Our Class Chicks
On Monday the 4th of March we had a special delivery of 2 chicks and 8 eggs with an incubator. We watched and waited excitedly for the remaining chicks to hatch out of the eggs. After 24 hours (and when they were fluffy) we moved them into a new home with a mat to stop them slipping, a heater to resemble the mother hen, some water and some chick crumb for them to eat. We cared for them, holding them gently and cleaning out their cage. We named the chicks by all writing our ideas and then picking them out of a hat. Their names where Fluffy, Wispy Wing, Silky, Heart and Riley. We had 5 chicks that hatched successfully.
We used nonfiction books to find out lots of facts about chicks and hens. Did you know it takes 21 days for an egg to hatch? Also chicks hatch by using an egg tooth to peck at the shell. Finally they have around 30 different chick sounds when they cheap. We know so much about chicks now. We are going to tell you lots that we know.
We also enjoyed playing in our class Flower Shop, making bouquets, taking orders and writing messages to go with the flowers. We learnt about the different parts of s flower and what they need to be able to grow.
Week 2- What is a fruit and what is a vegetable?
This week we sorted fruits and vegetables and found out that fruits have seeds inside. We were suprsed to find out that peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers are all fruits.
We found out about where fruits and vegetables grow for example a carrot is actually the root of the plant therefore a root vegetable and fruit grows on tree.
We made transient art pictures using fruit and vegetables and gave them titles.
We also learnt about the Parable of The Sower this week and used our learning from last week to talk about why the seeds wouldn’t grown on the path or rock. We planted seeds of our own to grow Cress. It looks like we have silly hair!!!
Week 1: Week 1- How does your garden grow? (Jack and the Beanstalk)
This week when we arrived at school a Beanstalk had grown in our classroom. During the school day there was a HUGE letter left on the carpet along with a Giant Pencil. The letter was from a Giant who had been to our cass and taken away all his Giant (Capital) letters. We went on a capital letter hunt around the classroom finding out their names and saying their sounds.
We enjoyed matching lowercase and uppercase letters as well as rapping the ABC Rap!
To celebrate the end of our topic on water we had a splash party. We dressed up in Waterproof clothes and put up our umbrellas. We were splashed by a hose and enjoyed hiding behind our umbrellas and jumping over the hose. After we explored lots of water toys, making fountains and connecting pipes to make water slides. We even painted with water/paint and large rollers on the playground. Some children went for cover in the den! We had a splashing afternoon!
Week 6- British Values Week
What a fun filled week we have had this week. We were visited by the ‘Pop Project’ on Monday who took us on a journey around Britain playing music whilst we sang and danced along. They talked about what it means to be British and what type of person we should be. We then had fun learning in Reception where we dressed up and made a class ‘Guess Who’ board to celebrate our differences, along with learning about individual liberty in Year 1 and Commitment to Charity in year 2. Later in the week we had a workshop with a Magistrate learning about a ‘stolen handbag’. Most children thought the robber was Burglar Bill! Then we got to have a ride in a Police Van and try on shields and riot hats.
Finally we learnt about tolerance by finding out about a different Faith. A friend in Year 2 was kind enough to answer our questions and show us his special Qur’an and clothing that he wears to Mosque.
Week 5: How does Water Move?
This week we watched videos of waterfalls, lagoons, and geysers from around the world and located them on the globe. We build a dam and some fountains outside.
Chorley Sports Partnership came to train us up in using balance bikes. They taught us how to avoid obstacles, change directions, and how to stop. We played racing games against each other!
Hettie, Paige, Martha, Freddie, Henry and Jack all took part in a Balance Bike Festival representing our school. They had a great time and we even had some children who won a race!
Week 4- Who else might live by the sea? (Pirates, mermaids)
This week we learn about all things pirates. We played buried treasure with phase 3 sounds. We created treasure maps and we
Week 5-built ships outdoors and walked the plank. We even learnt to talk like pirates ‘Aaaaarggghhh!’.
Week 3: What is ice?
We know ice is just water melted when it’s colder than 0 degrees. Jack Frost had left ice in our outdoors some mornings this week and we explored it trying to melt it by smashing it and warming it in our hands.
We used a globe to locate icy countries and discussed that these where furthest away from the equator. We also learnt about animals that live in snow and ice such as penguins whose eggs are cared for by the Dad whilst the Mum goes hunting. One of our challenges was to carry a penguin egg (ball) safely back to the Mummy Penguin. Other challenged included playing ‘Pile up Penguin’ and ‘Penguin Peril’ using our fine motor control.
In literacy we have learnt the story map of ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ so we wrote the story!
We had great fun this week playing in the snow. We made footprints in the snow, snow angels and best of all we made a Snow boy and a Showgirl and dressed them in our uniforms. We had great fun exploring the weather today.
Week 2: Where does the Sea come from?
This week we have read the book ‘The drop goes plop’. We made collage water cycles and described how the water is heated by the sun into the cloud, the clouds get bigger and soon rain starts to fall. It travels down the mountains, sometimes in our homes and cleaning stations and back into the sea where the cycle happens all over. We even learn some really tricky words like ‘evaporated’.
