Miss Horne and Mrs Parry are enjoying 2017 in Heron Class. The children are making the most of all the learning opportunities they come across. It is great to see them starting to be independent when coming into school in the mornings and we are now encouraging them to speedily put their things away and sit down ready for registration and learning - your help with this is much appreciated.
As we move through each term we will add photos, information and home learning to this page so please check back each week to see what we have all been up to.
Should you have any questions or concerns please catch one of us as the gate or make an appointment through the office, alternatively contact us via email:
Each child has a home reading book to have a go reading at home. We really value the time you spend helping your child to become more confident readers. Ideally we ask that you spend 10-15 minutes a day on a reading activity with your child. Please record what you get up to in your child's home-school learning book. School reading books that need changing should be placed in the box by the book bag boxes. Please do let us know if you have any questions about your child's reading.
We also send home a library book each week. This is a book chosen by your child to share at home from the school library. This will be changed once a week so please remember to bring it in on a Tuesday so your child can swap it for a new one. Should you wish to change it more frequently please let us know as we are keen to encourage the children to share books at home.
This term Heron class are enjoying taking parts in RugbyTots and exploring our outdoor apparatus. We change into PE kits so why not have a go timing yourself at home to see how speedy you can be at getting changed! We will normally be doing Rugby on a Tuesday but on occasion this may change so it is a good idea to have PE kits in school all week, please include outdoor footwear suitable for running in and a warm top to wear over their PE T-shirt. We will send them home on a Friday. Please ensure all items are named. If you have lost un-named items these can be found in the cloakroom.
Summer Term 2 - Week 3
This week we were lucky to have a visit from Grant who is a postman. He told us all about his job sorting and delivery the post. We learnt about stamps, addresses and how the post gets delivered. Grant also kindly brought us some stamps. We enjoyed looking at all the different designs and describing the different pictures they contained. The children worked hard to read which countries the stamps were from and to read the numbers on each stamp. They were rewarded for their efforts by taking home a stamp each to start off their very own stamp collect!
This visit sparked lots of letter, card and postcard writing around the Foundation Stage. The children 'posted' their creations in our post office then waited for the post 'staff' to sort and delivery the mail. They all tried their very best with sounding out, finger spaces and full stops. Some children even wrote to their new Year 1 teachers asking questions about year 1, we hope to have some replies in the coming weeks.
Do you know someone in another location who could send Heron Class some post? We would love to receive some that we can have a go at reading and maybe replying to.
Summer Term 2 - Week 3
Please don't forget named hats and water bottles as the lovely sunny and hot weather continues. We recommend that you apply sun cream to your child before school. Should they need more during the day we will supervise them to apply it themselves, please note any sun cream sent in need to be named.
The children wrote sun safety posters last term and now seems like a good week to share them!
Summer Term 2 - Week 2
This week we were lucky to have a visit from Mrs Armitage who is an artist. She told us all about what she does and shared some of her work with us. We enjoyed looking at her drawings and hearing about how they are turned into cards and fabric. With her help we then had a go at being artists ourselves. Why not spend some time at home this week being an artist? You could draw, paint, model, sew, sculpt or weave. If you do send in a photo or bring in your work to share.
These websites are great for art and craft activity ideas:
Red Ted Art - http://www.redtedart.com/
Tate Kids - http://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Summer Term 2 - Week 1
This term we are thinking about what we want to learn before the end of the year, what we want to be when we grow up and what our bodies need to do to grow up. So far we have discussed the types of jobs we want to do when we grow up and have started to think about what different people have to do as part of their jobs. This week we had a visit from an optician who checked our eyes and told us about looking after our eye sight. We then set up an 'optician' to see what it is like to work there. We looked very sophisticated in all the different glasses! We have also been proudly sharing all the reading we have been doing at home - Miss Horne is going to need to get some more gems soon to hand out for all the super reading, don't forget to hand in your challenge slip when you have read 5 times.
Summer Term 1 - Week 2
Heron class have been fabulous with their Little Red Hen work this week. They have performed with expression and fluency. They have pretended to be duck, cat and dog and written sorry letters to the hen. They have written speech bubbles, captions and postcards as well as having a go writing the whole story. All in all a lot of sounding out, tricky word recall and punctuating has been going on and the smiley face board has been full of children trying their very hardest to become the best they can be with their writing. In maths we have been starting to look at shapes and hunting them in the outdoor area, as well as creating shape pictures indoors. To carry on the growing theme the children have planted cress with soil and without and have watered some and not others - we await their growth to make some conclusions!
