Summer Week 3

Our Last Week

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 3

This week we have been thinking about all of the adventures that we have had together in Reception. We looked at a long slideshow of photos of all the things we had done and laughed at how little we were when we first came into school. We even looked at the baby photos that we brought in in September to see how much we had changed. We did some fantastic writing about what we had enjoyed and what we had learnt so that our new teacher, Miss MacKinnon, can see how fantastic we are at writing. We had a lot of fun in our 'bubbles' and left with big smiles - happy to move on to a new adventure in Year 1. 

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Summer Week 2

Sports Day

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 2

We have had another great week back at school. We learnt a new sound in Phonics and found out how to subtract in maths. We had a lot of fun building castles and trains with the crates too and made up stories about our adventures. We also completed lots of activities for the school's virtual sports day. We had lots of running to do and some tricky speed jumps across a rope. We also had to see how far we could throw a ball. It was a lot of fun and we can't wait to find out which House Team won overall once all the scores are collated. 

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w/c 22nd June

Welcome Back!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: w/c 22nd June

What a lovely week to come back to school.

We didn't take long to get into the new routine to keep us all safe - we quite like washing our hands and walking like 'baby elephants'.  We played lots of games outside and even had some new things to explore - the water wall was very popular. We were thrilled to see our friends and wrote special messages for our friends in the other 'bubble' so that they know that we care about them too. 

We can't wait to come back again next week. 

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Spring Week 9

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 9

We had a great time on Friday at Forest School. We were challenged to find signs that Spring was here. We looked carefully for buds and shoots and found some crocuses, daffodils and blossom. We also found lots of Maher Monkeys in the trees! Thank you to all the special helpers who came along with us. 

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Spring Week 9

Spring Week 9

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 9

This week we read the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’. We talked about the different things that Jasper did to help his bean to grow and watched a film that showed what happens to a seed as it germinates.

We planted cress and now need to care for it so that we can enjoy some cress sandwiches later on next week.

In Maths we have continued to develop our addition skills and have been finding all possible ways to make ten. We have used cubes, Numicon and even filled in a part/ whole model and begun to write our own number sentences.

We also took part in the Teddy Race on Friday and really enjoyed our dance session with Kate as part of Sport Relief. 

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Spring Week 8

Spring Week 8

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 8

This week we looked at some pictures of the ‘World’s Worst Children’ by David Walliams and talked about how they behaved. We decided that we wouldn’t want to be friends with any of them! We then thought about what the World’s FRIENDLIEST children would be like and wrote sentences to describe how we would behave if we were the friendliest children in the world. We had some fantastic ideas …

“I share my toys with my friends.” “I help people.” “I am kind.” “I smile.”

In Maths we have been continuing to practise our addition skills and have had a go at writing number sentences using the symbols + and =. We all tried hard to write our numbers the correct way round.

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Spring Week 7

Oh Snow!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 7

The sudden flurry of snow on Thursday was a big surprise to us all, so we dashed out to have some fun before it melted. The children were keen to pelt the adults with snowballs and enjoyed rolling the snowballs on the ground to make them bigger and bigger, working together to make a family of snowmen.

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Spring Week 7

Spring Week 7

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 7

We started the week by finding out about Shrove Tuesday in preparation for making and tasting pancakes. The children really enjoyed feeling and describing the ingredients and mixing the batter – but not as much as they enjoyed eating them with their choice of toppings! We also had fun outside having ‘pancake’ races using bats and beanbags and roleplaying making pancakes in the kitchen.

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Spring Week 6

Police Visit

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 6

This week we had a special visit from the Police. First they showed us all of the special equipment that they carry with them to help them to do their job successfully. We took turns to hold the handcuffs and were surprised how heavy they were. Next we found out how the police stay in touch with each other through their radios and looked into the special cameras that they wear on their jackets so that they can record crime scenes and what baddies say when they speak to them. They told us how they keep notes and write neatly so that they don't forget any important information and how they need their HiViz jackets so that they can be seen when they are working near roads or on the motorway. Then we found out how fingerprints help them to catch baddies as they are all different. We then used our fingerprints to make some leaves on a special tree. After that it was time to look in the police car. As we were mini-police we were allowed to cross the special police tape and look inside. We really enjoyed making the lights flash and were even allowed to set off the siren. We had a great time. Thank you to Mark and Fallon for coming in to see us.

