This week Reception have been finding out about where flour comes from and how farmer's grow wheat in the field, send it to be ground into flour and then how it gets to the supermarket. We recapped our story from the Autumn term 'the little red hen' which helped us recall the process and then we found out how to make bread. We named all the ingredients, watched carefully how they change when they are mixed together and talked about the process of kneading and proving. We decided after eating them that we were bread making experts and so recorded how we made the recipe and put it together in a book to place in the book corner for others to look at.
World Book Day
The school enjoyed celebrating world book day on Thursday 5th March. All of the children looked brilliant in their costumes and enjoyed listening to a range of stories during the day.
The children had a lot of fun making vegetable Pizzas. They started by spreading Tomato purée on the pizza base, then added cheese, mushrooms, sweet corn, water cress and spinach. Mr Youngs put them in the oven to cook and then later on the children got to taste their tasty Pizzas! Well done everyone!!
This week we read the story Jasper's Beanstalk. We then had a good look at some bean seeds and decided that we would like to grow our own. We spoke about what the seed needs to grow and then worked together in small groups to plant the beans in clear cups so that we could see how they will grow. We are all very exited about our beanstalks!
In topic this week we have been looking at fruit. We read Oliver's Fruit Salad and then had a go at making our own fruit kebabs. We used banana, apple and pineapple and had to cut the fruit into chunks being extra careful with the knives. We then threaded it onto the kebabs before the best bit - eating them! They were very yummy!
We had a wonderful finish to our 'Awesome Arts' topic and a big thank you to all of you who attended the Early Years Art Gallery. The children's work looked fantastic displayed around the hall. There were spectacular Van Gogh sunflowers, wonderful starry night paintings, beautiful Matisse's snails, examples of modern art, and superb sculptures on show.
The children have worked hard all term to be artists and we are very proud of their efforts.
Chinese New Year
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We learned the story of the Chinese zodiac, learned about what Chinese people did to celebrate the New Year and even tried some Chinese food. In PE we had a go at Dragon Dancing with our dragon costume. We also played our musical instruments whilst the dragon did it's dance.
Chinese New Year - Dragon Dancing
Welcome back and we hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. This half term we have a new topic 'Awesome Arts' and we have had a very exciting week. We have had lots of visitors that have helped us make and explore shadow puppets, we watched a 'Jack and the Beanstalk' pantomime on Wednesday and had a day of dance on Thursday and played junk percussion instruments today. As well as this we have explored Jackson Pollock and got messy with paint, we practised how to do careful sketches and learnt how to be circus artists! We have had a very fun packed week and had a wonderful start to our new topic.
Please use the knowledge maps at home and the fridge words to explore 'awesome arts' at home too.
Easy Cheesy Nativity Dress Rehearsal
We had a really great dress rehearsal of our Nativity today. The children performed to the rest of the school and did really well. They sat up straight, with big smiles and sung very loudly. We are all looking forward to performing for parents next week.
All of the children in Reception enjoyed taking part in Science week activities. They took part in three different activities, which were 'investigating magnets', 'Fizzing Jupiters' and 'making slime!'. All of the children had a lot of fun being scientists for the day!
All of the children in Reception enjoyed going into the Planetarium in school. They were able to see images of the moon, sun and some shooting stars projected onto the ceiling! They were also amazed to see a video of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in 1969! I'm afraid we can't show you any photos from inside the Planetarium because it was too dark to get any decent photos!
Our new topic this half term is 'fly me to the moon.' We had the planetarium visit us today and we explored space, the planets and astronauts. It was really good fun. Below is a copy of the words that we are trying to get really good at this half term.
Our new topic this half term is 'Fly me to the moon.'
(Autumn second half)
We will be exploring astronauts, planets and aliens! Please see the attached knowledge map to see what we hope the children will know by the end of the topic.
'Ipswich through my window'
During the first half of the Autumn term the children learnt about Ipswich. The highlight of the topic for the children was going on their very own tour of Ipswich. On the tour the children were able to see the following landmarks: Orwell bridge, Ipswich Train station, Ipswich Town Football Club, Ipswich Hospital, the Waterfront, the Museum, Christchurch Park and Christchurch Mansion. The children had the opportunity to have a look around Christchurch Mansion, as well as seeing the 'Ed Sheeran' exhibition. As part of the topic the children also learnt about different types of housing, found out about facilities in their local area and went on a tour of the school grounds. Have a look on Tapestry to see photos of the topic learning your child has been doing.
The next topic for the second half of the Autumn term will be 'Fly me to the Moon'. The children will have the opportunity to learn about the sun , earth and other planets in the solar system.