One of our favourite areas in class are our different role play areas. We re-enact everyday experiences in our Home corner and love exploring our different role play stalls, based on either our own child led learning or class themes as well as our fancy dressing up clothes! We use the role play areas to use and explore different vocabulary and language, role play characters and interactions and to have fun with our friends!
We had a fantastic time visiting the Story Barn at Calderstones Park. We enjoyed story time with our rangers, exploring the magical story barn, including dressing up in the different outfits and reading stories in the hot air balloon basket or reading jungle. We made our very own book mark in the creative room and loved sliding down the huge slide! We also explored the park, smelling the different scented plants and finding the hidden animals in the rose garden! We loved visiting the Story Barn and can’t wait to visit again!
We love reading in Reception! Whether it is one of our Reception recommended reads, topic books, traditional tales or a book from our reading area, we love nothing better than to curl up with a friend and share a good book!
Our Literacy Tree focus book was ‘The Tiny Seed’, by Eric Carle. Following a simple set of instructions, we planted our very own tiny sunflower seeds. We talked about how we can help our tiny sunflower seed to grow, and what will help it – soil, water and sunlight. We are watering our tiny seeds every day and can already see tiny shoots starting to grow!
We have begun to plant our vegetable seeds in our Foundation Stage vegetable garden. This year, as well as our strawberry, raspberry and blackberry plants, we have planted new carrot seeds, onions and broad beans. We are planning to plant more potatoes, peppers, pumpkins and radishes too! We are so good at tending to our vegetable patch, making sure it is watered every day, and we were amazed to see the onions beginning to grow after our Easter holidays!
We absolutely love exploring our ‘Sensory Station’. We use all of our senses to explore our sensory tray. Each day it is filled with something connected to our learning theme, topic or from our own independent learning interests. While exploring the tray we use lots of exciting language to describe what we can see, feel and smell, all whilst sharing the area sensibly with each other. Our favourites so far has been the shaving foam, instant snow, Chinese noodles and Chia seeds.
We can’t wait to see what will be in our Sensory Tray next!
This half term we have been learning all about winter. We have explored winter weather, winter clothes and then extended our learning to artic animals and their environment. We all helped create our class winter display, including experimenting with colour mixing and painting the lettering using different shades of blue. We enjoyed participating in lots of different winter themes activities,, including decorating a snowman by following instructions, making our own artic animals, making snowflakes at our Funky Fingers Tuff Tray and explored the small world artic environment complete with snow and artic animals.
Reception absolutely loved participating in the sponsored Santa Dash. We had so much fun running around the obstacle course with the snowballs, and then real snowflakes began to fall!
We were all very proud of our Christmas hats too!
Reception had lots of fun participating in our annual ‘World Nursery Rhyme Week’. We explored one rhyme each day and enjoyed singing, acting and dancing along to the actions as well as participating in creative activities.
Reception have had a wonderful time exploring the festival of Chinese New Year. We have spent the entire week learning all about the Great Race, and how this is the Year of the Rabbit. We also explored how people prepare and celebrate Chinese New Year and the wonderful Chinese Dragon parade. We made a variety of Chinese New Year decorations, including fans, lanterns and dragon masks. We also used our funky fingers this week, using chopsticks to pick up objects and noodles! Our celebrations led up to our very own Chinses Dragon parade around school, were we made the Dragon move to the music and enjoyed a very yummy Chinese banquet, tasting a variety of different foods. It has been a fantastic week of learning! Kung Hei Fat Choi!