Welcome to Moonbeam Class!
We hope you had a fantastic summer break and are rested and ready for some fun, active and creative learning in Reception this year! 🙂
During the first couple of days, the children had fun exploring their new classroom and the setting, as well as making new friends. Everyone excitedly ventured into the different areas in our classroom to build, write, create, read and play!
As well as exploring inside our classroom, the children also enjoyed playing outside.
We used our teamwork skills to build dens:
Looking for Mini-beasts:
We found a Stag-beetle!
Using our gross motor skills in the bike area!
We also explored different ways of moving using the climbing frames!
Following in Claude Monet, Van Gogh and Leonardo Da- Vinci’s foot-steps the children had a go at creating their own self-portrait. They observed their features first using mirrors to see which colour eyes they have, the shape of their nose and the colour of their hair.
Next, the children took their time drawing the outline of their face and adding their features using oil pastels and different materials such as wool, pom-poms and lace.
Everyone showed a great sense of achievement and pride in their work.
Here are some of their creations:
A busy first term!
This term the children have put their paleontologist hats on to explore and find out about dinosaurs. The children have been busy learning facts about different dinosaurs, understanding the meanings of carnivores and herbivores and looking at fossils.
In keeping with our dinosaurs topic, the children thoroughly enjoyed making a papier mache volcano, first we used glue and water to create the base of our volcano and then we painted it together, adding burning hot lava using tissue paper. To finish our dinosaur topic, we finally made our volcano erupt, which was very enjoyable and exciting!
The children have immersed themselves into Forest school on Wednesdays by exploring, calving, whittling and learning valuable new skills out in the fresh air.
Thank you for all the amazing home leaning from this term, the children were excited to share and very proud what they made 🙂
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
We started off this term with reading a story classic of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children thoroughly enjoyed re-telling the story using story telling language and actions, such as Once upon a time, Next, Suddenly, and Finally. Once the children were confident with the story, we innovated the story by adding new characters to replace the originals. Our new story included a strong, brave Elsa and a magical blue Geanie.
This term the children have been busy measuring height of the three different sized billy goats. The children were exposed to non-standard units of measure, such as unifix, Pom poms, counters and duplo to measure height. To measure height we always start at the bottom, make sure the measuring tools touch and we measure up!
We were very lucky to have a surprise visit from two police officers, who took time out of their busy schedule to answer our questions and show us some exciting police objects. The children particularly enjoyed taking turns trying on police hats and a police vest!
To end a very busy fun term, out Christmas play was an amazing success!
The children worked so hard practicing their lines and rehearsing the songs, whilst having lots of fun in the process. Performing in front of an audience can be very nerve racking, but they were all stars!
We hope you have a very restful break, see you next term!
Merry Christmas !
Spring Term 1
After a well rested break, Moonbeam came back with lots of energy for a very busy, fun and exciting term! 🙂
Our first topic this term was winter, we looked at the change of the season, but in particular we extended are learning by finding out about the Antarctic and Arctic regions. We thoroughly enjoyed observing the different animals in these regions, including the Arctic Hare, Sea lion, Orca Whale, Polar Bears and Penguins to name a few! Looking at these regions, developed our interests into discovering how these areas are impacted by Global Warming. We made climate change posters and completed a science experiment, whereby we froze some water and compared the affect of melting to the melting ice caps.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
We recycled and reused milk bottles to make an igloo!
We witnessed Ice caps melting and saw the affect it had on the poor animals 🙁
KUNG HOY FAT CHOY!
Happy Chinese New Year!
This term we learnt all about the celebration of Chinese New Year, we understand that the Chinese Emperor decided to have a race to measure the years. This year was the year of the rat. Within this topic we also looked at Chinese culture and traditions, did you know that red is a lucky colour and dragons are also symbols of good luck.
Chinese dragons are used in celebratory parades for Chinese New Year. We followed instructions to bend and fold paper to make out very own Chinese New Year Dragons.
A delicacy in Chine is noodles, we made a stir fry using vegetables, noodles and soy sauce and we experimented with noodles in our messy play.
To end our topic, we worked as a team to make a bright and colourful dragon head using card board boxes, painted and collage materials. We then went on a Chinese New Year parade following are dragon head, it was so much fun!
The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the planets, our solar system, astronauts, NASA, The Moon, rockets, space shuttles, space food, space toothpaste even!
We had a space shuttle in our classroom, where the children enjoyed blasting off into space to complete a space mission. We made all of the nine planets out of paper mache and placed them in order.
Because we became space experts, we decided to make fact posters about our favorite planets and we had a lot of fun writing clues about a planet and reading them to our friends for them to guess.
Moonbeam have been working hard developing their mathematical knowledge by ordering numbers, writing number sentences finding 2-D shapes and in particular this term we have been adding two groups together using a part-part whole model!
Spring Term 2
This term is filled with curiosity, adventure, creativity and much more!
We have started off this term with a new literary fairy tale classic: The Gingerbread Man. We are adapting the story using Talk for writing, whereby we imitate the story, then we innovate, which will then lead to independent application. So far we are at the innovate stage where we have collectively replaced the little old lady with a wolf with sharp teeth and The Gingerbread Man has been replaced by a lovely kind witch, finally the fox has been replaced by a mean Micky Mouse.
The story telling language we have been focusing on are:
Once upon a time
We shared wrote a list of ingredients that we will need to bake some gingerbread biscuits, we used flour, ginger, bicarbonate soda, syrup and brown sugar.
Are creativity skills have flourished by experimenting with lino prints. First we drew a gingerbread design onto polystyrene, next we placed the print in the paint and finally we printed our designs onto paper. They look Fantastic!
I hope you are all well and keeping busy! I wonder if you have been remembering to tidy up and being helpful at home, just like you were in Moonbeam class! I hope so! 🙂
I have a challenge for you!! I wonder if you can write me a letter to tell me what you have been doing at home….have you been reading, doing math games, P.E with Joe Wicks, being helpful, cooking….anything?
I would love to receive your letters, it would make me very happy, so off you go and get writing! 🙂
Remember your Capital Letters, finger spaces and full stops!
Use the sound mat and tricky words to help you
(parents can take a picture and send to school to pass on to me)
Here are some pictures from out World Book Day, where we had so much fun! Hopefully we can have some more fun soon!