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Spring Week 5

Spring Week 5

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 5

This week we have been finding out all about dentists. We talked about our own experiences of going to the dentist and helped Ms Mann to brush her teeth by telling her what she needed to do to be successful. We then sequenced pictures to show the steps to brush your teeth and wrote some ‘bossy’ sentences for each one.

In Maths we have been comparing numbers to 10 and practising using the words, more, fewer and the same as. We played different domino games with a partner, counting all the spots on the dominoes and working out who had more. We really enjoyed keeping score and were very good at not getting upset if we had fewer.

We have also had two special visitors this week. On Wednesday, Wendy visited to talk to us about how to keep safe when crossing the road. We watched a short film and learnt a song to help us to remember to “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK” every time we cross the road. On Friday we had a visit from Sally, a librarian. She talked to us about different stories and the special people, called ‘authors’ who write them.

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Spring Week 4

A Village Walk

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 4

We started this week with a walk to find out which shops and services were available in the village. Before we went we talked about what we expected to see. The children had a variety of ideas: a hospital, a sweet shop, buses and McDonalds. We visited several shops who were very helpful in telling us about what they do and how they help the local community. The children gained more confidence in asking questions for themselves as the walk progressed. They were excited to go inside each shop - the 'Nuts and Bolts' shop was particularly popular as was the Post Office, where they saw lots of parcels heading for different places.

Thank you to all of the adults who helped escort us on the walk and to the Hire Shop, Yogi Pharmacy, Londis, the Post Office and Takeley News for being so generous with their time.

We made a messy map of the village using different objects in the classroom and then made models of the shops and houses using recycled materials. We had to think carefully about how to join each part and which material would be best for the job. 

In Maths we have been continuing to practise our counting skills, and recognising some number patterns instantly. When asked to show me ten fingers most could do so without counting. When asked how they knew, many of them could share their thinking: “Five and five makes ten.” “Five and five more makes ten.” “It’s just ten fingers…everyone knows that!”.

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Spring Week 3

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 3

Today we had a very musical session at Forest School. We made instruments using both recycled and natural materials. We collected things that would rattle to make a bottle shaker and a ‘y’ shaped stick to make a rattle by attaching a wire and threading on some wooden beads. The hardest challenge was to find two similar sticks to make claves.

At the end of the session, we listened to the story of Nian, the monster who visits houses at Chinese New Year. We used our instruments to scare Nian away … he really doesn’t like loud noises!

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Spring Week 3

Chinese New Year

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 3

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We found out about all the different things that people do to prepare for this festival and compared them to what we do for different occasions such as Christmas and Bonfire Night. We have made beautiful lanterns, dragon masks and even had a go at writing some Chinese numbers. We have also enjoyed playing in the new role play area and practising using chopsticks for our Funky Fingers activities. We found out why each year is named after a different animal and discovered that we were either born in the year of the horse or the sheep! (Ms Mann and Mrs Dew are both pigs and Mrs Leviton is an ox!) We really enjoyed acting out the story with props and puppets. 

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Spring Week 2

Freezing Frost and Sticky Ice

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 2

On Friday we decided that as the weather hadn't been cold enough for us to investigate ice and freezing, we would have to make some frost of our own. We filled a tin with crushed ice and then added salt and water. After a while, we could see the outside turning white as frost began to form. When we put out fingers on the tin it was really really cold. Our fingers made the frost disappear as they melted it away. 

Ms Mann then challenged us to fish for ice cubes using string. We couldn't seem to catch any ice. We even tried tying a loop in the string to catch it like a lasso. She showed us how to lay the string on the ice cube and then sprinkle on a little salt, saying the magic words before rinsing the salt away ...and hey presto! the ice was stuck to the string. We really enjoyed fishing for ice cubes after that. Some of us caught some really big chunks. Miss Whates came to see what we had been doing and we explained how the 'magic' worked. The salt melts the top of the ice cube and then when it is washed away, the water on top of the ice cube freezes again trapping the string. She was amazed!

