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World Book Day Celebrations

 

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

 

This is the 24th year there’s been a World Book Day, and today, we all came together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. This year, the children dressed up in their favourite character costumes . The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Every child received a £1 World Book day Token that can either be exchanged for one of ten special £1 World Book Day books or used to get £1 off any book costing £2.99 or more.  Please help your child to use it on or around World Book Day by visiting your local bookshop.

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”

Dr Seuss

3D Shapes

Reception have really enjoyed exploring 3D shapes.  Can you name the shapes we have found? 

Special People

 

This week, our class celebrated special people in our lives and the differences they make.  We talked about our families and all the special people we have to love us and look after us.  As a thank you, we decided to make a card for someone special in our family.  We hope you all like them.  

British Science Week

Making a Water Purifier

This Week we became scientist and completed a number of experiments.  The first experiment we completed was making a water purifier.  We began by discussing how we use clean water in our daily lives.  The children thought of lots of interesting ideas such as, to drink, to brush our teeth, to wash our clothes. Next, we had to make the dirty water which was lots of fun.  We found soil, sand, stones, leaves and mud to add to our containers. We then added water to complete our dirty water mixture. Finally, we placed a piece of filter paper inside the funnel and poured our mixture in and watched what happened. The children reported that the water is white, the mud is stopped, the water was cleaner and that there were no stones in the water. The big question is, where did the dirt go?

Wavy Wax Painting

This Week we became scientist and completed a number of experiments.  The second experiment we completed was creating a wavy wax painting.

 

We began by collecting a selection of broken wax crayons and drawing a picture we wanted to colour in.

 

Next, we used a hammer and rolling pins to turn our wax crayons into crumbs.  This was a difficult job but we managed it. We then heated the crumbs with a hairdryer to melt the crayons.  The hairdryer was hot so Miss Dickinson did this while we watched the crayons melt.

 

Finally, we used the melted crayons to colour our pictures.  We had to be quick as we noticed that the colours went hard again once we stopped using the hairdryer.

 

The big question we answered were;

  • Where could we leave our pictures to melt the wax?
  • How does the wax change when it gets warm?
  • What does it do on the paper?
  • What happens if the colours run into each other?

Why is phonics important in the early years?

Children can use phonics knowledge to “sound out” words. They learn to recognise how sounds are represented alphabetically and identify some letter sounds, symbols, characters and signs. Phonics is essential for children to become successful readers and spellers/writers in the early years of schooling and beyond.

National Day Of Reflection

A Tadpole's Promise 

This week we have been reading the story 'A Tadpole's Promise. 

Where the willow tree meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar.. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes...and fell in love. "I love everything about you," said the caterpillar. "Promise you'll never change." And foolishly the tadpole promised.. But we all know that tadpoles don't stay the same, and neither do caterpillars. Will they still be able to love each other?  We cant tell you how the story ends.  You'll have to read it to find out. 

 

After reading the story, we investigated the life cycle of a frog.  We used the internet to find out more information and wrote an explanation. We also observed our tadpoles for a week to see if we could spot any changes.  No legs or arms yet but we will keep looking. 

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