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Early Years – Donaldson Class

 

 In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves and our nursery nurse is Miss McGrath.

 

We hope that you have all had a restful half term and are ready for all of the new learning that we have to come.

Our topic this half term will be "Celebrations and Festivals". We will be finding out about a range of different religious and non-religious celebrations that will be taking place between now and the December holidays, beginning with Fireworks Night.

 

We will teach the children the history behind this celebration and will also talk about ensuring that we keep ourselves and our pets safe during Fireworks Night. We will create lots of different fireworks pictures using different painting techniques... and may get a little bit messy in the process!

 

         

           

 

We will also be finding out about the Hindu celebration of Diwali, which is another festival of light. We will find out why Hindu people celebrate Diwali (and listen to the story of Rama and Sita) and will discover the different ways that they celebrate. We will make our own Diwa lamps, create symmetrical Mendi hands and make Rangoli patterns.

 

 

We will then move on to finding out about the Jewish celebration of Hannukah. We will, again, find out why Jewish people celebrate this festival and will find out about the importance of the Menorah before having a go at making our own.

 

      

 

Finally, we will move on to thinking about the Christian celebration of Christmas. Sadly this year it looks as though we will be unable to put on our usual Nativity-based Christmas show, however, the children will still be able to take part in lots of Christmas activities.

 

We will begin by finding out why and how Christian people celebrate Christmas,  then will move on to creating our own Christmas decorations and calendars for the new year. 

 

 

             

Important things to remember:

 

PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child comes to school wearing their P.E. kit every Friday unless informed otherwise.

Your celebrations and festivals...

If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!

 Library books and Reading books

 

Reading books are changed every Friday and your child will receive one reading book and one self-chosen library book to last them for the week.  Please ensure that reading books, library books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next (for those with tricky words).

 

Information about Reception Class

 

Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" event. This will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class.

 

 

Take a look at our fantastic work!

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