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Spring Week 2

Spring Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 2

This week we have been learning about Winter. We shared the facts we already knew about Winter, and then used an information book to find out what different animals do to survive in cold conditions. Lots of us remembered the word ‘hibernate’ and could explain what it meant. We then did our best to write a sentence about what our favourite animal does in Winter. We even used some of our new sounds in our writing!

In Maths, we have been practising finding ways to make numbers to five and showing our thinking using a part/ whole model. We really enjoyed filling in the missing parts on the interactive screen. We have also been practising using the correct words to compare length, height and size. E.g. short, long, shorter, longer, shortest, longest etc.

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Spring Week 1

Happy New Year

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 1

This week we have been sharing what we did in the holiday and talking about all of the wonderful things Santa brought us. We found out that some people like to make New Year Resolutions so we all thought about what challenge we could set ourselves to achieve this year. Lots of the children resolved to tidy their bedrooms or help their mums and dads with jobs around the house. Some of them thought about other challenges such as reading their pot words every day or getting better at scoring goals. They worked very hard to write these resolutions down so that we can look back at them later in the year.

In Maths, we have been learning number bonds to 5. We have been looking at ways of recording number problems with pictures and number sentences. We have also been talking about weight and comparing different objects using a pan balance. The children were very surprised to find out that my shoe was lighter than Hugo’s boot!

We have been very creative this week making badges and pictures using collage materials. We have had a wide variety of robots, faces and patterns made from foil, paper, card and other embellishments.The children have also been showing off their wonderful models on our new Super Model table, using their phonic knowledge to label their creations so that their friends know what they have built. 

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Autumn Week 14

Christmas is coming!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 14

This week we have been getting into the Christmas spirit by finding out all about how different people celebrate Christmas. We drew some lovely pictures of how we are preparing for Christmas at home with our families and tried hard to label them using the sounds that we know. We also listened to the story of the Nativity and have really enjoyed retelling it with the puppets, which were kindly given to us by Mrs Burles.

We had a great time on Wednesday with our grandparent helpers making decorations. Please pass on a big THANK YOU to all of the lovely grandparents who came to help out. We couldn’t have done it all without them.

Thank you also for providing the fabulous costumes for the Christmas Sing-A-Long. The children were A-MA-ZING!

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Autumn Week 13

Jolly Christmas Postman

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 13

This week we have been reading the story ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman.’ We noticed that lots of different nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters were part of the story and used our sounds to make a list of the different characters that the Jolly Postman visited. We also programmed a BeeBot postman to deliver letters to the different houses on a grid. We had to think carefully about how many spaces the BeeBot would need to move and which way he had to turn to get to the right place.

In Maths we have been magicians! We used a magic bag to transform some flat 2D shapes into solid 3D shapes. We looked at them carefully and learnt some new shape names and words to describe them, such as: cube, cuboid, pyramid, cylinder, face and vertices.

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Autumn Week 12

Autumn Week 12

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 12

This week we have been reading the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy. We talked about our own bedtime routine and sequenced pictures to show what we usually did. We have also been acting out the story in the role play area. We looked at Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night and painted our own pictures of the night sky using really thick gloopy paint.

In Maths we have been finding one less than a number and practising taking one away by singing the song ‘Five Currant Buns’. We noticed that whilst there were fewer buns to buy, the ‘shop keeper’ had more money in their pot!

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Autumn Week 11

Hedgehogs

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 11

This week we have been finding out about hedgehogs. We learnt about where they like to live, what they eat and that they hibernate (sleep through the winter). We had a go at drawing a hedgehog and then labelled its body parts by looking at the initial sounds in the words. We played 'Roll a Spine', where we needed to roll a die to see how many spines to cut and stick on the hedgehog and then rolled again to add some more. We tried hard to count how many spines each hedgehog had altogether. We also made hedgehogs using playdough and used our number recognition skills to put a hedgehog puzzle together.

We really enjoyed sharing our learning with all the special grown-ups at the Sneak-A-Peek phonics sessions this week. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to come along.

