Welcome to Hawthorn and Maple Class!
Hawthorn and Maple are both Reception Classes. Our curriculum is child centred, learning through play and exploration.
We work as one team, where the children can learn and play together, having free-flow both inside and outside.
Class teacher: Miss A Southwell (teaches Tuesday - Friday)
Teaching assistants: Mrs M Stevens (teaches Monday and Wednesday pm) and Miss E Heath
Class Teachers: Miss E Campbell (teaches Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs A Gilder-King (teaches Wednesday - Friday)
Teaching assistants: Miss C Porter (teaches Wednesday pm) and Mrs R Whatley
Welcome back for a final term of Reception. We are looking forward to an exciting term of learning, fun and exploration.
Learning this term
This term we will be learning about different animals, including minibeasts. We will be learning about the different types of animals, where they live and understand what they need to survive. We are looking forward to our visit from ‘Jungle Discovery’ where we will be able to meet and learn about a range of different creatures. We may even get to hold a snake!
Later on in the term we will be looking and observing our own caterpillars as they complete their life cycle into butterflies.
The children will also have the opportunity to visit Warleigh Lodge farm. The children will get to experience a working farm, learning what farmers have to do to care for their animals.
With the upcoming coronation, we will be spending time learning about our new king, King Charles III. We will help the children prepare to take part in our school celebration for the coronation - I am sure our crowns will be looking as fancy as his Majesty's.
To support our learning this term we will be using a range of texts to inspire and engage children. Some of these texts are:
For our music sessions this term we will be drumming and this will be taught by our specialist teacher, David. The children will be having these lessons in the hall and receive a half hour drumming lesson.
Our P.E lesson this term will remain on a Tuesday afternoon and will be delivered by our specialist teacher, Lisa. The children will have a session in the hall and will be taught the gymnastics part of the curriculum.
Lending library/pleasure for reading
Reading is a skill which is so valuable in life and we would like the children to develop a love of reading. Your child will have the opportunity to choose a book from our class library, which they will be able to share with family at home. We then have a sharing session, where the class is encouraged to talk about their book and recommend to other children. These books can then be changed on a weekly basis.
Your child will also be given a decodable phonics book. In school we will read with each child at least once a week, building on their pre-reading skills and assessing their phonic skills. We ask that your child shares their school reading book at home with an adult, with each session recorded in their reading record. Your child's book is changed every Friday.
For Reception children we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which is based on learning through play. We have daily phonics and math sessions. Please see the timetable for an example of a weekly plan in our Reception Classes.
At the start of the day, the double doors will open at 8:40am and the children will be able to come and hang their things on their peg. Our day finishes at 3.15pm.
- Children will need to bring in their own water bottle to drink from throughout the day. Please make sure this is named.
- Please make sure your child brings in a waterproof coat each day. It is a good idea to send your child in with a pair of wellies to keep in school, we do go outside in all weathers. Please make sure they are named.
- Snack will be provided by the school. Every day our children have access to fruit as well as toast on a Monday and Wednesday. Alternatively, you may choose to supply a healthy snack, such as fruit, for your child. We are a nut free school so please ensure that anything sent in for your child does not contain nuts.