We have had a wonderful week! We enjoyed our Minibeast Ball Chatterbox challenge event. We all dressed up as minibeasts and we iced butterfly buns and ladybird biscuits. We sang lots of minibeast songs and added them to Tapestry to share with our parents. We did lots of minibeast games and had a lovely party in the afternoon.
We have enjoyed watching our own class caterpillars grow and loved watching them being released into the garden as butterflies this week.
We had a wonderful workshop led by ‘Captivating Creatures’ on Tuesday. They brought lots of creatures for us to see and handle including snakes, a tarantula, a giant millipede, an African land snail, a gecko, a bearded dragon, stick insects and a chinchilla! Check Tapestry to see photos!
We have had lots of football-related activities this week as the children have been very excited about the Euros! We loved seeing everyone in their football clothes on Thursday! Come on England!
We have been learning about caterpillars and butterflies this week and have been using the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We did some Talk for Writing and retold the story using actions, made story maps and then rewrote the story ourselves. We have done lots of fun activities linked to the story. Our own caterpillars have been in cocoons for over a week now, so we expect them to change into butterflies in the next few days!
We have continued our learning about mini-beasts this week. We have built a mini-beast hotel in our outdoor area and have created a Mini-beast Detective role-play area indoors. We have focused our learning on snails and have produced some lovely artwork based on the collage by Henri Matisse called The Snail. We have some real caterpillars in our Mini-beast Detective area and we have enjoyed watching these grow as they eat their special food. They have grown so much in a week. We can't wait to see what happens next week!
We have continued our Garden topic. We are learning about mini-beasts. We have been on a mini-beast hunt and have found ants, woodlice, butterflies, bees, moths, worms, slugs, snails, lily bugs, flies and spiders. We have some caterpillars in our class that we are going to look after until they turn into butterflies and then we will release them into our garden.
We have continued with our new topic The Garden, this week. We have planted sunflowers indoors and we will see whose will be the tallest. We have also planted more plants and vegetables in our outdoor area.
We have started our new topic, The Garden. We planned what we wanted to learn by making a large mind map on the floor. We were interested in finding out more about plants, vegetables, fruit, trees, minibeasts, garden creatures, birds and frogs. Last week we did lots of weeding and gardening to get the garden ready for planting. This week we planted some flower seeds in pots, sprinkled some wildflower seeds, planted some sunflower seeds, carrots and potatoes. We have lots more to plant when it is a little bit warmer.
In Reception we have been learning about Pirates as part of our Fantasy Worlds topic.
We have built pirate ships on a large scale outside and hunted for treasure with our pirate maps.
Indoor we have made smaller scale pirate ships and have used our metal detectors to find pirate coins with red words written on. We have also used the Beebots to find treasure. We had to program them to go in the right direction!
We have read lots of pirate stories and learned pirate songs. We read Pirate Pete and did some Talk for Writing, learning actions to go with the story and making story maps.
We have been very busy doing lots of Christmas crafts and activities this week. We have been busy learning our Christmas songs ready to record. In maths we have been learning all about 2d and 3d shapes. Next week we will be learning about shape, space and measure by wrapping presents!
We have had a busy couple of weeks in Class 1. Last week we found out about cold countries and we made models of arctic landscapes. We also explored ice and had fun freezing objects in ice and then trying to free them! We had fun trying to melt the ice. This week we have been learning the Nativity story and have really enjoyed acting out the story. We turned our gazebo outside into a stable. We have been learning Christmas songs.
This week in Class 1 we have been using atlases and map books. We have used iPads to research different countries in the world and we have made fact files. Outside we have been creating and following our own maps. In maths we have been learning all about the number 7.
We have had a really busy week in Class 1. We have continued to learn about Diwali and have found out lots of information about India. We have also done lots of work about Remembrance day. We had a very exciting day on Friday for Children in Need!
We have been learning about Diwali as part of our Around the World topic this week. We have made diva lamps and Rangoli patterns. Diwali is a festival of light and fireworks are an important part of this. We linked this to our experiences of fireworks. We have been talking about Bonfire Night and have done lots of writing and creative activities linked to fireworks.
We have had a really busy two weeks settling into Reception! We have made lots of new friends and have enjoyed exploring our new classroom, indoors and out. We have had all sorts of weather: sun, rain and wind and we have a great time having fun in it all! Next week we start full time and we are looking forward to lots more fun!