Reception children may be the smallest in the school but they are capable of amazing things! We encourage them to be independent, inquisitive and resilient. Our curriculum is built around the Early Learning Goals (find them at the bottom of this page) but is completely tailored to meet the needs and interests of all the children in the class. We involve the children in the planning by finding out what they already know about and what they would like to learn more about. Their enthusiasm is endless and their ideas are constantly evolving!
Please have a look at what we have been learning about....
WC 1/4/2019 O made a brilliant Easter Bunny puppet after seeing one in his reading book and then he taught everyone else how to do it. We are going to do some little puppet shows with them.
Science Day was great fun once again. It was a mixture of Science and DT this time and we had to find a way of protecting an egg so that when we dropped it on the floor it wouldn't break. We worked in teams and learned a lot about taking turns to talk and listen. Once we had made our creations, we tested them outside. Some were made by sticking lots of boxes together and putting the egg in. One fell apart but the egg didn't crack - C thought that "all the stuff on it slowed it down so it didn't break".
The Dinosaurs made a very chocolatey mess this week but they also left a big egg with a ribbon on and a message that it was for us to wish us a Happy Easter. It was filled with chocolate bunnies! Thank you, Dinosaurs and Happy Easter everyone!
WC 25/3/2019 We have been doing lots of writing this week. As well as writing about the dinosaurs we painted, we have also been making our own books. We have been writing fiction and non-fiction books and then reading them to each other.
Outside, we have been challenging ourselves to ride the bike without stabilisers and to ride up the slope without having to put our feet down. We have been climbing on the bars and trying to throw accurately to a target. On Friday, we were very excited to cut the hair of our Grass Heads! Some of us cut the hair really short and some of us gave them some crazy hair styles! Someone asked "will their hair grow again?" so now we are waiting to see if it does or not. We predicted that it will because when the grass on the field is cut, it grows again.
WC 18/3/2019 Another busy week! We are still learning about dinosaurs because we are enjoying it so much. This week, we have been finding out about palaeontologists and hunting for dinosaur fossils. We have been digging very gently so we don't damage any fossils that might be there, and we have used brushes to remove the sand. We have been to visit Blofield Library too. We found lots of books about dinosaurs as well as lots of other interesting books. On the way to the library we noticed lots of beautiful Spring flowers - C said "they smell just like summer time".
WC 11/3/2019 The dinosaurs are still causing havoc in our classroom! We love them visiting though and can't wait to see what they have done each day. We are learning about what dinosaurs like to eat, how them move and how big they are. We keep adding to our list of things we want to find out about them!
We have been very excited this week as our 'grass heads' have started to grow (we made them a couple of weeks ago). We have been writing about what we have seen and we will be measuring how long the grass is and finding out which one has grown the most.
WC 4/3/2019 It has been a very exciting week! On Monday, some very mischievous dinosaurs invaded our classroom and made a big mess! They have been doing something different every day and we have been excited to see what they will do next. We have been writing letters to them to find out more about them. We also had to write to them to remind them about their manners when they said "We want pancakes!" We have been investigating dinosaur footprints and R had a great idea of making our own footprints on paper outside.
On Shrove Tuesday we enjoyed making pancakes and eating them. We made the dinosaurs a pancake too! E said it was the best pancake she had ever eaten!
We celebrated World Book Day on Friday and everyone looked fabulous in their costumes. We loved W's outfit as he came dressed as the Saucepan Man from our story.
Our tennis lesson was great - we learnt how to serve and have a rally with our partners. We are beginning to remember the proper names for the shots too.
WC 25/2/2019 After learning about food chains before half term, we have had a week learning about plants and what they need to grow. The amazing weather meant we found lots of new buds on the plants around the school and we saw some flowers and blossom too. We have made our own Grass Heads and are hoping that the grass might start to grow next week. We know that we need to water them and we decided the best place to keep them would be the sunny window sill in our classroom.
We have been lucky to have a tennis coach teaching us how to play tennis this week and he is coming every week until Easter. We had a Mad Science assembly too where we found out about air using balloons - and some very noisy hair dryers!
