Welcome to Reception!
The class teachers in Reception this year are Mrs Slater and Mrs Crook. If you have anything you need to discuss with a member of the team, please arrange a time to come and meet with one of us.
Parents play an essential part in their child's development and we welcome them into the school to help with reading or other classroom activities that they would like to take part in.
Our topics for this year are:
Autumn 1: Do you want to be friends?
Autumn 2: Are we there yet?
Spring 1: Why do zebras have stripes?
Spring 2: Will you read me a story?
Summer 1: Why are carrots orange?
Summer 2: Why do ladybirds have spots?
We will cover each topic through a mixture of teacher-led whole class learning, small group or 1:1 teacher-led activities and continuous provision related to the topic that allows the children to learn more through independent group or individual play. On top of this there will be daily phonics sessions, a weekly music session with Mrs de Salis and two PE sessions a week (on Mondays and Thursdays for this term). Children are to come to school in tracksuit bottoms or leggings and trainers on PE days. These can also be worn on other days.
We conclude most topics where possible with an 'Express'. Parents are invited in to the classroom so that the children can share with them some of the things that they have learnt during their topic.
If you haven't already done so, have a look at our curriculum map for more detail of what this topic covers and also the home learning challenges.
As we move through the term, we will update the page with photos and highlights from the topic.
Summer Term 2 - Why do ladybirds have spots?
Our topic for next term is ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?‘ This topic is all about minibeasts and their habitats; from those that we can find in our garden to the more unusual bugs found around the world. We will look at similarities and differences between these bugs as well as looking at what they eat and how this might help us. We have given you an overview of the topic and the subjects we hope to cover, but as ever, we will follow the children’s lead and go where their interests take us and so we may end up taking the topic in another direction.
To launch our topic we will be going on a school trip to the Braywick Nature Centre on Tuesday 5th June. We will also aim to visit Forest School again during this term.
And here's some pictures from our trip. The children loved it and were fascinated by the myriad of different minibeasts that we found in the pond and meadow.
Trip to Wisley
On Monday 30th April, we headed off on a rather wild, wet day to Wisley Gardens to learn all about plants that you can eat. After an eventful journey there, we started our visit with a look around the glasshouse, finding out about plants that grow in different climates.
After lunch we found out about different parts of a plant that we can eat and the children all planted their own pea plant.
We then headed intot the gardens to look around the vegetable, fruit and herbs gardens - identifying the different vegetables growing;finding out about the 750+ types of apple grown at Wisley and rubbing and smelling herbs to find our favourite!
As we returned to the learning centre via the rock garden, admiring the mini waterfalls, we felt blessed that the weather was not quite as bad as forecast! The children behaved brilliantly and enjoyed playing 'I spy' and 'Guess what I am' during the coach journeys.
Summer Term 1 - Why are carrot orange?
This topic is all about food; from how it is grown to the many ways we can prepare it and eat it and why healthy eating is so important. We have given you an overview of the topic and the subjects we hope to cover, but as ever, we will follow the children’s lead and go where their interests take us and so we may end up taking the topic in another direction.
In preparation for this topic, if you get the chance to go to the greengrocers in Bourne End or the market in Maidenhead, it would be great if the children could choose a few pieces of fruit or vegetables to buy for themselves and then to bring in to school at the start of the new term.
As part of this topic we hope to do a few cooking sessions so if you are able to help with these please let us know. If you have anything food related that you would like to share with us, whether it is something you have grown at home or a particular knowledge of the food industry, we would love to have you in to share your skills and experiences with the children.
Some new home learning challenges have also been set to give you an opportunity to engage with your child’s learning and for them to share with you what they know.
Forest School Trip - Monday 26th March
We were so lucky with the weather today and had a fantastic morning at Forest School. The children were full of energy and enthusiasm. I'm told the bits that they liked best were bug hunting, making a fairy house, building a den and hunting for Easter eggs. here are a few pictures from the trip.
Spring Term 2 - Will you read me a story?
This topic will take the children on a journey into the magical world of stories. They will learn about different characters – goodies and baddies, magic, fantasy, homes and castles. Their imagination will lead the way and hopefully everyone will be inspired to tell and write some of their own stories.
Spring Term 1 - Why do zebras have stripes?
Our topic for next term is ‘Why do zebras have stripes?’- a journey into Africa to learn a bit about the geography, culture and wildlife of the continent. We have given you an overview of the topic and the subjects we hope to cover, but as ever, we will follow the children’s lead and go where their interests take us and so we may end up taking the topic in another direction.
We will launch our new topic with an African Drumming Workshop on Friday 5th January. The children will all get the chance to play a drum and we hope to put together a little performance, which I will endeavour to video and put onto our class page on the website.
If you have any resources at home ( perhaps from your own travels), such as masks, animal print or traditional African print material or safari pictures, that you would be happy to share with us we would be very grateful.
Some new home learning challenges have also been set to give you an opportunity to engage with your child’s learning and for them to share with you what they know. They are not compulsory, but are at your discretion and if come up with your own ideas of things that relate to our topic, we’d love to hear about them.
Forest School -Friday 24th November 2017
We had a great morning at Forest School on Friday. The children managed brilliantly walking all that way and made the most of being in the woods and all it has to offer. They enjoyed searching for bugs; building dens, balancing on logs, jumping into piles of leaves; playing 'The Three Little Pigs' in the dens; playing on the rope swings and creating all sort of concoctions in the 'mud kitchen'.
Autumn Term 2 - Are we there yet?
Our next topic after half term is ‘Are we there yet?’ and is all about different forms of transport and the journeys that they can take us on. The planning overview shows some of the activities that we plan to do with the children, but as always, these may change as we will follow the children’s interests once we get going on the topic.
Please could you bring in a couple of named photographs of any day trips or holidays that you go on over the half term (or previously if it’s a quiet one) and talk to you child about the different types of transport involved in the trip. Maybe you could take a trip on a bus or train. Please save any tickets or leaflets and bring them in to us at the beginning of term for our role play areas.
Some new home learning challenges have also been set to give you an opportunity to engage with your child’s learning and for them to share with you what they know. They are not compulsory, but are at your discretion, and if come up with your own ideas of things that relate to our topic, we’d love to hear about them.
Autumn Term 1 - Do you want to be friends?
This is a great topic to start the year as it explores what friendship looks like and how to be a good friend and to take care of each other. We will read lots of stories about friendship and base our activities around these stories, giving the children the chance to play together and get to know each other.
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.