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Autumn Term in Reception

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It has been several weeks since beginning the new school year.

We have been very busy settling into Reception by exploring the areas, learning the routines and getting to know our new teachers.

Autumn Term 1– 2017

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This half term we are learning about ourselves, the five senses and Elmer.

We have been learning about the different parts of the body and we did this in a very fun way. Our teachers chose two of our friends to lay on large sheets of paper and we drew around them. You can see them on our display wall in the Doctors Role Play area. Also, we have been discussing how important it is to keep healthy by washing our hands properly and brushing our teeth.

It has been lovely to listen to different Elmer stories written by David McKee, as well as talking about different patterns and colours. We have been very busy making Elmer puppets, designing biscuits to decorate for our upcoming parade and writing Elmer speech bubbles using our phonic knowledge. 

This year in Reception, we are learning to write our letters in pre-cursive and we are excited about this challenge. There are super rhymes to help us remember to start from the line and write our letters correctly. In Phonics, we have been learning to recognise our letters and sounds (s a t p i n). Afterwards, we have really enjoyed practising to write these letters in lots of different ways. For example, using sequins, sand, bingo dabbers and play dough to carefully trace around the letters.

In Maths, we have been working on our 2D shape knowledge by naming and describing them. Our teachers sent us on a shape hunt around the classroom to find circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, pentagons and hexagons. It was lots of fun!

We have been learning about our five senses: smell, touch, taste, sight and hearing. Our activities have included a crisp tasting test, smelling pots, a sound walk and a blind fold test. There are lots of ways to explore and find out about the environment around us!

Mrs Bambridge makes our play dough each week and we were really excited to observe, as well has help her to make blue play dough. We learnt about the key ingredients, following a recipe and even had a go at ‘kneading’ the mixture but the best part was voting for which colour we would have this week!

Did you know we can take our learning into the Outdoor Areas?

We have been able to balance on different equipment, role play in our Fish and Chip Shop and investigate our mini-beast habitat and mud kitchen, as well as building with large construction materials. Also, we enjoy playing on the big yard as we get to use the bikes, trikes and scooters. 

 

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Also this half term, we are learning about sounds, musical instruments and the story ‘Peace at Last’.

We have really enjoyed using our ears to listen to the sounds in our environment and learning to retell the story ‘Peace at Last’ using musical instruments. In Art with Mrs Barker, we made our own musical shakers using bottles, rice and colourful collage materials.

The school nurse has been to visit us on two occasions to talk to us about looking after our teeth and how to wash our hands carefully.

Autumn Term 2- 2017

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-Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?

Our new topic is all about observing the seasonal changes during autumn and winter, The Gruffalo and celebrating Bonfire Night and Christmas (please see our other Reception pages).

Our new topic began outside, looking for signs of autumn and carrying out different activities. It was interesting to see that the leaves have changed colour, from green to orange, yellow, red and brown! We have also noticed the change in temperature, as it is often chilly and we need our coats zipped up. Our teachers asked us to collect leaves, twigs and other natural objects and we cannot wait to find out why!

Working in small groups, we have made some fantastic sculptures using natural objects. Our ideas have included a snowman, a house, a tree, a fire, a tree house and a cheetah. 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 1- 2016

 

elmer ourselveselmer

This half term we are learning about ourselves, the five senses and Elmer.

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We have been learning about the different parts of the body and we did this in a very fun way! Our teachers chose two of our friends to lay on large sheets of paper and we drew around them. Then, some of us decorated the picture by using collage materials and we wrote labels for the different body parts.

Also, we have enjoyed looking in a mirror to look closely at our facial features and copy them carefully. What’s more, it was fun creating our faces out of play dough too.

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We have enjoyed using our the five senses in different activities to touch, smell, see, hear and taste.

Our activities have included:

Smelling pots, a crisp tasting test and wearing a blindfold to explore the feeling of different objects.

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There are lots of fun activities in Reception to extend our learning.

We have been on a shape hunt around the classroom to find circle, rectangle, square and triangle shaped objects. Then, using the 2D shapes we created different pictures, such as rockets, cars, trains, flowers and houses.

In Phonics, we have been learning to recognise our letters and sounds (s a t p i n). Afterwards, we have really enjoyed practising to write these letters in lots of different ways. For example, using bingo dabbers or sequins to carefully trace around the letters.

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Did you know we can take our learning into the Outdoor Areas?

We have been throwing beanbags onto 2D shapes and numbers. Our teachers have been encouraging us to use the correct names and say something about the shape or number.

Other activities have included:

Balancing on different equipment, role play and investigating our mini-beast habitat and mud kitchen, as well as building with large construction materials.

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Also this half term, we are learning about sounds, musical instruments and the story ‘Peace at Last’.

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We have really enjoyed using our ears to listen to the sounds in our environment and learning to retell the story ‘Peace at Last’ using musical instruments. In Art with Mrs Barker, we made our own musical shakers using pots, rice and colourful collage materials.

There are new Finger Gym, Phonics and Maths independent activities. We really enjoy these areas, as there is always further opportunities to learn and explore!

 

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Once again, we’ve been very busy with our new topic learning about seasonal changes, the Gruffalo and celebrating Diwali (please see our other Reception pages).

autumn-gruffaloDuring this topic, our learning has taken us outside more often.

We have enjoyed collecting natural objects, such as leaves, conkers and twigs. Then, we used these objects to create leaf rubbings, autumn sculptures, as well as to add them to our autumn investigation station. We even used the conkers to learn how to add up to 10 & 20!

Other activities have included:

Tree bark rubbings, cut & stick Gruffalo pictures, observational drawings of different types of squash, building habitats for woodland creatures and adding prickles to the Gruffalo’s back.

Don’t forget to look at our ‘School Trips’ page, as we went on an autumn walk to Flatts Lane.

gruffalo-birthdayWe have had an exciting end to this topic because it was the Gruffalo’s 10th birthday!

We have been busy preparing by writing party lists, birthday cards, invitations and making party hats. Not to mention, decorating cakes for the party. We were very excited to find out the Gruffalo was going to come to the party. He had his picture taken with us, danced and played party games.

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