Adults in Class : Mrs A Sunderland -Teacher, Mrs B Hudson - Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Harris - Wed PM & Mrs L Towler - Fri AM
Welcome to Reception Class
We have had a lovely busy start to our new year together.
The children have settled in well and are enjoying exploring the Unit.
They are also enjoying completing our Phonic, Maths & Investigation Challenges.
Our new topic is ALL ABOUT ME, and we have all painted fantastic self-portraits.
Below are details of our planned learning for the next half-term. We will however follow children's interests and ideas, so this may vary.
We have done PE for the first time this week. The children were very good at following instructions and we learned the Bean Game. The children particularly enjoyed being french beans ("Oo la la!")
We then began to learn how to use space to move around the hall safely. We pretended to be some of the pets that the children had talked about earlier this week. We were dogs, cats and parrots!
We have had a very busy few weeks in Reception.
We are all getting to know each other well through our Topic "All About Me".
This week we have looked at 'Our Heroes' and what characteristics they have.
We talked about Usain Bolt, we discussed his dedication and resilience. We enjoyed watching clips of his races. Some of us drew pictures of him. We had our own races in the playground and in PE we practiced running safely at different speeds, we also liked doing the Lightening Bolt stance!
Thank you to the all the parents and grandparents who joined us for our Early Years Maths Workshop.
It was lovely to watch everyone tackling the maths challenges.
In Maths we have been looking at patterns.
We looked at the artwork of the British Artist Bridget Riley, who specialises in pattern and optical illusion.
We created our own versions of some of her work.
This week in Reception we have been talking about our favourite toys.
We looked at a range of toys, including ones from a long time ago. We all then made our own 'cup & ball' toys, decorating our cups and then attaching a ball & string using cellotape.
Then the fun began! We showed great resilience in using our new toys, as they can be quite frustrating! We knew we had to keep trying and we congratulated each other when we finally achieved success.
On Wednesday evening Friends of Hill Top kindly organised and ran the Halloween Disco for the children. It was a super party with a 'spooky' hall and lots of party games. Children also received drinks, crisps and sweeties.
The children looked amazing and we all had a fantastic time.
On Friday 19th October the school held a MacMillan Coffee Morning & we all wore pink to support Breast Cancer Research.
The children really enjoyed the buns!
We had a visitor on Tuesday, who came to talk to us about the importance of Road Safety. He taught us a song about the Green Cross Code & told us a story about the importance of seat belts.
We also watched a puppet show about staying with grown-ups near roads.
We then went outside into our playground to practice being safe around roads & traffic.
Below is our planned schedule for this half-term, however, as we do endeavour to follow children's interests, this may alter.
We have had a busy few weeks looking at the amazing sculpture work of British Artist Cornelia Parker. We have used a variety of resources, (both inside & out) to re-create some of her work.
We all looked superbly 'Spotacular' this morning, in support of Children in Need.
Thank you to everyone for your kind donations.
Our story this week is Owl Babies and we have enjoyed listening to the story and also acting it out ourselves! Our favourite part however was making owl faces with fruit & vegetables, then having a 'picnic' together eating our creations!
We have had a very special visitor today . Mr Roop Singh came into our Assembly to talk to us about Sikhism. He talked to us about all of God's wonderful and varied creations, and how we are all different and this should be celebrated. He also explained to the children all about his Sikh ' uniform'. The children thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
Our Topic this week is 'Going on a Bear Hunt'! We spent the morning hunting for bears in our Wildlife Garden. After we had found them all, we decided to explore the environment further, hunting for 'good' sticks and also by sliding down the mudslide on our bottoms & getting very muddy!
We had a fantastic morning!
We enjoyed putting up our class Christmas tree on the 3rd, everyone chose a bauble to hang & our 'Star of the Week' placed the star on top of the tree!
We have been learning about the Nativity story, including creating 'Shows' to perform in-front of our friends. Some of these shows began with the Nativity, but led into groups of friends singing and dancing for other children!
Our Caretaker Dave donated a large box which immediately became Santa's sleigh!
Mrs Hudson helped the children to cut the cardboard into a sleigh shape and then the children decorated it. When it was dry, they used it in their role-play!
We have had a fantastic Christmas Party this afternoon, which was made perfect by a special visitor!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Happy New Year!
The children came back into school eager to share their Christmas experiences and eager to learn yesterday!
Below are the plans for the next half-term, however, as we do follow children's interests, this may vary as the weeks progress.
The topic of Magic was inspired by the children, as many of them have used our previously collected sticks as magic wands in the playground!
In our Circle Time this week we talked about how we felt when we tackled a new experience. The children shared how they were nervous beginning swimming lessons and how they were excited the first time they travelled on planes or ferries. We then discussed how we have to be brave and try new things! We then created our own 'brave' pose, to help us to be bold!
We enjoyed looking at this book this week, and have had lots of discussions about how we are all different and unique.
( We decided though that although it was okay for some people, none of us really wanted to eat
macaroni & cheese in the bath!)