Kung Hei Fat Choy

As part of the Early Year’s Curriculum the children learn about other cultures and traditions to realise that not everyone is the same as them.  This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year.  We have learnt the story of the Chinese New Year, about the traditions in celebrating Chinese New Year, what Chinese people do to celebrate and enjoyed our own Chinese banquet.

Many thanks to Mrs Klinkenberg who came in to talk to the children about how her family celebrate.

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The Tempest

Oak and Fir Tree Classes have been learning about The Tempest since returning to school.  This has been part of a whole school project so we hope that they have told you all about it.  In case not…some pictures below to talk to your children about and some questions that you could ask to see how much they learnt.

What is a Tempest? (a bad storm)

Who wrote The Tempest

Who was Prospero/Ariel/Miranda (they met all 3 of these characters).

Who caused the storm and why? (Prospero as he was cross with his brother)

What did Ariel do in our class? (stole some toys, but he said sorry!)

What animals did Ariel turn into? (a dog, then a dragon)

What magic spells did Prospero send us (flying teabag and dancing corn)

How did we make a storm in a jar?

What was Miranda like when we met her?

Who did Miranda marry? (Ferdinand)

Let us know what your child thought and if they enjoyed their learning!


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There was a note in your home-link books this week about addition.  We have spent several weeks learning about adding 2 numbers and most children have not only understood how to do this but can record their sums so please so ask them about it.

Also most children have now learnt virtually all the sounds of the alphabet; we have started to move onto 2 letters-1 sound e.g. sh and ch and more complex sounds such as ay,a-e, ai or ie, y, igh etc.  However, they should all have sufficient sounds to have a good go at sounding our phonetically plausible words.  Any practice at home will really help – just like with their reading.  Many thanks for your support.

Let it snow

The children started learning about The Tempest last week but this was temporarily stopped on Friday whilst we went outside to enjoy the snow!  It didn’t last for very long so we were glad we made the most of it.

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More posts about The Tempest later this week.

Christmas Party

The children have just finished their party lunch.  We’ve had a busy morning making Christingles and party hats.

Enjoy this Christmas video!


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The Sleepy Shepherd

We were so proud of the children today for such a fantastic and polished performance of The Sleepy Shepherd.  They all sang, spoke and danced beautifully at both of the performances.  It’s amazing to think that all the children today were only 3, 4 or just 5!  Our school works hard to get all of the children to sing so we could not be prouder of our little ones remembering all the songs and singing so well.

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Sorry we were too busy to take photos but here’s a few from before the show.




Learning Champions

We talked to the children today about what they should be doing during independent learning and we introduced them to our Learning Dinosaurs:


Thinkosaur who works hard to solves problems and thinks carefully about what he learns.

Explorosaur who asks lots of questions to find things out and learn.

Tryosaur who never gives up and always tries his best.

Our expectation is that they will be like our little dinosaurs and be busy and productive learners.  We also told the children that we would have Independent Learning Awards to those children who worked hard, challenged themselves and who are resourceful during independent learning.

The children are now given an independent job to complete every day.  Some are much more conscientious about doing them than others (!) so you might like to ask your child what their job was and how well they did it.  Their job tomorrow is to look after an egg all day so if they come home with an unbroken egg you will know that they have been careful.  We are setting this job to try to encourage them to look after the resources at school after a run of things getting broken.

Finally congratulations to Sam (Fir) and Helena (Oak) who represented their classes in the school ‘Spellathon’ today, both doing very well.

Thank you for your support.

Outdoor Learning Day

We hope your children came home excited about our first outdoor learning day albeit probably tired and muddy. We had an excellent day, braving all the weathers and are sorry that it rained just as parents and carers arrived. If you child cannot remember what they did here are some reminders. We made owl masks, a bird food lollipop and a magic potion. We went on a bug hunt and found, much to the children’s excitement, lots of frogs which they observed with their magnifying glasses. We also played some games and enjoyed a hot chocolate together.

Please do leave a comment below to let us know what your child said about the day. Many thanks to Miss Storey for getting us all organised!


Diwali dancing and diva lamps!!!

This week we have enjoyed learning all about Diwali! The Hindu festival of light! The children attended their first morning worship on Monday morning where Mrs Varilone told the story of Rama and Sita! The children especially liked the part about the flying monkey and the ten headed demon!

We all had a go at doing some Indian dancing and we had lots of fun outside moving to the music! The children might be able to show you some of the moves!

Everybody got to make and decorate a clay Diva lamp and also have been very busy making Rangoli patterns!

It has been a busy and exciting week!

We hope you all have a wonderful rest over the half term and thank you all for working so hard!

The Reception team! x

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