Welcome to Mrs Allen's reception class page!
Our class is called 'Squirrel Class'. There are 30 children in our class. What a busy year we have had so far.
There is more curriculum information and some photographs of us taking part in outdoor learning if you follow the 'Curriculum' web-link in the West Leigh drop down menu.
We had an exciting start to the year in Term 1 – We began with our ‘Once Upon a Time’ topic and everybody settled into school life really well. As part of this topic we enjoyed learning traditional nursery rhymes and acting out stories. We made some flower pot spiders inspired by Incy Wincy Spider, made some yummy spider biscuits and learnt about circles and numbers by printing on fish linked to ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I caught a Fish Alive’.
In Term 2 our topic was ‘Toys’. We read the story ‘Kipper’s Toy Box’ and we designed and made some fantastic sock puppets linked to the story. We then made a super class pictogram of our favourite ones. Christmas drew closer and we started learning all of our Christmas songs for the nativity ‘Hey Ewe’. The children sang their hearts out and learnt their words brilliantly. We put on a fantastic performance that our parents and teachers were very proud of.
For Term 3 our topic was called ‘Where in the world?’. We started off by looking at Africa during arts week and participated in lots of enriching activities including: lion king dancing, African drumming, weaving and a special visit from an author called ‘Steven Davies’. We then went on to learn about The Arctic, India and China. We explored our senses during this topic including tasting delicious fruits from Africa, exploring sight for light and dark in the dark den and sound where we listened to music from different countries. At the end of the term we had a visit from ‘Eddie the Explorer’ who talked about all of the countries that we had looked at.
Onto Term 4 and our current topic ‘What’s in the bag?’. We have 3 bags to explore ‘The builders bag’, ‘The emergency services bag’ and ‘What’s in the attic?’. During this we will explore the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and explore what it is like to be a builder and an architect. We will be designing our own houses and making them out of junk modelling. We will then look at the emergency services and talk about the different jobs that people have. We are hoping to have a visit from fire fighters and we will discuss how to keep ourselves safe. Finally we will be looking at things that are old and things that are new linked to ‘What’s in the attic?’. During this we will talk about new and old technology and explore the language related to time.
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!
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