Welcome to Reception Class 2017-2018!
Under The Sea Display
Inspired by all the wonderful and colourful sea creatures we have been learning about, we created our own under sea world in the classroom.
Sea Life Centre Visit
As part of our "Under The Sea" topic, we visited the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.
The children were fascinated by the array of different sea creatures and particularly enjoyed the Penguin Ice Adventure and walking through the Ocean tunnel where the
Giant Sea Turtle kept swimming past them.
As part of our Science week Reception Class set up the "Walking Water" investigation.
We started with 2 cups filled with different coloured water and
placed an empty cup between them.
To link the cups together we used a piece of paper towel.
It was fascinating to see the water being absorbed by the paper towel and fill the middle cup.
As the water "walked" along the paper towel we discussed what
colour we would see in the middle cup.
In our choosing time we used the opportunity to further investigate colour mixing.
Stay and Play
Our Stay and Play sessions during the year are a lovely family occasion where parents carers and siblings can come into the classroom and spend time with the children.
The children were excited to share their learning with their visitors and were very excited to show them their Learning Journeys and the beautiful work they have done in their books.
Chinese New Year
During the week of Chinese New Year the children have been looking at how Chinese families come together for festivals and parades to celebrate the passing of Winter and the
coming of Spring in their New Year.
The celebrations are very elaborate and include dancing dragons.
The children made their own colourful Chinese Dragons; can you imagine them
dancing through the streets?
As part of our Spring Term Topic we have been learning about lots of
different types of vehicle. We designed and made our own vehicles completing our own design booklet with a drawing, list of materials needed, what was special about our vehicle and then evaluating the finished product to decide if there were any
improvements that could be made.
Then, in our IT lessons, we had the opportunity to use the
"2Paint" program to draw vehicles.
These were often different to the type of vehicle we had chosen to make.
Father Christmas comes to visit!
The children were very excited when Father Christmas visited during their Christmas party.
Lights, Camel, Action!
Here we are performing as backing singers and dancers for The Star of Bethlehem in our fantastic Christmas production.
Remember Remember the 5th of November
Lots of us enjoyed watching fireworks for bonfire night.
Using splayed toilet roll tubes we used a printing technique to create these stunning firework pictures which give us our own firework display in the classroom.
Purple4Polio Crocus Planting
Our Reception class really enjoyed taking their part in this Rotary event, part of their campaign to eradicate polio.
This term we are learning all about 2d shapes as part of our Maths learning.
Using shape pieces cut out from coloured paper we have made these fantastic pictures.
The children came up with some great ideas for their pictures.
All About Me
As part of this term's topic we painted we looked closely at our faces using mirrors and then painted these wonderful self portraits.
Our Early Days in School
We welcomed 18 children into our class this September and they have all settled really well.
It is lovely to have them as part of our St James family.
Here are some photos taken during the 1st 2 weeks of their time with us and I think you will agree their enjoyment at exploring their new environment
and making news friends is clear to see.
Gallery from our class of 2016-2017
Update on the Chicks progress
You will be pleased to know the chicks are thriving! They have now moved into a large brood box and have even attempted little flights. Also they have had their first venture outside in our small world area enjoying the lovely fresh air and beautiful sunshine
we've had this morning, July 6th.
The children are caring for them really well and have become confident
handlers which makes the chicks nice and relaxed.
During the week of 12th June an incubator arrived in Reception Class. All week we waited patiently for the chicks to start hatching. Then on the Thursday the first egg hatched!
It was so exciting to watch the chick learn to walk.
By the end of Friday 7 chicks had all hatched out of their eggs.
We have since been able to hold the chicks for the first time.
Visit to the local Fire Station
We visited the station in Southam to learn about the work of a fire-fighter
as part of our "People who help us" topic.
We listened carefully as they told us about the types of work they do which includes
talking to people in the community like ourselves.
We were very fortunate to be allowed to try on their special clothing, to climb up into the appliance to see some of their equipment and most excitingly to have a go with their water hose.
People Who Help Us
Also as part of this terms topic, two local PCSO's visited us to tell us more about the work they do and to give us an opportunity to ask questions for which we had some great ideas.
Reception Class Bug Hotel Open for Business
Our comfortable and roomy bug hotel is now open for business!
The children have had so much enjoyment with its construction and are really looking forward to observing all the varied visitors!
Visit to The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham
As part of our "Under The Sea" topic we spent an amazing day out at The Sea Life Centre.
The children had a wonderful time; they really enjoyed looking at and in some cases even touching the amazing sea creatures on show.
The children all behaved beautifully and politely.
It was a real pleasure to be out with them; they were a credit to the St James family.
Well done all of Reception class!
Our Bug Hotel is now under construction.
Thank you so much for all your help and support in supplying the various materials need to construct a Bug Hotel in our Small World outdoor area.
The children have been so excited to get involved in its construction since returning from the Easter break. We are looking forward to doing further development work and
welcoming some permanent residents.
Under The Sea
Our Summer Term topic is "Under the Sea."
WE created this colourful display of sea creatures using paper plates and cake cases.
Soon we will be visiting The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham which we are very excited about.
One of the stories we have been looking at as part of our topic this term is
Little Red Riding Hood.
We discussed healthy eating and thought about healthy food
we could put in a basket for Grandma.
We carefully prepared a colourful fruit salad and later got to enjoy eating it!
Developing our Outside Learning Area
We have started to make some improvements to our Outside Play Area.
We have utilised some old tyres to make a "Small World" area. The children have been very involved with this and enjoyed getting involved with making landscapes in the tyres as you can see from the photographs.
Stay and Play
We had a lovely afternoon on 8th February when we opened our classroom to parents, carers, grandparents and siblings for a "Stay and Play" session.
The children really enjoyed showing people their classroom and the learning they have undertaken so far in their school life.
Thank you to all those of you who were able to come along
and for your lovely positive comments.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is an important festival celebrated in China. We learnt how the Chinese Calendar is different to ours and how it is made of a cycle of
12 years, each of which is named after an animal.
As part of our day we looked at Chinese writing and had a go at drawing the symbol corresponding to the initial letter of our first names.
Continuing work on our Zoom Zoom topic, we designed and made our own individual vehicles.
To help us we used a "Vehicle Design booklet" in which we designed, planned, made a list of the things we would need, stated in a sentence what was special about our design and finally evaluated the finished product.
We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs which show some
examples the variety of vehicles made.
A lot of careful thinking went into the design and making of these vehicles.
Well done Reception!
As part of our Zoom Zoom topic we thought about various types of vehicle
and where we see them. We painted a vehicle of our choice and put them altogether
to create this colourful display.
We enjoyed a lovely party to celebrate the end of term and Christmas! We had dancing and games and the a very special visitor came to see us.
It's a Cracker!
For our Christmas show we took the part of the Nativity characters.
We are so proud of the Reception children who took to the stage like real professionals and sang their hearts out! Well done everyone!
Christmas Art Workshop Day
The whole school enjoyed a special day of activities to coincide with
the Children in Need appeal.
We created this brightly coloured display of fireworks popping and banging using a printing technique which utilised old toilet roll holders with their end slit and spread
and small headed washing up brushes.
Our Early Days at School
We welcomed 20 children into our Reception class this year.
They have all settled really well and it is lovely to have them as part of our St James family.
Their enjoyment in exploring their new environment and making new friends has been
clear to see from their lovely smiles!