The Reception classes aim to foster independence in the children and we would ask you to support your child in this, such as allowing them to put on their coat, get their reading books ready to place in the box on the relevant day and place their book bags in their tray. We have different strategies in place such as self-registration and 'Own Learning Time', which will enhance these opportunities, as well as a helping hands board, whereby the children complete the weather chart, hand out the fruit and milk during snack time and assist the adults with other jobs in the classroom throughout the day. We add to some of these responsibilities throughout the year.
Library Book brought to school.
|PE - No earrings, and hair tied up.|
School to Home learning IN for marking
School to Home learning books OUT
Reading books will be changed as needed.
Autumn Term 2 (2017) - 'Explorers of the Dark'
Autumn Term 1 (2017) - 'Celebrating Being Us'
Still to Come
Spring Term 4 (2018) - Creatures Big & Small
Summer Term 5 (2018)- Watch it Grow
Summer Term 6 (2018)- Off We Go...
Our Learning in Terms 1 & 2
We started the term learning about ourselves and getting to know each other. We then looked at the seasons and all the changes we could see around us linked to Autumn. We went on an Autumn walk and enjoyed looking for different coloured leaves, berries and other signs of Autumn. We collected leaves and then used our senses to explore and describe them.
We learnt about Harvest and read the story 'Pumpkin Soup'. To enhance our learning we made pumpkin soup. We chopped seasonal vegetables, mixed them together and cooked them. We had great fun tasting the soup-some of us loved it but others weren't so keen!
In Term 2 we learnt about the Christmas story and began learning songs and actions for our Christmas production. We made a variety of Christmas crafts, including cards and decorations. We were very excited when Father Christmas surprised us with a visit. What a great end to the term!
We had lots of opportunities to explore different experiments, mixing solid substances and liquids to make new concoctions. Mrs Ireland showed us some experiments. We then tried our own making 'stretchy goo', volcanic eruptions, special bubbles, and magic colour mixes. We made our own sherbet too. You to could have a go at your own experiments. Can you make a loud bang like we did?
On Monday 6th February the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 pupils were treated to a visit from Tim Hyde a local postman and two special guests Lenny the Letter and Postman Pat. They explained what happens to a letter once it has been posted and how letters are sorted by hand and machine. The letters are then sent all over the country and the world by van, motorbike, bus, lorry, train and even by plane. The children asked lots of questions and were very excited by the visit. The children in Year 1 have written a thank you letter to Lenny the Letter and Postman Pat for teaching lots of interesting facts about what it's like to work in Royal Mail. They have learnt the importance of including a postcode so that the letter gets send to the right address.
New Sensory Garden
The Reception outside area now has a new sensory garden. This area will enable pupils to explore using their senses to feel the different textures of the various stone, wood, natural and man made objects they find, smell the flowers and herbs, and observe the wildlife that comes to visit as the plants mature and bloom over the changing seasons.
We will be linking our learning to environments where the weather is cold or freezing, such as the Arctic and the Antarctic.
We hope to share in some winter weather in our own environment too. Cultural week will support our learning about the traditions and culture of the Inuit communities situated around the Arctic Circle. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you through photographs and videos on the website page below. Each class has a new role play area to further develop our learning. Gala Class have an 'Exploratory Laboratory,' where they are exploring snow and ice through digital microscopes, and having hands on discovery opportunities. Pippin Class have a ski centre shop and cafe, where the children have been starting to use money. Bramley Class have an igloo where they share winter theme books, writing and practice their fishing. As all the classes free-flow the children get chances to use all the role play environments.
Gala Class had a fun time, taking part in their first school trip to the woods.
We went in two groups in the School minibus, which was our first adventure. Then we walked into a roped area, where we were able to explore with our friends. Here are some of the photographs.
'Pumpkin Soup' - Helen Cooper
We shared the story of Pumpkin Soup and then we made our own soup. We carefully used the different tools to peel, chop and cut up the vegetable ingredients. We found some of the vegetables hard to cut. The onions made some of our eyes water. We looked at the vegetables discovering that the pumpkin has big seeds or pips. We used our eyes and nose to explore the vegetables when they had been cooked and then we watched and helped to liquidize some of the soup to make it smooth. Here are some of the photos
We hope you enjoy watching the videos.
The Reception Classes had a fantastic opportunity to enhance their learning about Pirates and the sea, when they visited Chatham Dockyard. They looked at the lifeboats and had the chance to go inside and pretend to be on the sea. They especially liked the little Teddy driving the lifeboat. We went into the smithy and looked at the model boats inside the glass cabinets. We looked around the boat displays including the submarine and other large ships. The highlight of the trip was to meet Pirate Debbie ' a real pirate' who showed us all her pirate equipment such as her cutlass, sword, telescope and pirate hats. We dressed up as pirates and learnt a pirate song. We all had lots of fun and we all learnt something new!