Welcome to Mrs Allen's reception class page!
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What a busy term we have had so far!
All the children in squirrel class have settled into school really well and greet us all in the morning with big smiles.
We have been exploring lots of interesting stories and rhymes this term, linked to our 'Once Upon A Time...' topic.
In Mrs Allen’s class we enjoyed exploring a huge range of stories. From ‘Hooray for fish’ where we explored rhyme to ‘After the storm’ where we looked at different weather types. We also sang ‘I hear thunder’ using instruments to make the different weather sounds.
We explored our senses through sound walks, smelly pots and different textures.
We also enjoyed mark making in a variety of ways including: gloop, shaving foam, the interactive whiteboard, chalks, drawing patterns, tracing and writing in sand.
Finally we finished the term looking at the changes that happen in autumn. With the leaves changing colour and starting to fall off the trees we decided to go on an Autumn walk around the park. We collected beautiful leaves that we found and made pictures using them.
Most importantly we got to know each other and we are now a close team who help each other. It has been lovely to see new friendships blossoming. Well done squirrel class for having such a positive start to school life.
What a successful term. The children have now learnt all of their initial sounds and are super excited that they can now have a go at writing some words. Lots of children also got their first reading book. We performed our Christmas play ‘Little Grey Donkey’. The children were amazing. We are so proud of them all.
This term our topic is called ‘Where in the world’. The children enjoyed learning about contrasting countries and climates. We were also very excited when learning about the Caribbean during arts week. The children learnt a Bob Marley dance, played the steel pans and made some excellent jelly fish using a paper plate and tissue paper. They were so eye catching and brightened up our classroom.
Our topic this term was ‘People Who Help Us’. We had lots of different visitors including: a doctor, a nurse, an optician, a fireman and a police man and lady. We enjoyed dressing up in the different costumes and learning about their jobs. We learnt about question marks and asked the different visitors lots of questions to extend our thinking.
This term we learnt about life cycles. We learnt about how we change from a baby into an adult and we met some real life babies. We then observed the life cycle of a butterfly in our class net and collected tadpoles from the school pond and watched how they developed legs and changed into frogs. It was so exciting to come in every day and see how they had changed.
Into term 6 and we are now so independent and ready to learn. The children have chosen their topics and they are extending their ‘Big Ideas’. We have started off by learning about bones and naming the bones in our bodies. We then moved on to learn about dinosaurs. We pretended to be palaeontologists and searched for different dinosaur bones in our sand pit. We then made them into a dinosaur like a puzzle. The children are also excited to learn about volcanoes. We are making a paper Mache volcano and we will watch it explode next week. We are also looking forward to learning about animals and going on a safari. We cannot believe how quickly this year has gone and how amazing the children have been.
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