We are a Reception class.
Our teacher is Miss Brown.
To celebrate the Royal Wedding and to complement our learning based on the story of Cinderella, we held a mock wedding day. Everyone dressed up in their finery for the day. The morning started with the marriage ceremony at St. Mary’s Church, officiated by Andy Mathers from Silverton Evangelical Church. The Ushers saw guests to their seats, the Groom and Best Man waited anxiously at the front and the bridal party processed into church with the organ playing the traditional bridal music. The Bride was accompanied by the ‘Father of the Bride’. During the service, everyone sang a hymn and some of the children did a reading. Vows were said by both the Bride and Groom, rings were exchanged and the certificate signed. After the ceremony, the guests threw confetti and the Bride threw her bouquet to see who would be next. Official photos were taken in the wedding car. On return to school, a Wedding Reception was held. Speeches were given, the wedding cake was cut and there was the first dance. Everyone enjoyed the celebratory disco afterwards too. We all learned so much about weddings from the experience and thought our wedding was better than the Royal Wedding!
We have been learning about the story of the 3 Little Pigs. We have learned the story by acting it out using props and thinking about how to show different feelings when we have a mask on our faces. We have also explored the different materials that the pigs could have used to make their own house and the properties that these materials have. We have explored textures and colours by making our own pig and wolf masks, and using them to invent our own version of the 3 Little Pigs. Finally, we visited some real pigs in the village. We learned about the house they like to live in (a sty), the food they like to eat and how they are looked after. Thank you to Kimble West for letting us visit his pigs and the adult helpers who helped us walk to his smallholding.
As part of our Space theme, we designed a rocket by making a plan of the materials we would need and what it would look like. We then made our rocket using our plan to help us. We learned to use resources and equipment safely and with control to achieve the desired effect. We found that we sometimes had to adapt our work depending on the resources we saw to either fit our ideas or improve them. Everyone had amazing concentration skills like Enthusiastic Eric. Afterwards, we evaluated our rocket comparing it to our plans and giving positive opinions on our friends’ rockets.
We have been learning about Space and had a Space Day at school. We all dressed up as astronauts or Mission Controllers and prepared for lift off. We had our official photographs taken, a check of whether we were healthy and fit for space and blasted off in our home-made rockets. In the weeks leading up to the day, we had all designed and made a rocket out of junk modelling for us to use. During the day, we watched Miss Brown have a go at blasting a rocket into space as a science experiment. Unfortunately, it didn’t work but there were lovely conversations about why it might not have worked and what we could try instead to make it work, such as blasting from a bigger hill, shaking the bottle beforehand and using more ingredients. In the afternoon, we made constellation tubes and also healthy space food by pureeing fruits. Everyone tasted at least one recipe and found one that they liked. What a fab day!
We have been learning that Christians celebrate Harvest to thank God for all the food that has been grown and is ready to be harvested and eaten now. We tasted different Harvest fruits and vegetables and made marks to show which ones we liked and which ones we did not like. We also learned a Harvest song to perform at the school’s Harvest Festival service at Church. It was our first time going to church as a class. We took an apple tree that we had made as a class to decorate the church with. To make it, we used tissue paper and PVA glue to give the texture of bark on the tree, painted the bark brown and painted the background to show blue sky and green grass. We also printed apples using real apples cut in half.