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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 1

Welcome to the Green and Orange Class Page!

2023-24

English - w/b 10.06.24

 

The pupils in year 1 have dived right into a new book this term called ‘Emily Brown and the Thing’. To help us become the character we took a trip to our Forest School and used our senses to explore. We did this to feel like we were in the woods where Emily Brown and Stanley go on an adventure!

RE - w/b 03.06.24

 

In year 1 we learnt about Islam during our RE day. We used our senses to explore artefacts that belong to this religion. We learnt about the 5 pillars of Islam and why it is important to Muslims. We were also able to share our own knowledge with the rest of the class.

PE - w/b 20.05.24

 

For ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’,  pupils in year 1 really enjoyed participating in yoga disco sessions during soft start! They took action to improve their mental well-being by engaging in an active session to get their body and mind pumping. We are continuing with this every day to ensure we are taking time out to unwind!

Oracy and mathematics - w/b 13.05.24

 

This week, pupils in year 1 worked on their linguistic oracy skills, using key vocabulary such as fraction, half, share, cut, ingredients, etc. We have moved onto learning about fractions and halving so we made delicious cheese sandwiches! We used a knife to carefully cut our ingredients in half before putting our sandwiches together. We made sure we worked with our partner to ensure that our whole was cut into two equal parts!

PSHCE - w/b 06.04.24

 

This week for PSHCE, Year 1 discussed which medicine can help them when they are feeling poorly and how to use them safely. We created posters showing how we used the medicine and talking about a time that it made us feel better when we were not feeling well. We used our Social and Emotional skills to share these with our partners.

Mathematics - w/b 29.04.24

 

In mathematics we have been looking at capacity and volume. We used a hose pipe outside to fill up different sized containers and see which one has a greater capacity. This helped us consolidate our learning further as we were able to see ourselves how much water a container needed to reach maximum capacity.

Earth Day - w/b 22.04.24

 

Thanks to pupils from year 5, we had some very enjoyable activities planned for Earth day. We learnt about all the different ways we can help the environment and protect our planet, for example switching off the lights, turning the taps off when we are not using them and not littering! Our activity was to paint a class tree using handprints and we painted the apples using our fingers!

 

 

English - w/b 15.04.24

 

This term in year 1, we are looking at a new book called ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. We started off this week by looking at the illustrations from the book and making inferences about where we think the story might be based on. We used our geography skills to locate the country where the story is set in on the globe and linked it to our knowledge of the equator. 

 

Art - w/b 25.03.24

 

In our art lessons this term, pupils in year 1 have been looking at an artist called Mary Heilmann. She is a contemporary abstract painter who uses geometric shapes to inspire her work. We thought about our journey to school and what shapes could represent these objects. For example, a rectangle for a car or a square for a house. We created our final piece using Mary Heilmann as our inspiration.

Mathematics - w/b 18.03.24

 

In Year 1 we have been learning how to group objects into groups of 10 to help us count easily. This has helped us with understanding how many tens and ones are in a number. We were also able to apply our ten times table when counting how many sticks our class had collected, it was 142!

Computing - w/b 11.03.24

 

In Year 1, we used our Computing skills in PHSCE to record a video of ourselves. In the video we explained who can help us in our school community and who we can go to if we are stuck. We recorded these videos so we can help everyone in the school community!

PE - w/b 04.03.24

 

In PE this term, we have been doing dance and our topic is Zoo animals. We looked at big animals and how they move, as well as small animals and how they move. We used our whole body to move like elephants, giraffes, monkeys, rabbits, snakes, frogs and loads more!

Reading - w/b 26.02.24

 

This week is Book Week! We have had a terrific start to our week: we visited Manor Park library. At the library, we met librarians who told us lots of information about the library and how it works. We were then read to by the librarians, one of the stories was written by Benjamin Zephaniah: a British poet. After our introduction at the library, we were given the opportunity to roam around the library and read as many books as we like.

RE - w/b 19.02.24

 

Last term, we learnt the story of Krishna as part of our RE day. We created masks from the story and used our Oracy skills to act it out.  In this lesson we worked on improving our physical skills by using our facial expressions to show what the characters in the story could be feeling.