This week we made a really disgusting sandwich using worms, blood, eye balls and sick. This sandwich is so disgusting it would stop the pesky seagulls in our story The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’.
Week 1:What lives under the sea?
This week we have found out that our topic this half term is ‘Water, Water…Everywhere!”. We talked about what we already know and what we want to find out next. We read the story ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ and we are able to act out the story together in our role play. We have also been sending words and sentences to each other to read on a zip line, as in the story. Finally we named creatures that live under the sea and talked about how they live in different seas and oceans all over the world. We drew a real Sea Bass. Finally we did some fish tasting. Many of us tasted seafood that we had never tried before including cod, prawns, mussels and crab.
The children described the seafood that they tasted as fishy, salty, crunchy, soft, chewy and more.
Bauble Lights Came to Visit Reception Class!
On December the 3rd an Elf made a grand entrance into our classroom on a paper airplane which turned out to be a letter addressed to us. In the letter it explained that he was coming to Reception class so that he could report back on us to Santa and how whilst he was there he was sure to get up to mischief. He asked us to name him so we each thought of a Christmas name and picked two out of a hat. His name was Bauble Lights!. He also brought us all a diary with our names on so that we could write everyday about what he had been up to in our classroom. He was a very cheeky little elf!
Just look what he got up to!!!
We had a great time practicing and performing in our first school Nativity. The girls were angels and the boys sheep.
We also performed in a Nativity at St. Laurence’s Church.
We know the story of Jesus’ birth really well now! Some of us acted it out with puppets whilst others wrote the story. We even made stables in the construction area using the wooden bricks.
Here are some other Christmas activities that we loved!
We have also been like little elves in Santa’s workshops preparing Christmas cards and treats to take home. We made Christmas Cards, calendars, reindeer food, a Christmas angel, a star tree decoration and some hot chocolate reindeer cones. It was so much fun!
Week 5 : What powers do superheroes have?
This week we used all our super learning powers to complete our missions. We wrote invitations for our family members to come to a superhero challenge party. We had 10 missions to complete that helped us to develop skills in Communication and Language, Reading, Writing, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design. We had so much fun!!!
Here are some photographs from the day!
All children and grown ups completed their missions and we were all able to go on the Mission Complete board and we even won a prize!
Week 4: What do Superheroes look like? (Supertato)
This week we read the story Supertato. We hot seated the poor cucumber, carrot and broccoli and completed lots of challenges to capture evil pea and rescue Supertato. We word rapped the new vocabulary from the story and added it to our vocabulary tree. Why not ask us about what these words mean: crime, distress, villain, strength, escape, vanished!
We created a story map to help us retell the story and used the props in the library.
Evil Pea made our tricky words vanish so we used our superpowers to find them again!
We wrote, shopping lists, speech bubbles and even the story!!!
We also made our own Supertato by attaching sticky tape for his eye mask and belt and cutting out material for a cape. We also glued on googly eyes and gave him a special logo for his belt!
Week 3: Who will rescue us from villains?
Over the weekend Reception class has been visited by an intruder, who smashed the window and left footprints around the classroom. We checked the CCTV to find a Burglar in a stripey t-shirt with black mask and hat creeping around the room and taking our property such as a pen, a clock, a cup and Miss Harrison’s scarf and coat, to name but a few. We wrote ‘Wanted’ posters thinking about his appearence. On Wednesday we went to visit Chorley Police station to report the crime. The Police officer told us how he had been arrested and went by the name of ‘Burglar Bill’ and took us to see him in a real police cell. He returned our property and told us he wouldn’t steal ever again!. Whilst there, we learnt all about the police uniform and kit and had a sit in the back of a police van, listening to the siren! We had so much fun!!!
Week 2: Who will rescue us from a fire?
This week we have talked about how firefighters are superheros. We talked about their job and how they staf safe. We played with a firestation, wrote firework words and make firework transient art pictures. We even sprayed out tricky word fires with our hoses.
We had a visitor from a Firefighter who He talked to us about the different emergencies that he has to attend including fires, car crashes and rescuing people from high up and deep waters. He told about the protective clothing that he needs to keep safe including a mask so that he doesn’t inhale the smoke and the fire proof suit he must wear to protect himself from being burnt. He had a race with some children in class and talk about how fast they must get dressed when it is an emergency. Finally we went out on the playground to find out what equipment is onboard a fire engine. We saw a giant fan, giant scissors and hoses of different lengths. We enjoyed squirting the hose and listened to the Fire engines siren, Nee Naw, Nee Naw! It was great fun!!!
Remembrance Days: 100 year Anniversary
Soldiers are superheros too. We remember all the soldiers who have fought and been injured or lost their lives 100 years ago in WW1 and recently. We watched the poppy video about the rabbit during the war and the hope they was brought when poppies grew on the battlefield. We made poppies and did fingerprint art work of a poppy field. Grace brought in a photograph of her Great Grandad who fought in the war who turned 99 last week. We performed a poetry recital in front of the whole school. Ask us to recite the poem to you using the visual aid.
Week 1: What is a superhero?
This week we talked about what we already know and what we want to find out. We brought in our costumes that we made at home with our family and talked about what superhero name and power we had.