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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Early Years Explorers

Yesterday we were lucky to have Louise from London CLC come to visit us. We explored how to record things using different types of technologies. First, we took pictures using digital cameras and put the pictures together to make a story. Then we used voice recorders to retell one of our favourite stories, 'Room on the Broom'.

Take a look at some of the work we have done:


Friday, 18 November 2016

Hill Mead Hens


Here are some of our highlights from our week of looking after the chickens:

Jahvon; "I liked it when the chicken flapped its wings high up"

Peter: "I liked when I stroke the chicken and it flapped it's wings"

David: "I  liked it when he eat the food in my hand"

Mason: "I liked to stroke him"

La'Shaye "I didn't like the chicken when it was following me, it was scary"

Kha'Mari: "How does a chicken stand up after it's been flying?"




Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Hill Mead Hens

This week it is our turn to take care of the Hill Mead Hens. We have created a Vet Surgery role-play area to help us think of ways we can care for living things. The chickens have also been coming to visit us every afternoon in the Reception outdoor area. It's been great to spend so much time with the chickens, we have been collecting their eggs and on Friday we will be using them to make egg sandwiches!


Friday, 11 November 2016

Reception Trip to Loughborough Park

Today we had so much fun visiting Loughborough Park. We worked together to collect sticks and used these to make broomsticks. Some of our broomsticks broke, just like in the story, so we had to find stronger sticks to make our broomsticks. We loved every minute of it and it was wonderful to see so many parent helpers working with us too.


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Ziggity Zaggety Let's Get Writing!


Look at one of our magic spells! We are beginning to hear the initial sounds in words and are using our phonics knowledge to write them down. What would you make with your spell?

Abraa Cadabraaa!

Ooooooooooh this week we have been writing and making our own spells just like the animals do in the story 'Room on the Broom'. We decided to make our very own bubbling potion, first we had to count out 10 spoons of bicarbonate of soda, then we slowly poured vinegar into it and we instantly saw it start to bubble.. then it started to spill over the side of the pot!



Friday, 4 November 2016

Room on the Broom

This term our focus story is 'Room on the Broom' written by Julia Donaldson.

















Here are some of our favourite parts of the story:

Bruna: "I like it when the witch drops the wand in the water and then the broom snaps in two! I don't like it when the scary dragon wants to eat the witch".

David: "My favourite is dragon".

Kha'Mari: "I like it when the animals trick the dragon so it don't eat witch and chips for tea".

Peter: "It's funny when the broom breaks and they all fall off!"

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Phonics

In Reception we have been learning sounds in phase 2. These sounds will help us learn to read and write. You can help to practice recognising these sounds at home.


This video shows how each sound is pronounced:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8

Other things you can try at home to help with your child's reading;
Begin to orally blend CVC words e.g. when you sound out c-a-t, they can tell you the word is cat, and also orally segment CVC words e.g. when you say “mum”, they can pick out the sounds m-u-m. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Love My Books

Here in Reception you will always find us sitting in the reading corner enjoying a story, be it alone or with a friend we just love to read! We have started learning sounds in phonics and so we have had fun looking for the new sounds we have learnt inside books. We also enjoy simply looking at the pictures and using these to help us retell our own versions of the story.





















What is your favourite book?

We love to read!


Reception 'Love My Books' Cafe
Wednesday 19th October
2:15-3:00pm

In Reception we love to read stories, and we would love you to come and enjoy a book with us at our reading cafe next week. We will be providing refreshments and it will be a great afternoon. We hope to see you there!





Thursday, 29 September 2016

Nursery Stories

This week in Nursery we have been telling our own stories. Have a read and tell us what you think:



Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken!


In Nursery we have been reading Handa's Surprise. We have spent lots of time talking about the word 'surprise'. What does it mean to get a surprise? We had a surprise of our own this week when Miss Read opened a box and out popped a chicken! We enjoyed finding out what the chicken felt like to touch and how we can care for our Hill Mead Hens.

Budding Artists

Nursery are reading the story 'Handa's Hen'. This week we have tasted all of the delicious fruits from the story. We have also done observational drawings of the fruits which appear in the story, our work has made a lovely display in the Nursery!



Which is your favourite fruit?


Monday, 26 September 2016

Meetin' the Chicken


We have enjoyed reading Handa's Hen in the last few weeks, and we are lucky to have some of our very own chickens living in Hill Mead Primary School. We talked about what chickens need to be cared for, and how we should treat the chickens. Then we had the chance to meet the chickens!

We absolutely loved meeting the chickens and we found out lots of new things. Did you know that the red bit on top of a chickens head is called a comb? We are still finding out lots of new things about chickens - it is so interesting!

What would you like to find out about chickens?

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Today in Reception we started working together as a team to see how long we could make a snake using magnetic construction pieces. We had to make sure that we were all being gentle and taking care whilst we added the next piece of the snakes body on. We then worked as a team to pick the snake up, we decided it would be best to all pick it up slowly together on the count of 3. We were so pleased when we managed to pick it up successfully keeping the snake in one piece.

After we had made a snake we wondered what else we could make. Afia thought it would be a really good idea to make a circle, so that's exactly what we did! We listened to each others' instructions to move round into a circle and were so proud when we achieved what we had set out to do. 


Teamwork makes the dream work!

Today in Reception we started working together as a team to see how long we could make a snake using magnetic construction pieces. We had to make sure that we were all being gentle and taking care whilst we added the next piece of the snakes body on. We then worked as a team to pick the snake up, we decided it would be best to all pick it up slowly together on the count of 3. We were so pleased when we managed to pick it up successfully keeping the snake in one piece.

After we had made a snake we wondered what else we could make. Afia thought it would be a really good idea to make a circle, so that's exactly what we did! We listened to each others' instructions to move round into a circle and were so proud when we achieved what we had set out to do. 


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rainy Days

Over in the Early Years nothing can stop us from going outside, as the saying goes; 

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothes". 

We like to be outside as much as possible, and on a rainy day last week we decided it would be a good idea to make a rain shelter to keep us dry. We worked together as a team to make sure the shelter was big enough for us all to fit under and strong enough to stay up in the wind. 


Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed on a daily basis. If you would like to bring in a pair of wellington boots for your child, please put them in a named carrier bag on their peg.

Reception Topic

Handa's Hen

We love listening to stories and will be enjoying reading books including 'Handa’s Hen', which is our focus story this term. We will be working towards retelling this story ourselves later in the term. We will be looking at non-fiction texts in Brixton Library to develop our understanding of different countries and cultures, including villages like the setting for Handa’s Hen.

Nursery Topic

Handa's Surprise

We have been trying the fruit from the
story 'Handa's Surprise'.
We will be exploring the story of 'Handa’s Surprise' this term as well as other Black cultural stories including 'We’re Going on a Lion Hunt'. We will be comparing environments, fruit tasting, writing shopping lists and will even try to visit Brixton market to buy some of our own fruits.
Which fruit is your favourite? "I like the banana"

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Welcome to the Early Years Blog!

Hello!



We're very excited to be able to share all the learning we have been doing in Nursery and Reception on our Early Years blog. Keep checking to see what we've been up to!