PHSCE - w/b 05.02.24

 

For children’s mental health week we have been paying more attention to how we feel, what is causing these feelings and how we can make each other feel better. We are so excited to create our worry monsters with our parents on Friday! Here are some of the things we wrote that we wish our teacher knew about us…

Mathematics - w/b 29.01.24

 

In Year 1, we have been using our number bonds to 10 to make our number bonds to 20. We also worked systematically to ensure that we found all the number bonds and did not miss any out! We used our Social and Emotional skills to work with our partners and check if they got them correct!

 

History - w/b 22.01.24

 

The children in year 1 have been looking at Florence Nightingale in History this term. We used Now Press Play to act out Florence Nightingale’s life. This helped us learn a lot of facts about her such as why she became a nurse, how she became a nurse and the impact she had on nursing. She took care of wounded soldiers because she was determined to be a good nurse. When she returned back to England from Crimea, she was awarded a medal for her amazing work!

Reading - w/b 15.01.24

 

In Guided Reading, we have been learning about plants. We have recently discovered that there are two different types of tree: deciduous and evergreen. We now know the difference between a deciduous tree and an evergreen tree. As a follow-up task, we described those differences and used sentence stems from our book to help us remember.

English - w/b 08.01.24

 

In English, we have been introduced to our new book ‘Grace and Family’ by Mary Hoffman. ‘Grace and Family’ is the sequel to the popular ‘Amazing Grace’ and tells the story of Grace and her trip to Africa to see her dad in Gambia. In the Gambia, she meets his family and explores new relationships and a new culture. This week, we explored the feelings of the main character Grace and created a mood graph. 

 

Christmas - w/b 11.12.23

 

This week, the children in year 1 took part in a STEM quiz which featured 10-questions, and all questions were multiple choice. The children worked individually, in pairs, or in small groups. It challenged their understanding of science, mathematics as well as design and technology. They thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the quiz with Dr Imrose, who was the host. They also watched a pantomime earlier this week and they thought it was absolutely awesome!

Science - w/b 04.12.23

 

In science, we have been learning about the human body. At the start of term, we were asked to bring baby pictures of ourselves into class so we could analyse and observe the changes that have taken place from one stage of life to the other. Later in the term, we learned how to identify the different parts of our body using the correct scientific names. In the last few weeks, we have been learning about the five senses and have been conducting simple experiments to help us understand how our senses work. In our last experiment, we were asked to use our sense of hearing to help determine whether the sound of a whistle is louder when we are closer to it or quieter. We also realised that the sound of the whistle can appear louder when we close our eyes and this is because our vision can defer the intensity of the sounds that we hear. 

Writing a Letter - w/b 27.11.23

 

In English, we have been learning about the features of a letter. Our book is called ‘Look Up’ and our task was to write a letter pretending to be the main character: Rocket. We worked collaboratively to produce a plan and wrote down what we thought Rocket might like for Christmas. This plan will help us tomorrow when we are writing our letter to Santa.

Geography - w/b 20.11.23

 

For Geography this term, the pupils in Year 1 have been learning about ‘Me and My World’. They learnt their school address, drew a local area map and learnt about the  countries that make up the UK. In order to draw a local area map, it was important that children observed what they saw around the school. They learnt road names and shop names and were able to create a map key to help read their map.

Oracy - w/b 13.11.23

 

This week in Mathematics, we used our Linguistic Skills to use the correct vocabulary when showing our workings out. We used number lines to visualise the jumps we needed to make and used this to write out our calculations. We worked with our partners to find all the fact families for our calculation.

PHSCE - w/b 06.11.23

 

In PHSCE, we have learned about road safety and how we should cross the road when there is traffic. We now realise as pedestrians that it is important to look both ways before we cross the road and we should also wait for the traffic light to indicate when it is safe to travel from one side of the road to the other.

RE - w/b 30.10.23

 

On RE Day we learned about Christianity and how people from this faith welcome people into the church. We learned that Christians perform a baptism ceremony for new born babies but some Christians welcome babies and people into the faith of Christianity by performing a dedication ceremony. We learned about the differences between the ceremonies and then created a freeze frame to show what a baptism looks like.

PHSCE - w/b 16.10.23

 

In PHSCE we have been focusing on influential figures to celebrate Black History Month. This week we looked at Martin Luther King and his speech called ‘I have a dream’. Martin Luther King’s dream was for everyone to be treated equally because everyone has rights! This inspired us to think about our own dreams and write it down in our dream jar.