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Autumn Week 10

An Autumn Walk and Special Visitors

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 10

This week we have been finding out all about Autumn. On Monday we went on a ‘Welly Walk’ around the school grounds, looking for signs of Autumn. We found lots of different leaves, berries, seed pods and some gigantic mushrooms! We were also pleased to find out that the squirrel that plays in our garden has a friend. We then read the story of Leaf Man and created our own leaf creatures with the objects that we had collected.

In Maths we have been consolidating our understanding of ‘more’ ‘fewer’ and ‘equal’ and counting objects accurately to five. We have even started to label our sets with numerals or pictures to show how many they have.

On Wednesday, some of the residents from Takeley Park came to have lunch with us. After, we listened to them read some books with us in the library. We hope that they will come back again soon.

On Friday, it was Children in Need day. We all enjoyed wearing our sports clothes and taking part in the five minute fitness sessions throughout the day...we couldn't believe how puffed out we were at the end!

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Autumn Week 9

More Changes!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 9

When we came back to school this week, we found that the home corner had changed! Meg and Mog have taken over the kitchen and we have been busy making potions and writing lists of creatures to add to our cauldron. We have been playing lots of rhyming games too. We also found out why we celebrate Bonfire Night and talked about what we liked best. We even had a go at writing about it using the initial sound for each word. We also learnt some special words to describe the sounds that the fireworks made, for example, ‘pop’, ‘crackle’, ‘whizz’ and ‘bang’.

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Autumn Week 8

Diwali

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 8

This week we have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We read the story of Rama and Sita and found out that Hindus decorate their houses with Diva Lamps to remind them of how lights were used to help Rama and Sita find their way home after the battle. The children used clay to make Diva Lamps of their own, pinching and pressing the clay to form a pot. We also made Rangoli patterns using paint and then tried to make some with glitter and stencils outside. We also enjoyed dressing up and joining in with some Bhangra dancing.

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Autumn Week 7

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 7

On Friday we went on our second visit to Forest School. We had a snack when we arrived to help give us energy for our Treasure Hunt Challenge. We set off with a partner to find a variety of things, some of which we could collect and some that wouldn't fit in our bags - such as squirrels and clouds! We found a lot of different fungi - tiny red bonnets, a large bracket fungus growing on a tree and the most amazing purple ones that none of the adults had seen before. We also found a log that looked just like Stick Man! Once again we managed to get back to school before the rain. Thank you to all the mums, dads and grandparents who came to support this session.

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Autumn Week 7

Carrot Soup

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 7

This week we have been observing the changes that occur when vegetables are cooked. We learnt how to use a knife safely and chopped up carrot and leek. We noticed how the taste and texture of the vegetables had changed as they were cooked and blended to make soup.

We have learnt more letter sounds ‘i’, ‘n’, ‘m’ and ‘d’ and have been practising pushing these sounds together to make words such as ‘pip’ ‘in’ and ‘din’.

In maths we have been continuing to sort objects in different ways and find different ways to show a number. E.g. using fingers, counters, Numicon pieces or dot patterns.

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Autumn Week 6

Oliver's Vegetables

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 6

This week we read the story of Oliver’s Vegetables and found out where different vegetables grow – above the ground, underground or on a stem. We also tried some different raw vegetables – baby corn, peppers, spinach, spring onions, beetroot and cauliflower. We made a pictogram to show which vegetable we liked the best. Surprisingly, beetroot and pepper were our favourites!

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Autumn Week 5

Harvest Festival

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 5

We started this week with a lovely Harvest Festival celebration in class with Reverend Rob. We shared our Harvest pictures and sang our Harvest song. Reverend Rob told us a special story and taught us a song too.

This week we also read the story of 'The Enormous Turnip'. We learnt the repeated phrases and practised the order of the characters who came to help, thinking of words to describe each of them. We really enjoyed acting out the story and dressing up as the characters. 

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Autumn Week 4

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 4

This week we had our first visit to Takeley Park for Forest School. The children were really excited to go and got ready very quickly. They walked sensibly all the way and listened carefully to the instructions when crossing the roads. They all enjoyed exploring the forest and found lots of interesting things. Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who supported us on the day.

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Autumn Week 4

Autumn Week 4

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 4

We have had such a busy week! We have been learning a song to sing with Rev. Rob for our own, in class, Harvest Celebration and finding out all about the different foods that are harvested at this time of year and how the farmers complete this mammoth task.

