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Week 6

 

Well done to all of the children for singing and performing so brilliantly this week for our Nativity "Christmas with Aliens" and a huge thank you to Mums, Dads and other grown ups at home for providing the costumes and bringing your children to our evening performances.

 

Although we have been very busy this week perparing and performing our Christmas play we have still been doing lots of learning too.  As part of our Literacy we have been looking at Non-fiction books. The children have really enjoyed learning new information and talking about the different parts of the book. We then used what we had learnt to put a set of picture in the right order to show how a plant grows and changes. We also talked about this together as we planted our own blubs. In maths we learnt how to estimate using presents and art we started to make our Christmas cards.

Picture 1 A bearded dragon
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Picture 18 A Christmas with Aliens
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Picture 24 Planting our bulbs
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Week 5

 

We have worked our little socks off this week practicing for our christmas production. We are getting very excited and we are looking forward to performing it to our grown ups next week.

 

In maths we have been learning about flat shapes. We are now naming lots of different shapes and starting to use the words side and corner to talk about how they are different from each other.

 

In phonics we have been practicing the sounds we have learnt so far and really trying our hardest to read and write short words. We are all now remembering to sound talk our words to help us to write each sound in the right order and we are remembering to sound out the letters in our words 3 times before blending them to help us to read them carefully.

Picture 1 Our finished art project with Spilsby
Picture 2 Working hard in phonics
Picture 3 Using busythings and phonicsplay to practice
Picture 4 Independent writing during choosing time.
Picture 5 Drawing shapes
Picture 6 "I made an Oval can I take a picture"
Picture 7 Drawing shapes
Picture 8 Building with shapes
Picture 9 How many sides does it have?
Picture 10 "It only has 1"
Picture 11 Carefully counting each side once
Picture 12 It's a rectangle it has 4 sides.
Picture 13 We found lots of 4 sided shapes
Picture 14 drawing around our shapes
Picture 15 We also learnt about the corners of shapes.
Picture 16 We practiced taking our own photos of our work.
Picture 17 We have started decorating for christmas
Picture 18 The children loved making paper chains
Picture 19 we carefully threaded through the paper
Picture 20 Look!
Picture 21 We glued the ends together to make a loop
Picture 22 "Look at mine.£
Picture 23 "It could be a belt!"
Picture 24 We then hung them on the christmas tree.
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Picture 28 "mines longer"
Picture 29 Our finished christmas tree looks beautiful!

Week 4 - Visiting the gingerbread house

 

What a busy week! In maths we learnt how to find one less, in PE we learnt how to catch and in dance we learnt how to move rhymically to a beat. Also during our topic this week we have been preparing for our visit to Spilsby Primary School and the gingerbread house.

 

We started by creating a list of all the things we might see on our visit. We decided that we wouldn't see Hansel and Gretel or the witch, as they do not live there any more, but we thought that we might see Mr Booth! We then collected pebbles to drop on the way to the house so we wouldn't get lost.

 

The children have also been creating Autumnal circles as part of a collaborative art piece that the two foundation stage classes are doing together. This will be displayed in each of our schools and you will be able to see the finished piece in Gipsey Bridge next week. We used lots of skills to create this; choosing colours for a purpose, mixing colours, painting within the lines, joining and shaping collage materials and combining them with the paint to create a wonderful affect.

 

We would like to say a huge thank you to the children and staff at Spilsby Primary School. We really enjoyed visiting your school and it was lovely to see both classes of children playing and sharing so well together.

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Week 3 - The gingerbread/ sweetie house

 

Last week the children asked if we could make our own sweetie house, so this week we did. We started on Monday by looking at lots of different sweets and biscuits. We talked about the different names of the sweets and used these to design our own house. The only thing we had to make sure that we used were pink wafers for the walls and nice biscuits for the roof. We chose sweets and biscuits for the door, door handle, windows and as decorations for the roof and walls.

 

Next we worked together to create a group design that included our friends ideas as well as our own. We did this by sharing our ideas in a group, listening to each other and choosing things from each others designs that we thought were really good. We were really impressed at how well the children listened to each other and how kind they were about each others designs.

 

After we had decided on our group designs we could start to decorate and build or sweetie houses. The children learnt how to join different pieces together using icing, this was like our glue. They had to spread the icing carefully then gently push together the two peices, holding them together for a little while before letting go. We also had to look at our designs and pick the same sweeties that we had drawn to add to our models.

 

Finally, it was time to each our houses! What a wonderful week well done reception!