Art - w/b 09.10.23

 

For Art this week Year 1 have been celebrating Black History Month by learning about the Carnival. We learnt that carnivals are a worldwide celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. During the carnival millions of people dance, listen to music and wear costumes and masks. We used our knowledge to create our own carnival mask.

Science - w/b 02.10.23

 

This term in science, we have been learning about the weather. We have learned how to observe and describe the weather and identify the key symbols that represent the weather for that particular day. Today, we used those skills to report the weather forecast to one another.

Reading - w/b 25.09.23

 

This term in Guided Reading we have been looking at poetry that is about our local area and London. Today we performed a poem called ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’. To make our performance more interesting, we tried to use facial expressions and actions. As a challenge, we tried to use a different tone of voice.

Mathematics - w/b 18.09.23

 

In Year 1, we have been practising counting on from any given number. We rolled our dice, made our number using ten frames and counted on from that number. We explained to our partner what number comes next and how we know this. We challenged ourselves by writing our calculations on mini whiteboards.

English - w/b 11.09.23

 

In English, pupils in year one have been learning about poetry. Our poetry book is called ‘Thinker’ by Eloise Greenfield. Thinker isn’t just an average puppy. He is a poet and so is his owner, Jace, and together they turn the world around them into poetry. As a year group, we are exploring the physical features of Thinker and have been thinking of adjectives to describe his character. On a large piece of paper, we wrote down different adjectives to describe Thinker and his features. Later in the week, we will use the adjectives to help us write a poem about him.

Welcome Back! w/b 04.09.23

 

It has been an exciting first few days in year one: we have met our new teachers, taken part in ice breaker activities and have already begun to adapt to our brand new classrooms. Later in the week, we did lots of new learning through a range of subjects and we absolutely loved it!

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2022-23

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13/07/2023- End of Year Visit to Sea Life

Year 1 had their End of Year trip this week where we were able to use our PSHCE skills to keep us safe! We used our knowledge of road safety to help us travel by waiting at the crossing and looking left and right. We also recalled what ‘Safe Strangers’ are and spotted them at the train stations and at Sea Life. Overall, we had a great time!

6/07/2023- Art

This week for Art we are inspired by Eileen Agar. We are learning the technique of printing and collaging. We are focusing on animals and habitats and creating our final piece using the colours that represent these animals.

 

30/06/2023- Art Week

For Art week Year 1 looked at the artist Beatriz Milhazes. We learnt that her artistic style is collage and painting. Milhazes uses vibrant colours and lots of different shapes in her work. We used her art as an inspiration to create our final piece. We then swapped with Year 2 in a gallery walk to take a look at what they got up to in Art week and appreciate the art work produced!

 

21/06/2023- Mathematics

As it is Art week this week, for mathematics we were inspired by our artist Beatriz Milhazes and practiced our 2D shape drawing. We used chalk to draw common 2D shapes outside such as; triangles, squares, circles and rectangles. We used these shapes to make our drawings e.g. using circles to make a flower.

 

15/06/2023- RE Day

For RE day Year 1 learnt about Islam, we learnt who Muhammed was, why he is special to Muslims and what he believed. We looked at important artefacts belonging to Islam such as prayer mat, tasbih and Quran. We ended the day by completing a Diamond 9, we placed pictures in order of what we think is most and least important. We used our Cognitive skills to give reasons for our opinions!

 

08/06/2023- Reading

Year 1 are looking at Florence Nightingale in Guided Reading this week. We were able to recall our knowledge from History and our sharing assembly apply it to our learning! We remembered who she was, when she was born, why her name is Florence and the changes she brought to nursing. Florence Nightingale is the founder of modern nursing!

 

24/05/2023- Physical Education

This half term during PE we have been getting ready for sports day.

We have been practising a range of different sports.

We have been using eggs and wooden spoons for our egg and spoon race, we had to take our time so the egg didn’t fall from the spoon. We have been getting used to using the relay batton for the relay races, we had to make sure our hand was ready to receive the batton from our team member. We have also been practising our aiming to get the bean bags into the hula hoops to get points for our team.  

