Today we had the chance to learn some hula-hooping skills with Sophia a hula-hooping expert. It was great fun as these photographs show.
This week the Reception children had a visit from some dental students from Leeds University. They ran 4 fun workshops that helped us to understand how to take care of our teeth and told us lots of facts that we had to remember for a tooth quiz at the end of their visit.
Why not see if your children can still remember any of the facts below by giving them another quiz at home. Here are the facts they told us:-
- We have 3 types of teeth. The front ones are for biting. The pointy ones are for tearing and the back teeth are for chewing.
- We have 20 milk teeth but when we are adults we will have 32.
- We brush our teeth to keep them bright, kill bugs and keep our gums healthy.
- We need to brush our teeth for at least 2 minutes in the morning and at night.
- We need to remember to clean the fronts and backs of our teeth and give a gentle brush to the gums.
Here are some pictures of us taking part in the different activities.
We dressed up as the different people that you might see at the dentist. The dentist, the receptionist, the dental nurse, the technician, and the patient.
We found out which types of food were bad for our teeth and which were good.
We used a giant 2 minute timer and brushed a giant set of teeth remembering to brush the fronts, backs and the gums. Some of us were brave enough to suck a purple sweet that sticks to the plaque on our teeth, it also turned their tongues and lips purple! Then they got to brush them clean again.
We coloured in a set of teeth. We looked at the different shapes and sizes and found out which ones for used for chewing, tearing and biting.
Finally we had a quiz about all the things we had learnt. We had a lot of fun learning how to take care of our teeth.
Children in Reception took part in some brilliant activities to mark Chinese New Year . The children made dragon masks, lanterns, decorations and dragons. They even had a go at painting and writing Chinese numbers and letters both inside the classroom and outside using chalk. In our very own Chinese restaurant (role play area) the children ordered, paid for and ate Chinese food. They tasted some noodles and prawn crackers.
At the end of the day, the children took part in a dance workshop where they learnt a Chinese dance, along with words and even had a go at a dragon dance as part of a team. Take a look at some of the fun!
Swifts made some melting snowman biscuits. We followed some instructions about how to make them. Here are the instructions for anyone who might like to make them again at home.
We were very careful using our fine manipulative skills to add all the delicate parts.
On Friday, after a very snowy morning, Bluebirds noticed a visitor sat in our Reading Corner. It was Olaf with a letter!
It was from Queen Elsa asking her to help her and Anna build a snowman so that they could take it somewhere where it was always cold. We need to learn lots of things about cold places.
We started by talking about the signs of Winter. Olaf’s visit encouraged lots of children to write and draw. Some children were encouraged to read. Olaf was so impressed and had lots of fantastic writing by the end of the day!
We also made melting snowman biscuits!
Swifts found a soggy scarf, hat, 2 sticks, 2 eyes and 3 buttons.
Oh and a carrot!
We didn’t know where they had come from or how they got into our classroom.
We thought they belonged to a snowman because we could see a scarf, a wet hat, a carrot and buttons, sticks and eyes.
We checked the classroom for clues and found a letter on Olaf.
It was from Queen Elsa asking her to help her and Anna rebuild a snowman so that they could take it somewhere where it was always cold.
We need to learn lots of things about cold places.
Elsa has left us challenges in the water area too. We found a carrot frozen in ice!
We worked as a team using a 5 minute timer to remove the carrot.
We have learnt a lot already.
Come back soon to check what else we have been doing.
This week we have been very busy with lots of exciting Christmas activities and celebrations. Take a look at some of our photographs!….
Swifts got into the festive spirit by making some wonderful Christmas Gingerbread houses.
First they had to pipe icing along the edge of 3 biscuits and join the edges together to make a triangular prism shape. Next they had to wait until the icing had set, this only took a minute. Finally they added the decorations using their own ideas and a sprinkling of icing sugar to give it a snowy effect.
Today, the whole school visited Silsden Methodist Church for a very special Christingle Service. We really enjoyed singing one of our nativity songs. Some children from each class went to the front to collect a Chrstingle. We learnt that the orange represents the world, the red ribbon indicates the love and blood of Jesus and the dried fruits and sweets are symbols of the four seasons or the four directions on a compass. We then lit the candle, which symbolises Jesus, the light of the world and said a prayer. When we got back to school we put our Christingle next to our Christmas tree to remind us that Jesus is the light, who came into the world at Christmas.