‘Born in a Barn’ Bonanza!

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What a wonderful finale to a busy Christmas term! The children have all worked exceptionally hard; learning lines, songs and dances. They have impressed us all with their performance and star quality! Our show certainly dazzled and shone with plenty of gold medallions and neon glowing halos. We could have given every child a halo for their outstanding efforts individually. We are sure that you enjoyed it as much as we did too!

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Reception have completed our Space topic and I wonder how many of the children are now aspiring astronauts?

In Year 1 we are now expert puppet-makers, having completed finger, hand and sock puppets. We have had great fun writing scripts for our puppet shows and performing them to be recorded on iPads.

In Year 2 we finished learning how to write a set of instructions effectively. The highlight of our learning was writing instructions for how to make jelly, making it and then finally eating it! Wobble wobble!

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Miss A, Mrs T and Miss P.

 

 

 

 

Reception’s bedtime story evening

The highlight of the week was our fabulous bedtime story evening on Wednesday. Reception were thrilled to be coming back to school in the dark wearing their pyjamas and they seemed to be even more excited by the fact that the teachers were also wearing them!

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We split into small groups to go and listen to some lovely stories in cosy dens set up around the school, with blankets and duvets to snuggle up in. After a few stories we shared biscuits and chocolate milk before all the children were given a brand new toothbrush to go and brush their teeth! Then it was home time, with a final treat of a new book for everyone to take home, what a wonderful evening. To quote one of the Reception children, “This is the best school ever!”

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We have also had great fun this week learning about astronauts, walking on the moon and some of the other planets in our solar system. We made textured moon pictures using a mixture of paint and flour, adding crater shapes with bottle tops. And the foam shapes were quickly turned into all kinds of spaceships and rockets ready to blast off into space.

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Whizz, pop, bang!

This week we were inspired by bonfire night, and had lots of fun, making firework pictures, sorting and counting firework pom poms and making our toilet roll rockets!

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We also had a very special lesson this week, thinking about kindness. We talked about giving and receiving gifts and how it makes us feel. The children were extremely perceptive and thought about things they could do or give that didn’t cost any money, “We can be kind and help people” they suggested. We then decided to make some Autumn wreaths to give to someone as a gift.

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On Friday we had a lovely treat in the morning with a visit from a theatre company who taught us about the history of pantomimes. They gave us a little hint of the sort of fun and entertainment we will experience this Christmas when we go and see Sleeping Beauty. The children absolutely loved joining in with the cheers and boos and singing along with the songs. We can’t wait for our trip on the last day of term!

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Space and Light

Welcome back after the half term break. We have has a super first week back. This term our learning will be based around the topic ‘Space and Light’. Our role play area has become the Reception class space station and already many of our budding astronauts have been jetting off into space on treacherous missions!

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This week we learned about the Hindu festival of light, ‘Diwali’. The children loved hearing and retelling the story of Rama and Sita, designing their own rangoli pattern and making their own paper plate diva lamp.

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We also embraced the weather with lots of lovely autumn activities, hunting for autumn leaves, stamping autumn tree paintings and going on an autumn treasure hunt.

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Veggies Assemble

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Our week began with an excited frenzy of various vegetable superheroes arriving in class, as the children proudly brought in their homework project of a homemade hero! It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to stand up and talk about what they made and what special powers their super-vegetable had!

As the mystery of missing ‘Supertato’ continued, we designed and built traps to try and catch the evil peas, we untangled tied up super-veggies and even picked the peas out of jelly using tweezers. “They need to go straight back in the freezer!” One child aptly commented!

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This week in literacy we wrote cards to Supertato, drew and labeled our favorite superhero’s and of course continued with our phonics challenges. In Maths we were sorting vegetables into groups, counting them carefully and comparing which group had more and less.

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I hope everyone has a wonder half term break and the children get a well deserved rest, happy holidays!

Superheroes arrive in Reception

What a busy week we have had in Reception! On Monday we finished our ‘People who help us’ topic with a visit from Inspector Toby from the Metropolitan Police. I have never heard the class so quiet when he walked in dressed in his uniform! He talked to us all about his job and helped us with ways we can stay safe. He even gave us a little quiz at the end to see how much we could remember, giving prizes to the right answers. I also had a bit of a surprise when he told me I was going to be dressed up as an officer in full riot protection gear, complete with helmet, leg and arm shields and my favourite part, a shield! The children had a fantastic afternoon and loved learning all about being a police officer.1725 337 348 350

The next surprise of the week came on Tuesday morning when the children arrived to see that our vet role play area had become a Superhero den! Everyone has delighted in dressing up in the capes and masks and flying off the rescue many people in need of a hero!

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The story our learning was based around this week was ‘Supertato’ where an evil pea escapes from the freezer and causes havoc amongst the other vegetables. In their words the children thought the book was “The bestiest ever!” We have made ‘Supertato’ books and puppets, and even measured a range of vegetables to see which was the longest and shortest.

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Stay tuned to see what sort of havoc the evil peas may be causing next week as I have a feeling there may be an escapee on the loose!

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This week we have had a great time learning about police officers. We made our own police badges and cars, and talked about all the important jobs that police officers do. Reception came up with some brilliant ideas about how to stay safe when out and about. The children’s favourite story that we read this week was ‘Burglar Bill’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I have never seen a class so silent and excited as we turned the page to find out what was in the big brown box that Burglar Bill had stolen! They then made some fabulous wanted posters of Bill and Betty to help the police catch them.

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We also met a new, and already much loved, character this week in Reception as we started our phonics, Ted the turtle! The children loved joining in with all the handwriting phrases and many were keen to complete ‘Ted’s phonics challenge’ each time we learnt a new letter and sound.

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I’m sure some of you have already spotted that the new Reception class photos were printed in this week’s Sevenoaks Chronicle, so if you want a memento then have a look in this week’s edition.

Reception’s Veterinary Surgery

This week in Reception our learning was based around vets and pets! Our role play area was more popular than ever. The children were inundated with furry and feathery patients all of which were taken great care of. It was lovely to see so many children showing their caring nature, carefully bandaging up pretend injuries.

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We read a fantastic book this week that linked perfectly with our topic called, ‘A pet for Mrs.Arbuckle’. Mrs.Arbuckle travels around the world interviewing various animals in search for an ideal pet. We then had some wonderful discussions in class about what sort of animal the children thought would make a good pet. Many children opted for cats, dogs and rabbits but the most unusual choice was an elephant! The children displayed their creative skills, designing and crafting pet stick puppets. and making animal books.

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This week we also had our first afternoon with the i-pads, all the children enjoyed a turn exploring one of our phonics apps which was great fun. Well done for another great week, have a lovely weekend!

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Everyone say “Cheese!”

This week was another busy week full of new experiences for Reception. The children were thrilled to meet lemon and lime, our Reception guinea pigs, that returned from their summer holiday! I had many volunteers offering to help change their water and feed them our leftover fruit and lots of fresh dandelion leaves.

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I have been so impressed with so many Reception children coming into the classroom in the mornings on their own. They are quickly getting used to the morning routine, becoming more independent unpacking their bags and water bottles. We have also had great fun this week discovering the dressing up clothes, stamping numbers on the maths table and using cotton buds to practise out letters on colourful, squidgy paint pouches.

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As we have been learning about dentists this week we talked about which foods and drinks were good for our teeth and which things we need to not have so often. The children loved sorting the pictures into piles and talking about their experiences at the dentists! We also had to practice our best smiles when we were visited by a photographer from the Chronicle. He took a photo of the class which we hope will be printed soon in the local paper introducing all the Reception classes from local schools, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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