Monthly Archives: July 2021

Art & Music Week

Music and Art Week – The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens

This week in Reception the children have been learning what an orchestra is. They have looked at the different instruments in each family of an orchestra and they have listened to the classical piece of music ‘The Carnival of the Animals.’

The children really enjoyed a musical quiz based upon carnival of the animals and they were very competitive! They had to listen carefully to each piece of music and discuss, in pairs, what animal they thought the music represented.


The children then worked in groups to produce a dance, a piece of music and a piece of Art work. The Art work was based upon Van Gogh’s painting entitled ‘Between wheat and Sky’. The children all worked independently and produced some lovely masterpieces!


The children have created animal dances of their own. Can you guess which dance is representing a lion? Can you guess which dance is representing an elephant? Can you guess which dance is representing fish in the aquarium?



The children have also created animal music of their own. Can you guess which music is representing an elephant? Can you guess which music is representing a swan? Can you guess which music is representing a kangaroo?


Caterpillars and Butterflies

Over the past two weeks the children have been learning about caterpillars and butterflies. They have learnt a lot of caterpillar and butterfly facts and they have explored the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’

The children have written some super sentences about caterpillars.

They have also drawn some fabulous caterpillars on the iPads.

And the children have been great tryceratops’ when they read different phase three CVC words on caterpillar’s bodies and matched them to the corresponding caterpillar heads.


Lots of children chose to make caterpillars using play dough and a selection of carefully self-chosen resources.

Some children chose to make paper chain caterpillars instead. The children were fantastic stickosaurus’ as it took a lot of patience and skill to join the paper chains together.

The children have also learnt about symmetry this week. They have explored symmetry in a variety of ways. Some children chose to make symmetrical play dough butterflies.

Some children chose to make symmetrical butterflies using the computer programme ‘symmetry painter.’ Whilst other children chose to design and colour their own butterflies on paper


And symmetrical butterfly painting was a very popular activity!

The children have also learnt about repeating patterns. Some children explored repeating patterns by completing multilink caterpillar cube challenges whilst other children completed a variety of finger printing caterpillars.


The children have also been very creative this week and lots of children demonstrated their understanding of the life cycle of a butterfly at the workshop table. They selected their own resources to represent the four stages of the life cycle: the eggs, the caterpillar, the chrysalis and the butterfly. The children all worked independently and were great thinkodactyls.



Today the new Puffins from reception had their transition day. They all had a fantastic day meeting their new teachers and were amazing at following their new routines. Well done Reception you will make excellent Puffins in September.




This week we have continued to learn about Minibeasts and we have focused upon ladybirds. We began the week by reading the stories ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’ The children loved the stories and they have been finding ladybirds in our outdoor area all week!

In the classroom some children chose to explore the life cycle of a ladybird. They watched a video on YouTube and then they cut out the life cycle stages of a ladybird. The children then sequenced the life cycle pictures. It was very interesting to learn that the larvae goes into a pupa just like a caterpillar!

Lots of children chose to paint their own ladybirds. Each ladybird is unique in its own way. Did you know that ladybirds can have up to 20 spots?

Lots of children also chose to make ladybirds out of play dough as well. The children were great stickosaurus’. They chose their own resources and decided upon how many spots their ladybird was going to have. Did you know ladybirds have six legs and the most common type of ladybird has seven spots?

The children also made ladybirds at the creative table. We love how the children all made ladybirds but each one is so different. The children have been great thinkodactyls and solveosaurus’. It was very tricky to make the ladybirds and it needed a lot of perseverance!

At the Maths table there were lots of different activities taking place. Some children used the ladybird as a part, part, whole model which they then used to create and solve their own addition calculations. Other children ordered ladybirds from 1-20 and some children used the spots on dominoes to find different compositions of numbers. This required the children to use their problem solving skills!


Lots of children chose to draw ladybirds or play the sequencing and ordering ladybird games on the computer. Once again the children were developing their mathematical language of smallest and largest.

The children have also been super independent writers this week. They have used their phonic knowledge to write some fantastic sentences about ladybirds. Their writing is amazing! Well done Swans.