On Monday morning we were very excited to see all of the potion making ingredients and containers that had appeared in Reception. We had lots of fun mixing the colours, cutting up the herbs and smelling our wonderful concoctions. The children displayed some fantastic teamwork and relationship building too!
The children then watched Miss Munden’s potion making carefully. We needed to remembered the order of the instructions to ensure that the potion didn’t explode.
Next we learnt about bossy words, that tell us what to do. We labelled each part of the process with a bossy verb. Finally, we used this as a plan to write the instructions for our potion.
During the week we also did lots of repeated addition problem solving, learnt how to create our own music by making musical patterns, we learnt about old toys in guided reading and then used the iPads to record the new facts that we had learnt.
Our Polish friends also sent us a video of themselves singing an Easter song in English so we learnt it too ready to send back.
At the end of the week a school Malta shared their creations for Mother’s day. We learnt that people around the world celebrate Mother’s day on a different day to us. We made another Mother’s day card for our Mummy’s and special grown-ups at home. We were happy to give our grown-ups extra love.
We started the week off with some lovely independent weekend news. It is wonderful to see how far the children have come with their writing and the confidence they now have to write in sentences!
In Maths we have been sharing Bertie Bots Every Flavoured Beans and jelly slugs between Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Harry and sometimes even Malfoy! The children have had to resist eating the mouth-watering sweets during the session. However, we did have a jelly slug each at playtime on Monday because of our hard work and careful counting!
This week we have also been broomstick racing, solving problem and deciding of ways to record what we have discovered, learning about the magical objects and how their compare to the objects we have at home or school and how they compare to objects used in the past. The children were astonished to discover that at one time there was no electricity which means they wouldn’t be able to play on iPads or even turn on a light bulb.
Towards the end of the week we have enjoyed following instructions carefully to make magic spells and potions work.
We are also continuing to read through our class book, Mr Majeika, which the children are loving!
This week we have gone potion mad!
In Maths we made potions while learning about capacity and volume
In Communication and Language (circle time) we acted out the effects of different potions.
In Guided Reading we read potion instructions.
In Messy fingers we coloured our own potions and learnt about careful colouring
In ICT we talking about our own potions and learnt how to video ourselves on the iPadAnd finally, in Phonics, we started to write a list of the ingredients we would need for our potion
This week we have learnt to name and describe the properties of solid (3D) shapes. The children have worked really hard to remember all of these tricky names!
We have also made our own Cornish pixies friends and have enjoyed writing and reading letters from them. During guided reading we learnt a little bit about the Cornish Pixies likes and dislikes before answering how and why questions to show that we had understood what we had read.
Towards the end of the week we started to learn about environments and the materials which objects are made of. We used lots of language to begin to describe similarities and differences.
It has also been really lovely to see the children role playing as wizards and witches and enjoying the hail storm on Wednesday!
WOW, what busy first week back! With a Harry Potter experience day and magical Cornish pixies visiting Reception it is no wonder that we have all been incredibly excited!
On Thursday the cheeky Pixie’s escaped their cage and decided to hide Miss Munden’s Wizard Newspaper around the outdoor area! Not only that but they made the pictures disappear. The children read the stories carefully and drew a matching picture back in the boxes. Phew!
However, as the pixies did not return the children decided that they wanted to write letters to them and find out more about them. So the next day we did just that. We also learnt that in Harry Potter the wizards send their post by owl.
This fitted in perfectly with the arrival of our very own Easter parcel from a nursery class Poland. This is as part of our e-twinning project. It has been such a wonderful experience to share traditions and find out about other cultures. After opening it, exploring the kind gifts and deciding what we would send back we discussed the difference between wizard post and real post. The children asked if next week they could learn about how parcels travel to different countries.
During the week we also created floating and sinking potions by sorting objects (ingredients), listened to a piece of music called Harry’s wondrous world in PE and began to create our own dance routine and worked really hard in maths to develop our methods for addition and subtraction.
Harry Potter Experience Day
WOW! What incredible first day back. The children have loved portrait painting with Miss Drury, Quidditch with Mr Lee, potion making with Mrs Clarke and creating magical creature noises with Miss Munden in music.