In Reception 1 we have been practising writing numbers. To help us remember the shape of each number we used strawberry shoelaces! We made the number, then checked. If it wasn’t quite right we moved the strawberry laces around….at the end of maths our classroom smelt like a giant box of strawberries.
Our focus in maths this week (and next week) is doubling and halving. We have been singing songs, using doubles dominoes and lots more.
Today we had 2 nests and some grapes (baby chick eggs!) and we put some in one nest, then had to make sure we doubled the number by putting the same in to the other nest. We did lots of counting and checking our answers…..then we got to eat grapes and marshmallows during snack time.
To celebrate Mothers Day in Reception 1 we invited our Mums, Aunties and Grandmas in to school for a celebration. We sang songs, shared a poem and ate chocolate biscuits. At the end of our celebration we presented our grown ups with cards and presents. It was a lovely afternoon.
This week, strange things have been going on. PC Paul sent a letter to Reception 1 to say things have been going missing.
This morning we had a letter with photographs of Bertie, blindfolded in a mystery location. Well, we were so worried we decided to write missing posters to help bring Bertie back to us.
Tomorrow we are going to look for clues, I wonder who could have taken Bertie?
On Thursday 6th March we celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up as characters from our favourite stories, read stories and even wrote our own books.
There was a competition for the best outfit, and in Reception 1 Leo Richardson won; dressed as Percy the Park Keeper. We love the stories and we loved Leo’s outfit too!
We have had a focus of number songs, to help us learn the concept of taking away. So we sang songs like 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer, 10 Fat Sausages…..
….5 Chocolate Cookies! We used the props to sing the song, and write the number sentences each time a cookie was taken away. Then Mrs Ogden had an idea. We could really have a go at taking away with some real chocolate cookies, so on Friday that is just what we did.
Next week on Friday 6th March it is the Hindu spring festival of Holi. Also known as the festival of colours! We have started our celebrations early!
We watched a video about the festival of colours and then had great fun recreating our own! It was very messy but lots of fun!
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We are looking forward to learning more about the Holi festival. Though perhaps with a bit less mess!
Yesterday in maths we completed our own tally charts to find out what toppings everyone preferred on their pancakes. Chocolate spread was a popular favourite! We used the results to make a shopping list for Miss Bowling. Today we chose our favourite toppings and had great fun creating delicious pancakes. Some of us were very adventurous and tried every topping on our pancakes all at once!
Lots of us chose strawberries and Miss Bowling and Mrs O’Kane were very impressed with our cutting skills. We were very careful with the knives.
Our pancakes were delicious and their wasn’t much left to tidy up!
This afternoon was even more exciting as we had a visit from a local vet!
For our afternoon carpet time we thought of some questions we could ask our visitors. We were very good at thinking of question words and making sure we used them to ask our questions. We wrote our best questions down to make sure we wouldn’t forget.
We really enjoyed meeting Lila the dog and Cookie the guinea pig. We all got to stroke Cookie, we were very gentle and some of us even got the listen to Lila’s heart with a stethoscope.
In class we have set up our own vets area and we have had great fun this week role playing going to the vets.
Tomorrow and Friday we will be celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi. The festival of colours! If you have not done so already please bring in an old adult sized shirt as we hope to have great fun throwing coloured powder paint outside! Pics to follow!
This week we are learning about Chinese New Year.
We found out that red is a lucky colour in China and that people give red money wallets to celebrate the new year. We decided to make our own lucky money wallets and carried out an experiment to make some coins shiny so we could put them inside.
For our experiment we tested whether ketch-up, coca cola, vinegar or soapy water would clean the coins best. First we made tally charts first to find out which liquid our friends predicted would work best. Most of us chose the soapy water. Next we carried out the experiment. It was rather messy!
We put our shiny coins into our money wallets.
In class we watched a video showing the lion and dragon dances at the new year parade in Manchester. Some of the girls decided to have their own parade! Olivia and a Willow attempted to direct telling the others to play louder or quieter.
Today we have visited Chopsticks restaurant in Swinton to sample the Chinese food. It was delicious!
We chose our own food…
And had great fun eating it…
Some of us were very adventurous and tried lots of different foods.
The queue for the puddings was rather long! But worth the wait, we were very excited to find cake, ice cream and jelly!
We had a great day out and Miss Bowling and Mrs O’Kane were very proud of how well we behaved. Thank you to all our parent helpers too!