So much has been happening in Reception so far this term…
Be there or Be Square
During the whole-school maths morning, we made squares in many different ways. Some of us investigated how many squares we could make using a certain number of lolly sticks whereas other children made squares out of Numicon. We completed many more activities about squares during our ‘Busy Learning’ time.
Betty and the Yeti Sledge-Making
We designed, made and evaluated sledges for Betty to use. We tested them using flat and bumpy ice.
Our RE topic this term is special people. We listened to the story of Guru Nanak and the snake. We all had a go at acting out the story pretending to be Nanak, the snake or the people who found him.
A Special Visitor….
We were very excited to be visited by Diann and her barn owl, Misty. Diann talked to us about a barn owl’s life in the wild.
Did you know that a barn owl can hear the heartbeat of a mouse from a long way away?
Mr Neale kindly made us a barn owl box for us to decorate. We talked about camouflage and used our handprints to add a camouflage design. This box will be put up in our local area to hopefully encourage more owls into our environment. We are keeping our fingers crossed that a family of barn owls decide to move in!
“You can’t really see it because it is the same colours as something else.” Harrison
“It looks like a tree because it is camouflaged!” Flynn
“I know army are camouflaged…on the grass” Arthur
“You can touch it but not really see it!” Emily
We have been exploring many books about owls and have been writing factual labels and captions to match the lifecycle of a barn owl. We have loved using ‘Plop’s nest’ to explore light and dark; some of us investigated making a bulb light using an electrical circuit.
Friendship Week and Parliament week
Last week, the children in Reception enjoyed taking part in the whole- school focus on friendship.
We listened to the story of ‘Imaginary Fred’. We created our own imaginary friends and wrote about them.
“Norman likes to splash in puddles!” Finlay
“Mine has rainbow hair” Ola-Rose
“My friend plays with me” Flynn
We have now got a ‘Kindness Stop’ in our classroom; whenever someone is kind to us, we add them to the ‘Kindness Stop’ to celebrate it.
Reception REALLY enjoyed meeting their Y4 learning buddy last week too. They helped eachother to create their ‘hand of kindness’. We can’t wait to see them again soon!
The children listened to a story called ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ and make playdough representations of poppies.
The children took part in the whole-school two-minute silence.
What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?
The first story of our new topic ‘Glitter and Glow’ is a rhyming text all about the things you may find in a Witch’s kitchen. We have enjoyed spotting all the rhyming words and role-playing the story in our very own ‘Witch’s Kitchen’. We even had the chance to make edible magic wands, as well as yukky potions! Some of us built alternative flying machines for the Witch and others enjoyed making their own witch’s broom sticks from natural resources.
We have also thought about different festivals that occur during this time of year, including Diwali. We made Divas and Rangoli patterns.
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Three little Pigs Maths
We have been using pig dominoes to calculate totals. We counted two sets to find out how many we had altogether.
“ I counted them all! I have 8!” Fraser
“ I know this one is 6 because that one had 5 and 2 and that was 7. This one has 5 and 1 so that makes 6!” Olivia
“ I have lots of ways of making 10! 5 and 5 makes 10 too!” Alfie
The Little Red Hen
We have been learning about Harvest. As part of our sessions, we have shared the story of The Little Red Hen. We had great fun making our own bread! We even had the chance to share it with our families and friends.
Stay and Learn Sessions
Thank you to all the parents who came along to our ‘stay and learn’ sessions in Reception. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to learn alongside your child, whilst gaining a greater understanding on your child’s school experience. See you next time!
Exploring Our Senses
During the final week of this half term, Reception have been exploring their five senses:
Sight: Comparing eye colour; designing and making glasses
Hearing: Playing sound lotto; creating music using a computer programme; making musical instruments.
Smell: Identifying mystery smells
Taste: Making Bread; learning about how to keep our mouths healthy.
Touch: Investigating the different textures of materials; printing with paint
We have had great fun!
What an exciting first half term. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Enjoy your holiday!
This week we have been measuring mass using balance scales. We have been using the words ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ to compare the weight of conkers.
“The two sides are balanced” Flynn
“This one’s heavier” Charlie
Helping the Three Little Pigs
We received a letter from the Three Little Pigs asking for our help; their brick house is far too small for them so they wanted us to design some more wolf-proof houses.
We worked in pairs to design and make a house, before testing them with a huffing, puffing, wolf-like hairdryer!
This week we have started to look at the stories about Handa. The story of Handa’s Hen helped us to order numbers correctly and begin to write them, identifying ‘more’ or ‘less’.
As part of our work on Handa’s Surprise, we had the chance to taste some of the fruits and decide which one was our favourite. We then created a pictogram.
“ Pineapple has the most” Bella
“Pineapple and Banana are almost the same!” Jake
“We need to find one more to make Banana the same as Pineapple” Finlay
What a fun fortnight!
Reception have made an excellent start at Harbury Primary School.
We have been focusing on the story of Mrs Honey’s Hat with the children having the opportunity to encounter things from each part of the story during Busy Learning Time.
They have been encouraged to explore each of the areas in our classroom, including our new mud kitchen area, working together to learn the new rules and routines.