Summer Term 1 - Week 1
This week we started our new topic will some planting and are eagerly awaiting the shoots of our sunflowers - we are having to be very patient! We have also been practising our careful counting and looking at counting in 2s. Hopefully everyone has brought home a storymap of the Little Red Hen so that you have had a sneaky peak at our story telling skills. By Friday we were so good at telling the story that Miss King popped in for a performance. The Herons have been fantastic at using story language to tell each other about the Little Red Hen and have started to transfer this into their writing which has been good to see. Why not have a go at reading an interactive version of the story at home: http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Little-Red-Hen-Storybook-Reading-Level-A-316
Summer Term - Ready, Steady, Grow!
We are growing in confidence, growing friendships and growing plants this term. With trowels at the ready we will be seeing if we can turn our fingers green planting and looking after sunflowers, beans, cress, tomatoes and other delicious things to eat. We will also be following up on the tadpoles we met before the holidays and seeing if we can discover what has happened to them. During this term we will also be hearing from the Little Red Hen who needs some help and coming up with a plan for a farmer and his enormous turnip. If you have any seeds, bulbs or plants you are willing to donate for us to use please speak to Miss Horne or Mrs Parry. If you would like to come in and help either as a one off or on a regular basis please do let us know as we would love to welcome you into our classroom.
Thank you to the parents who helped walk down to the Church for our Easter Service, we hope you enjoyed the singing and readings.
Have a very happy Easter holiday. We look forward to seeing you back at 8.50am on Monday 24th April.
Spring Term 1 - Week 7
This week we have been looking for signs of spring. We have learnt some new words and have had a go using them to communicate. We went on a walk to look for blossom, buds, nests, shoots and new life. We used a tally to think about how many of these things we had seen. We also made use of the pond, which some lovely parents cleared and tidied during our recent 'Love Your School' day. We were lucky enough to find tadpoles, toads, pond snails and water skaters as well as a few woodlice and spiders. We then learnt about the life cycle of a frog and had a go at writing recounts and fact files about our learning. Should you wish to think more about spring at home to support your child's learning there are some activities and clips available on the cbeebies website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/spring
Spring Term 1 - Week 6
Heron Class celebrated all their fantastic mothers by making cards and cakes and welcoming their Mummies into school for afternoon tea. They made their own paper hearts for their cards and made a great effort to write inside the cards. They also made flowers to give to their Mothers as part of our celebrations. Chocolately fun was had making rice crispie cakes for the afternoon tea. Miss Horne was very impressed with their ability to read and follow the recipe and their knowledge of how to make sure they were safe when cooking. A big thank you also goes to all the Mums who joined in with the audience participation at the tea party storytelling when we enjoyed Monkey Puzzle as a group. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the support that Mums and all other family members provide in helping the Herons with their learning at home and at school.
Spring Term 1 - Week 5
Once again thank you for your donations to help support Red Nose Day this year. The classroom was awash with red and the children were inquisitive when it came to finding out about where the money raised goes to after they have handed it in. The process of taking part in a raffle for the Red Nose Day cake was a steep learning curve for some children but we got there in the end in explaining what a raffle is! If you wish to find out more about Red Nose Day visit the website for more details. Thank you.
Spring Term 1 - Week 4
Thank you for all your support with reading events this week. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Big Bedtime Read event, we hope you enjoyed your hot chocolate and bedtime story. We really value the time you spend reading to and with your children and as previously mentioned little and often is great. Spending 10 minutes a day on your home/school reading book really does make all the difference. Alternatively Oxford Owl has a good selection of e-books and the Wallingford library is well stocked with age appropriate material. Please make sure you write in your child's home/school learning book to let us know how you get on and return the book to school each day for changing.
Spring Term 1 - Week 3
This week is British Science Week. We launched a week of being scientists with some experiments on the playground. We made predictions, planned a fair test, gathered results and made some conclusions. Excitement was had when we explored what happens when you add mints to coke and learnt the scientific words for the bumpy coating on mints is nucleation sites and that the gas in coke, carbon dioxide, gets excited by the mints and causes an eruption! We experimented what happens to our bodies when we do exercise, discovering that our lungs, heart and muscles have to work hard. We have also started off an experiment to see how flowers use water. We are testing plain water, blue water and red water (and some of the left over coke from our first experiment after a suggestion from one budding biologist!)
Here are some experiments you can try at home to join in with British Science Week - let us know how you get on!
