Mrs Brentnall, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Frattaroli would like to welcome you to
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Wake Up, Shake Up dances
New dances to enjoy at home with the whole family.
You can now access the Reception word lists on Spelling Shed. Log in as normal to Spelling Shed then select 'More Lists'. Under 'My Lists' there will be a range of Phase 2 sounds and words for you to practise.
'Out and About'
Where could we go?
A big thank you to all the parents who joined us for our run in aid of Sport Relief on Tuesday. The children have really enjoyed their first term of Morning Runs, and it was great that they were able to share this with so many of you this week. We will carry on running each week!
Thank you for all the wonderful potato characters you made! They were all fantastic and we loved hearing about how you made them. Well done to Florence and Daniel who were awarded a certificate in assembly for their Potato Mr Messy and Potato Marshall!
We enjoyed a week full of stories. The teachers all shared their favourite book in assembly and some members of staff from Key Stage 1 came down to read us a story. Thank you to those parents who came in for story time on World Book Day.
An 'egg-citing' discovery!
The children were very excited to find a large red and gold egg in the Reception garden. They decided to build a nest to keep it safe using twigs, leaves, grass and line it with soft material. The children have been using their senses to see if they can work out what is inside the egg; some ideas are a dragon, a lizard, a dinosaur or a unicorn! They are going to continue to look after the egg and wait to see what happens.
This week we introduced our new story, Bedtime for Monsters. The children found some footprints in the playground and thought about who they might belong to. They have been very busy making their own monsters on the Creation Station, designing and describing monsters on the Office Table and creating monstrous creatures on the computer! The children thought of different was to describe monsters from the story.
In Maths we have read Abigail by Catherine Rayner. Abigail is a curious giraffe who loves to count. The children have enjoyed counting flowers, leaves and stars in the book and have been on a counting treasure hunt in the garden. We have practised lining objects up to count correctly and remembered to point to objects as we count them.
In Music with Mrs Diamond the children have enjoyed playing chime bars in time to 'A Sailor Went to Sea'. They discussed the difference between high and low notes and how the chime bars made sounds.
'Magic and Mayhem'
Who does this belong to?
The children had great fun making their own gingerbread characters. First they had to follow the gingerbread recipe (from Willow the witch's house) to combine all the ingredients together to make the dough and then carefully cut out the people shapes. Once the gingerbread was cooked, they decorated their gingerbread using sultanas, cherries, chocolate drops, marshmallows and icing.
The children discovered a set of clues in the classroom. They read each of the clues carefully, following the trail around the school, until they discovered a friendly witch at the end with a special treat for everyone!
Inspired by the books 'The Witch's Kitchen'' and Spells and Smells' we made up our own spells and potions. Some of us chose to use the computer to draw and write and some of us made potion bottles on the Creation Station.
Music with Mrs Diamond
Orange Class are enjoying our Friday afternoon music lessons with Mrs Diamond. We are learning about different instruments, singing songs and playing music games.
Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
As a 'stunning start' to our topic about magic, mayhem and lots more to do with fairy tales, the children enjoyed watching a pantomime this week when Beauty and the Beast visited Westmeads!
'A Long Time Ago'
What do you remember?
The children have been busy practising their writing this term and have enjoyed writing for lots of different purposes. This included; letters, shopping lists and Christmas cards.
After performing the Christmas Nativity, they decided that it would be a nice idea to write about what character they were in the performance. They wanted to tell their families about it, so have written a postcard home! Look out for your exciting delivery, it’s on the way.
The children enjoyed the Christmas craft day. They had fun creating their angels and Christmas trees and were excited to see whether they could get the hoop on Rudolph's antlers. When they returned to the classroom, they had a very special visitor and were all eager to ask lots of questions and tell him what they would like for Christmas.
School Trip to Seasalter Christian Centre
Yellow Class and Orange Class had a great time when they visited Seasalter Christian Centre. The children were so excited to travel in the school minibus! Once they arrived at the centre they listened to Christmas stories, made a christingle and then completed a Christmas activity sheet before heading back to school on the minibus. It was a fun-filled morning!
Thank you for coming to watch the Christmas Nativity. We have had a very busy but fun time perfecting our performance. The children were brilliant and really enjoyed themselves on stage; it was a great start to the Christmas period. We hope you enjoyed as much as we did!
Children in Need
The children enjoyed their very 'spotty' day to raise money for Children in Need. As well as wearing spotty clothes, they created their own versions of Pudsey bear and played 'spotty' games.
The children created their own poppies to wear and display in school. After watching the 'Poppies' animation, they sat quietly for two minutes at eleven o'clock as a mark of respect.
This week we have been finding out about the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali. The children have enjoyed reading to the story 'Rama and the Demon King' and finding out about Rama, Sita and Ravana. We have had a busy week of role playing the story, creating 'Missing Person' posters, creating clay diva lamps and building bridges to rescue Sita.
Will you be my friend?
The children have had great fun in our first P.E. lessons, dancing to the Volcano music in Write Dance. We practised the dance, moving around the hall, and then used these movements to make marks on paper on the floor.
As our marble treat this term Orange Class went on an Autumn walk around the local area, looking at the different colours in the trees, spotting spider webs and listening for different birdsong.
Mental Health Awareness Day
Everyone looked very bright in their yellow clothes! Thank you for your donations to this worthwhile charity.
Visit from Kent Road Safety Club
Orange Class enjoyed learning about Road Safety with Kip the Bear.
Visit from Brogdale Farm
Brogdale Farm visited school as part of our Harvest Celebrations. They talked to the children about the different apples grown at Brogdale Farm and the children had the opportunity to taste some different types of apple. Orange Class' favourite apple was an English apple which is grown at Brogdale Farm.
First Day at School