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Term 3

It has been another busy term in Reception and the children have been working very hard in all areas of learning.



We have been learning about the composition of number this term.  The children notice different numbers within bigger numbers and have been making numbers in as many ways as they can.  We then moved on to working out the part wholes of numbers and finally addition of numbers.  We focussed on the use of mathematical vocabulary such as 'addition', 'combine', 'equals', 'larger', 'fewer' and 'balance'.


We have also looked at weight and mass within our play.  The children built their own scales in the outdoor area and used their problem solving skills to work out which items were heavier than others and also how they could make the scales balance.


We made potions linked to our literacy and measured amounts of ingredients to add to our mixtures.  We found out that we had too much potion for the bottles so we had to work out how to fill it to the brim without it spilling over.  The language within our discussions were wonderful.



We have enjoyed a number of texts this term, our favourite definitely being 'The Three Little Pigs'.  The children drew their own story maps and retold the story using our small world figures.  The children learnt the story so well, that they were able to retell the story using drama in small groups and they were absolutely wonderful.   They did so well, especially the acting of the wolf huffing and puffing!



Our topic this term has been Dangerous Dinosaurs".  The children discovered dinosaur footprints, learnt all about volcanos and dinosaur habitats.  We received a letter and an egg from the T-Rex in the museum and they asked us to make them a habitat that they could go on holiday too.  The children did a great job and built habitats from junk modelling and Lego for the dinosaurs.


We have continued our learning about seasons and focussed on the turn from winter to spring.  We have explored how rain is formed and comes through the clouds using shaving foam and coloured water.  We have also learnt all about rainbows and made our own class collage as well as learnt the rainbow song in sign language!


We were very lucky that we were in school when it snowed!  This meant that we got dressed for the weather and had the chance to explore snow flakes, frost and ice.  There was some wonderful learning happening and it was lovely to see the excitement on their faces!



This term, our focus has been 'gathering'.  We have explored when we gather together at school and at home for special occasions.  The children have really reflected on how they feel at these special occasions and what it is that makes them special. We explored how we feel at times when we gather at school and in church to celebrate God and listen to his words.


We have also looked at a couple of the bible stories.  We heard Noah's Ark and Jonah and the Whale.  The children really unpicked the stories to understand the message behind the stories which has been lovely.


Overall we have had a fantastic term, even with a lot of poorliness which has meant that we have missed lots of our friends at times; but we have worked together and looked after each other and shown some wonderful learning.  Well done Class R!

Term 2 is always a very busy one but also lots of fun.  The highlight of the term has to be how amazing the children were in their nativity.  They certainly made me proud and I am sure they made you proud too.  Here is a summary of some of the things we have been up to in our learning this term.



We have been focusing on the numbers 1-5 this term and getting a deeper understanding of number.  We have been finding out how different numbers make parts of 5 and subitising rather than counting which is an essential skill to have mastered ready for their future maths journeys in the school.


We have also discovered the properties of triangles, circles and four sided shapes.  The children have learnt to verbalise how they know a triangle is a triangle by using good maths vocabulary such as vertices, sides, straight and curved.



We have enjoyed lots of stories this term, our favourites most definitely being 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson and 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.  


Linked to our story whatever next, the children explored different materials and compared how they felt.  They then chose the best ones to create a soft teddy bear picture.  They came up with some wonderful vocabulary such as soft. fluffy, smooth, cuddly and rough. 


The children also enjoyed designing and creating their own rockets to visit the moon.  They really thought carefully about what they needed on a rocket and what they could use from our junk modelling to create it.  They did a really good job and were proud of what they created.



This terms topics were 'Starry Night' and 'Winter Wonderland'.  We learnt all about nocturnal animals and even went hunting for them with our torches in the dark cave.  


We focused on our bedtime routines and how we all do similar things.  We especially focused on the importance of brushing our teeth.  We discussed what types of food are healthy for us and our teeth and what we can do to ensure that the unhealthy things we eat sometimes does not harm our teeth.  We carried out an experiment using eggs in different types of drinks that we sometimes have.  We used Coke, orange juice, squash and water.  The children were amazed by the results and then practiced their tooth brushing skills on giant teeth to make sure they know how to brush their own teeth well.  We concluded that although it is okay to drink other drinks occasionally, water is definitely the best drink for our teeth.



Of course with this being a very special time in our RE calendar we focused on the true meaning of Christmas and Jesus' birthday.  We spent a lot of time talking about kindness and giving at this time of year and what we can do without spending money to show that we care.  


One of our activities was to make cards for people who live in a local residential home to make them smile.  We also made bird feeders to help our class charity, Wildwood, to feed the birds during the winter.


The children do now know the nativity story very well after their performance and the many activities that we have done in class.  The children enjoyed sharing our nativity story books and using our figures to act it out.


It has been a fun filled, busy term and the children most definitely deserve a rest.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Term 1 - Me and My Community


Wow!  What a great start to the school year we have had!


The first term in Reception Class is very much about ensuring the children feel safe and happy, forming good friendships and establishing class routines, and the children have done amazingly with this.  They have settled into the St Mary's school family wonderfully and we have had a very busy term of learning.



We have been using our mathematical knowledge to sort and classify, create more complex patterns and compare size and mass and capacity.  The children have really started to think in more detail about the possible answers and to explore various solutions to a problem.



The children have been working on their multi-skills in PE which include working as a team, following instructions and developing their hand-eye coordination.  We have also been doing gymnastics using our hall equipment and the children have really challenged themselves to improve on their skills each week.


Literacy and Phonics:

As you know the children have already learnt a number of sounds and are starting to use those sounds in their blending to start to read words.  It is always magical when a child can read their first book and we are well on our way towards that.  We have been learning lots of rhymes and songs which have helped us to recognise when words rhyme.


We have had fun exploring many books this term.  We even made our own version of The Naughty Bus and The Gruffalo has definitely been a firm favourite in the class.  The children have been retelling the stories, sequencing and identifying the parts they enjoy most.  I think the baking of gruffalo biscuits may well have been a highlight of the term.


To link with our story 'Lost and Found' the children explored the changes of matter of water.  They were challenged to melt big blocks of ice to rescue the penguins inside.  After a day of trying hard, we gathered to come up with a new plan.  The children wanted tools, sun (which we agreed on hot water bottles as the sun was hiding that day) and furry materials.  The next day we introduced salty water which the children enjoyed exploring with and concluded that this sped up the melting process.


We also explored our world a little and used globes to understand where land and water is and we looked at where we were compared to Antarctica which is where our penguin in our story came from.  The children noticed that Antarctica was cold and we were warmer.



This term our topic has been 'Me and My Community'.  We have been learning about the people who help us in our community and exploring our school community as part of our transition.  We really focused on our families at home and how we all have different families that are full of love.  The children enjoyed creating their homes to display and drawing all of the people and pets that live in them.


The children have met their Year 6 buddies and have reported how much they enjoy having a buddy that is there to help them.  the buddies have read stories to them and supported them at lunchtimes.  They even came to join us on a woodland walk and created some beautiful art with the children.  It really was a lovely afternoon.


We have also started to look at Autumn.  This topic has been delayed slightly as the weather was certainly not autumnal until this last week so we will continue exploring this next term.  We have however been on woodland walks with our buddies and created some wonderful natural artwork as mentioned above.  In our Forest School session we learnt a bit more about Autumn and we went on bug hunts.


As you can see it has been a busy, fun-filled term and the children have done a great job.  Have a wonderful half term break and see you next term :)



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