 

18/05/2023- Design & Technology

This week in D&T, Children have been exploring different types of houses, which is also linked to our literacy lesson where we are learning about houses in Kenya.  They used recyclable materials they brought from home and adhered to the design brief to build their houses. Children also explained the importance of having a home.

 

11/05/2023- Coronation Party!

For Coronation day, Year 1 participated in many activities to celebrate the King’s Coronation. Our favourite activity was creating a collage of the Union Jack flag using tissue paper. We ended the day by having an afternoon tea and dancing with our friends!

04.05.2023- Our Learning During Climate Week

In Year 1 for Climate Change we looked at the ocean and sea animals. We learnt about the pros and cons of plastic and debated whether plastic should be banned in the world or not. We also used recyclable materials to create our own mini oceans! We used tissue paper and pipe cleaners to represent sea animals and plants.

 

26.04.2023- Maths

In Year 1 this week we have been looking at volume and capacity. We used different sized cups, containers and jugs to compare capacity and volume. We found out which jugs had a greater capacity by seeing how many cups of water was needed to fill it up. We worked in groups to carefully carry the water and pour it out.

 

18/04/2023- English

In English we are looking at a new story called ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. This week we looked at the front cover and made inferences based on what we could see. We found out that Lila lives in Kenya! We were able to apply all our previous knowledge from Geography about Kenya to the setting of this story.

 

29/03/2023- The Human Body

In Science we have been learning about living things. Today we explored a human skeleton and learnt that an adult body has 206 bones! We also discovered the size of our heart is the size of our fist! We worked with our partner to cut out body parts and put them together to form our own human body finally we labelled each part.

 

22/03/2023- Mathematics

This week we were able to explore and understand the concept of length in our mathematic lessons. Length is a fundamental measurement that is used to describe the size or distance between objects, and is typically measured in units such as centimeters, inches, or meters. In these lessons, we compared the lengths of objects using terms such as longer or shorter, and we also learned to measure length using tools such as rulers or measuring tapes. Through hands-on activities and practice exercises, we can develop a solid understanding of this important mathematical concept.

14/03/2023- Ark Farm

Year 1 had the opportunity to meet the animals as part of Ark Farm. This tied in really well with our Science topic as we are learning about different groups of animals and classifying them. Whilst touching the animals, we described their fur and said what group they belong to. Goats are mammals because they have fur and have live babies!

 

09/03/2023- PE

In Year 1, we have been focusing on using bats and balls. We are building our coordination when hitting the ball with the bat or when throwing the ball to a peer. We have also learnt to throw using an underarm throw.

2/03/2023- RE Day

During RE Day we have been busy exploring Sikhism! To begin with, we explored the artefacts belonging to Sikhism and wrote down any questions we had regarding the artefacts or the religion. These questions were answered throughout the day. We then learnt about the story of Guru Nanak and role played this. We ended the day by listing what makes us a good person and comparing this to the religion of Sikhism.

 

23/02/2023- Oracy in Mathematics

In Mathematics, we worked with our partners to subtract ten from a number. We used our cognitive skills to explain our working out and how we reached our answers. We also encouraged our partners to use the correct vocabulary when using manipulatives.

 

09/02/2023- D & T

This term in D&T Year 1 have been focusing on creating a healthy snack using fruits and vegetables. First we wrote out our equipment list, ingredient list and our method.  Next, we made sure that we practiced using a knife very carefully before making our snack. Finally, we created our fruit skewers, they tasted so yummy and delicious!

 

31/01/2023- Mathematics Open Lesson

We had a very special start to our mathematics lessons this week as our parents joined us in our maths open lesson. We focused on addition and subtraction in this lesson and used manipulatives to help us with our understanding. Children challenged themselves by using the commutative law to write their calculation in a different way. Pupils enjoyed sharing their learning with their parents. 

24/01/2023- Florence Nightingale

This term for History we learnt about Florence Nightingale and the amazing work she contributed towards nursing. Children learnt facts about Nightingale and the changes she brought to hospitals such as better food, more medication, cleaning the hospitals, changing bedsheets etc. We learnt that Florence Nightingale was also known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ because when she used to treat patients in the night she would walk around with a lamp. This is why we created our own lamps!

20/01/2023- Reading

This term in Guided Reading, Year 1 are learning about plants. We have learnt all the parts of the flower and are able to label them. We can say what plants need to grow and we are able to say how trees change during each season!

