Monday, 29 October 2012

Phonic Centres

I have just begun to teach my reception class, the sounds of the alphabet.  We have only covered s,a,t,c, and d so far.  I wanted to create a fun game to reinforce these sounds so i have just created two games, which will teach both the sounds taught and 2D shapes simultaneously.
The games can be used as lotto/bingo cards or as a fishing game.  I will print out two sets of each game.  One set will be laminated as base cards whilst the second set will be cut out and laminated and then paper clips can be attached, so that the children can fish out the words.  Hmm, i can not seem to figure out how to upload a file here.  I will take pictures when i use the activity instead.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


As the weather gets colder, it's time to think about the changing seasons.  What a perfect time to take your class on a nature walk.  My kids loved collecting leaves, twigs and conkers.

Back in the classroom we sorted the leaves by size, and used the leaves for other math work.

We caculated how many letters were in our names by creating a bar chart. We then went outside and found the correct number of leaves to match our name.  Children then wrote there  names on the leaves.

Another fun activity was the making of scarecrow faces - thank you to pinterest for supplying me with this cute idea.

Community Helpers

Being new to Reception age children, I have found myself spending many hours surfing the net trying to find inspiration for the topics I am working on.  I recently completed my first topic of the term 'Community Helpers'. Below is rundown of my favourite activities which inspired both myself and the children in my class.

Play Areas:  During the topic we set up a hospital/doctors surgery in our classroom.  Key words were stapled to the wall to help the children whilst they play wrote.  I also gave them laminated copies of a doctors form, where the children were able to draw circles and mark the patients ailments,  The class really enjoyed circling the body parts.  Children loved dressing up as doctors and nurses and fixing the class teddy bears.

 Another favourite play area, was the setting up of a 'fire' area in our outdoor space.  Children drew flames on the wall and had a fantastic time dressing up as firemen and dousing the fires with pretend hosepipes (plastic tubing).  They also loved riding in the pretend fire - engine.

We visited the local fire station and this really added to the children's excitement.  We also had a visit from the local police who drove the children around our playground in their police car.

I found some great art resources on including a 'Make a disguise' cut out worksheets.  The class creating a disguise for the baddy, it was a great activity for their fine motor skills.

Children also created fire trucks, buildings on fire and drew pictures on their visit from the police.