Life Cycles

What a busy week! We have been learning all about the life cycles of animals and plants.

On Tuesday we took our learning outdoors and observed the wildlife around our school. We very carefully lifted up logs to have a peek at what was living under them. Down by the pond we were extremely lucky to find a tadpole! We decided to gather up some pond water in a container and take the tadpole back to our classroom to observe it over the week. On Friday we returned the tadpole to its home in the pond so it could continue with it’s metamorphosis.

Our garden centre has been a hit with Oak and Fir trees alike! They children have been carefully selecting which flowers they would like to buy in order to make a beautiful arrangement.

Thank you to all parents and carers who brought a plant pot into school. The children planted their own pea on Wednesday and learnt what they need to do in order for their pea to grow (don’t worry, we will water them over the half term break). Fingers crossed we will see sixty plants growing after half term!

We have been watching some fantastic time lapse videos to learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar. Follow the link and take a look for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocWgSgMGxOc

To see what your children have learnt you could ask them about:

What does the word metamorphosis mean?

What does it mean to make a prediction?

Why is it important to look after creatures and plants?

What do plants need to grow?

Can you tell me the lifecycle of a frog? butterfly? or seed?

What happens in the story ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross?  Why couldn’t tadpole keep his promise?

We hope you have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing you back on Monday 4th June.

The Reception Team

Once upon a time…

For the past two weeks, we have been learning all about traditional tales.

 Reception have been writing lots about the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We have learned many adjectives to describe the troll and have produced some fantastic writing retelling the story in our own words. 

 For the ‘Communication and Language- understanding’ Early Learning Goal children need to be able to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories.

 The three little pigs have been helping us learn how to share in maths this week; we had to share sticks and bricks to make sure all pigs had the same amount of materials to build their houses with. 

 Finally, we have been using our observational skills to draw our favourite characters from traditional tales. We had to look very carefully in order to produce our very best work. 

 You can help your child at home by:

 Asking your child to perform the story map for The Three Billy Goats Gruff, they know some terrific actions to help them remember the story!

 Asking your child if a troll came to visit at school? What was he like and what did he say?

Share traditional tales with your child at home and ask questions about them.

Technology Week

Link

We have been learning all about technology!

http://Technology on PhotoPeach

Fir and Oak trees classes have had a busy week learning all about technology. We have been writing about the technology we use at home and at school, making 3D pictures, taking and editing photographs, playing interactive maths games, exploring the new light box, using metal detectors and walkie talkie headphone sets, as well as learning to sort materials, deconstructing old technology with tools and learning to code with Bee-bots!

For the ‘Understanding the world- Technology’ Early Learning Goal children need to be able to select and use technology for particular purposes and to understand a range of technology is used in places such as home and school. 

The children impressed us with their skills and knowledge about technology, they enjoyed listing all the things a Google Home device can find out for us. We talked about online safety and all children agreed that they should not use a device like Google Home without an adult.

I wonder if your child can tell you some of the things Google home can help us to do? (Set a timer, play music, find recipes, buy items, learn new languages, answer questions, tell jokes, play audiobooks, calculator, write a shopping list.)

 

You can help your child by:

Downloading free interactive apps on devices such as phones or tablets (we recommend Bee-bots or any alternative basic coding game)

Encouraging your child to help you with cooking and learning how to use technology safely

Discuss with your child how to be safe online and to use age appropriate programmes

They might even be able to teach you something new 🙂

 

Dinosaurs!

 

For the past two weeks Reception have been learning all about dinosaurs!

Some precious dinosaur eggs were delivered to Oak Class and Fir Class. We looked after them but unfortunately some eggs hatched! We searched the whole school looking for baby dinosaurs, we knew they were walking round our classrooms as there were tiny red footprints everywhere! We made lost posters and put them around the school. We set traps to catch them. Mr Bassey found the baby dinosaurs in the Sensory Garden and they were returned to the museum.

We have learned some new vocabulary about dinosaurs. You could ask your child some of the following questions about dinosaurs:

What is the name of a dinosaur that eats meat? (carnivore)

What are people who study dinosaurs called? (paleontologist)

What is an animal with scaly skin called? (reptile)

What does a stegosaurus have on its back? (boney plates)

Fir tree class are looking forward to showing you all about what they have learned about dinosaurs in their worship on Wednesday 9th May.

http://Dinosaurs! on PhotoPeach