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Our Last Week in Reception

For our last week in Reception, Miss Parker and the other teachers let us choose what learning we wanted to do. We had a look back at this blog and found some of our favourite activities from the year. We had to do some negotiating and comprising when different children wanted different things out and we had to make sure there weren’t just dinosaurs and fairies everywhere! Once we had decided what we would like in each area Miss Parker got busy getting everything we needed out.

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Then it was our turn to get busy. We loved having all our favourite things back out.

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Miss Parker will be making sure our Y1 teachers know all of our favourite activities and our favourite interests.

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Loving our New School!

We have loved our first couple of days in our new classroom and school. It has been lots of fun exploring all the areas in our classroom and also going around the whole school building. All the children have been superstars and have settled in really well.

Look at some of the fun things we’ve been doing….

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The children have been talking lots about our new school and saying what they think of it. Everyone agrees its great.

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Thanks to all parents and carers too for all your help and support in our first couple of days making sure drop off and pick up went smoothly. 

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

We had a fantastic time celebrating the Chinese New Year the other week. The actual celebration was in our half term holiday so we celebrated first week back at school.  Look at all the fun things we did…..

We learnt the story of the Chinese New Year when all the animals had a race.

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We had some races of our own to see who the winners were. We talked lots about who came first, second and third to practise these words.

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We also had races with the animals in the water tray. We used the iPads and computer to find out more about the celebrations.

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When we watched the video we saw a special dragon dance. We made our own life size dragon so we could have a turn. You might see it lurking in our classroom still.

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We made some much smaller dragons using beads and pipe cleaners to help strengthen our fingers.

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Once we’d strengthened our fingers we were ready to do some mark making. It was hard to try and copy the Chinese numbers. They’re very different to our English ones.

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Finally we also had a Chinese sensory rice tray in the classroom for us to explore. The children used this in lots of different ways from filling the red envelopes to using it as a Chinese takeaway!

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We had a very busy week and learnt lots about Chinese New Year.

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Valentine’s Day

We spent the last week of half term celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s a chance to read a couple of Miss Parker’s favourite books. If you’ve not read them before see if you can find them in the Library.

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After we all had such a good time making potions earlier in the year the children asked if we could do it again but this time we chose to make Love Potions.

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Everyone made a Valentine’s Day card for the person or people of their choice. After completing the art it was a great chance to do some writing for a purpose.

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There was lots of Valentine’s Day Maths opportunities around the classroom. The children used the hearts cards from a pack of cards, small hearts for counting and the Numicon to count and make their own calculations.

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They were also able to explore other Maths opportunities around the classroom in the Sensory Tray, at the Light Table and at the Finger Gym.

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We did lots of great learning linked to Valentine’s  Day. There was also a hunt outside for hearts which we had to order by size.

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Celebrating Day 100!

Can you believe we’ve been in full time school for 100 days? We’ve been counting down since the very first day using our straws and marking the numbers off on the 100 square. Everybody has been getting very excited in the last couple of weeks as we’ve realised it’s getting closer and now the day has arrived!

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We got so excited because we’d been promised a party on Day 100! We all had a fabulous time at our special party especially our Day 100 cake.

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There were lots of other activities for us to enjoy during the day.

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For homework we brought in collections of 100 items from home. Can you remember what you brought?

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And we’re not finished there……. we’ve carried on counting to see how many more days we’ve got in Reception.

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We’d love to hear about any number learning you’ve been doing at home. Please let us know what you’ve been doing and write a wow moment so we can put it on the wall and share it with everyone. The wow moments you do form an important part of the children’s Learning Journeys.

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Christmas Excitement with the Elf on the Shelf!

We had a busy time in December getting ready for Christmas. The Elf on the Shelf came to visit us and it was lots of fun each day trying to find where he had hidden. He got himself into some interesting places! Can you remember where we found him?


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We called our elf Smiley. Each day when we found him he had a letter for us. We read the letter and found out what challenge Smiley had set us.

Here are some of our letters…..

 

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Our elf stayed with us throughout December and joined in with some of our other events like the Christmas Performance.

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Smiley also came to our Christmas Party with Santa.

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We all had the best time at the party and a few of us said we wished we could do it everyday! Thanks to parents and carers for generously providing the food and drinks. 

The day after we got to play with our presents from Santa. The elf gave us a challenge to complete.

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We loved having the Elf on the Shelf come to school and we were sad when he had to go back to the North Pole to help Santa. We hope he comes again next year!

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Christmas Jumper Day!

We hope you had a fabulous holiday period. All the best for 2015!

 

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Bonfire Night and Fireworks!

Last week we had a great time using the inspiration of Bonfire Night and all the fireworks we were seeing at night.  Look at all the fun things we did.

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We thought about the shapes we could see looking at pictures and videos of fireworks. Then we wrote the numbers for November on our calendar sheets to turn them into our November calendars. We took them home to share with our families.

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In the Finger Gym, we enjoyed popping the Bubble Wrap to make sounds like fireworks and also drawing firework shapes in the sparkly glitter.

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We had to think carefully about how to make our 3D fireworks. Our teachers didn’t tell us how to make our fireworks. We had to think of what we wanted it to look like and choose the materials we used. Look how great they turned out…

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We also turned our whole bodies into fireworks while listening to the sounds like made. We had to think what the different fireworks looked like and how we could change our bodies into these shapes. Can you guess which fireworks we were from looking at the pictures? image

When we went outside we tried to draw fireworks as big as we could. We made them bigger than us which was hard work. They looked fabulous though and were well worth the effort.

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Pfinally, we looked at the colours and patterns of fireworks using a Magic Milk experiment we used milk, food colouring and washing up liquid to find out what happened.

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“Wow look at this what we’ve made. Mine’s all multicoloured.” Eva-Lee said. Callum C said “Wow! It’s cool! The colours has been going into the milk. This is good. The milk is going on top of the colours so we can’t see the colours”.

We loved learning all about Bonfire Night and fireworks!

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