12/01/2023- Beegu

This term in Year 1 we are reading the book called Beegu! So far we have only read the beginning of the story and we learnt that Beegu is a yellow alien with long, floppy ears. In our opinion Beegu is feeling lonely, abandoned and frustrated because his spaceship crashed and he is lost! We have created Beegu an alien friend as a companion, out of playdough to keep him company.

7/12/2022- Science

This term for Science we have been using our senses to investigate a lemon. We came up with the following investigation questions:

What will the lemon taste like?

What will the lemon feel like?

What will the lemon smell like?

What will the lemon look like?

We also predicted what we would find out.

This week we cut lemons and used our senses to investigate. We used our Oracy skills to discuss our findings before writing them down.

 

01/12/2022- 2D Shapes

This week in Year 1 we have been learning about 2D shapes in Mathematics. We incorporated this within our English lessons by creating a rocket using 2D shapes. This rocket was created because our character in our story loves space! Year 1 planned their rocket, used a ruler to measure their shapes and then very carefully cut them out to create their rockets.

 

24/11/2022- D & T

This week in Year 1 we started D&T. We learnt the different types of mechanisms such as lever, pivot, rotate and linkage. We explored around the school to find these types of mechanisms. During our provision session, we looked at books that pop-up and also experimented with different materials to make pop-up cards. 

 

16/11/2022-Oracy

This week for English in Year 1 we had a debate to develop Oracy skills. The question we debated was “Should junk food be banned?” Pupils were encouraged to listen to the persuasive points being made and use their cognition skills to give reasons for their view. Year 1 were also encouraged to respond using formal language such as ‘first of all…’, ‘in my opinion…’, ‘I believe that…’

 

10/11/2022- Cups and Saucers

In PE this week, Year 1 played a game called Cups and Saucers. They were placed into two teams, one team had to flip the cones upside down and the other team had to flip it the right way round! Year 1 enjoyed this game a lot and had a lot of fun!

4/11/2022-PSHCE

This week in Year 1 we are learning how to keep safe. We learnt about the dangers of traffic and how to stay safe on the road! We explored various ways in which we can stay safe, for example, wearing reflective clothing, using pedestrian crossing to get to the other side of the road, looking left and right before crossing with our parent/carer etc. 

 

Moe Explores - Road Safety | Staying safe on the footpath/sidewalk | Crossing the road #RoadSafety

Road safety video for children

20/10/2022- Black History Week

This week has been eye opening because we have had the chance to learn about Black History Month and then celebrated Diversity day.

We learnt about Mo Farah and his life. We know that he is a famous athlete and he has won 4 gold medals which he has dedicated to his four children. 

On Diversity day we came into school dressed in our Traditional clothes and talked about our background and where our families have come from. We also used various arts and crafts materials to make some interesting masks. 

 

13/10/2022- RE Day
In Year 1 we spent a whole day learning about Christianity and Baptism. Children watched videos to learn about how a Baptism takes place and why. Pupils had the opportunity to discuss the difference between a Baptism and a Dedication Service. Both Green and Orange class ordered the steps of a Baptism in order and created lovely cards to give to a Christian friend! Year 1 also had artefacts that they explored to enhance their knowledge about Christianity. 

5/10/2022- Science

In Year 1, we have been working scientifically to carry out our investigation. Our investigation question was “Will the skittles water change into rainbow juice?” We found out that if you pour water on skittles it does turn into rainbow juice!

Materials needed:

  • Skittles

  • Plate

  • Water

28/09/2022- Reading

In Year 1 we love to read. We read at every opportunity we get. We read in the morning during soft start. We read during provision time and DEAR time. Here are some photos of children reading at different times of the day. We love to share our favourite books with our friends and teachers.

22/09/2022- Mathematics

This week in Mathematics we were comparing numbers to identify which numbers are more than/less than. Year 1 used different manipulatives such as Numicon, Dienes and cubes, to compare numbers. Using manipulatives in lessons is so helpful with building our understanding of mathematical concepts!

14/09/2022- English

This week we have been busy being Poets in our English lessons. We have learnt about Michael Rosen and how he performs a poem. We then looked at his poem and performed it in small groups and added actions.

We loved his poem called Chocolate Cake!!

