Miss Horne and Mrs Parry are very happy how the Herons have settled into their learning this term - we are all looking forward to helping them becoming the best they can be in 2019
We will making the most of all the learning opportunities in Reception both inside and outside. 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:
We really value the time you spend helping your child to become confident readers. Initially this comes from being read to and from talking about book and stories. Ideally we ask that you spend 10-15 minutes a day on a reading activity with your child. This could be a bedtime story or sharing books with siblings.
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.
We will send home reading scheme books to complement our learning when your child is confidently using their phonic skills.
In PE we make use of the hall and outdoor areas to learn gymnastics, dance and games. 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 PE on a Tuesday but on occasion this may change so it is a good idea to have PE kits in school all week, initially children will not need PE shoes but will do later on in the year (we will let you know in advance of them needing to be in school). We will send PE kits home on a Friday. Please ensure all items are named. If you have lost un-named items these can be found in the cloakroom.
We had a fabulous day exploring our new classroom today.
I was so proud of how much like Year 1s the children were coming in independently and behaving beautifully all day. We enjoyed learning what computing is, explored some history resources and had a go writing in our new handwriting books. The ice cream role play was a hit as was the lavender playdough and the new books for our outdoor area. We had a dinosaur invasion and a farming frenzy as well as lots of fun with the marble run!
I hope the children had as a nice a time as I did.
Well done Glorious Grebes
Summer Term Week 4
This week we have been using the story Rosie's Walk written by Pat Hutchins to inspire some map making! Can you have a go making a map of your journey to school? What important things need to go on your map? Can you label them?
In Maths we have been working on number formation. You could have a go showing someone at home how brilliant you are at this now.
Summer Term Week 3
In PSHE we have been thinking about how to stay healthy. We have been talking about drinking water to stay hydrated, good sleeping habits, sensible food choices, how to wash our hands and how to look after our teeth.
During the Early Years a child's first experiences with oral health can impact on the rest of their life. That's why we start talking about it in Reception. It is important to introduce children to good habits as soon as possible and 'normalise' dental visits to put children at ease with the role of a dentist as a person they can trust. We have also talked about wobbly teeth being nothing to worry about and discussed why this happens.
If you would like to discuss this at home we recommend using the Topsy and Tim Our Teeth Episode, which is available on BBC iPlayer, as a discussion starter.
We would love to read some proud clouds about terrific teeth care.
Summer Term 2 - Week 1
This week we started off term with a trip to the Earth Trust! The Herons were fabulous. They treated the minibeasts that we found with care and respect. They showed our value of perseverance even with it was raining and loved every minute.
Today we celebrated 30 years of Elmer
We counted Elmers, painted Elmers, decorated Elmers, designed Elmers, made Elmers, made Elmer ears and read lots and lots of Elmer Stories. We even celebrated with balloons, a snack treat and sang Elmer Happy Birthday whilst he blew out the candles with his trunk!
Take a look here at the song from the BBC we have been using when learning about Noah and his ark. Can you tell someone at home the story? Can you draw a picture about the story?
Summer Term 1 Week 5
You should have received a log in to Purple Mash. We are also using this it school. This week we used it in science to draw our bodies and then read the labels to drag and drop in the right place.
Can you have a go at home?
Summer Term 1 - Week 4
This week we are been thinking about the different purposes of the technology around us and exploring how to get various items to work. Can you help put on the washing machine? Do you know how to use the phone in an emergency? Can you write a list of the technological items you have in your house and bring it to school?
Summer Term 1 Week 4
We had some helpful visitors from Moorhen and Swallow this week. They helped us to play some maths games and were impressed by our careful counting skills and turn taking. What games do you like to play at home? Are you good at showing the values of respect and friendship whilst playing?
Summer Term Week 3 and 4
We have been learning about collages. Take look at how we applied this learning in these photos. Ifyou would like to learn about collage you can watch this clip about a landscape collage https://www.bbc.com/teach/class-clips-video/art-and-design-ks1-ks2-creating-a-collage-landscape/zfrfbdm or this clip about a bid collage https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0115lyg
If you make a collage at home we would love to celebrate this at school.
Summer Term 1 Week 3
This week we are continuing out work with the story The Enormous Turnip by story mapping, story stepping and story writing - Can you tell the story to someone at home?
