Happy New Year to all of our children and families. We hope you have had a lovely break and are ready for the challenges ahead in 2022. This week we have been learning about Africa. We read the story of Handa's Surprise, we wrote some captions, we looked for Africa on our globe and we have been creating some animal print patterns. Next week we are going to be comparing Africa to South Shields and thinking about how they might be similar and how they are different. If you have any stories from Africa at home we would love to share them together in school during Storytime.
Over the last two weeks we have been learning about Africa and comparing it to South Shields. The children have really loved learning about the climate, the animals, the dancing and the music which all traditionally come from Africa. They have been able to make lots of comparisons with their own culture. We have also been learning about the points on a compass and directional vocabulary as we explored maps.
In RE our topic is 'Church' and we have been thinking about celebrations, especially those which happen inside church. We learned lots of language relating to the features of church including font, aisle, alter, priest, congregation, stained glass window and organ.
This week in 'Our Wonderful World' we have been learning facts about the animals on our planet. We researched and wrote facts about wild animals and sea animals as well as exploring the anatomy of a fish and creating our own submarine window.
In Maths we explored different ways to make the number '6' as well as measuring using cubes. We were great at finding the 'tallest' and the 'smallest' animals.
Lots of children were really interested in floating and sinking so they explored this in the water tray.
Chinese New Year
We have had a fantastic week learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year. We learned about the traditions such as giving red envelopes to children as gifts, decorating houses with lanterns, dragon dances in the street, and a family feast with noodles and dumplings. The children also learned about how the years were named, after the Emperor Jade organised a race across the river. They particularly loved that the pig was 12th because he stopped to have a nap! We did Chinese dragon yoga in PE, made our own dragon crafts and tasted noodles and prawn crackers.
This week we read the traditional tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. The children had a great time describing the characters, retelling the story and creating their own beanstalks in crafty corner. There has been lots of fabulous vocabulary being used this week, and the children have developed lots of confidence in putting on a show!
We also learned about Internet Safety and Mental Health.
In Maths we worked on part, part, whole calculations and the children were excellent at mastering these new skills.
In RE we thought about how we could welcome someone into our community by giving them a smile.
What a busy week we have had in Reception! We had a visit from 'KS' our Kidsafe monkey, we celebrated World Book Day and we shared pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. There has been some fantastic reading and writing this week, and the children have worked hard to explore time in Maths. In RE Joseph, our Head Boy came to tell us all about his role as an alter server in church and the children had an opportunity to ask him some questions. Fantastic work everyone!
On the Farm
This week we have been learning lots of facts about life on a farm. The children made thinking maps to show their previous knowledge, they then researched facts and were able to make their own fact file.
We also read the story of The Very Hungry caterpillar and the children spent time retelling the story and making props to express their own ideas.
We spent lots of time exploring the numbers 9 and 10 and we were all great at using our concrete maths resources.
This week we have seen the start of Spring and the weather has been perfect for lots of outdoor learning. We made some models, wrote our own Mothers Day poem, planted some seeds which will grow into summer flowers, worked together to build a den, explored 3D shapes and had a visit from KS. We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our 'Living Eggs' on Monday so over the weekend try to think of some great names for the chicks!
This week our Living Eggs arrived. The children were so excited and they watched really carefully for any changes to the eggs. On Wednesday we had 5 chicks hatch, and on Thursday 3 more appeared! The children were really careful and enjoyed the feel of their soft, fluffy feathers. We have had lots of great work produced including posters advertising their arrival, counting, predictions, observations, craft, stories and life cycle work.
This week we worked hard to learn the Easter story as well as having lots of 'egg-citing' Easter crafts and fun! I hope you all have a lovely break.
“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”