The last couple of weeks have provided our Reception children with lots more new experiences at school… We have ventured out from our Reception unit into the wider world of the school; joining the rest of the infants for morning playtime in the ‘big’ playground at the back of the school, having our first P.E. session with Mrs Dove and staying for lunch, which has created much excitement! 😋
We have lost count of how many times we have been asked,
“Is it lunchtime yet?”
This often being the first question we are asked as the children have stepped through the door in the morning!
Once lunchtime has finally arrived, we have been extremely impressed by how well the children have behaved; lining up quietly, being polite to our cook and kitchen staff and their independence at the tables, including lovely table manners. We have had many clean plates being…
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Today year 3 ventured in to Cheltenham to visit the literature festival. The author on offer was Rob Biddulph – a perfect fit for our topic ‘Blown Away’!
He explained a little about how he became a writer and illustrator and then read two of his three published books to us. These were ‘Grrr’ and ‘Odd Dog Out’.
The children had a fantastic time and we even got to make the Grr-o-meter swing to a full 10 as well as design our own Odd Dog Out!
Learning how to draw Fred the Bear was particularly interesting and we had a go when we got back to class – even Mr Bradley attempted it!
It has been an exciting and busy couple of weeks in Reception as we have now welcomed all of our new children into the school. The children are settling extremely well and we are really enjoying getting to know each other and making new friends. We have already had lots of fun playing in the Reception classrooms and outdoor area; the trikes and climbing frame are certainly a firm favourite!
And on next week’s ‘to do’ list… Staying to lunch! 😀
We have been learning about the Sami people who live in Scandinavian countries such as Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. We have then created our own Sami people using mark making but we made sure that the colours we used were the colours of the traditional clothing. The colours that were the most common were red and blue.
Mark marking is where you make tiny patterns in drawings and writing which can help us to develop our handwriting.
We have put some pictures for you to look at on our post.
We have also been focusing on Scandinavian designs and we have started to make our own Scandinavian art work. We have learnt that the prints are usually a uniform pattern, they use similar colours such as a pale blue, mustard and grey and black and they have geometric 2D shapes (triangles, circles and semi-circles).
Hopefully we will achieve a design that can go on to a Scandinavian print canvas bag!
Last week the children had their long-awaited Playpod training 😀 – well to us it feels like we’ve been waiting a long time! We have been really excited since the appearance of a very large and strange looking blue shed in the back playground, and have been desperate to find out what is inside. Last Monday this wish came true!
… However, when we were shown a large green net that would have been previously used for maybe a game, the children’s imaginations came to life as they were asked to think of others ways to use or play with it.
Some of the ideas the children came up with were…
To catch fish… Or to catch a MONSTER!
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Source: What a wonderful performance!
This term’s whole school value is perseverance, and in Reception this is something that our children have shown us on a daily basis since starting school.
We have been very busy trying lots of new things and we keep on going even when we find something tricky. Trying hard to stay balanced on the climbing frame, persevering to complete a puzzle, and doing our best to hold a pencil effectively to write our name, are just some of the things we have been doing to demonstrate our school value.
Our children have a great attitude towards learning news things and, in Reception, we always try, try and try again!