our costumes and did different activities including sentence ordering and making cut and stick police scenes.

In Forest School this week we searched for things to make a good home for a hibernating hedgehog, we found crunchy leaves, long and short branches and twigs and then we made some food for the hedgehogs in the mud kitchen. We also used brown leaves to make a spikey hedgehog by gluing them on to paper. We are getting very confident at climbing trees and balancing along logs too.

In maths this week, we have been practising writing numbers. We have accessed a variety of activities including whiteboards, chalk, crayons and pens to enhance both our fine-motor skills and our accuracy when writing digits. We have also been continuing to look at the Ten Town characters. The characters help us to identify, write and understand the quantity of each numeral from 0-10.

Friday 13th October 2023

 

During child-initiated time, we choose our own activities. Indoors, we like to dress up and play in the home corner or with different toys. Outdoors, we have been making Autumn soup in our sandpit and playing with our water wall. Sometimes we do craft activities and this week we made hedgehogs with leaves we collected in Forest School.

This week in topic we have been talking about where we live, including what time of home we have and the things we have in our bedrooms. We also looked at a map of Thanet and found out where Cliftonville and Margate are. Inside the classroom we enjoyed drawing our house or cutting out a house and labelling it using sounds we have been learning. We also had lots of fun building different houses using construction toys! Outside we have had fun building homes large enough for us to fit inside.

This week in maths we have been having fun making numbers from zero up to ten. We then used different resources to make each number and practiced writing each number. We have been combining the skills we have been learning about subitising along with writing our numbers.

Yellow class had lots of fun on their weekly visit to the forest school on Wednesday. As Halloween is slowly approaching, the children had a wonderful challenge of creating some witches broomsticks using leaves and sticks! They used their fine-motor skills to carefully use the scissors and the sellotape to create their broomsticks. The children were also able to enjoy the usual gross-motor enhancing activities in the forest school such as the balance beam, the swing, the swing rope, climbing the trees and using the hammocks. Lastly, the children thoroughly enjoyed using the mud kitchen to make messy meals! 

Friday 6th October 2023

 

This week in our topic and Literacy lessons, we have been looking for signs of Autumn and using our senses to say what we see and hear. In Forest School we found lots of evidence that Autumn has started. The leaves are starting to turn brown and we found some that had fallen off the trees already. We collected some other natural objects and used them to cook some dinner in our outdoor kitchen. We also practised our balancing by crossing over our log bridge.

In maths we continued our work on subitising by working with amounts to 8 and 9. We enjoyed taking part in activities using our large screen in class and activities set out to show our subitising skills. We also enjoyed other activities such as working with and recognising numbers, and counting out and colouring amounts.

During child initiated, we enjoy going on the climbing frame! We have lots of fun balancing climbing, and zooming down the pole. We are able to use the climbing frame sensibly and take it in turns with each other nicely. We have all shown the grown ups that we’re super strong and able to negotiate space around our peers very well.

Friday 29th September

 

This week in Green class we had a great time out in forest school! We got dressed into our puddle suits and wellies and explored the swings, spider web rope, mud kitchen and hammocks! We also enjoyed climbing trees and playing alongside each other. We even found some small bugs and took lots of care of them.

In maths we have been continuing to practise our subitising (saying the amount we see without counting). We looked at different ways we can see the number 7 using teddies and learned how 7 can be made up of different groups. We also drew round Numicon to show and make different numbers.

This week in topic we have had visits from the police and firefighters. We learnt that the police are here to keep people safe. They use lots of different things to help keep us safe like helicopters, police dogs, handcuffs and police cars. We were allowed to sit in the police car and then even put the lights and sirens on.

When the firefighters came, they told us what they did to help people. They put out fires, help people in car crashes and save cats from trees. They had lots of different tools to help them do their job like the hose for shooting water and a special pair of scissors called the jaws of life, that can cut a car in half. They even let us sit in the fire engine.  

