Early Years

 

 

Autumn 2018

It has been a lovely start to the Reception year. Children have been exploring the Reception classrooms and the wonderful natural outside areas within the school. Here are some of the learning activities children have been engaged in: Exploring the changes in in the seasons We looked at the changes to the season and sang songs to recall how the weather changes during the seasons. We explored the outdoor area collecting the different coloured leaves that the wind had blown to the floor. We listened to the sounds outside and the crunch that the dry leaves made. We also used our skills to hear initial sounds in words and match the objects to the letter on the sorting tray.             We collected them and compared size and colour. We ordered them by size, counting the amount we have and saying what one more than the amount would be.       We completed hand and fingerprint trees to represent the different seasons for our Art Day challenge: Can you guess which tree represents which season?  ...

PE Day Autumn 2018

During PE day we have been learning about how to control the ball in football. We looked at different parts of the body and how we could use the inside or outside of our feet to kick the ball and the bottom of the foot to stop it. We worked as individuals to weave the ball carefully through the coloured dots, negotiating space carefully. We also used team work to pass the ball back and forth to each other....

Dazzle Delights!

Dazzle is a fun time at the end of the week when we try something new or practise something exciting. Here are some of the exciting Dazzle activities we have done so far: Balance beam PE problem Solving: Creating our own balance course. The children noticed that that the blocks could be moved to creating different letters and they worked together to build and test the different letter courses that they could make. They used their arms to keep balance. We are all special and unique! We have been looking at the story of Elmer the elephant. Elmer was a unique patchwork coloured elephant. We are also unique and we explored the different colours we created by mixing them to create our own unique sponge printed elephants. We talked about how we all have different likes and dislikes and that many of us have things that we are good at. Elmer’s super power was the ability to make people happy. We shared what we thought was our super powers and decorated super hero masks.         Pizza Making : The county we have been learning about this term is Italy. Children have been encouraged to use the reply Ciao! when replying to the register and we have made some super yummy pizza.  ...

World Book Day in Reception

WORLD BOOK DAY! In Reception, we have been celebrating World Book Day. We love to talk about our favourite characters and the area was full of excitement as we shared our favourite books with each other. Sharing a good story is where friendship begins… Creating pasta necklaces for our princess characters.                 Exploring pirate ships.             Exploring settings.                Tracing our favourite characters.   ” Zog is a book I love reading, what’s yours?”...

French Fantastic

In Reception, we have been exploring French through language and culture. For our medieval topic we compared the different styles of British and French castles. We found out about the different 3D shapes that were used and the features of castles. As an enterprise (den) project we created our very own castles using our enterprise skills of : Communication Teamwork Problem solving Creativity Here are some of the fantastic castles that we have made: Reception Castles...

Guided Draw – Castle Watercolours

To launch the den making project, we started with a guided draw. The children each had a piece of paper and were giving simple line instructions, copying the lines that were drawn on the board. Step by step we discussed each line using good maths vocabulary of position, direction and the shape that it created. As the lines progressed on the pages children started to guess what our new project was: Castles! The children compared their creations with their friends, looking at the differences and uniqueness of their castle. We then worked with the medium of watercolours to infill the castles. This task helped to look at scale as well as design. Here are some of the watercolour castle masterpieces: Watercolour castles...

Reception Gold Problem Solving

Children in Reception have been keen to show off their problem solving skills October: Problem Solving at the Fair Children considered volume and the size of the container to make an estimate of how many balls the jar contained. They wrote their guess on the clipboard along with their names. At the end of the week we counted the actual amount and compared the estimates to find the closest value. We used lots of comparative language and terms ‘fewer’ and...

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