Welcome to our class page. Here, you will find information about the children’s exciting learning, as well as any key dates or important pieces of information that you will need to know for the upcoming weeks and months.
Our Christmas Message
We have worked extremely hard on creating this Christmas message for you. Miss Cain is so proud of us. We hope you enjoy watching it just as much as we enjoyed creating it. Merry Christmas!
New Teacher Video
Learning from home
We would just like to say a big thank you to all the children and their grown ups for working hard to complete the home learning activities. We are enjoying looking at the work that you have done each day. We miss you and we are very proud of you!
Here are some pictures of the online work that you have done at home.
Science Week has been a huge success! The children have thoroughly enjoyed making predictions and carrying out fun investigations. Our week began with a fantastic assembly led by the Science Boffins. This was then followed by an exciting rocket launch in the afternoon.
In Reception we have been learning all about water and we have enjoyed using water as an ingredient in lots of fun experiments. We made a ‘Skittles rainbow’, an erupting volcano and we even made a dinosaur toy jump out of a bowl of water without using our hands!
World Book Day
We had a great day celebrating books and sharing our enjoyment of reading. Thank you to all our families for their support in organising such fantastic costumes; the children looked wonderful! During the morning the children participated in a range of activities, including drama and arts and craft work. In the afternoon the children visited classrooms around the school for lots of different story times.
A special thank you to the children for helping to protect Supertato Parsons from Evil Pea Bradbury and her potato masher!
When we arrived in school on Monday we discovered an interesting looking parcel from a Mr Terry Dactyl. We were excited to discover that we had been sent a mysterious egg to look after.
On Wednesday the egg began to crack, by Thursday the crack had grown even bigger and when we came into the classroom on Friday we found the egg had hatched open and some little footprints were leading towards the cupboard.
Following this, we decided we should write some descriptions of our new little pet for our class web page. Here is some of our super writing…
The Land Before Time…Walking with Dinosaurs!
The children have returned to school full of enthusiasm for our new project! Here is a snippet of some of their learning so far…
On Tuesday we visited Westbrook Library. We spent some time exploring the story books and the information books before having a class story. The children were very sensible and a passing visitor even commented on their wonderful behaviour- well done Reception!
This half term the children have been working very hard on their gymnastic skills. They have been exploring different ways of travelling, balances, stretches and jumps. This week the children used the apparatus to demonstrate their learning and apply their new skills. They loved it!
This morning we were visited by the fire brigade. The children were very excited to learn about all of the different emergencies that they visit and we even got to see the different clothes that they wear. The thermal imaging camera was great fun to pass around too! Outside in the car park, we were lucky enough to use the big fire hose and we had a try at lifting up the big tool they use for cutting open cars. It was very heavy! Following their visit we were all in agreement that firefighters are so brave and kind; they really are real-life superheroes!
The children have worked so hard making their fabulous superhero masks that we couldn’t wait to show them off around school.
Our mask parade took us all around the school building, with class visits to Year One, Year Two, Year Three and Year Six. Everyone commented on how wonderful the children looked. We are so proud of all their hard work. Thank you to our lovely parents for all of your support too!
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
We have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year this week and have had a lovely day doing some Chinese crafts and listening to some Chinese music.
The week began with us sharing the Legend of Nian and learning about why Chinese New Year is celebrated. From this story, we moved on to learn about the Chinese Zodiac and how they years are named after animals.
Today we learnt about China and thought about how it is different to England. We discovered that lots of our children would love to visit China to eat the delicious food with chopsticks and to walk along the Great Wall of China!
Health and Well-being Week
What a busy week! This week we have been thinking about all of the ways in which we can stay fit and healthy. We talked about doing exercise, eating healthily, getting lots of sleep, keeping our bodies clean and doing things that make us feel happy!
Throughout the week we have been participating in lots of activities that help to keep us fit and healthy. We did some yoga to help us with our stretching and breathing, we Zumba’d our way around the hall in the disco lights, we designed healthy lunch boxes for our favourite superheroes and we ended the week with a boot camp. We kept thinking about how our bodies feel different after exercise. We all feel very tired this afternoon (as you’ll see in our photograph)!
A Supertato Emergency!
This afternoon we came into the classroom to discover an incident had taken place!
The Evil Pea had vegi-napped our Supertato and trapped all of his fruit and vegetable friends!
We had to use our reading skills to read the letter and the clues to try and rescue Supertato. Luckily, we had all had our brainy breakfasts and we managed to find Supertato safe and well, hiding in the jail!
We set about thinking how we could find the cheeky culprit, the Evil Pea. We designed WANTED posters, searched the classroom and we even made a trap to catch it!
…our plan had worked! We captured the Evil Pea!
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for all of your kinds wishes, gifts and cards from before Christmas. We hope you had a relaxing break and are well rested.
Our new project is entitled, ‘Superheroes to the Rescue’. We can’t wait to share our new provision with the children!
We have had a wonderful few weeks with the children enjoying the Christmas celebrations. Thank you so much for all of your kind words, gifts, cards and wishes. We wish all of our children and families a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!
