In June, we went to the Isle of Wight; we all had a great time. We visited The new Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, then on to the Isle of Wight. There we went to AlumBay, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House, along with many more exciting activities and excursions.
Reception Class - Mrs Eyre
Welcome To Reception Class.
The teacher in Reception Class is Mrs Eyre. We have three part time teaching assistants who between them provide full time cover with extra support every morning. Mrs Kitchener works full days on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Miss Jones works full days on Wednesday and Friday. Mrs Watson joined us in September to provide support in the mornings. Mrs Wright provides cover for planning and assessment and the supply teacher is generally Mrs Fleckney or Mrs Edwards. This ensures the children grow familiar and comfortable with the staff.
Children begin their school life in Reception Class. We are sited at the end of the school next to the field and have our own outdoor area. We follow a play based curriculum and spend as much time out of doors as we do indoors. The children choose their own topics to work on with some guidance from the teacher. They also choose their own activities and resources for the following week.
The children participate fully in school life, attending assemblies, participating in the school play and joining in with the older children at playtime on the playground or field. When children first start they are allocated a 'buddy' from Year 6, the oldest children in the school. The buddies support the children during playtimes and lunches. They also come to the classroom to read to the children.
We like to work closely with parents and any parent who wishes to help in class should come and see Mrs Worsley.
The Reception Team have recently been awarded a Hertfordshire Quality Standard in Early Years and are very proud to have achieved this status.
Down on the farm
Posted By Mrs Eyre
On Friday 19th April, ably supported by four parents, Reception Class set off on their visit to Mead Open Farm. The first session was finding out where the filling in their sandwiches comes from and how important farms are for food.
We then moved onto looking at the animals and the first port of call was the Bunny Hop, where the children could pet the rabbits, some goats were in the area too and the children enjoyed feeding them. Next came bottle feeding the lambs, which were actually more like sheep, they were last years’ lambs and were quite big and strong. The children had to hold firmly onto the bottles with two hands!
Another exciting part of the day was the tractor trailer ride. It was quite scary as the tracks were quite deep and muddy in places and we thought the trailer might tip, but fortunately for us it didn’t and we managed to stay out of the mud.
The last scheduled activity was the Sheep Grand National. The children picked a colour and got a flag to wave in that colour. The sheep wore saddles and teddy bears rode them in a coloured vest. The children who had the matching flag to the winner all received medals. The sheep were amazing and were jumping poles of at least 50cm, they were very fast!
After our scheduled activities we were free to roam the farm. We visited all the animals, including two reindeer which are new to the farm. We also enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor play areas. We were incredibly lucky to be the only school there and there were not many visitors so we almost had the farm to ourselves.
As the class teacher I would like to thank the children for their impeccable behaviour, you made all the adults very proud. I would also like to thank the four parents – you know who you are – as without volunteers we would struggle to run the trips. I would also like to thank the parents who volunteered but whose names didn’t come out of the hat this time, I will make sure you are automatically noted down for the next trip in July.
Clare Eyre – Reception Teacher
Class settle in well
Posted By Mrs Worsley