St. Gabriel's RC Primary
Reception Open Evening for children starting school in September 2018
Phew! What a busy start to our school journey.
We have been very busy this Autumn half term. We have learnt about our 5 senses. We have made our own special glasses and when we wear them we can use our imagination and visit far away lands! We touched lots of different materials. Some were soft, hard, bumpy, cold and some were squidgy! We listened to sounds outside and try to guess which instruments were being played. We wrote recipes for smelly potions then made our potions they were rather smelly! We had a lovely tasting session some foods were sour, some were sweet and some made our tongues fizz. We made a tally chart and our favourite was custard cream biscuits!
St Gabriel's Day
The 29th September was St Gabriel's Day. We were welcomed into our school by our buddies in Year 6. We made hats and our buddies gave up prayer cards to make us feel welcome. We celebrated with an ice-cream!
We have been reading lots of books in our literacy lessons. We have looked at the character's in the story, we have been sequencing the story and acting the stories out. We looked at
'Grandpa's Handkerchief' and sequences the days of the week with the colours of grandpa's handkerchiefs and the activities he did on each day.
We read 'No Room for Baby Roo' and sequenced the animals going into Mummy's pouch. We made some big splashes when we read 'The Big Red Bath' and all the animals jumped into the bath! We have been mark making and writing.
We have been working hard learning out numbers, counting, recognising and ordering them. We have made repeating patterns and sorted objects into groups.
What a busy spring term we have had. We have looked at our toys and discussed how the move, what materials they are made out of and why they are our favourite toy.
We have draw pictures of our toys and wrote about them.
In literacy we looked at "One Snowy Night" and found out who visited Percy the Park Keeper in his hut.
We have been finding out how to stay healthy. We looked at foods we should eat to keep our bodies growing and learnt about the importance of exercise.
We talked about our toys.
Our homework was related to our topic on toys. We told the children all about it.
We have been busy designing and creating!
In literacy we have been reading many books. Looking at the titles, the authors, illustrators and the blurb. We have looked at fiction and non-fiction books and compared them. We acted out the story of "One Snowy Night" "Handas surprise" and the "Enourmous watermelon".
We have been busy with our numbers and shape, space and measure during this term. We can add, double, half, count in 2s and 10s, talk about odd and even numbers, create repeating patterns, sort and matching. We have been estimating how many there are then checking. We have been using weighing scales to find out which item of fruit or vegetable is the heaviest or the lightest. We have also learnt about capacity: full, half ful, nearly full, nearly empty, empty and overflowing. We have found out who is the tallest and who is the shortest person in our class by meaasuring each other.
We have had many celebrations during our spring term. We celebrated the birth of Jesua through our Epiphany assembly. We made Motherday cards and have had many birthdays in our class. We also shared the Palm Sunday litergy with our buddies in year 6 when we waved palms and sang 'Hosanna'
Our grown ups came to "Stay and Play" We made fruit kebabs. They helped up to peel and chop vegetables for our soup and we acted out our story of "Handa's surprise",
This term we have been looking at life cycles. We received some tiny caterpillars. We fed them and watched them grow into very big caterpillars. They then made their cocoon and we waited for them to turn into butterflies.
We also looked at the life cycle of a sunflower and the changes it goes through from seed to flower. We have taken our sunflowers home to watch them grow, we will bring a photo back of how the seed has grown.
We have planted some bulbs in our outdoor area. We asked God to watch over them and help them to grow.
We have been little explorers and investigated into what magnets stick and which material would be the best to make a rain coat from. We have looked at the inside of a flower to see why bees find them so interesting. We have looked at different objects in our environment and researched which bird a feather may have come from. Who lives in our trees and undergrowth, what do creepy crawlies really look like under a magnifying glass? We researched on the internet which birds may be visiting our area.
We have been very creative this term. We have experimented with mixing paints and found that be mixing colours we can make another colour.
We have explored our outdoor area for different textures. We found things that were rough, smooth, bumpy, spikey and prickly. We made blow away pictures with the things we found.
We have been busy learning our numbers and our shapes this term. We have looked at 2D shapes and 3D shapes. We have learnt how to add and subtract. We have solved problems using doubling and halving and how to share equally. We have learnt about direction and distance. We pretended we were robots and our partner had to give us directions how to get to a different place. We investigated into which items would sink or float and looked at capacity to find out which items would hold the most water. We also talked about full, empty, half full ,half empty and over flowing!
We did an experiement to count how many insects are in a 30cm square piece of grass and sent our results of for research.
We have been very inventive this term when using our imagination! All aboard the pirate ship! Who can help build our tent? We are going camping build the camp fire! The kitchens open who fancies some delicious soup or stone pie!
The month of May belongs to Our Lady Mary. We prepared a special assembly to ask her to take all our prayers to Jesus. We brought her beautiful flowers.
We have a visitor in our outdoor area its so exciting. We found a door and wondered who lived there. We wrote letters to ask who it was. We got a reply, its a Fairy called Ester! We haven't seen her yet but we will sent her more letters maybe she will come to meet us!
Harry and Meghan are getting married. We made a wedding cake and had a celebration.
For our literacy this term we have been reading "Farmyard Hullabaloo" and "Farmer Duck" to enhance our topic on new life and our story books we visited Smithills Open Farm to see the animals that live on the farm. We met some 6 day old piglets, some baby chicks and some new born calves.