We have been learning about the changes that autumn brings. We went into the nature garden in small groups. We had a list of things to find and ticked them off when we found them. We found different coloured leaves, pine cones, acorns, twigs and lots more. This led to lots of talk about autumn.
We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel welcome and it was a pleasure to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some of the activities we have been doing in the first two weeks. We have spent time in our outdoor classroom. We have enjoyed the shop and mud kitchen. Inside the classroom we have been exploring the different areas of provision.
On Wednesday 5th July Reception class went on a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. At the wildlife park we saw so many different animals. We saw lions, tigers, rhinos, giraffes, camels, meerkats, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, wallabies., polar bears, otters, to name but a few. It was a wonderful opportunity to see some of these animals up so close.We enjoyed a play in the outdoor play park. Many of us fell asleep on the coach on the way home. We were so tired after all the walking and fresh air!
Today we let our butterflies free! We have watched them change from tiny caterpillars, form a chrysalis and finally emerge into beautiful butterflies. Today was a special moment letting them fly free!
This week we have been adding in our number lessons. We added the two numbers together when the dice were rolled together on the interactive whiteboard. Some of us did our adding in the water tray. We fished out two ducks and wrote down their numbers to make a number sentence. We then wrote the answer. Take a look at our photos!
This week we have been working with our carpet buddies to practise our writing. We have been writing lots of our high frequency and tricky words. We worked with our partners so we could help each other. One of our writing tasks this week was to write a list of items we would take with us on an expidition to the jungle. We worked with our carpet buddies again so we could support each other. We used our phonics really well to support our writing.
Reception class enjoyed a trip to Thorton Hall Park Farm, near Skipton. We had a fantastic day being shown around the farm by Donna. We bottle fed the calves and lambs, hand fed the llamas, goats, donkeys and horses. We saw pigs, cattle, alpacas, deer, rabbits,guinea pigs,chickens and the sheep dog, Mickey. All the children were very excited as it was their first trip. Their behaviour was outstanding on the coach and throughout the day. They listend well, were confident and calm around the animals and even got to play on the slides, bouncy tractor and in the straw maze and sandpits. A fabulous day, which ended with most children (and a few adults) falling asleep on the coach trip back to school!
On Monday 27th February we had a visit from the Dog's Trust. We were very lucky to meet Winnie, a two year old pug and her owner Laura.We learnt about how we can keep dogs happy and healthy. We all had the opportunity to stroke Winnie gently on the top of her head. Of course we all had to wash our hands afterwards! When it was time for Winnie to leave we all received a sticker and a certificate. Take a look at our photos.
One of the stories we have been reading this half term is 'The Gruffalo's Child by Juilia Donaldson. We enjoyed the story very much. We have drawn our own story maps, made the Gruffalo's child out of playdough and built a cave for the Gruffalo's child using our big build equipment in the outdoors. Outside we also put on our wellies to do some footprints just like in the story. Today stickman appeared in class and he is lost. we are going to write a letter to the Gruffalo's child to tell him where he is. We will let you know if he finds him!
All the children in Reception took part in a Christmas play called "Our First Nativity". They did very well, learning songs, actions and taking on the roles of different characters in the story. We hope you enjoyed it.
During our first week back after half term we had a very busy week talking about halloween and bonfire night. We read together 'Room on a Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We then made our own magic potions in our outdoor classroom. We used lots of different coloured powder paint and then the children added leaves, stones and special bits of treasure! We said 'Izzy whizzy let's get busy.' We created some lovely pictures of fireworks using a stamper made out of straws. We have made a lovely display outside our classroom. We also used the chalks outside to chalk firework pictures on the ground.
This week in school all the children have visited the nature garden to look for signs of autumn. We collected leaves that had started to change colour. We found orange, brown and yellow leaves. We saw lots of berries on the trees for the birds to eat. We found apples on the floor which had dropped from the tree. We collected signs of autumn with our partner and brought them back to class to show our friends. We did some number work using autumn leaves. Look at our photos.
Today in class Mrs. Goltowska taught us the polish words for hello, goodbye and thankyou. Hello is 'dzien dobry', thank you is 'dziekuje' and goodbye is 'dowidzenia' We tasted some polish sweets and polish dumplings. After eating the dumpling Abdulrahman said 'That was yummy, really yummy. Take a look at our photos .
We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel very welcome and it was a delight to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some activities we have been doing in our first two weeks in school. We have enjoyed time in our outdoor classroom, we have planted some lovely plants in wellington boots and we have been reading the Story 'The Little Red Hen'. You can see the hens we made out of playdough!
This is the first graduation ceremony to be held at Quarry Mount and what a lovely event it was. The children made their own mortar board hat, sang songs "In our Class we're Superstars" and "Finishing Reception", received certificates and celebrated with juice, cake and biscuits. Thank you to all the parents who turned up to watch. Here is the video presentation of the children in their mortar board and gown. What a beautiful class- how grown up do they look?
Here are some of the strategies we use in our Reception class to involve our parents in their children's learning. Any further suggestions are welcome. Please contact Mrs Robinson.