Here is a glimpse at some of the fun we have been having…
The Christmas Story
We have enjoyed learning about why we celebrate Christmas. We shared lots of different versions of the Nativity story and chose our favourite characters to describe. Can you guess who we are?
Getting ready for Advent
This morning we went into the hall with Mrs Wightman to switch on the Christmas lights. We were very excited to see the beautiful tree and the lovely red and gold decorations. We talked about why these colours are important at Christmas time and then counted down for the big switch on…5…4…3…2…1…
To Infinity and Beyond!
Sharing our learning
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about space. Each week we have been updating our display with our new learning. Our display is a reflection of our learning journey. Along the way we will share our learning through our ‘Literacy’ work, our ‘Mathematics’ work, our ‘Understanding the World’ work and our ‘Art and Design’ work.
Exploring our classroom
The children have enjoyed exploring the different areas in our classroom over the last couple of weeks. They have also been tackling some of the table top enhancements in order to develop their turn taking and communication skills.
The children have returned to school full of enthusiasm for our new project. We are looking forward to finding out what the children already know about space and building on this knowledge over the course of the half term. Here is a peak at some of our new classroom activities…
What do I want to be when I grow up?
Another very special visitor…
This afternoon we were lucky enough to be visited by Mrs Nagarajan. She came into school to talk to us about her very important job. We guessed from her clothes that she was a special kind of doctor. She told us that she was a surgeon and she performs operations to help make people feel better. The children watched eagerly whilst she showed us how to plaster a broken bone. We then had the chance to participate in a science experiment to see what happens when we mix bicarbonate of soda with coloured vinegar. We made lots of lovely colours!
A visit from the police!
We were very excited to welcome police officers Sophie and Vicky into our classroom this afternoon. We learnt about the important job they do and the safety equipment they have to carry. We even heard some talking on the police radio! After talking to Vicky we went outside and were lucky enough to sit inside the police car!
We have had the most wonderful day with the children, learning about their hopes and dreams for the future. We appear to have a class of aspiring doctors, teachers, vets, fire fighters, police officers, pilots, train drivers, nurses, builders and even a unicorn farmer!
We talked about why these careers are exciting and how hard we need to work to achieve our dreams. We also talked about how our aspirations can change as we get older.
This week in Reception is ‘Careers Week’. Over the course of the week we will be learning about different occupations and thinking about which ones we might like to have when we are older.
Today we had two special visitors who came to school to tell us all about their jobs.
Pete works in a church. He told us how he helps people to learn about Jesus. He showed us his special clothes and even let us try on his very special stoles. Each one was a different colour for a different celebration. We loved looking at the little pictures and patterns on them.
This afternoon we were visited by Elaine and Dougal. Elaine is a vet for small animals. She told us about how she helps animals to feel better and Dougal was her patient. We learnt about how to examine a dog from its head to its tail. We then had the chance to practise bandaging Dougal’s paw and we gave him some invisible medicine in a syringe. Dougal was so friendly and patient that we gave him a thank you stroke before he left.
Where do I live?
This week we have been learning about different types of homes and familiar buildings in our local area. This afternoon we decided to go outside and explore. We stood at the front of our school and looked around to see what we could see.
We spotted the cinema and Costa. When we looked left we saw the church and the library. We even found the doctors next to the church. We couldn’t see Gulliver’s World but we guessed where it was in the distance. We decided to go back into the classroom and build a map of our local area.
After talking about the buildings in our local area, we decided to work together to make some models of them. We had to think about the different shapes we would need to make the windows, the doors and the roof. We also talked about how we would join the parts together and we used the words ‘cut, ‘stick’, ‘rip’, ‘bend’, ‘fold’ and ‘join’.
What do I look like?
Our new project, ‘All About Me’, is well underway and we are enjoying learning lots of things about our children. Each week we will focus on a question to help us with our learning about ourselves and our friends. This week we have been thinking about the way we look. We have been using special vocabulary to describe our faces and have been presenting our ideas in different ways.
Henry said, “I have got blue eyes.”
Alex said, “My hair is curly.”
Belle said, “My lips are rosy pink.”
Yesterday all the children got themselves changed for PE. It was a very busy time, but the children listened carefully to the instructions and managed to put all of their PE kit on with minimal help. They were very proud of themselves, and rightfully so! Well done everyone!
The children always look forward to lunch time. They have responded very well to the lunch time routine and it has been lovely to see such happy faces when they are filling their tummies!
Our second week at St Philip’s!
We have had another lovely week in Reception. We are so proud of how well the children have settled into school. They have been so enthusiastic in their activities and we have enjoyed watching their confidence grow, along with their smiles! We have continued with Spanish dancing, exploring our outside classroom and we even went on an adventure around the school building…
Our first week at St Philip’s!
We have had a fantastic first week in Reception! The children have been busy exploring our classroom and making new friends, whilst participating in a range of fun activities. These activities have included role play, making music, painting and even some Spanish dancing! Here are some sneaky snaps of the fun we have been having…