It was World Thinking Day for Girl Guides and Girls Scouts during half term so we had a special day on Tuesday when some children wore their uniform to school and told us all about it.
WC 4/2/2019 On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day so we remembered the things we have to do to stay safe online. We know that we need to ask our Mummy or Daddy (or the grown up we are with) to help us if something happens that we are not sure about. We remember these important things when we are using the iPads and computers in school too.
Whilst learning about real tigers, we have also been reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We have been doing some drama, writing menus for a tea party and we had our own little tea party too. When we prepared the food we did lots of halving as that's what we have been learning about in maths.
In PE we have been doing yoga and turning ourselves into animals! Outside, some of us decided to see if we could dig deep enough to get to lava and we also made a great hedgehog house too!
WC 28/1/2019 W shared some photos of an exhibition he went to based on 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' book. Because we are learning about animals this term, we decided to find out about tigers. We watched some tigers hunting in the wild and were amazed when the tiger caught an antelope for his tea. We found out about food chains and what animals tigers prefer to eat! After we watched the tigers, we wrote some sentences about the things we saw. We also looked at tiger stripes and found out that every tiger has different stripes, just like our finger prints.
We have been doing loads of number work this week and we are getting really good at counting, as well as adding and subtracting. We had fun practising using playing cards.
WC 21/1/2019 We have been making Monkey Cake this week, to complete our learning about monkeys. We have been finding out about the different things monkeys eat and then we made the cake using mashed bananas. We had to mash, measure and mix, amongst other things. We have been doing another science investigation too - finding out what is the best thing to clean coins after we noticed (when learning about money last week) that some of our coins are very shiny and some are not. We discussed how to make our investigation fair (and 'air' is a trigraph we have been learning this week too!) and we did some careful measuring.
This week we also found out that A is brilliant at making paper aeroplanes so he has been teaching us how to make them. We've had a great time flying them outside. We realised that we needed to change and improve them before flying them again!
WC 14/1/2019 This week has been all about monkeys! We have been watching some amazing clips of squirrel, tamarin and spider monkeys. We watched how they move around and listened to the sounds they make. We noticed that there are lots of similarities between monkeys and us! We have been painting monkeys and drawing some too - looking carefully at photos to help us.
Our class shop has been open this week as we have been learning about money. We have been looking at price tags and counting out the correct number of coins. We have been using money to buy our snacks too. In PE, we've been using tennis rackets which we really enjoyed. We've been creative with different materials outside and have enjoyed stomping in water too. We continue to love phonics and have been learning some trigraphs this week and using them in our writing. A busy week!
WC 7/1/2019 Last week we had a big discussion about what we wanted to learn about this term and we had loads of great ideas. Lots of the ideas were about animals and nature so that's what we will be learning about. We are starting by learning about monkeys - H saw a programme about monkeys and knows there are lots of different types. We will find out what they are over the next couple of weeks. We have been creating animals and plants to turn a corner of our classroom into a jungle.
We have been busy using our new Maths packs this week - counting with bead strings and playing number games with playing cards. We did some brilliant counting in 10's using the different colours on the strings.
In our celebration assembly on Friday were excited to find out that we won the trophy for being the best class at recycling. It is displayed in our classroom for all to see!
4/1/2018 We have only had 2 days at school this week but we have really made the most of them! Today was SCIENCE DAY! We were really excited because we could remember all the things we did for our last experiment. This time we had to help Mr Heasman with a problem - finding out why his hair gel didn't work when he went swimming in the sea but it did work in the rain. We had some great ideas about what might have gone wrong...."When he was swimming he went forward and his hair went backwards and pushed the gel out" and "I think it was because it was warm and it melted". Then C had a brilliant idea...."I think it was because in the sea the water is salty". So we created an experiment to test if the salt made a difference to the hair gel. When we were planning it, T had a great idea that perhaps Mr H had less hair gel in when he went in the sea compared to in the rain. We asked Mr H but he said he had the same amount in.
We had a great time testing the gel and found that the salt DID change the hair gel and "it went all drippy". We learned that it changed it from a solid into a liquid. We then decided to find out what happened when we mixed other things in. A great day to start the term!
