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Information and photos from the academic year 2013-2014.

Our first half term at school.
 
We have been making a house for beat baby.

   

   

Exploring write dance, which will help us to be good handwriters.

      

We have been making friends and mixing colours.

    

   
 



Phew!!
 
We went on a number hunt and matched the numicon shapes.

        


 
We had a spanish lesson with Violeta.


 
                   
 
We enjoyed our PE lesson using the parachute.
 
                   
 
        
 
 
Our first harvest assembly.
 
                           

                           

                                              
 

We made hedgehog bread.


 
             
 


Farmer Nick came to visit us with Mary, his hen.
We had the story of the little red hen and helped farmer Nick make some flour with his wheat.
 
   

   

   

   

 
We had a Latin dance lesson from Violeta!!

    


 
We have enjoyed printing and moulding the clay to make leaves.

   

   

   

   
 

We have been 'mark making' on a large scale outside.


                           
 
  
 
                           

 

 


Term 2

We have done lots of creative halloween activities.
Icing sugar cobwebs.
 
   

Spooky 'mark making' with glue.

   

   

We have enjoyed singing, dancing and making music in our halloween spooky wood. 

   

We made black and orange patterned necklaces.

   
 
Exploring pumpkins outside, extracting the seeds.
 
 
 Our magical halloween hats.

 
Guy Fawkes came to visit us in class and we acted out the story of why we have bonfire night.
 
                
 

 
                
 

 
                


Guy Fawkes told us that he didnt have electricity all those years ago, so we decided to make lanterns.
   

   

 
We have been busy 'mark making' this week.
 
   

   

   
 
We have planted all our winter vegetables and flowers in our garden, which we will sell back to our families once it has all fully grown.

   

   

   

 
We enjoy using technological equipment.
 
   

   

   
 
We made a mud kitchen outside.
We cooked mud curry and stew together!!
                 



We have enjoyed using the Bee-bots this week, programming them to travel in different directions.
 
   

   

We set up a role-play vets this week, helping sick animals get better.
   

   




We have been talking about transport, we have been looking at old fashioned airplanes that were designed by the Wright brothers many years ago.

Take a look at us making our own planes.

   

   

   

   

Our bowling game has helped us to take turns, write our names, numbers and count on from any given number.

   

   

   


 
We made lard balls for the birds to eat in the cold winter months.
   

   


 
We enjoy our role-play in the cosy corner, making food and general house keeping.
  
 
                          
 

 
                         
 



We have been learning about the history of teddy bears and thinking about what might have happened to them all those years ago, when they didnt make it to America.
Some of the children made the lorry that transported the bears to the ship.

 
   

   

   

   

We have made some rangoli patterns and diya pots to celebrate Diwali.

   

   

   

   

   

In our vets this week we have been looking at animals x-rays, thinking about what is inside their bodies.

   

   

   

 
We had a visit from North Somerset to show us all how to recycle our rubbish.

   

   


We have been looking for patterns in our environment. We then decided to make some ourselves.

   

   

   

   

   




Our conservatory is now ready for christmas. We have a tree that we can decorate, a role-play christmas shop and can play with the small world christmas scene.

   

   

 
We watched an artist create the story of christmas using sand on a light box. We then had a go ourselves.
 
   

   

   

   

   

   

 
Our christmas performance of 'The stable boy'
   

   

   

   

 
 We have enjoyed our christmas woodwork shop, being creative making lots of interesting things.

   
   


   

Term 3

This week we have had a visit from Secret world. We saw a barn owl and a kestrel. This links in with our topic, thinking about flight.

    

     

     




This week we have been busy building space rockets together.

   

   
   
    
     
We have a space shop in the conservatory.

   

          
   

This week we have been exploring and comparing space sand and sand from Earth. We found out that the sand from Earth loves water so it is called hydrophilic. The sand from space does not like water as its from the planet Mars and there hasnt been water there for over 13 million years, so its called hydrophobic.  

   
 


We have enjoyed our experience in the space dome this week, we have lots of interesting facts to tell our families.  


This week we have enjoyed doing some woodwork. We have made lots of fantastic things, thinking about how to join things together, measuring and how to use the equipment safely. 

   

  


    


 We have been learning a space song this week, here are the words so that you can sing it together at home. It goes along to the tune of Mary, Mary, quite contrary. 

Mary, Mary, sits in her spaceship,
We all count down from base.
With a ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero, shes in space! 

Mary, Mary, up in her spaceship,
countdown for landing soon.
With a ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero, hello moon!  
 
