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'Celebrate!' Autumn 2018

Week 7 - WOW event 


We had so much fun flying to the North Pole with Captain Ian and visiting Santa. The children all got a chance to fly the plane, speak to Santa and help to spot the North Pole. The snow was very heavy when we reached the North Pole so Santa did some magic to help us arrive safely back at the 'airport'. We also enjoyed playing lots of Christmassy games, listening to a Christmas story and eating delicious treats for our snack.

 Mrs Smart, Mr Hughes and I were incredibly proud of the children's behaviour throughout the trip! Well done everyone. 

Flying to Lapland (Flight Deck Reality)

Week 6 – Christmas

The children have been very excited for the start of December! The children have decorated the classroom, the chocolate Advent calendar started, lots of Christmas cards are being handed out and our Christmas play rehearsals are in full swing. It has been wonderful for the children to experience and talk about lots of Christmas traditions already this week. The children have also shown a real interest in time and measuring this week so we have used rulers and sand times in lots of our play and discussions.

Week 5 – Hanukkah

We started the week by talking Hanukkah traditions. We cut out candles for our own Menorah, played a game with a dreidel and played snap to learn some of the new vocabulary.

We then spoke about precious objects as I showed the children a real Menorah. We all thought of something that we had at home that was precious. I then told the story of Hanukkah and linked this with our rights. The children were shocked that someone could be so unkind that they would destroy precious things just because they believed something different. They were very pleased that the Maccabees stood up for the Jewish people’s rights.

Article 14 You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs.

Article 30 You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose.

Week 4 – Thanksgiving

A child in Reception this year celebrated Thanksgiving with their family and the children were very excited to learn about this tradition and talk about things that they were grateful for. We also watched a little bit of the Thanksgiving parade, read Happy Thanksgiving Curious George and made turkeys by drawing around our hands on card, cutting them out and adding feathers.

This week we also learnt about the number 8.The children were really successful at adding two numbers together and representing this number using different methods and resources. We also finished phase 2 and learnt all about sounds, words and sentences.

Anti-Bullying Week

On Friday this week it was ‘Odd Socks Day’. We all took our shoes off and sat together in a circle to talk about the wonderful different patterns we had on our odd socks. I then explained to the children that there was a special reason why we were wearing odd socks today. We talked about bullying and how it is when something unkind is done or said to someone over and over again. One child commented that ‘this is like a pattern’ ‘not a nice pattern though’. We agreed and decided bullying shouldn’t happen. We took some time to tell our partners all of the different adults that we could talk to if, at anytime, unkind things were happening to us. We then related this to our Class Charter – We have the right to be treated fairly. We have the right to be protected.

Week 3- Diwali

We started the week by watching the Cbeebies video ‘Lets celebrate Diwali’ to learn how children like us enjoy celebrating this wonderful festival; and what an exciting festival it is too!! 


Over the week we made our own Diva lamps, created special sweets to share with our families, decorated hands with Mehndi patterns, created Rangoli patterns with shapes and retold the story of Rama and Sita as a class. It has been lovely to see the children role playing this on their own afterwards and making special pictures to help decorate the house.

This linked beautifully with our Class Charter – Everyone has the right to be treated fairly (Article 14, 30).


This week we have also done Balanceability and Gymnastics in PE, we have continued to talk about flat shapes, count the corners and sides, we have begun to sort flat and solid shapes and sing a few solid shape songs to learn their names in maths. In phonics we have nearly reached the end of Phase 2 and the children are still loving their rainbow challenges to work on the skills they have learnt independently.

Children in Need

We were very lucky at Gipsey Bridge to be visited by Pudsey Bear. The children enjoyed saying hello to Pudsey, learning what a charity is and taking part in the Bring and Buy sale at the end of the day. The children also decided that it would be fun to turn themselves into Pudsey Bear so we learnt how to draw around each other and cut out our own life size Pudsey pictures


We also talked about Remembrance this week in our picture news session with Mrs Cockram and during assembly with Mr Alison on Thursday.

During circle time discussion on Friday we watched the CBeebies video Poppies https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p4zsl . We spoke about the words bravery, protection, freedom and remembering. The children made some fantastic comments about their great grandparents and asked some very grown up questions such as “Why were they fighting, because fighting isn’t nice?” and “How did the fighting stop?”.

Week 2 – Bonfire night


We loved sharing our experiences of bonfire night this week and again were so pleased to see all of the photos added from home. At the beginning of the week we watched a video of a fireworks display and came up with lots of wonderful vocabulary to describe the sounds, movements and shapes of fireworks; which we then had a go at painting, drawings and creating on the interactive white board.

This then linked beautifully with our maths as we went onto create repeating firework patterns and describing 2D shapes. We even had a go at some firework problem solving. We had to work in teams to sort the fireworks in lots of different ways. The children decided to sort the fireworks by: colour, numbers, size and shape could sort them.

We also spent a lot of time discussing safety with fireworks and sparklers – we watched Fireman Sam’s safety tips and it was great to hear that many of the children had already followed these rules at home.


Week 1 - Halloween

What a lovely first week back. The children really enjoyed sharing their half term experiences and it was wonderful to see so many photos on Tapestry from families at home.

Our first celebration this term was Halloween. We talked about different ways that people celebrate Halloween, carved a pumpkin, created pumpkin pictures, spider webs and decorated our house.

In maths, we continued to learn about and play with number and in phonics we loved writing letters in slime and reading words on pumpkins.

We also learnt lots of texture words, practised our scissor skills and joined in with repeated refrains in the story Room on the Broom.

Photos from home

Designing our classroom

Before half term the children helped to design our role play area for our new topic ‘Celebration’. We decided to make the area into a home and the children enjoyed drawing and telling us all about their house and explaining what we would need.