Summer 2 week 1
What a week! Feels as though we have been back for ages! Its always a lovely time for Miss Fothergill and I to welcome class RD back after the holidays as we share whats gone on and how much we've missed one another! We have all been talking about going on holiday so we now have our own seaside role play area with souvenir and ice cream shop. The children planned what things they would expect to see and spoke about what they already knew! lots of facts about sea creatures. The children also came up with great questions of what they would like to find out about "are there snakes in the sea?"-Coen. "why do fish live under water" Teysha. "why do fish swim in water?" Tyler. If you have any seaside bits like shells or post cards, or things you collected on your holidays that you would like to share or play with in our role play (Like an ice cream that Tomas made at home) then please bring it in. We are continuing with our love of information books and children are writing great facts.
In maths we are now consolidating our learning with a focus on shape space and measure.
In Phonics we are reading words with four or five phonemes (grip/ stand) writing longer words (polysyllabic) by clapping out the syllables ie puf-fer-fish, then sounding out the chunks in our hand and on our fingers before we write.
Summer 1 week 5
This week we have been doing subtraction in maths, taking away by counting backwards from the number to find the answer is part of the Early Learning Goal expected to be reached by the end of reception. This is a skill that requires lots of practice, we have been using bead strings, numicon, number sentences and finding change from 10p and 20p.
Subtract with a pirate song:
What an exciting week! Miss Fothergill and I are very proud of how motivated everyone has been to challenge themselves! Well done Class RD you are all super stars J Our boys in particular, were spurred onto writing police reports about a missing plant pot, they found painted finger print clues, gloves at the scene and worked together to solve an investigation. This week we have been practicing our Talk 4 Writing story of ‘The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf’. We have started our own story maps and some children have sequenced the story with sequencing cards (in the shared area). We have retold the story with masks and using sound effects made from many different instruments and actions. Children have started to make models of the 3 houses using a printing paint effect for bricks. Some children are also talking about stronger materials that could be used as a 4th house (Diamonds and Steel!). How could we make these models? (Please can you bring in some tin foil and boxes). Lots of construction this week with the Mobilo making transformers and superhero’s and we now have a revived super hero reading corner! Take a look. In PE we had a go at moving like mini-beasts, dance and yoga. We looked at the hungry caterpillar after reading it last week and all got an item for the book to order in sequence then children made symmetrical butterfly’s and egg box caterpillars. We have also been planting beans and sunflowers ready to sell at enterprise week in June.
Mini-beasts project continues. Last week we looked at spiders after catching one in our classroom, Miss Dean caught us in a giant web as we passed around the spider under a magnifying glass and learnt about facts on features of spiders and their webs and types of spiders. This prompted the children on a fact file. Take a look at our mini-beasts display. We have learnt a song about marching ants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjw2A3QU8Qg.
Can you sing our favourite songs at home?
Challenge yourself to practice saying the letter names and writing the capital and lower case (adult and baby letters).
this song says the sounds as well as the letter names
our big numbers song
our months of the year song
our counting in 2's songs
our counting in 5's song
our counting in 10's song
our time songs
Returning to school, class RD have settled back into school routines better than ever before, arriving at school and getting busy with challenges set up. We have also been learning to challenge ourselves and give ourselves the next steps in our own personal learning. The weather has been causing lots of excitement again with the arrival of frost, ice, snow and storms. Our project on plants and flowers has stemmed from the children's care over the class plant 'Fern', an interest which has blossomed as the children discover the spring season. In our garden centre/ flower shop the children have been creating their own flowers to sell and have started using instruction books 'how to plant a seed' to plant their own sunflower. The children decided in the first week back everything that is inside a garden centre and we are still helping to resource their ideas (see plod wall and please add your children's comments). We are going to make some bird feeders The children have learnt a song about daffodils and songs for mothers day as well as making lots of spring time crafts. World book day was lovely, see our new display in the story laboratory. We've had lots of practice listening and retelling the story of Goldilocks and The Three bears through small world finger puppets and role play with masks, it's very funny hearing the enthusiastic voices the children put on for the different characters.
