During our weekly cookery lessons, which the children enjoy undertaking offers a variety of learning experiences. It’s a practical which teaches life skills, as well as academic skills involving gross and fine motor skills, science and mathematics. Time spent cooking also encourages interaction and communication between teachers and children implementing waiting and turn taking. Cookery boosts self- confidence and awareness whilst undertaking tasks independently and collectively, our children understand that their contribution is important and working together is crucial as combined efforts can produce greater results.
Our children love getting messy and rely on their senses to explore the world around them by undertaking cookery the children have the opportunity to use their senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. Working with different food lets the children focus on their senses. In addition, the children also improve their gross and fine motor skills whilst introducing new language such as ‘stirring, mashing, rolling, pinching, flattening, and kneading’.
Mathematics and Understanding the World (Science)
Increasing the children’s enthusiasm for science and mathematics through cooking in a practical and physical way by observing the changes and discussing what they can see has happened, which can also help to develop their understanding and comparing skills. Mathematics is also incorporated during out sessions by following a sequence of recipes, counting and number recognition when measuring ingredients.
Chinese New Year
During Chinese New Year in Nursery, we focused on the similarities and differences of celebrations around the world. We discussed the different events within China during Chinese New Year which enabled the children to extend their vocabulary. We discussed the Chinese festivals and events that take place during this time. The children enjoyed constructing dragon masks, lanterns which we then used for our own classroom carnival dancing, playing instruments, music and trying a variety of Chinese foods.
This term in Literacy we have focused on The Three Bears and Goldilocks. We have explored the main character’s appearance described emotions and how they change throughout the story which we implemented during our Expressive Arts and Design sessions. We have also acted out the story using different props and small world equipment whilst discussing behavioural expectations and how actions can result in consequences. The children all understood the importance of rules and how we need to stay safe within the world around us.
Reception Maths Awards Scheme
Please see link below to discover our School’s Maths award scheme for children in Reception.
We invited parents in to go on a character treasure hunt. We had a great turn out. Thank you very much.
With their parents they got to listen and join in with the story of the three little pigs before doing a collage of the three houses that the pigs built. I don’t know who enjoyed getting more messy the parents/guardians or the children. It was then time to go on the hunt for some characters. Together they read the clues. The children used their blending and segmenting skills to help them read some of the words. When they had found all the characters the children helped the adults realise they had all the characters from the gingerbread man. Together they used the story map they had found and the characters to retell the story while enjoying cutting and colouring the them in.
We hope to see you all again for our next event coming soon.
The children have all settled in very well to reception this half-term. One of our favourite stories was The Owl Babies. We enjoyed learning all about owls, making story maps, painting owls, describing the characters and lots more.
In Maths we have been focusing on a new number every week. The children are having lots of fun finding the numbers in our classroom, counting and writing the numbers.