Opal Class - Reception 2018-2019

What an exciting start for the children in Opal class...from apple investigation to fizzy exploding experiments! The beginnings of awe and wonder.  We are beginning to develop questions and find out why and how things happen.  
Story telling with John Brolly on Mondays continue to inspire the children.  They have come up with some creative ideas and the adventures continue thought the weeks of learning.  We have found ourselves outside in the orchard having snack (what beautiful sunny weather we have had!) looking for Mr Wolf.  Naughty Mr Wolf stole our boiled eggs which we had to find for snack.  Phew... we found the eggs and the adventures continue with Mr Wolf safely snuggled up in Miss Horne's cupboard.  The children have created some lovely stories and have begun writing and developing their own mini- story books.  Finally we picked some apples in the orchard and decided to cook apple pie.  
Next week: How to press apples and make apple juice
Look at our lovely handwriting!  Developing fine motor control and letter formation.  
Lets Travel to the Amazon Rainforest....
Great start to the new year! Children in Opal Class are studying animals this term and our new topic is Animal Journey's.  Who knows where this topic will take us.  We have made a swift start and children are beginning their learning journey by discovering through reading and information found on the internet, which animals are found in the Amazon Rainforest.  Vines, monkeys, giant leaves and snakes are beginning to take over the classroom.  The sound of rain and thunder can often be heard floating through the corridors.  There is even a jeep to go on Safari.  Who knows what you might find lerking in the jungle!  
Children have returned to school with a bounce in their step and enthusiasm to learn. Our main aim this term is to continue to inspire our young minds in order to engage and explore new ways of learning in all areas of the curriculum.  By being motivated in what we are doing will help us to achieve and produce a high standard of development.  Lets go to the Jungle RRRRRRRR!  
A super exciting start for Opal class this Spring term 2019.
Our adventures this term include: Animal Journeys.  We are travelling through the jungle and have a rainforest in the classroom with a jeep to go exploring.  Mind the tigers though!  So far we have written books about animals, learnt about length and pattern and made long and short snakesssssss!  A dance is in the making along with an exciting puppet theatre.  A giant tiger is appearing before out eyes.  
Brilliant start back to school after the half term break!  We celebrated Chinese New Year and cooked spring rolls and experimented with two different types of pastry.  We wrote a list of ingredients for Spring rolls and wrote using Chinese characters.  Most exciting of all however was the arrival of frog spawn and stick insects.  Hope the tiger doesn't eat them all!

Welcome Back Everyone!

Welcome back to an exciting new Summer term.  I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter spending time with family and friends.  I am always surprised how much the children grow over the Easter break, everyone is taller!  The children have settled well and are eager to begin learning again with extra energy and excitement.   There was a real fizz and buzz on the first day back after the holiday and it was lovely to see them happy to be returning and excited to see each other again. 

I cannot believe it is the summer term already and what a term it will be—time just flies by.  This term we hope to be inspired by our new topic, Sun Sea and Sand.  As always a very important part of this terms learning will include discussions and visits around transition, preparing the children for the change from YR (EYFS) to Y1 so they will be well prepared for the change.  This will begin after the half term holiday (27th May). 





Friday 3rd May 2019  Kindness Ninjas Week
What an exciting week we have had for Anti-bullying and Kindness week!  An awesome start to the week with many donations of seeds, compost and plants.  Thank you to all for donating it has meant the children have planted so much for the garden this week.  Thank you for the eggs...this got the children thinking and planning kindness acts throughout the week and ending with a HUGE celebration of kindness today with the children sharing their GIANT cake.  This took three days to prepare and cook (A huge thank you to Mrs Goven).  The children chose to share this cake with everyone in school so today they put up a stall in the playground and handed out cake....after sampling it of course!  The cake was made with love and kindness and had certain elements to it which the children decided on.  It had to be BIG, like a rainbow, have flowers, sprinkle and people on it to represent everyone in school!  We even measured it and found out it was as heavy as a table!  PHEW!
Trip to Glendurgan gardens May 2019
What a day we had with Turquoise class!  From giant trees and flowers to the birds and bees.  The children could not get over how tall and fluffy some of the trees were!  We walked all the way to the beach at the bottom then picnicked by the sea.  Children were hungry for lunch and it was only 11.30!  More adventures were had finding crabs and just feeling the sand between out toes!  Then came the paddle.....wonderful fun!  There were no moans or groans on the way back up the hill just excitement knowing we were having another trip on a bus!  Thank you Turquoise class for joining us we loved it!  Children said, "Best day ever"!