During the first half term of Autumn the children have been learning all about 'Bears'. We have learnt about different types of bears and used maps and globes to find out where they live. We also looked at fictional bear stories, including 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children have made bears out of playdough, acted out stories in the role-play area, made bears on toast, made the Three Bears' house in the construction area, played with oats and scoops, made Bear Hunt collages and maps, and threaded bears using wool and needles. We also went on a bear hunt around our school and saw a real bear! It was very exciting!
Festivals and Celebrations
During the second half term of Autumn, we have been learning about different festivals and celebrations and why they are celebrated. We have looked at Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Weddings and Christmas. We have had a great time learning about all of the different things that happen in these celebrations. The children heard the story of Guy Fawkes and spoke about fire safety. We made firework pictures using glitter, fireworks in the playdough and we acted out stories using the small world area. During the week leading up to Remembrance Day, we made poppies out of different materials, we painted pictures of poppies and we wrote prayers for soldiers. When we looked at Diwali, we listened to the story of Rama and Sita and told it using small characters. We also completed some Indian dancing! We also had a wedding and looked at all the different things that are needed to make a wonderful wedding. Finally we learnt about the true meaning behind Christmas. We used soft toys to tell stories, we dressed up as different characters and we made Chrstmas decorations. We have really enjoyed this topic!
During the first spring half term, our topic was 'Castles'. We learnt about different types of castles and the names for all of the parts of a castle. We read lots of different stories including King Arthur, Princess Smartypants and The Kiss that Missed. We used role-play to act out stories - we loved pretending to be knights and princesses! We used playdough to create dragons and we used paint to make pictures of castles, knights and dragons. We also made castles out of clay - it was very tricky as we had to use lots of different tools to make the right shapes on the castle. At the end of our topic, we had a banquet! We listened to medieval music and practised our dancing, we pretended to be jesters and we shared some banquet food. We had a fantastic time!
Superheroes & On the Farm
We had a bit of a change this half term as we had to move classrooms because our Reception classroom was being made bigger! In our new classroom, we had a superhero den and small world area which we loved to play in. We wore our masks that we made at home and everyone had to call us by our superhero names!
We also had fun playing with the farm animals, learning about where our food comes from and what some of the baby animals on the farm are called.