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Welcome to our new blog for 2023-24!  We hope to share all the wonderful things we are learning about in Reception.

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Our Class teachers are Mr J. Brewer and Mrs G. Hughes (alternate Mondays).  Our teaching assistant is Ms L. Grieve/Ms A. Adlam.

YR Curriculum Overview 2023-24  YR Writing Curriculum 2023-24  

School Reading Spine 2023-24 


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  • Thursday 28 March 2024 28th March 2024 Bath City Farm trip followed by meeting the Easter bunny!
  • Friday 22 March 2024 22nd March 2024 Another week flies by and the children are already looking forward to Easter. It was lovely to see so many parents during the week and for all the lovely comments. We have a parent event this coming Wednesday which will have a phonics focus. Hope to see you then!
  • Friday 15 March 2024 15th March 2024 We ended the week with some Red Nose Day fun in the hall with a variety of activities. The children have also had great discussions explaining what they could see on Explorify and reasoning what they thought the object was. In our English sessions we looked at the story of Evil Pea and the Beanstalk, superheroes and talked and have written about our new 'powers' that 4 and 5 year old children have, compared to when they were babies. In maths, we have been sorting objects, looked at odd and even numbers and continued to practise counting up to 20 and back to zero.
  • Friday 8 March 2024 8th March 2024 The children have really enjoyed the week, especially World Book day where they modelled their different outfits and explained what word they had come as. They were eager to write their word out and stick it on. The words included royalty, spotty, chef, camouflage, strong, strength, marmalade, road and scary. The children were also very busy making a few treats for Mother's Day and have been monitoring the growth of their sunflowers. Fingers crossed some more will pop up over the weekend!
  • Friday 1 March 2024 1st March 2024 It has been another busy week in Koala Class. The children have observed different plants. These include the seeds they planted last week and some daffodils, producing some lovely artwork. They have also explored the skill of rubbings. These were a bit tricky at first, trying to keep the paper in place, but they loved the outcomes. We ended the week by sowing sunflower seeds and harvesting our crop, using this to make sandwiches.
  • Friday 23 February 2024 23rd February 2024 For Term 4 our topic is 'Let's Grow'! We have looked at the story 'The Tiny Seed', been out on a walk around the school looking for signs of spring, planted some seeds and made flowers. In our English sessions we have read 'Jack and the Beanstalk', acting out the story, ready to have us retell it in our writing this coming week.
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024 7th February 2024 Despite all the bugs floating around, the children loved their visit into space! They really enjoyed the immersive planetarium show and later had fun making their astronaut pudding! In our maths sessions we have continued to practise our counting skills gaining confidence on a daily basis and also becoming increasingly able to spot mistakes. It was lovely to see so many of you at our parent event on Monday, we hope you had a good time.
  • Friday 26 January 2024 26th January 2024 We have had a super week at school with lots of great leaning. With 6 months until the next Olympic Games, Koala class have continued to show off their gym skills. They have been trying out different shapes on the apparatus and also using these shapes whilst jumping. The children have also continued their journey into space, looking at the moon landings, rocket launches and reading different space themed stories. They have also made aliens that have moving parts. Although they found using split pins tricky, they persevered to meet the challenge.
  • Friday 19 January 2024 19th January 2024 Another very busy week. The children have completed a variety of tasks including some fabulous aliens for our new display. They have also been learning how to perform different gym positions and improving their balance. In maths,we have continued to look at how five is composed along with making our own triangles using sticks found in the sensory garden. It was great to see how knowledgeable the children were regarding their own safety when we talked about what was safe to put into our bodies and how medicines could be both safe and dangerous depending on the situation. We finished the week thinking about our own route to school, recording three features that we pass by on this journey.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 12th January 2024 It was lovely to see everyone back at school, enjoying a rather busy first week of 2024. On Monday, the children met Mrs Hughes, who will now be with the children every fortnight for the rest of the school year. We have started our new topic '5,4,3,2,1, Blast Off!', been on a 'naughty bus' hunt around the school, mapped out our bedrooms, mixed paints to make them lighter and darker, ordered numbers, talked about shapes and how they similar and different, read lots of stories, found ice and started new Read, Write, Inc groups.
  • Wednesday 13 December 2023 13th December 2023 The children have been working hard over a short period of time to learn lots of songs and actions to perform to friends and family. We hope you enjoyed the performance!
