Mrs Watkins and Mrs Wardle would like to welcome you to
'A Long Time Ago'
What do you remember?
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.
We finished the week tasting different Indian food and participating in an Indian dance workshop as part of our own Diwali celebration!
Will you be my friend?
As our marble treat this term Yellow 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.
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.
World Mental Health Day
Everyone looked very bright and sunny in their yellow clothes and shoes as part of World Mental Health Day. The children enjoyed participating in activities throughout the day to keep their minds and bodies healthy and happy.
Thank you to all the families who raised money by filling the children's 'sunshine pockets' in aid of the charity YoungMindsUk.
Visit from Brogdale Farm
Mike from Brogdale Farm visited school as part of our Harvest Celebrations. He 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. The children liked all the different apples that they got to eat!
Following on from this, Yellow and Orange class performed this apple song to the rest of the school as part of our Harvest celebration.
Kent Road Safety Club
Yellow Class enjoyed learning about Road Safety with Kip the Bear.
Once the children discovered that the story was set in Antarctica, they created their own setting in the tuff tray and used their senses to explore what they could see, feel, hear and smell. We talked about what sort of clothes we might have to wear to visit this place.
Using the colours from the illustration, the children were inspired to create their own artwork through collage and painting.
Our First Few Weeks...
We have been learning to use the different areas of the classroom independently. We now know where all the equipment is kept in the classroom, including the puzzles and games.
We have learnt how to control different tools such as a computer mouse, paintbrushes, glue sticks and scissors safely and carefully. We had to use good control with the paint and glue and remember to scrap the glue stick or paintbrush on the side of the pot so we didn't dribble across the table. We practiced carrying scissors safely to the table.
We learnt how to trace a picture and then had to add handwriting patterns using the special handwriting pens. We had to control the pen and pencil carefully to make different shapes and patterns. We found out where everything is kept on the office table area and learn how to tidy it away carefully in the right places ready for the next person. We always have to remember to write our name on our work!
We learnt how to use the playdough area and thought about the different things we could make using the different equipment. We explored rolling, pressing, squeezing and cutting the playdough.
We found out where all the dressing up clothes are kept and practiced getting ourselves dressed and undressed into the costumes independently. We used our imagination to act in the role play house, pretending to do the jobs in the kitchen and taking on different roles.
We learnt about where the construction and small world equipment are kept. We learnt to work as a team and carry the boxes with a friend to the classroom. We used our imaginations to create different worlds and models.
We have made the most of the sunny weather and being outside. We have been learning about how to use the different areas of the Reception garden, playing with all the different equipment in the playground and learning to get on and off safely and carefully.
First Day at School