Spring Term 2 - Week 3
Heron Class were very responsible when we had a go on the large apparatus this week. They showed good control of their movements travelling carefully and taking into account different obstacles. They took turns and helped each other with balancing and jumping, as well as with climbing and negotiating the space. It has been lovely to see the progress they have made since they started on September when using the hall and how they have grown in confidence at having a go and managing their own risk. I had a lovely time in PE this week Heron class I hope you did too! Miss Horne
Spring Term 2 - Week 2
We had a very busy day on the 2nd of March! Everyone came into school dressed as a character to celebrate World Book Day. We joined in with lots of book activities including DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read), Book Blitzing (explaining a book in 60 seconds!), Storycrafting relating to Elmer and enjoying a story from a mystery reader. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying books throughout the day and we are hoping to carry on some of the activities on a regular basis. Thank you to parents for supporting this event by providing costumes and for popping into the hall at the end of the day for a story. Happy Reading!
Spring Term 1 - Week 5
All our hard work paid off we learnt that Ned the Pirate was being kind to Sid and Angus but was making them cook. We helped by writing them shopping lists, preparing fruit salad and writing recipes. We also had a go counting the treasure that the pirates tried to give us instead of Sid and Angus - we explained that we love them more than treasure and have our fingers crossed that the pirates apply our value of love after we explained it very well in some postcards for them. This week we have also been busy building pirate ships and making maps to help if we need to set sail to collect Sid and Angus. Here's hoping they aren't made to walk, or slither, the plank!
Spring Term 1 - Week 5
Calamity struck in Heron Class this week. We arrived on Monday to discover Sid the Snail and Angus were missing. A letter explained that they had been stolen by pirates! Sid and Angus asked for our help so we got straight to solving the problem. We built traps for if they came back, we wrote wanted posters for the pirates and help posters to let the school know what had happened. We also applied our value of love and wrote to Sid and Angus to tell them not to worry. We amazed Miss Horne with our brilliant writing efforts and super demonstration of our values of love and friendship. Take a look at all our hard work and don't forget to keep an eye our for Sid and Angus!
Spring Term - Week 4
Heron class were fabulous in RugbyTots this week. They pretended to be Mr Men travelling like Mr Tall, Mr Short, Mr Fast and Mr Slow all whilst holding a rugby ball. They nipped the bean bag like a crab to aim. They then scored some tries in the hoop - aiming is getting better. Herons are also getting better at throwing the ball accurately as well. Coach Emma and Coach Shane said we were the best class at listening, having go and being well behaved.
Well done Heron Class Why not have a go at sharing your rugby skills at home.
Also a quick plea that all PE kit is named. We have a number of pairs of shorts and T-shirts without names in, if you need to borrow a sharpie please ask Miss Horne.
Spring Term 1 - Week 3
The pirates of Heron class have been getting to grips with digraphs and number ordering this week. They have been applying their growing phonic skills to treasure map creations, writing rescue messages and sorting treasure coins for the pirates on the interactive whiteboards. Our focus in phonics over the past weeks has been ch, sh, ng, th, ai, oo and ee. When two letters make one sound like ai in sail and sh in ship this is called a digraph. We have also been learning how to work out which numeral comes next when ordering numbers. Why don't you have a go writing Miss Horne a message in a bottle to let her know what you have been up to, I hope you haven't been captured by pirates!
Spring Term 1 - Week 2
I have been so pleased to read all the proud clouds that have been arriving in school in the past week. We have celebrated them in class and they will soon be making their way into our special books and onto the Proud Cloud display. Children have been demonstrating the school value at home, they have been practising reading, writing and number work, they have been trying hard with swimming, dancing and clubs and have been up to all sorts with their families. It is lovely to hear the children's news so keep on sending the clouds in - if you need more I have added a basket of them near the water bottle tray or please do ask! (also a link below if you are feeling technical!) If you would like to email a picture in to illustrate the proud cloud I would be happy to receive it and print it out.
In other celebration news several children have made it into the shiny new Becoming the Best We Can Be Book in the hall. If your child tells you about being in this book on a Friday feel free to pop into the hall to read about their efforts in the book (it is located on the worship table).
Keep up the good work Heron Class
Spring Term - Week 1
Yo-ho-ho - it’s Land Ahoy! It’s a sailor’s life for Herons and Swans this term as we get our sea legs on and get ready to sail the salty seas. We will be navigating, exploring and investigating the world, just like Captain Cook. Is it this way or that way? Where should we go? As we journey into the unknown we will also be learning about the local community and thinking about journey’s we have made.
Arrr me hearties, let’s hope to avoid walking the plank!
We will also be thinking about our new value of Love and continuing our journey to become the best we can be at reading, writing and number work.
