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 Celebrations and Festivals.
We started the topic by finding out about Bonfire Night and the reason why Guy Fawkes tried, but failed, to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
We created our own firework pictures using paint, glitter and the I pads.
Next, we found out about the Hindu festival of light, Diwali.
We made our own Diwa lamps and created rangoli patterns.
At Halloween, Mrs Graves brought in some pumpkins for us to explore.. they were very sloppy!
We then found out about the Christmas story, and learnt why Christian people celebrate Christmas. We took part in our school Nativity, dressed as sheep, stars and angels.
This half term, our topic is Toys and Games.
We will begin the topic by writing letters to Santa to thank him for the special gifts that we were given for Christmas.
We will explore the difference between old and new toys and will be taking part in an old toy workshop, run by Herts Museum. Our role play area will be turning into a toy shop, where we can write shopping lists and use coins to pay for toys.
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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