We have been practising for Sports Day and we are definitely getting much more confident now! Our 'Up and Over' is becoming much quicker and we are learning to take care when participating in the 'Egg and Spoon' race to make sure we don't drop the egg!
Elm Class expressed a real interest in learning A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman and lots of members of he Class had asked if they could perform it in front of the whole class. We had a whole class discussion and it was apparent that actually the whole class would like to learn the song and we decided it would be a fitting end to the year to perform it in front of the whole school during singing assembly in the final weeks of term. Therefore, this week we began learning the words to the whole song. However, we have decided to challenge ourselves even more and learn the Makaton actions for the song too. We have been using the YouTube video by Singing Hands to help us learn both the words and actions and we are beginning to feel more confident with it. We look forward to presenting the finished product to you!
The goose that flew - Theatre Royal
Elm Class were treated to a performance by Theatre Royal of The Goose That Flew. We absolutely loved this and it received lots of dancing, singing and giggles throughout the show; as well as much discussion about what happened and what could happen next for the remainder of the day.
International Yoga Day
It is International Yoga Day this week, so Elm Class have been celebrating by taking part in some short yoga sequences, flows and poses to make sure we are all ready and in the right mindset to begin the day. We have also been practising some short meditations to calm us down after lunch and refocus us for the afternoon activities. We have found it to be very relaxing and helps us regain our concentration after a busy lunchtime running around!
Paper aeroplane excitement
One of the children in our class is brilliant at making paper aeroplanes and has kindly been making them for all of us in the class. We were having such a good time throwing them and exploring how far they went that we decided to go outside and have paper aeroplane races where we could see whose went the furthest and nearest. Due to how much we loved this activity, we have decided to continue this next week and we are even going to learn how to make paper aeroplanes for ourselves!
Preparing for our next step
With it nearing the end of our first year of school, we have been discussing our feelings towards transitioning into Year 1 and how we felt before coming up to Reception. The words in blue represent how we felt when coming up to Reception and the words in green are how we feel about moving on to Year 1. We then discussed what would help us feel more confident about the transition and decided that if Mrs Turner knew a little bit about us all it might help Mrs Turner understand us and also would make us feel better because she would know what we like and who we are. We decided to each make Mrs Turner a card saying how we felt about going into Year 1 and telling her all about who we are. We now feel less nervous about our next big step into Year 1.
Whilst some of the children have been enjoying the outdoors, others have enjoyed making collage pictures using gems, sequins, cotton balls, tissue paper and lots of other materials to create their own masterpieces. In the classroom, we have also enjoyed experimenting with the weighing scales and gaining a concrete understanding of ‘lighter’ and ‘heavier’ objects. Lots of us have found it fun to try and make different objects equal the same weight and carefully predicting what will happen when certain objects are added and removed.
As the weather is beginning to finally feel like summer, we have been having great fun outside this week. We have been exploring play dough, paint, sand, water, construction to name a few. In the water tray we have been cementing our understanding of capacity, we have been exploring colour with the paint and how using different tools creates different effects, we also got to construct on a larger scale and some of us even decided to build bikes and scooters. With our new topic of Africa really taking off, we also had fun creating our Safari small world and thinking about the animals we would see on an African adventure.
During our PE lessons, we have been busy practising all the different events for Sports Days. One of Elm Class' favourite was the sack race. Some of the other events we have been practising are the egg and spoon race, the obstacle course, running races and javelin. We are all getting very excited now to compete in Sports Day and our confidence has really grown as we have done more practise. We have also discussed how important it is to cheer on our friends throughout the school, regardless of which House they are competing for. Elm Class are very good at this and are extremely supportive, knowing the importance of taking part. Well done, Elm!
Elm Class have been working hard to earn the Attendance Bear and last week their hard work paid off and they received the Bronze Bear. Whilst some classes have constructed chairs for their Attendance Bear, Elm Class have been busy building Bronze Bear his own personal aeroplane. He even has his own television screen to keep him entertained on all those long haul flights!
Elm Class were lucky enough to have some ducklings brought in on Friday by some very kind parents. We loved hearing about what the ducklings eat and where they live and we especially loved being able to Feel how fluffy they felt.