We have also been learning to listen carefully for the initial sounds in words and playing lots of games to match objects and pictures that have the same sound. E.g. snake, snowman and scissors. We have also been playing games using the sounds that start our names.

We all really enjoyed sharing our special books for the Sneak a Peek sessions that ran this week.Thank you all for coming in to share our learning.

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Autumn Week 3

Autumn Week 3

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 3

This week we have been learning about rhyming words and have listened to lots of rhyming stories and learnt some new rhymes and songs. We have continued to practise our counting skills and have been making patterns and arrangements with up to four objects. We really enjoyed looking at how much we have changed since we were babies and were very good at working out who was who.

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Autumn Week 2

Settling In

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 2

The children have settled very well and are becoming more independent, putting their bag in the correct colour box and posting their name card to say that they are in school. They can all carry their own tray at lunch time and know which colour team they are in for activities.

This week we have been practising our listening skills as we identify sounds around us. We have also been practising counting, remembering the order of the numbers and counting each object only once. We have been enjoying the Pete the Cat stories and thought about our school shoes and how they were different or the same as other children’s in the class. We have REALLY enjoyed singing the Pete the Cat songs too. Check out our 'Air Guitars'!

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Autumn Week 1

Welcome to Reception

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Autumn Week 1

The children have all made a fantastic start to the year. We have been playing lots of games and learning where to find resources in the classroom.We have also been exploring our new garden area which was finished on Thursday. Look out for further developments as they happen over the next few weeks.

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Summer Week 11

The Elgar Dairy

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 11

On Friday, we thought about all the different foods that Farmer Kiley produced on his farm using milk. We then had a go at making some butter, using some thick double cream. We enjoyed shaking and shaking and shaking the jar until the cream became thicker and thicker. It didn't even pour out when Ms Mann held it over her head. Then as we shook it some more, it changed again! It split in two... a very runny liquid and a thick yellow lump. This was the curds and whey. We then carried on shaking until the butter formed properly. We sieved it to take out the whey and put it in the fridge to go hard. At the end of the day we ate our Elgar butter on a cracker. Most of us thought it was just like the butter from Tesco.

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Summer Week 11

Summer Week 11

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 11

This week in Maths we have been finding lots of different ways to make 10. We used Numicon to show all the ways we had found with two tiles and then tried to find as many ways as possible with three or four tiles. We even learnt song to help us remember some of them which we sang to the tune of 'Jelly on a Plate'.

For example: Five and five makes ten, Five and five makes ten, Five and five, Five and five, Five and five makes ten! One and nine makes ten, One and nine makes ten, One and nine, One and nine, One and nine makes ten! 

We also wrote some thank you letters to Farmer Kiley for letting us visit his farm. We thought about which part of the visit we liked the best.

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Summer Week 10

Bye Bye Butterflies

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 10

This week we said goodbye to  our amazing butterflies that had emerged from thier chrysallids over the weekend. We have really enjoyed watching them grow from the tiny caterpillars that arrived in June to the beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. We will be keeping a look out for them when we are playing on the field.

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Summer Week 10

Trip to Boydells Farm

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 10

On Tuesday we had our class trip to Boydells Dairy Farm. We found out about lots of different farm animals and learnt the names for their babies. Did you know that a baby turkey was called a poult? We had a go at milking a beautiful cow who produced really creamy milk that looked yellow in the bucket. We also fed llamas, ponies, goats and chickens and even bottle fed some lambs who were so keen to get to their milk they sucked on our jackets! After lunch, we were able to hold lots of smaller animals such as guinea pigs, chicks and some adorable seven week old kittens. Then the farmer showed us how to shear a sheep. We couldn't believe how much wool it had. We had a great day.

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Summer Week 9

Summer Week 9

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 9

This week we learned a Bug Chant. We worked together to create strings of rhyming words and then used them to write our own verses for the poem.

In maths, we have been using positional language, such as ‘above’, ‘next to’ or ‘behind’ to describe where objects are hidden in the classroom. We then learned to use directional language to give instructions for a bee to get to its hive. We really enjoyed finding lots of different ways so that the bee had to travel in winding patterns! We then put this into practise by programming the bee bots to get to different numbers on our carpet.

