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Welcome to Reception!


The friendly staff in Reception are Mrs Peet, Mr Clarke, Mrs Heming, Mrs Gardener, Mrs Waters and Miss Davis 


Splish, Splash, Splosh! 

We can’t believe we are in our final term of reception! We had a mega busy first week back and thought lots about our cool Summer 2 topic, Splish, Splash, Splosh πŸ’¦ We will be launching our topic next week with a fun filled day so will upload lots more photos then, but here are a few photographs of what we’ve been up to on our first week back 🀩 

Our Fab Finish 

We had such a fab day celebrating our topic ‘In a Land Far Far Away’. We started our day with a fairytale character hunt around the school grounds in the sunshine πŸ˜ We then enjoyed our snack and played some games on the school field before heading back to the classroom to plant some beans… hopefully when we return to school after half term they will be huge beanstalks! This afternoon we listened to a selection of fairy stories in a shady spot outside and had a little sweet treat from our teachers β˜ΊοΈ 

Busy bees in EYFS 


We have been super busy as always and we thought you might like a look at some of our brilliant children working hard in some of our recent provision 😁

 πŸƒ Fantastic Forest School πŸƒ 


We had a brilliant time exploring our Forest School area last week. We played in the mud kitchen, listened for birds, searched for bugs and sketched some of the plants and flowers that we saw. We even spotted a newt in the pond and got it out for a closer look 🀩

We cant wait for out next session. 

Our Topic Launch Day


The children really enjoyed our launch day for our topic for this term ‘In a Land Far, Far Away’. They decorated yummy cakes fit for a castle banquet, made beautiful fairy crowns and also designed and built homes for mythical creatures. A very busy but fun day πŸ˜… Here are a few photos for you to have a look at.

In a land far, far away 


We are super excited to get stuck in to our brilliant new topic ‘In a land far, far away’. In this topic we will read lots of traditional tales and we will use our imaginations to make up our own stories too 😁 


Before we get started with our new topic, we just wanted to show you some of the beautiful display boards full of our incredible work from our last topic ‘Out and About’. We were very busy and created lots of super work as you can see 🀩 


Our trip to the farm 

We had the best day at the farm! We were very tired after a brilliant day seeing animals, exploring the farmland and making dens in the woods. We also explored the incredible forest school area with tyre swings, treehouses and mud mounds to run up and down! We were very messy and muddy but had the best day and learnt so much about where our food comes from and all of the jobs a farmer has to do. 

Our Role Play area πŸƒπŸžπŸ


Have a sneak peek at our Forest School inspired role play area. We have loved using our imagination in here- pretending to roast marshmallows on the fire, looking for bugs and searching for animals using our binoculars. We have also made bug hotels and looked closely at leaves and plants using magnifying glasses. 
We will start forest school sessions for real in the summer term and we can’t wait! 

Out and About 


What a fantastic first week back at school we had! The children got stuck in to our new topic ‘Out and About’ πŸƒβ›…οΈπŸŒΊ We read a super story called ‘The Extraordinary Gardener’ and the book inspired us to grow some things of our own so we planted cress seeds. We also designed our own gardens and had a go at sketching some flowers. Playing in our Forest School inspired role play area was good fun too.

A busy but brilliant first week back. We are looking forward to the week ahead where we will be going on a bear hunt! 

World Book Day 2023:


We had such a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day. We shared our favourite books, enjoyed lots of creative activities linked to our love of reading and ended the day with a Reading Cafe where our mummies and daddies came to school to read with us and eat biscuits! 

Our Beautiful Boards 🀩


We loved our last topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ and we created so much super work. Take a look at our Working Wall and our Literacy display board…they were both crammed full of our special work and creations. 
All of our brilliant work has been taken down now so that we can start to fill the boards up again with work inspired by our new topic, Out and About πŸƒ ⛅️ 🐞 

Once we have filled them up we will be sure to put some photographs on here so that you can see 😊 

To Infinity and Beyond Fab Finish 

We had the best day. We started our day by climbing on board our ‘rocket’ and zooming in to space to look at the planets and stars. We then played some space inspired games like astronauts vs aliens and shooting star tag πŸ˜ Back in the classroom we enjoyed getting stuck in to the space themed provision. We made spaceships, alien faces and created a home for a baby alien. We also explored ‘the moon’ which was messy but we loved it! It was a really fun way to end our topic. 

Dress to express day 2023


We had a great day dressing up to express as part of Children's Mental Health week. The children came into school dressed in super colours, outfits, Astronauts, characters and many more!   

Number Day 


We have had a fantastic time celebrating number day. We came to school wearing clothes that had numbers on and enjoyed exciting number activities all morning. We love maths and so a whole morning full of maths was brilliant for us 🀩

Sharing Special Stories 

We have really enjoyed our RE topic this term, Special Stories, We have listened to the story of Noah’s Ark, The Good Samaritan, Adam and Eve and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. W the children listened to the stories beautifully and we had super discussions about the meaning of the stories, We were also able to link some of the stories to our value of the term- honesty. 

We are Creative


Look at our amazing artwork! We have been working extremely hard designing and creating all of this fantastic work linked to our ‘To Infinity and beyond’ topic. We hope you like it 🀩

To Infinity and Beyond


Today we launched our new topic 'To Infinity and Beyond'. We were super excited to watch a news clip discovering a spaceship had crash landed in to our classroom! We soon found out that the spaceship was damaged and QPootle5 the alien needed our help. We had loads of fun using our problem solving skills and trying to fix the rocket 😁 

Higgledy-Piggledy Nativity 


The children sang their hearts out and performed like true stars in our performance of 'Higgledy-Piggledy Nativity'. We were extremely proud of each and every one of them, whether they danced, acted, narrated or sang. They all helped to make the performance magical.

Our new topic ‘Lights and Sirens’


Today we launched our new topic ‘Lights and Sirens’. We arrived at school to find a crime had been committed…someone had stolen our class teddy bears 😬. We had several clues left for us so we became amazing police officers and tried to find out what had happened and it promoted some great conversations. We will find out tomorrow who exactly took the teddies but all clues point to Mr Ridlinton at the moment!

We are very excited about this topic and throughout the term we will be having many different visitors from vets, paramedics and hopefully even a visit from the fire service.

Parent Readers


We were so excited to invite our mummies and daddies to school to share stories with us here in our classrooms. We looked at our favourite stories from our book corner and our teachers read us a story at the end of the session. It was great 😊