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Mountain Lane School

Class 2 - Welcome to Reception

Staff

Mrs E Smith - Class teacher

Mrs Catherall - Nursery Nurse - Class 1 and 2

Mrs T Marsden - CSW

Mrs C Davies - CSW        Mrs Ledsham - CSW

Weekly Events

Tuesday -      PE

Wednesday - Reading books go home / Library books returned to school.

Friday -         PE

Friday -        All reading books to be returned to school.

Friday -        Library books go home

Dates for your calendar:

 

Half Term Break                           Friday 9th February

School re-opens                            Monday 19th February                              

Parent/Teacher interviews           Tuesday 20th March/Wednesday 21st March                             

Easter Holidays                             Friday 23rd March

School re-opens                            Monday 9th April

Spring Term (2nd half term) - What will we be learning this half term ?

 This half term our topic will be 'Off on a journey'. The children will have the opportunity to explore the school grounds and to look at and use simple maps. They will learn to listen to directions and plan different routes. The role play area will become a garage where the children will experience the role and duties of a mechanic. The children will also explore the celebration of Easter.

 

Spring Term (1st half term) - What will we be learning this half term ?

This half term we will be learning about ‘People who help us’. The children will find out about some of the different people who help us in the local community. They will investigate and explore light and sound sources. The children will also take a step back in time to find out about the life and work of a famous nurse  -  Florence Nightingale. Our role play area will become a Post office where the children will be busy writing letters, sorting mail and weighing parcels.

 

Mathematical Development

We have been learning to program Bee Bot to move in many different ways.  We listened to our teachers instructions and made Bee Bot visit different numbered houses on the road map.

We played a money game to help us learn to name and recognise different coins.

We thought of different ways in which we could be timed threading beads onto a string.  Here are some of the ideas we thought of:- an egg timer, a clock, a stop watch and even a mobile phone.  Our teachers timed us for a given amount of time and we counted carefully how many beads we managed to thread.  Some of us were able to thread lots of beads!!!

We have been helping the school nurse to sort her plasters in as many ways that we could think of.  We sorted them according to colour, shape, size and pattern.

Language Development

We thought of different words beginning with the letter 'b'. We even wrote some welsh words!!

We have been practicing our letter formation outdoors using chalk.

We have been learning to spell words with different spelling patterns.

Outdoors we decided to have a barbeque.  We worked co-operatively together and planned what we might need.  We enjoyed taking on different roles and developing our oracy skills.

Outdoors we helped each other set up our very own 'Mountain Lane Cafe'.  We wrote our own menus and also practiced our writing skills by taking our friends food orders.

A 'real' fireman visited school.  He talked to us about his job and how he helps others.  We listened carefully to all the information he told us and thought about good questions to ask him to find out more information.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We have been learning about different people in the community that help us.  A firefighter came into school and brought with him some of his tools and special equipment that he uses to help others.  He even turned Mrs Fray into a firefighter.

We have been learning about different sources of light.  We used the interactive whiteboard to sort everyday objects, those that give us light and those that don't give light.

We have been learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  Mr and Mrs Chen brought in food for all the staff and children to try. 

Creative Development

During our music lessons we have been listening to different pieces of music and have been identifying different musical elements such as pace and dynamics. 

We have been using mirrors to carefully observe our facial features.  We then drew our self portraits.

Outdoor Learning

Firefighter Nikita was kept very busy outdoors!!!

Outdoors we worked out addition sums and squirted the correct answers.

We made up our own game outdoors called 'The Jolly Postman'.  We made up our own rules and the aim of the game was to get as many beanbags into the hoops.  We carefully counted how many beanbags we had posted.  We were very clever and also counted in welsh.  We added together the two sets of beanbags to find out how many altogether.

We have been learning to read number names. We helped the Jollly Postman to deliver the post to the correct numbered houses. 

Autumn Term

During our topic 'toys' we enjoyed looking at story books and also looked at information books to find out what materials toys were made from.

We helped Kipper to sort the toys from his toy box.  We sorted the toys according to what they were made from.  We used the i pads to create a pictogram to show our findings.

Father Christmas visited during our Christmas party.

Outdoors we used different natural materials to create collage face pictures.  We worked co-operatively together.

We visited Lexham Green Nursing Home to sing some Christmas Carols

 

We used different tools to create play dough models of our own faces.