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Digging for Dinosaurs!

April22


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A superstar in the making!

April20

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Adam Stower

March3

 

In Reception today we had a special visitor – a real illustrator!

We enjoyed our afternoon with Adam Stower and enjoyed listening to his stories and watching him draw some illustrations.

He inspired us to become illustrators and as soon as we were back in the classroom, we got straight to work drawing our own monsters.

Thank you Adam!

You can find out more about Adam and his brilliant work at – http://www.worldofadam.com/

 

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Making Robots

February8

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Whilst tinkering inside old computers and CD players the children found lots of unusual bits and bobs.  They decided that the various wires, circuit boards and springs looked like parts from a robot. The next day the children discovered a variety of electrical loose parts on the malleable table and set to work creating their very own robots. They carefully used craft wire to join polystyrene blocks and play dough. Different metal objects were pressed into the dough to create facial features and other body parts.

 


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Little Tinkers!

February2

Reception children have LOVED our tinkering table today! Using real screwdrivers to look inside TVs and old cassette players.

They enjoyed engaging in this new and exciting experience, demonstrating their natural curiosity and persisting when challenges occurred.

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3D Shapes

February2

Today we have been looking at 3D shapes and the children have enjoyed recreating shapes using straws and blue tac.

It was brilliant to hear children using mathematical language to describe the features of 3D shapes and was a great opportunity to practise their fine motor skills.

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Making Boats

February1

After reading the story of ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, we decided that we could make boats to help the little boy get to the South Pole.

But first we had to investigate which materials float and which materials sink in order for us to make our boat. The children were surprised and enjoyed challenging their misconceptions about materials that float and sink. Some children even made sure that the boat would still float with the penguin on board. We recorded our results on the board to share with everyone what we had found.

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The following day we used the results to help identify which of the junk modelling materials would float. The children used a variety of tools and techniques to join and assemble their very own boat.

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ICE

February1

Reception have LOVED experimenting with ice this week.

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They have worked hard to free the animals which have been frozen in the ice by rubbing, warming and smashing the icebergs.

We also experimented with ice balloons and used salt, food colouring and pipettes to investigate the ice. It was brilliant to see children expanding their language and following their curiosity.

What super scientists you have been!


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Arctic Explorers

February1

This half term Reception are becoming Arctic Explorers!

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We made our very own igloo for our role play area and made some paper mache igloos for the small world.

 


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Do you believe in Bog Babies?

February1

Reception have been looking at the story of ‘The Bog Baby’ for this half term and have loved finding about about these pond creatures!

We went on a bog baby hunt to our school pond and we were so excited to see that we had bog babies living in our pond!

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The children caught them and very carefully put them in jars to bring back to the classroom. We had lots of fun making homes for them out of natural materials and looked after our bog babies.

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 The children looked at the illustrations in the book and recreated the Bluebell Forest from the story as a back drop for our small world area. They enjoyed colour mixing with sponges and using their fingertips to create new effects – What brilliant artists you are!

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And a big thank you to Millie’s Grandma who has knitted us a fantastic Bog Baby!


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