Ms Sarah Jarrett - Reception Teacher
Mrs Elizabeth Parrott - Reception Teacher
Mrs Catherine Knowlson - Early Years Practitioner
Mrs Janine Sweet - Learning Support Assistant
Welcome to Reception!
We have two teachers in Reception this year, Mrs Jarrett will be in class on a Monday and Tuesday and Miss Swinhoe will be in class on a Thursday and Friday. We will alternate every Wednesday. Ms Knowlson, our teaching partner, will be with us every day.
We are looking forward to an exciting year and if you have any queries or concerns, please come and speak to one of us (the end of the day is usually best).
Class trip to the Downs.
We had a wonderful class trip to the Downs to learn about butterflies. We went on a butterfly hunt and discovered 39 types of butterfly. We made our own symmetrical butterflies and looked at some real butterflies. We enjoyed our picnic lunch and the bus journey was very exciting.
We had a great time when ‘Gassy Gaz’ came in and did a science workshop with us on Tuesday. We made slime with him and got to pop the slime bubbles that had got stuck which sent slime spurting out!
We also looked closely at Velcro using a magnifying glass so we could see the tiny hooks that make things stick to it.
Our favourite part of the workshop is when Gassy Gaz made the piece of paper disappear when he set it on fire! It was REALLY exciting!
We were so excited we wrote about it when we got back to the classroom, have a look at some of our writing.
Term 5 is racing by due to the bank holidays and it being such a short term anyway, so we only have 2 more weeks left!
We are very busy using the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in our writing and the children are doing a great job at writing more and more each time.
This week we have been making fruit kebabs. The children are being very safe with the sharp knives and are enjoying eating the fruit afterwards!
We are hoping that the children will all be bringing in some photos from home over the next few weeks. They can be photos of either a special occasion or holiday or people who are special to the children. They will then be able to show the rest of the class their photos and talk about what is happening in them. Please make sure the photos are named and we will get them back to you as soon as your child has shared them.
We finish this term with Science week and we will be thinking about how things change (eg: lifestyles of a butterfly and frog). We have lots of exciting things planned!
We have been having a busy term since Christmas! Have a look here at what we have been doing:
Our first topic of the term was winter. We have been role playing being in Antarctica with lots of seals and penguin children in the classroom! We have been using the story ‘How big is a million’ to find out about penguins and write about what we can recall. We have also used the story in our maths and have been thinking about really big numbers and estimating.
We have also been learning about Chinese New Year. We have been painting in the style of Chinese writing, decorating in willow patterns and finding out more about China and how Chinese New Year is celebrated.
The children had a drumming lesson from Mr Barlow as a class treat and he was super impressed with how they all performed.
We are all really enjoying our read along sessions at school (Tuesday morning at 8:40am and Thursday afternoon at 2:50pm) and thank you to all the adults who can come and read with the children. This will continue every week so please join us whenever you can.
It has been lovely to see lots of parents at parents evening in week 5, thank you for your time so we can share all the wonderful things your children are doing at school and at home.
There are lots of exciting things are going on and next week we are looking forward to going on our library trip as well as welcoming Mrs Parrott back.
We have been thinking lots about our teeth, eating and drinking healthily and how to brush properly over the last few weeks. Have a look at the art we have been doing linked to our tooth brushing topic.
We have also started tooth brushing in school. We do it every day after lunch. The children are enjoying brushing alongside their peers and using the mirrors to check they are doing it properly. We would love to hear how they are getting on at home.
We are so pleased with how well the children are generally settling into school and are mostly coming into school on their own which is amazing. Well done to all of the children for being so grown up!
We have been getting to know each other in our class this term and we are also beginning to understand the rules and routines of school. We have even been into assembly!
We have started learning letter sounds in school. Have a look at the ones we know already. Maybe you could have a go at spotting these letters around your home with your child and in books you read with them. The children are also practicing writing these letters, have a go at home too!
We are also starting with tooth brushing in school very soon and hope that the children will be enthused about brushing at home too. Any queries about this then please come and talk to us.
We see lots of the fantastic things the children do when they are at school but we would really love it if you can share with us the brilliant things they do at home too. It could be something like learning to ride their bike, doing some reading, making a cake with a grown up, helping to tidy their room or anything else.
Please write us a ‘Wow’ certificate or send us an email with some photos via the school email address so your child can share these things with the rest of the class.