Reception have been embracing the cold, the children experimented in the snow with food colouring and pipettes. They then decided to incorporate this exploration into their play at the mud kitchen. Some children added colour to their snow and made snow cakes. Charlie then discovered that you could make ice sculptures similar to sandcastles. Lots of lovely experimentation and looking at changes.
This week we went on our very own bear hunt in the garden. We waded through the long, wavy grass, we splashed through the river and squelched through the thick oozy mud. Next we stumbled through the forest and swirling, whirling snowstorm, finally we found a narrow gloomy cave and…A BEAR!!!!
This term in Reception we will be focusing on the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.
The children will draw story maps, learn to recall the story and add actions to help them. No doubt we will also go on a bear hunt as well! The children will become so familiar with the story that by the end of term we hope that they will be able to use this story to create their own version.
Click on the picture to take you to YouTube to watch the author recite his story.
Our Reception children loved our focus text ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’, the children quickly joined in with the repeated phrases and could read the text independently by looking at the pictures. Evie loves to play teachers and showed her amazing knowledge of our text in this video..
Children also used the characters to retell the story using the key story language, some children were able to use their knowledge of phonics to build/write some of the animals in the book.
We even had a go at writing a sentence from the book, remembering to use full stops and finger spaces.
Reception had a fantastic time at Elf School on Monday. Firstly, we met Jingle the elf and she gave us our very own Santa hat, the children wrote their names on and decorated it with stickers.
We then went into the forest to help Jingle find the missing jigsaw pieces around the winter woodland and we worked as a team to complete the Christmas jigsaws. Jingle then lit a campfire, we all listened to the campfire rules and knew how to stay safe around the fire, we had some yummy toasted marshmallows!
We then retreated back the elf workshop where we decorated our tree decoration and warmed up with a hot chocolate.
After that, we heard some jingle bells and Jingle the Elf told us that Santa was ready for us. The children listened as Santa spoke to every child, we were amazed at how much information he knew about us!!
Finally, Santa gave us a special present to remember our time at Elf School, we received a class certificate and our own living Christmas tree to plant in our garden and care for.
A lovely festive morning had by all!
In Reception we have been learning about flat shapes. We sorted the shapes, learnt the names of some flat shapes, talked about their properties and made pictures using the shapes.
In Reception we have been learning about Remembrance Day. On Monday, we watched a lovely animation about the time of the war and we talked about how the soldiers may have been feeling during the war. We also watched some footage from the Remembrance Parade in London and talked about the soldiers uniforms and the sound of the band. We then made some preparations to hold our own memorial service. Some of us cut out paper poppies and made a wreath and some children chose to paint poppies. One group of children created our own Cenotaph in the garden using wooden blocks. We then gathered together and held a one minute silence around our Cenotaph and thought about the soldiers that died in the war.
This week Reception have been learning about the Hindu festival of light Diwali. Mrs Davidson brought in some traditional Indian clothing for the children to try on and we were amazed that everyone in Reception could fit under one piece of saree material!! Diwali was celebrated on Wednesday so the children spent the morning making clay diva lamps, designing and colouring Rangoli patterns and we made a traditional Indian sweet treat called Coconut Barfi which is eaten throughout the Diwali festivities
This term in Reception we will be exploring colour.
Our focus book will be ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ by Bill Martin and Eric Carle.
We will learn to recall and recite the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear and then use it’s familiar pattern to create our own versions. Please share the story with your child by watching the link below.
We will explore colour and how primary colours can be mixed together to make new colours, using the story ‘Monsters Love Colour’ by Mike Austin as our starting point.
There are many celebrations and special events this term. We will discover that there are special colours linked to these celebrations. Some of the celebrations we will learn about are Remembrance Day, Diwali, and Guy Fawkes Night.
Our work exploring Traditional Tales continued with our Learning Challenge ‘Can we help the Three Bears?’
We shared the story A Chair for Baby Bear by Kaye Umansky and discovered that Daddy Bear had still not fixed Baby Bears chair.
We decided that we could make some porridge, design and build a new chair for baby bear and also find a new bowl for Daddy Bear after Miss Smith had accidentally smashed Daddy Bears dish!