It has been an action packed month in Reception! The children have settled into school life seamlessly and some excellent learning, exploring and fun has taken place!
There was a lot of excitement around our All About Me topic, especially when learning about our Five Senses. The children loved going on Listening and Sight walks throughout the school grounds and ticking off what they saw and heard on their clipboards. They enjoyed experimenting with different textures and smells, but needless to say, the taste lesson was their favourite, where they sampled different foods including Smarties!
In Maths we have been working on composition of numbers and counting to ten and beyond using one-to-one correspondence. We have also been looking at clocks and how they work, with the children placing numbers on their own clocks and making their own clock hands. Along with this, the children have been ordering the events of the day and discussing events which take place during the day and night, as well as the different seasons. We have also been using number lines to find one more than certain numbers up to 10 and then 20.
The children’s phonic knowledge has gone from strength to strength and their sound recognition and reading is amazing! They have been using their phonic skills to do some brilliant letter formation and writing about their goals for Reception. We had some great discussions about what they want to achieve by working really hard and displaying a “Can-Do” attitude and showing perseverance.
Our new topic for this half-term is Festivals and Celebrations, where we will be learning about various special days including Diwali, Remembrance Day, Hanukkah and Christmas Day, starting with Bonfire Night. The children had such fun creating bonfire and firework pictures using chalk and crepe paper and wrote some Bonfire Night safety rules to follow on the night. This week the focus has been on Remembrance Day and the classes made some beautiful poppies using recycled plastic bottles and popsicle sticks. We are looking forward to learning about Diwali and Thanksgiving in the next couple of weeks.
It has been a brilliant start to the half-term and the children have already grown up and matured so much this year. Thanks to the parents for all their support.