This week in maths we have been practising recognising, writing and ordering our numbers to 20 and learning one more and one less than a given number. We are becoming much more secure with one less, but this is still a tricky concept for us to grasp!
In Literacy, we have been continuing on with our Talk 4 Writing by practising writing the key vocabulary we will be using when we do our final write up next week and create our own version of the story ‘Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns’. We have also been practising the Phase 3 phonemes that we were finding tricky to remember and moving on to Phase 4 consonant blends to help us with writing CVCC words.
We have loved learning more about how the Middle Eastern culture differs from our own and we have even been researching how Muslims celebrate Ramadan! We have started creating some of our own traditional Ramadan decorations, such as making a mosaic suncatcher ‘fanous’ (traditional Arabian lamp).
We absolutely loved our trip to Banham Zoo, from the excitement of going on the bus to seeing our first animal (and of course the most important part of every day out: LUNCH!). This term we have been learning about: Australia, Rain Forests and reading the story 'Dear Zoo'. Therefore, we were particularly interested in visiting the Australian Paddock, the rainforest animals and seeing how many animals from 'Dear Zoo' we could find in Banham Zoo!
Whilst at the zoo we got to see cheetahs, tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, lemurs, meerkats, monkeys, zebras, camels, sea lions, snakes, leopards, red pandas, emus and lots more! The giraffes were a firm favourite and some of the children even noticed how the giraffes don't bend their knees to drink water! We also loved getting to take a ride on the 'tiger train' around the zoo and found this very exciting.
By the end of the day, we were all very tired after a long day trying to squeeze in seeing as many animals as possible!
Australian Party Food Tasting
After learning about Australia for the last half term, we decided to have a taste of some Australian children's party cuisine of Fairy Bread and Vegemite sandwiches! At first we were very sceptical of the fairy bread "you can't eat 100s and 1000s on bread!", but after we had a nibble it soon became a firm favourite with everyone in the class - even the teachers!.
Next we tried Vegemite sandwiches and whilst a few of us thought this looked like chocolate spread, we soon realised that it definitely didn't taste like that. We were very divided about whether we liked Vegemite or not and we even did a vote to see how many of us liked it and how many of us didn't. We found out that 21 of us really enjoyed the Vegemite sandwiches, whilst 9 of us thought it tasted "very yucky!".
After trying the different Australian sandwiches, we then incorporated this week's learning of WOW words so we could have a go at describing what the sandwiches tasted like. We came up with some super describing words which were then added to our 'WOW word' display, such as: smooth, crunchy, sweet, soft, gooey, sticky, and salty to name a few.
Elm class have enjoyed getting to know their new friends and exploring the different areas of the classroom. They are gaining confidence and independence in selecting activities that they want to engage in and are forming strong relationships with both the other children and the adults.
Elm class have really been enjoying going into the hall for lunch and trying all the yummy food Mrs Evans cooks! They are remembering to use their manners to ask for the food they would like and have enjoyed the challenge of trying to cut up their food on their own before asking for help, super job Elm Class!
Elm Class have enjoyed creating their own class number line to 30, colouring in the letters being careful to not colour over the lines and helping cut the numbers out. They are very excited to show you which number they have coloured in, so make sure you come and have a look in the classroom!
Since starting 'big' school, Elm Class have been practising writing their name and developing their fine motor grip.
The children in Elm Class have all settled into their new school really successfully. Miss Holmes and I are so proud of how well they are doing both navigating the wider school community (a very big change for such little people!) and also with forming positive relationships with both the adults and children in their class and around the school. As this is the children's first experience within such a large school setting, the first half term is primarily focused on ensuring the children are as settled within their new class as possible. The first few weeks are concentrated on us getting to know each and every child and conducting Baseline Assessments so we can gauge an understanding of the children's interests and also where to begin their learning from. When these assessments have been finalised and we know the path the learning needs to take, we will then be adding a term overview of all the things we will be covering. However, please bare in mind this is Early Years and the plans will take different courses as the children's interests change and when good learning opportunities arise, so we may not always cover everything on term overview, but we definitely will cover more than is on there!
We look forward to sharing with you all of the things your children get up to throughout the school year!
AlphablocksPlay along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet.