The reception class starts together full time in September of the year in which they are five.
The Jolly Phonics scheme is used to support reading and writing. Children build up a phonics library of sounds in their book bag and parents can support the classroom work by helping the child finish the colouring, learn the action that accompanies the sound and also the correct letter formation in writing.
The children learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The books are used during supported reading sessions during the school day and are sent home each day for the children to read with parents.
Most of the learning is supported through guided and child initiated play.
‘Show and Tell’ is a feature with the children who are encouraged to tell the class about something
that is special to them – so do not forget to bring something in – it can be anything from a toy to a photograph.
Norman the class dog is allowed to visit a child’s house each day; this supports various learning objectives in the Foundation Stage Profile.
The class is involved in the school Nativity play which is part of the Christmas service at the church.
An outing is planned for each term, with a joint Christmas trip with Years 1 & 2. In recent years we have visited the toy museum in Park House, the Royal Stud, the Butterfly Park, Thursford, Princess Theatre, Sea Life Centre.
To bring our theme of ‘Castles, Knights and Fairytales’ to an end we invited our parents into the classroom to join their children for a ‘Big Build’ session. The children were asked to design a castle as part of their homework and collect together the resources they would need for their model.
It was great that so many parents were able to join us on Monday afternoon this week. Everybody enjoyed the afternoon and today the children have proudly visited the other classrooms to show their castles to the rest of the school.
Well done everyone and thank you to our lovely parents for coming in to support our learning.
We have lots of exciting learning experiences planned for this term. Our new outdoor area is continuing to take shape and we are eagerly awaiting delivery of our new Mud Kitchen, which has been constructed by one of our lovely parents!
We had a fabulous day at Houghton Hall at the end of January. After dropping off our lunch boxes in the Education Centre we walked over to the woods, investigating the vast slate moon art installation on the way.
We had a great time in the woods. Everyone had to find a suitable stick so that we could all make Wish Wands. We peeled our sticks and then decorated them with felt pens before using ribbon to tie on leaves and feathers as finishing touches. They all looked beautiful! We also did some bark-rubbing and found some dens to play in.
After lunch we explored the Walled Garden. The garden is divided into different sections and is a really interesting place to visit. We followed the leader through the maze, looked for 2D shapes around the garden and had a tree counting race.
By popular request we finished our day in the Adventure Playground!
Everyone had a lovely day, the weather was perfect and we can’t wait to go back again!
Our Outdoor Learning space began to have a grand makeover just before Christmas. On the day that the work began all the children were very excited to watch seven huge bags of sand being craned over the hedge! They all thought that the sand was for a giant sand pit so were a bit disappointed to see it being spread out to form a base for the surface!
As the week progressed everyone became more and more excited about the prospect of playing in the new space.
At the end of the week the finishing touches were added….a road track and a target for games.
We are delighted with our new area so far and are looking forward to adding the next stage in our plans, a mud kitchen and a digging and den-building area.
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Please take a few minutes to read about our plans for this half of the term. Thank you to all those parents who contributed to Tapestry last term…please keep up the good work and spread the word to those who haven’t tried it yet!
Thanks to the musical talents of Mrs Strudwick, the children enjoyed taking part in a Christmas Pop Up Choir and sang to entertain visitors at the tea shop at Sandringham and for the residents at Park House. Much fun was had by all and all proceeds went to the charity Shelter.