Autumn 1, Week 8
We have reached the end of the first half term – wow! The children have been absolutely amazing and have started school very positively. The final week of half term has been ‘Awe and Wonder’ week, where the children learn a little bit about a different religion. This week’s focus was on Hinduism. Reception learned about the story of ‘Rama and Sita’ and enjoyed talking about what happened in that story. The children were introduced to Diwali and made some comparisions between Diwali and Bonfire Night. Reception became scientists and, like the rest of the school, learned about a famous scientist. EYFS learned some information about a Solar Eclipse and created a simple painting to represent what happens.
The children behaved perfectly on their village walk, and were able to identify key features of the environment and discuss whether they were man made or created by God. Reception’s skills in PE are continuing to develop. This week the children solidified their handball knowledge and even got to take part in shooting practice! How exciting!
Well done for a super first term Reception, we are so proud of you. Enjoy your half term and we will see you when we come back!
Autumn 1, Week 7
Wow! What another busy week Reception have had! First of all, how superb were they in their Harvest Liturgy? We are very proud of the children. They were so brave performing to a large audience and they sang their songs beautifully, well done!
This week the children have focused a lot on God’s creations. They developed their fine motor skills by practicing cutting out pictures from magazines which showed examples of God’s creations. The children also used to playdough to represent all of the wonderful things that God made. Reception went litter picking around the school grounds to ensure that they are showing stewardship – caring for God’s gifts and this means looking after the environment that God created for us.
As mini-scientists, the children have continued to explore their outside environment and have enjoyed talking about the change of seasons, exploring autumn and predicting what changes they will see outside next week!
Following on from listening to the story ‘ It was a cold, dark night’ by Tim Hopgood, the children wanted to make a house for a hedgehog, just like in the story. In outdoor learning this week, the children worked as a team to find natural resources and developed their problem solving skills by building a house for a hedgehog. He loved his new homes! Look how amazing there were!
Autumn 1, Week 6
This week, the children have enjoyed a week full of Harvest activities! This included playing in our Harvest small world tuff tray and baking hedgehog bread rolls! I was incredibly impressed with how well behaved the children were when they were baking and their patience and turn taking was fantastic. You can see how well Reception did, by looking at the photos below.
Reception continued to practice their songs for the Harvest Liturgy - ‘I’m a Little Hedgehog’, ‘What do we do at Harvest Time?’ and ‘Jack Patches’. They are getting so good at singing these songs with confidence now and I cannot wait for you to see them perform these songs next week!
This week the children were continuing to learn about God’s creation. They worked together and cut out images of things or people that God created and stuck it onto an A3 sheet, to celebrate all the amazing things that God created. The children also decided to represent some of these creations using playdough and natural objects such as leaves and sticks. They had so much fun doing this!
Friday was Reception’s first lesson in ‘Handball’. The children learned what a chest pass was and learned the rule of not moving with the ball, unless it was a pivot. Reception practiced their throwing and catching skills with partners and had lots of fun!
Autumn 1, Week 5
We have had another busy week in our EYFS classroom! Reception began exploring the number 6 and helped Colin with his maths mistakes again which the children love to do. They are getting really good with their mathematical knowledge and by helping Colin see ‘what it is not’, secures their understanding in ‘what it is’!
In Religious Education, the children have continued to learn about God’s creation of humans and His love for them. Reception enjoyed the RE activities such as designing their own cross, making their family tree, printing family portraits with their fingerprints and practising making the sign of the cross in a mirror. In RSHE the children have learned about different ways to look after their bodies and keep them healthy and well.
During our outdoor learning session the children made nature puppets. They had so much fun designing them and then finding natural objects to add to their puppet! Reception used this time to think about everything that God created and understood that we need to look after the world, just as God would want us to.
The children have been busy bees in their daily phonics sessions and are getting so confident at reading and writing their CVC words. We have moved onto learning more Common Exception Words now and I am so impressed with their dedication throughout each phonics lesson – keep it up Reception, you are already doing so well with your reading and writing! Well done you!
Autumn 1, Week 4
I cannot believe that the children are half way through their first term at ‘Big School’! The children are doing so well and I am so proud of every child in my class.
This week the children learned more about their families! Reception have been learning that God made them and their families and we should show love and care to our family members, just as God wants us to. The children have drawn their family and we are so proud of their work it will be going up on display in our art area!
On Thursday the children attended their first whole school Mass and met Father Philip for the first time! I was so proud of my children – they were quiet, respectful and brilliantly behaved and Father Philip could not believe it was their first time in church! Well done Reception!
The children have enjoyed their first week of Show and Tell and Wheelie Wednesday. They have had so much fun showing friends their favourite toys and zooming around on their scooters! During outdoor learning this week the children created nature silhouettes, drawing around each other in chalk and adding details using the nature around them. It was so wonderful to hear the children’s laughter and joy as they completed this activity.