Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA
School finishes for the Summer break at 1:15pm on Friday 21st July - Have a wonderful Summer everyone!
Welcome to Reception Class Page
All about Reception
Class Teachers: Miss Powell (RP), Miss Jones (RS)
Early Year Practitioners: Mrs Gall (RP), Mrs Shah (RS)
Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Ranaweera (RP), Mrs Coombes (RS)
This half term our focus is 'Minibeast Madness'. We have been very lucky to receive some caterpillars to observe in our investigation area. Please feel free to come and see them yourself.
This week in Literacy we will be retelling the story of 'What the ladybird heard' as well as using our phonic knowledge to read and write some high frequency words.
This week in Maths we will be investigating capacity, looking at how we can fill containers up with different objects such as sand, water, lentils and then using our mathematical language to then describe them.
Dates for your diary
Thank you to everyone who came to our Mother's Day Open Morning. We received such lovely feedback back from you and the children about how much they loved having you all with us. I hope your all still proudly showing off your fabulous personalised T shirts! We will try and make this a more regular event and don't worry we will cater for all the Dad's too ! :)
Forest School at Pangshanger Park Forest
Each week at Forest School we have learnt about a different sense and have become explorers. We have learnt how to use different tools that we will now use at school. Below is a list of what we have learnt so far and a slideshow of all our fantastic learning at Forest School.
Week 1- Our Focus this session was learning about the rules of Forest School, where we could go to explore and the boundaries. We also focused on our sense of 'sight', by going on a colour hunt, a mini-beast hunt and finally learning how to use a tent peg to make a wriggly worm out of elder.
Week 2- Our second session was based around the sense of 'touch'. We explored the area using feely cards, there were a few tricky ones such as holographic card! Once we had finished that Becky introduced us too two different natural materials, mud and clay. The children explored digging and making a variety of yummy mud dishes in the mud kitchen and also used natural clay to make anything they wanted. It varied from a stick man to a selection of mini-beasts.
Week 3-This week are session was all about our sense of smell. We became witches and wizards and went on a hunt to find 'smelly' objects to put in our potion. We also learnt how to cut branches using lubbers and then use a peeler to peel the bark off an elder branch to make a stirring stick. After using a pestal and mortar we poured our smelly potions into a test tube to take home.
Week 4- Our fourth session began with our favourite game of '1,2,3 where are you?' Next we then explored sound by finding a nice spot to go and lie down in the forest. We heard aero planes, leaves rustling, water, woodpecker as well as some giggly children! After that we became Rock Stars. We got into groups and explored different ways to make sound using natural materials e.g. stone tapping, using sticks to scrap across tree trunks. After we performed in our bands we made a natural shaker to take home using small natural objects around Forest School.
Week 5- The time ad finally come for us to focus on our fifth sense, Taste! I think the children have been waiting for this session since day 1! We started our session by discussing what type of sticks would be best to create a fire. We needed to find thin sticks, that when bent make a good SNAP sound. Once we had collected enough we sorted them into two piles, thin and thick. We talked about fire safety and how we must be very careful around open fires, making sure we listen. Becky showed us a special kettle, Kelly Kettle, which we would be using to boil water ready for us to make hot chocolates. To keep the fire going we had to treat it just like a 'baby' by never leaving it alone and making sure we keep feeding it. Each child was able to feed the fire by pushing sticks into the fire through the Kelly Kettle. Once we could see the water bubbling over, it was time to get our hot chocolates. It was DELICIOUS!!
Phonics and Reading Resources
http://www.focusonphonics.co.uk/sound.htm (for pure sounds)
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/ (for stretchy and bouncy sounds)
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (for games and resources)
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/find-a-book (for reading books and resources)
Please find useful information for parents below
(The children will receive logins for Mathletics in their reading records)
Throughout this first half term we will be introducing our Super Learner Side Kicks. These are different animals that demonstrate good learning behaviours for the children to learn from. The children already demonstrate so many of these Super Learner qualities and we will be celebrating these with them.