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We're Going on a Baby Hunt.

Words cannot express how super proud we are of all the children in Reception. They gave a fantastic performance to family members today and danced and sang their hearts out. Not a dry eye could be seen in the room, and that's just the staff!

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The children had great fun decorating the class tree. They are really excited about all the festive fun that is happening around them and are eager to share their experiences of Christmas.

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He's behind you!

The children enjoyed watching the panto show 'Aladdin'. They enjoyed the funny antics of the characters and loved booing and hissing at the evil character too! The children showed off thier floss skills and encouraged thier teachers to join in too!

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Anti Bullying

Children used the story of Elmer to discuss how being different to one another is a great asset. That we are all individual and should celebrate our uniqueness. We talked about our friends and shared stories about what we enjoyed doing together. The children then went on to discuss ways in which sometimes children can be unkind to one another and what we should do when this happens. I showed children an apple that looked nice and healthy on the outside. I then asked the children in turn to pass the apple around and say something mean to it. I then cut the apple in half to reveal bruises on the inside. The children were shown in a visual way that our words can hurt people on the inside too. Some children were really moved by this and apologised to the apple.

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A Colourful World

 

We have had a very busy couple of weeks exploring colour around us. The children went on a colour walk outside to try and find natural objects from nature that matched the colour words on our chart. The children have enjoyed being messy and have been exploring what happens when we mix primary colours together. The children have enjoyed listening to various books with the colourful character Elmer and had great fun making their own Elmer out of milk carton and colourful paper.

The children were introduced to the artist Kandinsky and discussed the colours and patterns used in some of his work. The children then created their own work in his style both inside and outside.

 

 

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Picture 2 Colour Hunt outside.
Picture 3 Elmer in the rain.
Picture 4 Pom Pom Elmer.
Picture 5 Celebrating Uniqueness.
Picture 6 Repeating patterns.
Picture 7 Elmer and Friends.
Picture 8 Kandinsky Outside.
Picture 9 Kandinsky Outside.
Picture 10 Our Kandinsky.
Picture 11 Future Kandinsky's in the making.

Ready, Steady, Cook!

The children are having fun baking chocolate chip cakes with Mrs Murphy. They smell so yummy but I am yet to try one!

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Reception Remembers

The children are becoming more aware of why poppies are worn at this time of year and are aware that sadly many lose lives during battle and that thousands of lives were lost during the First World War. The children helped make poppies for the local 'Songster' project and have made their own poppy garden of rememberance outside.

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Let's Celebrate!

Wow, what a week of celebrations we've had. We began the week learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and discussed ways in which we can keep ourselves safe when enjoying fireworks. The children explored what happens when you mix red and yellow paint whilst making bonfire pictures.

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On Wednesday we celebrated Diwali with our friends and family. First we watched a video of Jessica, a young Hindu girl from Leicester, showing us the preparations she and her family made for Diwali. We then heard the story of how Prince Rama defeated the evil 10 headed Ravan to help recue his wife Sita, with the help of Hanuman the monkey king. The children then went off to our huge joint classroom to enjoy a range of wonderful activities throughout the day.
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Activites for the day

Picture 1 make a home for the characters
Picture 2 decorate hands with colour
Picture 3 make a meal for your friends
Picture 4 decorate divas
Picture 5 match capitals to lower case letters
Picture 6 make a rangoli pattern
Picture 7 make a rangoli pattern
Picture 8 making cards
Picture 9 re enact the story
Picture 10 make clay divas
Picture 11 making sparklers
Picture 12 catch the jewels and count them to match number
Picture 13 read the words in the rice
Picture 14 rangoli with natural materials
Picture 15 re enact the story outside
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Decorating hands

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Food tasting

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Clay divas

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Making sparklers

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Making cards

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Read this terms newsletter and see this terms new topic maps.

