It has been another brilliant month in Reception and the children have been continuing to work hard in phonics and are becoming more confident to use their phonic knowledge when reading and writing independently.
During our maths learning we have been learning numbers beyond 10 and exploring different ways to represent the amount using numicon, tens frames and loose parts. We have been learning all about addition and subtraction and how to use jottings and resources to find the answer to the number problem. Below are some examples of children adding and subtracting.
I wonder what homes are like around the world…
As classes we used search engines and Google Earth to research and find out about different homes from around the world. We discussed what we noticed about the homes in the different countries and compared them to the homes we live in. In the block area the children became particularly interested in igloos and the country they were from. In the Piazza the children used Google Earth to look more closely at homes in Ghana and Greenland before using drawings and clay to share their individual thoughts. Outdoors the children used the large-scale construction materials to recreate homes around the world and problem solving how to join and balance the various structures.
Here are some photos of the children’s learning about homes around the world.
I wonder what life is like in different countries…
Following on from this, we explored and researched how children live in different parts of the world. Together we discussed how their life is similar to ours and those parts that are different such as some homes only having one room in their house and not having a toilet in their home. Within the Piazza, the children watched a video about life in a small village in Malawi. In response to the video the children used role play and drawings to represent what they had found out. A small group became interested in the toys that the Malawi children had made from recycled materials and used the provided materials to create their own. The children in the Block area have been finding out about the coldest region on Earth – Yatukia and have been comparing their life to those of the children who live there. The children worked in small groups to construct their own representation of the different buildings before using app Puppet Pals on the iPad to role play their thinking.
Below are some photo examples of the children’s learning.
For the remainder of the week children in Reception have engaged with a range of learning throughout the EYFS.
The children learning in Snake Garden have been investigating ‘What is in Snake Garden? They have used natural resources to develop role play together.
Children have welcomed the chickens in to their new ‘chicken coop’ and have spent time getting to know them and taking care of them. Educators have been learning about the life cycles of animals and plants.
Creatures have been further investigated as the children wonder ‘What’s underneath?’ the soil or the logs.
Children are being supported in the outside area to share their ideas and listen to others as they develop their collaborative learning skills.
A wider range of resources have been introduced to the outside area as the weather has improved this term (paints, chalks, plants, gardening, water, seeds, quiet story areas). The children, through collaborative reflection, have expressed interest in developing planting spaces and areas to attract small creatures such as butterflies. The educators and the children have been working together to develop and improve the ‘garden’.
Alongside this learning children are enjoying building and much of this learning has supported children’s geographical land scientific knowledge. Recently the children have been asked by the educators ‘I wonder what you know about holidays’.
Children have reflected on their own experiences of holidays and begun to develop their shared ideas as they build caravans, trains, aeroplanes, holiday houses etc.
“I want to go on holiday in a submarine and visit the Eiffel Tower!”
“We are going on holiday in a caravan…we need lots of toys in the back of our caravan!”
The children have been incorporating their ideas and experiences of the animals in EYFS into their story telling and writing. The educators have supported this through the use of the text ‘Chicken Licken’ and then asked the children the question.. ‘What happens next?’
“They went to Taco Bell for dinner!”
“The chicken goes in the castle and he gets a sword and then the chicken is the queen!”
Children have developed their ideas using drawing, writing, role play and discussion. They plan to write story endings in booklet/story form next.
To develop the children’s knowledge about the United Kingdom the children have been learning about the country ‘Wales’. Children brought lots of experiences about Wales to their own and the groups learning through family trips and holidays.
“I went to Barmouth beach and had fish and chips and hot donuts. They speak English but it is a different country.”
The educators uses videos, google maps and texts to support children’s ideas and thinking. They investigate castles and the history relating to the castles using a range of resources (paint, pen, clay, and blocks).
“The castle has got turrets the knights used to hide behind them.”
Welsh farms are then investigated and Welsh Rarebit is made….
“The cheese is in Wales and then it comes to the shops in England.”
Recently in block area the children have been investigating ‘transport’.
The educator and the children have worked together to develop their knowledge and understanding about steam trains and how they work.
They made a trip together to the library for information books about transport, this has helped inform the children’s designs and writing.
The children have been working both individually and collaboratively to develop their ideas and build their designs.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
The children have recently enjoyed learning about the Queen, the Royal family and about the meaning of the upcoming Jubilee celebrations!
Within the café area the children prepared, cooked and presented a jubilee banquet! After careful research, the children chose to make a selection of sandwiches, including coronation chicken, Victoria sponges and scones. Please have a look at the beautiful display created by the children in the photos below – it was quintessentially British!
The children have also enjoyed looking at the artist Henri Matisse as part of school’s art project. They worked hard to create a portrait of the queen in Matisse abstract style! Here is a photo of the collaborative piece the children created.
The children have also enjoyed role-playing as the royal family, building Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and writing about the Queen. We enjoyed wearing red, white and blue in preparation to celebrate at our school Jubilee Fayre.