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'Incredible Changes' Spring Term 2 2020

Our project this term is called “Incredible Changes"  We have already begun to create our very own mini-beast investigation area in the classroom.

We can’t wait to see our learning environment grow as it is filled with the children’s wonderful work.

To follow our learning journey throughout the project, each week you can see pictures and updates about what we have been learning about on the reception page below. You can also keep updated with the children's learning journey throughout the project by following us on Twitter and checking for regular updates on Tapestry. 

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Week 1

 

We have introduced our new project with the book 'Superworm.'

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In Maths, we have been exploring measuring different lengths and heights. We have done lots of investigating and exploring surrounding our Maths focus this week. 

In Phonics, we are continuing to learn our new Phase 3 sounds. We have chalked our new words outside, we went on a sound hunt, and even wrote them on our special writing table. We then produced some fantastic writing based off our own mini-beast superhero designs. 

We have learnt about the different mini-beasts, and we have already found a spider, slugs and worms. We have then used our colour mixing skills to paint pictures of different mini-beasts. 

Pancake Day 2020

For Pancake day, we read the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' and the followed a recipe to create our own. We talked about the different ingredients used and where they come from. After that, we tried our delicious pancakes. We explored different toppings, and pulled some funny faces when trying the lemons.

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Week 2

This week, we have been learning all about the changes from a caterpillar to a butterfly using the book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.'

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In Maths, we have been practising our number bonds to 10. We have also introduced doubling amounts. We linked this to a butterfly's wings, as they are symmetrical so they have the same marks on both wings. The children used paints and colours when exploring doubling.  

The children then could re-tell the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' using our story path that we created as a class.

The children enjoyed using tissue paper to create their own butterflies. 

We also have our own class caterpillars. The children have been very excited to monitor and talk about the changes that they see. 

In Phonics, we went on a hunt outside. The children had to work together to read the sentence and the match it to the correct picture, hidden around the outdoor area. 

Week 3

Our focus this week is on the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk.' We even have our own giant's castle in the classroom. 

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This week, we have been learning all about the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk.'

The children could re-tell the story by re-ordering the pictures.

We received a letter, from Jack, asking for our help. We wrote some instructions on how to plant beans, as we have been doing lots of planting in our Reception outdoor area. 

In Maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We explored this by role-playing as the old man at the market, who asks for some money in return for his new magic beans. The children also played a board game, where they had to collect all 10 leaves to complete their beanstalks. Some children checked through Miss Clarke's sums and could prove whether she had got them right or wrong. It needed some good use of mathematical vocabulary!

We enjoyed building and playing in our giant's castle. We wondered whether Jack was hiding up in the clouds.

 

Week 4 

This week we have been learning about the book 'The enormous turnip.'

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This week we have been exploring one more and one less in Maths. They played a game outside where they had to problem solve and then find the answer. They have also been exploring BeeBots. They have explored inputting movements into the BeeBot to reach a desired place. They had to carefully count and input how many times it would need to move forward, backwards or turn.

The children have enjoyed roll-playing with farm based activities. We built a tractor in our outdoor area using tyres and crates.

They have also used carrots to paint and print. They have been exploring different ways that they can use the carrot to print e.g. dab, roll 

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