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Last week, the Reception children were treated to a special performance from the fabulous Juggling Jim!
First, Juggling Jim performed a hilarious show displaying all of his circus tricks. He showed us how to juggle scarves, ride a unicycle and even let us and the teachers play the Pieface game!
Afterwards we were all shown how to perform some of his circus tricks during a workshop in the hall. We had a go at balancing on pedal-goes with our friends, which are much harder than they look! Then we tried spinning plates which were lots of fun.
A huge thank you to Juggling Jim for his time. We all had a wonderful afternoon!
This week was Science Week and the whole of the school was set a challenge to spend the week completing various ‘enquiry based Science investigations’.
In Hob Moor Road Reception, we took this challenge very seriously and throughout the week we carried out LOADS of enquiry based Science investigations in our indoor and outdoor learning environment.
Our Science activities included:
- ‘The dancing skeleton’ which was an exploration into magnets
- ‘Rainbow carnations’ which was an experiment involving dying flowers with food colouring
- ‘See your bones’ which involved shining torches onto our hands to try and see our bones
- ‘Plastic cup telephones’ which involved making our own telephones to see how sound travelled
- ‘Water chimes’ which was an investigation into sound
- ‘Make a skeleton’ which was a team effort to create a papier mache skeleton so we could investigate the body and material changes at the same time
- ‘Can you make it disappear?’ which was a dissolving experiment in the water tray
- ‘Bubble fun’ where we tried to make our own bubbles, testing a number of variables
- ‘The mysterious apple’ which is an on going investigation as we observe changes which happen to apple chunks when they are left in various liquids
- ‘Bumpy paintings’ where we added different materials to our paint to see how it changed the texture of the paint
- ‘Grow your own potatoes’ which is another on going investigation into planting and growing
The Reception children had a fabulous week and will continue to observe the changes and developments of our on going investigations!
Science is linked to the Reception curriculum through the ‘Early Learning Goal’ of ‘Understanding The World’.
The end of year target is:
Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
The children in Reception were treated to a special visit from Juggling Jim! He wowed us all with his hilarious show full of magic and circus tricks – he even got the teachers involved in some messy fun! We were very lucky to spend time with Jim learning how to ride pedal-goes, catch flying bean bags and spin plates! It was so much fun!
We can’t wait to practise our newfound circus skills more over the next couple of weeks!
The Reception children had a fantastic morning with Juggling Jim.
The morning started with an amazing circus skills performance where Juggling Jim made us laugh with his funny circus skills. He juggled scarfs, rode on a unicycle and even used a pie face game! We all laughed so much!
Following the performance, Juggling Jim led some circus skills workshops where he taught us how to spin plates, ride pedal-goes and even flick beanbags off a kick board!
Following the performance and workshops, the Reception children made thank you cards for Juggling Jim and some children even painted his portrait!
It was a fabulous morning!
The children in Reception have had great fun this week as they have been super scientists! They have enjoyed making predictions and testing their ideas by taking part in lots of investigations and experiments.
Some of our favourite activities have included making bubbles, exploring magnetism, colour mixing and observing the changes that occur when celery and flowers are put in coloured water. The children also had the chance to learn about our planet using a globe and Google Earth, as well as blasting off in the space station role play area!
Our week was finished off perfectly when the children spotted a double rainbow in the garden!
The children had the opportunity to find out about Chinese New year. They enjoyed making dragons and taking part in dragon dancing.
The children enjoyed finding out how pancakes are made. Children were eager to help. Everyone had the opportunity to taste pancakes.
Thank you to all of the parents who came to the Writing Workshop at Hob Moor Road on Thursday. It was lovely to see so many parents working with their children in the classroom to develop their writing skills. At the workshop we discussed the Early Learning Goal for Writing which focuses on using ‘phonetically correct spellings’ and correctly spelt ‘high frequency words’.
Here are some useful videos which may help you to support your child, working towards their Literacy Early Learning Goals.
This week Reception enjoyed their Writing Workshop at Starbank Road. We shared different writing techniques and showcased all the opportunities for writing in our environments. Thank you to all the parents for attending, and we hope you now have some useful ideas on how to support your children at home.
Below is a useful link to the Letters and Sounds website, which has fantastic free resources and games to help support your child’s reading and writing at home. Most children are now learning Phase 3 phonemes (sounds). If you have any questions at all please do come and speak to us!