Nocturnal animals

The children are beginning to understand the term nocturnal and have enjoyed finding out about some animals that like to come out at night. They have learnt a few simple facts about owls and can recall them with some fun actions. On Friday the children were visited by some young spiky friends who should have been curled up asleep! The children learnt ways in which they can help hedgehogs during the colder months. The children also enjoyed baking dough which they had shaped into tiny hoglets.

Picture 1 Threading cubes to match fox's tail
Picture 2 Labelling features on an owl
Picture 3 Pegging the correct number of spikes
Picture 4 Sounding out cvc words
Picture 5 Making a hedgegod with apples and sticks
Picture 6 Watch the spikes!
Picture 7 Snipping spikes in the dough
Picture 8 Yummy hoglet bread

Harvest

 

The children have been learning about what the term 'harvest' means. We have talked about how food that we can readily buy in the supermarkets starts off being tiny seeds that are planted by farm workers. We have watched videos on food being harvested and and then sent off to factories where they are cleaned and sorted before being sent to markets and shops. We have harvested some apples ourselves from the trees in the field. The children enjoyed picking the ripe apples that had fallen and have washed them ready to be sorted into edible or rotten piles. The edible apples will be shared after half term and the rotten apples will be left to decompose and make yummy compost for the garden.

The children have also learnt the story of The Little Red Hen and have used storymaps to help them re tell the story. Please ask your child to re tell this wonderful story to you.
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Our 5 Senses

The children have been learning about how our 5 senses allow us to learn about what is happening around us. We spent a day focusing on the senses and had fun exploring them through practical activities. What made the day even more special was that we were joined by our friends from REA too!

Sense of touch

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We used our feely fingers to explore a range of objects with different textures in the outside classroom. We talked about how the objects felt and learnt words to describe them such as rough, smooth, prickly, gooey, hard soft etc.

Sense of sight

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We made some fantastic glasses with coloured lenses to see the world in a different light.

Sense of taste

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After hearing the story of The Hungry Caterpillar the children made a tasty caterpillar of their own to munch on.

Sense of hearing

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We went on a sound walk in and around our school. We heard lots of things such as children and teachers chatting, leaves rustling, cars driving by, pots and pans banging in the kitchen and much more. What can you hear around you now?

Sense of smell

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Children had great fun trying to guess the smells in the jars. They smelt of mint, garlic, fish, flowers or chocolate.They then picked their favourite to make smelling flowers to take home for their family to take a sniff at!

The children have also been using a range of materials to make skeletons both inside and outside.

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Dem bones, dem bones!

The children are learning about what keeps their body from being a blob on the floor. They have enjoyed learning songs that help them remember some of the bones we have in our bodies. We worked together to make a big skeleton.

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The children continue to have fun making faces. Come and look at our loose part faces and our Mr and Mrs Potato Heads.

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The children are having great fun making pictures of themselves using a range of media. Here the children had fun learning about 2D shapes as they used them to make shape people. We talked about sides and corners of each shape and are becoming more familiar with the names of them.

How am I unique?

The children have begun a new topic which will help children explore the similarities and differences between themselves and their peers. Look at the topic map below for ways in which you can support your child.

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Picture 2 exploring rock pools
Picture 3 play dough fun
Picture 4 writing our names
Picture 5 building boats
Picture 6 climbing the raft
Picture 7 digging for treasure
Picture 8 building a fire
Picture 9 trim trail fun

Look at some of the fun activities we have explored.

The first few weeks.

The children have spent the first few weeks making new friends and becoming familiar with the new adults in their classroom. They have enjoyed a variety of activities both inside and outside that have allowed the children to explore their new surroundings. The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences of the sea-side and are keen to tell us lots about themselves and people who are important to them.

REO 2018-2019.

 

Welcome to your child's first year at Robert Bakewell. We cannot wait to begin the next chapter in your child's education. We are very impressed with how well the new intake has settled into school. They are already showing great enthusiasm for learning as they bound through the door each morning with the happy smiles that greet us. We look forward to sharing their journey with you through our web page so please ensure you have a look at it on a regular basis.

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