 

During the afternoon we have been using the Fireman Sam toys to explore fire fighters and fire stations, we can remember the number to call is 999 but only to use it in emergencies. We have been pretending the fire crews need to get to fires and other emergencies like cats being stuck on the roof!

Friday 22nd September

 

We have had lots of fun settling into school and trying lots of different activities!

 

In Green Class we have enjoyed reading books about fish and listening to nursery rhymes. We spent lots of time decorating our own fish! We have been learning the days of the week and the weather song in maths and have been practising our counting. We also loved singing along to ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’ and made our own rainbows to hang in the classroom. We have been getting to know each other by playing games and working together to build some wonderful creations!

 

 

In Blue class we have enjoyed using ribbons to make large movements in our Write Dance lessons and then using these movements in paint and foamy soap.

We are learning to hear the first sound in a word and we know what some of these sounds look like. We have been practising writing our names and can also use the sounds we have learnt to build other words too!

We have been into the Forest School and enjoyed exploring everything out there, we even found some sticks that looked like different numerals!

In Red class we have been making the most of all the lovely new things in our outdoor area. We have been digging in our sandpit, doing lots of cooking in our outside kitchen and testing out our waterwall. We have spent lots of time outside and have had lots of fun.

This week, in Yellow class, we have been continuing to build relationships with peers and familiar adults and spend time in our new environment.
We've had lots of opportunity to learn through play! We've been subitising, identifying and writing numerals in maths.
We have been learning new sounds in phonics! So far, we have learnt s, a, t, p, i, n, m. Geraldine the giraffe helps us explore objects in our classroom that begin with these sounds.
We have also been developing both our fine and gross motor skills in write dance, where we have opportunities to use a variety of resources with our hands when listening to music. This week we have used ribbons, paintbrushes in shaving foam, pens, and much more!
We make use of our outdoor areas every day and enjoy exploring all the different activities and toys we can access!


We look forward to another fun week next week!

Friday 14th July

 

On Tuesday, some Year 12 students from Dane Court came in to complete some fun activities with us. We had a great time learning some line dancing moves and playing games out on the playground. One activity was making some bread, just like we saw at Tescos. We used flour, yeast, water, oil and salt  and managed to get it cooked just in time to take home whilst it was still warm. It smelt really good and hopefully it tasted yummy too! We made and decorated paper baskets to carry the bread home in.  

This week in maths we have been learning about repeating patterns. The children have really enjoyed making patterns with all different resources, challenging themselves to include three and even four colours! This linked to our topic on Lighthouses and the children recognised the common red and white pattern. Can you spot any patterns on your way home?

The children have made their own lighthouse models this week using Lego/Duplo etc. and then crafted one using cardboard rolls painted with white and red. We have learned about what lighthouses are for and how they work. We talked about how lighthouses have changed over time and enjoyed the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.

We have been looking at the story, 'Commotion in the Ocean. We have looked at a different sea creature each day and written a sentence about the animal. To enhance our writing skills we have been working on our letter formation and word building using a variety of phonics activities. We’ve had a lot of opportunities to practice our independent writing, too.

Friday 7th July

 

In Literacy we have been thinking about what we have really enjoyed about our first year at school.  We are working really hard on our sentence writing and many of us are now independent writers.  We are getting much better at remembering to start a sentence with a capital letter, end it with a full stop and leave spaces between words.  We are also trying hard to make sure that we keep re-reading our sentences to make sure they make sense and we haven’t missed any words out.  When we do not know how to write a word, we have used our phonics knowledge to help us sound it out.  We really have made so much progress with our reading and writing this year and we are definitely ready for Year One!

This week in maths we have been practising subtraction. We began by using the practical resources and talking through what we were doing, for example ‘six take away two leaves four’. We then moved onto pictures, crossing out the amount and counting how many pictures were left. Some children began to write their own number sentences.

Thursday was Transition Day, and the children had a wonderful time meeting their new teachers and classmates. They made their very own locker labels with painted handprints, created self-portraits and enjoyed circle time, learning things about their new friends. The children had play time on the big playground too!