Spring Term - Week 1
You may have notice that we have sent home some information about Planet Health and hand washing. We have been thinking this week about ways to stay healthy and have made posters to put near the sinks to remind each other about the importance of good hand washing habits! Why not have a go at making your own poster at home about how to be healthy and bring it into school for us to share. You could also have a go at learning one of these hand washing songs:
Autumn Term 2 - Week 7
Christmas celebrations have been underway in Heron Class this week. Mary, Joseph, the Donkey, kings, camels, cows, hens, angels and stars arrived on time in Bethlehem accompanied by some super singing, delightful dancing and terrific talking when our Nativity play took place at the beginning of the week. Christmas lunch was enjoyed by all on Tuesday, along with crackers and a visit from Santa himself! We then all piled on a coach (not a donkey!) to visit the Cornerstone in Didcot for an enjoyable performance of Emily Brown and the Thing. Then on Thursday we walked to the church for our Christmas Service and wished Rev. Rice a Happy Christmas. There was no rest on Friday with end of term celebrations in the Becoming the Best We Can Be Assembly. Throughout it all the Herons have been trying hard to be on the Santa Smiley faceboard and I'm happy to report it has been full up every day due to brilliant performing, great trip behaviour, general helpfulness and festive spirit from all the children. Mrs Parry and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very restful Christmas and Happy New Year. It has been lovely to start off the festive period with the children and we hope your enjoy the holiday together.
See you in January
Autumn Term 2 - Week 6
We were very lucky to have some more visitors this week. Two coaches from Rugby Tots came to teach us some rugby skills. We wrapped up warm and got stuck in with travelling, throwing, catching and kicking. We were great ambassadors for the school listening carefully to the instructions, taking turns and trying to become the best we can be at our ball skills. Well done Heron Class.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 5
Bob wrote back! He warned us that some aliens had escaped and asked if we had seen them. Luckily we were able to help when some of them turned up in the garden! We immediately got writing back and had a go reading and writing their names. We used such good sounding out that some of us got tickled pink gems for becoming the best we can be at reading and writing. I wonder if you will see any aliens at home, if you do don't forget to write down a description to send Bob!
Autumn Term 2 - Week 4
Continuing with our space theme this week we have been using the book Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob by Simon Bartram to inspire our learning. After reading the story and thinking about questions we would like to ask Bob we had a go using our super sounding out, fabulous finger spaces and lovely letters to write letters and cards to Bob! We were being 'Have a go' writers and trying even when it was tricky. I was so impressed with how the children tried hard with their writing that some of the children got to go in the Becoming the Best We Can Be Book in Friday's whole school assembly! Keep up the good work Heron Class. If you fancy writing a postcard to Bob over the weekend I will post if for you with the rest of our letters. I wonder if Bob will write back to us?
Autumn Term 2 - Week 4
This week is road safety week - your child should have come home with a high visibility wrist band kindly donated by Grundon. We were treated to a tour of one of the Grundon Trucks and a couple of children even got to go in the cab! We learnt that bin lorries have cameras to help the drivers see and vocal announcements to tell you they are reversing however there were lots of places that the driver wouldn't be able to see you so you have to take care near lorries.
We also learnt Stop, Look, Listen, Live from the Road Safety Hedgehogs.
On the THINK! website there are some activities to try at home:
Autumn Term 2 - Week 3
Linked to our whole school value of the term Friendship we been discussing how to be a good friend and what to do if things go wrong. We helped Elmer Elephant and Sid the Snail to problem solve peacefully when things went wrong with their playing and behaviour.
For anti-bulling week we talked about STOP STOP:
Several Times On Purpose
Start Telling Other People
We focused on what good friends do and how they act. We decided that a Tickled Pink Friend:
Shares Is kind Listens
Cheers us up Helps us when we are stuck
Why not discuss who your friends are and what makes them a good friend?
Autumn Term 2 - Week 2
We have been engrossed in our new topic Whizz, Bang, Pop and have started to explore the theme of space. We have been building our vocabulary to included space words. We have learnt the difference between space shuttles and rockets and between rovers and roamers. We have been talking about gravity and how it changes in space. The word astronaut was tricky to say but we got there in the end!
