Vivaldi Class 2017-18
Welcome to Vivaldi Class!
Having only just started full days, our reception class are focusing on making new friends and exploring our classroom indoors and out. Our topic at the moment is fruit and vegetables as we focus on our school value theme of Celebrate and Rejoice. We have been looking at Handa's Surprise, healthy eating and similarities and differences between us through our tastes.
We have been learning lots of letters and sounds, how to use numbers and how to take turns and listen to one another, and at the heart of everything we do is the development of the Characteristics of Effective Learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, and Creating and Thinking Critically.
As we approached the end of our first half term at school we focused more on the theme of Harvest. We did lots of work on fruit through Handa's Surprise and then thought about the things we are most thankful for, firstly our favourite foods, but then also the other blessings that God has given us, especially our families.
We now feel very comfortable in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and are looking forward to experiencing the changing seasons at school.
This half term kicked off with a Room on the Broom Wow Day where we made magic wands, miniature broomsticks and generally got stuck into one of our favourite books. Room on the Broom was also a perfect way to start thinking about this half term's theme: Friendship and Trust.
We have since moved on to thinking about what being a good friend looks like in Rainbow Fish and will also move on to a focus on to friendship in The Smartest Giant In Town.
As this term has raced towards the Christmas holidays, our focus in December has been on the Christmas story. We all played the parts of angels in our Born in a Barn performance we joined with Miller class for, and we have enjoyed revisiting the Nativity story each day as we opened the large advent calendar we made together. We have also looked at the Nutcracker as part of our school-wide joint art project and experimented with different art media to create a display representing the party scene from the ballet.
For our exit point at the end of term we made a Nativity Movie, written narrated and performed by the children (the full 7 minute video can be viewed below, broken into 3 parts). We then invited parents to the world premiere where we also served pop corn we had cooked on our fire pit. It was a wonderful way to end a very long but very fun half term!
'Hopes and Dreams' is the school-wide topic for this half term. We began with a Day of Dreams on our first day back after the Christmas holidays where we worked in twos and threes to build some dream machines to use in our Dream Factory role play area. We have also been making music for sleeping, dreaming and waking and mixing some dreams together in dream jars.
Thinking about our dream homes, jobs, pets and food has also been a great stimulus for writing and we are now getting very confident in writing whatever we want to communicate.
We continued our Hopes and Dreams theme this month buy looking at the story of the Ugly Duckling and then continued the egg topic into the second Spring half term as we begun the new them of protection. On our first day back we worked with the Year Ones to design and make a container that could protect an egg from being dropped off the roof of Miller Class! We have also borrowed an egg incubator and seven eggs from Brymore School which we hope will hatch just before Easter. Lorraine and Chris from Brymore will be back in March to show us some newborn chicks and check which of our eggs are growing.
This half term we have also started doing Forest School activities on Wednesday afternoon. So far we have built dens with sticks and rope, made clay faces for trees and mixing potions with natural ingredients and specially selected mixing sticks.