We have well and truly sprung into Spring in Year R this half term. Following our People Who Help Us topic, we have been noticing the signs of Spring and talking about the changes we can see around us.
It has been so lovely to be able to make the most of our outdoor area, and as the weather gets warmer we will be out there more and more. We have been digging, planting, playing in the mud kitchen, hunting for dinosaur eggs and doing observational drawings of daffodils. We have also been learning about the Easter Story and thinking about why we celebrate Easter. We would like to say a massive "thank you" to all the adults and parent helpers who came with us on the Church visit, I'm sure you will all agree that Ladybirds and Butterflies were a credit to Hightown Primary School.
As we move into the Summer Term we are really focussing on our sentance writing and addition and subtraction in maths. Please continue to support the children at home with their learning to ensure we give them the best start in the run up to Year 1.
Over the past few weeks, in Ducklings we have been really focussing on our writing skills. We have been practising letter formation every morning, applying our phonics sounds into word and sentence writing and demonstrating our knowledge in different ways.
We have really enjoyed aiming our learning around familiar stories and have done some really exciting things. We have role played stories, used water colour paints, made our own books and created puppet shows.
During spring term, we focus heavily on applying our skills, so it is important we continue to practise our phonics and tricky words at home, as well as reading at home as often as possible.
Our new topic is 'People Who Help Us' we are really enjoying learning about the different people who help us in our community and school. We have painted firemen and policeman and wrote about the different people in our school who help us.
Wow, Wow, Wow!. What a FANTASTIC first half term we have had in Year R. Ducklings class have settled into school life and routines amazingly well. All the children have come in with such a postive attitude towards their learning, have tried really hard to make friends and have been following the Hightown Golden Rules. We are all very proud of them!.
We kick-started our year by learning some familiar nursery rhymes and basing lots of our learning activities around these. We have been practising our counting and forming our numbers. We have also started some emergent writing and have had lots of fun getting messy and creative outdoors.
The second half of term has also been very exciting!. We began with sparklers for bonfire night and then learnt lots about super heroes and Christmas.
We were very proud of all the children who took part in our Christmas Nativity performance this week. They performed with confidence and sang beautifully. We would also like to thank all the parents who helped out by providing costumes for the children to wear.
All the staff at Hightown have commented on how well our Reception children have settled and their positive learning behaviours, so we would like to say a massive "well done" to all of the Ducklings and to the parents/carers at home for all of their continued support.