At Scarisbrick Hall school the learning that takes place in Reception follows the EYFS. This consists of four guiding themes; A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development.
Learning and Development consists of 7 areas, all of which are connected to one another. There are 3 prime areas; Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal Social and Emotional development. The 4 others are called specific areas and they are Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We promote active learning, supporting children engaging in play and exploration. We also encourage children to be creative and think critically.
During the week, Reception consists of daily phonic sessions being delivered following Letter and sounds, daily maths, cursive writing practice and opportunities for learning and development within each of the seven EYFS areas. The children learn in two ways; through teacher lead topic lessons and through a creatively enhanced classroom, which encourages independent investigation and an understanding of the topic. Learning also takes place within the school environment and through off site trips.
Once Upon a Time…
This term in Reception we have been looking at Traditional Tales.
We started off with lots of favourite traditional tale story books in our reading area. We enjoyed looking at them and sharing with one another which were our favourites. We then took a vote to see the ones we wanted as a class to look at throughout the term. Lots of children said they liked ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’. So that’s where it all began!
We have enjoyed reading the books during whole class carpet time and independently in our reading area. We have written about our favourite character and acted out our own version of the story in our role play area also outdoors and in the small world area. The WLE (Woodland Learning Environment) was great for acting out ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.
In Mathematical Development we have been learning about adding 1 and 2 more to a given number and have been recording this independently in written form. We have also been looking at measurement. Using the weighing scales Mrs Procter asked us in pairs to investigate the weight of different objects. We had to measure to see if a book was heavier or lighter than a ruler and the same with a pencil and rubber? There was lots of good team work in class and use of mathematical vocabulary!
In Understanding the World (RE, Science, Geography) we have been learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the dining room, wrote in Chinese writing in the classroom and looked at where China is. It was fun looking in the children’s atlas. It had lots of nice pictures and flaps we could lift up to find interesting facts about China. We now know :
‘There is a big wall called ‘The Great Wall of China’ - Tabitha
‘China is in Asia’ – Levi
‘Rice comes from China and is grown in fields called paddy fields’ – Teddy
They have dragon dances in China. Red scares away bad spirits’ – Hattie
To finish off our Traditional Tales Topic we have enjoyed reading and listening to ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have made our own giants castle in our role play area and displayed pictures of all the key characters and objects in the story. We have drawn and labelled them ourselves so that you know what they are. It has been fun acting this story out and making our own story books.
We are just hoping now that the magic beans Mrs Procter gave us to plant will grow into enormous beanstalks like Jacks! We have made sure that we keep a close eye on them and give them plenty of water and sunshine in their ‘Little Sprout Houses’.
Whilst learning and developing our skills in the classroom we have still enjoyed our weekly visit in the Woodland Learning Environment with Mr Williams. It was great when our parents joined us, although they did get very wet! We showed them what fun we have exploring, climbing, role playing and of course we mustn’t forget the hot chocolate and marshmallows around the fire pit!
It has been such a busy term but lots of fun! It didn’t stop there either as we have been practising hard for the First School ‘Emerald Crown’ performance. We have enjoyed rehearsing with our friends and performing for our parents and grandparents. All we are waiting for now is….. the Easter Bunny to come.
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