Reception have been celebrating Halloween today. We made lots of spooky potions and read 'Winnie the Witch' and 'Room on the Broom'.
We dressed in our spookiest clothes and investigated lots of messy play. We carved our own pumpkin, too! We talked about trick or treating and practised our careful counting skills with some spooky treats.
This week we have been exploring African dancing, we had an afternoon of hair braiding and one of our lovely mums dressed Miss Haydon and Miss Deakin in traditional Somalian clothes.
As part of our 'Amazing Africa' theme we read 'Elmer'! The children have been exploring colour and pattern because Elmer is a patchwork elephant. We also had lots of discussions on difference and diversity. The children talked about the story, and we even read some other Elmer books and compared the characters, setting and main events. We have been exploring size language and ordered elephants by size as well as measuring using our hands and feet!
Reception have been learning about similarities and differences. We talked about the colour of everyone's skin and the grown ups were very proud because the children know that no matter what colour skin someone has, it's what is inside that counts! They also know that we are all friends at Pikes Lane, no matter what colour skin we have or what we believe in. Miss Haydon has asked the boys and girls to tell the world!
Today during circle time we looked at some eggs with different coloured shells. Then we cracked them open and saw that they were the same inside!
Reception are learning about Africa at the moment.
We listened to some African music, and even invented our own songs!
This week we read 'Handa's Surprise'. We tasted the fruit from the story, counted fruit into Handa's basket, wrote labels for the fruit and acted the story out. We have also been looking at African animals and their patterns.
Check back next week to see what else we get up to! And don't forget grown ups, if you have a particular African talent we would love you to come and share it with the children!
The boys and girls in Reception have been learning about the Hindu festival Navratri. Navratri means 'nine nights' and it is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga.
The grown ups wore saris for school today and introduced our new photo booth! The children then dressed up and accessorised for the festivities and took 'selfies'!
The children have been learning about pattern and created some of their own rangoli patterns.
The children have been making some traditional Navratri treats: coconut squares!
Check back to see what else we get up to this week!
Miss Haydon and Miss Deakin