As part of our Italian restaurant role play area, we made pizzas! The children decided on their toppings as a class and we used language of 'half' and 'whole' when decorating with ingredients such as pineapple, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella and cheddar cheese which the children had to chop up. Aspart of a challenge some children have made wonderful miniature gingerbread man story, character puppets and have been retelling the story in our small world scene and through drama with use of masks. Our project interests has also turn to the weather as the children become increasingly aware of the extreme changes. We discussed the storms our country has been having, both 'Henry' and 'Imogen' we then touched on how wind is formed the children had some great suggestions. We used a weather vain to see which direction the wind was coming from and felt the strength of the storm with a relay race outside, whilst holding large paper. To understand the destruction and develop empathy extreme weather can have, we watched videos of tornado's and hurricanes plus local flooding and shared our experiences. Class RD are getting very interested in using non- fiction books and if you have any at home about any of our projects we would love to share them in class together.
Class RD have had a few music sessions and in this week's we listened to a woodwind group which the children were involved in a retelling of the story of 'Goldilocks and the three bears' through song and body percussion. We followed up our Italy project as some children joined in making made dough balls by kneading and rolling the dough, unfortunately however they were rock hard when cooked but lots of learning opportunity about changing state and cooking processes and talk of where the ingredients originate from. Excitement and lots of class questioning and discussion came from Alivia's, Queen's and Finlay's discovery of interesting rocks and a shell. We took this into the classroom and followed it up, looking under a microscope and being 'geologists' we had lots of ideas and misconceptions of where they come from which were later answered through shared reading of non-fiction books and fun videos.
The children are really getting on board with our class challenges after meeting the wizard (puppet) especially seen a vast improvement in getting busy on arrival to school, children are enjoying the competitive element of collecting challenge stickers (stars) ask your child which challenges they have done. Soon we will move onto setting our own challenges as we already ask "what can you do to make it even better?". There are always phonics and maths challenges in class and the shared areas, these are written on a card with an image of the challenge wizard and should have a sound button.
1. Hidden pictures around the classroom-can you take a list of words to read and tick off when found?
2. Hidden pictures with new digraph sound 'ar' in- take a white board, can you write a list of words?
3. Sound buttons around the class can you write the sentence~?
Our next lesson for our trip to the art gallery looked closely at Caroline's work. Me discussed her media of wool and how its made and we talked about our clothes and fabrics introducing vocabulary like 'synthetics' 'natural' 'fibres' and 'loom'. Children started large scale weaving with different materials and weaving using a wooden loom. Making pop poms from traditional methods and using pom pom makers then cutting these to different lengths. We hope to produce enough to make a wall hanging of our own!
we have learnt new sounds which are now in all our sound books ready to practise over the Christmas holidays. We have learnt j, x, w and v. We have also learnt lots of new tricky words including into, go, the, to and I.
Challenge: Can you write a sentence using one or more of our tricky words?
We have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. We investigated their properties by sorting out Santa's parcels and learnt a shape song ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zps34wx )
We talked about how 2D shapes were flat and discussed how many sides and corners each shape had. We also talked about how 3D were fat and how they had different shaped faces.
Challenge: Can you look around your house and find any 2D or 3D shapes? Can you draw them and count their corners? you could play "I'm thinking of a shape... it has 4 corners.."
'Art is...' trip to the gallery
The creative learners of class RD were very enthused about our upcoming trip to Leeds art gallery and as the children looked at google images of the outside, we took a snap shot of our discussion...
Miss Dean: How will we get there?
Tyler: school mini bus!
Miss Dean: what do you think is inside an art gallery?
Seth: paintings and drawings
Miss Dean: What do you think we will do at the art gallery?
Paige: look at trees
Cody: look at things around us
Olivia: use chalks
We then looked at some individual art works we might see and gave our opinions to them with out thumbs up or down and why we like them or not- or just what we even think of it!
This work by Nicolas Deshayes Sophie G said "i don't like it it looks dirty"
We looked at this work by Stuart Whipps. Thumbs down- James "i don't like it because it doesn't have wheels so it cant drive anywhere" thumbs up- Jake "i like it because it looks like you can go inside it" Coen "i like the stilts it's on". We discussed how we should only use our looking eyes and have 'gallery hands'.
If we could touch the work in the gallery we dicided this work by Caroline Achaintre would be the most fun.
Teysha: I can see lots of rainbow colours
Archie: don't like it 'coz its got black on it
Paige: Its got lots of colours on, I like it
Libby: I love yellow and red
Olivia: I like the long bits
We have continued our light and dark interest of nocturnal animals by looking at winter animals. Some children have been down to the garden on a winter nature walk singing:
"we're going on a winter walk, we're looking for signs of winter, what a cold day, where are all the signs?" (to the tune of we're going on a bear hunt)
Jake noticed that "the trees are naked" and children felt the cold on their hands by taking off a glove and we spoke of how the cold effects our body. Children then made a record onto paper of the things they saw heard and felt.
