As part of our learning about old and new toys, the children brought their own teddies into class on Wednesday - they had a fab day. The children painted them, introduced them to their friends, read to them and showed them around the classroom. Some of the teddies were new and some were older; they even belonged to the children's parents.
In Maths, we have been working hard to show numbers on our fingers - we have been working on showing numbers the quickest way. This week, we have learnt how to show 6 and 7 too. We know 6 is 5 and 1 more and 7 is 5 and 1 more.
We have been learning about life in the past from reading our key text 'Peepo'. We have been using a big information book to find out more. We particularly enjoyed learning that toilets used to be in a hut outside because homes didn't have all of the pipes for bathrooms. Imagine going to the cold, damp toilet outside in the middle of the night!!!!!
I love how children are practising reading with their friends. The children will make very good teachers one day!
This week we have been reading with fox characters. We have noticed the foxes are all sly... In provision, we have been drawing maps from the story, making traps to catch the fox and drawing WANTED posters.
Over the last few weeks we have been reading 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. We have been building gigantic buildings, learning about our own town, Barnsley, drawing maps, making thank you cards to George the giant. We've loved it and our poems about GIANTS are epic! We have also been learning about the word 'squelchy' - we found a bit of mud that was squelchy but we had lots of fun squelching jelly!
We have been learning about rivers. Mr Gumpy (our key text) lives next to a river and our storytime book is called The River. We have been thinking about the language in The River and we have drawn maps of our own. Some rivers are "calm and still", some are "angry and rough" and some are "muddy".
This week our coach, Dan, was teaching us about communication skills and team work. He said he works in a lot of schools and our reception class is the best for teamwork he has seen!
This week the children have been learning how to use the shop. They have been writing lists of the things they want before going to the shop and asking the shopkeeper for their items. They have been counting out the correct pennies.
After reading Handa's Surprise this got us thinking about fruit - where does it come from? How does it grow? How are fruits the same and different? In the story the parrot pinches the tangy purple passion fruit - but what does 'tangy' mean? The elephant stole the ripe red mango - but what does 'ripe' mean? We looked at, and tasted different fruits to find out. We thought the pomegranate tasted tangy because the juice burst in our mouths and it wasn't too sweet. The banana wasn't very ripe, it was green and not as soft inside but we enjoyed it. We also tried nectarines, figs, limes and mango.
We are working hard every morning to learn sounds. This week we have also started to practise blending sounds together to read words.
Outside the children worked together to join the tyres with planks. They chose different lengths of planks to fit the space between the crates. If the planks were wobbly they said they weren't safe and adjusted them. They also helped one another up the ramps and round the large tyres. Great teamwork Bear Cubs!
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