Maths Through Play Maths is everywhere in the home. With the support of parents, children can grasp many mathematical concepts through their play.
November 16 - Reception's Maths Parent Workshop - Please take a look at these interactive, engaging and fun Maths activities we use in school to help your children grasp many mathematical concepts through their play.
This term our children have been very interested in Super Heroes and Princesses. We have used this interest to engage the children and provide them with high quality learning and play experiences. The images bellow are taken from a series of lessons including an 'inspire to write' where the children were automatically hooked by entering the room amazed by the super heroes performing tricks.
"I wonder how they got there? What are they doing? If they came here what would you say to them?"
The children were excited to write messages to their favourite character and were eager to continue. To extend children further we have set up a superhero/princess writing area to allow the children to further develop their writing skills and continue the provision for learning in the absence of an adult. Will the children receive any messages back from their favourite characters?
"You my favorite princess"
Peytons "Princess" Book
Can you come to my birthday?
Amileah heard s and p for "spiderman"
Disney Princess writing "Ariel and Bell"
Noah's messgae would you like a race?
Surraya-May "Jazmine" Princess
Writing numerals to match our structures!
Building structures with costa cups..
Outdoor building involves lots of negotiation.
Natural materials used to create a 'Camp fire'.
Teacher time promotes their love of learning.
As our Learning Objectives for Maths this term are focussing on recording numbers and marks. The children's challenge was to firstly read their given number to their friends and secondly to build a structure using the correct amount of objects. This meant the children had to focus on exactly what is the number 3 and what does it look like. They finally had to record their number/mark on a post it and stick it to their fantastic model. The children were precious over their models and didn't want break them, however they make fantastic ornaments for our Reception Snug. Thank you boys and girls!
In Reception this week we have been learning about Penguins and The South Pole. We had many discussions about the differences between where we live and where the Penguin's live. The children created a 'small word' arctic area for our class Penguin to live in, they used ice, water and made homes for him. The children were able to take part in making ice by taking it to the freezer and making predictions about what will happen to the water. These discussions were fantastic and children were amazed by the process.
Although.. The cheeky little penguin was up to no good! They recorded his antics by writing what he had done. Take a look at our journey.
An froen egg was found on the capret
What is inside?
"It might melt into smitherines!' Bella
Small world set up with penguin friends
He tipped over the ice!
He has made such a mess!
Let's record the penguins antics
He has tipped over the felt tips
Ice making brrrrrrr
"it's going to freeze over night" Daisy
Watch you don't spill Aila..
Our Penguin writing book journey..
The penguin smashed the pens Lucy
He made a big mess Pennie
Fantastic representation of our penguin friend
Look at the detail using a variety of media
This kingdom can't be electric in the snow - sam
Making the penguin some friends
Representation of the Journey to the South Pole..
Elf On The Shelf has been in Reception over the Christmas run up!
The initial letter asked children to name our Elf, we all wrote a name and one was chosen out the basket... ROB By Pennie.
The children were very excited he would be staying with us and followed the rules very carefully (they didn't want him to loose his magic!)
Our Elf was particularly cheeky and got up to all kinds of mischief. The children wrote notes to the elf, messages, cards and recorded his naughty behaviour. This was a great way to gather INDEPENDENT writing from our children as they were very keen to have a go on their own.
The Elf asked us to write our Christmas Lists to Santa and get them sent off ASAP. The children used Tesco magazines to inspire their ideas, write their letters and put them in an envelope. All the children walked to the school office and gave their letters to Mrs Renshaw to send off to Father Christmas at The North Pole. This gave children a real purpose for writing they were excited by.
We read 'The Jolly Postman' story which linked to our letters being delivered by the postman and read lots of other winter stories which promoted discussion about season and weather changes. The children enjoyed lthe Christmas activities and challenges, they used the class ipad to take some pictures. Take a look at the display we have created of all the Christmas journey and their fabulous work.
footprints on the floor
Writing messages to the Elf
Bella designing her own Christmas card
Beau the Elf
Amelia choosing her list from a magazine
She liked the teletubbies!
Kids loose with the class ipad
decorating the tree using fine motor skills
Our Christmas Display
Elf is funny - Haddy
Elf dressed as an angel - Haddy
Beau's message to Santa
Merry Christmas Love Eliza
Please read our letters
Lucas created his own penguin at home!
Daisy's Elf drawing
Christmas Dinner & Party Day - A huge thank you to parents/carers for food and drinks.. We had a fun filled day couple of days!
• ‘Being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development.
• Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
• It gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.
• Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.’
We are looking to improve our outdoor area to make it exciting and inviting for our wonderful children. We need your help!
We would be very grateful for anything you could donate to us and it would be highly beneficial for our children to explore and investigate with such open ended resources! Together with our caretaker we want create and build some amazing structures for our children and build up our outdoor area.
Attached are various inspirational pictures from our school Outdoor Vision and a google page for you to visit to help understand the types of equipment we are looking for and how we would use it.
Planks of wood (all sizes)
Natural materials stones, shells, straw etc
The Ugly Bug Ball Reception Class Assembly - A big thank you to all parents who came along to watch their wonderful little bugs!