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Summer Week 8

Summer Week 8

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 8

This week we have continued to learn about mini-beasts and have gone on several mini-beast hunts in a variety of locations around the school.We used the information we have learned to create our own mini-beast riddles. We each wrote three facts about a secret mini-beast and read them to our friends. Can you guess which mini-beast is hiding under the flap?

We have enjoyed watching our caterpillars grow bigger, and bigger and bigger. On Friday one of them had changed into a chrysalis and the others were practising hanging upside down from the lid. We think they will all be starting their amazing transformation by Monday. 

In maths we have been finding out about symmetry. We looked at several patterns and had to work out where the mirror line would sit. We then practised completing symmetrical patterns on the iTV and on grids. We also made our own symmetrical patterns using paint.

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Roots to Food

Roots to Food

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Roots to Food

On Wednesday we took part in a Healthy Eating workshop.

We found out all about different foods and how they help our bodies to work. We did lots of exercises and had to think about the effect that they had on our bodies: How hard is your heart working? Can you feel it beating faster?  We found out that healthy food and exercise also make our brains work better and help us to learn more and more.

We then found out how we should eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day and what a portion looks like for a child and an adult. Did you know that 6 grapes is one portion for a child?

Finally we made our own smoothies using banana, honey and milk. They were delicious!

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Summer Week 7

Summer Week 7

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 7

This week we have been finding out all about bugs. We decided to go on a bug hunt around the school grounds to find some bugs and were amazed at the different things we found: bees, spiders, woodlice, millipedes and even ladybird larvae. We also have our own class caterpillars which we are going to watch as they grow and change into butterflies.

In maths we have been practising our addition skills, counting on to find the answer. We have been adding the bugs on leaves and even added up different body parts of a bumble bee, making up our own number sentences.

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Summer Week 6

Summer Week 6

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 6

This week the children have enjoyed sharing their favourite day of the Half Term break. We listened to each other and thought carefully about what questions we could ask them to find out more information. We all tried hard to write our recounts and remember to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences.

We have also been sharing how we use technology at home and at school. We really enjoyed using all of the technology we could think of in class: iPads, torches, iTV, BeeBots, talking postcards and cameras. We had to make our own 'Dark Den' so that we could use the torches properly.

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Summer Week 5

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 5

This week we had a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Forest School. We all brought along our favourite cuddly animal to enjoy the forest with us. They seemed to enjoy the treat. We then took them to explore the forest and look at the new additions - two finished bug hotels, bird feeders and another hedgehog house. We enjoyed climbing the trees and seeing which of our animals would climb the highest. We even made a den for them. It was a lovely morning. Thank you to all of the adults who came with us and helped to carry everything!

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Summer Week 5

Summer Week 5

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 5

This week we have been using all of our knowledge about bears to write our very own versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some stories were set in the Arctic where Goldilocks was guilty of eating up all of Baby Bear's fish supper; some were set in the Rainforest where Goldilocks had a close encounter with a grumpy Sun Bear; and some were set in China, with poor Goldilocks trying a bamboo stick for her dinner! The children wrote their stories in sections as they were so long. The end results are amazing.

In Maths we have been solving problems using doubling, halving and sharing. We noticed the link between doubling and halving and can now explain that if double 5 is ten, half of ten is 5 etc.

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Summer Week 4

Summer Week 4

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 4

This week we have been finding out all about bears. We have used the internet to find out information about black bears, polar bears, pandas and sun bears. We had to read some facts and others we found out about by watching videos. We then wrote facts about the different bears and painted pictures of them. We found out how big each type of bear is and measure it's length using a tape measure. We have really liked watching the live WebCam of Ted the American Black bear who lives in North America and moved like Ted as we watched him wake up. He gets up everyday at 8.30am American time (2:30 British time), has a good stretch and goes to the toilet behind a bush! You can watch him at home at: https://bear.org/teds-live-cam/

In maths, we have been learning to subtract small numbers by counting back. We have been using number lines to help us to remember the numbers and checking our answers by moving counters.

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Summer Week 3

Summer Week 3

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 3

We have had a very busy week in school.

