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The Reception team

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Hi Everyone!

We hope you have had a lovely week and half term. 

In our last week of school we were very busy.

We have been learning about some mini-beasts, pets and becoming artists for a day.

On Monday we looked at Bees and made our own bee hive using a hexagon shape for the hive and an oval and semi-circle for the bees. We made some honey sandwiches for snack and painted our own bumble bee onto a paper plate. In the afternoon we had lots of fun at forest school with Miss Tarry and told her all about bumble bees.

On Tuesday we looked at worms and ants. We made a number worm eating an apple, which shown a number through the hole in the middle of the apple. We also made some wiggly worms from post-it notes, cutting little slips into the paper so the worm could move. We talked about where worms and ants live and made a facts page about each insect.

On Wednesday we spent the morning with Miss Hartwell doing PE. We took part in some challenges and had a fantastic time. In the afternoon we looked at snails and slugs. We met Miss Barber’s pet African snail Sheldon, and some of us were brave enough to hold it. We had a go at drawing Sheldon looking very closely at his features. We found out some facts about snails and made our own snails using paper plates.

On Thursday we thought about what animals we could have as pets. We spoke about pets that we have at home and what pet we would like if we could have anything we liked. We looked through books to learn about how we look after certain pets and draw pictures of our favourite pet. We also spoke about our school pet Luna the dog and how we could look after her and make her feel loved and special. Everyone made Luna something special, some drew a picture, others wrote a story and some made a special song. In the afternoon we joined the rest of the school in some water fun, using water guns, balancing cups of water on our heads and painting with water. We all got soaked and had so much fun.

On Friday we became artists for the day. We first learnt about some artists and the way they create their art. We learnt about Andy Warhol, Kandinsky, Monet and many more. Using our knowledge of these artists we spent the day creating our own pictures. We created our own Jackson Pollock painting, flicking, tapping and splatting lots of coloured paint onto paper. We made our own Kandinsky picture using different shapes. We followed instructions on how to draw penguins, sharks, fish and more. And we experimented with mixing colours to see what new colour they made. In the afternoon we had a visit from Luna and Miss Blassberg. We asked questions about how to look after Luna, what her favourite things are and Luna showed us what a clever dog she is by preforming some tricks. We gave Luna our stories, drawing and songs we made, and even gave her some doggy treats which she found very yummy.

It has been a lovely and busy week.

Stay safe and keep smiling.

We really are mad about minibeasts after this week. The children have had a whole week of looking at minibeasts and insects and exploring the many learning opportunities surrounding them. On Monday we looked at the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The children had lots of fun learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly, and tried really hard to draw the lifecycle. We made minibeast fact books and throughout the week added to these. Lots of fun was had by all when we discovered that caterpillars, when eating, move their jaw from left to right! The children thought this was hilarious, especially when we pretended to be caterpillars- Mrs Sutton made an excellent caterpillar!

Tuesday’s weather wasn’t so great but that didn’t stop us wrapping up warm and going on a bug hunt. The children were armed with pictures of minibeasts and insects, pencils and clipboards; ready to tally the minibeasts they spotted on their travels. We were all amazed at the amount of millipedes we found under the logs near the Key Stage Two building, it took us a long while to count them all. The children enjoyed looking at them with a magnifying glass and used lots of wonderful adjectives to describe them. We then went back to the classroom and had fun making our own ladybirds and sticking buttons on the wings to explore ‘doubles’, this was sticky and tricky!
Everyone enjoyed looking at minibeasts, however we did lots of talking about how we can look after them too. We decided to make a few bug hotels from cardboard boxes, fir cones, wood chippings and yoghurt pots. Mrs Sutton enjoyed working with the children to build a safe space for the bugs, ensuring that there were plenty of secret and safe hiding places for the bugs to live in. Jemima and Georgia painted theirs in beautiful rainbow colours, which looked very eye-catching. We then took them down to our Reception area near our bigger bug hotel and look forward to seeing what they attract.

Wednesday begun with the story of ‘The Very Busy Spider’, which is about a spider who built a wonderful web. The children then became spiders themselves and made their own webs by threading fine wool in and out of a pre-cut shape to make their web and a spider; which was later hung over the tuff tray. We couldn’t believe some of the facts we learned about spiders, and will definitely be watching out for them! Wednesday afternoon ended with the children helping Mrs Jones and Mrs Tarry to build a cool bug tuff tray for the children to explore next week.

Thank you for reading our blog!
Nursery and Reception.

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