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Reception and Year 1 ‘Little Bears and Big Bears!’
Term 4, 2017 – 18
Dinosaurs and Volcanoes has been our topic this term and it’s been very exciting learning all about this topic. The children have explored dinosaurs through fact files, fossil digging and lots more. We learnt lots about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii in 79AD. All of the children were intrigued by this and were keen to find out more.
We learnt about a famous artist called Joseph Wright who created a collection of paintings of Mount Vesuvius erupting. The children practiced different techniques to recreate the paintings and made their own versions of some of the collection.
We went on a trip to the Maidstone Museum where we were able to explore some fossils and find out lots about Kent from the era of dinosaurs. They had lots of other things there that we were able to explore including a real life mummy!
The children have had a great term and worked very hard, looking at fiction and non-fiction books and writing their own. They have explored different ways of learning and excelled this term.
Well done to each and every child for all of their hard work, we hope they have a restful Easter break.
Term 2, 2017 – 18
How quickly has this term gone!!! We can’t believe it is Christmas already!
It has been a fantastic term with lots of great learning and new experiences. We started our new topic of Castles, which the children have really engaged with and shown great interest in. They have learnt about the people that used to live in castles, the different types of castles, what castles are made of and why they were built in certain ways.
We had a brilliant trip to Leeds castle. They all behaved beautifully and seemed to enjoy exploring the castle and the grounds around it. It was a little wet, but we embraced it and a few of us even had a bit of a splash in the puddles (some of them were HUGE). The maze proved to be very tricky….we got quite lost but luckily, a guide directed us from the top and we managed to find our way to the centre.
We started our learning about Christmas by looking at the Nativity story and learning all about the meaning of Christmas. The children have really enjoyed learning all about Christmas and have been re-telling the story using props they have made themselves. They have worked so incredibly hard on learning all of the songs and actions for their Nativity performance and I couldn’t be prouder of them. They have given it their all and created a fantastic performance.
I hope you have a brilliant and restful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Term 1, 2017 – 18
This term has whizzed past and what a great one it has been! The children settled so quickly into our new class routine and layout so a big well done to them. They have all bonded well and it’s been lovely to see the friendships grow between them. They have learnt how to work together as well as work on their independent skills and are mostly able to resolve situations within the classrooms without the input of an adult.
This term we focused on learning about ourselves and our bodies. We learnt about skeletons and different body parts as well as learning about a variety of jobs. The children showed a great interest in all of this and engaged in their learning, coming up with a huge range of questions they wanted to explore.
All of the children have shown a keen interest in their learning and have shown excitement in everything they have done. The ‘big’ bears have transitioned well into year 1, taking great pride in their work now that they have books and acting as great role models to the ‘little’ bears in Reception.
I am very proud of all of the children in Bear class for all their hard work and determination this term and am looking forward to seeing what they bring to the class next term.
Term 5, 2016 – 17
We can’t believe term 5 has come to an end already! It’s been a great term learning all about Africa. The children all came up with questions about Africa and we spent the term finding out the answers and looking at some stories like ‘Handa’s Surprise’.
The children seemed to really enjoy trying all of the different fruits from the story of Handa’s Surprise and have since shown more of an interest in healthy foods, which we have explored and looked at ways of being healthy.
The children showed more of an interest in learning outside due to the lovely weather we experienced and especially enjoyed some water play! Hopefully next term the weather will be even better and we can continue to explore our learning in every environment.
‘I’m Gonna Be A Mighty King’ was a highlight of the term and after lots of practising the children did a FANTASTIC performance at the music concert. They really enjoyed learning the words, adding the actions and making their lion masks. They were so engaged in this and were singing it throughout the day of their own accord.
Term 3, 2016-17
Another term has flown by and we have achieved so much! Our topic this term has been all about animals, which we explored through a range of stories and text.
We spent the first week reading ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ which was a huge success. The children were able to gain so much from the book and loved the repetitive story. We ‘made’ the story outside as well as having lots inside and they all took part in telling the story. All of the children knew the story by heart and could read it to me rather than me to them.
The following week we read ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, which brought out some fantastic discussions on what we might do if a tiger came to tea at our houses! We were able to explore different emotions through this book and the children were able to discuss different emotions and what might cause them etc.
‘Elmer’ was our next story which created some fantastic maths opportunities for patterns and sequencing. They all seemed to enjoy the Elmer stories, finding the tricks he played on the other elephants very amusing.
Our last piece of fiction we read for the topic was ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The children really engaged in this text and were keen to find out more about caterpillars and butterflies.
We’ve finished off the term looking at a range of non-fiction books about animals and recapping what we learnt with each book. The children have thrown themselves into this topic, showing an interest in writing more and for a reason, which has shown in the progress they have made.
This term was a first for some of the children experiencing snow, so we had great fun out in the snow, seeing what we could do with it. Despite it being freezing cold everyone was keen to get outside so we all layered up and spent the majority of the day making the most of it whilst it (briefly) lasted.
The children have decided that the next topic they would like to explore is ‘dinosaurs’ and they have each come up with a question that they will find out the answers to next term as we delve into the topic.
Term 2, 2016-17
Wow, this term has whizzed by and what a great term it has been! The children quickly settled back into school after the half term break and threw themselves into their learning.
At the end of term 1, the children decided they wanted to learn about castles, so we spent the first 6 weeks of this term finding out everything we could about them. We read a range of stories that were based on castles and also looked at some non-fiction books. The children have thoroughly enjoyed using the castle role play and have dressed up as knights, princesses and dragons coming up with their own stories.
On the 2nd December we had our first trip of the year and the children were fantastic! We visited Leeds castle and explored the grounds (as well as nearly getting lost in the maze!) as well as the castle. The children couldn’t have behaved any better and we even had someone mention how brilliant the children were. It was a very successful trip that the children spoke about lots afterwards, and still do. We look forward to organising the next one.
We then spent the last two weeks of the term learning the Nativity Story and doing Christmas related activities. The children have enjoyed learning the ‘Whoops-A-Daisy’ nativity songs and actions and were excited to show this to parents and families.
The children also enjoyed having a ‘stay and play’ with their parents this term with a Christmas theme. They were all so excited to be able to share their learning with their families and show off their class room.
A big, big thank you to parents and families for all of your support this term, it makes such a difference and we really do appreciate it. All of the children deserve a gigantic well done for all of their hard work and perseverance this term.
We hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break and a very happy New Year.
Miss Hobson and Mrs Elliott
Term 1, 2016-17
A big well done to all of the children in Bears in class for their hard work and enthusiasm this term. They have worked so hard and have settled nicely into the routine, making great friendships along the way.
For the first two weeks the Bears children learnt all about each other and the staff. We had discussions about the things we like and dislike and learnt about the parts of our body. They have learnt how to work together as a team and how to resolve situations within the classroom.
The children then expressed a great interest in pirates; they wanted to know what they did, what they looked like and where they would go. As a class we created a pirate ship for our role play area and throughout the term the children have added their own bits to it. They made their own boats using cardboard boxes and used them widely in their play making them not only boats but trains and cars too.
For the last three weeks we learnt all about Autumn. We went on a walk around the school finding things that related to Autumn. The children loved discussing the different leaves and collecting them. They then went on to make pictures using the bits they had found, doing leaf rubbings and exploring printing with different fruits and vegetables. They enjoyed creating the art work for the Harvest Festival celebration and were very proud to see their work on display.
Thank you for all of your support this term, we hope you have a fantastic half term and look forward to seeing you all on the 1st November.