Welcome to Reception!
The class teachers in Reception this year are Mrs Slater and Mrs Crook. The teaching assistants are Mrs Appleton and Mrs Shipton. 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: Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Spring 1: Why do zebras have stripes?
Spring 2: Why are carrots orange?
Summer 1: Will you read me a story?
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 Wednesdays).
We conclude each topic 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.
Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your us know!
Summer Term 2: Why do ladybirds have spots?
Our topic for next term is ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?‘ This topic is all about mini beasts 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.
As part of this topic we will be going on a school trip to the Braywick Nature Centre on Friday 23rd June, but we will send out more information about this nearer the time. We will also aim to visit Forest School again during this term.
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.
Braywick Nature Reserve Trip - Friday 23rd June 2017
We had a fantastic day at Braywick Nature Reserve. We started off with an ‘Earth Walk’ – an exploration using our senses; then we went pond dipping to find out which minibeasts live in the water; and then after lunch headed to the meadow to sweep for bugs in the long grass.
Here are some photos from the day.
Summer Term 1 - Will you read me a story?
The summer term begins with our next topic ”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.
Below you will find the planning overview for this topic, but as ever, this is a flexible plan and we will be lead by the children. We have also added some new home learning challenges, which the children may like to complete and share with the class. As always these are just suggestions and we welcome your own ideas.
We look forward to our trip to Windsor Castle on Monday 34th April, where we hope to find the naughty dragons in our 'Once upon a Castle' workshop and perhaps see some guards too. If you have not yet returned the form a copy of the letter can be found below.
Windsor Castle Trip
We had a great time at Windsor Castle on Monday. We went on a dragon hunt through the State Apartments with our guide Sophie, where we found five naughty dragons and heard from the wardens about what the dragons had been up to. Having collected all the dragons we got the chance to go behind the red rope and hear a story, told with lots of props, about various characters around the castle and their response to the dragons antics.
Each group also got the chance to tour St George's Chapel (where we spotted the statue of St George and the Dragon out of the window) and see Queen Mary's Doll's House and dream of living in a similarly beautiful house one day!! We also got to see the guards changing, although it was only the short version, with no music.
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs inside the castle and so only have a couple of pictures to share with you of the day.
Forest School Visit - Friday 24th March
We had great fun, as ever, at Forest School on Friday. I love to watch the children trying lots of different activities and really challenge themselves, for example in carrying heavy loads or climbing up dens or balancing on logs and launching themselves off the end. They also enjoyed being creative by painting, making pictures from objects found in the forest, reading woodland stories and concocting leaf soup among many other activities. I'm always amazed at their resilience in undertaking the walk each way - they seem to enjoy the journey as much as the forest school session itself. Thank you to all those that helped on the day - we couldn't manage without you.
Here are some pictures from the morning.
Why are carrots orange?
We will finding out the answer to this and many other questions about food and its role in maintaining good health. As part of this topic, it would be great if you have a chance to go to the greengrocers or the fruit market in Maidenhead with your child and get them to choose and pay for some fruit or vegetables and bring them in to school to tell us about what thee chose.
As part of this topic, we will be going on a school trip to the Toby Carvery restaurant on Friday 10th March to attend 'chef school' and find out all about the food that they use there and how is is prepared and cooked. The trip ends with the children enjoying a full roast dinner together.
During this topic we will be beginning to grow some vegetables and also cooking various things. If anyone would like ot come in to help with cooking or to share anything any other skills or interests related to food with us, please come and speak to us.
Below is a copy of the overall plan fr this topic and the home learning challenges.
Toby Carvery visit - Friday 10th March
We very much enjoyed our roast at the Toby Carvery last Friday! Before our lunch the children decorated their chef's hats, played the alphabet fruits and vegetables game and tried to guess the vegetables by feeling inside a box. The children then enjoyed being able to choose their lunch from the food bar and watch the meats being carved. Most exciting was being able to have seconds and then finishing off with a ice cream and their choice of sauce!
Sponsored Run - Thursday 8th February
The children did brilliantly with their sponsored run last Thursday. Dressed as cheetahs and other African animals, the children ran around the playground to raise money for the Cheetah Conservation Fund UK, who are doing great work helping to protect cheetahs from extinction in Namibia. They are funding many projects including clearing farmland and cheetah habitat of invasive thornbush and turning in into 'Bushblok' - high heat, low emission compacted logs made from the cut down bush; fighting illegal trafficking and pet trade of cheetahs; researching cheetahs to find out all they can about them to help in any o way they can to stop the cheetah population declining so rapidly and training livestock guard dogs to protect livestock from cheetahs so that farmers don't feel they have to resort to killing cheetahs hunting their livestock.
We chose the cheetah to help as it was Reception's overall favourite of the African animals and a the children chose to do a sponsored run as they all know that cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world. Overall we raised almost £100 - a great result.
Why do zebras have stripes?
Our next topic takes us on a journey to Africa to explore the wildlife, geography and culture of this vast and varied continent. If anyone has any experiences of Africa of their own that they would like to share with the children, please let us know. Below is an overview of our planning, which as ever is flexible as we will follow the children's lead and follow their interests as the topic unfolds. There are also some ideas for home learning related to this topic.
African Drumming Workshop - Monday 9th January 2017
To launch our new African topic we had a visiting African drummer today, who took the class in two groups, teaching them some basic rhythms and different ways to play the drums. The children loved it and did really well with learning the rhythms. We finished the session with both groups taking turns to perform for each other.
Below are a few short clips from the morning to enjoy.
Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
This topic is all about seasonal changes and how this affects animals, especially woodland animals. Please see the topic overview below and some ideas for home learning.
Forest School - Wednesday 23rd November
We had a lovely morning at forest school. The children managed brilliantly with the walk there and back and enjoyed seeing the turkeys and listening to their deafening squawks as we passed by. While at forest school they had great fun building dens, painting trees, searching for worms, playing on the rope swing and making mud concoctions. We finished our morning with hot chocolate and biscuits in base camp before heading back for lunch. The weather wasn't as cold as I had feared and it was shame to have to leave so early. Next time we go we will aim to take our lunch with us and picnic in the woods.
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 each to know each other.
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.