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What have we been doing in Reception this term?

The Advent calendar is nearly at an end. Our 2 lucky children enjoyed an early morning treat. 
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It's been a busy week, but we haven't forgot about our Advent calendar - well, the children wouldn't let us would they?
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'A Little Bird Told Me' - Nativity 2016


However, what a little bird didn't tell us was how fantastic the children would perform in the Nativity production.  Well done Reception!

Ding, dong, ring that bell!  We rang the bells in class as we found a bell hiding behind door number 13. 
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A snowflake awaited us behind door number 12 - yummy!
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Some informative speaking was provided by our two Show and Tell children today.  A newborn baby and some cuddly toys joined us. 

A little bird was hiding behind door number 9 today. 
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We designed our own advent calendars after thinking about advent and the nativity. 
On the 8th of December, our advent calendar brought a chocolate bauble to the class. We were lucky enough to have some real ones to look at as well.
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To say that we are proud of our children in class would be an understatement. They have worked so hard at home on their learning log challenge (and thank you to our helpful families too!).  Let it snow, let it snow...
We even had an extra special one which lights up and changes colour. 


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We have had an exciting happening in class! You will never guess what has happened! We have had our first tooth fall out and this lucky boy is hoping that the tooth fairy brings him a gold coin. 
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A horse chocolate awaited this lucky boy on the seventh day of our Advent calendar. 
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Things are getting cold in class. From reading tricky words hidden on snowy animals, to using lots of new language in our snow play, brrr!
Number 6 in the advent calendar revealed a teddy bear chocolate treat today!
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After a weekend it's great fun catching up on the Advent calendar! 
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After the frosty start to the morning, it was necessary to have a few chilly activities inside as well! The children had a tricky time picking up bits and pieces with pegs to make a snowman. They also painted a snowman ready for our science work to investigate what conditions a snowman would melt in. 
We had a Show and Tell linked to our topic when one of our little girls brought some Frozen Lego to tell us about.  Another of our little girls brought in some Sophia the First magazines and shopkins - aren't we lucky!
Our lucky little girl today got to open the second day of our Advent calendar where a gingerbread man was hiding. 
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As the first of December is here, what better way to continue to think about Advent than to open our class calendar!
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Infant film night was a huge success. The children asked to watch more films!  We were all nice and snug in our onesies and we can't believe nobody fell asleep!
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to these two girls....enjoy being 5!
In R.E. we have been learning about Advent. The children made a class wreath and then could make their own in the continuous provision. They learnt about how Christians prepare for Christmas and we talked about what we might do in school to prepare. I wonder if we will have a class Advent calendar? Yum yum!
We loved our trip to the theatre to watch 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.  The children watched the performance so well, we were so proud of them! After the long day, the children were exhausted and some even had forty winks on the way home.
The children enjoyed our worship today which was delivered by Maggie from The Salvation Army to support our worship theme of compassion. 
The children loved playing on the adventure playground. We ended up on a journey to Pizza Hut (we did wish it was a real journey)

When introducing our topic of "Do you want to build a snowman?", the children explored the topic box where we talked about the seasons, festivals including Christmas, the weather and climate, animals that live in different climates, decorations and how our own homes are decorated, changes to the state of liquids, clothing, and some of our favourite stories and DVDs in the Winter.  


We found out what life is like on a farm with our first informative Show and Tell from somebody who knows exactly what they are talking about. We were then taken into a world of imagination by our second Show and Tell, where we were amazed by all the adventures Batman has been on! 
Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, you are now 5 years old, happy birthday to you. Somebody was lucky enough to visit Smyths toy store and be treated to a Batman Eliminator. It sounds like you had a brilliant birthday! 
We were being like robots today,  chopping up words and writing each sound.
Our 'tail for a tale' performance of the story 'You Choose'.  Our Reception children remembered their lines from their page of the story and loved making their own choices in class about what they would choose.  Where would they live..?  Who would they have for family and friends..?  
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Another amazing Show and Tell session. We had a visit from Barbies in a very bright car and even a robot!   
The children enjoyed a visit from The Bethany Choir who performed songs and dances for the whole school. 

The Magic School Bus-How Water Changes

We have been talking about how the weather changes in Winter. The children have also talked about the film Frozen. But what actually happens to water in different conditions? The Magic School Bus video will show you. Better still, see how long it takes your own ice cubes to melt at home when left in the fridge/outside/on a plate in the window - do they all take the same length of time to melt?

We learned about Diwali. We discussed which celebrations are important to the children and how we may celebrate differently to other people.  As part of our maths work, we created Rangoli patterns. We were able to match the colours to the correct numbers and created some repeating patterns. 


During our Expressive Arts and Design work, we used clay to make our very own Diyas.

We spotted quite a few of you boys and girls at the school bonfire last weekend. If you took any photographs of you and your families whilst you were there please could you bring these in for us to see?


You can print them off and bring them in or alternatively email them to the office who will pass them onto us!