Summer Term 2018
Our new topic is ‘Mad about Minibeasts’. The children have been learning about different types of minibeasts, where they live, what they eat and how they protect themselves from predators. They are also learning the different body parts and what an insect is. They have enjoyed hunting for minibeasts, as well as making their own in art and craft activities and out of play dough.
On Thursday 28th June Class 1 took part in their very first school Sports Day. We were really proud of all of them, as they all tried their best at every activity and race and they were beautifully behaved and very supportive of their friends.
On Thursday 21st June we held a Team-Building Day. The children in Class 1 loved it! They started off the day outside and split into 3 teams. Each team had a bowl of 4 tennis balls that they had to get to their other bowl on the other side of the playground, they had three lengths of pipe to help them. The problem was that they weren’t allowed to use their hands (except to put the ball onto the pipe at the start) and they had to use all three lengths of pipe. The children loved this activity and spent 45 minutes trying to succeed. They initially found it tricky and needed a bit of help to start them off but after that they could manage. They were giving each other instructions and helping each other out. They didn’t upset when they dropped the ball either and had to go back to the beginning. They just kept trying. This was a very tricky activity and each team managed to get 1 or 2 balls across the playground. Well done everyone!
After lunch we then went and had a go on the climbing wall. Some of the children were a little nervous, however most were excited. Linda and Paul introduced themselves and then talked to the children about the safety equipment and how they should climb and come down. They then got everyone into their harnesses and helmets. Even those who weren’t too keen. The children were really keen to have a go and even though they were finding it tricky they refused to be defeated and kept on trying. We were really proud of everyone and what they achieved. Those who were nervous spent time with Linda and after 5 or 10 minutes she had them climbing up the wall and wanting to have a second go later on! The children were also congratulated for their excellent behaviour by Linda and Paul. Well done everyone!
Welcome back and I hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday and are ready for the term ahead.
During this final summer term we shall start by learning about Wild and Endangered Animals.
We kick started the topic with an amazing trip to Flamingo Land Zoo where we got to go out and see the animals themselves. This has enabled us to learn about animals, their lives and where they live and has also enabled us to love at conservation and how we can look after the world. During the visit we learnt about some Weird and Wonderful creatures, as well as what is meant by predators and prey, what camouflage is and how the animals use it in different ways.
We handled a Corn Snake, a Madagascan Hissing Cockroach and a Tenrec. It was fantastic and the children were all extremely brave. After lunch we went on a tour of the animals in the zoo and got to see the Parrots, Lemurs, Meerkats, Baboons, Black Rhinos and the Tigers. We even got to see the Tigers eating their lunch, it was a fantastic experience. The children were very well behaved and polite throughout the day and had a fabulous time.
In Literacy we have explored many fiction books about wild animals including ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, ‘he Tiger who came to tea’ and ‘Dear Zoo’. The children really enjoyed ‘Dear Zoo’ and wrote their own version of the story, choosing their own animals and adjectives to describe them.
As part of money in Maths we looked at the different coins and used Numicon to help make different amounts. The children were then asked to use the coins to make an amount of money to pay for a biscuit and a cup of squash for snack.
Whilst learning about dinosaurs before half term we got talking about volcanoes. This was at the time of Mount Kilauea erupting in Hawaii. The children were fascinated by the pictures and this led to us learning about volcanoes and how they work. We then used are DT and Art skills to build 3 volcanoes of our own and paint them. Once they were dry, we then did a science lesson and went outside to make them erupt! The children measured the bicarbonate of soda and poured it into the coke bottle (which was inside the volcano). They also measured red and gold glitter and added that in. Once they had done that they used a measuring jug to get the right amount of distilled vinegar, washing up liquid and red food colouring. I explained that the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda would react together and come bubbling out of the top of the volcano. They were very excited! They put the funnel into the top of the bottle and then poured in the mixture, leaping back with squeals of delight when it erupted like Mount Kilauea.
Our next topic is ‘Mad about Minibeasts’. We shall be looking at their habitats, some of their life-cycles and see what creepy crawlies we can find around school.
Welcome to Class 1! This is the Reception class and we have fun everyday exploring and learning new things. The children have settled in extremely well and are enjoying life here at school. They have built strong relationships with their buddies and are building strong friendships with their peers.
The children have started playing Police and Ambulance games, which is leading us to learn about ‘People Who Help Us’ after October half term. We will also be learning about Winter, Christmas and the history of Christmas around the world and of course we will be preparing for our Christmas nativity, which the children are all extremely excited about.
If your child achieves a task at home, please let us know, you can simply note it down on a post it and send it in with them and we will include it in their Learning Journey’s. Over the years we have had all sorts including:
Continuing your learning at home is extremely important. Here in Reception we strongly suggest little and often. The children have all received their reading books and we encourage them to read to an adult four times a week, even if it’s just for 5 minutes – it doesn’t need to be the whole book. We hold a reading challenge in school, which the children also enjoy taking part in.
In Reception the children also have a maths target, called SMIRFs (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts) and the children will need to practise these throughout the week, we will then check them on a Friday and if they know them we move them onto a new target. The children in Reception are thrilled at being turned into little astronauts and are keen to move up the planets already! We have been doing SMIRFs for several years now and we have found they have helped to improve children’s knowledge and that it has in turn helped their arithmetic and speed in answering questions.
We thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please contact us.
Articulation of the 44 phonemes is really important as the correct pronunciation enables your child to blend sounds together more easily. Click the link to hear the pronunciation of the sounds:
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