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Reception- Traditional Tales

Friday, 29 January 2016

This term in Reception our topic is Traditional Tales, so far we have read the stories; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. We have looked at the similarities and differences of the stories and all took part in shared writing during carpet time.

In literacy last week we pretended to be Goldilocks and wrote a letter to the three bears, saying sorry for eating their porridge. This week in literacy we looked at sentence structure and the children had to unscramle a sentence remembering that a sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.

In Maths we have been really focussing on our number skills; counting to 20, counting back, one more, one less and number bonds to 10. We have also worked hard on our addiotion skills and number formation when writing our number sentences.

In cooking last week we made porridge, just like Goldilocks. In cooking this week we made chocolate chip cookies, just like the ones in Little Red Riding Hoods basket. We enjoyed them at the end of the day with a cup of milk- they were yummy!

Another fantastic week of learning in Reception.

Mrs Fenner and Miss Gill

Friday, 22 January 2016

This week, we have designed our own insects for James and the Giant peach. We wrote descriptions and painted them. Here is a picture of the display we have made with some of our work.IMG_0302[1]

We have learnt some Spanish Colours this week. We played Spanish bingo and George Won!

On Thursday we had the best PE lesson ever, the reason is we did nothing but play games. We played swim fishy swim and catch the ball. They helped us develop our hand eye coordination.

On Friday morning we watched the Year 6 Assembly it was great because it was telling us about friendship and how we should look after our friends.

3CT WOW Week!!

Friday, 22 January 2016


Last Week, we made a British and Tropical Fruit Salad. After we made it,  we ate it and they tasted delicious!

We also did Victorian Games. We played skipping, hoops, marbles and a variety of different board games. We had a fantastic afternoon trying out these games. We thought, most, of these games were more fun than our computer games.

In PE we had a go at blind football, we dribbled a ball with a bell in around the cones and back, we had a helper for directions and a person to follow us incase we fell over.

Reception- Storytelling boxes

Friday, 15 January 2016

In Reception this week we have been learning  to grasp the linear nature of a typical story using our storytelling boxes. We used 7 boxes to tell our story,  these were labelled as follows:

  1. Who?
  2. Where?
  3. Where next?
  4. Things that go wrong (problems)
  5. Who helps?
  6. Where last?
  7. Feelings.

The boxes contain pictures which relate to the external labels:

  1. Pictures of a variety of characters/people.
  2. Pictures of a wide range of buildings / locations
  3. Further pictures of buildings / locations
  4. Illustrations  of problems that the characters in a story could typically face such as  natural phenomena – floods, lightning, avalanche, fire etc.
  5. Illustrations of members of the fire service,  members of the police force and other services; also pictures of  everyday people and animals such as a St. Bernard dog.
  6. Even more pictures of buildings / locations.
  7. Illustrations of people smiling, crying, laughing etc.

To complete the storytelling the children were invited to pick 2 pictures from the first box and  1 picture from each of the remaining 6 boxes. These were then  displayed above the boxes in a line. When all pictures had been chosen we told the story, using the illustrations as a guide.

In an Early Years context, a great deal of the fundamental understanding of what a story  is, is gained through hearing a broad range of stories read. A range of activities can be used to augment the central  role of story reading in developing narrative awareness and we used our story boxes to develop our understanding.

In Maths this week we spoke about the sequence of a typical day- wake up, have breakfast, go to school, have lunch etc. The children used pictures and placed them in a daytime section or a night-time section. We then learnt the days of the week and the months of the year.

We have had lots of fun learning this week!




Friday, 8 January 2016

We have had a great start to the New Year in Reception. We started our learning off with a bang…Mrs Edmonds interrupted our assembly because she had lost her hat, so straight away we went outside to look for clues. During our hunt we found 10 clues, so we went inside the classroom and opened them. Inside the 10 envelopes were 10 different pictures, we discussed the pictures and thought about how they might help us to find Mrs Edmonds hat.

Following on from our morning adventure, children designed and made new hats for Mrs Edmonds and some children independently made wanted posters to put up around school.

In the afternoon we read the story ‘I WANT MY HAT BACK’ the children noticed that the images from the story matched the images from our 10 clues. After much discussion we came up with an idea- The Bear took Mrs Edmonds hat, the Rabbit took the hat from the Bear and then the Bear took it back again.

When playing outside Ben spotted “a red pointy thing” in the junior playground, so we all dashed out to see if it was the hat we had all been looking for and it was. The children were so happy and said that the Bear must have felt guilty and then gave the hat back to it’s rightful owner Mrs Edmonds.

Finally the mystery was solved. The children then produced their own version of the story ‘I WANT MY HAT BACK’.


4L: The Island

Friday, 8 January 2016

In KS2 this week, we have been exploring the book ‘The Island’.

On Wednesday, we learnt the difference between a refugee and a migrant. When we explored the book, some of us decided that the stranger landing on the island was a refugee, and imagined why he had to leave his home. We explored lots of vocabulary relating to feelings and even did freeze framing about the book. In the afternoon, a local drama company visited us and we took part in lots of exciting drama activities.

On Thursday, we wrote a diary from the perspective of the stranger/refugee. We thought about how he might have been feeling at each stage. Mr Lee was very impressed with our diary entries! In the afternoon, we completed a sinking and floating experiment. We even built our own rafts!

Today, we made our diary entries even better and up-staged them onto paper for the wall in the corridor.

We thought this week was great!

By Jess and George

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