Monthly Archives: May 2021

The Elves and the Shoemaker

This week we have continued our topic on Measures by reading the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker.’ The children have been developing their vocabulary this week and have learnt alternative words for small such as teeny, tiny, weeny, minute, tiny, titchy, little etc.

The children were set a challenge read some teeny weeny words. They had to use magnifying glasses to enlarge the teeny tiny words on the creative table. The children then wrote down the words and read the words to an adult.

Having listened to the story the children were very keen to become shoemakers themselves. They had to be a stickosaurus, a thinkodactyl, a tryceratops and a candoceratops in order to become a solveosaurus and a proudosaurus! The shoes were all independently made and each one totally unique. The children also really enjoyed trying on their new shoes

Lots of children chose to measure their own feet. They then used non-standard measurements such as cubes to measure how long their feet were!

Lots of children also chose to weigh shoes. The children had to be a tryceratops as it took a lot of patience to weigh the shoes with accuracy. It was also quite tricky to make sure that the balance scales were balanced.

Some children also demonstrated great perseverance when they challenged themselves to sew a running stitch around some cut out shoe templates.

Lots of children wanted to pretend to be the shoemaker and his wife. They wanted to write a note back to the elves thanking them for making them such beautiful shoes. The notes that the children wrote had to be teeny tiny! This was quite a challenge!

Lots of children also completed this weeks’ hot task which was to choose some elf addition sums and to solve the calculations using either a part, part, whole model, a tens frame or the first, then and now model which encourages the children to use the counting on method.

Another busy week in Reception!

The Enormous Turnip

The Enormous Turnip

This week we have continued our topic on Measures by reading the story ‘The Enormous Turnip.’ The children have had great fun using our small world characters, construction, story boards and stick puppets to verbally retell the story and they have enthusiastically joined in with all of the repeated refrains.

 

The children have also demonstrated how much progress they have made in phonics this    week as they are now applying that

  The children have also demonstrated how much progress they have made in phonics this    week as they are now applying that   week as they are now applying that knowledge in their own writing. Here some children have written either part of or all of the Enormous Turnip story whilst other children have written down key people or objects from the story.

Lots of children chose to use pastels to draw and colour some beautiful turnips. The children really looked at the turnips carefully and they chose colours for effect, blending in colours when they wanted to merge different colours together.

Lots of children also chose to make turnips on the play dough table. We think the turnips are amazing. The children were definitely super tryceratops’. The turnips are all so different but so carefully made. Some are so intricate too!

Some children chose to practise their fine motor skills by tracing a very large picture of a turnip. They had to concentrate as there were lots of small, detailed patterns inside the turnip to trace.

Other children chose to practise their fine motor skills by carefully using scissors to cut out and make different ‘Enormous Turnip’ character cones, whilst other children chose to complete different repeating patterns using the characters from the story. Both activities were a bit fiddly. The children really needed to be a tryceratops to complete these tasks.

Finally lots of children decided to be a solveosaurus this week by using a dice to generate different addition sums. The children then used turnips and a part, part, whole model to solve their calculations. It has been another busy week in Reception.

The Smartest Giant in Town

This week the children have continued to learn about measures through the story of ‘The Smartest Giant in Town.’

Some children chose to build some castles for the giant to live in. Some children chose to build with wooden blocks and logs whilst other children chose to build their castles using 2D shapes.

After giving away his tie for a scarf for a cold giraffe the children decided that they needed to design and make the giant a new tie. They were very creative in their designs weren’t they?

Some children chose to paint the giant. Some children chose to paint George, the giant, in his scruffy clothes whilst others chose to paint him in his smart, new clothes before he gave them all away to his friends in acts of kindness.

Some children chose to practise their fine motor skills by tracing a very large picture of the giant. They had to concentrate as there was lots of small, detailed patterns inside the giant to trace.

Whilst some children chose to write about the smartest giant in town using their phonic knowledge, other children chose to use their phonic knowledge to write down the objects that the giant gave away to his friends.

Another busy week in Reception!