Our small world has turned into an interactive winter wonder display. Challenge: can you build a frozen palace? look at the winter images, do you know any of the animals
Finger frenzy: how many snowballs can you move with the tweezers in a minute?
we have been reading the Christmas story as well as story of 'The snow Queen!' and 'when will it snow?' if you have any books about winter please bring them in!
Some children have been ballet dancing along to 'the dance of the sugar plum fairies'. See our video!
The children really enjoyed our Halloween (non-scary) story of 'The dark dark street' and this sparked off our interest of the dark. Our project is now on light and dark and children have enjoyed making fire work pictures and displays along with our large bonfire display. We spoke about staying safe and moved like fireworks with the dancing scarves. Children are enjoying making 'dark dark' dens to read books with torches. We are reading lots of non- fiction and also books like 'Cant You Sleep Little Bear?' 'Night Monkey Day Monkey' and 'Owl Babies'. The investigation station is full of materials to support the children's enquiry. We have looked at why we have night and day, spoke about our fears of the dark and other fears. The children are really interested in nocturnal animals and will be making kaleidoscopes with our kitchen roll tubes you have collected. We are also looking at the Hindu festival of light, Diwali.
Challenges: What can you find out about at home to do with our project?
Do you know any nocturnal animal facts?
This week we have been learning the sounds g,o,c and k. We have practised writing and forming the sounds correctly in glitter, flour and chalk. We have also been practising writing simple cvc words and segmenting and blending the sounds together. We have also learnt our first four high frequency words- it, is, at and.
Challenge: Can you write some simple cvc words using the sounds we have learnt so far-s,a,t,p,i,n,d,m,n,g,o,c,k? e.g sat, pat, tip, pit, mat, got
This week we have been learning about 1 more and 1 less. We have talked about what more and less means and have built towers to show more and less. We have practised taking one away or adding one for 1 more and 1 less. We have also talked about how adding one means the number gets bigger and by taking 1 away, the number gets smaller. We have also been practising jumping 1 along a number track for 1 more and jumping 1 backwards for 1 less.
Challenge: Can you use your fingers to find one more and one less to 10?
Our topic has now moved onto looking at transport and vehicles. The children already had a wealth of knowledge on this subject and could classify and name vehicles which go on land, on water or in the air (see our topic learning web). Seth has brought in some great books and games which he has enjoyed sharing with our class and the children have decided to build a car garage just outside the classroom, working on repairs and naming car parts through investigation of real car pieces! If you have any scrap car parts lying around in your shed at home please bring them in! We might even have a look under Miss Deans Bonnet!
Challenge your child to ask how many different types of transport they can spot just on the route to school: can you make a tally? how many all together? can you write the inital sound?
On Monday afternoons we share our SEAL statements and think about what this means to us in circle time. Our statement this week is “I know what diversity means” we said it meant ‘we are the same but different’. The children were very good at really thinking of deeper elements than just our appearance that make us into unique and interesting individuals. Have a discussion with your child about why they might be similar but different to their siblings/family.
This week we have also created a Class Charter Tree. In the first few weeks Miss Fothergill and I set out expectations for reception through role play and discussions. As a class we then came up with ‘rules’ to keep everyone safe and happy.
We have all agreed to this and signed with our finger print ‘leaves’.
Some children are getting interested in maps! Sam brought in a map he’d drawn of his route to school. Some children from Miss O’Carroll’s class have been drawing treasure maps and class RD have joined in. Collectively, we looked on Google earth where our school and local area was located in Leeds, then zoomed out to look at where we are in the UK and then at our position on the earth using a globe! This then sparked off discussion about space and planets, Finlay could share lots on this as he’s just been to visit the national space centre. We will be following up this map interest next week as we introduce robots known as ‘Beebots’ and creating our own maps, looking at different types (road maps, underground map, OS maps). If you have any at home (old or unwanted) please bring them in!.
Our ‘investigation station’ area is a buzz of interest as children bring in natural autumnal objects they have found. We explore these as a class through the microscope onto the interactive white board and independently through magnifying glasses. Some children have made observational drawing of what they can see. Maybe you could go on a walk around Middleton Park and bring in what you find!