19.3.18 Easter

March 18th, 2018 | Posted by The Oaks in Reception Archive - (1 Comments)

This week our learning will be focused on the stories around Easter. The stories will include;

  • The great parade. We will re-enact this story through a drama session focusing on the feelings of the people involved within the story.
  • An important meal. Through philosophy we will discuss the moral of this story.
  • A dreadful day. We will talk about how Jesus wasn’t scared and  why. The children will explore what makes them happy / sad / frightened and why.
  • A happy day. We will explore how his friends felt on this day. Were they happy or scared?
  • Goodbye at last. We will explore why these events are important to Christians .

Some of the activities that will be based around our learning on Easter are;

  1. Ordering the Easter story pictures and verbally retelling the story focusing on the main events.
  2. Problem solving: One hot cross bun serves two people, how many buns do we need for everyone to have some?  Sharing hot cross buns in snack and discussing the important of the cross symbol on the buns.
  3. Making and buying hot cross buns in the play dough, developing addition and subtraction skills when paying.
  4. Create / design stripy eggs focusing on developing repeating pattern skills.
  5. Science experiment: How strong are eggs?
  6. Explore eggs in different forms. Boiled, fried, scrambled etc. Explore the similarities / differences.
  7. Cooking: Make Easter nest.
  8. Egg and spoon races, focusing on ordinal language.
  9. Easter egg hunt: the children will read the clues to find the eggs.

If you have any other additional activities you’d like to do this week please let Miss Coombe or Mrs Martin know.

15.1.18 Gruffalo

January 14th, 2018 | Posted by The Oaks in Reception Archive - (0 Comments)

We have been enjoying the Gruffalo story and this week we are going to continue to base our learning around this story.

This week we are going to:

  • Design our own terrible creature out of clay and name and describe it.
  • Collaborative challenge: make a log pile house for the  mouse to live in.
  • In Forest schools we are going to use the IPad to take photos of the bugs we find.
  • In maths we are exploring how to count on from a number. We are making teen numbers so we are always starting at 10 and counting on.
  • In maths we are playing swap shop focusing on one more / less than a number up to 20.

There are lots more activities happening over the week.

27.11.17 Pirates and princesses

November 27th, 2017 | Posted by The Oaks in Reception Archive - (0 Comments)

The next two weeks will be our last focus on our topic pirates and princesses before we start to learn the Christmas story. Some of the activities we are going to be doing over the next two weeks are:

  1. Treasure hunt: Focusing on the children reading clues with key words in to find the treasure hidden in the playground.
  2. Pirates gold sort: The children will sort the coins hidden in the sand into groups. 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1.
  3. Collaborative treasure maps: With a friend the children will create giant treasure maps and label the items they have included.
  4. Treasure hunt: Following numerical  and directional arrows the children will search for specific treasure that has been lost. For example 4 gold rings, a diamond etc.
  5. Will it sink? In teams the children will create a pirate ship from different materials. The ship  that floats wins!
  6. Is it strong enough? In teams the children will create a princess castle from different materials. The castle that holds all the princesses wins!
  7. We are watching the little princess stories and discussing the morals of each. Last week we watched ‘I don’t want to tidy up’ and as you can imagine the children had lots of opinions on why they don’t like to tidy up and why they should have to!

What you could do at home to help……

  1. Explore floating and sinking in the bath. What do the concepts mean? Can your child sort their toys into groups that float and groups that sink? How many in each group? Which group wins?
  2. Can they use their construction to build either a pirate ship or princess castle. Talk about the different features that would need to be included on each. Use this to introduce new language such as plank, turrets, sail etc
  3. Watch the little princess stories on you tube and discuss the morals behind the stories they choose.
  4. Can they sort the ‘pirates treasure’ from you purse (your change!) into groups. Can they add the small amounts together or use them to buy items from the shop. Talk about and explore money.

Have fun!! 🙂