 

In topic lessons, we have been learning about plastic pollution in the oceans. We talked about the different types of plastic and how animals can eat it or get it stuck around their bodies. We thought of ways that we could help keep the ocean clean – the main one being putting our rubbish in the bin. We coloured in posters and collected all the plastic from our own tuff tray ocean so the sea creatures had a clean habitat to live in. We looked at book called ‘Where’s the Starfish?’ about a starfish who gets lost amongst the rubbish.

Friday 30th June

 

In topic this week, we have been making pirate treasure maps. We looked at some maps in our favourite books and have talked about important parts of map such as the ‘key’ and ‘compass’. Then we used our fantastic imaginations to create our own adventure maps, thinking of all kinds of wonderful, exciting (and sometimes terrifying!) obstacles that could be included. We also crinkled up the paper and tore the edges of our maps to make them look old and important!
Once our maps were complete, we set off on our adventures to the outside area. The children did some amazing acting out, using positional language too. ‘Follow the path across the rickety bridge, sneak past the sleeping Gruffalo, then bounce over the melted-ice-cream-lava’. What an adventure!

In Forest School this week we continued to have lots of fun exploring our environment.  We are very good at following the Forest School rules now, for example, we know that if a stick is longer than our arm, we must have two people carrying it.

In the mud kitchen we found a new use for the pots and pans!  We turned them upside down and used them to make a drum kit!  We made a lot of noise!

We also worked together to use the branches to make a den.  We worked out that the bottom of the branches needed to be wider apart for them to balance. We then used string to join them together at the top!

 

In Literacy, we have been reading 'The Singing Mermaid' which is about a singing mermaid who is persuaded to live in a circus and then wants to escape. We thought about the characters in the story and found describing words to match each character. We did some fantastic writing about the mermaid and how she escaped. Continuing on our underwater theme, we practised our reading skills so we knew which colour to do each creature and also matched captions to under the sea pictures.

 

In maths this week we have been enjoying lots of different activities which have helped us practise and improve our number formation. To do this, we have enjoyed various number activities that have also helped support our estimating skills, identifying odd and even numbers, and improved our confidence in writing number sentences. The children have all worked so well together and have been proud of their AMAZING work!

Friday 23rd June

 

In maths we have been learning about positional language, using words such as over, under, on, beside, across, around and in front of.  We listened to the story of Rosie’s walk then went outside to do our own positional language walk, with Rosie at the front!  We walked across the playground, between the chairs, beside the shed, over the stepping stones, around the climbing frame and under the barrier.

We also used the beebots this week.  We learnt how to programme the beebot so that it followed our instructions.  We programmed the beebot to move forwards and backwards on the number line, the number shown on our dice roll.  We all had a go at giving the beebot instructions to move forwards, backwards, turn left and turn right!  We had lots of fun!

In our topic lessons this week we have learnt more about pirates. We looked at pirate ships and all the different parts they have, some of them are: the crow’s nest, the Jolly Roger flag, the ship’s wheel, portholes and the plank. We used junk materials to make our own pirate ships with some of these features. What can you see in the pictures?

In the forest area we had lots of fun finding different animals. We found spiders, worms, centipedes and lots of snails. We had a great time creating habitats for the snails. We made sure they had plenty of food and shade. Once we had finished in the forest school we made sure we put the animals back.   

In Literacy we have been practising our sentence writing making sure that we use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We have been writing about what we enjoy doing at forest school and then we did some independent writing about pictures of the ocean - what it is like and what animals live there.

Friday 16th June

 

This week we have been learning about pirates!  We looked at pictures of fictional pirates and then learnt about real pirates, past and present, in particular, Captain Blackbeard!

We began to think about pirate ships and used various construction toys to make our own pirate ships during child initiated.  Next week, we are going to make pirate ships at school from junk modelling materials.  If you have any cardboard boxes, tubes, yoghurt pots and other recyclable materials, we would appreciate donations!  Some of us have already had a go at making a pirate ship at home!