In art we are learning about collages and using small pieces of paper to make a larger piece of art. You could do this at home by cutting out things from catalogues, food packaging, different coloured wrapping paper or magazines (as well as different coloured paper). I would love to read a proud cloud about how safely and carefully you have been with scissors - if you would like to borrow a child size pair please do ask.
In technology we have been talking about what different technology we can find in school - Can you make a list of technology you use at home?
In PSHE we are continuing to think about what change is. Last week we enjoyed looking at some baby photos and guessing who they were - feel free to send one in if you haven't done so yet. We talked about changes such as new babies, starting school and moving house. Next we will we thinking about how change or loss can feel for example if we lost our favourite toy.
In maths we will be learning about 3D shapes. In particular spheres, cubes, cuboids, pyramids and cones. Can you be a shape detective at home?
The Enormous Turnip
Summer Term 1 Week 2
This week we are taking inspiration from the story The Enormous Turnip. We have been developing our use of words linked to size, weight and length in maths by looking at different size seeds, different height plants and different weight animals. Can you find something long, short, tall, short, heavy and light at home? Can you order your family by height? Can you describe how heavy your school bag is?
We have been walking about what plants need to survive in science and are helping Miss Horne to look after the plants in our classroom - she keeps forgetting to water them and has been leaving them in funny places so we have been explain to her why the plants aren't going to survive! Do you have any plants at home you could look after?
In music we have been using the William Vaughn music Lark Ascending - why not share this performance of the piece at home and discuss what you like and don't like about it:
In PSHE we are thinking about what change is. This is linked to changes in living memory such as new babies, starting school, moving house and leads on to start thinking about moving class. What changes have you experienced as a family? We would love to share photos of how the children have changed as they have grown - fee free to send in a baby or 3 year old picture for us to see if we can work out who it is!
Summer Term 1 Week 1
Welcome back to the summer term!
This week we have been learning about different plants and their life cycles as well as thinking about life cycles of some creatures that are springing into action with the improved weather.
In PE we are now learning about what it means to be a gymnast by travelling, balancing, jumping and landing - can you have a go at this in the park over the next few weeks?
Is PSHE we were talking about all the things we are good at and what we would like to get better at - we shared the story of Giraffes Can't Dance to think about this - we would love some proud clouds about what you have noticed your child has become better at to share at school.
Time words were the order of the day in Maths this week - we have been thinking about using the words next, then, finally, after that etc. to retell things that have happened whilst also using the past, present and future tense. You could work on this together by asking the children to tell you about something they do regularly and encouraging.the use of correct tenses.
In handwriting we have been working on Curly Caterpillar letters with a focus on a and d.
READY, STEADY, GROW!
We are going to be busy 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. During this term we will also be coming up with a plan for a farmer and his enormous turnip as well as reading and writing non-fiction. If you have any seeds, bulbs or plants you are willing to donate for us to use please speak to a member of the team.
Spring Term 2 Week 4
WOW the Herons have been poetry performers and poetry writers this week. In the World Poetry Day assembly they got up in front of the whole school and shared two poems they had learnt - 'I have 10 fingers' and 'Mix a pancake' why not see if they can do you a poetry recital at home?
We also took inspiration from a John Foster poem called Zoo Dream to write our own nonsense animal poems.
Take a look at these poems to celebrate at home:
Thank you for supporting us to raise money for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. During the day we learnt about what our money might be spent on by the charity as well as using Red Noses in our learning!
Spring Term 2 Week 3
This week we have been using the story of The Little Red Hen in our learning. We have learnt to tell the story using storytelling actions and have made story maps to help us remember the story. We then had a go telling the story using time connectives such as first, next, then, finally, when and after. I wonder if you can tell someone the story at home?
In maths we have been using money to work out totals by counting out, counting all and even tried some tricky counting on. We also used this week to identify different coins - why not see what coins you can find at home?
In PSHE we have been thinking about how feelings can be hurt and what we need to do if we hurt someone's feelings or if we have hurt feelings. We were shocked when Miss Horne snatched something from someone but by listening we found out what had happened and helped her and the other person to resolve the problem with 'Peaceful Problem Solving'!
In handwriting we have moved on to Curly Caterpillar letters starting out with c and a. You could have a go working on these at home.
