Summer 1 2021 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Once upon a time.’ The children have been busy looking at a variety of traditional tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Ugly Duckling.

The children have also enjoyed listening to alternative versions of these stories such as, ‘Goldilocks and Just One Bear,’ ‘The Three Little Superpigs’ and ‘Good Little Wolf.’

We started the half term by looking at ’Jack and the Beanstalk.’ The children planted their own bean seeds and have taken these home to look after, we have enjoyed seeing the progress photos on Tapestry and looking at how much they have grown over the weeks!

We have also read ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and conducted a science experiment! The children thought about what would happen to The Gingerbread Man if he fell off of the Fox and into the river. As a class, the children discussed what they thought might happen and then we did a test by putting some Gingerbread Men into a variety of liquids. Our predictions were that the Gingerbread Man would get ‘soggy,’ ‘mushy’ and ‘wet.’ Someone also predicted that the Gingerbread Man would ‘absorb’ the water! We tested the Gingerbread Men in lemonade, vinegar, oil, water and custard. The children were interested to find out that the Gingerbread Man that was in the oil, didn’t go soggy but stayed solid.

One of the most popular stories has been ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and many of the children enjoyed practising their acting skills by retelling the story to the rest of the class. They have also been busy learning how to make a basket like Little Red’s, by cutting out and assembling a net. The children have enjoyed exploring the woods small world tuff spots too.