Mr Sembhi

R Duck

Welcome to Life at KPS for Reception

Mr Sembhi and Mrs Virdee warmly welcome you to Reception.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Reception, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Virdee

R Parrot

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January 2020

Communication and Language

Our children have been looking in-depth at how people around the world celebrate Chinese New Year. We looked in-detail at the traditional story of The Chinese New Year called ‘The Animal Race’. Our children were encouraged to retell the story in their own words using the terms first, next, then and finally. Our children really enjoyed using the key phrases from the story when retelling and when being encouraged to talk in complete sentences. Our children were able not only retell the story in their own words but were able to sequence the story from beginning, middle and end whilst naming the different characters from the story and explaining why they thought a character was a good or bad character in the story.

Expressive arts and design

During this term, our children learnt about how to use tools for a purpose and using mixed media to create with a purpose in mind. After reading the story of ‘The Animal race’, our children decided they wanted to re-in-act the race from the story. Our children created animal masks before re-in-acting the race from the story. They were able to name the different tools and media they used and explain how they created their animal mask using mixed media. Our children were able to use the terms First, Next, Then and Finally to explain how they created their masks and use key phrases from story once they had created their masks.

Literacy

This term our children really enjoyed looking at how different people around the world celebrate Chinese New Year. Our children looked closely at traditional Chinese writing and letters where they spoke about how the letters are formed and how they are similar and different to the way we write English and Punjabi. Our children used long strips of paper, black paint and thin brushed to replicate the way the Chinese letters are written. They focused on how much paint they needed to use. The different brush strokes they needed to make and the pressure of the brush strokes to create a specific mark when forming the letters.

Mathematics

Whilst listening to the story of ‘The Animal Race’, our children were able to talk about the different animals and what year they represented. During discussion, we discussed that it was the year of the rat and what that meant in relation to the Chinese New Year Calendar. Our children were able to talk about what year they were born in and associate themselves with a particular animal. They worked together to group themselves according to what year they were born in. Whilst doing this, we discussed the mathematical terms, day, date, month and year. Our children were also able to name the month that they were born in and what season that also fell under.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our children have been looking in-depth at the story of Chinese New Year called ‘The Animal Race’. Our children were able to listen carefully to the story and were able to talk in-detail about the moral of the story. During circle time, we discussed the importance of taking part daily and trying your best. Our children were able to relate this to their daily routines and talk about what things they find hard and how they over-comes these. Our circle times are very important as it develops our children’s listening and speaking skills but also forms equality and apparition of every individual child’s voice.

Physical Development

As part of celebrating Chinese New Year, our children really enjoyed taking part in the traditional fan dance. Our children were able to use different size paper and fold them to create a fan. They were encouraged to use a variety of different mark-making tools to decorate their fans. Once created, our children watched a complete fan dance performance and were able to use the fans that they had created to follow the dance moves seen. Our children were encouraged to move their body in different ways and at a slow pace along-side the traditional Chinese music heard.

Understanding the World

Our Reception children were invited to watch Mr Vig do a stir fry lesson. Our children were able to name the different vegetables that were used in the stir fry, the different kitchen tools and equipment and the process of making the stir fry. Our children were encouraged to use the terms First, Next, Then and Finally when explaining the process of making a stir fry. During the lesson our children were able to talk about the similarities and differences in relation to the traditional food and cultural rituals that they follow. They really enjoyed using Google Earth to locate China, United Kingdom and any other countries that they had visited.