The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been on tours of the school to learn where everything is. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.
We have just got back from our trip to Gressenhall for a Once Upon a Time workshop.
To start the day we all had to gather in the Chapel for the grand opening of Mr Curator’s museum. He had invited some celebrities along; Cinderella and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. We were interrupted by the Wicked Witch from Snow White, who was very upset as she hadn’t been invited to the opening. When Mr Curator went to reveal the objects, we were shocked to see they had gone missing! The Wicked Witch told us she had taken them and wouldn’t give them back! Our mission for the day was to take part in lots of different activities and see if we could find all of the museum artefacts.
First, we had to go on Jack's Quest and search for the missing golden egg. We spent lots of time looking up and down and we found it near the playground. We helped Jack to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as he had forgotten some of the words! Because we told the story so well, we got to climb down Jack's beanstalk.
Next, we met the Wicked Witch from Snow White! She taught us how to make a potion and has to go on a hunt to find a dragon scale and some magic water. We then found a magic wand and learnt a spell.
Then we met Mr Curator who asked us to help him look for the missing objects in the shops. We had to be really quiet in case the Witch heard us! We found a magic pea, Grumpy's shoe, a troll’s bogey and a sweetie from the Gingerbread House.
We stopped in the chapel for lunch and a little rest.
After lunch, we headed up to the farmhouse. We searched for fairy tale characters around the farm and we spotted some piglets and a sheep. We then had to help the ugly sisters with their chores. We learnt how to use the water pump, dug up some potatoes, watered the flowers and learnt how to milk a cow.
We then went into the house with Cinderella where she told us that she couldn't go to the ball because she couldn't finish her chores and she didn't have anything to wear. We offered to help her finish her jobs so she could go to the ball. First, we helped her to clean the table, as it was a bit dirty. We rubbed the salt in and then scrubbed it with a brush. Once we had done the cleaning, we helped Cinderella to look for the rest of the missing objects from Mr Curator's museum. We found Red Riding Hood's cape and Cinderella's glass slipper. Our next job was to pick up all the stepsisters socks! We also did a bit of dusting!
We all met back in the Chapel to conclude the day. Mr Curator was really happy that we had managed to find all of the missing objects!
The children had a wonderful day and behaved very well. We are very proud of them all!
This half term our topic has been ‘Once Upon a Time.’ We have been reading lots of traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have also read some not so traditional versions of these stories such as ‘Blow your nose, Big Bad Wolf’ and ‘The Great Fairy tale Disaster.’
The first story we read was Jack and the Beanstalk. We learnt how to create a story map and then had a go at making our own. Using our cutting skills, we cut out a spiral pattern to make our own beanstalks. Some of us made ‘Jack’ to put on the beanstalk and added leaves. At the end of the week, we planted our own magic bean! We are waiting patiently to see if they will grow.
In class, we had a go at making and trying porridge like Goldilocks. Some of us had raisins or honey with our porridge and we decided it was ‘just right!’
We have had a go at making stick puppets and enjoyed retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs using our puppet theatre. We also had a go at making houses for the pigs using straw, sticks and blocks.
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, nurses, fire fighters, police officers, veterinary nurses and dentists. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and going inside the police van and ambulance. 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 took part in a workshop with Miss Helen; she taught us some dance moves and we were told the story of Diwali. We learnt all about Rama and Sita, Ravana the ten headed demon and Hanuman the monkey king! We all enjoyed trying on and dancing in some traditional clothes. We have looked at Diwali information books, read stories and watched videos.
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 wide range of 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!