This week our focus has been all about our sense of sight. We started off the week by going in to the forest school and using our eyes to observe the world around us and see what we could see in nature. The children were encouraged to draw pictures of their findings and label their drawings with their think writing. We were looking at colours, shapes, sizes and amounts.
Our focus stories for the week to link to our topic were ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?’ and ‘Elmer’. Both books looked at colour which gave us the opportunity to do some colour mixing with the paints and investigate transparent colours on the light table.
We have graphed our eye colours as a class, counted eyeballs (bouncy balls) made glasses, binoculars and magnifying glasses.
We had eye spy activities available as well as colour matching and sorting games.
We set up an opticians in the roleplay which has been very popular and been a great way to introduce new language to the children.
Children have been encouraged to retell and act out the story of Elmer and use the language from Brown Bear, Brown Bear to create their own stories such as, Giant Wolf, Giant Wolf what do you see?
We began learning our letter names and sounds this week beginning with the letter ‘s’. We have played games such as ‘silly soup’ writing the letter in sand, on white boards and sorting pictures into its initial sound groups.
As part of our sight learning we used mirrors to take a close look at our faces. We observed our features such as eye colour, whether or not we had freckles, the different shades of skin tone, hair colour and the shape of our noses. Children then chose paint they felt matched their observations and painted a self-portrait. Children painted carefully and have created some great representations of themselves. We added to this our hand prints and ‘my name starts with a…’
Children have had a very busy week!
This week saw the Swans participate in both Muddy Monday and P.E for the first time. Both required the children to use their independency skills and practice getting dressed or undressed for themselves.
Today the children got dressed up in their waterproofs and wellington boots to venture outside into the forest school area. There was a lot of excitement as the children got dressed up ready to go. They sat down on the logs and used their senses to take in the environment around them. We went on a walk looking for the signs of Autumn, noticing the changing leaves and the berries growing. The children enjoyed their time outside and were disappointed when we had to return to the classroom.
Another first on Tuesday saw the children participate in P.E with Mr Gill. It took them a little while to get changed into their P.E kits and was a real test of their independency skills. They had to make sure all there belongs were put into their P.E bags so as not to get mixed up with anyone elses. Thank goodness most items of clothing were named and children went home with all their correct uniform. They did a really good job and impressed Mr Gill.
Our topic this week in Reception has been about hygiene and germs. We read the story about the little Princess who wanted to know why she had to wash her hands. The children were involved in several activities and experiments to show how germs can spread if we are not careful. Ms Andrews put glitter on her hands and pretended it was germs on her hand. Then she shook hands with the children. Before long most of the children had glitter on their hands too. We discussed the importance of washing our hands especially if we sneeze or cough and learnt how to make an elephant trunk so the germs are in the crook of our arms rather than on our hands.
We also did the bread experiment. Ms Andrews washed her hands and put a piece of bread into a clear zip lock bag. Then all the children touched a piece of bread and that was put into a clear zip lock bag too. These were placed on the window so the children could observe the changes that occurred. Children predicted what they thought the changes would be and also what they thought germs looked like.
Some of the activities the children have been involved in this week is using water pistols in the watertray pretending the squirts were sneezes, making germs out of playdough, counting germs, retelling the story and putting in actions, cleaning germs off hands and using the light table to trace pictures of germs.
During the week we have been using our name cards to help us recognise both our own and our friend’s names. We have been learning to work/play cooperatively with the other children in the class and make friends as we move around getting familiar with the different activities in the classroom.
This week we looked at the story of the ‘Ugly Duckling’ and how he turned into a beautiful swan. We discussed how we are all different on the outside but all the same on the inside and how it is important to be kind and friendly to each other. We each made a swan for the class pond and have been getting to know each other through games and activities.
The Reception children have settled well into the Swans class coming in independently, organising themselves for the day ahead and picking up the class routines fairly quickly. We have been very impressed with the way they sit on the carpet and lining up. We have been focussing on learning the class expectations and routines throughout the week.