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.
|Monday||Library - Pippin Class|
Library - Bramley and Gala Class
PE - Pippin Class
Home Learning books to be returned to school
PE - Gala Class
|Thursday||PE - Bramley Class|
Home Learning books sent home
Spring Term 4 (2019) - Spring into Action!
Spring Term 3 (2019) - Once Upon a Time...
Autumn Term 2 - Let's Celebrate!
Autumn Term 1 - Getting To Know You
Summer Term 5 (2019) - Paws, Claws, Fur & Feathers
Summer Term 6 (2019) - Off we go...
Our Learning 2018-19
Week Ending 22nd March 2019
This week we have been reading the book The Hungry Caterpillar, we enjoyed retelling the story and joining in with the many repeated refrains throughout the story! The book helped us with our days of the week, counting and helped us to understand the life cycle of a butterfly. We counted fruit in Maths and added two amounts together, we had fun outdoors throwing beanbags into the caterpillars mouth and we practised finding one more and one less than a number. We have been looking at other mini beasts and going on a mini beast hunt around our school.
Week Ending 15th March 2019
This week we have been learning all about The Tiny Seed, we discussed that we need soil, water and sun in order to plant seeds, we are excited to see what will grow in our garden as we watch them grow. We have been practising our measuring skills and using different objects around the classroom to measure things. We had to estimate and then measure the length and height of items such as chairs, tables and doors using non standard-units such as, Lego pieces, books and string. We have been painting in the style of Eric Carle by using different textures and strokes with forks and tissue paper to create some spring flowers. We have learned the parts of the flower and have been writing labels. We wore our own clothes and red noses to raise money for Comic Relief.
Week Ending 8th March 2019
This week we have been celebrating World Book Day by reading the story 'Handa's Hen' which was set in Kenya, Africa. We have been exploring African animals and writing riddles that included clues so that our friends could guess which animal we have written about. We have been creative by making African patterns with paint and making colourful necklaces. Some of the patterns and artwork created were used to decorate a class tree to celebrate Tree Dressing Day. Handa has to do lots of counting in the story and we have been counting the animals she found as she looked for her hen. We also found out about the life cycle of a chicken and we were visited by Veronica and Cheryl the hens. We were able make observations and compare how they were similar or different to Handa's hen in the story. We also got to stroke them and discover how warm and soft the feathers were! It was lovely to see the super effort everyone made when coming to school dressed as their favourite book character.
Week Ending 1st March 2019
This week we have pulled and pulled the enormous turnip but it still wouldn't budge! We have enjoyed role playing the story 'The Enormous Turnip' and taking on the different characters task of trying to dig up turnips in our own garden. We got creative in the writing area and used some carrots to paint with. In Maths we have been learning about the number 19 and were quick to spot that it is only one away from 20. We have also been learning about 3D shapes and going on a shape hunt to find some shapes in our learning environment. We introduced the 'Tinkering Table' outside this week, where the children have the opportunity to use a variety of tools such as hammers, nails, screwdrivers and screws.
Week Ending 15th February 2019
This week we have enjoyed reading and making up actions for the story The Magic Porridge Pot. We made up our own magic words just like in the story and had a go at writing them. We discussed what toppings we would like in our own porridge and were adventurous when we tried porridge in class with a variety of different toppings. In Maths we have been learning about the number 18 and all about capacity using the terms full, half full and empty. We went outside to practise measuring in the water area and in the mud kitchen.
Week Ending 8th February 2019
This week China Town has come to Snodland! We have enjoyed learning all about the Chinese New Year story and how the Jade Emperor asked all the animals to participate in a race. We had fun acting out the story outside by crossing the river too. In Maths we have been learning about ordinal numbers and practised using the terms first, second and third by having our own races. We discussed how people celebrate the Chinese New Year and compared it to how we celebrate, discussing the similarities and differences. We tried some delicious Chinese food and could describe to our learning partners what it tasted like. Some of us successfully used chopsticks to eat the noodles! We enjoyed making Chinese lanterns and dragons as well as having a go at building the Great Wall of China! We even tried writing in Chinese! We had such a fun and busy week!