WC 10/12/2018 When we came to school on Tuesday, we noticed a lot of frost and ice on the ground and on our cars. So we went on an ice hunt to see what we could find out. We found some amazing frosty leaves and we noticed the veins in the leaves. We also found out that we could melt the frost on the leaves because "our warm breath melts the frost". We had fun writing in the frost on the picnic benches and we looked at the frozen water in our Secret Garden. We talked about how to keep safe if we see frozen ponds or rivers and we cracked the ice with a stick to see what would happen if we stood on it. There were some really big pieces of ice that we could see through!
WC 3/12/2018 We have been doing lots of fun activities to help us develop our muscles and coordination. We loved using the hammers and were very careful with them. We also mastered picking up marbles with tweezers! We learnt how to make our own dough and had fun choosing what colour to make it. We noticed that if we put two colours in, they made a different colour. We have been writing lists and letters to send to Father Christmas too. We had our first rehearsal for our Christmas play next week and we are getting excited about our Mums and Dads coming to see us.
WC 26/11/2018 We had a brilliant trip to the Playhouse to see The Snail and the Whale. We loved going on the coach and getting sprayed with water pistols during the show! We had a picnic in our classroom when we got back which we also loved as we usually eat in the hall.
We have been creating clay masterpieces on the trees outside, working out how to fix broken waterfalls and digging for treasure. We did some litter picking too after watching a news clip about how litter harms nature.
More parents have been to visit us this week and we have had fun making our own play dough, playing games and climbing on the big apparatus in PE.
Year 4 visited us this week to read with us. We loved showing them all our books and they enjoyed reading them to us. We are hoping they will visit again!
WC 19/11/2018 We have had more Mums and Dads visiting us this week and they have been very impressed with how much we learn in a day. When D's Dad visited, he told us all about Nigeria which is a country in Africa where he grew up. He read us a story in Yoruba, which is the other language that he can speak. We tried saying the numbers to 10 and some animal names in Yoruba. He also let us try on some traditional clothes. He explained that they are loose and light as it is so hot there.
As it is getting colder, we have been making some bird feeders for our garden and we noticed on Friday that the birds have been nibbling them already. We did some good problem solving outside too - working out why the water was leaking in a waterfall and then trying to fix it.
We have been reading The Snail and the Whale in preparation for our trip next week. We looked at some real snail shells and have been drawing our own spirals. When we cut them out we discovered they make great decorations.
WC 12/11/2018 We have been been making and painting poppies this week to remind us of the brave soldiers who died in wars. They are going on the wall in our classroom so everyone can see them.
E brought in her Gruffalo Recipe book this week and her Mummy was very kind and sent some ingredients too so that we could use one of the recipes. We are making pizzas and had a great time kneading the dough! There was a lot of noise in our classroom when we were making music with lots of instruments. We made little bands and performed to our friends! We have more parents visiting us in class this week which is very exciting!
WC 5/11/2018 What a busy week! We had a great time reading some new books from the visiting Book Fair. Some children from Year 6 read to us and so did some adults from other classes - we really loved it. We have been creating firework masterpieces and baking yummy gingerbread biscuits. We have been very physical outside this week too, discovering how high we can jump and different ways of swinging and climbing.
Every day this week we have Mummy's and Daddy's coming to join us for lunch - it's great being able to show them what we do each day. Three of our parents have been helping in class this week too and we've got more coming every week!
WC 29/10/2018 We were excited to be back at school after the holiday and we returned with lots of Julia Donaldson books that we had been reading in the holiday. This week our learning has been based on The Highway Rat. We have had a great time pretending to be the Highway Rat, using swords and demanding that people give us sweets and cakes! We decided that it's not good to really be like the Rat because he is rude and mean. We have been using some great language to describe the rat and other characters. Outside this week we used wool to make spiders webs in the trees as lots of us were talking about going "Trick or Treating". Some children from Year 5 came to tell us how to keep safe if we were going out to do this.
Our amazing PTA have also bought us some new iPads so we have been using them this week. We have enjoyed writing on them and look forward to doing lots more things with them.
