Learning about recycling in reception

It was a rather unusual start to the term with an inspirational writing day. An early assembly told us of the strange ‘find’ on the school field and the class set off to investigate. What did we find? An abandoned parachute hanging from a tree, a brown hat and two abandoned cases, one of which said ‘Top Secret. Do not open’.

    The children returned to class and were keen to discuss what they thought was in the Top Secret case. They drew and labelled their ideas. The results were varied, some children being heavily influenced by their more creative peers and ranging from magic water to a magnifying glass and a bomb. After break under ‘Big Write’ conditions the children wrote their own stories to explain what had happened and once again the ideas were all quite different which made an interesting follow up as we read them out.

   Our topic this week was recycling and the afternoon was about finding out what we already knew and reusing ‘junk’ that would have usually been thrown away to make something different, a junk model. So many children were so engrossed in their creating that one session was not enough for completion!

   Throughout the week the children read fiction and non-fiction texts to learn more about recycling and used old newspapers to make bowls and bottles to make bird feeders.

   The spelling sessions for the next two weeks are about revising correct formation of lower case and capitals and revising our knowledge of letter names. These are all requirements of the 40-60 month developmental stages. A new spelling list for the rest of the term will be sent out next week.

    We look forward to seeing you all at our school fair tomorrow. There are still some stalls that need adults to help run them, cakes to bake for the cake stall and strong people required for a short slot on the roundabout.  Just come along and volunteer!

    Next week we start to learn about the moon and prepare for our class assembly. Please look out for words to be learnt and songs to be practised.

I look forward to seeing you all at the fete in glorious sunshine! Fingers crossed.