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Environment and Global Citizenship Weeks

Before the Spring Bank break it was Environment Week in school closely followed by Global Citizenship Week. We decided to base our learning for Environment Week around the film Wall-E. Look at our Floor Book to see what we learnt about.

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The week after was Global Citizenship Week. We based our learning around the TASC wheel and tried to answer the question:

Where is the best place to live in the world? 

It was hard to decide because there are so many exciting places we could have chosen. We had to know enough about the place chose to explain why we’d live there and also why it was better than anywhere else. First we asked our parents/ carers if we had any family who lived in another place or if we’d ever been to any other places. This helped make our discussions more relevant to us.

Look at our Floor Book to see what else we decided……

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What we have been learning? 

  • About our place in the world. 
  • About how we can help the world stay a nice place to live.
  • About different countries around the world. 
  • How we have links around the world even if we’ve never been before. 
  • What we know about different countries around the world. 
  • How we can use what we know to help us answer a question. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Talk to your child about any links they have around the world. 
  • Let your child help you recycle into the different bins you have at home. 
  • Talk to your child about keeping their bedroom tidy to help keep your home environment nice.
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How Do You Help A Dinosaur?

We had a special visitor to our classroom before the Easter holidays. We kept finding footprints in our classroom and the children were quick to say what they thought they were. We had a look around our classroom to see if we could work out what it was.

 

Miss Parker decided to set up a special camera when we all went home to see if we could find out what had been to our classroom. You won’t believe what it was, we caught a dinosaur on camera!!!! It had been right through our classroom!

 

That wasn’t the end of it though. The dinosaur came back the next day and and we saw it on the camera again walking around the other end of our classroom.

 

We couldn’t believe our eyes, especially as this time he had brought us a box. We had to read it. It said,

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Please help

 

It was from the dinosaur and he wanted our help. We had to read the letter he had sent us so we knew what to do.

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Then there was another reading job to do as we matched the information to the correct dinosaur name. We then made our information into a book for Mr T Rex so he didn’t feel so muddled. He sent us another letter to read which said Thank you.

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We loved having a dinosaur come and visit us in school although I think a few of us were glad that we didn’t actually come face to face with a T Rex!

What we have been learning? 

  • to read simple texts with a purpose. 
  • to learn more information about the dinosaurs. 
  • to imagine what it would be like to have a dinosaur in our classroom! 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • read everyday with your child. Even if it is a more difficult text they can help you read it by saying the sounds they know and looking for tricky words such as I, go, no, the, to, into, me, my, be, she etc. 
  • find out some more information about dinosaurs using books and the internet. You can visit the Library and look for books about dinosaurs. Turn the information you find into your own book. 
  • imagine what it would be like to have a dinosaur in your house! Can you draw a picture of what might happen? 

 

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Super Space

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? 

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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!)

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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? 

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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? 

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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.

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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? 
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Fantastic Fireworks

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We weren’t finished there. Look at some of the other things we did….

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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.

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(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. 

 

 

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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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Sensational Superheroes

We had a great time learning about superheroes recently. We loved talking about our favourite superheroes and learning more about some new ones.

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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…

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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 🙂

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We decided to test our superhero strength and other powers in some Superhero PE sessions.

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There were lots of other activities around our classroom too. The children loved calling their favourite superheroes for a chat on the phone.

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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.

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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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