Picture 1 Building a gingerbread house out of bricks
Picture 2 Can we make it big enough for a toy?
Picture 3 We carefully balanced each brick.
Picture 4 Our finished house
Picture 5 What happens in the morning?
Picture 6 Someone kindly shared the house they made at home.
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Week 2- Enchanted forest

 

We have started to learn all about leaves and forests in our topic this week. We started by reading the story Hansel and Gretel and talking about the setting and things that the children might see. The children talked about these things well and helped to turn our role play into the gingerbread house and the forest. We even had a go at predicting what might happen when the children went into the house made of sweets. Everyone thought they would have a lovely time!

 

The children then began looking at leaves very closely, talking about the different parts, naming and grouping leaf types as well as drawing, rubbing and painting leaves. We even turned ourselves into a leaf by laying on the floor and pretending to be the leaf's veins, midrib, tip, stem or sides. The final leaves we made this week were made of clay. We learnt how to use a clay cutting tool to draw and shape our models.

 

In maths this week we have been learning to find one more using objects. It is important for us to be able to this practically so that we know what physically happens when we add one more. Take a look at our Hansel and Gretel maths photos. The children loved finding one more with the bread crumbs.

Picture 1 Building the enchanted forest
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Picture 3 making sweets for the ginger bread house
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Picture 5 making collage trees for our forest
Picture 6 What careful colouring!
Picture 7 Counting leaves outside
Picture 8 Our gingerbread house.
Picture 9 sorting leaves by type.
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Picture 11 We chose our favourite leaf and created a rubbing.
Picture 12 Counting our a bread crumb trail.
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Picture 14 "I'm Gretel and I'm Hansel."
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Picture 17 Our human leaf!
Picture 18 Squishing with our palm
Picture 19 Holding the cutting tool carefully
Picture 20 Can you see our veins
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Picture 23 "there's the midrib" (down the middle)
Picture 24 "I've made a stem"

Week 1 -

It has already been a very busy start to the term. We started the week with our Green event, where the children watched Dispicable Me 2 and ate freshly made popcorn. In the afternoon we then finished our dragon puppets by sticking their eyes and legs on.

 

In maths we continued to learn how to write our numbers and some children began to show numbers in other ways by drawing pictures, lines or dots.  In phonics we are continuing to learn our new sounds and using them to write and read short words and sentence.

 

We have also learnt about bonfire night and how we can stay safe when watching fireworks, using sparklers or having a bonfire. I was really impressed with how sensible the children's suggestions were. They also made some beautiful pictures of fireworks in lots of different ways; on the computer, with chalk and pastels, by flicking paint and the paper or by blowing paint with a straw. 

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Autumn Term 1 - Enchanted Lands
Picture 1 Foundation Stage's Topic Web
Picture 2 Our role play. Who do you think lives here?

Week 8 - Creating our own dragons.

 

This week we started a project to make our own dragons. We talked about the things that a real or fictional dragon both have and the features that each animal might have to make it different.

 

On Monday we began by deciding whether to make a real or fictional dragon. Once we had decided we made a head, body and tail out of newspaper and masking tape. We scrunched the paper into the a pointy shape for the tail, a long and round shape for the body and a round shape for the head with a longer nose for the head.

 

On Tuesday we used the skills we had learnt in art this termto paint our dragons. These included; creating textures, mixing colours, and using colours for a purpose.

 

On Wednesday we made the legs by tracing the shape and colouring them once we had choosen a lighter or darker colour to match our body.

 

The children made a fantastic start to their dragons and we promised to finish them after half term.

Picture 1 We made a body, head and tail
Picture 2 We shaped the body
Picture 3 We scrunched the paper
Picture 4 We squeezed it...
Picture 5 ...and stuck it together with masking tape.
Picture 6 Next we mixed colours together.
Picture 7 We only added a little each time.
Picture 8 Next we added something to make the dragon spikey.
Picture 9 Some children added shredded wheat.
Picture 10 Some children added rice.
Picture 11 Ready to paint.
Picture 12 We then began to paint the dragon's body parts.

Week 7- Questioning and talking about the things we see

 

This week we have been thinking really hard about the things we see and trying to talk about what we have noticed. Later in the week we then started to question the things we saw and began to give our own ideas about why things were the way they were.


We are really starting to notice and talk about lots of different things whether they are objects we have found outside, a video we have watched, a picture in a book or the bearded dragons that we have been learning about.

 

In phonics we have continued to learn new sounds and use these to read and write words. In maths we have been recongising new numbers and couting carefully in ones to make sure that we have the right number of objects and in PE we have been applying all of the skills we have learnt to dribble a ball to our partner using a racket. I was very impressed!

