RUBY CLASS 2023-EYFS-RECEPTION
Ruby Class is our Early Years Foundation Stage class and is taught by Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Death.
We are supported by Mrs Hambling and Mrs Polley.
Our EYFS curriculum is strongly influenced by our curriculum drivers: community, communication, opportunities and possibilities and initiative, where the outcome is a cohort of happy, independent, confident and determined learners who are able to communicate effectively, have the ability to think critically, enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas with others and believe that anything is achievable. The children within our early years provision learn through a range of child initiated play-based opportunities as well as child-led, adult led and independent learning opportunities.
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Welcome to a new academic year in EYFS at Hintlesham and Chattisham CofE Primary School. We cannot wait to share all of our learning and adventures with you...
Autumn Term 2-Festivals and Celebrations-A world full of colour.
This week we have enjoyed celebrating Nursery Rhyme Week. On Monday, we sang Jack and Jill and learned what the words pail and crown mean. On Tuesday, we sang Hickory Dickory Dock and made our own mouse (cutting skills). On Wednesday, we sang Head, Shoulders, Kneees and Toes and enjoyed naming and labelling body parts (and creating a new friend!) On Thursday, we sang Row, Row, Row Your Boat and made cork boats to float-look out for the animals in the water! On Friday, we climbed aboard the Ruby Class bus and sang Wheels on the Bus in our best singing voices ever! Lots of fun was had by all.
We have also talked lots about friendships, being kind, being accepting of others and what bullying means as it is anti-bullying week. We wore odd socks to celebrate our uniqueness and designed our own odd socks in Ruby Bear's sock factory. We shared our ideas of how to keep our school free from bullying as we worked. Such super thinking everyone.
"If someone doesn't stop and you don't like it, always tell an adult and they will help you."
"If you see someone who is hurt or upset, give them a cuddle and be their friend."
"Always use kind hands and kind feet and be careful with your words."
"If someone falls down, please help them up again!"
"Help your friends be happy, not sad and look after everyone."
"When you are playing a game, let everyone join in."
Whole school maps day...
Ruby Class went on a walk around school, collecting items on their 'journey sticks' as they went. The children then used their journey sticks to create a map of their route.
Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by J who is curious about stars-what are they made from and what do they look like up close? We loved finding out that stars are big balls of hot gas. They can be red, blue, yellow or white. They can be big or small. Did you know...the sun is a big star? J very kindly brought in his astronaut star gazer light-we LOVED lying under the stars looking for constellations.
We also read J's book called 'Little Comet' and found out the names of the planets. Look at the super planets we created using a salad spinner. We thought carefully about which colours we needed to use to make the different planets-can you guess which one is earth? Mars? Jupiter?
In Drawing Club, we have loved watching Mr Benn, Zookeeper and have been super at using our (quite tricky) vocabulary words in our work and play: liberate, capture, habitat, release, shelter, and forlorn.
We have drawn Mr Benn, his zoo and a brand new animal that has never been seen before. Look at our super magic codes too!
This week we have been finding out about how and why Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day are celebrated.
We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and learned that Diwali is one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The name 'Diwali' is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” The festival generally symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. We enjoyed creating our own mendhi patterns and diva lamps.
We also learned all about Guy Fawkes' foiled plan to blow up the houses of parliamant and why some people have bonfires and fireworks on the 5th November. We shared our own experiences of fireworks, talked about fire safety and enjoyed creating our own fireworks display. We used our phonic knowledge to add some onomatapeia.
Our Drawing Club book was 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears'. The children have been confiedently using vocabulary such as guzzled, cramped, piping hot and slumber in their work and play. We enjoyed drawing Goldilocks, the 3 Bear's house and a map of the route the bears took to find Goldilocks and writing our magic codes-porridge, baby bear and map.
We remembered our fallen soldiers and those still fighting for freedom by holding a moment of silence and creating poppies by printing or with clay.
This week we were very excited to start our 'Follow me Friday' sessions. J started us off with her curiousity about how bees make honey. We watched some videos and looked at some books and were not overly impressed with what we found out...did you know that honey is actually 'bee sick'...its not as disgusting as it sounds...click on the link to find out more!
J loved painting her friends hands to create handprint bees to add to our Ruby Class hive. We even had a little honey sandwich (our new knowledge didn't put us off!) Thanks for a super session J!
This week learned all about the season 'Autumn'. We enjoyed going on a welly walk around school to look for signs of Autumn, we really noticed all of the beautiful colours we can now see. We used the ipads to take our own photos of the changes we could spot.
Then we created some Autumn trees by cutting, twisting and sticking paper (super for our fine motor development) and shared our thoughts about Autumn. We have also enjoyed colour mixing to paint pumpkins!
Our Drawing Club book was 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We are getting very good at using our new vocabulary words-whoosh, splat, scaly, passenger, fiery and swoop.
Look at our super drawings of the witch and the swamp...and our magic codes...we can write words now!
In maths, we have been learning to use the vocabulary 'more' and 'fewer' and are beginning to make comparisons between sets. We have also been continuing and making our own repeating patterns.
In phonics, we have started 'Fred Finger spelling'. Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Death are very impressed!
We chose a beautiful autumn leaf and turned it into something else...super creativity and imagination everyone!