Welcome to Reception Class 2015-2016
Tuesday 1st December 2015
The children enjoyed taking part in the ‘Gymnastics Festival’ in the Pink Gym at Spennymoor Leisure Centre. We performed a superhero routine to ‘Flash by Queen’. The children enjoyed making their own superhero masks to wear for our routine. We have been learning to balance, roll, tip-toe, skip and to coordinate our movements in between obstacles.
Monday 14th December 2015
Polar Express Afternoon
The children expressed their interests in the story of the ‘Polar Express’ and lots of them had planned trips out of school to climb aboard the real life ‘Polar Express’. However, not all of the children had this opportunity, so we decided to bring the ‘Polar Express’ into our Reception class. We enjoyed dressing in our fluffy pyjamas and drinking warm chocolate drinks with marshmallows! Miss Copland even brought us some cookies in as an extra special Christmas treat! We even made our own ‘Golden Tickets’ to board the train!
Friday 26th February 2016
Food Tasting Afternoon
To develop our understanding about the variety of food in the world. We held a ‘Food Tasting’ afternoon for parents/carers to join their children in trying different foods. The children we each asked to bring in a small sample of their favorite foods to try with their friends. We recorded the food we tasted and then commented on the foods we liked and disliked. We were very fond of the sausages Harvey brought in! We then identified which foods were healthy and unhealthy for our bodies.
Tuesday 1st March 2016
After researching about healthy and unhealthy food we decided to plant some vegetables in our outdoor area. We used the information on the packets to help us to plant them. Some of our vegetables will not be ready until the autumn time- which we thought was a very long time away. We planted; beetroot, shallots, potatoes and swede.
Thursday 17th March 2016
Trip to Hall Hill Farm
To support and enhance the children’s understanding of animals, animal produce and the origins of food, we too a trip to Hall Hill Farm! Our parents and carers came along too and we enjoyed seeing lots of animals. We even had the opportunity to feed some too! The goats were quite hungry, as they munched the pellets from our hands. Then, we fed the lambs using a giant baby bottle- they were starving too, as they suckled on the bottles. We had to be ever so gentle as we held baby chicks, they were so small they could not use their wings to fly yet. We topped off the beautiful sunny day with a play in the outdoor play area! We definitely slept well that night!
Wednesday 20th April 2016
Making Ice Cream!
After exploring the origins of different foods, the children decided they would like to use some animal produce to make some food. After some research together and from our homework topic, we decided to make ice cream. Luckily for us, Taylor Shaw we very kind to lend us their ice cream making machine, which sped up the process. The children were using great mathematical vocabulary as they measured out the ingredients into cups and millilitres. We then cut the strawberries up into halves and quarters before putting them into the mixture. We were so impressed at how quickly the ice cream maker created our freezing cold ice cream! When it was finished we enjoyed trying the yummy dessert we produced.
Monday 25th April 2016
We were very curious about cars and all the different parts on cars. So, one afternoon Miss Copland had a little surprise for us…as we walked out onto the playground we saw Miss Copland’s car! We looked around the car, naming the different parts and asking lots of questions as to what parts were for. We then hopped inside and sat in the driver and passenger seats. We even tried on the seatbelt and some of us tooted the horn! How sneaky! When we returned to the classroom lots of us enjoyed drawing and labelling Miss Copland’s car.
Friday 6th May 2016
Making a Floating Vehicle
We used non-fiction books to investigate which vehicles float on water. We then tested a variety of different materials which would float on water to see which materials would be most-appropriate to make a floating vehicle. After that, we drew a sketch of the vehicle we would like to make and then proceeded to make it using junk modelling materials. We selected appropriate resources for our models and adapted our work to reflect our design. Once our models had dried, we tested them in our water tray! Lots of our vehicles could float as they were made out of foil and plastic, but some models which were made from cardboard unfortunately sank!