In Reception our topic this term has been 'Awesome Autumn'. We have really enjoyed learning about seasonal changes and watching the leaves change colour. We have learnt all about the natural environment and used our creativity to explore the sights, feelings and sounds of this wonderful time of year. We were lucky enough to go on brilliant trip to Dunham Massey, where we used our Autumn detective skills to learn more about nature. We love Autumn!
In Reception we have been learning about Hanukkah. We read the story of the burning oil lamp and explored the miracle of the Menorah. The children enjoyed hearing about Jude the Maccabee and the beautiful temple in Israel. We looked at symbols and objects and talked about why these are important to Jewish people and symbolic during Hanukkah. Furthermore, we talked about how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah and why it is a special occasion. The children made Menorah hand-print paintings and absolutely loved getting creative and putting their hands in the paint! In Reception we are interested in different traditions and families and it was really exciting to find out more about this Jewish celebration.
As part of our learning for 'Religious Education' we have been exploring the traditions and the symbolism of the Catholic Rosary. The children have practised making the sign of the cross and saying the prayers 'Our Father', 'Hail Mary' and 'Glory Be'. We looked at symbols and read Bible stories; using our speaking and listening skills to explore these religious beliefs and messages. In addition, we got creative and used beads and pipe cleaners to make our own Rosary beads. The children enjoy using these to say the Rosary and we will practise this often to remind the children of our Catholic faith. We also talked about why we pray and how we can all try our best to be good, kind and caring children. In Reception we work hard to follow Jesus every day and to shine like the little lights on the Baptism candles we made.
In Reception the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading the class text 'After the Storm' which is all about Percy the park-keeper and his animal friends. We are learning about Autumn this term, so this story has linked in really well with our learning activities in the continuous provision. The children have practised writing simple letters to Percy, retelling and role-playing the story, as well as describing the main events and the characters. The children really enjoyed using the class role-play area 'Percy's Hut' to get into character and to enhance their speaking and listening skills. In addition, this has been a really positive environment for developing their personal, social and emotional development. It has been wonderful to see the children grow in confidence and to observe them using talk for writing, music, dance and drama to explore a story. In Reception we love stories and using our imagination to be creative learners!