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Stars – Reception

Mrs Waller and Mrs Munro (Class Teachers)

Ms Brougham (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Hill, Mrs Hall, Mrs Ebbs (LSAs)

Summer 2017

Stars have had some great topic ideas for this term and have helped to shape a range of learning experiences for the class.  Some of their topics have included Dinosaurs, Animals and Space.  We have dug for dinosaur fossils, run our own pet shop and even fitted in a trip to the moon! The children have planted their own tomato seeds during their child initiated learning and are enjoying watching them grow.  They enjoyed learning about their body parts in Science and have practised turn taking within group games, such as “Operation”.   

Our school trip to Woodside Animal farm was a fantastic day out for all of the children.  They enjoyed seeing the animals, going on a tractor ride and holding some of the pets in the “Hands on Animal Encounters” section of the day.  They were excited about stroking a snake, feeling the softness of a chinchilla and of course seeing a baby chick. 

The children have learnt so much over the year and should be very proud of their achievements.  Here are a few examples of their learning which the children are keen to share with others.

Spring 2017

We have had a busy Spring Term in Stars class which has been filled with lots of exciting learning opportunities. We have continued to choose our own topics and have learnt about different cultures and religious beliefs. For example, we loved our food tasting for Chinese New Year and having a visitor in to talk about money wallets and traditional Chinese clothing. Also, we have recently enjoyed learning about the Christian Easter Story and the symbolism behind some of our favourite foods, such as, hot cross buns and Easter eggs.

Earlier on in the term, we became chefs for the day when “Cookies Cooking School” visited. We worked hard to learn how to mix the ingredients to make lemon muffins and carefully chopped a range of vegetables to make our yummy pasta bakes. We also learnt about how to stay safe in the kitchen around cutlery and ovens. 

Stars class gained some extra pupils for a couple of weeks: Five little ducklings came to visit us! We were very lucky as we got to watch some of them hatch out of their eggs and then we helped the ducklings by making sure they had enough food to eat and water to drink. Our favourite thing was teaching them how to swim. We held a class vote for their names and we will really miss Dotty, Bluebell, Buttercup, Volcano and Harry Kane!

We enjoyed watching the plants in our outside area grow and have loved planting our own seeds. We are looking forward to continuing our learning as we move into the Summer Term.

Autumn 2016

Welcome to Stars Class!

We had an exciting few weeks starting school at Manland.  We went to our first assembly, explored our new school and made lots of new friends.  We all looked very smart in our school uniforms and tried our best to keep these clean, even whilst playing in the mud kitchen!
In Stars class, we are allowed to choose the topics which we would like to learn about.  The first topic we chose was Teddy Bears.  We are looking forward to sharing our learning about bears in our class assembly in a few weeks. 
We did really well in our class assembly! We were all very brave and learnt a line to say to everyone about our learning. Since our assembly, we have been busy learning about other topics including Trains and Superheroes. During our Superheroes topic, we have dressed up as superheroes, chosen to make a superhero phonebook and written our own Superhero stories.
We are looking forward to Christmas and we will be enjoying a range of new experiences, such as the school nativity, our first school trip to the Pantomime and of course our yummy Christmas dinner!
We are doing the “Sheep Shimmy” in the Nativity and have made our own headbands.  Also, we have worked together as a class, to make a Christmas hoop of “Father Christmas” which will be displayed in the school hall. 

We have had a great first term at school and have settled into our new routines well.  We are proud of our work and have enjoyed demonstrating what we have learnt in many different ways, throughout our adult led lessons and child initiated play.