Yippee! or should that be AHOY THERE. Long John Silver is guarding our pirate ship garden! Look closely and you may find some pieces of eight! Come along to the Open Gardens at school on Sunday between 11 and 12:30 and you may win some 'Piratey' prizes. You could also plant some pirate cress heads with us.
You could try it yourself at home!
Welcome to Reception!
Ms Wilson, Mrs Loxton and Mrs John
Summer term 2 in Reception
Yoho me hearties and welcome back to the last half term in Reception! Well how lovely it is to be back and have lots of time outside in the sun this half term, perfect Pirate weather in fact! Everything has gone a bit pirate mad in our unit as we are learning all about these villains of the seas. We will be writing pirate facts and will be trying to work out what is fact and myth when it comes to pirate stories. We will also find out about the animals that live in the seas, from the ones at the surface, to the ones way down deep. We will be learning about litter and how it affects the oceans and making pledges to help the environment. We will be making sea creatures out of recycled materials. Our Beebots are going to come out and find their way round a pirate map, which means we need to learn to programme them to help them find the treasure! We have a trip planned to the Mead Gallery at Warwick University where we will be given the opportunity to work with the gallery staff to do some sea collage pictures and do a bit of map reading so we can find all the hidden sculptures there!
We will be busy practising our athletic skills in PE so we are ready for Sports Day so please remember the children need PE pumps or trainers in their PE bags!
Watch this space as we hope to have a pirate picnic at the end of term, although we don't really fancy the maggoty bread that pirates ate in the Golden Age of Piracy!
We will continue to go to the woods each week as part of our learning so please remember to send in jogging bottoms/leggings so your child has protected legs.
We are really enjoying our space in the woods which Friends of Brandon Wood have made for us. What an amazing group of people they are and their support has been very much appreciated. We also are very grateful to all the adults who come and help us each week, we certainly couldn't do the range of activities without you! This term we will be making pirate rafts with materials we find in the woods. We will also have a treasure hunt, collect all the things a pirate might need on a ship and practise our (not very high) climbing skills so we can sort out the pirate ship rigging!
To complement our work on Pirates and the Seven Seas we will be reading A New Home For a Pirate, The Night Pirates, The Snail and the Whale and non-fiction texts on Pirates. Please feel free to send in any pirate work completed at home. We will continue to practise using our phonics to help spell words and will be working on our handwriting and finger spaces so that our writing is easy to read! We will be learning about two and three syllable words.
This term we will be focussing on problem solving in maths, adding by counting on and subtracting by counting back using a number line. We will also be measuring everything from lengths and heights, liquids (very important when concocting pirate bubble mixture), time, and weight, as we may need to know how to make pirate grub! You could try comparing and ordering sizes at home, time how long things take, make pirate grub so you can be a handy ship mate!
Here's the link to Jolly Phonics