Today we were lucky to be visited by the 'Raptor' company. We learned lots about the birds, including how they were named, for instance, barn owls are called barn owls because they live in barns! We found out other facts such as how barn owls only live 18 months in the wild. Can you remember any more facts?
We also took part in pellet dissection and looked carefully to see what we could find inside. We used a key to match which animals the bones had came from.
Finally we all came together to watch the birds fly around the room and sometimes very close to our heads!
It's science week! We have been learning about 'push and pull'. Today we have pushed and pulled one another as we sung Row your Boat. We pushed the Easter bunny to go and have tea and cakes with Mrs Ball and then we pushed him back home again!
Then it was time for tug of war! Evie was tug of war champion!
What fun we had at the zoo! We started off with the Goldilocks story and spotted the Mummy bear. We even got to touch a bears teeth (not a real one!). Next, it was time for the penguins, where we learned a penguin song and dance. A quick stop at the Rhinos before we came to the butterflies! We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and dressed up in some great costumes! Then it was time for lunch because we were SO HUNGRY! We also spotted a lion, some elephants, a bird of prey and some monkeys. It was a long day and we walked so far, time for a nap on the coach!
Thank you so much to our parent helpers!
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Here are some of the children's routines from our 'Dancing Friday'.
This term in Reception our topic is Pirates! This week we have been reading the story 'Pirates love underpants' and have been reading and following directions to the treasure! We have also been writing postcards as Pirates on the ship.
We have also tried to get our pirate crew across the choppy ocean using only one plank and two bricks, being careful not to fall into the water! The children thought hard and worked as a team to get their group safely to the shore.
Reception Cultural Week
We had lots of fun in Cultural week in the Early Years! We remembered the story of Rama and Sita and then did some great Indian dancing. We made Diva lamps and decorated them beautifully! We found out about Hannukah and made hand print Menorah's in Nursery. We started to get excited about Christmas an decorated Christmas tree's and found out about the Nativity and found out why we put stars and angels on the top of our Christmas trees. Can you remember why?
One of the children commented that the tree 'looked beautiful' once it had been fully decorated :) I think so too! Beautifully decorated Reception!
This week the children have been learning all about Ramadan and Eid. They learnt all about how Muslims don't eat or drink anything during the day in the month of Ramadan and they even listened to a Muslim call to prayer.
The children took part in loads of Ramadan-themed activities this week. Mrs Tsuman came in and helped to children to design their own Mendhi patterns and Mrs Bennett also worked with the children to create their own necklaces as gifts to give on Eid.
This week in Reception, the children have been learning about Diwali. In Literacy the children learnt all about the story of Rama and Sita, made Diwali cards and re-told the story using puppets. In Topic lessons, the children found out about lots of the different traditions of Diwali and there have been lots of fun activities going on for the children to get involved in!
Some children chose to make Rangoli patterns using chalk on the playground with Mrs Sarson - some of their works of art really were wonderful! Not only did they make patterns on the playground, but some children also got creative and make Rangoli patterns using coloured rice with Mrs Baxter.
During the week the children had the opportunity to make and try some Indian Foods. Mrs Noorian came in to help us to make some traditional Diwali sweets using coconut and condensed milk. It was a very messy process, but the children enjoyed making these and I'm sure they enjoyed tasting them when they got home too! On Thursday the children did some taste-testing. All of the children who tried the Indian foods really enjoyed the popadoms and naan bread. The vegetable samosas and the onion bahjis turned out to be more of an acquired taste!
Walk to the Village
On a damp and cool Tuesday afternoon the Reception team headed off to Brookmans Park village. Walking beautifully in pairs, we saw sights such as a dog having a trim and the famous Co-Op. The children impressed us with their magnificent behaviour, despite their tired little legs.
After returning to the classroom, the children filled their rumbling tummies with their delicacies provided from home. Then we sang and danced the afternoon away!
Today in Reception the children in Aquamarine and Amethyst produced some ‘Big Art’. We put all of the tables together in a long row and covered the tables in paper. The children came in from lunchtime and were excited to see what we had in store for them!
On the carpet we told the children that they would be drawing their faces on the paper. We discussed the features of our faces and talked about our hair and eye colours. The children then went ahead and drew their faces nice and big on the paper. They used ‘Paint Pens’ to add colour and wrote their name in their best handwriting above their picture.
Check out the amazing piece of ‘Big Art’ tomorrow morning. We will be sticking it to the outside of the Reception building, so ask your child to point their drawing out to you!
This week we have been experimenting with different ways of moving and we have also been practicing our balancing. We started by trying to stand on one leg and leaning to one side. We found this fairly tricky! Some of the children remembered that they needed to hold their opposite ear to help them to balance.
Then we moved onto the apparatus and practised moving safely and carefully across the trim-trail. We even made our own obstacle course! We moved the wooden blocks and planks onto the large playground and placed them down to create a long obstacle course. Such fun!
Yesterday we were extremely lucky to have some very exciting visitors to school. The Fire Service came to visit us with their fire engine as well! They spoke to us about fire safety and what they have to do when there is a fire. Then we got to have a go at squirting the water! It was very fun. We were also so lucky because we got to go inside the fire engine! It was a wonderful morning!
Welcome to Aquamarine class!
We have had a good start to the year and have been having lots of fun at school already! We have started our 'Ourselves' topic and have painted self portraits as well as drawn pictures of our families. Thank you for your hard work collecting items over the Summer for your child to share at school, each child has been proud to share these with their peers.
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