Welcome to the class page for Reception 2.
This is a very exciting time in your child’s school life as they start their journey at All Saints Catholic Primary School and we have lots of exciting things planned for this year, which we will document here in our blog as well as the children’s own learning journeys.
The class is led by myself, Mrs Marsden, along with Mrs Riley and Mrs McAdam, who many of the children will be familiar with from our Nursery. We also have Mrs Cosgrove providing support to the children along with the other adults from Reception 1.
Throughout the year I am sure that you will have many questions and queries which I am only too happy to address, either speak to myself or one of the team at the door during drop off or collection, or alternatively make an appointment to see me after school.
We are all looking forward to sharing this Reception year with our class of 2017/18.
Please take a moment to have a look at our ‘Reception Newsletter’ for the Summer term. It is another way of us passing information about your child’s learning and contains details of what we shall be focusing in in the coming months.
We have had a very exciting afternoon in R2 today, we took delivery of some new Lego building bricks, we talked about how we needed to share and work as teams to build together. We looked at the different shapes and colours of blocks and how to fit them together for our creations. We are very excited by this new addition to our classroom, developing our interest in construction to move our learning forwards.
Today we came into school to find a mess in our classroom; chairs tipped over, flour on the floor and crumbs everywhere. The area had been cordoned off before the children arrived and Mr Ralston went to check the CCTV. The children arrived and made all sorts of predictions about what had happened; was it a dragon, a wolf, the Easter bunny, had Elf on the Shelf returned? It wasn’t long before Mr Ralston returned with the CCTV footage showing a Gingerbread Man and his friends running through our classroom.
We have spent the day designing traps, writing plans, recording news reports and making signs, just in case the Gingerbread Man returns tonight.
Watch our CCTV footage
With our ‘Bug Hotel’ opening soon we need to think about the menu, so we have begun to look at planting and how we can provide a range of flowers and berries around our outdoor area. We have begun learning about planting through a growing kit supplied to school by ‘Innocent Smoothies’ as part of their ‘Big Grow 2018’ campaign. Today we began by planting cress, pea shoots and baby spinach in pots and we will observe them growing over the next few weeks.
Following the children’s interests in all things creepy crawly, we are developing a ‘Bug Hotel’ for our outdoor area. We have looked at the different bugs that we would like to attract and the different types of habitat that we need to include in our hotel. Having drawn designs of how we would like it to look Mr Butler, one of our school governors, came into class to help us begin building it. We collected lots of recyclable materials to use in the construction and look forward to developing it over the next few weeks, ready for our first guests in the spring.
What a surprise to wake up to snow!!!
Well Reception 2 were very excited about the snow today, we started our day by sharing news of what we had done on our way into school, there were tales of snow angels, snowball throwing and snowmen. We then put on our waterproof suits and went outside to explore (much to the envy of the juniors). This was a fantastic learning opportunity for the children, discussing senses, melting, ice crystals and much more. We even built a snowman although someone ate his nose!
Today we had some very special visitors in class, four ducklings that had come to our school as eggs and who were now only a week old. The children all took turns to hold and comment on what they observed. Of course the ducklings love water so we made them a bath and watched as they splashed in and out of the water. We talked about the different features of the ducklings like their bill and their webbed feet.
As part of the World Book Day celebrations across school we all enjoyed dressing up. We learnt about Roald Dahl, focusing on his book ‘The Enormous Crocodile’. We read the story, painted pictures of crocodiles and joined in with a whole school assembly celebrating reading.
One of our dominating interests in Reception 2 is our love of construction and today some of the children decided to see if they could link pieces of ‘finger build’ together to see if they could touch the classroom ceiling. As they continued their investigation more children joined in as the interest grew. Even though we had reached the ceiling we still have pieces left in the box, so we took our investigation outside to see how far all the pieces would reach.
And the result was….
78 pieces of finger build reached nearly all the way across our outdoor area!
As part of our ‘Understandng the World’ curriculum we spend time in the new garden area at the front of the school building. This week we enjoyed a campfire, talking about fire safety, singing campfire songs and cooking marshmallows for ‘smores’.