Part of Passmores Cooperative Learning Community
Spring Term 2013
In Reception this term we have been looking at Life cycles, Growth and Changes. We have really enjoyed reading the Hungry Caterpillar and exploring paper and electronic non-fiction texts about butterflies! We played a sentence making game to help us generate some brilliant caterpillar writing, and began to look at symmetry. We used scissors and paper folding to create our own, unique butterflies which we painted with bold, symmetrical patterns. Look at our amazing work!
We would like to share the eagerly awaited arrival of Bruce and Rupert – our class guinea pigs! These wonderful, furry friends have been growing in confidence and are now make regular appearances on the decking; contributing with lots of squeaks and snuffles! Following advice from Wood Green Animal Shelter, the children made food wraps for the guinea pigs to enjoy using paper, tubes and animal cereal. Children filled, wrapped, rolled and twisted to construct some tasty snacks for Bruce and Rupert to enjoy. The children learnt about the guinea pigs’ diet and the activity promoted talk about 3D shapes and extended the children’s motor skills in a meaningful context. Bruce and Rupert agree that the cereal wraps are delicious!
Science Week was especially exciting with the arrival of the owls! Class R sat mesmerised as a range of British and International owls took flight around the school hall! We reflected on our work on Owl Babies earlier in the year and learnt even more facts about these amazing birds. The fun didn’t stop there as we all took part in a Science Workshop exploring movement, forces, magnetism and lots more! We worked hard to use a range of equipment to predict, explore and discuss our findings with experiments centred around a scientific circus theme.
In class we have been using new equipment called Beebots. Children have been designing obstacle courses and mazes for the little robots to navigate, programming a series of commands using arrow keys and simple stop/go buttons. We linked this work to Goldilocks & the Three Bears with children challenging Beebot Goldilocks to travel through an enchanted forest to get to the bears ’ house! These activities have been hugely popular with our robot fans and have promoted lots of speaking, listening, fine motor skills and language related to position, direction, shape and space. We will be using them again next term when our topic turns to Journeys and we start to investigate vehicles, aspects of the environment and brilliant texts such as Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man. We look forward to sharing more of our work with you soon!
Our first term at "big" school has been fantastic! We've all started to develop our skills, knowledge and understanding though our exploration of topics such as Ourselves, Monsters v Aliens, Celebration, Colour and Light. We have enjoyed visits from local community figures, the Open Doors theatre group, Musical Minds, Wood Green Animal shelter and the pantomime! We have even performed in a show, enjoyed a Teddy Bears' Picnic and sung in a Carol Concert! Our Letters and Sounds learning has got off to a brilliant start and we are all becoming aware of text and number that are around us. Most importantly, we have all made friends, formed good relationships with new adults within the school and are becoming confident in following new routines.
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Our first topic of Spring Term will be Clothes. We will be exploring boo ks such as Nick Sharratt's Pants and Octopus Soctopus with lots of creative, educational activities designed to support children's progress in the 7 areas of learning as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. We will continue to offer all children opportunities to learn outside on a daily basis so remember those coats,hats, scarves etc! The topic also allowes us to really focus on the core skills of dressing, self care, caring for our things and reinforcing our sence of responsibility within the classroom and the wider community.
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