What a fantastic month we have had here in Reception. The children, regardless of the tiredness kicking in, have really enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit. They were astonished to discover that on the first Monday of December Father Christmas and his little elves had paid our classroom a visit. The classroom had been transformed into a wonderfully magic Santa's Grotto with a hidden Santa camera and a mysterious present and letter left for us all.
The children couldn't wait to open the present and discover what was waiting for them inside. But first we needed to read the letter of course. Miss Davies read the letter and the children discovered that indeed Father Christmas and his elves had paid our classroom a visit and told us they needed our help to get ready for Christmas. The children were more than willing to help with lots of lovely suggestions from them all, including have a hot chocolate machine and a wrapping station. We worked very hard to make sure we could help the elves in anyway we could. And what super helpers they have all been, the Grotto has certainly been a huge hit with everyone!
In our English lessons we have had an author focus on Julia Donaldson, looking at The Gruffalo and this week The Stickman. It has been fantastic to hear the children join in with the stories remembering all the key phrases and telling the stories all by themselves. We thought about how the Gruffalo looked before designing our very own Woodland creatures; what superb imagination the children demonstrated. The children continue to try so hard with the mark making and are beginning to use letters and words so much more confidently! Well done everyone!
In Maths we have continued working alongisde our close friends, Numberblocks. The children thoroughly enjoy learning about what the Numberblocks have been up to during the week and then happily interpret this in their own learning. The children have been working hard at thinking outside the box when it comes to different numbers. They have thought very carefully about how a number can be represented in different ways, having lots of fun with the paint with this learning! And now they are beginning to partition (I'm sure they can tell you what that means now) numbers into different ways. Fantastic maths skills Reception!
In other areas of learning Class 1 have enjoyed exploring Christmas and what it means to them and others. They have enjoyed sharing and learning all about the Nativity story and I think you will all agree when I say what a fabulous performance they gave us all on Wednesday morning. The children have explored mixing different colours in Art, experimenting with colours they like and colours they don't like. The children certainly enjoy being outside for PE and Forest School, clearly showing that this is where the children come to life and have so much to talk about, which is wonderful to see from some of our quieter members.
Well done Reception, you truly are an amazing class and I feel very lucky to be your teacher. I am so impressed with how much you are learning and how willing and excited you always are when you come into school to start your day!