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January 2019

We have enjoyed engaging in our various role play areas in Reception. Role play is an important part of child development, as it builds confidence, creativity communication, physical development and problem solving. Along with being a fun activity, it also allows children to get into character and act out real life roles or fictional performances. It can be purely child-led, and encourages children to take risks and be creative with the role they are playing. By investing in some themed props and equipment, it’s a fun way for Reception to learn about different professions and their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in.

Over the Christmas period children had talked about and role played scenarios from Peter Pan simultaneous to pantos and productions they enjoyed watching at this time. Because of this we started to introduce fairies in to the small world area, we created pirate ships outside with the available resources, read pirate stories together and wrote messages which we posted in in bottles to the pirates. The children enjoyed a treasure retrieval game with Preston North End in the hall, we also played shark attack too involving following instructions, encouraging using our imagination and gross motor skills. The children have engaged in an array of activities for our pirate topic, a popular one was creating different objects including: boats, hats, telescopes and binoculars, drawing maps and digging for chocolate treasure in the sand pit outdoors.

In maths the children have enjoyed counting the numicon images, they were all able to identify how many more would be needed to get to the number on the page. They checked their workings out and wrote a sum to represent this with Mrs Thomas.

We have been looking at what questions are. We had a go at writing a sentence together in our doodle books. Is it dark on the moon? We have also read about nocturnal animals and enjoyed finding more out about these animals.