Reception Topic Web - Spring 2
As part of our topic ‘Critters in the garden’ the children have enjoyed observing our caterpillars turn into butterflies. It was very exciting to see the butterflies come out of their chrysalis on Thursday. We waited for their wings to fully develop and then we released them into the sunshine. The children were able to carefully hold the butterflies and watch them fly away.
Lower Stock Farm
On Friday, Reception had their first school trip to Lower Stock Farm in Wrington. The children were very excited to get on the coach for the first time. When we arrived, we went on a hunt in the woodlands to find as many mini-beasts as we could. The children found worms, slugs, snails and even a mouse. After eating the delicious pack lunch that Toru made for us, we had a fun play in the woods. In the afternoon, the children visited the cow shed. There were 400 cows in there! We then went to see the chickens and we all had a chance to stroke Mary the hen. It was a fantastic day and the children really enjoyed it.
Chinese New Year
To celebrate Chinese New Year, the children enjoyed a special visit from a storyteller. We learnt that it was the year of the pig and he told us the story about all the different animals in the Chinese calendar. When we came back to class the children were very creative and loved making dragon masks, lucky wallets and making marks in the rice tray.
Gong Hei Fat Choy!
Reception are continuing with their music lessons this term and this week we all had a go at blowing the trumpet. It made a very loud noise!
The children loved meeting GB athlete Toby Olubi who came to school to share his experience as a bobsleigher. He inspired us by talking about his time at school and his journey to get where he is. After the assembly, Toby did a workshop with us and we practised running fast, jumping high and we even did some press ups!
African Drumming Workshop
This week in Reception, we have been learning about Africa. On Wednesday, we tasted different fruits that grow in Africa including; avocado, pineapple, mango, oranges and bananas. We then had an African drumming workshop where the children learnt to play the African drums, which was a lot of fun!
Reception enjoyed our first trip to Netham Park this week, the children loved playing on the swings, climbing on the climbing frame and whizzing down the slides.
We have been reading the story of Elmer in Reception this week. To celebrate being unique we had our own Elmer parade around the school.
The children have been enjoying music lessons at school. They have been playing the claves and having a go at drumming!
Our first lunch
The children in Reception have enjoyed staying for school lunches. The food has been delicious and some of us even tried foods that we have not tasted before. We have been independent; collecting our food, taking it to the tables and then tidying up after ourselves. We have also explored and had fun playing in the playground with the rest of the children from our new school.
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum using the development matters to support our teaching and assessment.
Children in our Reception classes learn through an exciting, play based approach between our open-plan reception classes and the outdoor area. Staff plan different play based activities across the curriculum related to our theme or topic for the half term and children have access to these throughout the day along with additional resources for them to initiate their own ideas. We encourage children to be independent in our environment but staff are also there to get involved with their play activities. We love creative activities and are often found in our role play area, whether we are a pig from the 3 little pigs or a pilot flying our plane around the world! Children are involved in deciding upon the topics or themes that we cover and our topic based lessons are taught through floor book sessions. Floorbook sessions are led by the children whereby they decide on questions that they would like to find out the answers too; we then use google and books to research the answer and follow up with art or DT based activities and writing challenges related to their questions. Children are encouraged to voice their ideas and opinions and from the onset are taught to be responsible and respectful for all areas of their lives. Our children love learning and enjoy sharing their play and experiences with their friends!
In addition to the above we teach literacy and maths carpet sessions in a hands on way and following this the children work with adults on a focussed activity to support their individual learning. As the children become more independent we build up to focus time so that the children are all able to carry out short independent tasks linked to the literacy or maths we are covering. We also follow 'Letter and Sounds’ to deliver daily phonics lessons to the children, supporting them to develop their reading and writing skills. To support the children’s early writing skills we have regular write dance sessions which encourages the children to develop and strengthen vital muscles to aid their pencil control.
Our children’s learning is shared with parents on Tapestry through photographs and written observations and parents/carers are actively encouraged to upload their own photographs and experiences from home. We aim to share and reflect with the children about their learning by regularly sharing their learning journeys via Tapestry as well as WOW moments.
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