We hope that you had an enjoyable half term break. We are glad to have the children back who are all ready for more learning. Our topic this term is 'Are carrots orange?', during which we'll be learning about different types of food as well as reading food related stories. In our classroom and outdoors there will be a cafe and shop as part of our role play areas. In maths we will start to measure length and height and learn about 2D and 3D shapes. We will also start to learn about money through our role play areas and we will continue to count as always. The children will start preparing for their first nativity which will be filmed this year as we can't invite you in. There will be opportunities for lots of other Christmas related activities so the children can still enjoy this special time of year.
Well done to all of our new reception class children at Stratton C of E Primary school. They have made a great start to their time at school and have been having great fun, getting to know the other children and adults and exploring their new classroom and outdoors area.
In reception class we do lots of learning through play and hands on experiences. We follow the curriculum as set out by the government covering the three Prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) and Physical Development (PD), and the Specific areas of learning: Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts & Design (EAD). All areas of learning are important at this stage and the planning and activities are based around this.
Each term we have a topic which we also use to plan activities and learning around. Our first topic for the year is called
'Do you want to be friends?'
Through this topic we will be learning about each other, making new friends, getting used to our new environment and how to look after it. Learning how to share, be helpful and to be kind to one another. We will be thinking about what is the same about us and what is different and what makes us each special. We will share lots of stories and rhymes, learn how to recognise and write our names and begin to count and recognise numerals and shapes in our enviroment. We will also be following the children's interests and allowing them to explore areas they are interested in.
We look forward to an exciting year for you and your child and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Miss McEwan, Mrs Smith, Ms Tindal and Miss Hanks
The children have been enjoying joining in with harvest activities and learning about how Christians celebrate the harvest festival.
Reverend David led an assembly about sharing and being thankful. We made a web of praise, wrote harvest thank you prayers and wrote a class poem. We read a bible story about the man who said thank you and then made our own characters to help us to remember and retell the story. We have also been talking about where our food comes from, what it needs to grow and how some foods are changed. eg Grapes into raisins and corn into flour. Here are a few pictures from our Harvest activities.