    


We have worked together in groups to build space rockets.

   

   


We enjoyed the production of Pinocchio which was performed by M&M productions.

   

   

   


This week we have learnt all about Chinese New Year and how people celebrate it. Take a look at some of the activities we have been doing.
 
   
Chinese writing.                      Role-play.

   
A Chinese picnic.                   The great race.

   
Making chinese lanterns.         Using chopsticks.     

   
Making chinese dragons.         Role-play.

We have been building alien spaceships so we can travel through space.

   

   

 We have been finding out about the moon and how it shines. The  moon does not have its own light.  The sun shines onto the moon and then the moon reflects the light back.
We investigated this in the dark den using a globe,torch and a mirror.

     

We had a mystery to solve this week. Zig and Zag had disappeared! 
   
We found large footprints in the classroom and after a class discussion we decided they were alien footprints!!! We wrote a letter to spaceman Bob to help us search for the aliens whilst he travels through space.

Spaceman Bob came to visit us a couple of days after with the safe return of Zig and Zag. He told us all about space and his exciting adventures.

   
   


This week we have explored electricity. We had to figure out how to light the bulb.enlightened
   
   
   

We are from planet Mars.
   
  


We have been working together to make moon buggies.

   
   
 
   


Here are a few  poems we have been enjoying in class.

The view from space.
How beautiful Earth looks from here:
It hangs a precious, perfect shere.
Set against vast and silent space
it seems a welcoming, warm place.

Ahead, an endless unknown story:
Star-sprinkled blackness, a cold glory.
Behind, and fading, Earths sweet song:
There, where life is, I belong.
Eric Finney.

Star wish.
Starlight. Starbright.
First star I see tonight.
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.


In a spin!
The moon goes round the Earth,
And the Earth goes round the Sun,
And me, I just go round and round ....
Wondering how its done!

Graham Denton.


We discovered an alien nest that had messages in from Zorb who had crashed his alien spaceship.
   
Zorb the alien left us goo and putty to explore.


We turned our conservatory into a shop where we made signs, discussed healthy and unhealthy foods and looked at money.

   
   
   
   
   


We built spaceships for Zorb to travel in.

   
 


This week we have enjoyed telling stories with each other and recording them on the Ipad.

Outside enjoying the windy weather.

   



The children wanted to make a pump that would take away all the water that had flooded our outside area.

   
   

Term 4
 

Friday banquet criteria for term 4 is:

  • To have good manners at all times.
  • To have full PE kits and school uniform.
  • To bring in book bags daily.

 

Our topic is all about farms this term.
 

We have been busy making farms inside and outside. Take a look at what we have done.

   
   
   
   

Farmer Nick delivered our eggs on Tuesday this week. We have to look after them by keeping them at the right temperature and making sure they have enough water, then after 3 weeks we should hopefully have baby chicks. Watch this space for chick updates!!

   
   

 

We have been busy outside preparing our garden, so that we can start planting our flowers and vegetables.


 

 We have been outside playing with our new water wall, watching the way the water travels down.

   
   

We have enjoyed the story of Farmer Duck. We acted out the story with our friends using puppets.

   

   

In our farm shop this week we have been weighing fruit and vegetables, finding out which is heavy and light.

   
 
We have also been adding and subtracting in our farm shop, using real money to buy items of food.

    

On Shrove Tuesday we enjoyed tasting pancakes and learnt all about cutting them in halves and quarters.
   
    

Important chick update!!!
Farmer Nick came to check on the eggs this week and he said we have all done a great job keeping them safe and warm. We now have an air sack in each egg!! He shone his torch onto the egg to find this out. So fingers crossed 10 chicks could be starting to develope.

We have been busy out in our garden this week. Planting all our new plants, flowers and vegetables. We will make sure they are all watered and looked after. A little sunshine is just what they need!!
   
   
   
   

Here we are painting flowers. We had to think about what colours we needed and mix them up all by ourselves.

   


Chick update.
We have roughly four days to go till our chicks will start to hatch!

On Monday we went to Farmer Nicks farm on a school trip, we had a fantastic time!

All of Farmer Nick's chickens are called Mary. We were able to see where they lay their eggs.
   
   

Farmer Nick has lots of lovely flowers in his garden. Can you name any of them?
   
   


We arrived to see the cows at feeding time. We noticed the cows at a realy long tongues.
   

We had a tractor ride around the farm and through the village.
   
   
   
We also enjoyed our lunch on there too!cheeky
   



Farmer Nick took us to see his mill. We saw all the wheat.

