Welcome to Year R!
Here you will find out what we do in Year R throughout the year, any key dates and information.
There are two classes in Year R: Mrs Pither ~ Dolphin Class
Miss Wood ~ Starfish Class
We hope you enjoy looking at your children's work and all the fun activities they participate in!
Please find the homework in the home learning section or use this weblink: https://www.tadleyprimary.co.uk/year-r/. If you have any questions, please see your child's class teacher.
Chinese New Year
This week we learnt about Chinese New Year. We talked about where China is and different ways Chinese people celebrate the New Year. We learnt how to say hello ‘nee how’ and happy new year: ‘Kung hei fat choy.’
We read the story about how the Chinese zodiac years were named. The animals had a race and the first 12 animals to finish had a year named after them. This year, 2020 is the year of the rat. We found out that the children were either born in the year of the horse or the year of the goat.
We talked about red being a lucky colour, there are usually red lanterns and red decorations hanging during Chinese New Year.
The classrooms and the Octopus Room had lots of activities to try: using chopsticks, writing symbols in the sand, making money envelopes and a creating a dragon. In the afternoon we watched some lion and dragon dances and listened to some Chinese music. We then made our dragons dance.
All of the children used their senses to look, smell and taste some Chinese food. We tried rice, noodles, seaweed and prawn crackers. The prawn crackers were very popular!
Yesterday we had a special delivery to Tadley School. Mumble the penguin was very lost and ended up at the school office! We decided to help him find his way back to Antarctica. We made passports and plane tickets and knew that the next day we would be catching a plane all the way to Antarctica!
Today we were led by the very helpful plane assistants to our plane. We showed them our passports and tickets and they showed us to our seats. Whilst on the plane we felt some turbulence so needed to make sure our seatbelts were done up tightly! We had a snack and drink whilst on board and carefully got off making sure we had our coats on.
We needed to be careful when we had arrived because it was very icy and windy! Miss Wood’s classroom had been transformed into Antarctica! We made snow angles, threw snow balls and said hello to all the penguins!
We found Mumble’s family and left him behind to be with his penguin colony.
Once we got on back on the plane we warmed up and spoke about how much fun we had!
Our Autumn Welly Walk!
Today we walked around the school grounds looking for signs of Autumn. We used our senses to explore by looking at the different colours of leaves, touching the leaves and mud and listening to the sound the leaves made as we walked through them. We also smelt the damp air and the grass as we walked.
After our walk, we looked at a variety of autumn objects. We touched, smelt and looked at all of them, sharing our findings.
This week we used our senses to examine a selection of natural objects. The objects were passed around the circle and the children had to wait for turns. The children examined the objects without talking and then were given an opportunity to talk about what they had noticed using the senses of hearing, sight, touch and smell. They were also given the chance to say how they had managed the waiting and examining. We uses words to describe the objects such as soft, shiny, rough, bumpy, delicate and strong.
Maths with Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week we used the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as our focus. We used comparative language to discuss weight, size and capacity.
The bears’ porridge got muddled up, the postman lost the labels for their parcels and Goldilocks moved all of their chairs around so the children needed to help the bears and match their items back to them. We introduced and used vocabulary such as heavy, light, full, empty, half full, small, tall and big. The children were asked to explain their choices and reason why they had matched particular items with each bear.
During our session we talked about the fact that we know about things that are good for our bodies but do we know what is good for our minds. It was suggested that to keep our minds happy we need need times to be loud and fast but also time to be quiet and slow and sometimes silent and still. We practised all of these moving quickly to the loud tambourine and then listening to the quiet music and finally laying down and being silent. The children then took turns to pass around the teddy and say which part of the session they liked or didn’t like. All the children were able to verbalise their preferences. The noisy, quiet and silence were all mentioned as favourites. Then the children passed the teddy round and all said ‘I am special.’ We completed the session by laying down and focusing on our breathing.
The children have enjoyed their first week at school. They have met all the adults and learnt where things are. They have learnt some rules and routines of being in Year R.
They had lots of time to play with some of the toys in their classrooms, the Octopus room and outside and have made some new friends too!
Seahorse Class have been on our first forest school adventure.
We had to walk in pairs to the forest and spotted lots of wildlife on our walk there. We saw butterflies, birds, a cat and 7 dogs!!
In the Forest Mrs Frear told us where our boundaries were and we put flags round the trees to help us spot them.
We then played 123 where are you? This was so much fun and we found lots of good places to hide. The Mrs Frear read Stanley’s stick to us ... we then could find a stick no longer than our arm to take on an adventure, just like Stanley with his stick.
Today we have had a lovely day at Finkley Down Farm.
We got to feed the goats, brush the ponies and stroke the bunny rabbits. We also saw some baby lambs, goats and Meerkats. We learnt a lot about the different animals including the owls and Willow the Hawk who was very noisy.
At the end of the day we all enjoyed the sheep racing before heading back to school.
In Year R we have been leaning all about People who help us.
We have been very lucky as we have had lots of special visitors to help us with our learning.
First we had two Police Officers from AWE who came to visit us to tell us a little about the job that they do and how they help to keep us safe.
We had lots of fun trying on the uniforms and going out to see the police car and hear the sirens.
We then had a visit from four of the fire fighters (Sally, James, Luke and Martin) from Tadley Fire Station and they brought their fire engine with them.
We learnt a lot about being a fire fighter and about all the different equipment they have to wear. Sally told us that as she is in charge at Tadley Fire Station she wears a white helmet instead of yellow so she stands out. We remembered that we need to call 999 if we see a fire. We practised the stop, drop and roll technique.
We had lots of fun trining on their helmets and gloves and going out to see the fire engine where we got to hold the hose and sit inside, before they left we got to see the blue flashing lights and hear the sirens.
We finished off learning about People who help us with a visit from Nurse Nathalie.
She talked to us about being healthy and we made sure our hearts were working properly. She told us how nurses help get people better and showed us how to put on a bandage and how to fix broken bones. We all felt the material that is used to make a cast when it was dry, then saw what happened when it was wet. Nathalie and Mrs Helyar put a cast on the arms of 2 children. Then we all had a turn at plaster casting. We chose to do either our fingers or wrist. It was great fun!
We found it funny that when you put it on it was soft and wet but as it dried it went hard. Nathalie told us if you had really broken a bone you would not be able to have a bath, shower or go swimming for 6 weeks because if the plaster got wet it would go soft again and would not mend the broken bone.