Welcome to the Reindeer Page!
Hello and welcome to Reception. We are looking forward to this new school year and hope that your children are excited and ready to begin their school life with us here at Belmont.
For the first few weeks the children will be learning the routines and ‘golden rules’ of the classroom. They will be settling in, making lots of new friends and discovering what they can do in all the different areas of the classroom. They will also have lots of opportunities to explore our outdoor area. To enable the children to gain maximum benefit from this area, even in wet weather, we recommend that they bring in a pair of named wellington boots that can be left at school and used if needed.
Our topic this half term is ‘All About Me’. Please see the Knowledge Organiser (click HERE) which outlines the essential knowledge that we will be covering during this first term, including key vocabulary, definitions, and other information. Please feel free to use this as a reference guide for what your child is learning, and also, as an opportunity to discuss the facts about the topic with your child and find out as much as you can about it. Any knowledge that your child acquires before a topic is taught in class will help them to deepen their understanding in lessons. The children will be talking about themselves and their families. They will be finding out what their bodies can do and what they can do to keep healthy.
P.E will take place on a Monday morning. The children will be encouraged to dress for this independently. To help avoid mix-ups and prevent items going missing, please ensure that all items of your child’s school uniform and P.E kit are clearly labelled with their name. P.E will take place in the hall this term and so outdoor plimsolls will not be necessary.
We hope to begin regular baking in class and are asking for a contribution of £3 for the whole year. This contribution is voluntary but if we do not receive enough we may have to cancel plans to bake.
I look forward to meeting you all at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. This will be held tomorrow on Tuesday 10th September at 3.15pm for about 10 minutes. Your children will be looked after during this meeting in a nearby classroom.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and have a chat with myself or Miss Young at the start or end of the school day.
Dani Pallier and Natalie Young
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
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2018 - 2019
Everyone had an exciting trip to Sacrewell Farm, it was a lovely day and we enjoyed feeding and handling the animals and learnt a lot about them. Thank you to parents/grandparents that came along to help us on this visit.
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
Learning About Eggs!
We have enjoyed our learning this term all about eggs! We have learnt about growing, changing life cycles, animals that hatch eggs and have had the chance to watch caterpillars store energy and transform into chrysalids. They aren’t quite ready to emerge as butterflies just yet but we will be keeping an eye on them over half term and will report back to our young scientists.
We are really enjoying developing our literacy work by retelling traditional tales. The children have invented their own versions of Three Billy Goats Gruff, using the setting of our topic this term, the Antarctic, and drawn some wonderful story maps.
We’re really enjoying our topic on the Antarctic and learning about penguins! As you can see, the children have produced information sheets as well as making and using their own printing blocks to create some super art work.
Tree Planting With Taruca
We had a great time with the children in Taruca Class planting British trees and bulbs donated by the Woodland Trust. It was wonderful to see how well our senior class worked with our youngest. There are more photos in the Gallery.
Strange Footprints Found In The Classroom!
We were very surprised to find huge white footprints on the classroom carpet when we came into school! Who did they belong to? What did our secret visitor look like? Could we find whoever it was? The children measured the footprints to see how big they were and found lots of clues to make a map of where the visitor had been. After much thought we decided it might be a Troll! What an exciting day!
Singing At Christmas
Following the Christmas parties held on the last day of term, the whole school gathered in the Hall for a Christmas sing-a-long! I was very proud of everyone in the class as they performed their Christmas song!
We have been learning how to draw story maps to create our own stories. You can see a super example below.
The children in Reindeer Class took part in our Remembrance Service in November. They made poppies which were placed on the school railings and listened very carefully throughout the service.
We loved taking part in our Autumn Day this term. We learned about the signs of Autumn and about what different animals like hedgehogs do in the Autumn. We all wore Autumn colours and enjoyed getting creative. In the afternoon we planted lots of bulbs ready for Spring.
The children needed to use a number of skills to make these great face collages.
We have collected words to describe our families and have painted some super portraits!
Our Class Display
The children are settling well into their first term at Belmont and one of our first tasks has been to create a display to represent our class name, Reindeer.
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