We love reading!

In Reception, we just adore reading. This term we are looking at different traditional tales. We love these tales that have grown from oral story telling – that means stories that were passed on from person to person before they were written down into the tales we know now.  One of our favourites is Goldilocks. 

Playing in our very own porridge factory!

After we read the story we decided to make our own Porridge Factory to play in.We really enjoyed making and creating our Porridge Factory. We spent time painting and collaging our porridge bowls and spoons in three different sizes, and then the four characters we needed.

We have loved acting out our stories, and it inspired us to bring in our own favourite books from home for us to read together at the beginning and end of the day.

Here are a few of the books we have brought in to read.

Thank you to all the grown ups who have helped us choose books to bring in to school!

Chinese New Year

We enjoyed hearing about Chinese New Year, learning about how each yeas are named after a different animal. The order was decided by all the animals having a race to see who would be first. This year is the Year of the Rat. We spent time with our buddy class, and tasted some Chinese food. We also opened our fortune cookies, reading the message inside. They were full of wise thoughts about trying hard and doing our best.

We watched Chinese dragon dances on our interactive white board. We loved the dances we saw that were taking place in New York – some of the dragons even lit up! We decided to make our own dragon, and dance around a school visiting all the different classes.

We stuck, painted, collaged and glittered until our dragon head was finished. We chose green fabric to hide under to be our body.

Some children were the dragon and some children played musical instruments to accompany the dance.
We really enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year!

Nocturnal Animals

Over the last few weeks we have spent some time each morning listening to stories and learning facts about various animals. We learned that the badger and the fox are nocturnal animals. This means they are awake at night and sleep during the day. We think that is very exciting!!! We wondered what other animals were nocturnal, and have discovered that bats and hedgehogs are too!! We hope to discover even more about nocturnal animals.

We have enjoyed spending some of our busy time looking at the books in more detail, and asking questions about them.

We have spent time making beautiful collages of our family group animals that we have put up in the Gym. If you haven’t already seen them, you’ll be able to at our Harvest Festival!

We made a beautiful moon to shine on our lovely animals and painted labels for them too.

We also made an amazing discovery of our own!! A family of hedgehogs are living very close to us, and we got the chance to have a little look at them. We were very quiet so we didn’t frighten them………

Lastly, we are going to have a special visitor very soon – from Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue Centre. We can’t wait!!!!

Our first weeks……

Hello and welcome to Reception! We have been very busy over the last few weeks, settling into our new classroom, and enjoying lots of different activities. We thought you might like to see a few of the things that we have been doing…….

We enjoy being creative. We have used beans, chalk, pencil, pens and paint to mark-make and create beautiful pictures.We have also drawn, painted and collaged some fantastic art work for our corridor display – have you seen our amazing hedgehog collage and paintings yet?

We enjoy imaginative play. We like to dress-up, to act out real life activities in our role play areas, to build places and buildings, and to sing and make music!

We absolutely adore playing outside – we balance, throw and catch, role play picnics and shops, ride our bikes, play on stilts…… the list is endless.

We have also spent time creating self-portraits to put on the wall – we looked very carefully at our faces and features first, and then tried to make our paintings look exactly the same.

We are really enjoying our time in Reception, and are looking forward to showing you more of what we have been doing very soon!!!