26 January 2018
This week we went bird watching. We went to the wooded area and field and used our binoculars to spot some birds- we saw seagulls, blackbirds, crows and pigeons. We have been doing lots of bird watching role play where we made booklets, wrote lists of the items we needed and completed tick sheets and check lists of the birds. We also enjoyed using the binoculars which have recording buttons on them. We enjoyed recording our voices and playing them back to listen to them. The children took part in role playing bird movements and actions through the book, ‘A Busy Day for Birds’ by Lucy Cousins. Using puppets from the story the children helped to make up an imaginative story and went on to record this as a piece of shared writing. The children loved telling stories with the puppets in their independent play and went on to write their own stories in the writing area. Also, this week the Reception have loved exploring our new role play area too - The Animal Hospital. We’ve been taking our pets to the doctors; the doctors have been writing prescriptions and helping us make our animals feel better.
Next week we will focus on the theme of Pets. Could you bring in photos of your pets or a pet that you would like to own, on Monday 29th January as we will be having a circle time talking about pets. We will also paint a pet and will make their own fact file about how to look after pets. The Animal Hospital role play area will continue based upon the theme of pets. Also, next week the children will explore the classic tale, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. Reception will take part in telling the story through actions and role play. They will have the opportunity to retell the story using small world characters in a small world scene and can also create their own stories. In the writing area they will have the opportunity to write their own Bear Hunt stories.
This week we have been exploring the book, ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. We had a special assembly on Tuesday where we saw lots of different owls. We learnt so much about owls, watched them fly and even got to take a photo with Whisper, the barn owl. After the owl show, we made posters including all the facts we learnt. We also thought about what we wanted to find out about owls and researched the internet. We looked at images, writing and watched videos to find out the answers to our questions. We used oil pastels and chalk to draw owls and we also role played the story, exploring the feelings of the owl babies. On Thursday the children helped to transform the role play area into an Animal Hospital and enjoyed creating new signs and labels for this. The Teachers modelled role play being a Vet, writing the patient notes and prescriptions and treating the animals.
Next week we will be bird watching. We will talk about the different birds that we might see in our gardens or parks and we will be taking part in bird watching ourselves. We are going into the wooded area where we will use binoculars to spot some birds and also fill in a bird watching chart. We hope to see lots of different birds! We are going to turn our writing area into a bird watching area, where we will have props for role play, writing a list of what we’ll need for bird watching and making bird booklets. Continuing this theme the children will explore role playing bird movements and actions through the book, ‘A Busy Day for Birds’ by Lucy Cousins. The children will have the opportunity to create their own stories using bird puppets from this book.
12th January 2018
This week, we explored the book ‘Blue Penguin’ in more detail. We reread the text and focused on the feelings of the main character Blue Penguin. This developed the children’s vocabulary for talking about emotions and developed their understanding of their own and others emotions. In Literacy the children enjoyed making information books about penguins. To help them find out more about penguins the children used the internet, videos, pictures, books, magazines and so on. Also this week the children had fun dressing up as penguins and creating music and songs in the Antarctic role play area and writing messages to their penguin friends to come and watch their singing shows.
Next week we will be exploring the book ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. As well as role playing this story and discussing the events and characters the children will find out information and facts about owls. They will use this information to create their own information posters about owls. As part of this theme the children will enjoy a special visit from some real life owls and have their photo taken with an owl.
Also next week the children will help to develop the role play area into an Antarctic Animal Hospital where they will become animal doctors or patients. This will support the children’s literacy skills as they can write patient notes and prescriptions.
Happy New Year everyone and welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break. The children have missed each other and have been very excited to be back.
This week we talked about winter and the changes in weather. We introduced the book Blue Penguin and talked about Antarctica and animals that live there. We created pictures along to winter themed music, such as, The four seasons by Vivaldi – winter, Howard Blake - We’re walking in the air and Emilie Waldteufel - The skaters waltz.
Based on the story of the Blue Penguin we transformed the role play area into Antarctica and decorated elements from the story. We drew penguins and fish. Together we created a collage of the Blue Penguin, a whale and a sun. We made penguin head bands, microphones and snowflakes.
Next week, we will delve into the book ‘Blue Penguin’ in more detail. We will read the text again but this time focussing on the feelings of the main character. We will be making information books about penguins and exploring the different ways we can find this information for example, internet, videos, pictures, books, magazines and so on.