Stay and Play
We had our fisrt ever stay and play session in Reception Class this week. As it was Valentines day on Thursday we decided to base our theme on the book Guess How Much I Love You? By Sam McBratney. The afternnon went down a storm! We had lots of parents come to visit. The children had thouht about the activities they would like to do with their parents. Coby suggested making the water red outside in our water world area. Daenerys had a great idea, she suggested making some cakes. We had observational drawings of roses as well as lots of stories about love. Riley thought that we should have red playdough. Whilst Rubys idea was to make a nice meal in the home corner.
Outside we had an idea from Harrison to set up a bit of Den Building. Muhammed-Yusuf suggested a planting area and Cain said that we should definately get the bikes out.
The parents who came where shown around by their child and they had a free choice of activities they wanted to participate in.
We had such positive feedback from the parents.
"The outdoor play was enjoyable with lot's to do and the children could be as messy as they wanted"
"I really enjoyed it. I thinking it is a really good idea to be able to spend some time with my daughter. We loved decorating the cupcakes and making cards with the glitter"
It was a good afternoon, the children really enjoyed showing their parents all the different things they do in school."
"I really enjoyed being able to play and interact with my daughter in an environment where she could be the 'boss' and take the lead."
We have learning a lot about birds this week. Mrs Brown signned us up to the RSPB bird watching challenge.
We had to keep a look out and record all the different species of birds that we saw. We thought it would be a great idea to make some binoculars to help spot them and make some bird feeders to encourage the birds to come on to our play ground.
A penguin came to visit.
On Monday morning a penguin appeared in our classroom. He arrived all alone with just a suitcase.
The children were very excited! We discussed where we thought he had come from, and what might be in his case?
Jacob said " I think he has clothes in his bag"
Harley thought he might of brought some toy cars to play with.
Sebastian said " Maybe, he has come to make some new friends"
Chelsea thought that there might be an icecream in his case.
Muhammed-Yusuf suggested that he thought the penguin had come from the Antartic. Its at the bottom of the world and its really cold!
What a busy few weeks we have had. We have performed our class nativity, watched a performance of The Stickman and also managed to squeeze in a christmas party! All the while making christmas cards, decorations and other wonderful christmassy crafts.
The Jolly Postmen!
When we arrived at school on Monday there was something strange on the carpet...it was a post box. Attached to the postbox was a letter. It was from the Jolly Postman. He had written to us to inform us that he was going to send some vistors to school to help us learn all about the post office. He also left us a gift, it was a book called The Jolly Postman.
Later in the week, just as the letter had said we had a visit from some post men. They were called Scott and Paul, they were really nice. They answered questions and let us all have a turn at sitting in the post van.
We decided to write letters to the postmen, Scott and Paul and make some biscuits to send them, as a way of saying thank you.
This week we are learning all about Bonfire night, Diwali and Rememberance day.
We have been busy in class making crafts, painting pictures and listening to stories and gathering new information.
Mrs Tindall asked if we could all make a Poppy, so that each class could display something in the school hall for the Remembrance Day Service.
We all got extremly busy creating Poppies in lots of different ways.
What a busy start to the new term. We have had lots of special festivals to learn about. We had fun discussing how we celebrated halloween, Riley and Ruby said they dressed up as zombies. Whilst Chelsea said she was a cat!
The Life Caravan paid us a visit this week. We got to meet Harold the giraffe and learn how to keep our bodies healthy.
The Little Red Hen
Our story this week has been The Little Red Hen. Mrs Brown read the story to us and we discussed how the little red hen felt when the other characters in the book refused to help her? In the story The Little Red Hen makes some bread, We had a discusion about how we thought bread was made and decided we should try and make some. We also made some hens out of paper plates and some of our friends had a go at drawing a hen.
We have also made the most of the weather, we made autumn mobiles and made an awesome obstacle course. We have had a great time this week!
This week is Science Week at St James' and we have been given a challenge...
The Egg Drop Challenge!
Mrs Brown has asked could we stop Humpty Dumpty from cracking when he falls off his wall?
We had a chat with Miss Gahagan and came up with lots of great ideas...
Harrison said " I could make a parachute with a bag and then glue it to an egg cup."
Coby said " Lets put a bed under him so he can land on it!"
William suggested making a swimming pool for him to land in.
James said " We could make a motorbike helmet for him so he doesn't bang his head"
Archie suggested letting him land on a cushion.
We have had loads of great ideas. We just need to try them out...
We have also been doing lots of phonic activities. We learnt about the letters t, p and i. Again we found lots of ways to practise writing the letters.
For the letter t we decorated the letter with stripes and made it look like a tiger. Then Mrs Brown read us The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
We have been looking at the book Stanleys Stick by Neal Layton. There are lots of words that begin with the letter S throughout the story. We spent some time practising forming the letter S.
We wrote it outside with the chalk and found different objects that began with the letter. Some of us decorated the letter s with string, sequins, spots and stripes.
We have really enjoyed reading the story "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. The children have had to complete lots of different activities based upon the book.
The children were asked to make owls out of playdough. They used lots of different natural materials such as feathers, sticks and pebbles to create their master pieces.
They also made owls out of card. Some children cut out different shapes to make an owl, and others drew a large circle and stuck on scraps of paper.
We have had fun retelling the story with our friends. The children used different voices for each character. They also used the little puppets to help them.
This week we have been learning "All About Me" We have been talking about who is in our family, what we look like and have been discussing our favourite things.
Mrs Brown has been teaching us to count. We have been practising writing our names, and we have also had lots of fun making faces in the play dough. We have been making new friends whilst playing inside and had lots of fun building dens outside.