Welcome London Class
London class returned after the Christmas break showing that they were ready for learning and keen to engage in the new topic – ‘traditional stories and nursery rhymes’. Some of our stories have included favourites such as ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ and all of the children have enthusiastically joined in with the familiar repeated phrases within the stories –‘Run run as fast as you can ….’ and ‘Fi Fi Fo Fum ……’. Learning has been extended through these stories to incorporate the development of their English skills with the children attempting to write what they might put under the bed instead of a pea, sequencing the story of the Gingerbread Man and writing captions, as well as using speech bubbles to write the giant’s phrase from Jack and the Beanstalk. They also enjoyed making stick puppets and gingerbread men for their small world play tray and have had fun using these to retell the story to each other. In maths, the children have enjoyed measuring beanstalks, building their own towers , which they have measured and compared, as well as measuring each other. They have enjoyed making snakes with playdough and have used string and rulers to measure length whilst developing mathematical vocabulary of short, tall, long etc. This learning was enhanced by a special visitor to Jubilee, who was over 7 foot tall, and London class were in awe as they looked up to him and found it funny that the shortest member of London class only came to just above his knees!
London class continue to enjoy PE in the hall and, despite the weather, continue to utilise the outdoor environment for learning, where they have measured the fence, used chalk to draw around each other, as well as using chalk to create their own artistic pieces on the ground! London class definitely have a great deal of talent between them and we look forward to seeing more or it as we head into Spring Term 2. Onwards and upwards as we press on with developing imaginations, enquiring minds and a team spirit.
London class came back to school with smiles on their faces and a continued enthusiasm for learning. A growth in their confidence could be seen, as was commented on by staff in the wider school. A busy time ensued with activities involving phonic work, written work, exploring number and adding numbers together, looking at patterns and shapes and getting ready for the most important time of year for children, and adults alike – Christmas! London class were very excited to be involved in all activities relating to Christmas, including making ‘addition paper chains’, Christmas collage and craft activities, writing letters to Santa, dancing and singing to Christmas songs and preparing for their Christmas Production. What a production it was – absolutely fabulous, with the children singing and performing with both confidence and with pleasure. They were proud, as they should be, given that performing on stage, in front of an audience, requires perseverance in learning new songs, practice and confidence. They all excelled and we were very proud of both their performance and their efforts. Well done to all!
So what will 2018 bring for our wonderful reception classes? In English we will be consolidating the phonic skills the children have acquired in the first term of school, using those skills more and more in our guided reading, writing and communication. We will be looking very closely at Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes, both traditional and more contemporary. We will be combining fairy tales and nursery rhymes with our music sessions and PE too. In maths we will be bringing together all of the
children’s maths skills and taking on more challenging activities to do with number, shape and space, measures and problem solving.
As all this is taking place, the children will continue to sing, dance, will keep fit and healthy, will play kindly and develop their team spirit, will be imaginative and will continue to learn about, and grow a deeper understanding of, the fascinating world around them.
We wish everyone a very happy and successful New Year!
The enthusiasm of London class was very apparent when we joined them (a little late) on their entry to Reception and it was an immense pleasure, for both of us, to be working with a very welcoming and happy bunch of children. London class were keen to join in with all activities and showed a sense of purpose in exploring their new surroundings. We started with the topic ‘Me, Myself and I’ - this enabled us to have discussions with the children about their families and their interests, giving us ample opportunity to develop both their language and communication skills, whilst at the same time allowing us to get to know them as individuals. Through reading stories, through creative activities, through exploring number, through physical activity, through outdoor learning, through daily phonic teaching and through encouraging collaborative learning, we have seen the children develop their skills in all curriculum areas, as well as developing enquiring minds and an understanding of being part of a team. London class have also acquired greater independence, as they have had to grapple with new daily routines and structures and have begun to understand class expectations. What a lot they have had to take on board, but they rose to the challenge. What a fantastic start for London Class – a big Well Done!