 

07/09/2022- Welcome back!

Wow! What an amazing first week back! The children have been excited and eager to start their learning in Year 1. The children have worked really hard during their English, Mathematics and provision time sessions. We were very excited to engage with the activities in the provision. Swipe right to see what we've been up to.

 

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Reception

2021 - 2022

20/07/2022- Keeping Cool in the Heatwave!

We have had a lot of fun keeping cool in this very hot weather. We enjoyed playing with water in a giant tray as well as making use of our sprinkler. We took off our socks and shoes and walked across the refreshing cold water. We also used the hose to cool down whilst playing in the shade by spraying it all over ourselves.

 

14/07/2022-Our Learning This week

In Reception this week we have been enjoying using our creative and fine motor skills to make new things. We have tried making origami paper aeroplanes, which was challenging but incredible fun also. We also finished reading our story ‘Naughty Bus’ in literacy so we made our own buses using paper and shapes. It was a very hot week this week, so we spent time playing in the shade outside to keep cool and enjoyed learning how to use a hula hoop.

 

06/07/2022 - Visit to Barleylands

We had our end of year trip to Barleylands farm yesterday and it was fantastic. We enjoyed a bumpy tractor ride where we saw many different horses. Then we had a chance to feed and pet a variety of farm animals such as lambs, goats and even a calf. After that, we had a cooking session, where we prepared and assembled a delicious rainbow salad. 

 

30/06/2022- Creative Learning in Reception

We enjoyed many creative activities this week. We used paint and natural objects to create colourful pictures by stamping different objects and mixing colours. We also tried sewing again! It was a tricky activity but we very much enjoyed it. We used needles and material to make our own bags. We then enjoyed decorating our bags, what great fun! We also used our creative imagination outside too, we used the large construction materials to create our own vehicles.

22/06/2022-Science Week

It is Science week this week and Reception have had an exciting challenge! We had to design and make a boat that floats on water. We used recyclable materials and tested whether our boats would float or sink. We enjoyed testing our predictions to check if we were correct or not. Some of us even evaluated our boats and changed the design to ensure it floated better. 

16/06/2022-Mathematics

It has been a very warm week this week, and Reception has made the most of the lovely weather. We have spent a lot of time outside building houses, creating shops and role playing as shopkeepers as well as measuring rocks and sand. We also explored what happens to plants if we don’t look after them and give them water. We noticed how the texture changes and the leaves become very dry and crunchy. In Mathematics, we have been learning about number 16 this week and have used people on buses to represent the number in different ways.

9/06/2022-Naughty Red Bus

We are all so glad to be back to school after a long week away. We have been very busy in Reception this week, as we have begun reading a new story in English called ‘Naughty Bus’. 

This has inspired us during activity time. We decided to create our own buses using 2D shapes. We also used water colour paints to draw and paint pictures of a big, red bus. Some of us were very keen to write about what we thought might happen in our new story also! What a fantastic first week back.

 

12/05/2022- Making Jet Packs!

This week in Reception we have been very busy making and playing! We tried our best to follow instructions to make a spiderweb of our own as well as creating our own minibeasts using a range of different resources. Using recycled materials we also made our own jetpacks! We thought carefully about how our jetpacks would look and which materials we could use for each part. We also engaged in a challenging problem solving activity which required us to think about how we may arrange the ‘T’ shapes to create a square and then a rectangle. What a great week!

6/05/2022-Ahhhh Spider!

In Reception this week we have been busy as usual. We have been refining our fine motor skills to make playdough spiders, as it links with our story in English. We used the muscles in our hands to roll, pinch and squeeze the playdough to form the spiders carefully. We also enjoyed some problem solving activities using shapes! We used shapes to create pictures, we had to carefully cut out the shapes and arrange them on the page, it was a challenge but we tried our best. We have been enjoying making musical instruments this week such as shakers and guitars. We used different resources to create our instruments and we might even make a band together!

28/04/2022- Problem Solving Workshop

We had an exciting mathematics workshop this week. A visitor came and showed us some very fun and challenging problem solving games. We had to work in teams and help each other out and solve the tricky puzzles. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed being a Challenge Rex!

We have also been learning about minibeasts and were lucky enough to find some in our garden. We found a tiny spider by the sand pit and even a snail in the bushes.