   
 

We have enjoyed mark making outside on a large scale.
   
   

For world book day we made bookmarks in forest school.
   
   

After our visit to Farmer Nicks farm the children were inspired to create things that they saw there.
   
   
   


Here are some animal rhymes that we have read in class to the children. We thought you might like to read them at home too.


The egg song.
Peck, peck, peck,
went the little chick's beak.
Out poked its head
as it took a little peek.

Out stepped its leg.
Out flapped its wing.
Then the fluffy yellow chick began to sing:

'Take me to the water.
Show me to the seed.
If I'm going to live and grow,
that is what I'll need.

'Then when I'm a chicken,
feathery and grown,
I can cluck and lay an egg all of my own.'

Tony Mitton.

Farmyard count.

One for a baa
Two for a moo
Three for a flap and a cock-a-doodle-doo
Four for an oink
Five for a hee-haw
Six for a squeak and a rustle in the straw
Seven for a neigh
Eight for a bark
Nine for a hoot in the barn roof dark
Ten for a quack
Eleven for a meow
Twelve for the farmyard
ALL TOGETHER NOW!............

Julie Holder

Eggciting chick update!
Our eggs are starting to hatch!! So far we have 5 fluffy yellow chicks. We have given them food, water and a safe place to explore.


   
    
    
    
    

This week our first group of children went to Westhaven school to help plant some flowers and vegetables. We will plant the vegetables in our garden at school, but will sell the flowers to our families to help us raise money for our class mini-enterprise.
   
   
    

We have enjoyed acting out the story of Jack and the beanstalk using puppets and musical instruments.
   
   

We went around the school to look for 3D shapes. We found cubes, cuboids, cones and some spheres.
Here are some of the photos from our shape hunt.

   
   
   
   
   


We had a surprise visitor this week, Farmer Nick came to see us with his baby lamb!
   
   


The second group of children went to Westhaven school to help with the gardening and plant some flowers.
   
    


We have enjoyed our time looking after the chicks. We made sure that they had enough food, water and bedding. The chicks feathers have already started to change!!
   

The children went outside this week and independently started building the scene from the story Jack and the beanstalk. They worked together lifting and  moving equipment.
Once the scene was set the children enjoyed acting out the story.
   
   
   

This week we have planted some beetroot, cabbages and lambs ear.
   
   
   

The children wanted to decorate some plant pots for our garden.
   
   


Some of the children wanted to make gardens of their own, to take home and share with their family. We hope you liked them.

   
   


The children wanted to make a nest for the birds. They used tweezers to pick the grass.
 
   
   

Following on from looking after the chicks, the children decided to make an incubator outside using a variety of things.

   
   


We hope you all have a lovely Easter and we will see you next term.  

Term 5
 
This term we are looking at water. We will be doing lots of exploring and questioning. We will slowly be getting the children ready for year 1 through gradual transitions. We have caterpillars in class and hope they will hatch into beautiful butterflies which the children can release this term.
If you have any concerns or questions please see a member of staff.

Here are a few reminders:

Suncream: Please apply in the morning.
We have a general factor 30 in school, which the children can apply themselves in hot weather.
We also provide sun hats.

P.E will now take place outside when the weather is nice and the children will begin to prepare for sports day in term 6.

Banquet criteria:
 
  • Be kind.
  • Have good manners at all times.
  • Wear full school uniform.
  • Read at home each week.
Many thanks.
Justine Greenwood.

 

This week the children had a problem to solve. They had to work together to figure out how they could transport water from one area to another.
The children came up with different ideas, some used their hands, buckets, bottles, jugs and drainpipes.
   
   

We turned the conservatory into a hairdressers called Kirsty's curls this week. 
   
   
   

The children have been exploring water in the sand, watching the way it moves and making a moats to change the direction it travels.

   
   

 
This week when the children went to Westhaven school they had a few jobs to do.
  • Help plant some more flowers.
  • Get rid of the dead leaves off of the plants.
  • Remove all the slugs from the plants/flowers.
  • Help water all the plants.
   
   
   

 

We went on a bug hunt this week. We found lots of bugs in our environment.

   
   
   
   
   


The children made waterfalls outside using a variety of objects and materials.
   
   
   
   
   


The children worked together to make ships using a variety of materials and the large building bricks.

   
   
   

This week the children have learnt about Noah's Ark.
They decided to make their own Arks in woodwork.

   
   


The children also made their own ark's on a large scale in the conservatory using the bricks and other objects.

   

   

Here are a few beach poems that you may enjoy with your family.