You've got a friend
Super Sponsered Sports Event - The Children enjoyed all the activities on offer. They were sweaty, red and smiling all the way through! Healthy and fun, what a fantastic Tuesday morning!
Amelia stretching out with her cubes.
We all had such a fun experience!
The Halloween Excitement begins.. ooohhhhhh. We kicked off Halloween Week by comparing different sized pumkins. These taught sessions lead to the driving question.. "How many seeds are in a pumkin?" How will we find out?
We began writing our estimations...
"one million seeds" - Owen
"This one won't have as many" - Surraya
"Is an 8 like 2 s's?" - Daisy
"This one is heavier it's breaking the tub!"-Isaak
List of what we need to begin 'project seed count'
Sofia enjoyed counting seeds into the baking tray
It was a messy job!
Lucy counted 35 seeds
"Project Spooky House"
"We need spooky books this one is good" - Sian
Using pegs can get a bit tricky!
Decorations were very important
"A Ghost ooooooohhhhh" Isabella
Setting up the dinner table
Do we need any more cups Alfie?
"We need spooky music,i'll set up the latop"-Josh
Skeleton painting- All very unique!
"Spooky House" Entrance sign by Lucy
Receptions Spooky House Made By Reception!
Initial thoughts, ideas and process all theirs.
Who would like to join us?
Spooky Day begins...
We decorated our own buns with spooky colours.
Harry chose a 'dead foot' for his decoration!
Writing was part of our session. Always !
Sam enjoyed break dancing...
Others followed his lead!
Two cats and a Pirate. Meoww Ahoyyyy!
"What time is it Mrs Kitty?"-Mrs Freeny
Chinese New Year In Reception...
We had lots of fun this week for Chinese New Year.
The children enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture and the differences in their schools to ours. Everyday we chose a 'class teacher' and they were in charge of making sure all their peers are following our Golden Rules.
We had the pleasure of Mrs Zhang-Ng joining us in Reception to share images of her family and how she and her family celebrated Chinese New Year. This was an excellent opportunity for the children to first hand experience how it is celebrated by someone close to them.
Mrs Zhang-Ng lead the cooking of the vegetable noodle stir fry which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We cooked, tasted and talked about what we liked about the food. We have lots of baking opportunities planned for the next half term.
Chinese New Year was so much fun in Reception! Kung Hei Fat Choi
We have had loads of fun this week with World Book Week! It all started with the story Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson. Throughout the week all of our books were stolen from the classroom by a sneaky thief, we had five reading challenges to complete including writing our own police reports and finally Nel the detective dog herself came to visit us. Have a look through the photos of our exciting week...
Nel the detective dog ready and waiting
It was a very dog themed day!
The children reading their stories to Nel
Good work Sian!
Dylan uses his phonics to decode words
Introducing Nel to the children
We read four stories to Nel!
Good sounding out Max
Matthew doing a great job!
Nel became a little too relaxed!
Miss Rotherham finishes off the last page
I think Nel's favourite bit was all the strokes!
Nel enjoyed her story time
Tinker Bell and Nel
Amelia giving Nel a stroke
will Detective Dog and PC Ethan solve the mystery?
Or is it a job for Batman?
Owen let Nel have a good sniff before stroking her
Nel felt right at home with all us dalmatians
Harry did a great job at reading to Nel
She could spend all day getting all of these strok
Harry using his phonics to read to Nel the detective dog
Nel couldn't leave without doing a few tricks first
Well Done Reception On Your Wolfy Assembly Awoooooooooo!!!! The children had a super fun afternoon eating their Huff Puff Cakes with their teddies from home.
Healthy Eating Smoothie Surprise! Children have been creating healthy smoothies during their snug activity. The children chose their healthy ingredients and talked about the healthy benefits for their bodies. Yum Yum!
Children used knives to chop up the fruit.
This helps to build our fine motor skills.
We wrote recipes for our healthy smoothies.
Logan enjoyed his fruity smoothie!
"Chop up the bananer" (banana)
Jaiven helped Miss McIntosh was up the mess.
Layla enjoyed chopping the blueberries.
Mega Maths Measuring.. In Reception we don't just measure with tapes and rulers, We measure with anything we can find in our fabulous classroom! Take a look at us using our problem solving skills to measure objects around us.
Maizie found she was taller than Daisy.
Archie measuring his favourite lego ship.
Zac wanted to measure everything in sight!
He recorded his measurements.
Who can push the tyre the furthest?
Lucy's in the lead!
Measuring our own toys with various objects.
Owen's snake is 3 rulers long.
Isabella's unicorn is 1 straw long.
Big bird is 5 pens long!
Jaiven's toy is 9 matchsticks long.
Logan's teddy is 3 potatoes long.
Measuring Mr Monkey's feet with matchsticks.
Captin America is 6 potatoes tall!
Drawing pictures and labelling their size.
Sofia's monkey is one long sock tall.
Super Sports Week and Sports Day ! All the children were wonderful as always and enjoyed all the activities on offer. Of course there had to be lots of Maths involved when counting up the team points! Which house will be the winner?
Family French Day - Merci tout le monde!
French colour hall games
French hat making
Stories and songs in our hats!