This half term our topic has been ‘In the Woods.’ We have been listening to stories about teddy bears and have been writing our own stories too. In the last week of our topic, we all brought in our teddies from home. Some of them got up to mischief while we were at home! On Thursday, we made and decorated a headband to wear to our teddy bear’s picnic and learnt the words to the ‘teddy bear’s picnic’ song. We all enjoyed sitting outside to eat our lunch with our teddies and friends.
This half term our topic has been ‘Animals’. To start our topic we went on a trip to Banham Zoo where we had a great day looking at and finding out about all of the different animals that live there. We have been learning about different types of animals and their habitats. We have talked about how to care for animals and some of the children have been sharing photographs of their own pets with the class. We had a visit from Mrs Ponder and her guinea pigs where we learnt how to care for them. We spent time painting and drawing animals, and even used junk model materials to make our own animals.
This half term our topic has been ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and have had lots of visitors coming into school to help us learn more about the different jobs that people do to help us. We met paramedics and doctors, fire fighters, veterinary nurses and dentists. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and using the hose on the fire engine. We talked a lot about what we would like to be when we grow up, and we learned about the jobs that people in our families do.
This half term our topic has been ‘Fantasy’. We enjoyed starting the topic with a dressing up day where we all came to school dressed as our favourite character. We have been busy reading lots of stories, and have had visits from fairies, aliens and pirates! We have explored potion mixing and making treasure maps, and we have been using our imaginations to write many of our own stories.
As part of our ‘Celebration’ topic, we have been learning about Diwali; the Hindu Festival of Light.
We started the week with a workshop with Miss Helen where we learnt lots of new dance moves and told the story of Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the monkey king! We all enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes.
In the classroom, we have designed our own Mehndi’s, lanterns, Rangoli patterns, shadow puppets and Diva lamps.
We have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos to find out more information.
This half term our topic has been ‘Ourselves’. We have spent time talking about our families and our pets, where we live, the things we like doing and we have been learning about our bodies and how to stay healthy. We painted self-portraits and made a display for the classrooms out of pictures of ourselves.
At the end of the first half term the children in Reception enjoyed a morning of activities linked to the celebration of Harvest, and to the season of autumn. Parents were invited in to join their children to explore the indoor and outdoor environments, and the wide range of different activities on offer.
It was fantastic to see so many parents attend the session, and sharing in the learning experiences with the children. Everyone had a fantastic morning!