Reception Blog

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Our Reception Classes are Starfish and Seahorses.

Remember:

Thursday – Reading book change

Friday – Show and tell

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

This half term, our topic has been based on the popular children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We have completed lots of different learning activities linked to the story and also to bears.

We listened to the story repeatedly until we were familiar with it and then joined in with actions. We also really enjoyed the version on YouTube where Michael Rosen retells the story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds

We worked in groups to experiment with gummy bears by adding them to various solutions (water with either vinegar, bicarbonate of soda or salt). Firstly, we talked about how our gummy bears felt before we added them to a solution. Each child then chose which solution they wanted to put their gummy bear into and then created the solution by carefully pouring the water into their plastic cup, then spooning in some salt or soda or pouring in some vinegar. Once their solution was created each child added their gummy bear and waited until the following day to see the results.
The next day we gathered into our groups to discuss the changes that had happened to our bears and compare these to our predictions.

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In our ICT lessons we used the program 2Simple to draw a picture of a bear. We practised using and controlling the mouse with one hand and changing the colour and size of the pen –

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To help us to retell the story, we created story maps and made bear masks in the creative area using paper plates, tape and lollypop sticks –

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Foundation Stage Sports Day

Yesterday we enjoyed taking part in sports day. Although it was very hot and sunny, with regular stops for water and a rest in the shade, we were able to complete all of the activities. We were put into teams named after some of the countries currently taking part in the World Cup football tournament in Russia and wore wristbands to help us to remember which team we were in.

The activities we took part in were:

Egg and spoon race

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Dart throw

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Sack race

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Space hoppers

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Beanbag relay

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Hurdles

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We had a fantastic time and earned lots of reward stickers and a certificate for taking part. Thank you to our parents and carers who came along to watch us.

Giant Millipede Encounter

As part of our minibeast topic this half-term we were lucky enough to meet a giant millipede called ‘Creature’. One of our Reception parents, Mrs Yates, brought in her pet millipede and told us lots of interesting facts and information about Creature, explaining that it is called that because she does not know yet if it is male or female.

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Royal Wedding

We had our own celebration in Reception to celebrate the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. We came to school dressed in our best clothes and we think you will agree that we look very smart!

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Throughout the day we completed a range of fun activities including dancing and waving flags to cheer the happy couple and also making delicious heart-shaped biscuits that we shared with our New Friend Friday in the afternoon.

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We have frogs!

Over the last two weeks, our tadpoles have gone through some more amazing changes. Some of the changes happened very rapidly overnight. Our tadpoles grew back legs first, then front legs and became little froglets.

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The very next day we came to school in the morning and noticed that some of them had already absorbed their long tails and become tiny frogs.

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We have enjoyed learning about how to look after the tadpoles and what we need to do to help them grow and change. Once they are frogs, the kindest thing to do is return them to the wild and put them back in the pond where they came from. We got our tadpoles from the pond in Miss Ames’ Dad’s back garden so she took them home with her in a plastic tub with airholes and released them. She videoed the process so we could watch what happened a school.

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We are hoping that these frogs will thrive in the wild and grow as adults to lay their own frogspawn for us to look after in Nursery and Reception again next year.