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Class RCM 2019-2020

Welcome to Reception Class 

Learning in 2019 -2020

Welcome to our learning gallery, we hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to in our Early Year classroom.

SPRING 1

This term we have set off on our travels around the world with Paddington Bear. So far we have visited China, Australia and Brazil.

We painted pictures of Paddington Bear and made our own mini versions of him. We then invited our Teddy Bears into school for the day and enjoyed sharing marmalade on toast with them during snack time.

We celebrated Chinese New Year in class. The children made their own chinese dragons, learnt how to write numbers in chinese script and enjoyed making and eating vegetable chow  mein.

We also created our own versions of Chinese lion and dragon dances in PE, after watching clips on the internet. We even had our very own dragon head to lead the dancing after one of the children chose to make one during free flow. It looked fantastic!

We are continuing to work on our writing in all areas of the classroom. This term we are trying to write in sentences, and include the key features of capital letters full stops and finger spaces.

Our Maths focus has taken us on to learning number bonds. We have used ten frames and part whole models to help us see the different bonds.

Whilst travelling to Australia we learnt about lots of different landmarks, explored some of the animals native to the country and explored some traditional objects. We made our own boomerangs, and had the opportunity to play a didgeridoo.

During PE the children enjoyed learning some Australian country dancing, before skipping over to New Zealand to learn the Haka!

We also held a Topsy Turvy dress up day to raise money to support the charities and services helping the wildlife during the Australian bush fires.

We headed to Brazil for the end of this half term where we learnt about the carnival in Rio. We designed and made our own carnival masks, and explored the process of tie dying to create our fabulous t-shirts. In PE we learnt a samba dance and had great fun sharing this with our Mummies and Daddies.

AUTUMN 2

We love Christmas in EYFS. The role play becomes a Grotto, the children write their letters and lists and complete Christmas themed activities in all areas. Here is just a selection of some of the things we have been doing.

Using Numicon to make pictures and measuring objects using cubes.

Learning to play Jingle Bells on the hand bells and making Christmas cakes.

Retelling the Christmas story and making Santa’s world.

Making sure the workshop is organised and that lists have been checked.

We also enjoyed performing Angel Small in St. Mary’s Church.

In PE we have enjoyed developing our gymnastic skills and have been using the large apparatus. Each week the children challenged themselves to improve on their skills, either making it along the balance beam unaided or trying to hold a balance! They have worked really hard to improve their skills in all areas.

This half term we have been using stories as a focus for all our learning.

We read The Gingerbread Man and created our own version of the story using story maps.

The children created the scenes and retold the story using props and puppets.

The Snail and the Whale was our inspiration for some fabulous artwork. We studied the artist Henri Matisse and made created our own interpretations of his painting. We then used clay and other materials to make our own snails, after practising and trying out ideas with play dough first. We think they are brilliant!

The children enjoyed using the beebot where they learnt how to use the different buttons to programme instructions for it to move. Once they had mastered making it move we set them the challenge of directing it through a maze.

AUTUMN 1

We have been really busy this first half term.

During our exploration outside some boys found potatoes in our mud kitchen. We used them in our vegetable soup that we shared with Mums and Dads in our open afternoon.

As part of our work on Harvest in preparation for our Harvest Festival we read the story of the Little Red Hen. Some children acted out the story using puppets and we also made some bread, that we ate with our wonderful vegetable soup.


The children found a box of material and began creating their own wonderful outfits. Once the collection was complete we made a catwalk in the classroom and had a mini fashion show.

Look at our fabulous costumes!

Our creative children also like to make music and perform for us.

We have been learning a letter sound a day in our phonics sessions, and are already word building and beginning to segment for writing.

Learning our letter sounds in phonics and applying it in our play.

Look at our amazing sentence writing!

We have been exploring numbers, sorting and grouping objects in our Maths learning.

Using numbers to follow a route.

Finding ways to make a number and represent it in different ways.
Sorting the dinosaurs by their features.

 

Early number sentence recording.

We have enjoyed our first week at school.

Making friends and exploring our new environment has been so important in our first couple of weeks in school.

We have been learning about numbers, representing them in different ways and counting to 10 and beyond. Some children have also been showing how they can order numbers too.

The sandpit has seen lots of action over the last two weeks, with plans for a two storey house well underway. Cement has been created through the exploration of suitable sand and water mixes and the floor is down. The children have had their clipboards out and safety signs have been erected to warn of the dangers to the construction site.

Inside we have been treated to numerous cups of tea and cake from the home corner, and plans to open a full cafe are now well underway. We will be open for business once menus have been created and signs are ready.

The water has provided the children with the opportunity to explore magnetism with a fishing game, which also incorporated our number recognition work, hooking the correct amount of fish to match the number in the tray.

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