Summer 2 Homework!
This term our topic is: Around the World in 34 Days with 'The Snail and the Whale' (ref. Julia Donaldson). I would like you to choose a country that interests you, or a special place that you have been to. Perhaps you would like to make your own travel brochure; draw; paint; make a collage or model? The main thing is to have fun! Please share your creations with the class by Thursday 19th July.
I look forward to seeing what you have created!
Welcome to Caterpillars!
We are a Nursery and Reception class. Our Class teacher is Ms Wright covering Mrs Toft's maternity leave, with Mrs Bollington as the teaching assistant. We have a number of volunteers in the classroom throughout the week. If you would like to volunteer please speak to Mrs Rowe.
Please take a look at how we learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the importance of play by clicking 'key information' - 'curriculum' - 'EYFS'.
In our class we work with different topics throughout the year. This term our over-arching topic is 'If you go down to the woods today...'. We will be using different stimulus to aid our learning including;
Plants and trees
Teddy bears picnic
Take a look at the 'Learning Objectives' section just below to see what objectives we will cover throughout this term.
Throughout the year, a selection of the children's work will be displayed for you all to see. We hope you enjoy looking through all of the exciting things we have been doing!
- At Walton we have adopted cursive writing. Please find a cursive writing letter mat above for your reference. If you would like any more information, please feel free to ask any questions.
- Our Forest School sessions take place every Wednesday unless you are informed otherwise. Children will need to have clothes that you do not mind getting wet, dirty or possibly ripped. Please ensure your child's arms and legs are covered for their own safety (shorts and short sleeve t-shirts/vest tops will not be permitted). This will safeguard your children from any bites, stings and scratches. If you have not already, could you please provide a pair of wellies that can be left in school throughout the year.
Please send your children to school in their old clothes and Reception will need their school uniform in a clearly named separate carrier bag.
- The children take part in a short PE session most days following the programme 'Leap into Life'. The children do not get changed for these 15 minute sessions but please leave a PE kit in school for cross curricular opportunities that arise throughout the year.
- Water bottles are kept in school throughout term time. They are emptied at the end of each day, and refilled with water the following morning.
- Homework for Reception is uploaded onto the school website at the start of every term. This can be found through the link at the top of the page. Please work with your child and encourage them to complete the work with you. If you have any electronic work e.g. photos and videos please feel free to send it to the office on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will forward it onto myself. Have Fun!
Reading in the Caterpillars
Reading is taught in a variety of ways in the Caterpillar class. This includes 'Guided Reading', Individual reading and phonics.
Guided Reading take place each week. Within this session we share a text as a small group. We discuss the content, make predictions and practice what we have learnt in previous weeks.
The children are listened to read on a regular basis with any of the adults in the room. We encourage the children to use their prior knowledge to help them sound out and blend the sounds in words to read as independently as possible.
Finally, phonic sessions take place every day. In these sessions the children are taught new sounds and high frequency words. Take a look at the top of this page to see what each of the phonic groups have been doing.
We encourage parents to read with their children five times a week and to record this in their 'Monkey Books'. The children work towards the rainbow reader badges at Walton. Every time your child reads 25 times they receive a badge - until they have every colour of the rainbow.
As part of our Abracadabra topic, the children have all designed their own magic wands using Purple Mash online. They all did a wonderful job!
Unfortunately, the weather didn't hold off for us to go on our school trip to Polesworth Abbey. Due to the icy roads we decided to stay at school. This doesn't mean that the children didn't have fun! We dressed up as the characters from the Nativity (teachers too!), acted out the story and had a picnic in the classroom. We have had so much fun!!
Thanks to the weather, we performed our Christmas Nativity in the school hall. All of the children did extremely well and performed their parts to the school and parents. Thank you to all of the parents for your co-operation after our last minute change of plans.
On Tuesday, all of the children in the Caterpillar class enjoyed playing in the snow. We made snow angels, threw snowballs and enjoyed making footprints in the snow. We had so much fun!
Lily and the Snowbear
We were super lucky today to have the Blunderbus team come and deliver an amazing performance called 'Lily and the Snowbear' this morning. After the show the characters came into the classroom and had a chat with the children. We even got to meet Snowy! Take a look at the photos below to see what we got up to.
Christmas in The Caterpillar Class
Christmas has hit the Caterpillar classroom! We have been looking at different patterns and we have created our very own paper chains using different colours. Can you spot the patterns?
Our Class Charter
As part of anti-bullying week we created our own charter for how to behave with our friends in school. The children discussed together what they thought would be appropriate and created the below charter.
Every week the children will be taking part in 'Write Dance'. This is an exciting music and dance approach to develop the skills needed for writing. This week the children took part in their first session. Take a look at how they did below.
Caterpillars in the woods
The reception children had their first session in the woods this week. We went on a walk around the woodland and the school field. Along the way we created memory sticks by collecting interesting natural materials and sticking them to our own sticks. Take a look at the pictures below to find out what they look like.
Everything below took place in the academic year 2016-2017.
World Book Day
The children have all come in dressed as a character from their book. The children have taken part in various activities linked with their favourite books. See the pictures below to see how much fun we had!
Mrs Jarvis was very kind and visited the Caterpillar class today. She discussed her role and the kind of jobs she does within it. The children explored bandages, equipment and asked questions that they have planned in a previous lesson.
