Activities in the EYFS
7th December 2018
This week we have been learning the names of 3D shapes and describing them. We explored which shapes rolled and which shapes did not roll. We enjoyed reading the story 'Can't you sleep Little Bear' and created our own reading cave for the bears. We have been learning about 'The Christmas Story' and in Construction built a special place for Baby Jesus to be born.
30th November 2018
This week we have been continuing our theme of celebrations. The children brought photographs in from home of their special celebrations and talked about them. We explored whether some celebrations were more important than others and why. We explored colour mixing to paint an orange flame for our Diva lights and made Diwali sweets.
23rd November 2018
This week we have been continuing with our 'Celebrations' topic and we planted our bulbs ready for next Spring. We had a very special visitor, Rev. Mark who talked to the children about Baptism. Our class puppet Shirley was baptised. We learned about 'Diwali' the Hindu festival of light and designed our own Rangoli patterns.
16th November 2018
This week we have been choosing Respect as part of 'Anti-Bullying' week. The children came to school wearing odd socks and throughout the week learned how to show Respect to others. We wore yellow for 'Children in Need' and enjoyed estimating and counting how many bears we could fit on Pudsey Bear.
9th November 2018
This week the children have been weeding our garden area and recycling the waste in the compost bin. We explored colour, light and dark as we created pictures of fireworks. We learned about Remembrance Day, made poppies and a huge poppy using our bodies.
2nd November 2018
A 'Spooky Week' in Reception this week, reading 'Room on the Broom.' The children acted out the story after the 'invisible' witch visited our classroom. We estimated in Maths how many objects could fit on the broomstick and added one more each time. In Construction the children made a model of a new mode of transport for the witch! Using our Autumn collection of objects we made patterns in the style of Andy Goldworthy. We used the iPads to take photographs of our designs.
19th October 2018
As part of our Science topic this week we explored our taste buds. We tasted foods which were sweet, sour, bitter and salty and compiled a simple pictogram graph to show which taste we liked the best. We voted to name the fish as our class value is Democracy.
12th October 2018
This week we enjoyed 'The Stick Man' story. We collected sticks whilst outside on our Autumn welly walk, counted them then ordered them by size. We continued our theme of 'Friendship' and learned about Jesus' 12 Disciples. We enjoyed pretending to be Jesus' friends at 'The Last Supper.'
5th October 2018
This week we started to learn our letter sounds. We had fun forming these letters in a variety of different ways. We slithered down the snake after making a huge letter 's' in the hall. In Maths we have been recognising numerals, ordering them and counting out the correct amounts to match. We have been exploring our number bonds to 6. We have been learning about our class value of friendship and listened to the story of Jesus as a friend and the 'Calming of the Storm.' The children made their own boats out of material.
28th September 2018
This week we have been learning our 'Golden Rules' in class. We have been learning to share and take turns with our friends just like 'Shirley' and 'The Little Red Hen.' We listened to the story of 'The Rainbow Fish.' In Maths we have been recognising numerals and ordering them. We enjoyed playing musical 'number' corners outside!
21st September 2018
This week we have been learning about our class value of 'Friendship.' We enjoyed listening to the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and talked about sharing with our friends and helping each other in class. The Little Red Hen was so impressed that she baked us some bread for us to share!
14th September 2018
We have had a fantastic first week in Reception, settling in and learning the routines. A huge well done to all of the children! We have been looking at ourselves and drawing self portraits. We have been talking about how we are special and special people in our families. We have also been learning about special people in school and Mrs Pennington our lollipop lady came into class to talk to the children about road safety. The children have enjoyed singing nursery rhymes and measuring each other using non - standard measures and comparing heights.
22nd June 2018
This week we all enjoyed our Sports Day and had lots of fun! We have been reading 'The Three Little Pigs' and exploring different materials and their properties. In construction we worked together to design and build our own houses for the three pigs. We made Gingerbread Men and worked out how much they cost. We had 2 special visitors this week. Doctor Quinn talked to the children about his work and demonstrated how to put bandages on. Jenny talked to the children about her Guide Dog and the children then took turns to guide each other around obstacles in the hall.
15th June 2018
This week we have loved making kites on a windy day! We are continuing to develop our petrol station and have been 'paying' for our petrol. In the reading corner we have been acting out the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' and designing and building something to help him across the river.
8th June 2018
This week we had a Tennis session and really enjoyed learning new skills. We also had a visit from the farm and loved meeting all of the animals. Outside we have started to make a petrol station which is still 'under construction.' We will be using money to pay for the petrol and will soon be introducing a 'car wash.'
25th May 2018
We have welcomed a very special visitor into school this week. The children enjoyed listening to a story read by Mark, a local author, about his dog and all of the children stroked her. We have continued counting in twos using 2 pences and a variety of objects including the animals from the story of Noah's Ark. Outside we enjoyed gardening and tidied up our garden area after our springtime flowers had bloomed.
18th May 2018
The 'mystery egg' arrived in Reception this week. We all wondered where the egg had come from and what was inside it? We are waiting patiently for it to hatch. We have been growing cress and made cress sandwiches. All of the children cut the bread in half and shared the cress equally between the two halves as in Maths we have been continuing to learn about doubles and halves. We observed our growing sunflowers and compared ours with the seeds which have no sunlight or water.
