Our story this week was The Blue Balloon. This was a starting point for a science investigation. The children investigated what surface a water balloon would burst on when dropped. We tested three surfaces; the carpet, the builder’s tray and the playground. The children began by making a prediction and then recorded their reasoning in a sentence. We then dropped the water balloon on each surface and were quite surprised when it didn’t burst on any of them. The children then came up with other ways of testing and found out that the balloon would only burst when thrown on the playground with force.
We then all had the chance to have our own water balloons which we tested on different surfaces around the school. This was great fun and the children concluded that water balloons burst best on a rough surface. We then used the balloon pumps to pump air into balloons and watch them fly around the playground. We even discovered that balloons can stick to a surface with a bit of static electricity.
In Maths we have been using the Numicon to find the difference between two shapes. We have worked hard to verbalise: The difference between 8 and 2 is 6. This is easy to spot but we are still practising the vocabulary.
We are continuing to work on transition into Year 1 and have had the opportunity to have a story with our new teachers. We are working on developing new friendships within the new classes by spending time together throughout the day.
Our sports day is planned for Friday 5th July. Please send your child into school in their PE kit. Please ensure your child has a hat and water bottle on the day. We will open the Early Years gates at 9:15 for parents to enter. Please bring seating if required.
The children have been very interested in looking for minibeasts this week. They have found; snails, slugs, ants, spiders and ladybirds. They completed a minibeast hunt where they had to tick all the minibeasts that they found. They have found out many facts about the creatures they have found in our environment and have looked after them carefully.
As part of our RE topic this week we have been looking at special places. We looked at a variety of photos from around our local area and London. The children were quickly able to identify and talk about these land marks. They then went on to make some of the buildings that we looked at using a range different resources. We have had homes, boats and London bridge.
We have made one of our role play areas into a Bingo Hall. The children have learned how to use the bingo machine to call and match the numbers. Our other role play area is a toy shop where the children are using coins to purchase toys.
In our Numicon lessons we have been halving a number and sharing object equally. We are learning to say what half a number is for example, “half of eight is four”. We incorporated a halving station on our obstacle course. The children had to identify half of a number before they could go through the course.
The children had a lovely experience this week at Fairford Leys Church participating in the Daniel Experience led by Mrs Avery. They listened to and acted out the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den and then participated in two different craft activities to help remind them of the story. Thank you to all the parent helpers who supported us on this visit.
The children have been listening to stories from around the world as part of their Religious Education topic which will continue into next week. They particularly enjoyed discussing the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
We have been using the Numicon this week to demonstrate the concept of doubles. The children have been very quick to show a double using the Numicon and are able to verbalise this. Some children have been recording this as an addition sentence.
In the outdoor area this week the children have been devising their own treasure maps. They drew a map of the playground and marked out a trail to follow to get to their treasure.
We have begun to practise the races for Sports Day. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit and plimsols that fit securely. Thank you for your support.
Welcome back. We hope you all had a good half term break. The children have come back to school excited to see their friends and start their last half term in Reception.
This week the children have been using number lines to help them solve addition problems. They have also been making up their own addition and subtraction stories. We are supporting the children to verbalise their work.
We have also looked closely at how a seed grows into a flower. The children have learned about the growth cycle of a plant and have sequenced this in pictures. They have learned the names of the part of a plant and have enjoyed talking about how their sunflowers are growing at home. It has been great to see on Tapestry how the children's sunflowers are beginning to grow.
The children have enjoyed being outdoors this week making different structures to support their role play scenarios. They also particularly enjoy climbing on the various swings we have in our wooded area.
Both classes have a beauty salon in their role play areas. The staff have enjoyed getting their hair and make-up done this week.
It has been another busy week in Reception. The children have learned how to program BeeBots which are programmable robots. They have learned how to make the BeeBots move forwards, backwards and turn. The children then went on to write instructions on how they made their BeeBots move.
In our Maths lessons this week, the children have been working on subtraction again. This time they have used Numicon subtraction covers to aid them. We have been very pleased with how well the children are able to verbalise their number work. They are also practising recording their subtraction sentences.
We have been working in small groups over the term to teach the children how to sew. The children have been given a piece of sturdy plastic with holes and are practising simple sewing stiches. When all of the children finish their work we will put it on display.
The children continue to enjoy the amazing music lessons planned and led by Mrs Mander. She is teaching the children how to read music in a fun and interactive way.
Week beginning 6.5.19
This week in maths we have been reviewing careful counting, reminding the children how we count carefully by moving each object to one side as we count and saying the number names.
We have then looked out how we can combine two sets of objects to find the total amount, counting on from the bigger number.
In preparation for our farm visit on Monday, we have been looking at some of the farm animals that we will see. We then wrote some sentences about our favourite farm animal.
We have also shown the children some pictures of Odds Farm and explained what we will be doing throughout the day as well as talking about our expectations of behaviour on the day.
Outside we have been planting some seeds- we have planted pumpkin seeds and are looking forward to watching them grow.
As it has been very wet this week, we have used powder paint in puddles to mix the colours.
The children have also really enjoyed playing tennis this week.
In Preparation for Year 1 please help your child to form the numbers from 1 to 20 correctly. They can also practice ordering these numbers.
Please see the following link for number formation rhymes which will help your child.
Don’t forget to let us know this week how your sunflower is growing. You can write a sentence about it, record a video where you tell us what you have done so far or draw a picture with labels.
This homework will run for the next 5 weeks, ending on 19th June. We will not be setting any further homework until then.
We have given your child a sunflower seed to plant and then watch grow. Please assist your child with planting this seed and talking to them about what the seed will need in order to grow.
Homework will be for your child to keep a diary of the changes they see. Each week please ask your child to draw a picture and write a sentence about the changes they see. You can also assist your child in measuring the growth each week. You can discuss how much is has grown from week to week using any type of measure for example, a ruler, cubes or lego bricks. You can do this in their homework books or upload to Tapestry.
If your child is not yet writing in full sentences they can label their picture instead.
Reception Home Science Activity
Dinosaur Shopping List
ROAR! This week the children have been interested in dinosaurs, so your job this week is to write some dinosaur shopping lists; one for a tyrannosaurus rex and another for a triceratops.
T-rexes were carnivores, meaning they only ate meat. Write a shopping list that a T-rex would like.
Triceratopses were herbivores, so they only ate plants. Write another shopping list that would keep a hungry triceratops happy.
You could look through your cupboard at home for ideas, or keep an eye out when you’re shopping.
Doubling and Halving
Can you find some items to double and find half of, e.g. to double 3 choose three objects and add on another set of 3 objects to make 6.
Can you halve all numbers to 10?
What numbers can/can’t be halved?
What happens to a number when it is doubled?
Some children have been writing the number sentence to match their doubles. Can you write the number sentence to match all the numbers you have doubled?
Here is link to a song the children have been listening to this week in Maths: