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

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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

People who help us

We have been learning about people who help us. We were lucky enough to have some visitors who came in and talked to the children about their jobs! We have been doing lots of learning about different jobs. The children have greatly enjoyed being in role as vets/nurses and police officers this week.

Matt the policeman came in on Monday and told us all about how he keeps us safe and works in the community, the children asked him lots of good questions and were particularly interested in his uniform.

Mrs Bird came in and talked to us about how she cares for the elderly in their homes, she showed us how she takes their blood pressure (she practised on Miss Storey).

Mrs May is a vet, she brought in lots of soft animals to show us, she mainly looks after cats, rabbits and dogs. She brought in some bandages and lots of equiptment too. She does lots of operations and uses her stethoscope, she gives injections, takes the animals temperature and even cuts their teeth and nails. Mrs May taught us a new word- Hibernate. Can you remember what it means?

Mrs Neeson is a nurse- she showed us how she looks after people who are poorly.

A big thank you to all of our kind visitors! I wonder what your child liked the best? http://

 

Adam Guillian- Storyteller/Author

Today we had a fantastic visit from Adam Guillian- who is a storyteller and author. He did a Key stage one assembly in the hall where he read and performed his ‘Muffins for Mummies’ story with lots of brilliant props and puppets. He then did a workshop in both reception classes where he told stories for children to do actions and join in with repeated phrases.

The children wrote their own story by thinking of a character and choosing a name, thinking about where he/she lives, thinking of a problem and an ending. The children had some very creative ideas.

I wonder if you could make up a story at home? We will be making a class story about space next week.

I have attached a link so that you can find his books online if you would like to buy some.

https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_searchResult_tbp?searchTerm=adam+guillian&catalogId=10051&langId=100&storeId=10001

 

 

 

Cake Sales

We would like to say a great big thank you to all of the parents who made or bought cakes for our cake sales; they were a big success and we made over £250 which will be spent primarily on books!

Also a big thank you to parents who volunteered to help!
Thanks again,

The reception Team

 

Nocturnal Animals Visit

We were very lucky to have a visit from Dave the owl man who brought with him a variety of different animals. We have been learning about Owl Babies as our topic so were able to impress him with some of our knowledge of Nocturnal and Diurnal creatures. We thought about the food the animals eat, where they live and what they look like.

We saw an owl, a rat, a snake, a hissing cockroach, a gecko, a stick insect, and a hedgehog. It was amazing to see the owl fly around the room, and we were all very brave and had a look at the animals and some even had a touch or a hold.

We learned that owls like to eat small furry creatures like mice, they come out at night and have soft feathers that are silent when they fly so they can sneak up on their prey. They live in trees or barns and like to make nests.

I wonder if you could ask your child….

What are the owls claws called? (talons)

What is an owls face called? (a facial disk)

What do owls feathers feel like? (soft)

What is its mouth called? (a beak)

 

There are lots of beautiful picture books about owls, I wonder if you could read one together (fiction or non-fiction). Here is a clip of Owl Babies you can watch together and discuss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6aYYiyQUmY

 

Ark Farm Fun!

We can’t believe it is the end of our first half term already!

The children are mostly coming in on their own with no tears now which is fantastic! They are mostly settled, making new friendships and have learned our routines and expectations. Thankyou for all of your support and I hope you have found the Phonics evening and parents evenings to be useful.

The children have enjoyed our farm topic this week, particularly meeting some of the animals on Monday! We have been learning about the similarities and differences between the animals. We learned about their characteristics and where they live.

A few questions to ask your child:

Where do ducks live? (pond)

What noise does a donkey make? (hee haw)

What is a pigs nose called? (snout)

What feet do geese have? (webbed)

What does a cockerel have on its head? (a crown)

A text we focused on was Farmer Duck- you might have this book at home. At circle time we thought about whether we are helpful and kind like the duck or lazy like the farmer!

Have a wonderful half term and we are so excited to be learning all about transport when we come back! 🙂

Don’t forget to practice writing your name and sounds, reading your books and counting!

 

Poetry Day

I have to say Reception have amazed us today! It was their first time going in to the hall for a worship and they went in not once but twice! Sadly it was Mrs Morris’ last day so we went in to a celebration to give her some presents and cards! We will miss her lots and wish her the best of luck for the future.

We had a FANTASTIC time today with Ian Bland writing our very own poem- I will put a picture below. You might want to ask your child if they can teach you some of the actions.

You can visit Ian’s website for more poems: https://www.ianbland.com/poem/

The children LOVED the Michael Rosen Chocolate cake video too!