Following on from the success of our tadpoles, in the last few weeks we have had some more babies in class…5 tiny caterpillars 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛! The children have loved watching them grow and have learnt about the butterfly life cycle. Last week the caterpillars made their cocoons and we are patiently waiting for them to emerge as butterflies 🦋.
In Virtual Base this week we have been taking a close look at what sunflowers look like and have completed observational paintings of them. We had to use our fine motor control and develop our brush skills. They are on the windows outside for all to see. We think they look amazing. 🌻
Exciting news…some of our tadpoles have now changed into froglets, as they have grown both back and front legs. This means that they are very close to becoming frogs 🐸! We have introduced a rock to their tank as they will soon need to leave the water and spend time on land. It won’t be long until we need to say goodbye to our froglets and find them a new home, but don’t worry we will be having some other new babies arriving to our classroom very soon…I wonder what they will be?! https://standrewsprimaryreception.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/img_1766.movhttps://standrewsprimaryreception.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/img_1763.mov
In RE we have been talking about special celebrations. With the Royal wedding at the weekend we decided to have our own celebration, we talked about what happens at a wedding and looked at some pictures of the Royal family. The children had fun making their own Union Jack flags and colouring in wedding cakes and dresses and enjoyed some juice and a biscuit in the sunshine.
Mrs Payne has taken the tadpoles home for the extended weekend and is making sure they are well looked after. They are certainly very busy tadpoles; they have been enjoying swimming around and eating the pond weed and fish food. Here is a video of them in case the children are missing them 🙂. Hopefully it won’t be too long until they start growing back legs.
Today the reception children went to St Andrew’s Church to learn about what it means to be baptised. The children were very sensible on the way to and from the church and a passer by even commented on how well behaved they were.
Once there Rev Morey Gompertz talked to us about what a baptism was. She showed us the welcome sign by the door as baptism is a way of welcoming babies and adults into the church. She then showed us the font which is filled with water and a Christening gown that belonged to her own children. During a baptism the child or adult has water put on their forehead in the shape of the cross – the symbol of Christ. The font is always near a door – again symbolising people being welcomed into the church. She also showed us a special candle which symbolises how God always forgives us for any sins. Also a beautiful gold jug that is used to fill the font with.
The children also enjoyed looking at the stained glass windows. They all showed the value of respect in church and were quiet and sensible. Loki said “I love going to church because Jesus is on the special window”. We are so proud of all the children.
This week we are learning to count in 10’s. Please practise counting at home with us. We can now count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s as well as forwards and backwards in 1’s. We would love to see some counting evidence on Tapestry.