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As part of our 'Healthy Week' we made healthy pizzas and wrote a recipe so that other people can make the pizzas too.
To finish off our topic, 'Once upon a time', we went to visit Clitheroe Castle. The children were so excited when they spotted the castle whilst we were on the coach. We were told stories about dragons and princesses, learnt a sword drill and learnt about different types of dragons. Then we walked around the castle. It was a really fun day!
Once Upon a Time...
Our new topic this half term is 'Once Upon a Time'. This week we have been reading 'Hansel and Gretel'. The children have been writing spells and making potions that do all sorts of silly things like making people disappear.
We have also been making spooky witch masks in the craft area to use in our new witches house in the role play area.
The children enjoyed making snowman rice crispy cakes to sell at our Christmas fayre. Thank-you to all the parents and children for coming to support us.
ICT - Remote control cars
Holly class have loved using the remote control cars. They have been working in partners to send their cars to different places on the carpet, using language such as forwards, backwards, left and right.
Woodland Session - Bird Feeders
Holly class have been making bird feeders to put in the trees outside for the birds to eat during winter. We mixed seeds, nuts and lard together with our hands and filled cups with the mixture. The cups have string attached to them so that we can hang them on the trees.
In Reception we are learning to count and recognise numbers to 20. We are doing well with counting, making sure that we touch each object so that we don't miss one out.
We have also been learning about length, pattern, 2d and 3d shapes and finding one more and less than a number. We use lots of things to support our learning in Maths, such as counters, Numicon and number lines.
Over the next two weeks our focus is Frozen. On Monday the ice queen came to our class and froze some of our toys. We talked about what to do to free them. We found that by touching the ice with our warm hands and being in the warm classroom, eventually the ice melted and changed from hard ice to water.
The ice queen made some of our areas of learning look like winter by putting snow with the arctic animals and village.
We decided to write letters to some of the Frozen characters, Elsa, Anna and Olaf to tell them what had happened. Then we made some winter pictures ready for our hall display about Jack Frost.
Stay and Play Sessions
We are having Stay and Play sessions on Fridays so that parents can come to see their children in the classroom and play with them in the different areas of learning. The children loved showing their parents around their classroom.
Nursery Rhyme Week
During Nursery Rhyme week we did a Science experiment to see which fabric would make the best jacket for Humpty Dumpty so that he did not get as cracked when he falls off walls. We worked in groups and predicted which fabric would protect Humpty Dumpty the most. Then we wrapped the fabric around the eggs and tested them by dropping them from a wall outside. The bubble wrap was the best jacket for Humpty Dumpty!!
Nursery Rhyme Week
During Nursery Rhyme week we completed lots of fun challenges such as making a safe wall for Humpty Dumpty so that he didn't fall off and break!! Reuben and Jayden worked hard to make their walls and adapted them until Humpty Dumpty could balance without falling off.
Woodland Afternoon - Making a Campfire
We worked together as a team to collect leaves, sticks and stones to make a campfire. Then we sat around the campfire and drank hot chocolate with marshmallows and had a chat about camping and being outdoors.
Our walk to the Post Office
We went for a walk to the local post office to buy stamps so that we could post the cards we have made for our family. We wanted our family to know how much we are enjoying school and what we like to do when we are here. We posted our cards in the letter box so keep checking your post as they should arrive next week. The children were all very well behaved and used their manners when we were buying our stamps. Well done Holly class.
Goldilocks came back to say sorry!
Goldilocks saw our Wanted posters around Mill Hill and felt sorry for coming into our classroom and making a mess. She came in to Holly class to apologise. The children asked her lots of questions and Goldilocks promised to never come into our classroom and make a mess ever again.
Goldilocks has been to Holly Class!!
Goldilocks came in to our classroom whilst we were playing outside and was a very naughty girl! She tipped over chairs and tables, made her own porridge and left our classroom very messy. We were very shocked and decided to make some Wanted posters to put around school in case she came back.
Holly class have been planting bulbs. Some of us planted Tulip bulbs and some planted Daffodil bulbs. We know that we need to look after them by giving them water and light. We can't wait to watch them grow!
We have been exploring our woodland area to find suitable materials that we can use to make a cosy bed for baby bear to sleep in. The children found lots of things like sticks to make the bed strong, big leaves as a quilt to keep him warm and dry leaves to create a comfy pillow. The children have loved working together as a team. Well done Holly class!
The children wrote a shopping list with ingredients they would like to add to their porridge. They took their shopping list with them to our shop and prepared their ingredients to add to their porridge. It tasted delicious!!
Baking for the Macmillan Coffee Morning
The children have been busy baking and decorating cakes ready for our Macmillan Coffee Morning at school. Thank-you to all the parents who came to spend the morning with us.
Holly class are learning what happens when we mix two colours together. The children have been blowing through straws to mix two colours of paint to create a new colour.
Woodland Outdoor Sessions
Every Wednesday afternoon we go outside to explore the woodland area on the school grounds. This week we took colour swatches with us and found objects that matched the different shades of colour. We found all sorts of things that matched our colour cards, such as leaves, pine cones and stones. It was lots of fun. We can't wait to have our next woodland session.
Our class teddy - Timmy
Timmy is our class teddy. The children have enjoyed showing him around the classroom and he is looking forward to coming to spend the weekend with you during Reception!
Our class voted for R and S to represent Holly class in our School Council. We can't wait to find out what happens in your meetings.
The children have worked hard to help us make a self registration board in our classroom. As soon as the children arrive at school each morning they will find their name and put it next to their photograph to show that they are at school. The children are using their name cards to practise writing their name. If you would like to practise writing your child's name at home you can use the following website to make sure that you are using the correct letter formation that we use at school. Come to speak to me in class if you need any help or would like the login details.
Reception children have started to stay for their lunch at school this week. They are becoming more and more independent each day. It was pleasing to see them lining up sensibly, making choices about what they would like to eat and using their knife and fork to eat their lunch. Well done everybody!
Every Thursday we meet with the other Reception children to learn new songs as well as sing some that we already know. We listen to Miss Durrad playing her piano and join in by using instruments.
As well as learning through play we have carpet times where we sit and learn English, Phonics and Maths every day. We learn by singing songs, playing games and practising skills we are taught in class. We enjoy listening to a story at the end of each day which helps us to learn new vocabulary and extend our imagination.
We can climb, balance and slide in this fun outdoor area!
As part of our new topic, 'Home Sweet Home', we have been making dens and talking about what we could use them for.
"A tiger will live in here."
"We can live here!"
"This blanket will make it warm."
We play, we explore, we find out new things, we work as a team and we have lots of fun!
Our First Week in Holly Class
The children settled into Holly class very quickly and have loved exploring the different areas in their new classroom. Here are some photographs in the different areas of learning.
A big welcome to all the new children in Holly class!! They have all settled really well into school and made new friends. Look on here for weekly updates and photographs to show all of the learning and fun we have.