Spring Term

We had lots of fun in music this morning with the glockenspiels. We practised keeping the beat and hitting the 'G' note in time to the music. 
In PE this half-term we have moved on from controlling our bodies to learning how to control a ball. 
PE with Mr Simmons
In Spring Term 1 Reception have been working on developing their ball skills. Here are the learning objectives we have been focusing on.
Learning objectives:
To move a ball around a space using different body parts.
To move a ball around spaces, dodging and moving safely around others.
To develop bouncing, rolling and catching skills.
To develop control using larger and smaller balls.
School Library 
Today we were very excited to visit the school library for the very first time. Mrs Pinder said that our behaviour was excellent and we loved listening to a story and choosing a book to take home. 
We had a busy morning in Reception in our outdoor provision. We have pretended to be Rosie the hen from the story 'Rosie's Walk' and travelled around the farmyard using positional language. We went across the yard, around the pond, over the haystack, past the windmill, through the fence and under the beehive. Like Rosie, we got home just in time for tea!
We took part in some fieldwork this afternoon in RP with a sensory trail around our school grounds. We found out what things we could find in our school environment and came up with some brilliant words to describe them! We then completed our own maps of our walk. 
We were brilliant at turn taking and sharing this morning when we played 'roll and read' to practise today's sound, 'x.' We worked hard at sounding out each word using our phoneme fingers and then blending the sounds together to make 'x' words. 
NSPCC Number Day
Everything was about numbers today in school! We dressed up in our number clothes and had lots of fun with numbers all day! We counted out beats in music and in PE we used our counting skills to play games. At lunchtime we had special number buns ( thank you Michelle! ) and we enjoyed looking for numbers in our curly fries! This afternoon we used the story of Chinese New Year to find out about ordinal numbers and then used these to order ourselves after running races. All week we have enjoyed working on the story of 'Ten Black Dots' and creating our own black dot pictures. 
We had great fun on our shape hunt today. You wouldn't believe how many rectangles and squares we could find in our classroom and playground! 
It's Magic! 
Dazzling Darren started our week with a fabulous magic assembly, giving us a taste of things to come! The following day he visited us in the classroom and taught us some amazing magic tricks. We couldn't wait to try them out on our friends and family at home. 
World Book Day and Bedtime Story Evening
We looked amazing dressed up as our favourite story characters for World Book Day! Some of us came dressed in our pyjamas or we could dress as something magical! Some of us then came back to school for our Bedtime Story Evening with our parents. We enjoyed sharing more stories in books and on the screen. We even had a drink and a biscuit!
Penalty Shoot Out 
Today we had a special visitor in school. Billy Bantam from Bradford City came to Blakehill for our penalty shoot out! We loved cheering for our friends and trying to score as many goals as we could past Billy. 
We loved our outdoor maths today! We showed composition of numbers to 5 with 3 groups using 3 hoops, then recorded what we could see in number sentences. 
Why do you think we were writing on balloons today? Yes we were working on the long /oo/ sound and enjoyed writing /oo/ words on the balloons. 
Children's Mental Health Week
Growing Together
As part of our focus on our mental health we have enjoyed sharing the stories 'Friendship is like a Seesaw' and 'The Playground is like the Jungle'. It really made us think about our behaviours and how we can support others if they are feeling down. 
We have had lots of class discussions about what we can do to help us all 'grow together'. We all know that human beings change and grow – we do it all the time and in many different ways. Physical growth is easy to see as we grow from babies to children, teenagers to adults. But growing emotionally is also an important part of our development. Things that upset us when we were younger may no longer overwhelm us as we grow and learn to cope with life’s ups and downs. Challenges and set-backs can help us to grow and adapt. Trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’. At these times we are reminded of how much we need others in our lives to help us to keep growing. We need our parents and carers, our teachers, our friends and others to support us to grow, especially when things get tough. We often need others to help us to believe in ourselves, to keep going, and to try doing things a bit differently. Even when we have experienced really difficult challenges in our lives, with the right support, we can continue to grow and flourish.
More Growing Together! 
We have been very excited this week to start planting our seeds and small plants outside and also planting our own cress seeds. This is part of our 'Come Outside' topic, which will focus on exploring and making observations of plants in the natural environment and looking at similarities and differences in relation to living things. 


Let it Snow! 
We made the most of the Spring snow this morning and had great fun on the field with our friends.