Welcome to Mr Connell's Reception class page!
Keep checking this webpage to see all the exciting things that we have been busy doing this term...
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We had a super Term 1 – everybody settled in to Reception life so well. As part of our Once Upon a Time topic we also had lots of fun reciting traditional nursery rhymes and stories. We made some flower pot spiders inspired by Incy Wincy and some lovely fish printing for our Once I caught a Fish Alive display.
Term 2’s topic was Toys and we made a super class pictogram of our favourite ones. We also designed and made some lovely sock puppets having read Kipper’s Toy Box. And then of course we did our Nativity: ‘Hey Ewe’. Our teachers were very proud of us as we put on a lovely performance.
For Term 3 we learnt all about different places around the world. We learnt about India, Africa, The Arctic and China. At the end of the term the children in Reception had an unexpected visit from Eddie the Explorer. Eddie had been travelling around the world and amazingly had visited the countries that we'd been learning about in class. He kept us all entertained with songs, stories and drama activities and all the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Particular highlights of the morning were re-enacting animal antics, dressing up for the Arctic and the retelling of an Indian folk tale.
"He showed me a dangerous basket with a snake in".
"He went to different places".
"He telled us stories about his travels and they were exciting stories".
By Badger Class
And now we’ve already got to Term 4 – gosh the Reception Year is flying by! Our topic is 'What’s in The Bag?'and at the moment we’re thinking about a builder’s bag. We had fun writing about the Three Little Pigs and their houses and next we’re going to build our own buildings out of junk modelling equipment. Hopefully no naughty wolves will be able to be able to blow them down!
Terms 5 - 'Ready, Steady, Grow!'
What an exciting time we are having! During term 5 we have been learning through our topic 'Ready, Steady, Grow!'. We have investigated plants and even grown our own sunflowers. We have made our own seed packets and produced our own instructions for planting a seed. As part of this topic we have been busy with measuring equipment exploring and comparing size, weight, time and distance. We have carried out lots of investigations and found out lots of new and exciting things. We were hands on with our learning about life cycles. We collected frogspawn from the school pond and watched as it changed into tadpoles, froglets and finally frogs which released back into the pond. The caterpillars in the classroom were fascinating. We watched them eating and moving around their environment. Then we were amazed as they changed into chrysalis. Now we are getting excited about the next stage when they will transform into butterflies. Check back soon for pictures! We explored the book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as part of our learning and made our own books linked to the story.
We have also explored the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. As part of this we have planted some class beans. We are watching carefully in case they turn into a giant beanstalk too!
Term 5 has ended with lots of excitement with a trip to Folly Farm, followed by Health and Fitness week.
Check back soon to see photographs of some of the exciting things we have been busy learning!
Our Trip to Folly Farm - 18th May 2017
We had an exciting time on our trip to Folly Farm!
We rode on a coach to get there which was great fun, as some of us hadn’t ever been on one before.
When we arrived, we were met by Hannah and Edward Bear. They helped us to put our packed lunches safely in the trolley and our teddies looked after them.
Our first activities involved using our senses of sight, touch and smell. First we made a colour palette, by collecting as many different coloured leaves, petals and grasses as we could find and sticking them onto a card. We found lots!
Then we collected different herbs, leaves and flowers. We put them together in a pot to see what they would smell like. Some smelled really nice, but some were horrible!
We made a wish by closing our eyes and throwing the contents of our pots over our shoulder. We hoped that our wishes would come true.
After a well-earned rest and a drink, we learned the secret of the word ‘SWAF’. In a story, we learned about the things that our bears and other animals need in order to survive. We found out that they need Shelter, Water, Air and Food.
As part of learning about ‘SWAF’ we played a game where some of us dressed up as bears and had to find all the things we need to survive. Then we had to take them back to our Bear Dens. It was great fun!
By now we were very hungry, so we went back to the trolley to get our lunches. But we had a bit of a shock as they had disappeared! Edward Bear had left us a letter, telling us we had to follow some clues to find our lunch.
We followed the clues into the woods and found our bears and our lunches laid out beautifully. We all sat down and a fun picnic together.
After lunch, we worked in teams to build shelters on a desert island for our bears.
We had to remember what we had learned about ‘SWAF’ and make sure that they had everything that they needed in order to survive.
At the end of a fun filled day, it was time to get back on
the coach and return to school. We had had a lovely time and learned a lot of interesting things. Some of us were very tired. It was much quieter on the journey home.
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