Reception

 

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Minibeasts and our Ugly Bug fabulous finish

We have loved learning all about minibeasts and growing this term. We now know lots of new facts about bugs and have created our own class fact book. We have been on many bug hunts and created lots of new habitats for them in our garden and forest school area.

Today we celebrated our learning together at our fabulous finish. A big thank you to our parents and children who participated in our ugly bug ball singing, bug hunt in the forest school and bug quiz. The parents, teachers and children had so much fun and the weather was glorious. We will be announcing our bug quiz winner and there is a prize for the winning team! The children remembered all the facts and taught their parents a few! Thanks again to everyone.

 

A Visit from Mrs Turtle

We have had another visitor in Reception. One of the children in Turtles showed us their yellow yummy Turtle. We learnt about what she eats, where she lives and how to look after her. She wasn’t allowed to be touched as she likes clean hands but loved seeing us in her tank. We prepared lots of questions and we have learnt lots of new facts. A big thank you to our guests!

 

A Visit from a Giant Land Snail

We have had a special visit from year three’s land snail ‘Usain’. We have learnt how to look after a giant land snail and found our lots of new facts. We now know that they can lay eggs and need to stay moist in their tank.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk

The children have had a visit from a mysterious person who left some very large footprints in our base…. We had to find clues and work out who it might be. We later found out the Giant had visited. We wrote lots of letters and learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with all the actions. We then made our own endings and helped count the magic beans for Jack and the Giant!

 

Planting and Growing

We have been learning all about how to take care of the important things around us. Thank you to the Garden Trust for their donation towards our garden equipment this term. We have used our new tools, seeds and soil to plant and grow lots of seeds, plants and bulbs. We have had so much fun and learnt about lots of different plants. Have a look at our garden and planters when you come to visit us!

 

Diwali

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This week we have been celebrating Diwali. Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. This celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The children across all of Early Years explored the festival through lots of exciting activities. It was lovely to see our Reception children show the Jellyfish children how to work as a team, to complete lots of the fun and exciting challenges together.

The children explored messy play with Mendi (paint) on our hands, clay Diya lights and made Diwali cards and pictures. They have also learnt to dance to Indian music and looked at the dress that is worn during the celebration. We baked some Indian sweet treats which we tasted and described together. We also made Rangoli patterns exploring both the patterns and shapes within the designs.

Please click here to look at all of our photos and videos during these activities. We have all learnt so much and explored with excitement Diwali- the celebration of light! We are so proud of all of the children and their ‘Creativity and Curiosity’ during this event.

We have really enjoyed getting to know your children. We have seen so many smiley faces coming into school and we are amazed with how quickly they have settled into their new routine already.

In order to help the children feel safe and secure at school, we have introduced them to the different learning areas gradually. They have all now had time to get to know both classrooms really well, have had a yummy lunch in the hall and even played on the big playground. They are fantastic at lining up already!  We are looking forward to exploring our outdoor learning area! How exciting! Don’t forget your (named) wellies…

Our first theme this year is ‘Belonging’. We will be sharing news about home, looking at our family pictures and talking about what makes our families the same or different. The children will be encouraged to create pictures and stories about themselves and their families too.

There will be lots more information to come as we get to know your children and begin to introduce phonics, reading and our online journal ‘Tapestry’. We will of course be arranging meetings to help parents/ carers make sense of it all – don’t panic if it all seems like gobbledygook at the moment – you are not alone!

Lastly, we are always available for messages on the door in the morning, however if you require a longer conversation or greater confidentiality please don’t hesitate to contact the office so that we can arrange a more suitable time for a chat. We are always here for you and your child.

We look forward to a fantastic, exciting, magical, wonder-filled year with your little ones.