Welcome back Reception! We hope that you all had a lovely break over the half term holiday. It is so lovely to catch up with the children and hear all about your adventures.
We started this half term with a whole school RE curriculum day which we called a ‘Wow and Wonder Day’. Across the school we created a Bible Timeline which is now displayed in one of the corridors. Throughout the day I shared some ‘wow’ experiments with the children and linked them to Bible verses. We did the skittles rainbow experiment using a circle of sweetie skittles on a plate and poured hot water in the middle. This created a beautiful rainbow and reminded us of the promise God made to Noah after the flood. We made our own lava lamp to remind us that Christians believe Jesus is the light of the world and made an erupting volcano to remind us that Christians believe God’s love and other good ‘things’ overflow out of our hearts. Reception children were in charge of learning about the Creation story and the Fall in which Adam and Eve ate an apple in the Garden of Eden. The children really enjoyed creating animals from the story and starlit skies using a range of craft materials. We also all made a world using a paper plate and traced around our hands and stuck them on to remind us that Christians believe God made the whole world. We sang the song ‘He’s got the whole world in his hand’ which I’m sure your child could sing to you.
On Tuesday we celebrated Diwali, which was on Sunday. We heard the story of Rama and Sita and found out why and how Hindu’s celebrate this festival of lights. The children made their own Diva lamp out of clay, painted them and added sequins. They also had a go at designing the own henna design (Mehndi pattern) and coloured in some beautiful Rangoli patterns. We also tried some Naan bread during snack time.
On Thursday we were talking about how to keep safe on Bonfire night and created some super firework dance moves to Katy Perry’s song ‘Firework’. The children really enjoyed pretending to be Catherine Wheels, rockets and sparklers.
Literacy- The children have started ordering the letters in their name to create a firework rocket and practised writing their name using sweeps and flicks.
Maths- This week we have been adding sheep in pens and children in the classroom. We talked about the addition and equals symbols and showed these with our hands. By the end of the week we were also beginning to take away frogs on the lily pads and showing this as a calculation. We have also been practising counting on and back from different numbers to 100.
Phonics- The children have been learning digraphs (two letters, one sound) this week. We have learned th (that, this, thumb), ch (chin, chug), sh (ship, shop) and ng (strong, thing).
Welly Wednesday- In the Forest School area, we collected leaves and made firework patterns on a large blue paper roll and sang a song about a cold hedgehog and built hedgehog homes. We are really enjoying exploring outdoors in this lovely Autumn weather.
Have a wonderful weekend. Wrap up warm and keep safe if you are going to any bonfire events.