Mrs Watkins and Mrs Wardle would like to welcome you to
Will you be my friend?
Once the children discovered that the story was set in Antarctica, they created their own setting in the tuff tray and used their senses to explore what they could see, feel, hear and smell. We talked about what sort of clothes we might have to wear to visit this place.
Using the colours from the illustration, the children were inspired to create their own artwork through collage and painting.
Our First Few Weeks...
We have been learning to use the different areas of the classroom independently. We now know where all the equipment is kept in the classroom, including the puzzles and games.
We have learnt how to control different tools such as a computer mouse, paintbrushes, glue sticks and scissors safely and carefully. We had to use good control with the paint and glue and remember to scrap the glue stick or paintbrush on the side of the pot so we didn't dribble across the table. We practiced carrying scissors safely to the table.
We learnt how to trace a picture and then had to add handwriting patterns using the special handwriting pens. We had to control the pen and pencil carefully to make different shapes and patterns. We found out where everything is kept on the office table area and learn how to tidy it away carefully in the right places ready for the next person. We always have to remember to write our name on our work!
We learnt how to use the playdough area and thought about the different things we could make using the different equipment. We explored rolling, pressing, squeezing and cutting the playdough.
We found out where all the dressing up clothes are kept and practiced getting ourselves dressed and undressed into the costumes independently. We used our imagination to act in the role play house, pretending to do the jobs in the kitchen and taking on different roles.
We learnt about where the construction and small world equipment are kept. We learnt to work as a team and carry the boxes with a friend to the classroom. We used our imaginations to create different worlds and models.
We have made the most of the sunny weather and being outside. We have been learning about how to use the different areas of the Reception garden, playing with all the different equipment in the playground and learning to get on and off safely and carefully.
First Day at School