On Monday we decided to find out what makes a 'good' porridge. We made some plain porridge in the microwave and then added different toppings to see which ones we liked best. We could choose from syrup, raisins, lemon curd, marmite and ketchup. Surprisingly, some of us thought that the marmite porridge was delicious!

On Thursday we finally moved to our new classroom. By the end of the day, it was ready for us to have a look and listen to a story. Friday was very exciting as not only were we in our new room, but it was also Non-Uniform Day! We really enjoyed spreading out in our new space and finding out where Ms Mann had put everything.

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Summer Week 2

Summer Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 2

This week we have been retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been practising telling the story with actions every day and hope to be able to perform it for you all soon. We also painted our own character from the story and then wrote a description of them, thinking carefully about what they look like and other interesting ideas such as what their voice would be like or what sort of things they would like to do.

In maths, we have enjoyed using water, rice, cereal and other objects such as cubes to explore capacity. We have used the words ‘full’, ‘nearly full’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ and ‘empty’ to describe the contents of different pots and bottles and made posters to show others our understanding. On Friday we worked together to find the capacity of different pots using cubes. We then ordered them, labelling them with the number of cubes that they held. We were quite surprised that some of the short pots held more than taller ones but worked out that it was because they were wider.

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Summer Week 2

Summer Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 2

Today we were challenged to make the most comfortable bed for a bear. We worked in teams and could choose which materials we wanted to use - duple, lego, mobilo, wooden bricks, stickle bricks or logs, to make the bed base. We then had to think of how we could make it more comfortable by choosing softer materials such as fabric or cotton wool. We had a lot of fun and the bears all looked very comfortable in their new beds.

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Summer Week 1

Summer Week 1

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 1

This week we celebrated Saint George's Day and learned the legend of Saint George and the dragon. We were very creative, making knights from foil, painting beautiful princesses and even making dragon masks from our recycled Easter Egg boxes!

In maths we have been practising spotting patterns of numbers, like on a dice or on playing cards, to help us with our counting. We have also been practising recognising and ordering numbers to twenty.

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Spring Week 12

Spring Week 12

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 12

This week we have been finding out all about the Christian celebration of Easter. We visited Holy Trinity church, found out about all of the important features and listened to the Easter story. We enjoyed making Easter Nest cakes by melting chocolate and mixing in cereal.We also learned how to weave paper to make an Easter basket. In Maths we have been finding half of objects, shapes and quantities. 

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Spring Week 11

Spring Week 11

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 11

This week was Science week in school. We became tunnel builders on Monday and had to find the best material to make a tunnel for a car to travel through. On Tuesday we investigated which materials would make us been seen better in the dark by designing a top. We voted for the best ones which shone brightly in the torch light. We also found out how clever our brains are in making all the parts of our body work, and tested our memories by playing Kim's game with lots of different objects. We have also made a 'time capsule' which we will look at in Year 1 to see how much we have changed, both in height and in our opinions.

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Special Visitors

Special Visitors

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Special Visitors

This week we had some special visitors to school...Two gorgeous lambs. We were amazed at how soft and fluffy they were when we stroked them.

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Forest School

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Forest School

We ended this week with a trip to Forest School. We looked for signs of Spring and drew what we had found. We were all surprised at the different Spring flowers that we saw and how the trees had started to bud. We had fun exploring the bark 'mountain' that had been delivered. We had to make sure that we emptied our wellies after walking along the top so that we didn't take it back to school with us!

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Spring Week 9

Spring Week 9

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 9

This week we have been learning how to divide quantities by sharing. We had to count carefully and make sure that it was fair with each group having the same amount. Sometimes we just knew how many we would get as we applied our number facts to solve the problems.

We have also been reading the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and thought carefully about the different characters. We then compared them to make up some brilliant sentences that we could join with the word ‘but’.

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World Book Day

World Book Day

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: World Book Day

On Thursday and Friday we took part in lots of World Book Day activities. We brought our favourite books to school to share with our friends and talked about why they were so special to us. We all dressed up on Friday as our favourite characters - even the teachers joined in!

