Welcome to Oak - Reception!
A visit to the Life Bus!
On Monday we met Nancy and Harold on the Life Bus. It was very exciting! Harold went for a sleepover at his grandma’s house and we helped him prepare for it. We learnt what our bodies need to be healthy and how food and drink give us energy. We also found out that our hearts pump the blood and energy around our bodies; the intestines were really long. To end with, we looked at the twinkling stars and had a little snooze; we grow when we are sleeping.
Today was Pancake Day and we got to make pancakes! We learnt about the festival of Lent and how Christians remember when Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. We had to measure the ingredients and mix them together. Sophia's mummy cooked them for us and then chose what topping to put on; sugar, chocolate sauce, maple syrup or lemon juice. Most of us chose chocolate sauce and got very sticky!
On Wednesday 22nd February we took part in the Hertford and Ware dance festival and performed at the Hertford Theatre. The theme was 'A Beautiful World' and we danced to A Circle of Life from Lion King. We all had great fun rehearsing and performing!
Our topic this half term has been 'What happens when you are sleeping?' We have learnt about the night sky, nocturnal animals and lots lots more. Warebats came to visit us. We were lucky to see real bats and hear them echolocate. This visit was topped off with hot chocolate and cookies. It has been a very exciting half term!
Our Christian value for February is Humility. Today we read Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet from the Bible. We then took it in turns to wash our friend’s hands, just like Jesus did. We made sure we cleaned all the germs away, not forgetting in-between the fingers! This has taught us how to be humble.
Today we learnt about the meaning of Remembrance Day. We visited the memorial outside our school, where we thought about all the brave soldiers that had died during the war. We made up our own prayers to say thank you, sorry and please to God. At 11 o'clock we had a two minute silence with the rest of the school. Afterwards, we made large poppies in a group where we practised our cutting and sticking skills.
Jewish New Year
We have been looking at the Jewish Religion and compared it to Christianity. Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey to celebrate a sweet new year. We were allowed to dip our apples in honey, they were yummy. We also made our own Star of David out of salt dough.
Look at all the science we have been exploring this half term. We have learnt about our bodies, inside and out. We have found out which objects float and discovered that not all metals are magnetic.
The Christian value for October is trust. We put our trust in our friends as we were blindfolded and led around the field. After, we worked as a team to move around the field as a whole caterpillar with only the first person being able to see. It was quite tricky and a little bit scary but we all knew our friends would not let us down!
On Friday 27th May, we had an RE day where Rose from Barnabas came in to teach us about the Bible and where it all started. We listened to the story of 'The Lost Sheep', then had to find all of the shepherd's 99 sheep in the hall. We also read ‘The Good Samaritan’ and understood the importance of caring for people. In groups, we took part in an injured man relay. We had lots of fun wrapping bandages around our friends and applying plasters. We are good Samaritans.
Over the last half term, we have been learning all about minibeasts. We observed caterpillars and watched as they grew bigger and bigger, very quickly. We were amazed how the caterpillars shook as they began to form into a pupa. Once the butterflies were ready, the pupa split open and out came beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. We fed them sugary water and a banana. When they were ready, we released them and watched them fly away.
On Tuesday 17th May, Dr Karen came in to teach us all about seeds. We were able to touch and smell lots of different seeds from different plants and countries. We held the biggest seed in the world; Coco de Mar, which means double coconut. We also saw the smallest seeds in the world which came from an Aphid plant. The coco pod smelt a lot like chocolate, yum!
Steve and Tom from Paradise Wildlife Park came to visit us this week. They brought with them some interesting animals for us to look at and touch. We enjoyed learning facts about reptiles and touching their scaly skin. The tortoise was very smelly as he didn't like the car very much. The snake wasn’t slimy after all, she was smooth but cold. We had lots of fun with the reptiles from Paradise Wildlife Park.
Our Space Assembly
To end our topic on Friendship, we had a teddy bears picnic. We all brought in our special teddies for a picnic inside as it was very cold. We made our own sandwiches and found out how difficult it was to spread honey and jam without getting sticky. We hunted for teddy numbers and enjoyed playing with our teddies outside in the quiet garden; we were not very quiet! To finish off we listened to a story called ‘The Bear Under the Stairs’ by Helen Cooper.
What great fun we have had this half term, we have all settled in well to full time school and thoroughly enjoyed our topic ‘Do you want to be friends?’. We have learnt how to be a good friend and the importance of sharing and saying kind words. We have read ‘Please Mr Panda’ by Steve Antony to remind ourselves of our manners; we practise using these every day. We also read ‘Elmer’ by David McKee, this teaches us that being different is special and God loves us for who we are.
In Reception we have been doing lots of amazing Maths from counting to naming shapes and even describing the position of our toys. We used colours and 2D shapes to create repeating patterns, we first had to identify the pattern and then complete it. We made wonderful snakes! Can you carry on the pattern?
We have been learning to look after our friends, toys and even our animals. We know that animals have the same rights as us; they need food, water, space, shelter and love. We were lucky enough to have a farm come to visit us at school. They brought lots of animals for us to look at and touch. We learnt why animals have different feet and coats; thankfully we all have waterproof coats as we got very wet!