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 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!
WC 29/1/2018 Whilst continuing with our topic this week, finding out about different places and cultures, we have been doing some bridge building too. K got a book from the library with her Mum and Dad and it contained different activities. One was building a bridge and testing it with carrots! So K's mum sent some photos and K told us what she had to do. We were so interested we decided to have a go too. It was great fun cutting the carrots ourselves and finding ways of making our bridges stronger.
The weather has been really cold so we have also been learning about temperature. We watched a weather forecast to see what temperatures were on the weather map and we could see how to do our own weather forecasts!
WC 15/1/2018 We have been learning about money this week so we have had lots of fun shopping using coins. We have been buying our snacks too and we are getting good at working out what we need to pay for them. We have been getting very messy making dough and we loved using different colours and mixing them up to see what they made. Some of us made rainbow dough and loved looking at all the colours swirling together. We have been doing some problem solving outside while making dens and waterfalls and we are getting good at thinking of different solutions. We have also been making some old maps of London and it was fun using tea bags to make our maps look old.
M brought in a great book about lots of places and we started to learn about Paris. Next week we are going to make some crepes and taste some French cheese too. We can already speak some French but we are going to learn some more words.
WC 8/1/2018 Joe brought in a beautiful book about London that we found very interesting. So, this week we have been learning about London. We found out where it was by looking at Google Earth and then we put a pin in a big map in our classroom to remind us where it is in the world. We learnt about the Great Fire of London and we have been looking at lots of photographs of famous London landmarks. We had a go at drawing them and we are really proud of our efforts. People who have been to visit our classroom cannot believe such young people drew them!
We have been doing some exciting PE this week too. We are lucky enough to have a specialist dance teacher visiting this term to teach us how to put movements to music and we have also been exploring the big apparatus.
We have also been bird watching outside this week and baking yummy muffins in our kitchen too.
We have been lucky to have some of our parents helping in class every day this week - Oscar said "it's another lucky day, we've got another mummy here"!
WC 4/1/2018 (That's the day we came back anyway!) It's been a very short week but we have been busy working together to plan our learning for the coming term. We had a big discussion about all the things we would like to learn about and made a big list. Then we looked at how we could fit lots of the ideas in. Some of the suggestions included learning about London, Blofield, Space, Big Ben, cars, trucks, France and food. So we have decided that we will learn about lots of different places (including Space!) and we will learn about transport as part of it, about the people who live in these places and the food they eat - as well as learning about some of the amazing buildings too. It's going to be busy but very interesting. When we had come up with a list of some ideas, T said "Do you know about the Great Wall in China? I know about that - we could all learn about it". So the ideas are already growing!
We are also looking forward to some special Dance lessons this term that will be taught by a visiting dance teacher. Every day we have different Mums and Dads coming into class to learn with us and we are looking forward to our next whole school Science day later in the term. Keep an eye out for photos of all our learning....
WC 18/12/2017 It's nearly Christmas! We could not believe it when we heard bells ringing outside and then there was a knock on the classroom door - Father Christmas had come to visit us! We were all very excited and amazed that he had a present for each of us. A great way to end the term! Merry Christmas everyone!
WC 4/12/17 This week we performed our Christmas production and it went really well! We did brilliant singing and everyone was very confident about being on the stage. We loved seeing our families there too. We also had some special visitors from Blofield Church! They have a Posada which is a Spanish tradition and involves Mary and Joseph going on a long journey around Blofield. They spent the day with us and we learnt about the story of Christmas and why Christians celebrate at this time of year.
We have been learning about penguins this week too and we had lots of fun in PE pretending beanbags were penguin eggs and trying to keep them on our feet just like the penguins do when they are moving their eggs into their pouch. We also made a penguin huddle and realised just how hot it is in the middle of the huddle!
WC 27/11/17 We have been singing some Christmas songs this week and had our first moment on the stage in preparation for our production next week - it's all getting very exciting! In class, we have been inspired by some amazing photos of the creatures we have been learning about during our Blue Planet topic time - including turtles, garibaldi fish and pyjama sharks. It prompted us to draw pictures of them and we have enjoyed looking at each other's work and talking about what we like. We have been thinking about ways of making our drawing even better and we keep adding bits to improve them. Some children decided to draw pirate ships that might be seen at sea and T drew an amazing skeleton pirate, complete with bandana! Our drawing has also linked well with learning lots of different shapes and we are getting good at remembering the names of them. There was much excitement when it started to snow this week and we had a great time running around in the falling snow and seeing what it felt like!
We were also amazed to see the results of our experiment with bread. We could very quickly see that we had LOADS of germs on our hands before we washed them. We have loved checking the bread each day and have learnt how important it is to wash our hands. Have a look below at the photos of our mouldy bread!
14/11/2017 Special Science Day!
We had a great day investigating what happens to eggs in water! We talked about what scientists do and we made predictions about what we thought would happen to eggs in water with no salt and eggs in water with salt. If we thought the egg would sink we stood on one side of the classroom and if we thought it would float we stood on the other side. We did some really careful measuring to make sure our investigation was fair. We found out that "if the water has no salt in it the egg will sink" and "if there is six tablespoons of salt in the water the egg will float". Some of us also thought that if there was more water than we had but the same amount of salt "it might sink because there's big water". A great day!
WC 6/11/2017 We are loving learning about the amazing creatures in the sea! This week, T brought in a Trilobite fossil which was amazing and M brought in a fossil she had found at the beach. We also loved looking at photos of fang tooth fish and some of us tried to draw some. We have been doing some maths while learning about the sea - we found out that the squid we watched was 2 metres long so we used some tape measures to see how long that was and to compare it to ourselves and things in our classroom. We have started creating a sea display in our classroom - we painted the sea using brushes, sponges and other tools and then we have been drawing and cutting out fish and other creatures to go on it.
We have been learning about why people are wearing poppies too. T's dad used to be in the army so we learnt a little bit about what soldiers do and looked at some photos of soldiers wearing camouflage clothing. We painted some poppies that we are really proud of.
Our writing is getting better every week and we have been busy writing lists for lunch orders and looking in catalogues and writing lists of the things we like.
Finally, we had a lovely time when we met with Year 6 and they read to us. Next week it's anti-bullying week and we have an exciting Science day too!
WC 30/10/2017 We started the week watching a clip about walruses from the brilliant Blue Planet II. We were inspired by it so we are making this our topic! We found out some interesting things about dolphins and when we were watching the walruses we also talked about ice caps melting. We know about David Attenborough too and we've been talking to our parents about what we've been learning. When we were outside, W drew a brilliant seal and walrus using chalk and inside, L cut out pieces of paper to make a seal. T brought in a crab from home and told us all "It's not alive anymore but it is real, it's not plastic. It's got pincers too". He showed it to all the children.
We have also been learning some Italian this week. We found out that Y can count to 10 in Italian so we thought it would be a fun challenge to learn some Italian. We have been learning how to say "please" and "thank you" and even singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!
As it's nearly the 5th of November we have also been learning about Guy Fawkes, King James and the Houses of Parliament. We have been building the Houses of Parliament with our construction materials and retelling the story. Importantly, we have also been learning about keeping safe when there are fireworks and bonfires about.