We've had a brilliant first week back down in the Reception classroom and we are tremendously proud of how well the children have come back recharged and eager to get stuck in to every learning possibility we give to them - well done children. It's safe to say your confidence and enthusiasm is enough to inspire anybody to get motivated first week back!
The children were gobsmacked to discover that the Gruffalo Cave has crumbled down and been replaced by a fun filled country house fit for cooking, cleaning and of course sitting and having a cup of tea and a natter in, all of which the children are very interested in doing! It has been a pleasure to watch the children engage with their new environment as well as each other demonstrating their wonderful creativity as well as their brilliant and humorous imaginations shining through!
In our English learning this week, we have continued with our Author focus on Julia Donaldson but began a new book, 'Cave baby' which ties in nicely with our dinosaur topic in our other areas of learning. The children have enjoyed getting messy with cave paintings and different styles of mark making as well as practising their letter formation very precisely, a tricky skill which takes lots of commitment from our little ones and what fabulous perseverance they are all showing, I'm very proud of you all Reception!
In our Maths learning this week, we have been practising our skills in 'estimating' hopefully all the children will be able to tell you what this huge word means by the end of the week. The children have enjoyed competitions and games around the skill of estimating before using their fantastic counting skills to check how close their estimates were! A perfect opportunity for children to ensure they count each object just once! Our Maths learning has also given us plenty of opportunities to get our dancing shoes on to lots of different songs, 'five little monkeys' seems to be the most popular choice... I wonder why!
In other areas of learning throughout the afternoons the children have enjoyed experimenting with sounds, playing games to test our sense of hearing, using different instruments and creating our own instruments too. We have had plenty of festivals and celebrations to think about this week too, from Bonfire night, where we thought very carefully about keeping safe during this wonderful firework displays, to Diwali and how colourful and magical this time is celebrated worldwide and finally dare I mention that the children did start thinking about 'Christmas' and the special Christian story behind it! What a week full of fun, diversity and plenty of fun learning activities along the way!
The children have also spent time thinking careful about Remembrance Day and what it means to them and to people from different generations - they did tremendously well in the Remembrance Service, joining in with the moments of silence, showing off their great understanding of special times.
The children will continue their welly walks commencing next Monday - we love getting out into the wilderness and the children always bring something new to each Monday afternoon, be it storytelling, bug hunting or simply taking a moment to enjoy the view. I look forward to our adventures starting up again from Monday. In P.E the children continue to work their bodies hard alongside the sports leaders in Class 4 and what a pleasure it is to watch the children confidently engage with lots of new types of sporting activities, not afraid to have a go!
I could keep going about all the wonderful things I see on a daily basis in Class 1, as the children blow me away most days with their fantastic personalities and willingness to have a go. Well done Reception children, I look forward to this term's adventures!