Thank you for helping to organise World Book Day costumes, we enjoyed hearing about every bodies books. We also had a story from a ‘Mystery Reader, did lots of story related exploring and listened to lots of books throughout the day.
Spring Term 2 Week 2
How do you like your pancakes?
This week in RE we are learning about Shrove Tuesday and in English we are learning the Christina Rossetti Poem 'Mix a Pancake' and finding out about Mr Wolf and his pancakes. We have been using these texts to think about instructions words linked to cooking such as mix, stir, chop, fry, measure and pour. Can you help with some cooking at home and have a go using these words? You could also teach someone the poem we are learning.
In Phonics this week we are working on consonant digraphs. This is when two letters make one sound like qu in quiz, th in thin, sh in shop, ch in chip and ng in ring.
In Maths we are thinking about paying vocabulary and careful counting for paying.
Mix a pancake
Stir a pancake
Pop it in a pan
Fry a pancake
Toss a pancake
Catch it if you can!
Spring Term 2 Week 1
This term we are thinking about food and growing. We have started off by making fruit salad and learning about why we wash our hands and how to be safe with knives. We then learned that describing words are called adjectives and had a go coming up with adjectives to describe some of the fruit we tried. Can you describe the food you have for dinner using adjectives?
In PSHE we are thinking about 'feelings' this term and have started off by describing how peoples face tell us they might be feeling. We came up with lots of good emotion words including sad, happy, excited, surprised, angry, cross, frustrated, proud, scared, nervous, worried, cheerful, relaxed and lonely. Can you describe how the characters are feeling in the next book you read?
In Collective Worship we have been starting to think about our new value of Forgiveness and will be thinking about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday next week. Linked in with this and our topic in RE we will be thinking about the foods different people use to celebrate.
The BBC have produced an interesting read and clip about 'What Children Learn through Cooking'
Spring Term Week 4
Looking for inspiration for the snowy weekend ahead?
Why not have a go at some of these once you have had some fun in the snow?
We'd love to see pictures of how you spend your weekend - feel free to email them in for your Special Book.
Don't forget to wrap up warm and stay safe
Spring 1 Week 3
This week we are continuing to use the story Whatever Next in our learning. We have been retelling the story using time connectives such as
See if you can use some of these words to tell a story to someone at home using pictures.
In handwriting we have been working on long-legged giraffe letters like this:
You could have a go working on these at home.
In PSHE we have been talking about what we are responsible for. What are you responsible for at home? What are your grown-ups responsible for?
We have also been thinking about 'becoming the best we can be' Can you tell someone what your are becoming the best you can be at using our learning this week?
Spring Term 1
This term our school value is love take a look at some of the things we have been using to think about love. We have been talking about who we love, who loves us, God's love, how to show love and thinning about the bible passage:
'Let everything that you do be done in love.'
This week we have been reading books about the moon. We read Men on the Moon and found out that the first man on the moon was an American and that there is a flag on the moon. We also learnt that the first rocket that he went in was called Saturn 5. We found out that the astronauts collected rocks, ash and soil to bring back to Earth. Do you know any space facts?
We have also been using the story Whatever Next in our learning. We had a think about what Baby Bear packed and what we would pack if we went to the Moon. Take a look at some of our writing on the Whatever Next display in the classroom we have been using super sounding out.
In RE we had a think about what things are special to us and what things are special to Christians. We learnt about the Bible, prayers, candles, crosses and church. What is special to you?
In Maths we have continued to think about counting back from a given number. See if you can teach someone the song Alice the Camel or 10 Green Bottles.
In computing we have been learning to use the computer software 2Simple2Paint:
We are excited to have Rugby Tots in school this term. The Herons will get to have a go on Tuesday mornings. Our first session this week went very well and we enjoyed learning lots of new skills.
Please can you ensure that your child has a named P.E. kit with them. When the weather allows we will be outside for Rugby Tots so please feel free to send something warm in addition to your child's PE kit e.g. jogging bottoms and a jumper.
We have enjoyed working with Rugby Tots in the past and the children who have had coaching in previous years have joined in with much enthusiasm!
Spring Term - Week 1
Happy New Year! It has been lovely to be greeted by so many smiley happy children who are excited to be starting a new year and a new term this week. We have been focusing on our new value of Love this week. We have been thinking about who we love and why we love them. Take a look at our explanations of this on the display by the office. We have also been thinking about what we would like to become the best we can be at over the next few weeks. We wrote down our ideas using super sounding out and fabulous finger spaces.
