Early Years – Donaldson Class
In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Miss Pepechkova, Mrs Bissmire and Mrs Ward.
Last half term our topic was Transport.
We started the topic by thinking about holidays, and the different ways that we might get to our holiday.
We then thought about cars. Mrs Graves brought in her old car from home and we talked about the differences between old and new cars. We then had a go at making our own cars, using saws to cut the doweling for the axles.
We then thought about rockets and space ships, and made our own shape rockets to take us to the moon.
This half term our topic will be "Celebrations and Festivals." We will be learning about the reason why people celebrate Fireworks night, and the story of Guy Fawkes.
We will then find out about another festival of light, the Hindu festival of Diwali. We will read the Diwali story and make our own Diwa lamps and Rangoli patterns.
Our class puppet, Charlie, will be celebrating his 5th birthday during this half term.
We will be preparing for this by making him birthday cards, designing wrapping paper and making food for a party!
Later on in the term, we will also begin to think about Christmas. We will be making cards and decorations, learning songs and dances for our school nativity and may even get a visit from a very special person.....
By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Reception staff team.
Important things to remember:
PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. We do not need trainers in school at this time, as we will begin our P.E. sessions in the indoor hall.
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!
Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and Reading
Please Note: Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and reading will begin once the children are fully settled into school.
Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.
Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week. Please ensure that reading 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.
Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.
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.
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