Rocks.
Big rocks into pebbles,
pebbles into sand.
Ireally hold a million million rocks here in my hand.
Florence Parry Heide.

Rain coming.
When a mermaid winks
Look for a shower
Children at the seashore
Splashing by the hour
See rain coming
Soaked as they can get
Cry, "quick!
Duck under
So you don't get wet!"
Ashley Bryan.

The harbour wall.
In the winter
when the wind blows wild
and the sea's as grey
as a muddy puddle,
the harbour wall
curls its long arm
around the boats
bobbing in a huddle.
"I'll keep you safe,"
the wall seems to say.
"Come here." And it gives
the boats a cuddle.
Wes Magee


We had to follow instructions on how to fold paper to make our paper boats.

   
   

This week we have been looking at fish and lobsters. We were able to touch them and explore how they may move in the sea. Here are a few pictures of the children exploring them.
The children then did an observational drawing.

   
   
   

The children set themselves their own challenge this week. They decided they wanted to see if they could cover the whole of their sandpit with sandcastles. They managed to make over 90 sancastles!!!!

   
   

This week we pulled out our first raddish from our garden!!

   

We all enjoyed a music lesson this week from North Somerset.
   
   

We have had lots of fun in the sun!!blush
   
   
   


This week the children wanted to set up a car wash outside.
Here are a few photos of them doing a great job!!
   
  

Term 6

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to our final term in Reception.
The children have made super progress and have been an absolute pleasure to teach!
We are preparing them for Year 1 by giving them more independence and introducing them gradually to the large playground.
The children will also be having some transition afternoons and I will arrange a time for parents to meet the new teacher.

This term our theme is Africa, as the children have been asking where it is. We are learning the story of Handa's Surprise and will be tasting exotic fruits, making masks, painting, designing costumes and making music. We will be exploring lots of artefacts and playing African drums.
The children continue with phonics each day. Reading each night will really help them to secure their phonic knowledge and will help to establish good reading and writing skills for their school career.

Things to remember:
Sports day- date to be confirmed near the time.
PE kits please- sports day approaches!!
Asthma- please can we have a spare inhaler in school?
Book bags: daily please. Please also check for letters.

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and commitment to the school this year. It has been a privilege to meet and work with you and your children.
It has been an amazing year and we are so very proud of the children and grateful to you all. Many thanks and best wishes.
Justine.

 

A IS FOR............. AFRICA.
 
Personal, Social and Emotional.
Changes.
Getting ready for year 1.

Communication and language.
Handa's surprise.
Hot seat people who have visited Africa.
Author of the term: Graeme Base.
Animal Boogie.
Writing non-fiction facts about animals.

Mathematics.
Adding and subtracting.
Counting backwards.
Solving problems.
Reading writing and ordering numbers.

Expressive Arts and Design.
African beads.
Camouflage.
Mask making.
African music and songs.
Adrinka paintings.

Understanding the world.
Listening to stories from Africa.
Designing and making an outfit.
Creating different environments through play.

Physical Development.
Making dens.
Sports day games.

30th June at 9.30am is Receptions Sports day.


This week we had an African drumming session. We had the chance to play different instruments, we played the Surdo drum, Tamberim, Agogo, Chocolo, Reckorecko and shakers.

   
   
   

The children made a swamp outside and made a variety of bridges for the animals to cross on.

   


The conservatory has been transformed into a jungle. The children have enjoyed making camp fires, dressing up and making tents.

   
    

The children also wanted to make an African Zoo. They worked together to build the Zoo and then acted out a variety of role-play scenes.

   
   

The children have all enjoyed making drums using a variety of materials.

   


The children have been outside trying out their new drumming skills.

   


We all enjoyed going on the Life bus, where we learnt lots of important information on how to stay fit and healthy.
   
   

We have been busy in the garden this week as our potatoes were ready to dig up.
We sold them to our families to help continue to raise money for our class enter-prize.

   
   
   
   

In forest school this week the children made mud faces. They used things from in their environment to create a face.
Take a look at how well we did!

   
   
   


The children this week released their butterflies they had cared for since they were caterpillars.

   
   

We have been busy making African sticks outside this week.
   
    
To celebrate the World cup this week we enjoyed a Brazilian dance experience!!

   
    

Other outings and experiences
 
We went to visit the Giants castle.
 
   

   
 
We enjoyed our rainforest experience in the dome.

   

   



Zoolab came to visit us with a variety of insects and reptiles.
 
   

   
We went to visit the Giants castle.
 

 
We enjoyed our rainforest experience in the dome.

