Building Site Visit

Posted by Reception Staff on Thursday Mar 12, 2020 Under Uncategorized

Today we ventured further afield to look at the Heron homes building site.

We went to look at the different stages of house building and to look at the safety that is needed at the building site.

On our way we looked at some of the different kinds of houses and buildings and we talked about which materials they could see.

We met a friendly builder, Ryan. He showed us the clothes that he wears to keep safe whilst working.

We were safe and sensible and enjoyed our visit to the site.  We also talked about road safety and walking sensibly next to the road. Well done Reception.

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CSI and Science Activities

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Mar 3, 2020 Under Uncategorized

The children had such an amazing day with a visit from the ‘Crime Scene Investigation’ team.

The ‘Star of the Week’ book had been taken from Mr Russell’s office! The children all took part in a range of investigations to discover the identity of the robber.

We tested the ink from the pens to eliminate one of the suspects.

We used the fluorescent light box to see the secret image. The children then wrote their own secret pictures and messages.

We looked at our own unique finger print using an ink pad.

Science Activities – Tunnels

The children experimented with a range of materials to create tunnels. They made predication’s and tested their ideas.

The children made tunnels with wet sand and used sticks to carefully create a hole through the middle. Stones proved to be the strongest.

The children discovered that it was impossible to make tunnels with dry sand.

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Three Little Pigs

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Mar 3, 2020 Under Uncategorized

Welcome back to the spring term. We really are springing back into work in Reception! In our first week back, we found sad pigs in our classrooms. Skylarks had Bill, Bluebirds had Tom and Swifts had Sam. Each pig had a note explaining that the wolf had blown down their houses and taken the key for the brick house. The children were kind and have been discussing ways to help these poor sad pigs.

We have since built houses out of straw, sticks and bricks to use in our small world areas.

We have been acting out the story of the 3 little pigs with that big bad wolf.

The children have been busy investigating our new areas in the classroom and are already interested to learn more about our topic – ‘Move it, Make it, Build it’.

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Number Day!

Posted by Reception Staff on Monday Feb 10, 2020 Under Uncategorized

The children had lots of fun on our special maths themed number day! We dressed up as our favourite Ten Town characters and had lots of fun doing some marvellous maths work.

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Palaeontologist Visit

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Jan 28, 2020 Under Uncategorized

Wow.. what a fantastic day we have had in Reception…

Our morning started with a wonderful visit from Jon the Palaeontologist. (Some parents may recognise our palaeontologist from the Hothfield site… we think it might be Mr Crossley’s twin brother….)

Jon told us all about his job and showed us some amazing pictures of the dinosaurs and fossils he has found from all around the world.

He even brought with him his special basket of tools he uses to help dig up dinosaurs, we looked carefully at these and learnt lots about their different uses!

THEN… whilst we were in the hall busy listening to our visitor, our special egg’s that we have been keeping safe in our classrooms hatched open!

We couldn’t believe it when we got back to find our eggs had opened up! Luckily none of the eggs had any real life dinosaurs in them, like some of us had predicted, because we now know that dinosaurs are extinct!

Instead we found lots of yummy chocolate mini eggs… and some dinosaur fossils for us to dig up this afternoon, just like a real palaeontologist would do!

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Dinosaur Activites

Posted by Reception Staff on Monday Jan 27, 2020 Under Uncategorized

We have been enjoying lots of different dinosaur activities over the last few weeks!

In Maths we have been practising our quick counting. We played a game called ‘Dinosaur Splat’, we took it in turns to count our dinosaurs as quickly as we could and splat the correct number to match these!

Outside we worked together in teams to create a giant dinosaur using the large equipment. We thought really carefully about what objects to use for the different body parts of the dinosaurs.

Look at these amazing silhouette pictures. The children used block paints to create the background after cutting out their dinosaurs.

We followed instruction cards to count out amounts of Lego pieces. We used the pieces to create a safe enclosure for our baby dinosaurs.

The children used phonic skills to read the recipe card. Then they collected the ingredients to make dinosaur soup.

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Stomp, Stomp Big Roars, Here come the Dinosaurs!

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Jan 7, 2020 Under Uncategorized

We all had a super big surprise today when we returned to school! We found a huge egg in our Dinosaur areas, the shell is super hard and they are green and brown in colour.

The children discovered them this morning with a few small footprints next to the egg. The children were very excited and we discussed them at great length this morning, trying to decide and predict what could be inside, how it had got there and what might happen next.

The children had lots of fantastic predictions and ideas of what might be inside the egg.  Many thought it would be a dinosaur, but some had some other plausible suggestions such as crocodile or snake.  We even had a suggestion of a unicorn!!

We have lots of exciting plans for this half term which revolve around our new topic. The children are very excited to see what might come out of the egg and we look forward to learning lots of new things about Dinosaurs!

 

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Gingerbread Man Activities

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Nov 19, 2019 Under Uncategorized

In literacy we have been thinking about alternative endings to the Gingerbread Man story. We thought about what would happen to the Gingerbread man if he tried to swim across the river instead of the fox helping him. We tested this out in a science experiment, by adding the Gingerbread Men to milk, water, oil and vinegar and observing what happened to him! We made lots of interesting predictions, lots of us thought he might drown or crumble!

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Three Billy Goats Gruff

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Nov 19, 2019 Under Uncategorized

The children have started to read, discuss and role play the Billy goats story. We are using puppets inside in the classroom and masks on the bridges outside! The bridges in our garden are great for this story.

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Shape Pictures

Posted by Reception Staff on Tuesday Nov 19, 2019 Under Uncategorized

The children loved using shapes last week to make different kinds of faces. They have been naming and describing the shapes that they used. We saw great discussions and planning before starting and some super team work!

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