This week we were lucky enough to have Master Wolfs Taekwondo Academies' visit us. We were taught by 2 black belts who have competed and coached all over the world in Taekwondo and kickboxing.  We learnt what Taekwondo was and where it comes from. We learnt that Taekwondo was a form of self-defence from Korea and should only be used when we are in danger. We took part in a Taekwondo warm up and learnt some different stretches to help us kick high, we also learnt how to punch and perform 2 kicks. It was lots of fun!  

RSC finally got to go on their trip to Tesco! We had a tour of the warehouses and went in the fridge and freezers which were really chilly! We saw lots of lovely ice creams, ice lollies and pizzas which made us really hungry! We went into the bakery and saw how bread is made, we put the ingredients into a very large mixer and watched it being made into dough, it felt very sticky! We saw the giant ovens where the bread is all cooked and found out that they bake over 1000 rolls every day! We looked at different fruits and vegetables and found one to match each colour of the rainbow- apart from blue, we did not find any blue vegetables. We really enjoyed our goody bags too.

Friday 9th June 2023

 

In Literacy we kicked off our new topic of Pirates, Mermaids and Under the Sea by focussing on the story, ‘The Night Pirates’.  We talked about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story and discussed the characters and the setting.  We then wrote sentences about the story.  We are trying really hard to write sentences independently, remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.  We are also working on improving our handwriting, starting each letter with a lead-in.

This week we have been looking at the different seasons and discussing the differences between each season. We have spent time talking about the different things we can do and wear in each season. We have also looked at the artist Claude Monet. We learnt about where he was from and looked at his paintings. We then had a go at paining our own Monet pictures. We used short brush stokes just like Monet.

This week we looked for seasonal changes in forest school, we talked about the season changing from spring to summer and we noticed that the trees are now fully cloaked with leaves, the flowers are in bloom and we went on a colour hunt to find as many different colours as possible.

We also looked at leaves and had a go at cutting them in half as we have been learning about finding half in maths this week. We made sure that the two halves were the same size by laying one half on top of the other.

We made a ‘bonfire’ using large and small sticks, we remembered that if sticks are longer than your arm you must drag them or carry them between two people. We pretended to cook different dinners on our ‘bonfire’! 

Friday 12th May 2023

 

In Maths this week we have been learning about pairs of numbers which total 5 and 10.  We found which two pieces of numicon we could add together to make the shape of 5 and 10.  Some of us tried really hard to see if we could remember the pairs of numbers which add up to 5 without using counting or visual objects.  We did really well with this and then repeated the activity with pairs of numbers which add to 10.

In literacy we have been talking about the animals we saw at Quex Farm Park on our trip and which were our favourites. We learned lots of interesting facts about goats and made fact files about them.

This week our butterflies started to emerge from their chrysalises and we let them go in our forest area. We gave them some fruit first so they had some energy before they flew away. They had very pretty, symmetrical patterns on their wings. Although it looks like they are bleeding, the red fluid is just waste product from inside the chrysalis.

Friday 5th May 2023

 

It has been a very short week, but very exciting and action packed at the same time!  The main event this week was our visit to Quex Farm Park!  We were so lucky to have such beautiful weather- the sun shone on both days!

We learnt so much at the farm.  Vicki and Ian taught us how bread is made in our ‘grain to loaf’ activity.  We were able to look at the seeds and see how these grow into wheat.  We learnt that wheat is green when it is growing but turns golden when it is fully grown.  We then learnt how the combine harvester harvests the wheat to collect the grain.  The grain is then ground into flour at the mill and the flour is used to make lots of our favourite foods such as bread, cakes, pancakes and pizza!

Afterwards, we were all able to plant our own sunflower seed which we have brought home.  We remembered from our previous learning that plants need water and sunshine to grow.  Perhaps you can show us photos of your sunflower on Evidence Me to show us how well it is growing?

