Welcome to Reception!
What a super half term!! We have learnt so many new skills and are now all budding emergency personnel! We have been so lucky to have had visits from Paramedics Danielle and Laura, PC Jane, PC Chris plus PD Oscar and PD Gibbs, Mac the Coastguard and Dawn from the RNLI. The children have all explored how these people (and dogs!) work to help us and keep us safe in their roles within our community.
Paramedics Laura and Danielle talked us through the uniform they need and even let us have a turn in Alistair the Ambulance and attend to their teacher’s medical needs!
PC Jane showed us all the equipment she uses to help people and we all had a turn at seeing the inside of the police van and the cage in the back!
PC Chris showed us how clever his dogs were at helping us. PD Gibbs found pretend ‘bad medicine’ in our classroom and PD Oscar showed us how he could run really fast when trying to find someone who was lost, how he can jump high walls and find lost phones and credit cards on our school field. We found out that dogs have superhero powered noses!
Dawn from the RNLI explained all the kit she needs when going out on the lifeboat. We even challenged her to see how quickly she could put on all the gear she needed - 3 minutes, 40 secs is amazing!! We will be trying to re-enact this feat when getting our PE kits on and off.
Outdoor Learning Area
We have also been having lots of fun beginning to explore our new outdoor learning area. The wigwam makes a cosy reading space, pretend tent with fire pit inside or even somewhere to build and explore! The woodchip and sand pits have been super spaces to create ramps, dig and investigate. We have also loved balancing on the log and using the stepping stones with our friends.
Star and Turbo
We have been delighted to welcome Star and Turbo into our Reception family! They are Giant African Land Snails. We love looking after them and finding out which fruit and vegetables they love the best!
We have been learning the best recipe for compost and have even asked Rob our Groundsman to help us out by saving some of his grass clippings and leaves for us. We have been so excited to explore what is needed and use some very big scientific words! We are hoping that the compost that we are making will be used in the garden to help to grow some amazing vegetables!
What an amazing half term we have had in Reception! We had lots of fun at the Wildlife Park at our ‘Colour me Wild’ session and then explored the story Stickman by Julia Donaldson.
We enjoyed beautiful sunny autumnal day out at Ballaglass Glen to see if we could find Stickman himself! We created our own Stickmen figures and built ‘Family Trees’ for them to live in and even re-enacted all the different adventures he has along the way. We drew pictures of his family tree and learnt how to take bark rubbings. Our final ‘Pooh Stick’ game proved highly competitive! We have followed all of this up in class by writing our own Stickman stories, and have some wonderful stickman art on display for you to see.
We have also been getting very excited about Christmas. I am sure that you will agree that all of our Key Stage one children performed brilliantly in our Nativity play, The Sleepy Shepherd. A selection of our stars appear in this week’s local paper and photographs can be ordered online on their website. In class we have been super busy creating some festive masterpieces to bring home!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mrs Corlett and Mrs Parry.
It has been great to welcome all the reception children into our school community and they have all settled so well into the new routines of school life! (well done to mums and dads too, we know this can be new experiences for all of you as well!)
We have had a really busy start to Reception, learning some spanish language as part of our discovering languages project. We have also had a great time exploring the changing season of Autumn and had a great time on our autumn walk looking for treasures!