The Runaway Chapati
This week Reception have been learning all about the celebration of Diwali. We read a story about a little boy called Dipal who is getting ready for Diwali with his family. We learnt about some of the traditions that are followed during festival. On Thursday, we had a Diwali workshop in school where we decorated some Diya's and then learnt a special Indian dance. On Friday, we tasted some Naan bread and talked about whether or not we liked it.
Can you guess the story?
Who will help me knead the bread?
Number order using Numicon.
This week Reception went down to Creature Corner for their very first Forest School session.
We arrived at Creature Corner and walked through together to become familiar with our new environment. Mrs Solomon explained the rules about being safe, looking out for our friends and respecting the plants, trees and animals that live in this area. We then played a little game where we had to go off and explore, when we heard the whistle, we had to come back to base camp immediately. All the teachers were very proud of how well we listened and did this. Next it was snack, and we went and sat in the outdoor classrooms to have our fruit and milk. Back in the woods we worked in groups to try and identify different types of trees using their leaves. We had to carefully pick one leaf and look at it closely when trying to identify it on the spotter sheet.
A big hello and welcome to Roebuck Academy.
Somebody Swallowed Stanley!
What a wonderful world!
This week across the school it has been Geography Week. In Reception, we have learnt about the different types of houses that we live in. We created a mind map about what makes Stevenage special, the football stadium, the cinema, the shops, the theatre and Fairlands Park, to name a few. We then looked at some photographs that had been taken in and around Stevenage. Later in the week we looked at the features of our country, we watched some videos showing the birds eye view of costal regions, cities and the lake district. We talked about what we could see and about the similarities and differences there were between each of the areas. We also used Google Earth to zoom into the school and different places across the UK. We even zoomed into Africa and noticed how the land and features were very different to the UK.
On Thursday we had an extra special treat of a camping adventure on the school field. We were able to go into a tent with a friend, we sat around a campfire singing songs and reading stories. Mrs Solomon and Mrs Prosser toasted marshmallows for us to eat. What a fun week it has been!
What fun we had!
This morning we went to the school field and joined Mr Moran for Sports Day. It was a very sunny day, so we made sure we had our hats, water bottles and that we were all wearing sun cream.
We got in to our House Teams and wore a special band to show the colour of our house. Mr Moran had arranged 4 team activities and a race for us to complete.
Activity 1 was an obstacle relay where we had to weave around poles, jump in hoops, walk along the balance bench, run along the ladder and jump over a small stand.
Activity 2 was Target Throwing. We had three balls and had to throw them onto a target. A point was earnt for every ball that stuck to the target.
Activity 3 was Pass the Hoop. We had to stand in a circle and hold hands. We had to pass the hoop around the circle weaving it up and over each of us. It was important not to let go of each other's hands.
Activity 4 was a Ball Dribble where we had to dribble the ball around the obstacles back to the start point.
The final activity was a running race where each house team took it in turns to run the race.
We had lots of fun and enjoyed cheering on our friends.
As part of our water topic this term we have been reading the story 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister. Every day we re-tell the story using our class story map and the actions the children created for keywords in the story. We have all had a go at acting out the story and pretending to be different characters.
We even got the opportunity to look closely at a real fish. We were able to see its scales, its fin, its tail and the tiny teeth inside its mouth.
This week the children have been writing the story of The Rainbow Fish. They thought about what happened first, next and finally and wrote this in their own words. The children have worked hard on using their phonics to segment the words they wanted to write and remembered to use their cursive handwriting.
In Reception, we are story writers.
Where does rain come from?
As part of our topic on water, this week we have been learning all about the water cycle and where rain comes from. We have been reading a non-fiction text called 'Splish, Splash, Splosh' by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom, which tells us all about how rain is made along with the many uses of water and how it gets to our homes.
We have also learnt that all living things need water to survive, and so we have decided to challenge the children to grow a plant and look after it all by themselves, by making sure that it gets some sunshine and is regularly watered. We would like to thank one of the children's grandfathers for very kindly donating some giant sunflower seeds.
We are looking forward to taking care of and watching these seeds grow. We can't wait to see how tall our sunflowers get.
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