Welcome to the Reindeer Page!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Hello and welcome back to school. I hope you all had a lovely break over Christmas and your children feel refreshed and ready to start the new school term. They all made an excellent start last term, trying hard to learn and follow the ‘golden rules’ and routines of the classroom and making new friends. As a result, they have all settled into school life very well.
Our topic this term is ‘Polar Regions’ and our role-play area has been transformed to support this. It is now a polar explorer’s camp & research centre. We also have a zoo café in class. Role-play helps to develop many different areas of learning in the Early Years, for example, communication and language, speaking and listening, reading, writing, maths and creativity and the children really enjoy spending time in these areas. Before the holiday, you received information about this term’s learning in the form of a knowledge organiser. I hope you’ve had opportunity to talk about this with your child. Please click HERE for a further copy if you need it.
P.E will still take place on a Monday morning. Please ensure that all items of your child’s school uniform and P.E kit are clearly labelled with their name. Outdoor plimsolls will not be necessary again this term.
We will also be consolidating and building upon the phonic and number work we did in the autumn term. The children have made a great start with their reading and are now very familiar with the Oxford Reading tree characters, Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. Please continue all the valuable work you do at home, reading and sharing books together, it really does make all the difference to their learning and they are really enthusiastic to show off their reading and storytelling skills with us in school. Your child will continue to read with an adult in school at least once a week this term. Please ensure your child has their reading books and diary with them every day as there is no set day that this will happen.
We will continue with regular baking in class and please send in the annual contribution of £3 if you have not already done so. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and have a chat with myself or a member of the Foundation Stage team – our door is always open!
Dani Pallier and the EYFS team
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
You are able to access your child's Tapestry online learning journal by clicking on the image above. For further login details please click here.
How To Keep Safe Online
Even the very youngest in the school use the Internet, both at school and at home, so it’s important they know how to keep safe when doing so. On Safer Internet day, we read and talked about ‘Digiduck’s Big Decision’ and they drew some lovely pictures of the important things they remembered. We're proud to say that after sharing the drawings on Twitter, the author of Digiduck - Lindsay Buck - replied to say how much she liked them too!
You can read the ebook, Digiduck’s Big Decision, by clicking HERE.
As part of our topic on the Polar Regions, the children have been learning about reindeer and have created some super information sheets and wonderful paintings. They selected and blended their colours, using a finger to paint the reindeer before adding more detail. You can see some fabulous examples below.
Chinese New Year
We had lots of fun celebrating the Chinese New Year. The children had the opportunity to try Chinese food using chopsticks; write Chinese letters on fans as well as paint and make some wonderful dragons!
We Love Maths!
The children are really enjoying learning about Maths! They love finding out how much things weigh, sorting coins and then adding them together to buy the shopping!
The children certainly enjoyed their first Christmas at Belmont! I was so proud of them all when they took part in our Christmas production of the Nativity. On the last day of term, they loved taking part in the Christingle and then having their party in the classroom. It was so exciting when Santa came in and gave the class a present! Later, we joined with the rest of the school to take part in the Christmas singalong. They sang and danced so well in front of the large audience.
Fun With Rev Sam!
We had a wonderful time when Rev Sam from the Church of the Ascension visited our classroom. She shared the story of the Nativity and the children thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas crafts.
The Little Red Hen
We have really enjoyed the story of the Little Red Hen this term and had a fun time baking our own bread just like the hen did.
An Exciting Afternoon!
The children were so excited to see a fire engine parked on their playground and loved the opportunity to take a closer look! it was great fun using the hose!
Yummy Fruit Kebabs!
We have been learning about repeated patterns in Maths, and used our knowledge to create some very yummy fruit kebabs!
The Rainbow Fish
We have been reading the wonderful book, 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister. It tells the story of a fish with shiny, multi-coloured scales who finds himself without any friends. We really enjoyed talking about the fish, how he felt and how he learnt to share. The children made some super Rainbow Fish of their own too!
All About Me Topic
We have made a great start to the term with our work on 'All About Me'. The children have created some wonderful self portraits.
I'm very pleased with the way the children are settling into school. Learning and playing together so well. We are going to have a great year!
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