WC 8/10/2018 Over the last couple of weeks, lots of us have brought Julia Donaldson books into school so we have decided this is going to be our theme for the next few weeks. This week we are reading Superworm and doing lots of wormy things! We have been measuring things, making worms with play-dough, making a giant Superworm for the classroom and learning about rhyming words. And of course we have been digging for worms outside!
We were super excited on Wednesday as it was Science Day throughout the school. We did a great experiment with Coca Cola and mints. We investigated what would happen if we changed things. O said "We should try putting some healthy stuff in it instead of sweets". So we did and we were surprised by what happened.
WC 1/10/2018 It's been an exciting week because we went to our Harvest Festival to give thanks for all the good food we have. We learnt about other children who don't have as much food as we have and we brought some food to school that was collected by the Salvation Amy, to give to people who need it. The most exciting thing was that our Grandparents came to celebrate with us and we had tea and cake with them afterwards. They were really excited to see our school and classroom and had a lovely time.
We have also had fun outside this week making crowns with the things we found outside and we have been playing a maths game with beanbags and targets. Some children go to gymnastics lessons and they have inspired us to do some gymnastics in our PE lessons!
WC 24/9/2018 Our favourite activity this week was making magic mud pies with Mrs Farrow. We left our mud pies in the Secret Garden and some Goblins ate them!! They are friendly because they left us a lovely 'thank you' letter. We were so excited and we have spent the week making more mud pies, painting Goblin pictures, looking for Goblins (with magnifying glasses and binoculars) and talking about what the Goblin homes might be like. Next week we are going to make some Goblin homes and mix up some more Goblin food. We are going to write to them too and ask them some questions so we can find out more about them.
We have also started learning doing something called 'phonics' and we have had fun playing games while learning about letters and sounds. We have played some great games to help us learn about numbers too. What a busy week!
WC 17/9/2018 We have been busy exploring our new environment and getting used to all the new routines of school. We have enjoyed having our lunch at school and staying all day. The older children in the school have been looking after us and helping us to make friends and find our way around. We already know the names of lots of other children in school who we have made friends with.
We read a lovely book all about hedgehogs and we had lots of fun making hedgehogs using clay and sticks and play dough and straws. We had to use our hands to break the sticks and use scissors to cut the straws. We have been using lots of art materials to make things and we have enjoyed listening to lots of stories too.
WC 3/9/2018 Welcome to all our new Reception children and their families!
The children have enjoyed their first two days at 'big school' and have settled in really well each morning. They are excited about staying all day next week and getting to eat their lunch here. We have spent the two days getting to know each other and finding out what the children enjoy learning about - we will be using all of this information to plan our learning for the term ahead. Photos will follow on this page, once all the relevant permissions have been given!
Below are the Early Learning Goals that we are working towards throughout the year. We will talk more about these at our information meeting on Wednesday 19 September.
WC 25/6/2018 We have had an exciting start to the week with a visit from J's Mummy. She works at the hospital and she brought her special machine that shows germs on your hands. We learnt what can happen if we don't wash our hands carefully and then we all used the machine to see how clean our hands were. It has helped us to see which parts of our hands we need to wash more carefully! The second group started Forest School today and had a great time, even though it was very hot!
We have had great swimming lessons this week in the sunshine. Most of us felt so confident that we jumped into the pool which was great fun. We have been super lucky this week because a cricket coach came to work with us. We did some batting and fielding.
The Football World Cup has been helping us with our number work too! We have been keeping track of the scores and using Top Trumps cards which has meant reading some really big numbers!
WC 18/6/2018 We have had a great week! We are loving our swimming lessons in our pool and we are already making progress. We were excited to welcome some of the preschool children who will be starting school in September. We showed them around and helped them to settle in, playing with them and talking to them. We have been making some great rockets and we finished painting them this week. We know all about Tim Peake now and we loved watching him doing a space walk - it looked amazing! He has helped us to learn about gravity too. When we were outside, we noticed lots of weeds in our raised bed so we cut them all down so they are ready to plant things. Some of the weeds had amazing roots that we looked at. We also put some grass seed on a bare patch of ground and we are going to watch it grow (hopefully!).