The children in Reception have been lucky enough to have some visitors help them use the balance bikes. The children have been using their dinosaur steps to help them move smoothly on the bikes. Keep checking back to see how they are doing!
Storm Doris came in strong! The children took the wind in their stride and made their own kites with Mrs Parker. They loved going outside and and flying their kites. Take a look at the photos below to see how well they flew!
World Religion Day (18.01.2017)
The children spent the day in their house teams today exploring different religions. They looked into Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam. Take a look on the Gallery page to see some photos from the day!
Healthy Hearts and Minds Week
This week, we are focusing on having healthy hearts and minds. Please take a look at the picture below to find out what we will be doing. Keep checking back for videos and photos!
We had a walk around the school to see if we could find the colours of the rainbow. We looked for man made items and then went into the Spinney to find natural objects of these colours. Take a look at the pictures below to see what we found. This helped us to slow down and take in our surroundings.
We watched a video of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and did some yoga actions to it. This helped us to relax and calm down before going in for dinner. The children really enjoyed this session and want to do some yoga more often!
Colour of emotions
The children were shown a word of an emotion and they needed to decide what colour this made them think of. Take a look at the images below to show you what they thought.
Christmas in the Caterpillar Class
I hope that you agree that the children did a wonderful job at re-creating the Nativity scene in church on Monday! As a school we were extremely proud of them! There will be photos to follow!
Thank you very much for all of the generous gifts given by the children and parents! We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that you spend lots of time making Christmas memories!
The caterpillars have created their own anti-bullying charter. We have promised to follow this at all times!
We discussed what it means to be a good friend!
The children watched a video by 'Pantosaurus'! He taught the children a very special message. Please watch the video below and discuss this with your children.
The children were extremely lucky to have marshmallows and popcorn in the woods! They have learnt how be safe in the fire circle and what different things we need e.g. fire buckets and fire proof gloves! Our marshmallows were yummy!
In our maths work this week the children have been making rockets using 2D shapes. They needed to identify the name of the shape and some of their properties e.g. corners and sides.
No Pens Wednesday!
On Wednesday 5th October, we all took part in 'No Pens Wednesday'. We were not allowed to use any writing equipment all day! It was very hard, but we found some interesting and exciting ways to do our writing.
Moving like animals
Today, one of the children showed me their Gruffalo animal book. We all decided that it would be fun to use it in our PE lesson. Look at the children moving like different animals in the videos below!
We have been experimenting with mixing colours. Take a look at the different colours we created!
Take a look at some of the pictures we created in Maths today! We needed to identify the names of the shapes and then use them in our pictures.
The Reception children went into 'The spinney' for the first time today! They have had a wonderful time exploring the woodland! "1.2.3 Where are you?"
Take a look at some of the pictures that were taken this afternoon!
Everything you see below took place in the academic year 2015 - 2016! We had so much fun!
The Little Red Hen
The children have been working very hard over the last few weeks to retell the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. To end our work on this story, the children have used their baking skills to make bread rolls with Mrs Bollington. The children helped to measure out the ingredients, mix them together and they all turned out to be very good at kneading. They looked and tasted delicious!
Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth
On 21st April, we celebrated the Queen's birthday by decorating flags and crowns, making jam sandwiches and decorating cupcakes. We then had our very own garden party in the outdoor area. We had a wonderful time sitting in the sunshine eating our jam sandwiches. We felt like Kings and Queens. Take a look at the photographs below to see how much fun we had!
Caterpillar Class Chicks!
The children in the Caterpillar Class are extremely lucky to have some new friends visit their classroom. We were given 15 eggs and we are happy to announce that 9 of them have hatched! The children have named the chicks and are looking forward to seeing them develop and grow! Take a look at the video below to have a closer look
PE - Balancing
The children have been working hard on balancing this week. We have been balancing on different parts of our bodies and using partners to help us safely walk across the benches. The children are learning about the importance of safety and how to set the apparatus appropriately! Take a look at the pictures and videos below. I hope you are as impressed as I am!
Winnie the Witch!
On Wednesday we had a letter from Winnie the Witch! She was flying over school and a big gust of wind made her loose her new black hat and her magic wand. Luckily the children were able to find her hat, but we can't find her wand anywhere.
When we were in the Spinney, some children chose to create Winnie a new magic wand using sticks.
We decided that we should all make a wand for Winnie, decorating however we wanted. We are waiting for Winnie to decide which wand she would like to have.
Who could it be.............?
The reception children have been lucky enough to have Brad and Claire come into school to work with balance bikes. The children have tried really hard over the past few weeks, doing their dinosaur steps, balancing and gliding.
We we all very lucky to have a visit from the Police. The children were given the opportunity to wear the clothes and equipment, have a look inside the car and even hear the siren! Take a look at the photos below!
The school rabbits have now been named!! Introducing Humphrey and Walter. They are settling into school life well and are getting used to being around the children already!
Here are a few sneaky pictures of what the children get up to during Wild Wednesday. This week we were lucky enough to plant some trees! Pictures to follow.
Through our topic of Autumn, the children collected leaves from around the outdoor area to compare their shape, size and colour. We have also been discussing why the leaves have fallen off the trees. As you can see we had a wonderful time sweeping up the leaves!