11th May 2018
We have been learning about doubling and halving amounts. The children shared a variety of objects equally between 2. We also shared our fruit when we made smoothies. Harry brought his caterpillars into class to show the children how they are changing into butterflies. Our seeds are changing and growing too! We have enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk and working together to make models linked to the story.
4th May 2018
This week has been a busy week planting sunflower seeds. We have also been observing and comparing lots of different seeds and conducting simple experiments in class to find out what plants need in order to survive. We had a special visitor Gina who is a Paramedic. The children listened carefully as she described her job and we also explored how a Paramedic uses lots of 'measures' to link with our Maths topic.
27th April 2018
In Reception this week we have been celebrating St George. The children mixed paints to make a green dragon and used small tools to represent the scales. In Construction the children made models linked to the story and they acted out the story of 'St George and the Dragon.' In Maths we have been learning about money and made a shield which we had to 'pay' for by adding two amounts together. We also measured the Dragon's tail using a variety of objects. We also learned about British Values and voted for Golden Time activities as our British Class Value is Democracy.
20th April 2018
This week we have been learning about looking after our bodies. We have a special visitor in Reception from the 'Active Living Team.' We learned about exercise, healthy eating and teeth brushing. We tried lots of different fruits and vegetables. We have really enjoyed outdoor play in the water especially exploring which tools were the best transporters of water from the bucket to the water tray.
29th March 2018
This week the children went on a Spring walk and looked for signs of Springtime. We collected sticks and ordered them by length and height. We enjoyed balancing and climbing outdoors. We constructed scenes from the Easter story in Construction and explored 3D shapes. Our bulbs which we planted in Autumn are all blooming! Peppa Pig also came to visit our class and brought us Easter eggs.
23rd March 2018
This week we have been learning the 'Easter Story.' We made and Easter Garden outdoors using the blocks and in construction. In Maths we have been learning how to record our subtraction number sentences and exploring the whole/part/part model. Our ducklings have also grown so much over the week and have now gone back to the farm. The children have thoroughly enjoyed being 'Duck Detectives.' Rev. Mark also enjoyed holding one of our ducklings. Our Easter bonnets are looking fabulous and are now ready for the Easter competition.
16th March 2018
This week we have been continuing with our topic of Journeys and read 'Whatever Next.' The children acted out the story and went on a 'moon walk' outside. The children have been so excited due to our new arrivals! We have enjoyed watching our ducklings hatch and looking after our baby ducks.
9th March 2018
This week the children made the dragon for Chinese New Year and performed the dragon dance. We collected sticks outdoors and ordered them by length and height. We compared the height/length of each other and measured using cotton reels. We have been creating repeating patterns using a variety of resources. In Maths we have also been learning how to add 2 amounts together using playdough balls.
2nd March 2018
This week we explored what happened when we brought the snow inside and we compared two bowls of snow. One of them had salt mixed in with the snow and the children compared which bowl of snow melted the fastest. Lucy was amazed when the bowl of snow which had salt in it was the fastest bowl to melt and it turned into water! We have been learning about Chinese New Year and making 'The Chinese Dragon.' The children have been folding and threading parts for the dragon. We have also been creating patterns and learning about healthy eating in our Chinese themed home corner.
16th February 2018
This week we have been decorating biscuits. We worked out how to make the icing sticky by adding water and we made our own icing. We measured and cut strawberry laces and split our biscuit in half. We then counted out 6 jellytots and shared them equally onto each half of the biscuit. We made characters in the craft area from the story 'Old Bear.' Parents were invited into our classroom to share our learning journals. They also took part in our challenges! We also went on a very cold 'Bear Hunt' winter walk and explored our local environment.
9th February 2018
The children have been inspired by 'James Isherwood' who was a local Wigan artist. The children explored colour mixing to paint pictures of Wigan identifying familiar landmarks and features of our town. We went on a word hunt outdoors, reading and matching tricky keywords. In Maths we have been adding 1 more and taking away 1 less. We enjoyed making our own number track to move forwards/backwards to add or take away 1 more/less. Harry made 'The Bear Hunt' at home exploring textures. We were very excited to explore snow this week and used all of our senses to have fun exploring outdoors.
2nd February 2018
This week we have been estimating how many children we could fit on the grass from 'The Bear Hunt' story. Our estimate was accurate! We have been continuing to understand the whole/part/part model in maths. We enjoyed our challenges in our class 'bowling alley' adding and taking away and also exploring shapes. We continued to explore textures creating the forest and the snowstorm. The children compared our town with the landscape in 'The Bear Hunt' story and identified the main features of our town.
26th January 2018
This week we have enjoyed reading 'The Bear Hunt' story. The children explored different textures to create the scenes in the story. We wrote warning signs, warning the family to keep out of the cave. In Maths we learned about the whole/part/part model to develop an understanding of number. We added two amounts together using spots on the ladybirds and playing the beanbag game. The children recorded how many beanbags were in the hoop altogether.
19th January 2018
This week in Reception we have been learning about journeys. We have had lots of fun making our own maps! In the Creative Area we have been painting portraits of Wigan in the style of James Isherwood. We really enjoyed mixing colours!
This week in Reception we have been reading 'Can't you sleep Little Bear?' We used the iPads to explore sources of light and electricity around school. In the Construction Area we made the bear's cave.
This week in Reception we have been learning about Road Safety.