Reception Class News
Thank you so much to Wei Wei's mum who came in to talk to the children about Chinese New Year. She told us that Chinese New Year is celebrated in January and February and there are fifteen days of celebration. We learnt about special foods eaten the evening before Chinese New Year (dumplings, long noodles and sweet, sticky cakes, prawns, fish and spring rolls), loud fireworks and the traditional dragon dance. Houses are cleaned, new clothes are bought, and people like to celebrate with bright colours, especially red. The children heard that for Chinese people it is like the celebrations of Christmas, Eid, Diwali and Chanukah. The children listened to stories and learned about traditions linked to Chinese New Year. They really enjoyed making a paper lantern and participating in other themed activities. Well done, everyone!
The children in Acorn and Conker class are now settled into their new school and have enjoyed making new friends and taking part in a range of activities in all of the areas of learning. They are becoming more independent each day and are able to understand the routines in school. Our topic has been All About Me, and as part of this the children have been able to make their own self-portraits and share family photos. The children have been good at asking their friends' questions such as 'What do you play with your family?' to find out more about each other.
We start every day with a Phonics lesson where the children are learning to recognise sounds, blend sounds to read short words and work on their letter formation. In Maths, we have been working on counting and comparing groups of objects using the words more and fewer. We are also working hard to ensure that everyone is confident to write their name. Well done for a fantastic start to the year.
Summer Term 2
This half term, the Reception children have enjoyed the challenge of completing a mile jog on a weekly basis. To complete one mile the children needed to do four laps of the field. The children have had a positive attitude to this challenge and have pushed themselves to complete as much of it as they can. Well done for persevering and being just like Resilient Rosie. Some of the children have fantastic levels of energy and stamina and they have all encouraged their peers to keep going. What great practise for Sports Day!
Summer Term 1
This half term, reception have enjoyed visits to the allotment. Ms Gill explained the allotment rules to the children, like what to do if you see a dog and they have followed them well. The children have made observations of the natural environment and got their hand dirty weeding and planting. They have been able to deepen their understanding of important processes in the natural world around them. We look forward to benefitting from the fruits of their labour in the Summer Term! We will be going back as often as possible to enjoy this fantastic environment, right on our doorstep.â€¯