Week Ending 1st February 2019
This week we have been using scales to weigh a variety of objects to see which were heavy and which were light. We discovered that just because an object is big, it doesn't mean it will be heavier. We continued to focus on the story the 'Three Little Pigs' and looked at different materials, naming them and thinking of their uses. In Phonics we have been trying to blend to read words starting and ending with sh, ch, th and ng. We enjoyed finding ice again in our water trays outside! This gave us the opportunity to talk about what ice is and think of words to describe it.
Week Ending 25th January 2019
This week we have been practising using money in our class shop. We used the language pennies, cards, coins, buy, sell and change. There was a flurry of excitement as the snow fell, we loved catching snowflakes. We experimented with liquids and solids by putting some toys in water and leaving them outside to freeze, we then had to rescue the toys! We read the story the 'Three Little Pigs' and made houses using bricks, straw and sticks at the creative table and in the construction area. In Phonics we were actively trying to blend to read words using the bikes and scooters.
Week Ending 18th January 2019
This week we have continued learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We made story maps and discussed the characters in the story. In Maths we have been learning all about halving and have been doing lots of practical activities to help us see that when we half a shape we get two equal parts. It was a yummy week halving pizzas and adding the toppings just like Tia Ten and Freddie Four did in Ten Town. We made some huge bridges in the construction area outside and practised the familiar phrases from the story such as "Trip, trap, trip, trap" and "Who's that crossing over my bridge?".
We have enjoyed sharing our Christmas holiday news. This week we have been learning the story, 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. We have practised retelling the story using actions, props and masks. In Maths, we have been making repeating patterns using paint, shapes, pegs, cubes and bricks. We have also been learning all about the number 13 and finding different ways to make 13.
Week Ending 14th December
This week we have been working like elves in Santa's workshop to make lots of Christmas crafts to surprise you all with. We have been practising to read and write the tricky words 'I, no, go, to, into, the' these are words that are not decodable so we can't sound them out. It has been a frosty and icy week and we have enjoyed playing in the 'North Pole' small world area outside. In Maths we have been learning all about the number 12 and know that Tia Ten comes first and then Tommy Two. We have also been learning about the seasons and can describe the colours, clothes and animals that happen in each one. We ended the week with Christmas jumper day and Christmas school dinner and are really feeling festive!
Week Ending 7th December
This week we have been learning all about the story of Christmas and Advent as well as practising and performing our Christmas concert. In Phonics we have been learning more digraphs (ss, ff and ll) and writing our tricky words in different ways. We have been adding 10 and 1 to make 11 and naming 2D shapes and describing their properties. I have 4 straight sides, I have 4 corners, all of my sides are the same. What am I?
Week Ending 30th November
This week we have been learning all about Scotland and celebrating St Andrew's day. We read a story about Barnaby Bear's visit to Edinburgh castle and made our own castles in the construction area. We made some Scottish flags and weaved tartan. It was really fun making shortbread, we used flour, butter and sugar and got to taste it in class!
Week Ending 23rd November
This week we have been learning about gratitude and discussing what we are thankful for. We enjoyed sharing the book 'Bear says thanks.' Lots of us are thankful for our families and having nice friends to play with. In Maths we have been learning about the number 10 and finding different ways to make it using a variety of resources. It was exciting to have our parents in to watch how good we are at Phonics, we are trying to write more CVC words by ourselves.
Week Ending 16th November 2018
This week was 'Anti-bullying' week, We wore odd socks to show it's ok to be different. We also dressed up in spots and Pudsey Bear outfits to raise money for Children in Need-thank you for your generous donations. We have been learning about what it means to be a good friend. We discussed how we can share with our friends, how to show kindness and what to do if we see a friend who is upset. We have been practising blending and segmenting our new sounds and writing some CVC words. In Maths we have worked out different ways to make 9 and some of us have even been having a go at doubles!
Week Ending 9th November 2018
This week we have been learning about Guy Fawkes night and Divali. We discussed all of the different colours we could see in Rangoli patterns and made our own using different shapes and colours. It's been a fun week learning about Eric Eight and practising how to write him in the 'snow' that we found in our tuff spot outside.
Week ending 2nd November 2018
This week we read 'Room on the Broom' and 'Funny bones' The children were very excited as it was Halloween, so there were lots of spooky activities going on! The children enjoyed dressing up as witches, collecting sticks to make broomsticks, making magic potions in the mud kitchen and drawing skeletons with chalk. All the children decorated Halloween cookies to take home on Halloween night.
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Christopher and Jasmine from Gala Class, Harry and Reegan from Bramley Class and Connor W and Alex from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Emily from Gala Class, Freddie from Bramley Class and Ruby from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
In Bramley Class we have enjoyed sharing the story 'Pumpkin Soup'. We followed a recipe, all got to chop some vegetables and then got to smell and taste our very own soup. We loved dipping the bread in the soup and some children even went back for seconds! We played lots of games in phonics focusing on hearing the first sound in words and in maths we have learnt all about Seal Six.
We read the story 'Pumpkin soup' by Helen Cooper and enjoyed making soup in class. We tried grating, cutting and peeling the vegetables and had fun tasting our soup. Some us loved the taste but others were not so sure! We also went on an Autumn Walk around the school grounds. We collected various leaves, sticks and pine cones and looked at the similarities and differences between them then created some lovely autumn pictures.
This week Pippin class loved reading the story Pumpkin Soup. We had fun playing with the pumpkins and working out how to get the pumpkin seeds out from inside the pumpkin using hammers, sticks and golf tees. We used pumpkins in Maths to help us count and improved our fine motor skills by threading cheerios onto pipe cleaners. At snack time we used some leftover apples to print pumpkins and practised our cutting skills by cutting out triangle eyes and drawing a scary mouth.
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Ethan and Reeva from Gala Class, Katelyn and Josh A from Bramley Class and Connor M and Ava from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Amy from Gala Class, Scarlet from Bramley Class and Ellie from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
Bramley class have learnt all about the number 5 this week, and have found different ways to match an amount to the numeral. We have read lots of rhyming stories and have made up our own silly rhymes! We have continued to work on our gross motor skills through Write Dance and enjoyed making big volcanoes with crayons to the music. Bramley Class were very engaged in the computer room, using the mouse carefully to create a picture!
This week we made the most of the lovely weather to learn maths outside. We found out about Fiona Five so went on a scavenger hunt on the field to find 5 items. As Fiona likes to exercise, we also had fun doing various exercises in sets of five -5 star jumps, 5 strides, etc. The children also enjoyed exploring the pumpkins they discovered in our outdoor area which led to great discussions on a variety of topics.
Pippin class have been practising rhyming and playing lots of rhyming games, we especially enjoyed rhyming bingo! We sang nursery rhymes on the stage outside. This week we went to the ICT room for the first time and used the program 2Paint to make a picture.
Week ending 5th October 2018
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Archie and Laila from Gala Class, Belle and Will from Bramley Class and Jack and Dylan from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Christopher from Gala Class, Mia from Bramley Class and Ella from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
We went to the computer suite for the very first time this week. It was very exciting! The children sat sensibly on the chairs, each having a computer in front of them. They all had a go at using the mouse to draw a picture on the '2 paint' program.
This week Pippin class have enjoyed being imaginative outside. We used the boxes to pretend we were astronauts travelling in rockets to space and some of us were race drivers with fast cars! It has been very windy so we have used the wheelbarrow to collect all of the autumn leaves that have blown onto our playground. We have been practising our counting skills and used the Interactive White Board (IWB) to count out cakes for teddy.
This week we have enjoyed exploring different instruments. The children had fun making up songs and then performing them to their friends. Bramley Class made lots of noise experimenting with various drums, we listened to different sounds and then tried making our own sounds outside. We have also enjoyed messy class, forming letters and numbers.
Week ending 21st September 2018
Congratulations to this week's 'Stars of the Week' - Isabelle and Harry from Gala Class, Evie-Grace and Aayan from Bramley Class and Ellis and Penelope from Pippin Class.
Congratulations to Millie from Gala Class, Harriet from Bramley Class and Cara from Pippin Class who all achieved a 'Headteacher's Award' this week.
The children have had fun exploring the outside area independently. They enjoyed writing recipes in the mud kitchen, making soup over the campfire and working as a team to see how far the boats would travel down the drainpipes.