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!
Some of Reception found dinosaur footprints on our path and the following day they were gobsmacked to discover that a dinosaur had been in our garden and classrooms!
Quickly they set about looking for clues, making dinosaur traps and food to entice them back. Some children made signs outside and attached them to our gate to keep those pesky dinosaurs away!
We have been looking at Traditional Tales this term and the children thoroughly enjoyed acting out the story of ‘The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’ the children built bridges using the wooden blocks and took turns to play the part of he Troll or Billy Goats. They remembered and used key phrases and language from the text. Some children decided to retell the story using small world figures.
This term Reception will be reading lots of Traditional Tales. We will concentrate on three tales in particular.
We will spend lots of time exploring the retelling of these stories, building language and talking about how these characters feel.
We will also explore some alternative versions or stories about what happened next.
Alongside these stories we will share a funny split-page book called Mixed Up Fairy Tales.