 

21/04/2022- Literacy

Our first few days back in Reception have been busy! We have begun reading a new story in literacy called ‘Aaarghhh Spider!’ and decided to participate in some spider related activities. We first learnt about a spider’s life cycle and their physical characteristics before making paper spiders ourselves! We made sure our spiders had eight long legs and eight tiny black eyes. We also painted pictures of big spiders using different tools and media and created very lovely artwork.

01/04/2022-Thorndon Park Forest

We had an amazing trip to Thorndon Park Forest to visit the Gruffalo and all his friends! We played fun games and followed the path through the forest to find all the characters from our story! We created a log pile house for the snake, covered our new friend Mouse Mat in leaves to protect him from the fox and collected ingredients to make a tasty Gruffalo Crumble. A great day out!

 

24/03/2022- Making Bubbles

We made giant bubbles in Reception this week! We had to mix the perfect bubble recipe for this to work, which was: washing up liquid, glycerol and water. We first tried to make bubbles using a hula hoop, however the bubbles would quickly burst soon after the hoop was lifted. Then we tried a string tied in a loop which worked perfectly! This allowed us to make huge bubbles big enough to fit over children! We had a fantastic time playing in the sunshine.

 

17/03/2022- Developing our skills

This week in Reception we tried to learn how to tie shoelaces. We used pretend shoes with pipe cleaners as laces. It was quite tricky but we were being a Tryatops! 

We also had flowers in Reception this week. We kept some flowers in water and left some without. We noticed the changes that occured over the course of the week to the flowers that were left without water. We drew pictures of what we noticed and described how the texture of the plants changed also.

 

11/03/2022- The Gruffalo 

We had an adventurous week in Reception! We enjoyed exploring our new book 'The Gruffalo'. We had great fun doing all the different activities! We loved playing in the small world area where we explored the positional language. We also painted the characters of the story. We had a fantastic time and can’t wait to see what adventures next week holds!

04/03/2022- Our Special Visitor in Reception

We have had some special visitors in Reception this week, grasshoppers! We have been thinking about what grasshoppers need to survive and their life cycle. We learned some very interesting facts about grasshoppers, such as; there are 10 different types of grasshoppers, they like to eat salad leaves and can jump as high as 25cm! We used magnifying glasses to get a closer look at their bodies and their features.

 

We also celebrated World Book Day this week, we got a chance to dress up as some of our favourite characters! We even made some of our favourite characters using different resources. What a lovely week it has been.

 

24/02/2022- Learning about Plants

It’s our first week back in Reception this week and we have been busy! We have begun learning about plants and what it takes to help plants grow and survive. We thought about the main things plants need to grow, and decided it would be great to grow some plants ourselves! So we planted some cress seeds and have been monitoring how well they grow during the week.

We have also been challenging ourselves by trying new activities. We have been using our fine motor skills to sew and we have also learnt how to make our own paper aeroplanes, it has been a lot of fun.

 

10/02/2022- Learning Key Skills

We have had another busy week in Reception. We have been practising lots of important skills this week, one of them being how to cut food independently. For this, we used play dough and cutlery, we learnt how to hold the cutlery correctly in order to cut the play dough. We have also continued to make bread this week. We worked with our friends to carefully measure out the ingredients needed and followed the recipe in order to make fluffy bread for our snack table. We have been learning about different countries around the world this week, comparing them to London and noticing the differences between our houses and theirs. This has inspired us to build our own houses outside, and paint the different cities we learnt about inside.

03/02/2022- Chinese New Year

We celebrated Chinese New year this week! It was great fun to learn about this festival that was celebrated this week. We enjoyed doing a range of activities as part of our celebrations. We painted the dragons from the dragons dance. We also made our own dragons and created lanterns and fans. Come and have a look at our amazing work!

 

28/01/2022-Creative Play

We had a fun-filled week in Reception! We enjoyed playing outside with our friends and did lots of role play! We have been learning about people who help us, so we have role played as teachers and veterinarians. We used our new vocabulary in our play and had so much fun!

 

21/01/2022- Being a Vet

As part of our learning this week we explored being a Vet. We learned about what happens at the vet and what a vet does. We also discovered how the vet helps animals and what procedures a vet needs to take to help the animals. In Reception this week we have had a fantastic time being vets in our role play area!