It has been good to hear that some children have been talking about our topic at home and have had the opportunity to go star gazing with their family. Why not have a go seeing what you can see in the night sky? There are also lots of space activities to explore on cbeebies: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/space
Autumn Term 2 - Week 2
We were very lucky this week to meet Mr Hill who taught us how to be fantastic archers. We explored aiming using the bow and arrows. We worked on our listening skills, partner skills and adding skills during our session and were beautifully behaved for our visitor. Miss Horne was also very impressed by the writing we did when we got back. There was lots of sounding out and everyone had a can do attitude. Well Done Heron Class
Autumn Term 2 - Week 1
Some of the children were keen to improve their cycling skills after hearing about one of the Herons learning to ride their bike during half-term. We learnt about cycle safety, balancing and brakes. This then led to a discussion about how to be safe crossing the road. We helped Elmer the Elephant and Sid the Snail to cross the road sensibly. Next time you are crossing the road why not discuss why you have to be careful crossing the road and how to do it safely with a grown-up. We have also been discussing how to be safe around bonfires and fireworks. Part of the early years curriculum requires children to be able to talk about how they stay safe and why it is important so if you think your child might need more help with this do let us know.
Well done Heron Class what a fantastic first term in Reception.
You have settled in well, kept the smiley face board filled with good news and made lots of new friends. We have learnt about being respectful as our value of the term and are starting to understand the St Nicholas School Three Rights. I have enjoyed learning about vehicles, dinosaurs, pirates and autumn with your all and am looking forward to next term when we will think about fireworks, space and Christmas. Have a happy half-term holiday, if you get up to something exciting do drop me an email photo so we can talk about it when you get back but most of all have a restful week and I look forward to seeing you at 8.50am on Monday 31st October.
Autumn Term - Week 7
We had a great time exploring the field and playground to look for signs of Autumn. We looked at all the different coloured leaves and collected ones that had fallen off the trees. We talked about the weather and then had a go using the leaves we had collected to make letters and pictures. Some children also collected and counted different seeds that they could find in the Foundation Stage Garden. How about going on an Autumn walk and making a collection of Autumn items?
Autumn Term - Week 7
We enjoy learning outdoors. This week we got out the parachute and wiggled, jiggled and giggled our way through lots of games to help with our physical development, team working skills, communication and language and maths knowledge. Moving the parachute helps to develop gross motor skills which will in turn help us become brilliant writers. Some activities that you can do with your child to support gross motor development include visiting the park, climbing a tree, getting them to help wash the windows, dressing themselves, throwing and catching a ball and painting outdoors on a large scale with water or chalk paint. For further information on supporting your child with gross motor development please see http://www.early-years.org/parents/docs/learning-through-physical-play.pdf If you get up to any of these activities we would love to know, so feel free to send Miss Horne a message or a photo in an email: email@example.com
Autumn Term - Week 6
A recent fire drill caused much intrigue and interest about fire engines and other vehicles. We have been following up this interest this week by learning about different methods of transport. Some children set up their own car wash complete with signs and prices (Car Wash for £90 anyone!):
Autumn Term - Week 6
We are learning to read! We are doing this in our exploring time, in phonics and in guided reading. In England children are taught to read the words on the page using phonics. Phonics focuses on building words from sounds. A sound might be represented by a letter (such as 's' or 'm') or a group of letters (like 'ch' or 'igh'). In Heron Class we are starting this process by learning the letters that the sounds make and putting them together to read simple words; this is called blending. We are also breaking words down to write them; this is called segmenting. For example, we learnt the individual sounds for 's', 'a' and 't' and are now working on blending them together to form the word 'sat'. For further information on phonics visit https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ which explains more about phonics and has ideas for helping at home. In the coming weeks we will be sending home sound cards and word games to have a go with at home so keep and eye out in book bags. Here are some pictures of us putting our phonics skills into use:
Autumn Term 1 - Week 5
We have been using technology in our learning this week. We have done sound work on the interactive whiteboard and writing on the ipads. The Herons were really respectful, took turns and treated the technology carefully. The app we have been using on the ipads is called Doodle Buddy and the website we have used on the interactive whiteboard is called Phonics Play. Why not have a go at home and let us know how you get on.
Autumn Term - Week 4
We had a brilliant morning with our grandparents this week. We started off in the hall with some songs, stories, cakes and squash and then gave the grandparents a tour of our classroom and enjoyed exploring some of the activities with them. Look at all the smiley faces. Thank you to everyone for coming along and making it a great event.
Autumn Term - Week 4
We have been thinking about what makes a careful counter. We decided our steps to success were lining up or moving objects as we count them, slowly saying the number names so we don't miss any out and checking how many there are by counting more than once. What could you count at home to have a go at careful counting? Have a look at all the careful counting that has been going on in Heron class this week:
Autumn Term - Week 2
We have been up to all sorts in our first few weeks at school! We have enjoyed making the most of our new learning environments both inside and outside and learning how to use the resources to do new things. Have a look at some of the things we have been up to: