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.
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Home Learning books sent home
Summer Term 5 (2018) - Watch it grow
Spring Term 4 (2018) - Creatures big and small
Autumn Term 2 (2017) - Explorers of the dark
Autumn Term 1 (2017) - Celebrating being us
Still to come
Summer Term 6 (2018) - Off we go...
Our Learning 2017-2018
Our trip to Godstone Farm
We enjoyed a great day out at Godstone Farm on 10th May. We travelled by minibus and a double decker bus and arrived at the farm full of energy and excitement! We walked around the farm and saw lots of different animals including sheep and lambs, Highland cows, horses, alpacas, ducks, pigs and piglets. Each child had the chance to stroke a rabbit, tortoise, guinea pig or a duckling and also feed the pigs. We then climbed aboard the tractor for a journey around the farm. It was a lovely sunny day so we were able to sit outside on the grass and eat our lunch. After lunch the children entertained themselves at the fabulous play area where they had the chance to run, swing, slide and climb. The teachers were very proud of the children throughout the day and the staff at the farm commented on how well behaved all three classes were.
The Reception classes enjoyed celebrating Multicultural Week at school. Throughout the week we learnt about the Arctic. We were given a challenge to make igloos using various materials, such as marshmallows and cocktail sticks, cotton wool and plastic containers. We found out about and described animals found in the Arctic and were surprised to learn that penguins only live in Antarctica and not the Arctic! We listened to some traditional Inuit music - throat singing – and tried to make the same sounds as them which was tricky! We made traditional bread called Bannock. We mixed the ingredients and baked in the oven then enjoyed tasting it. Some of us found it yummy although others were not so keen! We used sponge printing to create Inuit Inukshuk sculptures and learnt about hot and cold colours. We used chalk and black card to create Arctic scenes. At the end of the week we had the opportunity to visit other classes around the school and learn about other parts of the world. It was great fun!
The Reception Classes have been visiting Ashenbank Woods near Cobham. They were full of enthusiasm for their first trip away from school! They had a great time in the woods, using their senses to explore their new surroundings. Two of the classes were lucky enough to see the cows grazing nearby. They noticed the signs of winter- the bare branches on the trees and the leaves across the ground. They had the opportunity to climb and balance on large fallen tree trunks, learning to manage risks and gain confidence in their own abilities. They especially enjoyed having fun in the mud, hearing squelching sounds and noticing patterns their wellies had made. What a fantastic learning opportunity!
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 hope you enjoy watching the videos.
The Reception Children in 2015-16 enjoyed a variety of experiences here are some of the photos.