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Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Royal Wedding

This week, the children have been very busy getting ready for the Royal Wedding.

To begin with, there was a lot of dressing up and making cakes...

There were plenty of opportunities to make wedding crafts, including flowers.


The children have also helped with the wedding invitation:




Later, we had our very own wedding ceremony with a priest and the father of the bride walking her down the isle to marry a superhero!



In maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes and positional language.



There were, of course, lots of opportunities to play with castles and some children opted to build them, too.

The week culminated in the Royal Picnic to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle with lots of fun and party games.







Sunday, 13 May 2018

Gymnastics!

The reception children over the last few weeks have had gymnastic sessions led by Caroline our school gymnastic coach.

The children completed an energetic warm up session and were then shown how to correctly perform a forward roll and sausage roll! The children all thoroughly enjoyed exploring all of the gymnastic equipment in the hall and as instructed did not stop moving!

 

 
A big thank you to Caroline and her team and we looking forward to more gymnastic sessions when we move up to Year One!



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Peas, peas, peas everywhere...

This week, we have been learning about a new story: Super Daisy and the Peril of the Planet Pea.



     The children began the week by making their very own pea soup!



They also planted out the enormous beanstalk that has been growing in the classroom ever since Jack's magic beans took root.




Bumblebees' superheroes have been thinking about the noises superheroes make whilst saving the world and have used different musical instruments to recreate them.


Moreover, Bumblebees have been busy building headquarters for superheroes and making some very strange creatures. 


Just look at this super sentence that one of them have written to describe his creation (It is a very large creature)!




One of the superpowers superheroes have is that of a super sharp mind! In Maths, Bumblebees have been learning to order numbers and find 1 more and 1 less. One day, whilst they were out on a mission, they received a  visit from Mrs Mackenzie, who spotted the broken number line they have  fixed. She left the following message:



Bumblebees have also began to plan their own superhero story as a class. Read the next blog to see what they have come up with.















Growing!

This term we have been learning about plants.

For a homework activity we found out what plants need to grow and presented our findings in these creative ways!





















All of the children planted a bean at school. We are hoping they grow very tall - just like Jack's in the "Jack and the Beanstalk Story"
 


Now we have taken our bean home we will continue to look after it and observe and record the changes as it grows.

Jack and the Beanstalk

We have been exploring a traditional tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. 

We have been retelling the story throughout the week. Some of us really enjoyed role-playing the story, others enjoyed creating their own endings to the stories. Whilst role-playing outside the children climbed as high as they could to see who could be the tallest giant!

We all had a go at retelling the story and recording it by writing it down. Our challenge was to make our stories really interesting and we succeeded!



We also created illustrations to accompany the story using a variety of resources. 


We spoke a lot about the beanstalk and how it grew up to the sky. This got us thinking about how tall it would have been and if we could measure it. We then began to think about our height and how we could measure ourselves. We also began measuring using different objects around the classroom using different strategies. 
We wondered whether we might be taller or shorter than Jack. We agreed that we would all be shorter than the giant. 
We even tried to create a life-sized Jack and Giant (although, we all agreed the giant would be a lot taller!) 

We became very interested in how a bean grew into a giant beanstalk overnight. This got us thinking about how plants grow. So we decided to read another book which could tell us a little bit more. We chose Jasper's Beanstalk. 
We learnt that you have to be very patient whilst waiting for a plant to grow. But if you care for your seed properly it will grow and grow and grow!
We planted our own beans so we could watch the changes as they happened. 
None of our beans have reached up to the giants castle yet, but we're still waiting!