What a lovely start we have had in Reception! We have been so busy making new friends and exploring our classroom environments. We are now settled into our new class and have had a very busy half term already.
This half term, we have really enjoyed learning through our class book, ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and we have even been caught reading this independently in our reading areas! In our home corner, we added some African cloth and jewellery to help us retell this story ourselves. In the construction area, we built houses for Handa to live in. In our malleable area, we constructed the fruits from the story using play dough, concentrating on the shape of them. For the last few weeks, we have really liked feeling, smelling and tasting the different fruits from the story and noticing how juicy some of them are.
For the first part of the half term, our theme was ‘Myself and My Family’ where we looked at the things that make us special and unique to our friends. We combined a range of different materials, such as string, card and tissue paper to make paper plate faces of ourselves. We had to look very closely in the mirror to copy what we saw. We also painted portraits of our family, thinking carefully about the colours we would need to use. In our writing area, we made ‘This is me’ books to share with our friends.
For the second part of the half term, our theme was ‘Autumn’. As part of this theme, we learned about Harvest. We were lucky enough to have some grains and wheat in our classroom to look at and feel. We used them to make patterns in our play dough, improving our fine motor skills. In Forest School, we went on an Autumn walk to collect some things that reminded us of Autumn. We needed to use our number recognition to know how many of each item to collect. In our home corner, we followed some recipes, combining leaves, pine cones and conkers to make Autumn cakes and soups.
We have really enjoyed getting to know the children this half term and are looking forward to what next half term will bring.