We have been learning how to form Long-legged giraffe letters in handwriting starting with tall straight 'l' and 'i' with a small dot on. Why not have a go with this at home.
In Maths we learnt what a tens frame is and started to learn to count backwards from 20.
We were also excited to learn that our new topic is 'Up, up and away!' and have already come up with lots of ideas about what we would like to learn about.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 6 and 7
Christmas celebrations have started in Heron Class. The classroom is starting to look festive and the children have been talking more about how we celebrate special occasions. We have been thinking about why Christians celebrate using Nativities. We have shared the Nativity story and used crib scenes to find about about the people in the story and what they all did. You may also have had a sneaky preview of some of the songs we have been learning ready for our nativity performance! You are in for a real treat as we celebrate this part of Christmas together.
We have also been learning about Advent and have been enjoying opening a new book every day as we count down to the end of term. In phonics we have been working on blending (reading words) and segmenting (pulling words apart to spell them) and have been working hard on recognising letter sounds.
In PSHE we have been learning lots of new words to describe how we feel as sad and happy don't always explain how we are feeling. The Herons wowed the grown-ups by using words like:
cheerful, grumpy, miserable, upset, excited, worried, confused, joyful, pleased, jolly.
See if you can encourage different words to describe how someone is feeling when you read a bedtime story.
Autumn Term - 19th November 2018
We will be thinking about what it means to be safe on the road and pavement this week.
We have already talked about holding hands when walking, walking on the pavement, wearing helmets when scooting, wearing a seatbelt in the car and using pedestrian crossings where possible. See if you can explain to a grown up:
Stop Look Listen Think
Friday 16th November 2018
Thank you to everyone for their support with Do Your Thing is for this year’s theme for Children in Need. It’s been great to celebrate everyone’s ‘thing’ so thank you to everyone for embracing the event and for your donations to this charity. We will let you know how much we raised once we’ve finished counting up all your contributions! We celebrated the day in Heron Class by making Pudsey puppets, colouring and painting Pudsey and thinking about what makes us special and unique.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 3
It’s been Anti-Bullying Week. We launched this with a ‘Friendship Friday’ event last week during which it was lovely to hear the children praising their friends for showing our school values and nominating each other for friendship ribbons. In worship on Monday, we talked about this year’s theme, ‘Choose Respect’ and during the week we have done lots of activities to think more about what it means to make a choice and how we treat other people. We talked about our value of Respect and how it’s right to celebrate people being different.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 2
This week we have been thinking about celebrations and in particular what Diwali is and how it is celebrated. We made Diva Lamps, made up some firework dances and practised our handwriting pattern whilst drawing fireworks.
Autumn Term 2 - Week 1
It has been lovely to catch up with the children today after a week off. It has been great to see them settle back into school life so smoothly!
This term we are starting off my finding out about weather and have already been busy surveying to find out which weather people enjoy the most. If you have any books or activities at home to do with weather feel free to share this with Miss Horne or Mrs Parry.
In phonics this week we will be looking at these sounds:
We use Jolly Phonics actions to teach the sounds. If you would like to hear how we say the sounds we recommend taking a look at Oxford Owl https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/reading-at-home/phonics-made-easy/ should you wish to find out more please let one of the Heron grown-ups know.
In handwriting we are looking at joining straight lines and in maths we are thinking about using counting to measure.
This week we joined with the rest of the school to celebrate HARTvest. We tried out lots of new art techniques to produce harvest related art. We also learnt some new harvest songs and performed them in our harvest celebration.
Autumn Term 1 Week 6
This week we have been thinking a bit more about shapes and have been learning to describe them. We used resources to make shape enclosures for the animals and drew shape houses for people. We have been talking about sides, corners and is shapes are curved or not. Can you make some shapes out of things in your house? Maybe lego or paint or sticks or playdough.
In phonics we have been investigating the letters s and t and finding things that start with those letters as well as practising oral blending. This is when we put together sounds to work out the words. For example we played Touch your….l-e-g…..h-air….f-oo-t….t-u-mm-y. Can you sound out parts of your body at home?
