What a fantastic start to the term we have had here in Class 1 - it has been an absolute pleasure to welcome the Reception children back into the new year and they have all come back bursting with energy and enthusiasm for the next steps in their learning journeys.
The term has started off very excitable for us and we have very quickly needed to put on our detective hats as a mystery unfolded right in front of us. Miss Davies and Mrs Layton were thrilled to have a new teacher's chair to sit on in the classroom, decorated in lovely golden materials picked by the children. However, all of us were absolutely stunned to find the chair broken on our return from morning play earlier last week. The children quickly went to work, taking photographs of the evidence, designing wanted posters to place around the school and going on our very own Goldilocks welly walk hunt! Of course it had to be Goldilocks -who else could it be? The children have been working tremendously hard on their writing over the last few weeks, thinking really carefully about building words together using their phonics but first growing in confidence to talk about what they want to write, to inspire and order their ideas more effectively - it has been very impressive! Well done everyone!
This week has seen the start of more fairy tale mystery coming from no other than the Big Bad Wolf causing plenty of trouble for the three little pigs. As always the children have been engaged immensely in their learning and continue to grow in confidence in both their independent reading and writing.
In Mathematics the children have enjoyed exploring odd and even numbers using their friends Odd Todd and Even Steven. The children have enjoyed playing around with different number patterns, realising that even numbers always have enough friends to share with, whereas odd numbers always have an odd one out. The fun we have in Class 1 is being able to experiment with our maths in a huge range of contexts both in the classroom and outdoors - always more fun in the big wide world definitely! Over the last few weeks children have learnt about doubling, painting lots of troubling minibeasts, doubling their spots wherever they go! We also had lots of fun with one of our class mascots 'Monet the Monkey' who helped us to learn about all about different positional and directional language.
In other areas of our learning children have been 'Thinking outside of the box' in all different areas of our curriculum. We welcomed back Freddie the frog after his extensive travelling trip, to discover that Freddie had been all over the world including China. We enjoyed looking at his photo album, exploring different landmarks and unique features of the Chinese culture. We have concentrated lots on 'The Great Wall of China' which has fascinated children with how huge the structure is and we couldn't believe the wall was over 2,000 years old! The children were hugely fascinated by this huge number and it was great to hear how old the children made their own 'Great Wall of Eastnor' - lovely design work!
Children continue to enjoy a weekly P.E session with Mrs Layton and this term the focus is dance and movement - the children really do have the funkiest dance moves and fantastic taste in music - summer play is going to be lots of fun with all our little superstars! The children are now also involved in a weekly session of singing with our music specialist, Kate Cheetham - it is wonderful to be a part of this and see the children's pure joy as they have fun with a huge range of styles in music! We are continuing with our welly walks this term and had a lovely visit to the pottery last week to collect our masterpieces from Jon and Sarah!
We have plenty of fun things to look forward to this term and I am so excited to share these wonderful opportunities with all these brilliant children! They have come back from their Christmas break seeming so much more grown up and ready for the new year! Plenty of exciting times ahead; we'll keep you updated on all the fun!