About the class...
Class Teacher - Mrs J. O'Brien
Learning Assistants - Miss K. Goldsack
Reception class is a happy, safe and stimulating environment where children are cared for, nurtured and encouraged to learn and reach their full potential. We work in partnership with parents to enable our children to learn in a fun and exciting way through their play.
There are 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful play that is based upon the individual interests and learning needs of each individual child.
Communication and Language Development
The children are given opportunities to develop their learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening. We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children are provided with experiences and support to enable them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. We support the children’s emotional well-being, helping them to know themselves and what they can do. We also help the children to develop respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.
The children are given opportunities to learn through being active and interactive, improving their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. The children develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and of making healthy choices in relation to food.
Children learn to read and write through daily phonics activities where children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. In our class children have access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest. They put their new skills into practice by exploring a print rich environment with a wealth of opportunities to read and write. We give children the confidence, opportunity and encouragement to use the skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.
We support the children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculations, shapes, space and measures in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.
Understanding the World
The children develop crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Children have access to a range of ICT resources including digital cameras, an interactive whiteboard, ipads and beebots. We support children's learning by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely, encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations, undertake practical experiments and work with a range of materials.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children’s creativity is extended by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. Children are provided with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play, and design and technology.
Every week, Reception will have a PE lesson on a Monday. Please ensure children all have their PE kits ready for learning.
Ash the dog.
Ash the dog is our brilliant behaviour mascot. He goes home every day for tea with someone and comes back to school the very next day. Children who remain on green all day with their behaviour have a chance of taking Ash home and being our star of the day!
Becoming tomorrow's leaders of Science
We have developed our scientific thinking this week through accessing enabling experiments. On Friday we worked with our nursery children with our own science fair. We set up experiments to look for lots of reactions. We lead our own learning and shared our knowledge of science . We made observations of plants, created reactions in milk and made fizzy paint by mixing ingredients together. Miss Hunter, our science lead came to see our science fair.
A love of Reading
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We develop a love of reading through immersing the children into stories and activities that capture the imagination. We use puppets, and games to develop our skills, and link all of our learning with different books linking with our current theme.
Can you spot Pete the Cat activities and learning using the Funny Bones story as inspiration?
We enjoy extending our learning through indoor and outdoor provision. We have lots of learning activities that we are able to complete independently and with our peers.
Maths in Action
We are always learning using maths. We practise our maths skills each day and we love using practical ways to develop our understanding.
Water, Water everywhere...
This week it has been raining lots. We love learning outside in different weathers. We helped each other put on our wet suits and wellingtons and then went outside. We splashed in puddles, used containers to catch rain and even painted the puddles. We took the primary colours powder paint and added them to the puddles to explore changes. We made observations about what we could see. We extended our own learning by making a channel to move the water between two tuff spots to see if we could change it even more.
Following on from our nativity "Children of the World" we have been enjoying our festive celebrations this week with a party and Rock Kidz. We played lots of games and enjoyed our party food. We hope every one has a Happy Christmas.
Miss K Goldsack
We have blast off !
During our topic all about the solar system we used our scientific knowledge to think about how we can make things move. we made our own rockets which were powered by air. Through exploring we learnt that the more air we blew through the straw, the further the rocket would travel. We measured how far rockets went and made comparisons to enhance our maths skills.
Divali is the festival of light, where everything shines bright. We have been busy learning all about the festival Divali. Our learning opportunities have included making a mango Lassii, making and decorating Diva Lamps and exploring rangoli patterns. We have read lots of books, our favourite was called "Lots of Lights" which explained different aspects of the festival.
To enrich our curriculum we took part in a capoeira workshop with Michael. We learnt that capoeira comes from Brazil and uses an instrument called a Pandeiro. We learnt different moves, one was called a ginga. We used amazing listening skills so we could follow directions well.
Fire Service Visit
As part of our Marvellous Me topic we learnt about real life superheroes. The Fire Service came to visit us and speak to us about how important their equipment is on their fire engine. We completed a check list to find different pieces of equipment and key features of a fire engine, such as a the blue lights. We got to sit inside the fire engine, spray the hose and try on helmets too.
Looking at Change
We have been busy finding signs of the new season. We went and picked apples from our orchard and used them to make our own faces, we left them outside so we were able to observe changes that happened to them over time.
Caring for living things
We worked together to create our own bird feeders using our fine motor skills and cereal to provide birds, who live in our trees, with some extra food as winter approaches. We thought hard about the best places to hang the feeders.
Our Termly Achievements
We have been selected to receive the termly Headteacher's Star Award and an Ashurst OBE. We are so proud of our achievements and commitment to being the best we can be in all that we do.
We all love PE lessons. We have been learning how we can move in different ways and express ourselves through movement. We have worked as a team to make different representations of topic objects such as aliens, moon buggies and planets.
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