Another fabulous and exciting few weeks for us all here in Class 1, the children have continued to flourish in their first term at Eastnor, really beginning to showcase their true personalities and characters to us all. So lovely to see the children all so settled!
The children have been tremendously busy recently being fully involved with many themed days covered in the last month, 'Children In Need' being a particular favourite... I think the superhero costumes helped! The children developed a true understanding and appreciation for all those real life superheroes around us everyday and spoke beautifully about how to be a true super heroic friend to others! During anti bullying week, Reception spent some time thinking about the impact our kindness has on not only us, but everyone around us - I was so impressed by the thoughtful and heartfelt promises written by everyone.
The children have continued working hard with their numbers, shapes and measures over the last few weeks and we quickly discovered that most things in the classroom are much taller and bigger than us! We then decided to measure ourselves to discover who was the tallest and who was the shortest in our class. Great mathematical language used by all! I have been very impressed with how well the children spoke about how to measure as well as making excellent use of some superb measuring devices. Well done!
We have continued with our 'After Dark' topic, focusing on the' Whatever Next' storybook last week, whereby Baby Bear needed some very important help from us to create a waterproof rocket ready for his next picnic on the moon. The children thought very carefully about what they needed to make umbrellas for Baby Bear, going on a material hunt inside and outside of school. Following on with predicting and testing out which materials kept Baby Bear dry and which materials got Baby Bear wet, some getting him very very wet! Poor Baby Bear!
As our welly walks come to an end for this term, the children were determined to reach the furthest spot yet - even though we were a little nervous and worried we wouldn't make it! We managed to run through the wind and rain to reach nearly right to the top of Obelisk! It was a real team effort and Miss Davies, Mrs Layton and Katie Balson were blown away ( not by the wind) but instead by how enthusiastic and supportive all the children were about their triumph! I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those who have volunteered and made welly walk possible these last few weeks, Esther and Katie - Thank you!
For our art focuses over the last few weeks we have been exploring and experimenting with lots of different materials to paint onto - such as rough card, foil and other interesting materials. When our grandparents came to join us, they were very impressed to discover we were learning about Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night whereby the children thoroughly enjoyed creating their own versions of the famous piece.
To welcome the last few weeks at school, this week has welcomed a flurry of Christmas festivities in Class One as the classroom magically was transformed by the fairy and Father Christmas himself into a true Santa's Grotto! The fairy (Mrs Bullock) received a very important phone call in the week asking whether the children had been working hard and of course she was very excited to tell them how well behaved Reception all had been! And so, the magic and excitement filled the air on Wednesday morning when the children came in to discover the wonderful surprise. Already the children have began wrapping presents, writing present lists and creating beautiful Christmas cards!
Another fantastic month in Reception Class - well done to you all and keep up the incredible energy, positivity and happiness you bring to us all at school!
Remember that over the next few weeks, Father Christmas is always watching!
Miss Davies and all Reception children