Miss Simmons, Mrs Dray, Mrs Guest & Mrs Minshull welcome you to
the Reception Class of 2020.
Please check back here regularly for news
of what is happening in Reception Class this year.
Miss Diplock who is our experienced early years specialist teacher, returned to work in January 2021, and will also be working with some of the Reception Class children over the coming terms.
Throughout the autumn term, our Reception children achieved a great deal, despite the needed Covid-19-safety measures in place, and the confinement to their class bubble.
Some fantastic progress was seen for each individual child
and shared with you in the autumn term reports to parents, virtual class assembly
and via ClassDojo, and in our newsletters. It was also wonderful to see the children's Nativity video at Christmas time.
In the Spring term 2021, we were frustrated that due to the national lockdown, most of our children were required to stay at home again from the 5th January 2021 and carry out remote learning in place of learning on site, but it was great to see the amazing work submitted by our Reception children, guided by the videos and tasks put together by Miss Simmons and the team, and thanks to a lot of support from the children's wonderful parents!
The children's learning & development has really been able to continue throughout the 2021 lockdown as a result of all the work put in by school staff and families. The children's ClassDojo portfolios provide wonderful evidence of this. Thank you all.
Our school fully re-opened on 8th March 2021.
It has been so wonderful to have the Reception children all back in school again.
We will update our website class pages shortly with overviews for the summer term and details of curriculum information sessions to be run by the staff in April to let you know what is planned for the summer term back in school.
Welcome to Reception 2020-2021
Miss Simmons, Mrs Dray, Mrs Guest and Mrs Minshull welcomed the class to school from Tuesday 8th September 2020.
Check back here regularly to see what we have been doing and learning.
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Congratulations on completing your first few days at school, you are settling into school routines amazingly well. Our first topic is 'all about me'. We have been busy getting to know each other and learning school boundaries and routines.
Mrs Deacon kindly brought her pet dog Jarvis in to visit the class. She talked about how to keep ourselves safe around dogs and how she cares for Jarvis. Highlighting the importance of walking him daily, feeding and grooming him. The children were then given the opportunity to ask any questions and stroke Jarvis.
Autumn Term 2- Our Cool World
The second half of this term will focus on the wider world during the topic ‘Our Cool World’. The children will learn about different festivals and celebrations in the run up to Christmas and find out about other countries and cultures along the way. We will finish the term by learning about how Christmas is celebrated by Christians and perform a Traditional nativity for parents to watch the recording of.
Our First week back focussed on Bonfire Night. Where the children explored the idea of Guy Fawkes and his plot. They found out how to stay safe around fireworks and used media to create lots of different firework art pieces.
The children found out about other cultures and beliefs when learning about Diwali. They watched a video about a young girl called ‘Jess’ who celebrates Diwali in her home. The children acted out the story of Rama and Sita and enjoyed trying on the traditional clothing. We created Rangoli patterns using sand, chalk and rice. We used clay to shape and mould our very own diva lamps to light the path home.
Finally, we took part in Indian dancing and had an opportunity to taste Indian foods.
The Leopards Drum
Our week focussed on a West African Tale, where the children created some beautiful written pieces based on the animals from within the story. We thoroughly enjoyed keeping a beat in a drumming activity.
During the Spring term our topics were 'Animal Fair and 'Mad About Minibeasts'. The Children did a fantastic job managing throughout the national lockdown. Below are some shared pieces of work which made the school newsletter.
Our topic ‘Superheroes & Villains’ will span the first half of the Summer Term. The topic will begin with familiar people who help us in our own lives before moving on to community helpers and finally fantasy superheroes.
Throughout the summer term, the children have had the opportunity to use our school swimming pool on a weekly basis. They have gained many skills during this time and have all gained such confidence in the water.
Our final topic for this academic year is ‘Into the woods’. Throughout, the topic we will explore many books including ‘The Foggy Foggy Forest’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Stickman’ and ‘The owl who was afraid of the dark’.