 

 



Zoolab came to visit us with a variety of insects and reptiles.
 

 
 
  
QUACK, QUACK, OINK !
Understanding the World
To talk about their family and routines. To look closely at similarities, patterns and change. To use technology for learning. To look at animals and to care for the environment. Growing beans, peas and other plants. Learning about role of animals on farms in past.Learning about St David’s day, Mother’s day and Easter.
Physical Development
To use tools and be safe. To learn about a healthy diet and physical exercise. Handwriting skills and letter formation. Developing independence in changing for PE.
Communication and Language
Learn stories and imitate and innovate. Role play stories and characters, introducing a story line. Poems, songs and rhymes .Use a range of tenses in speaking. To question why things happen.
Literacy
Read and understand SENTENCES. Wrting captions, labels. Looking at non- fiction books and writing sentences, stories and facts.
To continue with Phase ¾ phonics.
Expressive Arts and Design
TO learn more songs and explore musical instruments. To use skills they have been taught to make and design.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Opportunities for:
Building houses, planning routes,
Designing activities to keep healthy
Design chick house, fox distractor
Mathematics
To order numbers, subtract, solve problems and to order items by weight, height or capacity. To learn some mathematical names for 3D shapes.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Explain own knowledge about things they know.Choose resources, working as a group and trying new activiites.
 
           
             QUACK, QUACK, OINK !
Understanding the World
To talk about their family and routines. To look closely at similarities, patterns and change. To use technology for learning. To look at animals and to care for the environment. Growing beans, peas and other plants. Learning about role of animals on farms in past.Learning about St David’s day, Mother’s day and Easter.
Physical Development
To use tools and be safe. To learn about a healthy diet and physical exercise. Handwriting skills and letter formation. Developing independence in changing for PE.
Communication and Language
Learn stories and imitate and innovate. Role play stories and characters, introducing a story line. Poems, songs and rhymes .Use a range of tenses in speaking. To question why things happen.
Literacy
Read and understand SENTENCES. Wrting captions, labels. Looking at non- fiction books and writing sentences, stories and facts.
To continue with Phase ¾ phonics.
Expressive Arts and Design
TO learn more songs and explore musical instruments.  To use skills they have been taught to make and design.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Opportunities  for:
Building houses, planning routes,
Designing activities to keep healthy
Design chick house, fox distractor
Mathematics
To order numbers, subtract, solve problems and to order items by weight, height or capacity. To learn some mathematical names for 3D shapes.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Explain own knowledge about things they know.Choose resources, working as a group and trying new activiites.
 Welcome everyone to Term 5!
       
 
This term our theme is Farms
and animals.
We will be visiting Farmer Nick
and his animals! We are
concentrating on looking at non-fiction
books, so if you have any at home,
it would be great to explore them with
the children.
We also have fertilised eggs in school,
so hopefully in a couple of weeks chicks
should hatch.
 
 
Things to remember:
 
PE kit please – sports day approaches!!
Asthma – please can we have a spare inhaler in school?
 
Reading each night will really help your child
to secure their phonic knowledge and will help
establish good reading and writing skills for
their school career.
As year 1 approaches for the children we intend
to hold a “transition” meeting for parents  in term 6
to reassure you as parents about changes in curriculum
and routine for September. 


Things to remember:
PE kit please – sports day approaches!!
Asthma – please can we have a spare inhaler in school?
 
Book bags: daily please.  Please also check for letters. I try to give out letters on Fridays
  
Dear Parents and children,
This term we will be looking at homes and Harvest. Please find attached some information about just some of the things we will be learning.
 
Library books will be changed on Thursdays or more frequently if required.  These are to be shared with your child, so that reading may be modelled and language enriched.
 
Asthma:  Please could all children have a spare inhaler to be kept in school?
 
Allergies: It is important that we know of any allergies your child suffers.
 
Sun cream:  Please apply in the morning.  We have a general factor 30 in school, which the children can apply themselves in hot weather.  We also provide sun hats.
 
Drinks and snacks: The children are encouraged to drink plenty of water each day.  They are also offered milk.  They are allowed to drink and toilet whenever required.
 
P.E Kit: Please bring in a bag which is clearly marked with your child’s name.  Black daps, blue shorts and white t-shirt please. P.E will be on Mondays andThursdays.
 
Shoes: The foundation stage is a very physical area.  Dark trainers are ideal and less expensive than shoes.
 
Jumpers and cardigans:  Please label clearly. We encourage the children to take care of their own jumpers and cardigans as it develops independence and memory skills.
 
 

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