We’ve had a busy but by no doubt an absolutely excellent start to the new term and new year here in Class 1. The Reception children have all come back to school full of energy and readiness for all the fun and learning we always have. The children were greeted on their first day back by no other than a gigantic dinosaur footprint left for us… where on Earth could this possibly have come from? This made the children very determined to find out more and they were soon digging for clues.
In our English we have been thinking about story and information books, discovering ways to help us to tell the differences which was very important when we discovered a bundle of dinosaur bones hidden in our gardening pot. The children were encouraged to think carefully about whether or not the information on the dinosaur bone was true or false - what fantastic detective skills you showed me everyone, well done! Over the last week we have enjoyed exploring the story of 'Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs' leading us to design our very own dinosaurs as well as thinking of our stories based around the mysterious cardboard box Miss Davies found in the school's loft, just like Harry found in the story.
In Maths we continue to think carefully about the relationships between different numbers with the help of some very speckled and hoppy frogs who taught us all about taking away. The children enjoyed pretending to be speckled frogs munching on some delicious bugs before hopping into the cooling pond whilst we worked out what happens to the amount when we take some away. ''The number get's smaller' I can still hear the children telling me - well done! We have also been working hard on different types of measuring thinking about how long objects are, how tall and short objects are as well as using our own bodies as human scales to discover what objects are heavy and which are light.
In other areas of learning the children have enjoyed linking their English work of dinosaurs throughout other areas of learning - the children have created some wonderful dinosaur paintings as well as making dinosaurs out of junk modelling-what wonderful imagination I have seen from everybody!
On a completely different topic the children have also enjoyed learning a little about different types of coffee and where it comes in the lead up to our upcoming trip to Coffee Number 1. The children put in a very sweet request for their outdoor role play area to be magically transformed into the famous cafe over the Christmas break and the children were not disappointed. With the lovely help from Mrs Farnell and her daughter we have been able to arrange a visit to the cafe whereby no doubt we will enjoy a lovely cup of tea and maybe even a sweet treat. The children will enjoy being told more about coffee and fair trade by the coffee experts and we are all very much looking forward to it.
We have also increased our physical activity throughout the week in Reception Class and the children are showing fantastic stamina as well as developing so many skills through swimming, PE and forest school. I know Wendy, our swimming teacher, is extremely impressed with how willing the children are to get stuck in and are growing in confidence with every minute they spend in the pool. A huge thank you again to Helen Mitchell who has helped us over the last two weeks with ensuring the children are happy and safe in the water - the children and I are very grateful. Mrs Dawe is also very impressed with the bubbly energy Reception class always bring to her PE lessons. I am also now lucky to enjoy Forest School with the class and what a wonderful afternoon it always is down in the woods - the children really come to life and its great to see them thinking and challenging themselves in a different environment entirely to that of our usual colourful classroom.
All bright and brilliant things taking place in Class 1 and I continue to be blown away by the fantastic children of Class 1. They are always so willing to help each other and are playing and working so cooperatively together. So lovely to see such wonderful friendships - well done everyone. We look forward to sharing the next instalment of fun from Class 1 in a few weeks.
Love from Reception Class and Miss Davies