We had a great time last week when we decided we wanted to learn about Space. It followed on from all our discussions and learning and night and dark the week before. There were lots of different activities in our classroom. One of our favourites was the special space writing! We had special UV pens which only lit up when you used the torch. We worked together because it could be a bit tricky to write and press the switch. Can you remember what you wrote or drew?
When we talked about space lots of us mentioned rockets so we decided to build one! This one was so big we could fit inside it. We had to decorate it so that it looked like a rocket and then design the inside so it had buttons and other functions to make it ready to fly. We made sure it had a stop and start button and also one to go faster. There was even a music player added so we could listen on our way to space. Can you see our wonderful labels for the go and stop button and for the fast button? (This is a great way to get us writing for a purpose so we don’t even know we’re doing it!)
After we’d built a rocket for our role play area we got busy building another one in Maths. We had been talking about 3-D shapes all week so it seemed the perfect opportunity to find out what we’d learnt. There were lots of amazing ideas about what we would need for our rocket- the music player showed up again! We also talked about the shapes that we could see and practised using some of the special words that we had learnt such as face, edge and vertices. Can you remember what they mean?
We decided if we wanted to go to Space would have to know what to pack to take with us. Miss Parker got a collection of things together and we thought about what we’d need. Some of us tried to write a list by listening to the sounds we could could hear. This is how we learn to write in Reception. We don’t need to be able to write every letter that we need to spell it perfectly yet (That will come later!) Can you try and write a list of some of the things that you might need to take a special trip?
Finally, there were lots more space related activities in our classroom which we could explore to find out more. The small world area was very popular and we all loved using the rocket to tell stories about Space.
What have we been learning?
- to write and mark make using our special pens.
- to work together completing different activities.
- to think how to build a rocket and what it needs to work.
- to talk about 2D and 3D shapes and think which shapes are best for which purpose.
- to write a list by sounding out and writing the sounds we hear.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Try writing the shopping list by sounding out. Can you write the initial (first) sound in each word? Can you hear and write any of the other sounds?
- Look around your house for 3d shapes (cubes, cuboids, spheres, pyramids) How do you know which one is which? Can you describe it?
- Find books about Space. What can you find out?
We had a wonderful time learning about fireworks. Unsurprisingly all the children were talking about the bonfires they were going to and the fireworks they seen. We talked about the things we already knew about Bonfire Night and recorded it in our Floor Book.
Then we got busy doing lots of learning about Bonfire Night and the fireworks. In PE we listened carefully to the noises the fireworks made and we tried to make our bodies move like the fireworks. We all had a turn then we had a look at some good examples before we tried to improve our ideas.
In the classroom we watched some magic fireworks made with milk! When you added washing up liquid to the colour it made the colours move like fireworks. Everyone used lots of amazing language when they saw what was happening.
We had a very exciting time outside where there were real sparklers. Everyone had to stand back so they were safe and we had a talk about how to stay safe when we were using sparklers with our grown ups.
When we looked at our Floor Book at the beginning of the week some of the children were talking about the different foods and drinks they would like to try during Bonfire Night week. To warm ourselves back up after we’d been outside with the sparklers for a while we had some lovely hot chocolate.
We weren’t finished there. Look at some of the other things we did….
It was a busy, busy week! At the end of the week we looked again in our Floor Book and thought about the things we’d learnt.
(As you can see it was also a very exciting week for one of the children in our class)
What have we been learning?
- To use as many interesting words as possible to talk about the fireworks.
- To learn some more words which we’ve not used before and know what they mean.
- To move our bodies like fireworks to show we know and understand what the words we’re using mean.
- To stay safe on Bonfire Night and around sparklers and fireworks.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Encourage your children to tell you about the things they see and do using as many interesting words as possible.
- Although its not Bonfire Night any more you can still talk to your child about safety around hot items such as kettles and other household objects.
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.
Then it was our turn to get busy. We loved having all our favourite things back out.
Miss Parker will be making sure our Y1 teachers know all of our favourite activities and our favourite interests.
We had a great time learning about superheroes recently. We loved talking about our favourite superheroes and learning more about some new ones.
We realised that lots of our favourite superheroes wore a special cape so we decided to make some capes of our own.
Once we’d decided on our cape design and painted the, we have to wait for them to dry. When they were dry we got to do the exciting part of the process and reveal the design…
It was fun to find out what our final capes looked like. Our favourite part though was trying them on and watching them turn us into superheroes 🙂
We decided to test our superhero strength and other powers in some Superhero PE sessions.
There were lots of other activities around our classroom too. The children loved calling their favourite superheroes for a chat on the phone.
It was great fun learning about superheroes. The children did much more deciding about the own learning and helped planned what we were going to learn. You can see our planning here……. If something has a tick it means that when we reviewed our week we decided that we’d done this. You can see where we added new ideas too.
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.
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.
We also had races with the animals in the water tray. We used the iPads and computer to find out more about the celebrations.
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.
We made some much smaller dragons using beads and pipe cleaners to help strengthen our fingers.
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.
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!
We had a very busy week and learnt lots about Chinese New Year.
We had a great time in the first half of Spring term learning all about Buildings, Structures and Homes. The children decided this was what they wanted to learn about while we get ready for our New School.
First we asked the children what they would want to learn about…….
We read the story of the Three Little Pigs and it became our storytelling text for the half term.. Look on the blog for a post about our storytelling. The children thought about what they would use to build a house if the big bad wolf came to Manor Top and why that would be the best material.
Once some of the children had decided on the bricks to build a solid wall for the house the used the rest of the materials to create the rest of the house. Doesn’t it look great?
There were lots of other building activities for us to do too. We had great fun exploring them all. There was more going on than we could take photos of to show you!
The children loved the freedom and creativity of the role play area which they could make anything they wanted to be.
One our favourites was using the sand cement to build sticking the blocks together. If you want to make some at home just mix shaving foam with some sand- it’s that easy 🙂
There were lots of Elsa castles popping up all over the place but these ones with the sugar cubes were particularly popular. What could you build from using materials at your house?
During the whole school Safety Week, Stephen from the new build came to talk to us about being safe on and near building sites. He also showed us some pictures of what our new school is going to look like. It was very exciting to see the pictures and we can’t wait to see it for real.
We’ll try and put some more pictures up of the new build as we get them. Keep looking back to check…..
The other week we went on a bear hunt in Onyx and Garnet classes. We read the Michael Rosen book and retold it ourselves. Then we had to remember what happened when to help Miss Parker draw the story map. We did a great job remembering all the different words to describe the places.
After we decided we wanted to have a go ourselves at drawing and writing our own maps. We did a fabulous job at drawing the different places and even made up some new ones of our own. There were mountains on them and even rock pools. The children were sharing the space and resources and working collaboratively to complete their maps.
The children were really showing off their mark making skills. Look at some of the finished results…
We also wrote signs to keep people safe on the Hunt with children listening for the sounds they could hear and writing them. Look at this excellent example of early writing…
There were lots more ways in the provision for us to retell the story in different ways. Some of us even started making up our own stories.
We loved going on a Bear Hunt!