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.
We are really enjoying our weekly Forest School sessions. This week Lee showed us how to do some Japanese ‘Forest Art’. We had to collect a handful of fresh leaves from the trees…Lee encouraged us to choose leaves of varying shapes and sizes. We were given a piece of material which we folded in half, with a leaf placed in the middle. By hammering the material carefully but firmly we could see the shape of the leaf appear through the material…it took quite a lot of hammering! When we opened the material up the leaves had printed symmetrically. This process was repeated with a variety of leaves.
The next task was to find a stick that measured the same as the width of the material and attach the cloth using tape. Finally we added a length of string before finding a suitable branch to hang them on. They looked fabulous dancing in the breeze!
It was lovely to welcome our new pupils, who will be joining our school family in September, into school this morning. They joined Mrs Berry, Mrs Garrard and our existing children for a morning of fun, and were supported by Alison from West Newton Pre-School group for this first session. Two more transition sessions will take place over the next few weeks, and all new families will be offered a Home Visit too.
We had a fabulous visit to the Sealife Centre last week. We saw lots of fascinating sea creatures and learned many interesting facts, especially during our ‘Rockpool workshop’. Did you know that a starfish can survive with only one arm, and that it can grow new arms?
After we finished in the Sealife Centre we got back on the coach and went to Old Hunstanton. We ate our picnic on the beach and then spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the sand. We had a competition to build a perfect sandcastle and collected lots of shells to take back to school. We all had a lovely day and, as always, the children were a pleasure to take out.
A wonderful day out was had by Reception and years 3 and 4 on Tuesday 12th June, with our trip to Hunstanton. Children enjoyed time at the rock pool and in the aquarium at the Sealife centre, followed by lunch on the beach and games. Year 3 and 4 also made beach sculptures and had a really interesting time at Mr Bun the Baker, finding out about life as a baker and even making their own doughnuts. Read all about it in the Hunstanton town guide, link below.
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!