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Spring Week 8

Spring Week 8

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 8

This week we have learned about the Christian celebration Shrove Tuesday and found out about different traditions around the world. We made pancake batter and talked about the textures of the ingredients and how they changed as they were mixed together. We also had pancake tossing competitions and pancake races on the playground. We read the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and thought about how he kept trying even when he found things a difficult. We then had our own class writing, counting and measuring challenges to complete. The children were very proud of their Mr Wolf certificates.

In maths, we have learned how to measure different objects using non-standard units such as cubes and lolly sticks. The children tried hard to use the correct language when describing what they had found out: short, longer, longest; short, taller, tallest.

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Spring Week 7

Spring Week 7

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 7

This week we have started our new topic of ‘Growing’ by reading the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’. The children have been busy ordering the events in the story and using the new words that they have learned, such as hoed, mowed, and raked, in their own writing. We have also been practising our addition skills using cubes and other objects. We have even started to record our sums using numbers, pictures or symbols.

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Spring Week 5

Chinese New Year

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 5

This week we have been finding out all about Chinese New Year. The children have made lanterns and 'Good Luck' messages to decorate the classroom and wrote facts about what they had found out. We also read the story of 'The Great Race' which determined which animals were used to name the years. We also became a dragon and experienced what it felt like to be covered up under the dragon's body as we danced around the classroom. 

We have also been practising our subtraction skills and enjoyed the 'Playdough Smash' to find the answers. 

We had a very musical day on Friday. At Forest School we made instruments using natural materials and in the afternoon we had an African drumming workshop. 

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Spring Week 4

A robbery and a visit from the Police!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 4

We have had a very busy week in Reception. On Monday we came back from lunch to find that we had had a robbery! The children had to search for evidence to find out what had been taken and who may have taken it. We read a story about Cops and Robbers and discovered that some of the robbers in the story were the culprits! We then made Wanted posters to show who everyone in school needed to look out for in case they came back to get more toys.

On Friday the police came to visit us.They taught us all about how they help us in lots of different ways – not just by catching ‘baddies’. We all became Mini Police for the morning and wore special hats and jackets. We also tried on some real police uniforms and had a close look inside a police van. We  took tunrs to climb in the cell in the back and some of us set off the siren and made the lights flash. We had a brilliant time and the police even managed to catch the robbers 'Snatcher Jack' and 'Grandma Swagg' and return our stolen dinosaurs to us.

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Spring Week 3

Spring Week 3

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 3

This week we have been learning about dentists and how to keep our teeth healthy. We have been sequencing instructions on how to brush our teeth, sorting healthy and treat foods, as well as scrubbing the large teeth in class. After talking about healthy foods we decided to make a healthy snack - Fruit Kebabs! First we planned our kebab, sticking pictures of the different fruits and trying to make a repeating pattern. Then we washed, peeled and cut up the fruit, and threaded it onto a skewer. We ate our kebabs at the end of they day - they were DELICIOUS!

In maths we have been learning about time. At the start of the week we read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle and sequenced the days of the week. We talked about the different things we do on each day and which day we liked best. We used the words 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' to help us remember the order of the days. We then looked at smaller units of time - minutes. We were given lots of 'minute challenges' and used our estimating skills to guess how many times we could do different things in just one minute before having a go. We were really surprised how quickly a minute sped by.

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Spring Week 2

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 2

Today we went to Forest School. It was rather cold but we all remembered our hats and gloves and kept moving to keep ourselves warm. This week we had a treasure hunt, and had to look for lots of different natural things in the forest area. We collected some of them in our bags but others were too big to fit in! We really enjoyed sharing and comparing what we had found with our friends. Thank you to all of the parent helpers who came with us today. 

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Spring Week 2

Spring Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 2

This week we have been talking about all of the people who help us at home and at school. We made a 'Helpful Hand'  and labelled each finger with the name of someone who helps us. We tried really hard to sound out the words by ourselves and form the letters clearly. We also made a 'Messy Map' of the school to show where we could find different adults that help us each day.

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Spring Week 1

Happy New Year!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 1

This week we have all made our own New Year's Resolution by thinking about something that we would like to get better at. We have also been learning how to make estimates of quantities and write down our ideas. Look out for the 'Estimation Station' in class and support your child to make a good guess at how many objects are in the jar each day. 

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