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There are 3 classes in Reception, RB, RP and RM. We work closely as a unit to develop and enhance children's learning.

RB: Mrs Broad and Miss Hanlon

RP: Mrs Procter and Miss McDonald

RM: Mrs Malone and Miss Mason

Mrs Shackleton works between the three classes with intervention groups (from Spring term)

 

As part of the curriculum we will explore and develop all our skills across all areas of learning. We will also be supporting children's learning through interventions such as Time to talk (a social skills group), speech and language project, Finger gym (developing physical skills to support writing) and Numbers and Patterns (supporting mathematical development). 

We ensure that our children receive a broad and rich curriculum with a balance of child initiated learning and focused teacher inputs. It is important that children learn through play and that they develop a love of learning and an inquisitive mind.

 

Each child has a key person allocated to them and they will work with them to build relationships and develop confidence along side key skills. Key worker time is a chance for children to express themselves and share their own thoughts, ideas and interests. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS Framework. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being.

 

We will have PE on a Monday morning and Soft Play on a Friday.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

We will be exploring a range of different stories over this term, looking at related stories and traditional tales that are linked to the farm ahead of our visit to Acorn farm later in the term. We are excited to explore life cycles as our trip to the farm will include us collecting eggs which we hope to hatch and watch the chicks grow. As part of our mathematics curriculum we will be beginning to explore multiplication by counting in sets of 2, 5 and 10 as well as consolidating our calculation skills in lots of practical ways.

Spring Term

This term we will be developing our scientific investigation skills through the topics of winter and the farm. We are extending our geographical knowledge through exploring the Polar regions in our winter topic as well as our understanding of what happens on a farm. This term we will be looking at people who help us, real life superheroes and we are excited for our visits from a wide range of professionals who help us in our day to day lives. We will use the topic of superheroes  to develop our story telling skills and we can't wait for Superhero day when our parents can join us for some 'super' fun.

In maths we will be exploring the concepts of addition and subtraction as well as embedding our counting and numeral recognition skills. We will be learning about 3D shapes as well as 2D, trying to name and describe them.

We will continue with our stay and play sessions, on the first Friday of the month and at the end of the term we are excited to perform our extravaganza which we are working on with Miss White. It's going to be an exciting term! 

Our Grand Performance

Grand National Week

Build a bridge of books parents course

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

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We made a Chinese Lion and performed our own dance

Reception are excited to be back at school after the Christmas Holidays. The weather has been a bit chilly and so we have been learning all about the Artic.

We have particularly enjoyed being scientists and finding ways to free the artic animals from the ice. We explored different ways to do this and evaluated the best ways to make the ice melt.

We have enjoyed the book ‘Betty and the Yeti’ and we even got to meet a Yeti! The Yeti was a little bit shy so we talked about how we could welcome him into our school.

In mathematics, we have been exploring subtraction. We used snowballs to help us understand that when we subtract the amount gets smaller, which was really fun! We also had a special treat and used ‘Smarties’ to help us create our own number sentences. We especially enjoyed eating the smarties we had to subtract!

Autumn Term

 

Autumn term is a time to focus on our personal, social and emotional development; making friends, building relationships and understanding the boundaries that are in place to ensure that we work well as a community. 

Enjoying our Mud Kitchen

We have been looking at the traditional tale of 'Goldilocks and the three bears'. We have been developing story telling skills and have made actions to help us remember how to tell the story. We had some oracy and drama lessons to immerse the children into the story. There has been lots of talking, writing, sharing, building, reasoning and measuring during this topic. To finish things off we had a visit from Goldilocks who made a bit of a mess in our rooms, the children made posters to warn people but she came into school and gave us some reasons for her behaviour. The children linked this to our Bullybusting visitor and decided that she had made a mistake and could be our friend.

Goldilocks

We had our Autumn 1 Wow visitor, it was the author Pippa Pixley. She told us a story about 'Squiggle' and then the children wrote their own version on the walls of the immersion room. We acted out a trip to the beach, swimming and splashing in our virtual sea. We finished the session by creating our own pop up book. 

We have continued our bear theme for the first half term and have gone on to explore the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' as well as researching information about bears and then finishing off with a teddy bear picnic. We used all of our senses to retell the story using the outdoor environment as well as mud, water and snow.

We have started learning Phase 2 phonics and are using these skills to help us read and spell simple words. We had a Phonics Fun Friday as our stay and play session for November and really enjoyed showing off our new skills to parents.

We have had a stay and read session with our families and what a great turn out. We have also started paired reading with our Year 6 friends.

In mathematics we focused on numeral recognition and accurate counting for the first half term, using Numicon to help us understand that numbers represent how many things are in a set of objects. We are now exploring shape and patterns and have enjoyed going on shape hunts and using lolly sticks to help us understand the properties of 2D shapes.

We have had a disco after school, lots of fun and great moves being shown by all! 

The children have been excited about Halloween and so we looked at the book, 'Room on the Broom' and have been exploring rhyme. 

Some of our adventures in October

Diwali

Diwali is one of the largest festivals celebrated as part of the Hindu religion. We believe teaching children about a variety of religions and cultures is important to creating a diverse and understanding community. We have had so much fun making our own Diva candles, creating rangoli patterns and dressing up in authentic clothing.

Reading with our Year 6 buddies!

This half term we have been learning about Space. We have used the stories, 'Aliens love underpants' and ' Whatever next' as the basis of our literacy work. We have learnt about the names of the planets in our solar system and have explored features of some of these planets. We had a visit from a baby alien and we have made some posters to help find its parents. We have been starting to order numbers and are working with the concept of addition in our maths work.
In EYFS we had a wonderful Festive Fun day! Throughout the day we made festive cookies, reindeer food and lots of decorations. We were so excited when Father Christmas and his reindeer came to visit! Take a look at our pictures to see all of the exciting activities we got up to!
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