 

Picture 1 Why are you special?
Picture 2 We made a dragon of ourselves...
Picture 3 ... it had something on it that made us special
Picture 4 Our relationships are really wonderful!
Picture 5 We helped Mrs Smart to add a roof to our vivarium
Picture 6 We had to be careful not to rip the plastic
Picture 7 "Can we put more on please?"
Picture 8 We counted lots of different objects carefully
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Picture 11 We experiemented with textures...
Picture 12 Normal paint was smooth
Picture 13 then we added new things to the paint
Picture 14 this changed the texture.
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Picture 17 We made k k k kites in phonics
Picture 18 then we flew them on the school field
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Picture 20 We also tried dragon fruit
Picture 21 What do you notice? What can you see?
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Picture 25 Fantastic ball and racket skills
Picture 26 Good team work too!

Week 6 -

We have worked really hard this week to learn about the things all animals need to stay happy and healthy. We looked particularly at the bearded dragon. We learnt that they need a lamp to stay warm, sand to walk on, rocks and branches to explore and sit on, food to eat and water to drink. We then made a role play bearded dragon viviarium as a class, with all of things that he would need. The next day the children used what they had learnt to make their own 2D vivariums by drawing, cutting and sticking the things they needed.

 

In PE we learnt how to use our bodies to move like bearded dragons. All of the children worked together to make a bearded dragon dance.  We also learnt how to make different textures using lots of tools in art. We then picked which would be best tool to make a bearded dragon picture.

Picture 1 We looked at hornets nest. What do bees need?
Picture 2 Changing the castle into a vivarium
Picture 3 painting it
Picture 4 The children added food, rocks a light and water.
Picture 5 We love pretending to be the bearded dragons.
Picture 6 This is Spill and Bea from Spilsby.
Picture 7 We enjoy being the keepers too.
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Picture 10 How does a bearded dragon move?
Picture 11 Spills and Bea helped with our maths.
Picture 12 Are the groups the same in this area?
Picture 13 How many bears have you found?
Picture 14 We used a fork to make a spikey texture.
Picture 15 We used bubble wrap to make a bumpy texture.
Picture 16 We used fluff to make the picture look soft.
Picture 17 We made 3 textures; bumpy, spikey and soft.

Week 5 - Dragon Food

 

This week we talked all about the types of food that bearded dragons might eat. On Monday we tasted some of them and gave our opinion by saying "I think...". At the end of the lesson the children thought about whether they would like to eat locusts. Lot's of children said "I think it would be yummy!".

 

We then showed how we would care for the bearded dragon by making a meal for them. Some children made a collage, some used lego, some found plastic versions of the food and some children drew or painted pictures. Everyone could talk about the foods that the bearded dragon could eat and the food that would make them poorly.

 

In maths this week the children have been comparing groups using words; the same, more, less and seperating objects in lots of different way.

 

In PE we made a fantastic feelings dance by changing the way our bodies moved depending on how the characters felt in a story.

 

And today we are starting to describe different textures that we find so that we can start to think about the type of material we could use to make our own dragon.

Picture 1 Food for the bearded dragon.
Picture 2 Comparing groups
Picture 3 Comparing groups
Picture 4 Seperating groups
Picture 5 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 6 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 7 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 8 We liked liking our fingers when we had finished.
Picture 9 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 10 Cakes for Macmillian
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Picture 12 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 13 Bearded dragon food.
Picture 14 What do you think?
Picture 15 Bearded dragon food.
Picture 16 Bearded dragon food
Picture 17 Cakes for Macmillian
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Picture 19 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 20 Cakes for Macmillian
Picture 21 Cakes for Macmillian

Week 4 continued-

We have also been learning about opposites in maths, we have started our phonics sessions, which the children have really enjoyed, and we met Smartie the penguin who taught us all about E-safety.

 

Smartie also taught us a song to help us to remember how to stay safe when we are using laptops, ipads or phones.

 

 

"Before you click, click, click.."

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This song reminds us to tell an adult if there is anything on the laptop, computer, ipad, tablet or phone that we are unsure about.

Week 4 - Different types of dragons

 

Our week has already been so exciting . On Monday we learnt that the word different means that two or more things are not the same. We worked really hard to make sure that we made a completely different dragon to our friend. We knew that we could change the colour,  shape and the size of different parts of the dragon.