Next week, we are looking forward to learning about germs as J's mum is bringing in a special machine from her work. We also have a lady coming to tell us all about her bees. And, as well as that, we have a cricket coach coming to work with us.
WC 4/6/2018 We are full of energy and enthusiasm after our half term break! The week has got off to a good start with Forest School where we have been checking up on the tadpoles, climbing with ropes, setting up dens, using karabiners and making mixtures to attract butterflies.
We have also been talking about SPACE! Lots of children in our class are really interested in space so we are going to learn about it. We have already had some great ideas about what we can find out about. We already know there are some planets but we don't know much about them so we are hoping to learn more. We also had a discussion about aliens because some children think they are real and some children think they are made up for stories. And T wants to know "what is outside space?" So, we have lots to think about and we have only just begun!
WC 23/4/2018 We have been finding out what happens if you put things in beetroot juice! We thought of all the things we wanted to test and worked out what we were going to do. We prepared the food we were testing and measured the beetroot juice so it was all fair. We made predictions about what might happen too. We also made some beetroot hummus which we loved testing and we ate some pickled beetroot. A letter was delivered to our classroom and it was from a bear called Beety. His favourite thing is Beetroot and he said he was coming to visit to see what we're learning about. We were very excited when we came to school on Friday because he has arrived! He is VERY mischievous and had made a mess in our classroom. We have been writing notes to him and we have no idea if he might get up to more mischief next week....
We also wanted to know how a conveyor belt works and W's Dad managed to get us one from where he works. We have had great fun using it and we know how it works now too!
WC 12/3/2018 We have continued our learning about America and this has involved some really interesting and mature discussions. We have been using Google Earth to look at some places in America and we loved using Street View so we could pretend we were really walking down the streets! J's cousin lives in America so we are going to talk to her class using Skype which we are really excited about.
We have been writing about our favourite characters from books and programmes as we enjoyed doing this as part of Book day last week. Games have been helping us with our maths skills too. We have also been learning about Stephen Hawking and the amazing things that he did. We listened to his words about looking at the stars and not at your feet and then we tested this out - we walked around our school just looking at our feet and realised that was quite miserable! When we walked around looking up we made a list of all the amazing things we could see. He also said that we should never give up and we are going to remember that in all that we do.
Science Day again next week which we are looking forward to!
WC 5/3/2018 We have been continuing our learning about different places in the world and we have found out lots of interesting things. We had a reply to the email we sent A's Uncle in Australia and he told us all about the town he lived in. We have been looking at it on Google Earth and going for a virtual walk along the streets. Now we are learning about America and we are going to email J's relatives that live there. We have been planning the questions we want to ask them. We have been very musical this week too! We have been playing ocarinas which sounded really good and we also had the chance to ring some church bells which was great fun! O said "When I pulled it I nearly jumped up!" and F said "they were higher than a dog could jump!". We finished the week with World Book Day (it was cancelled because of snow days last week) and we looked brilliant in our costumes!
WC 19/2/2018 We have had a busy return from our half term break. We have been working hard on our writing and we have been doing lots of reading, as usual. We have had fun using scales to find out how much things weigh and to compare the weight of different things in our classroom. We weighed some Numicon too and discovered that the bigger numbers weigh more than the small numbers! While we were experimenting with this we realised that if we put a 2 and an 8 in one side of the balance and a 10 in the other side, it would be level because they weigh the same. We have been learning about Australia this week too. We have been using the Internet to research some of the poisonous spiders that live there as well as looking at photos of the Outback. It is a good time of year to compare the temperature in England and Australia too! We learnt all about emails and we worked together to write an email to A's Uncle who lives in Australia. We can't wait to see if he sends us a reply and answers all the questions we asked him.
We were lucky on Friday when Jo from the Dogs Trust came to visit us. She taught us some important ways of keeping safe when we are near dogs so we now know when and how to stroke dogs and what to do if we were chased by a dog we didn't know. Thank you to Jo!
We are getting excited about World Book Day next week - look out for photos of our book inspired outfits!