Reception have had some great fun so far this half term. We were not able to go outside for a few days due to the bad weather so we brought the snow inside! The children had great fun making snowmen, cakes and ice creams and loved using different resources from around the classroom to add to their creations!
The children also had a fantastic time during number day. We made Numicon biscuits by pressing the shapes into biscuit dough. Once they were baked, we used coloured icing to decorate them in the correct colours and counted out the correct number of chocolate buttons to make the correct number of holes on top.
Reception had a great day celebrating Chinese New Year with Nursery. We made Chinese cherry blossom fans, painted numbers in the sand, wrote Chinese New Year cards, made dragon masks, wrote our names in Chinese, made 'Year of the Pig' cupcakes and used chopsticks to eat pretend noodles and dumplings! We even did some dancing to Chinese music and some of us made up a dragon dance!
Today we learnt about Children's Mental Health Awareness day. We passed smiles around the circle to our friends, we listened to each other speak about how they felt today, we did a yoga session to help us have a healthy body and a healthy mind, we sorted healthy and unhealthy foods and we drew pictures of healthy plates of food. We also learnt a new song called 'We are special'.
During the second half term of Autumn, we have been learning about different festivals and celebrations and why they are celebrated. We have looked at Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Weddings and Christmas. We have had a great time learning about all of the different things that happen in these celebrations. The children heard the story of Guy Fawkes and spoke about fire safety. We made firework pictures using glitter and we acted out stories using the Bonfire Night small world area. During the week leading up to Remembrance Day, we made poppies out of paper, we painted pictures of poppies and we wrote prayers for soldiers. When we looked at Diwali, we listened to the story of Rama and Sita and told it using small characters. We also had a real wedding and looked at all the different things that are needed to make a wonderful wedding. We had an Autumn celebration day and made hedgehog bread! Finally we learnt about the true meaning behind Christmas. We used soft toys to tell stories, we dressed up as different characters and we made Chrstmas decorations. We have really enjoyed this topic!
We had lots of fun in our first half term learning about 'Ourselves'. We made self-portraits, looked after each other in the doctors area, made skeleton pictures and learnt about things we like and dislike. We used transient art materials to make our own pictures and we also used playdough to create different family members.
We also enjoyed learning about 'Bears'. We learnt about different types of bears and used maps and globes to find out where they live. We also looked at fictional bear stories, including 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children made bears out of playdough, acted out stories in the role-play area, made bears on toast and threaded bears using wool and needles. We also went on a bear hunt around our school and saw a real bear! It was very exciting!
Play along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet.