We started the week on Monday by saying goodbye to our beautiful butterflies…
Following on from the children’s interest in snails last week, Reception decided to spend the week learning more about them. The class did lots of research and found out lots of new facts.
We found out:
- Most snails live from 2 to 5 years, but in captivity, some have exceeded 10 or 15 years of age.
- The mucus of the garden snail is used to treat wrinkles, spots, and scars on the skin.
- Snails do not change shells when they grow up. Instead, the shell grows along with them.
- The size of the shell of a snail reflects its age.
- Snails can see but can’t hear.
- Snails are nocturnal.
The children have continued to develop Snail World- today we counted over 25 snails living happily on there!
In English, the class have enjoyed listening to the story of The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. The children all thought and wrote about where they would like to go, if they were on the tail of a humpback whale!
In Maths, the children have been exploring and representing patterns with numbers up to ten and thinking about how quantities can be distributed equally. Reception class had fun relating this to the story Mr Gumpy’s Outing; a story about a man named Mr Gumpy who went out in his boat on the river and all the animals he met wanted to come too. Due to the unequal distribution of people and animals, the story ends disastrously with everyone falling in the river!!
Reception class re-enacted the story and worked out what Mr Gumpy should have done to avoid the boat tipping over. The teachers were very impressed by their problem solving and how they all worked together. Following this, the children were challenged to make their own boat from tin foil and then see how many marbles it could carry without sinking. The children had lots of fun doing this activity and many went on to make more boats from different materials and test these too!
On Wednesday Reception have their very first Sports Day. Please ensure that they are wearing trainers or plimsols, have a water bottle, hat and are wearing sun cream. Please note, the children just need to come in their usual Reception uniform and will be given a coloured team band when competing.
Have a wonderful weekend,
The Reception Team