Fostering and nurturing a love of reading, books and the magic of literature is a core principle at Birchwood School. Acorn and Chestnut class were extremely fortunate that teachers didn't want to celebrate just world book day, but engaged in a whole week of celebrating stories, rhymes and books. Children were invited to bring their favourite stories in, dress up, revisit old texts we have engaged in and create their very own puppets for their theatre along with many more fantastic activities. Here are some of the magical moments from this week. What a bunch of budding literary legends in the making.
This half term the children in Acorn and Chestnut class have been exploring our new theme 'Dinosaur Stomp'! It has been a mix of anticipation and excitement as the children were welcomed back to school with mysterious foot proints that led to a huge unexplained, abandoned egg. Since then, the children have been looking after it and keeping it warm. Predictions have been made as to whether it will hatch into a snake, lizard, dinosaur or even if it just contains chocolate.
As you can see from the photos the children are fully invested and engaged in this topic.
We had great fun when we went to the Snowdome to experience real snow.
We played around in the snow, slid and spun down the snow slide, climbed and played in the treehouse and threw just a few snowballs at each other and the teachers!
This half term the children have been on an adventure. An adventure through the story of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We use talk for writing to help embed both the story and actions of this adventure over the course of a few weeks. This week we concluded our magnificent adventure by actually going on a bear hunt. With the wonders of Green Screen here are the children in reception retelling this story
We have been learning about the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. In the story the characters encounter lots of obstacles on their journey to the bear’s cave. We went on our own sensory bare foot walk to try and get an idea about what the family might have experienced.
We really enjoyed learning about how people prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.We listened to the story of ‘The Great Race’, a story of the Chinese Zodiac.The Jade Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each animal that took part in the race. The children thought the rat was very cheeky as he got a ride on the ox to get to the other side, then jumped over the ox's head and won the race.
Our other learning included; role playing getting ready for Chinese New Year, picking things up with chopsticks, painting and making dragons and trying Chinese food.We even made a giant dragon’s head that we used to try out some dragon dancing.
Brrrr! It may be Winter, but that hasn’t stopped us investigating water and ice to make our own ice lollies – yum!We talked about how to make them and what would happen to the water.
'We need to pour water into a mould and then put it in the freezer to make it solid ice,' Lexi.
'The fridge won’t be cold enough to turn the water into ice,' Paige.
'Put water in the freezer so it goes solid and turns into ice.It’s really cold in the freezer,' Riley.
'We need water because water makes ice.If you put it in the freezer it will turn into ice because the freezer is colder than the fridge.When ice melts it turns into a liquid,' Autumn.
We have come back to school in 2023 ready for our learning and excited to be diving into our next theme Winter Wonderland. Within this theme we will expand our children’s understanding of the world they live in and the wonders that it hides. The children will travel by text and the brilliance of their imaginations to the Polar Regions of the globe, finding out and comparing their landscapes and the animals to those local to the UK. We will explore the qualities of snow, and ice. We will also look at features of the season of winter including the changing weather. Here are some photos of the amazing learning the children across reception have encountered so far:
Why Do Squirrels Hide Their Nuts?
We are very proud of all the children in Acorn and Chestnut class for doing such a fabulous job of learning all the songs and lines for their Nativity play. The end performance was amazing. Well done everyone!
Today we had the pleasure of inviting the local Reverend into school to talk to the Reception children about the Christian Faith, her job and how the birth of Jesus is important. The children asked questions, saw props and even sang Nativity songs.
On Tuesday 29th November Acorn class went on an adventure to the woodland area of school. It was a very misty afternoon, but we were all wrapped up and braved the cold. We sat around the fire circle and heard about the awful disaster that had struck over the weekend. The Little People who live in the grounds of the school, who are tiny and not taller than your thumb. Well, the storm hit and destroyed all of their homes! Acorn class set to work rebuilding their homes to make sure the Little People were safe.
After this we sat around the fire, retold the story of Stickman and practiced how to stay safe in the woods around an open fire. At the end of the session, we all respectfully said goodbye to the fire whilst thanking it for its warmth, the fun they had had, the stories and nature.
After learning the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper using Talk for Writing, we had the opportunity to go into the Food Tech Room and make our own. We discussed the recipe used in the story and the steps taken and compared it to the recipe we used at school. We got to taste the soup and most of us loved it.
We love exploring maths in many ways and this week we explored games with numbers up to 5. We worked as teams and threw bean bags into the hoops to see how many landed in the hoop and how many missed. This helped us to organise our sentence structures for combining amounts.
Later in the week we all went on a number hunt inside and outside of the school building. We were amazed at how many numbers can be found. Have a look at all our wonderful learning!
Acorn class really enjoyed their first forest school session. We went on a walk to look for signs of Autumn and talked about the colours of Autumn while on the look out for Autumn treasures. We found different coloured leaves, twigs, acorns and berries. We put all our Autumn objects into a cup to make an Autumn potion.
Autumn has arrived in Acorn and Chestnut class.
Here you can see the reception children exploring the learning provision inside and outside. With many celebrations such as Halloween and Bonfire Night already being seen, you can see our children immersed in their learning. Autumn is Mrs Smith and Mrs Robilliard's favourite season with all the beautiful colours and crafts.
We All Belong Here!
We had a great time celebrating National Poetry Day on Thursday 6th October. Everyone looked fantastic dressed up as adjectives. There was a fabulous range including sparkly, intelligent, old, camouflaged, gloomy and angelic. We also enjoyed watching Year 2 perform the poem 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat' to us. We then performed the rhyme 'One, Two Buckle My Shoe' for them.
Tuesday 4th October was a busy day in Reception. We spent the first part of the morning listening to poems from the visiting poet Ash Dickinson, who then helped us to write a class poem. We then spent some of the morning looking at some exciting educational apps on the iPads with Mr Bailey.
We had some very special visitors into school on Friday 14th October as our teddy bears joined us for a teddy bears picnic. We retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that we have been learning, sang teddy bear songs, played games and made our own banana sandwiches to eat. Yummy!
On Thursday 22nd September local Fire Fighters came into school to talk to the reception children about the importance of their role. The children got to practice asking questions about their job and the risks they take, and also got to try on some of their amazing kit.
Starting school is both exciting and nerve wracking for not just the children but for their grown ups at home. Here are some of the photos of their first few days and weeks at school. They have been learning new routines, school rules, making friends and exploring their new learning environments. These precious moments will stay in the children's minds for quite some time and definitely in their teachers. We have been building, painting, sculpting, roleplaying, riding bikes and climbing on the trim trail.
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