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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.