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Stars – Reception

Miss George (Class Teacher)

Ms Brougham, Mrs Hill and Miss Branston (Support Staff)

Summer 2019

In Stars class we have been learning about our natural world, starting with a class trip to Mead Open Farm.  Despite the rain we had a fantastic time.  We met many animals, fed some goats, stroked the rabbits, bottle fed lambs and went on a tractor ride. We even got to play in the kids zone to dry off for a bit!  Once back in class we wrote clues about the animals for our friends to guess and created some brilliant water colour paintings.

We have just begun to explore ‘mini-beasts’ and the children have enjoyed finding out about different bugs.  We have created some salt dough snails, making spiral shapes for the shell.  We will be exploring our wildlife area next week and recording the different bugs we find.

We have begun to talk about ‘changes’ and feelings around change.  Many of the children have brought in photos of themselves as babies and we have discussed what we can do now that we couldn’t do before.  We are talking about feelings around moving to Year One, and will be asking some of the Year One children our questions soon.

There are only a few more weeks until we break up for the summer holidays and I’d like to thank Stars for all their hard work and wish them a fantastic Summer break!

We have been exploring the topic ‘Our World Around Us’ and we will continue to build in children’s choice of topic as we go.  We have also  been exploring dinosaurs, animals, their babies and their habitats.   Today we found a large egg in the garden and wondered what might hatch out of it.  We had some great suggestions including dinosaurs, ostriches, turtles, snakes and even cats!  We will have to wait and see!

Spring 2019

The first term in Stars class flew by! The children are now back in their school routine and ready to start learning about a variety of new topics.  Our overall theme for this term is “Celebrations”. This will include learning about different celebrations, such as, Chinese New Year and Easter. We will also be celebrating our favourite toys, as suggested by one of the children, and celebrating new life when we have duckling eggs delivered.

Stars class have continued to enjoy their learning this term.  A highlight for everyone was the arrival of 5 little ducklings, who we watched hatch from their eggs and then looked after for two weeks.  We were amazed at how big they grew and loved watching them learn to swim! We were sad to see them go back to the farm but pleased that they will be back with their friends by a nice, big pond.

We had a fantastic cooking day where we learnt about weighing, chopping and mixing ingredients.  The children worked hard to follow the instructions and were very proud of their pasta bakes and lemon muffins.  We hope they shared some at home!

We are looking forward to finishing off the term with our very first class assembly and are busy practising our lines.  The children should be very proud of their learning this term and we hope they have a fantastic Summer term to finish off their time in Stars class.

Autumn 2018

What a lovely start to the new school year we have had in Stars class!  It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know our new starters and they have done so well.  The children have picked up the school routines quickly, they have made new friends and perhaps most importantly, they have had lots of fun!

We have kicked off the school year with a topic about Elmer and have enjoyed listening to Elmer stories.  We have talked about how he is different to his friends and related that to ourselves. Using the children’s ideas, we moved on to celebrating Birthdays and planning parties.   The children have worked hard to count the people at their party, decorate our role play area so the animals can have a Birthday feast and write invitations to invite people to our party.

Over the term, Stars class have continued to work as a team to plan our topics and we have learnt about transport,  superheroes and bonfire night.  The children have been working hard to write their names, as well as focusing on using their new phonic knowledge to label and write sentences about our different topics.

We have completed the term with lots of exciting new experiences, learning about how people celebrate Christmas and thinking about the changes in seasons as we move into the colder months. The children have enjoyed a whole school trip to the pantomime, a visit to the church to see a Christingle service and have performed fantastically in the school nativity plays.  Stars class have enjoyed developing their art skills to create Christmas decorations and holiday presents for their families.  We hope they like them!