In handwriting we have been working on forming waves like these:
Autumn Term 1 Week 5
This week we have been thinking a bit more about sounds. The Herons impressed Miss Horne with their impeccable behaviour travelling around the school and the school grounds on a listening walk. We shut our eyes at various stops along the way to see what we could hear. You could go on a listening walk with your family – we’d love to hear about what you heard.
We have also been thinking about initial sounds that words begin with and had a go writing about the places in the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt.’ The Herons also made their own collaged story maps and then told a grown up what they could remember in the story. Can you try telling the story at home? If you would like to see your child’s story map feel free to pop into the classroom.
In maths we went on a shape hunt and have been getting to grips with the difference between a square and a rectangle which became tricky when someone mentioned the word diamond. You could go on a shape hunt at home.
Autumn Term 1 Week 5
We were very lucky to have some special visitors this week. We invited our Grandparents in to mark Grandparents' day. The Herons enjoyed showing their visitors around and exploring this weeks activities and then we shared snacks, drinks and stories in the hall.
It was lovely to read such lovely comments on the feedback forms.
Thank you very much for coming.
If there was anyone who was unable to visit but would like to pop in please speak to Miss Horne.
Autumn 1 - Week 5
This week we are using the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt with our learning. We have started off by story mapping and story stepping the story all together. We have been learning the repeated language to help us be super storytellers. We will be making our own story maps to help us tell the story by ourselves. If any of the Heron grown-ups want to see our class story map feel free to pop in - it's on the windows by Miss Horne's chair.
Autumn Term 1 - Week 4
This week we have been learning about the three rights we have in school. Miss King came to Collective Worship to talk to us about staying safe which is one of our three rights. We had lots of ideas about how to stay safe. At home you could talk about how you stay safe when you aren't at school.
In Penpals we have been working on holding our pen or pencil with 'snappy' fingers and making them strong by doing lots of fiddly jobs around the classroom. Until we have made our hands and fingers strong it makes it really tricky to hold a pencil for more than a few marks. Why not have a go at home at threading, picking up coins, creating with hamma beads or working with playdough to make your fingers strong. We were also working on drawing straight times starting at the top left of the paper.
In phonics we have been tuning into sounds around us and thinking about sounds that are at the beginning of our names and other words. We used the game 'I spy' to think about initial sounds of words and then had a go sorting objects to match others with the same initial sound - take a look at how we got on. You could have a go at I spy at home to get even better at this skill.
26 September 2018
Today we marked National Fitness Day.
We took part in 10@10 where the whole school did 10 minutes of fitness at 10am - we tried to keep up with Miss Horne as we whizzed around the field at top speed
We also thought about ways we keep our bodies fit and healthy. We talked about healthy eating choices, how we look after our bodies and what types of exercise we do.
For further guidelines from the NHS visit:
For helpful hints and tips to supporting your child's development take look at the 'Change 4 life' website:
Autumn Term 1 - Week 3
Another fantastic week in Heron Class. This week we have continued our learning inspired by animals and have been reading stories with animals in. We thought that the books Oi Cat!, Oi Dog! and Oi Frog! were very funny and spent time looking for all the rhymes that we could find. Do you now any stories with rhymes in?
This week we have also started handwriting. We use the Penpals scheme which starts by looking at different types of lines and shapes that you need when you are handwriting. This week our focus was dots so the classroom has been dottastic - dot painting, dot hunting, dot drawing - you name it we dotted it!
We have also been having a go listening to and following instructions. To do this we used the app doodle pad on the ipad to create some animal pictures take a look at our efforts:
Autumn Term 1 Week 2
This week we have been using the books of Eric Carle to inspire our learning. We have discovered lots of new animals like buffalo, sloths and peacocks as well as think about those that we are already familiar with. We have been working on following instructions to paint and draw animals as well as using colour and shape language to describe animals. Our art work will be up in the classroom soon feel free to pop in to take a look. In the meantime take a look at these fantastic flamingos!
We have also been working on cooperating and collaborating in our play. These children have been demonstrating these characteristics of learning in their exploring time.
Autumn Term 1 - Week 1
We have been exploring our new classroom this week and getting stuck in with discovering where everything is as well as making lots of new friends. It didn't take long to find the garden or all the lovely activities that we could do during the day. Miss Horne and Mrs Parry have been impressed with how engaged everyone is and how brilliant they all are already with tidying up! We are looking forward to a busy year of happy Herons and lovely learning.