Welcome to Class 2:
- My name is Mrs Doult.
- This term we will be following the adventures of Percy the Park Keeper and his woodland friends. Percy is the main character of stories written by Nick Butterworth. The stories follow the adventures of Percy and his friends throughout the seasons and include titles such as ‘The Lost Acorn’. The stories link well with our own visits to Squirrel School where the children will explore their natural surroundings and the changes in nature as we pass through the seasons. This inspires and informs our curriculum planning across the school term, as well as following the children’s interests.
The School Day:
- Children can be dropped off at 8.40, gates will be locked at 8.50 am, pupils arriving after this time will be required to go through the office and will be recorded as late.
- Pick up time will be 3.15pm. Children left behind after 3.20pm may be asked to join After School Club and a charge will be applied.
- Each day the children need a coat, water bottle and packed lunch if they are not having a school dinner.
- Suitable footwear – every day we will encourage the children to take part in physical activities, so they need comfortable, safe footwear to do so. Children should come to school with footwear that they can independently put on and take off.
- Slippers can be left in school for children to change into.
- All children need to have wellies and waterproofs in school, to protect their school uniform, to take part in outdoor learning which will be timetabled on a regular basis.
- All uniform including outdoor clothing needs to be named.
- If your child is absent from school, please inform the school office.
- All pupils need an appropriate PE Kit on their allocated PE days. Class 2 will do PE on a Friday.
- Plain black shorts/cycling shorts or joggers.
- A school royal blue short or long sleeved T-shirt which can be purchased via the school website/ uniform shop or a plain blue or white top can be worn.
- Training shoes suitable for outdoor games on the field and playground.
- A PE bag with the school logo is issued to every child when they start school to keep all PE clothes together. These can be kept in school and will be send home at the end of each half term for washing.
- No football shirts/strips should be worn and clothing should not have large brand names on them.
Reading and Learning at home:
- Reading and phonics homework will be shared weekly via Dojo. This will include the phonics we have learnt throughout the week and opportunities for the children to share their reading book at home with their family.
- The following websites can also be used to support your childs learning at home
- Don’t forget that our local library offers free membership and is a great place to visit.
ParentPay can be used to pay school meals and for any other trips / visits that are planned in school.
ParentPay is also used to give permission for activities beyond the daily curriculum offer, including for trips, visitors or other enrichment activities.
If you need any help or support setting up your ParentPay account please contact the team in the office who will be happy to help.
Keeping in touch:
We will continue to use Dojo as a way of keeping in touch.
We will do our best to respond in a timely manner but please bear in mind that during the school day we are focused on teaching and learning with your children, and we do not monitor Dojo throughout the evening.
If you have an urgent request/message, please contact the team in the office.
A walk around school.- Seasonal observations
We discovered some ripe raspberries in the garden! We picked and tasted them. Back in the classroom, we carefully drew and painted what we noticed about raspberries.
Class 2 Raspberry Paintings
Reception Autumn Term Learning 2021
It was great to see our families at our performance. We were challenged by the weather but it was lovely that we had the opportunity to still sing the songs we had learnt so well.
Autumn Term 2021
We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and have been out and about around the school site. We have noticed some seasonal changes. The apples are ready! Some were perfect, others were bruised, mouldy or had been eaten by insects. We have picked them, eaten them, dissected and painted them. We have been learning the names of their parts - skin, flesh, core and seeds. We have mixed paint colours to match the apple skin tones.
We found runner beans growing in the polytunnel, we took them back to school and compared their lengths and measured them.
What's inside a pumpkin? How do you get into them to find out? The Class 2 scientists put on their goggles and lab coats.They safely used a variety of tools to find out.
Autumn measuring. We had lots of questions. How many children can hold hands around the oak tree trunk? How long are the runner beans in the poly tunnel? Are all the apples the same size? Class 2 got busy investigating.
The Short Wood Promise Tree. We are going to be the best Short Woodies we can be. We put our names on a copper leaf and placed it on the tree in Tim's garden.
We picked the sunflowers growing in the garden. Mrs. Harris also gave us some sunflower heads. We looked at them carefully, plucked out the seeds and pushed them into the apples we had picked. We had made bird feeders!
July 1st Sports Day
We had a wonderful time at Sports Day! We ran a relay race, an obstacle course and the egg and spoon race. Class 2 were amazing. They really showed their sporting skills and had lots of fun!
I hope your child tells you all about it as they share these photos with you.
The Limekiln Woods
We had an exciting adventure to the Limekiln Woods. We walked there, noticing how we moved from houses, busy roads and noise of traffic, to the quiet of the countryside. We had fun making loud noises in the tunnel and then we were so quiet as we stood and said hello to the horses and sheep. We followed the stream from Squirrel School to its source at the little waterfall where the deer go to drink.
We jumped in muddy puddles and noticed the prints in the mud, including marks left by the deer and our wellies! We collected wild garlic, Hazel and lots of interesting plants. We saw blue, pink and white bells. We looked up at the sky, the trees were so tall. We noticed how the clouds changed as we enjoyed sunshine and blue sky after a hail storm! After a well earned hot chocolate, we explored further. We climbed slippery slopes and played Pooh sticks in the stream. We had a ride back to school in the mini bus. It was an amazing day.
Animals In Hands
Today was very special. Mo, from Animals In Hands came to visit. He brought some of Percy The Park Keepers friends, Including an Owl called Midnight, a hedgehog named Marylou and a rabbit called Thomas. We also met guinea pigs, a skunk and a chinchilla. Everyone loved stroking and holding the animals.
In class, we have painted our favourite creatures and described them.
This term we are reading Percy The Park Keeper stories.
We read Owl Takes Charge.
Percy is ill with a cold and the animals want to help, but things go a little bit wrong.
You can watch the story here.
We picked apples from the trees by the poly tunnel. Lily talked about the fruit winder she had for lunch and said how tasty it was. We decided we could make some with the apples and raspberries we collected. We drew the apples, looking carefully at the colours and worked together to make apple and raspberry winders.
We were inspired to get cooking in the mud kitchen too.
We decided to make Percy a warm drink to help him feel better. We went for a walk around school and picked herbs, heather, spearmint and lemon balm. We collected raspberries too. We added lemon, and ginger to give extra goodness and vitamins. First we washed the fruit, then chopped it and popped it into a paper filter. Then we poured in warm water. We all agreed, our drinks were delicious!