It was so lovely to see all the children again and hear all their news after the Christmas break. This is a great term as the weather steadily starts to get better and brighter bringing new life and warmth.
Fire safety- This morning we were very lucky to have Gareth from Dorset and Wiltshire fire service. He spoke to us about what to do if the smoke alarm goes off, about the dangers of matches and lighters and finally we got see the Shaftesbury fire engine.
Yesterday was Safer Internet Day. We shared a story call Penguinpig, it highlighted the fact that not everything on the internet is real.
RSPB visit - We were very lucky to have Anneka from the RSPB to visit us. Anneka taught us about bird song so we could listen out for the different songs and which bird it had come from. She also shared a story with us called, Snail Trail and then we went on our own snail trail around the school field collecting mementos for retelling our own story. We had a fabulous time!
NSPCC Number Day- As part of Number Day the Ducklings shared the story, The Smartest Giant in Town. We discussed what a kind person the giant was and how he had helped all the animals in the story. Then we looked at a giant size footprint and discussed ways of measuring the length. The Ducklings came up with using Unifix cubes but first for a bit of fun we estimated how many cubes it would take to measure the footprint. Each child in the class drew around their own foot and measured it using the Unifix. We went back to the giant’s footprint and actually measured it.
We have had an amazing start to the term. The children are confident and happy to come into school, which is a real blessing. Miss Ballard and I will be spending the first few weeks getting to know the children by providing activities which allow us and them to ask questions and provide observations.
Tapestry is up and running and hopefully will prove to be a success and show parents and family what the children have been learning with us at school.
In Reception we have no set topics for the year as we believe that it supports the children's engagement by learning through subjects that interest them.