William took us on a tour of the farm to see the animals. We saw some baby goats which were two months old.  They were funny and loved coming to see us!  We were able to stroke them and some of us enjoyed giving them some hay to eat!  They tried to eat Mrs Hill’s name badge and Miss Taft’s zip!  Silly goats!

We then visited some pygmy goats which were only a few days old!  They were tiny and so cute!  We also saw some bigger goats which were two years old- they tried to stand on the fences to say hello to us!

We also met Matrix the Shetland pony, Madonna the chicken, Peppa and George the pigs and some sheep and their lambs!  RB and RSC were able to see a lamb which was only a few hours old!

Our third activity was the tractor ride with Jamie the tractor driver!  It was very bumpy, so we needed to hold on tight!  We had to spot ‘cheeky chickens’ hiding in the trees and shout when we saw them.  We then shouted to Jamie to go faster!  It was so funny, we couldn’t stop laughing.   After the ride, we were able to sit in the tractor.  We had to climb up some big steps as the big tractor wheels make the tractor so high!  A tractor needs its big wheels to be able to drive through all the muddy fields!

After lunch we all had a play in the park and on the bouncy pillow.  We had so much fun!

We were exhausted on the way home so it was time for a nap before getting back to school!

Friday 28th April 2023

 

In Literacy this week we have been writing sentences about the animals we met on animal day.  We are becoming more independent with our writing and are trying hard to remember our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.  We have been improving our letter formation and are learning to write our letters in cursive, remembering to start each letter with a lead-in.  We practise our handwriting every morning when we come into school.

We have also been learning about the question words, who, what, why, when, where and how and thinking about how to use them correctly when asking a question.    Perhaps you can practise asking questions using these words at home?

In forest school this week, the children were very interested in looking for insects. They remembered that butterflies lay their eggs underneath the leaves. We had a look and found lots! The children were very careful not to disturb them. We collected items from around the forest and made a life cycle showing the egg, tiny caterpillar, large caterpillar, chrysalis then butterfly.

In maths we have been learning about sharing and odd and even numbers. We paired the socks and found if there is an odd one left then the number is odd. We also looked at sharing. Our toys had a picnic and shared the food. We had to make it fair by making sure each animal had the same amount on their plate. We sorted the numicon pieces into odd and even and noticed that if it had an odd piece at the top it was an odd amount, if it didn’t then it was an even amount. Perhaps you could do some sharing at home this week?

After our visit from the animals last week, we have been looking at the differences between pets and wild animals. We discussed what makes an animal a pet and what makes them a wild animal. We also looked at the different patterns on the animals and talked about why they have different patterns and colours. The children decided it was so the animals could camouflage. We then had a chance to inspect different pictures of animals using their camouflage in the wild and tried to spot the animal and identify it. The children then had a go at painting different animal prints.

Friday 21st April 2023

 

Forest School

We had a lovely time in Forest School this week.  We enjoyed hunting for minibeasts and found worms, snails, earwigs and a centipede.  Some of them were hiding under logs so we moved the logs to look underneath to see what we could find.

Our confidence is growing so much and we are now tackling the climbing apparatus with more independence.  We can climb and jump off trees, balance on the beam and use the swings safely and confidently. 

We love creating things in the mud kitchen and using our imaginations to make lots of interesting concoctions and relaxing in the hammocks!

Topic

This week we welcomed some tiny caterpillars that will be living in our classrooms for the term- how exciting! We have been learning about their lifecycle from an egg to caterpillar, then chrysalis and finally a beautiful butterfly. We are very excited to watch the process. The children have been exploring non-fiction books to learn more and have enjoyed crafts around the Very Hungry Caterpillar story.

We also had great fun on pet day. We met a dog called Blue, a cat called Basil, tortoises named Buzz and Jessie, Lexi the snake and a huge land snail! The children asked lots of questions about how to take care of the different types of pets.