This term in Reception we have been thinking about, ‘how does our garden grow?’ The children have planted lots of flower and vegetable seeds and have been looking after the plants as they have begun to grow. They have also begun to learn some basic woodwork skills and started to make their own wooden creations! We learned the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’ and did our own version of the story om a walk around the village. We made a map of our classroom and outdoor area and wrote about what we liked and what we wanted to add. At the end of term the children participated in their first Hutton school sports day.
The class took part in the whole school science week, working in groups with children from other year groups to build seagulls from plastic bottles and finding out about the problems caused by plastic in the ocean. We celebrated Shrove Tuesday in Reception by looking at the story of ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ and trying some pancakes. Mrs Cruse arranged for us have some eggs in an incubator and the children were really excited when the chicks hatched from the eggs. The children learned to retell the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’, including the actions, and made their own bread. For our trip to Court Farm the sun shone and the children loved seeing the animals and playing outside.
In Term 3 we started our topic of ‘Amazing Animals’ with a visit from a vet. She showed the children how to use a stethoscope, put on bandages and look after our pets. We had lots of other animal visitors to the class during the term, and the most popular was Mrs Cruse’s dog, Buster. Some of the children even decided to write him some stories! At Chinese New Year the children found out about the traditions of another culture, making dragons, lanterns and using chopsticks. In Term 3 the children have also enjoyed weekly cricket coaching with Sophie Luff, ex England cricketer, and learning to safely use the large apparatus in the hall.
In Reception in Term 2 we have been thinking about ‘Celebrations and Special Days’ this term. The children have enjoyed learning about Fireworks Night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We have also visited the church and Des Phippen park – thank you very much to the parents who came along with us. It has been great to see the children using the new digging area just outside, and learning how to get ready to dig and clean up afterwards!
The children have been learning their sounds enthusiastically and are beginning to apply what they have learnt to their reading and writing. It is so exciting watching them becoming readers and writers and we can’t wait to see them continue on their journey next term.
The children have made a fantastic start in school. They are getting to know each other, their teachers and the classroom. We are delighted that the new outdoor area for Reception is finally finished, complete with climbing frame, tunnel and story corner, and it is brilliant to see how much the children are enjoying it. This term our topic is ‘Marvellous Me’ and we will be talking about what makes us special and finding out more about each other.