 

On Tuesday we had a visit from two real dragons called Spike and Cynder. They were bearded dragons. We learnt all about the food they eat, where they come and how old they can be. We were even allowed to hold, stroke and feed the dragons. The children were all very brave and behaved beautifully. Well done Foundation Stage we are very proud of you!

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Week 3- Dear Dragon

 

We have been very busy again in Foundation stage this week. The children have learnt how to use ipads safely and to take a photo. In maths we have been learning how to use and understand positional language, which is laguage that tells us where something is. We built castles and bridges out of bricks and then practiced using this language moving our dragon puppet under, in, above and next to the caste. We have also begun to retell events in the correct order. The children practiced this skill by retelling the steps I used to rescue the dragon egg when it was kidnapped on Wednesday. 

 

On Thursday our Dragon finally hatched and he loves it in Foundation Stage. As a class we practiced picking the coloured pencil that was the same as different parts of our dragon. We even remembered the words light and dark from last week and we were able to very carefully pick a colour that was simular. We then had a go at choosing the right colours to colour in a picture of ourselves.

Picture 1 Our egg is starting to crack
Picture 2 Meet our baby dragon. Can you help us to name him?
Picture 3 We are really enjoying our mud kitchen
Picture 4 Experiementing with colours and making chalk marks
Picture 5 PE - we shook hands with the handle
Picture 6 PE- we kept the ball infront of the bat....
Picture 7 PE- ....and the bat behind the ball.
Picture 8 PE- we pushed the ball very carefully
Picture 9 Where are you? "I'm infront of you"
Picture 10 Where are you? "I'm behind you"
Picture 11 Where are you? "I'm next to you"
Picture 12 Where are you now? "behind you"
Picture 13 Could you put the dragon under the bridge?
Picture 14 Messy fingers - using playdough
Picture 15 We used the spoons to pick up the marbles
Picture 16 Weaving ribbons
Picture 17 We love pretending to be princesses and knights
Picture 18 Its really lovely to see lots of children reading.

Week 2 - Dear Dragon

 

This week we have learnt to sing our numbers to ten, and we have been counting dragon treasure very carefully using one number for each object. We also learnt how to change colours to make them darker or lighter and used this skills to make some fantastic dragon pictures.

 

On Thursday we went on a dragon hunt. We thought of lots of things that we might see; a cave, footprints, scales, an egg, a nest and a tooth or a claw. Mrs Smart, our dragon hunter, then helped us to look around the school to find a dragon. We found scales on the playground, foot prints on the paths and an egg underneath the trees!

 

We then went back to the classrooms and made maps to help us to find the egg again later. When we went back to find the egg, using our maps, it was still there and the dragon had left a note asking us to look after it.

 

Today we are going to make a nest to look after the egg until it hatches. We will have to think really carefully about the things we will use and if it will keep the egg safe, warm and dry.

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Picture 4 Helping to paint bricks
Picture 5 We can see the egg through the fence!
Picture 6 Getting ready to use our maps to find the egg
Picture 7 Changing colours.
Picture 8 A light dragon, a dark dragon
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Picture 10 "That ones light blue" "That ones dark blue"
Picture 11 Counting dragon treasure
Picture 12 Look a dragon foot print!
Picture 13 Where do they lead to?
Picture 14 Is there a dragon under there?
Picture 15 "Maybe it's a glittery dragon"
Picture 16 "It must be huge!"
Picture 17 Looking for an egg
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Picture 32 What does the letter say Mrs Smart?
Picture 33 Carefully taking the egg back to the classroom.

Week 1 - Dear Dragon

 

Although we have only had two days in school we have already been enjoying our new topic and time together. This week the most important thing is for us to feel happy and safe and know who can help us.

 

We have been helping our friend dragon to feel safe and happy too by telling him all about the grown ups in school that we have met and where we might find them if we need them.

 

We have really enjoyed getting letters from dragon. It looks like we will be making good friends with him over the next few weeks.

 

 

Picture 1 Writing our letters in rice and fairy dust
Picture 2 Using playdough to "Move it, Move it
Picture 3 Using tools for a purpose
Picture 4 Using tools for a purpose
Picture 5 Using tools for a purpose
Picture 6 Making lots of noise, experiementing with sounds.
Picture 7 Digging for dragon treasure.
Picture 8 Experimenting with colours
Picture 9 Experimenting with colours
Picture 10 Making marks, fine motor control
Picture 11 Drawing dragons for our Topic books
Picture 12 Making new friends, playing together
Picture 13 Using the catapult to stop the dragon!!
Picture 14 Reading bed time stories to each other.
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