Spring is in the air in Reception this half term and the children are learning all about the life cycles of different animals and plants. We have our own tadpoles and caterpillars that we are looking after and watching as they grow and change. The children have been planting seed potatoes and cress seeds and watering our sweet pea plants ready to plant them out when the nights get a little warmer. These experiences teach the children such a lot.
They give the children the opportunity to learn about the natural world, metamorphosis and how plants grow, but they also teach them about patience, kindness and moderation. Every morning when they come into class, they are excited to find out what has changed and how much things have grown. Our lifecycle theme has also given us lots of opportunities to create beautiful art and craft work and even make frog shaped sandwiches!
The summer term is also a time of change for the children themselves. They too are growing and changing and beginning to outgrow their home in Reception. It is the time of year when we begin to start thinking about the transition for them into Year 1. They have already begun impressing their Year 1 teacher with examples of their independent writing this week, which was very exciting for the children, and they will soon be engaging in some more formal transition sessions to prepare them for the next stage of their school life.