  • Friday 1 December 2023 1st December 2023 This week we have had a couple of visitors to our class. A fox, who has been licking his lips when the children have been making gingerbread men and also a kindness elf. The children have decided to name our elf 'Marshmallow' and have sprinkled magic dust over her and look forward to seeing what she gets up to over the next couple of weeks. The children have also enjoyed snuggling up in front of our log fire to keep warm and love the new Christmas lights around the room.
  • Thursday 23 November 2023 23rd November 2023 Today we visited Moors Valley and had great fun walking around the woods. The children also enjoyed the play trail, challenging themselves with some tricky tasks and it was also lovely to see how they helped and encouraged each other.
  • Friday 17 November 2023 17th November 2023 This week in maths we continued to consolidate our knowledge of more than, fewer than and equal to when comparing groups. We have also looked again at how amounts can be made up of multiple smaller amounts. In PE, we had time to work together to solve some maths problems when calculating amounts with friends placing set amounts of people, feet, hands etc onto Pudsey Bears circular spots. The children have also been working hard on letter formation. Each letter has a given phrase to aid formation and a list of these phrases will be sent out next week. The children know the importance of holding the pencil correctly, tucking their chair in, pressing their feet on the floor and placing their spare hand on the paper.
  • Friday 10 November 2023 10th November 2023 This week the class have been learning about why people wear poppies. We have talked about what has happened in the past and what is happening around the world today. The children have made their own 'poppy' artwork which was on display for some old friends to see when they visited the school for our first 'open day'.
  • Friday 3 November 2023 3rd November 2023 Term 2 has started with a bang! The children have been looking forward to firework night with some artwork and through dance movement. They have also had great fun making some multi coloured toast, making patterns and mixing colours. We have now completed all our single letter 'set 1' sounds and will spend time this term repeating some of these sounds in new groups, along with blending these together to read and spell simple words.
  • Wednesday 18 October 2023 18th October 2023 Thank you to those that came to our parent event. We hope you had a nice time and enjoyed the activities. During this final short week, the children spent time learning about their skeletons and bodies. They have also shown they are budding doctors of the future!
  • Friday 13 October 2023 13th October 2023 Another busy week in Koala Class! The children have now been taught the first 19 sounds in our Read, Write, Inc sessions, with many now blending these sounds together to read and write words. In maths we have made repeating patterns, talked about 2D shapes, continued to look at how amounts can be made in different ways and have been counting drum beats. The children have also used other senses in a fun activity that produced much laughter when taste buds met an unusual taste! Thank you to those that helped walk the children to the church for our Harvest service and to those that met us there.
  • Wednesday 4 October 2023 4th October 2023 Today the children visited 'Little City' and had great fun in all the different role plays.
  • Friday 29 September 2023 29th September 2023 Another busy week with the children learning sounds i, n, p, g and o in our Read, Write, Inc sessions. They are beginning to blend the 10 sounds taught into simple words such as 'pin, mat and dog'. In maths we have been focusing on subitising amounts to three and we finished the week with our disco-a-thon.
  • Friday 22 September 2023 22nd September 2023 This week in Koala class the children have been learning the sounds m, a, s, d and t. They have also continued to improve with oral blending. The children have also been working with their 'talk partner' discussing how they can sort objects having listened to the story of 'The Button Box'. Our Friday PE session was great fun, the children loved showing off their skills.
  • Friday 15 September 2023 15th September 2023 Our first full week is completed! The children have settled very well and it has been lovely to watch new friendships develop. The routines of school life are improving each day. We ended the week by sorting out our 'talk partners'. We use talk partners throughout the day from 'carpet' teaching time to lining up for lunch. These will change on a more regular basis as we move through the year. In Read, Write, Inc the children have been learning the 25 different pictures on our sound cards, ready to start learning the sounds from Monday. We have also started to introduce our 'gem' rewards for those that show respect, teamwork, excellence and friendship.
  • Friday 8 September 2023 8th September 2023 It has been a pleasure meeting all the children and welcoming them to our wonderful school. The first two days have been incredibly hot, but this has not stopped them exploring the class and beginning to learn all the routines to make our days run smoothly. Today we had a tour around the school, meeting all the other classes (and some brothers and sisters), saved a hedgehog, had a look around our library and stayed for our first school lunch. Next week we start our first Read, Write, Inc lesson.

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