Reception Class of 2016-2017
Welcome to Reception
Learning During Autumn Term 2016
Children's author, Adam Bushnell, came into class to lead a storytelling session.
He brought some armour and weapons from the real 'Jack'.
If we wanted to, we held some of Jack's weapons.
We practised giant-slaying using a bow and arrow.
We made a story map ready for some writing.
During the morning we looked around the paddocks. There were many different animals living there.
We fed sheep. The ewes were greedy. Most lambs preferred their mother's milk.
We had a tractor and trailer ride.
We ate lunch in the barn and even had time to play in the play area before heading out to look at more animals.
We fed a lamb. He was very hungry and strong. We had to hold onto the bottle with two hands.
If we wanted to, we could hold or stroke rabbits and guinea pigs.
We looked at sheep which were ready to have babies. Three ewes had had 4 babies (quads) that morning!
We fed more sheep and goats. Baby goats are called kids!
We even got the chance to milk a cow!
To finish off our visit we played in the outdoor play area before the bus trip home. We had a great day!
We each had a pancake and had the choice of chocolate spread or golden syrup. Lots of us had both! Mrs Whitton enjoyed syrup on hers.
We took part in pancake races, we had a lot of fun.
We visited Pets at Home at the Arnison Centre as part of our topic about animals.
Zoe worked with us. We practised putting together a home for a guinea pig.
We could hold a guinea pig and a rabbit if we wanted to. They could be quite jumpy!
We looked around the store. We found out about pets, their homes, their toys, their food and their clothes!
CHINESE NEW YEAR
We made a Chinese smoothie with lychees, bananas and mango juice.
We took some prawn crackers and smoothie to Mrs Whitton for her to try.
We tried our smoothie along with noodles, sweet & sour sauce and prawn crackers.
CHINESE NEW YEAR - We heard the story of Chinese New Year
We acted out the story. We were animals, the Emperor and the people of China.
We performed the dragon dance where the dragon chased the pearl of wisdom.
The lion chased the cabbage. We all tried to get the cabbage in the lion's mouth. We tried the lion's head on and pulled the strings to open and close the eyes.
We made rooster puppets and then performed a shadow puppet show.
We acted out the story of Nian. He was a monster who terrified a village in China. His downfall was his fear of the colour red. We made monster masks.
We have loved our superheroes theme. We all made our own 'Supertato'.
We chose a cape and then added a mask and eyes. We wrote about our superhero potatoes too.
Pudsey Bear came to visit us ahead of our Children in Need day. Some of us gave him a cuddle. We all danced with him in the hall.
We enjoyed dressing up for our 'Magical Mayhem' day.
We made spooky biscuits ready for our magical mayhem day.
Our first PTA Hallowe'en disco...Who do you recognise?
Our first school visit was to Durham Cathedral.
We had to find different faces that are part of the cathedral.
We pulled funny faces and animal faces then decided what sort of face we wanted to make out of clay.
After lunch we walked through the woods to the outdoor classroom. We saw some coal in the ground and the entrance to an old mine. We found out that coal was here before the dinosaurs!
We 'made' some coal and then made some muddy monsters.
We ended the first half term at school by performing a Harvest Assembly for our families.
This half term we enjoyed gymnastics sessions with Mr Beveridge from Framwellgate School. We practised egg rolls, log rolls and forward rolls as well as sitting like gymnasts.
We compared and described vegetables. We chose some to make soup with.
We all tried the soup then invited someone from our family to try some too.
We printed repeating patterns using vegetables.
Mrs Hamill came in to teach each class some French to celebrate European Day of Languages. We learned some greetings and a song called 'Frere Jacques'.
"Who will help me make some bread?" "I will!" said 30 children.
"Who will help me eat the bread?" "I will!" replied 30 children. Their suggestions for toppings were butter, jam, honey and marmite.
We came to school as pirates for pirate day.
We played 'Musical Pirate Statues'.
We played 'The Pirate is on his Ship'.
We played 'Musical Cannonballs'.
We played 'Shark Attack'.
We drank 'pirate rum' and ate a cake that we decorated with icing, cannonballs and an edible pirate picture.
We had a treasure hunt where we looked for golden coins around the outdoor classroom.
Tracey from Hoopstarz came in to work with us on our agility, balance and co-ordination skills. We used a hoop in many different ways! Some of us performed in front of the whole school at the end of the day.