There has been a real love of learning throughout Sunflowers, Pumpkins and Acorns this week. All the children have really impressed their teachers… well done everyone in Reception!
We have moved from being Polar Explorers to being Jungle Explorers this week. We stepped into a picture of a jungle scene and described all the amazing things we could see and hear. We used this as the inspiration for our first piece of writing for our showcases. We are delighted to report that the standard of writing has really pleased the teachers in Reception- thank you Sunflowers, Pumpkins and Acorns. We have also been very busy completed the Rainbow Challenges- popular challenges this week included making salt dough polar animals, creating Valentines Day themed decorations and making mazes. What a very busy week!
Next Week: after the half term break we will begin our new topic of ‘Animals’. We will begin by thinking about what makes an animal a good choice for a pet.
Book Focus: You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus
Group Time Focus/orange challenge: this week we will be imagining we have a wild animal as a pet and thinking about what might happen if… there was a crocodile in our bathroom, a giraffe in our living room or an elephant in our kitchen.
Maths: we will be thinking about length, ordering objects by length and measuring using cubes.
Phonics Focus: sounds igh and oa
Rainbow Challenges (independent, open-ended provision)
Red Challenge – To paint a picture of a suitable pet and an unsuitable pet.
Blue Challenge – To sort animals into different groups and explain our reasoning.
Yellow Challenge – To go hunt for tricky words in a reading book and record them on a whiteboard.
Green Challenge – To use the iPads to explore the sounds created by different musical instruments.
Purple Challenge – To draw an animal with the chalks.
World Book Day
Later in the Spring term we are all excited for World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. This day will be a day all about books and having the right to read anywhere. We are already planning some great activities but would be really grateful if you could help us: if you have any old (in good condition) books that you would like to donate to school, we will use them in our book hunt activity (more detail to follow nearer the time) and if we have enough books donated, we will also make a pop up library. If you are kind enough to donate, it would be amazingly helpful if the books could be individually wrapped to hide the front cover. However, we would be grateful for any donations wrapped or unwrapped.
Thank you in advance for all of your donations and we cannot wait for World Book Day!
This should be a great day and truly promote our reading for pleasure culture and ethos,
Mr Ash Smith