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Land Ahoy! Summer 2019

Week 3 – Holidays

The children have been talking a lot about their holidays! So this week we started a new part of our topic. The children shared ideas about what we could learn. We role played in the travel agents, made passports and aeroplane during choosing, described our favourite locations in Literacy and created 3D shape passports with the number of faces they can see in maths. The children have also been busy doing lots of independent challenges!

We also continued talking about their transition to year 1 and they came up with sensible questions they might like to ask their new teacher.  

Pirate Escape Room WOW event.

After being 'locked' in the classroom, the children were given six pirate challenges to complete. For each challenge they completed they received 1 piece of a pirate coin puzzle. Once completed the puzzle told the children which number key they needed to open their box of treasure. For their final challenge, the children needed to work out which number sentence on the padlocks linked to their key. Once everyone had completed the challenge, the doors were 'unlocked'!

Parent voice - WOW event

Week 2

This week we finished reading Peter Pan. The children learnt that Peter had a secret hideout. In teams they worked together to design and create their own secret hideouts. The children had lots of ideas about how they could protect their hideout and they enjoyed listening to each other and adapting their ideas as they went. We then wrote instructions so that the people in their team would know how to get in.  Over the week we continued with instruction writing and reading.

In maths we focused on number patterns and in our circle time we talked about the things we can do now and what we would like to get better at when they move into year 1.

Week 1

Over the next few weeks we are reading and watching the story of Peter Pan.

We started by watching a clip of Peter and Tinkerbell arriving in Wendy’s nursery. We used many words to describe the characters but also began to talk about what they were like a people. From the video clip the children weren’t sure that Peter was going to be a nice person. This helped us later in the week to draw our favourite characters as well as read and write our own riddles.  

The children were surprised that in Neverland you never grow up. This fitted perfectly with our circle time discussions on growing and changing. The children all shared their baby pictures and wrote about what they needed help with when they were small.

In PE we developed our ball skills with Mr Curcio and practised for Sports day with Mrs Smart. We also had a road safety talk, continued to develop our drawing skills in art and had lots of fun making models of London or Neverland in the classroom.

Week 5

This week we have had lots of fun learning about directions. We decided that it was very important for pirate captains to give clear instructions and for their pirate crew to listen carefully. We tested this out on the playground, with the bee-bots and in play.

The children then wrote their own instructions.

Later in the week the children were posed the question

‘Should children be allowed to be real pirates?’ The majority of children originally voted yes.

‘it would be fun’ ‘it should be our choice’ ‘we could tell people what to do’ ‘we could learn to drive a boat’.

We then spoke about the rights of a child.

The majority of children then voted no.

‘our grown-ups wouldn’t be there’ ‘we wouldn’t learn’ ‘We wouldn’t be safe. A shark might bite the boat.’

Week 4

This week we learnt about capacity and volume in maths. The children enjoyed using maths language and measuring amounts carefully with a cup. We even had a go at estimating how many cups we thought it might take before measuring.

In phonics, we continued phase 4 and learnt to read and write messages. The children pretended that they were stuck on a treasure island and needed to send letters to get help.  

We also started the book ‘Commotion in the ocean’ the children learnt about the different layers in the ocean and then created some art by mixing colours.  

Week 3

This week we set sail on a new pirate adventure. As a class we role-played setting sail, climbing the riggings, saving people who fell overboard and looking for a new land to explore.

We found a box of treasure with pictures and objects from Africa. The children talked about how life might be different in Africa and we made a list of all the wonderful things we might see, hear or smell while we were there. We then wrote a postcard home talking about the lovely things we experienced.

We also read the book ‘One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul This is about Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia who turned plastic bags into something new and exciting.

In maths we did lots of problem solving! We learnt how to listen for key pieces of information and what resources might be helpful to use.

Week 2

This week we also enjoyed a treasure hunt and lolly pop making. We had to read the instructions and clues carefully to find out what to do. We also learnt how to make posters. We created wanted posters for pirates and posters to tell people about plastic pollution.

In maths, we learnt to share pirate treasure equally into groups.

Finally, in plan-do-review we combined materials to make our own pirate faces.

Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Life below water

Reception have started to look at the effect plastic in our oceans has on sea life; some fantastic questions were asked. We discussed as a class how it puts animals in great danger, we also talked about and demonstrated single-use plastics and reusable plastics, and how reusable plastics are much more beneficial for the environment.


Later in the week the children created posters to tell others about plastic pollution. 

Week 1

On our first day back we launched the topic with a pirate WOW day. The children made their own costumes, spoke like pirates, played team games, did pirate yoga and learnt about life on board ship.

This week we have also learn to count on and back and solve pirate word problems in maths.

In phonics, we wrote speech bubble with pirate phrases and took part in treasure hunt where we had to read each clue carefully.

In art we learnt how to collage by combing lots of different materials to make a picture of a pirate ship.