RUBY CLASS-EYFS-RECEPTION

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Ruby Class is our Reception class and is taught by Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Death.  Mrs Rouse teaches us on Wednesday afternoons.

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Our EYFS curriculum is strongly influenced by our curriculum drivers: community, communication, opportunities and possibilities and initiative, where the outcome is a cohort of happy, independent, confident and determined learners who are able to communicate effectively, have the ability to think critically, enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas with others and believe that anything is achievable.  The children within our early years provision learn through a range of child initiated play-based opportunities as well as child-led, adult led and independent learning opportunities.

Spring curriculum newsletter

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Click on the tree to see what we have been up to in the Wild Woods

For more information about our phonics program, Read Write Inc. click on Fred Frog.

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10.6.2022

This week we had a visit from PC Richard Smith who taught us all about road safety.

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We also had our final tennis lesson with Miss Hughes.  We were VERY excited to see                  the net out this week.  We can all use and understand the words racket, court, serve                and rally.  Watch out Wimbledon-her come Ruby Class!

Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by D who is curious about how lifts work.                        He shared his book with us which taught us that a lift has a motorised pulley system and a counterweight.  We learned that when the lift car goes up, the counterweight goes down and when the lift car goes down, the counterweight goes up.  Mrs Polley the Parrot helped D and some friends create a lift for the rabbit in the Wild Woods.

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Summer Term 2-Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Summer Term 1-Minibeasts, Lifecycles and In the Garden

26.5.2022

This week has been a week of celebration!  Our caterpillars have all turned into beautiful butterflies and have been set free into our Wild Woods.

We have also celebrated 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II.  We painted her portrait and wrote her a special message.  We have sent them to her at Buckingham Palace-we hope she responds.

On Friday we enjoyed making party hats, bunting and placa mats for our special jubilee party.  At the party we ate lots of sandwiches, crisps, cakes and jelly and ice-cream.  We also sang @Rise Up and Serve' to give thanks for everything the Queen has done for our country. 

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20.5.2022

This week we have based our learning on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.   We have enjoyed re-telling the story, creating a life cycle of a butterfly and writing about it independently.  We have loved watching our own caterpillars wriggle, grow and go into their cocoons.  We can't wait for them to emerge as butterflies!

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Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by Mrs Death this week who had found some unusual 'magical puffballs' in the field.  The children showed great delight in explaining that they were in fact dandelions and are perfect for making wishes on!  We explored the life cycle of a dandelion together and discovered what happens when a dandelion puff is placed in water (wow!).  We finished the session with some observational drawing and blowing our wishes into the wind. 

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Happy World Bee Day!

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13.5.2022

This week we have been busy artists.  We have enjoyed creating artwork for the Hadleigh Show and Suffolk Show art competitions.

 

 

 

 

Our 'follow me Friday' session was led by M who wanted to share her love of spiders with us.  We watched a video about spiders and had fun creating spider cakes using oreos and chocolate fingers.  We then got our 'feelers out to see what was about' and went on a spider hunt.  We found 3 really big ones living on our ceiling!

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6.5.2022

This week we read the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Alison Bartlett and Vivien French.  We enjoyed tasting different vegetables and made a bar chart of our likes.

In maths we have been telling 'first, then and now' stories involving addition using numbers 10-20.

Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by S who is curious about pigs. With an oink oink here and a squeal, snort there, we enjoyed finding out all things piggy! S told us why she loves pigs and shared some information that she already knew and then we found out some more interesting facts after going on a little fact hunt. All of the children had a go at reading the facts they found-wow guys! Did you know that a piglet is born weighing 2.5lbs but a fully grown pig weighs between 300 and 700lbs? The average human adult weighs less than 200lbs! Did you know that pigs are even more intelligent than dogs and that mummy pigs sing to their piglets? Did you know that pigs do not have sweat glands and that they roll in mud to keep them cool? We found out lots of other cool stuff too and then enjoyed creating our own pigs or piglets. 🐖🐖

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29.4.2022

We started the Summer Term by reading 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and exploring how a seed grows.  We compared the story to 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and thought about what we would like to find at the top of our own beanstalk.  We talked about the different homes in the stories and were surprised to learn that people used to live in castles long ago (more about that in Year 1). 

 

 

 

 

We all enjoyed our first tennis lesson...

 

 

We had a super treat at the end of the week when Ed and his Mini Monsters Creepy Crawly Roadshow came to visit.  We were all super brave and stroked or held a giant African land snail, a giant millipede, a bearded dragon and a corn snake.  We also waved to a tarantula!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were also very excited to receive a package in the post-our very own caterpillars to watch grow and transform into butterflies.

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Spring Term 2-Once Upon a Time, Spring and Easter

6.4.2022

This week we have been looking for signs of Spring and finding out a little more about Easter.  We had lots of fun practising our throwing and catching skills in our 'Time to Shine' cricket workshop.  The coach taught us three important skills- standing ready to catch the ball, with our feet slightly apart, holding our hands out ready for the ball and keeping our eyes on the ball. We enjoyed performing 'Spring Chicken' at our Easter service.  Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by I who is curious about horses.  We enjoyed finding out some horsey facts, creating a 3D model of a horse and having a Ruby Class horse race where we all won a rosette!

1.4.2022

Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!  We have had a super start to the week reading and acting out the story of the Gingerbread Man.  We even made our own gingerbread man biscuits.  At the end of the week we read and sang the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.  We enjoyed creating and describing the characters in the story and wrote super letters to the bears from Goldilocks to say sorry for the bad choices she made.

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Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by X who is curious about eggs!  We sorted animals by whether they lay eggs or grow babies in their tummies.  We talked about and touched the outside of the shell and compared it to the inside of the egg.  We then placed 1 egg in a cup of water, 1 egg in a cup of diet coke and 1 egg in a cup of vinegar mixed with blue food colouring.  We made predictions about what we think will happen.  We will check them in 3 days!

25.3.2022

This week we went way back in time to the land of the dinosaurs.  We read 'The Girl and the Dinosaur' and found out about the life of Mary Anning.  We enjoyed describing dinosaurs and creating our own fossils.  In maths we have been...

Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by B who was excited to tell us all about her new puppy.  We all wrote a list of the things a puppy needs and painted some super portraits of Fifi!

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18.3.2022

This week was British Science Week and the theme was 'growth'.  We found out how plants grow and what they need to survive.  We excitedly planted our own sunflower seed and can't wait to watch them grow!  We also enjoyed painting sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by O who loves playing musical instruments.  She chose for us to use junk to create our own instruments.  We made some super shakers, drums and guitars and loved playing along to 'Sky Full of Stars' with Johnny from Sing 2!

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4.3.2022

We love PANCAKES!  After reading 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' we made our own and tasted different toppings.  

This week, Mr Kricka challenged us to turn our door into a book cover.  We chose the book 'Look Up' by Nathan Bryon.

Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by M who is curious about reindeers.  She explained that she loves them because one day she fed some.  M wanted to find out some information about reindeers so we went on a reindeer fact hunt around the classroom. We enjoyed reading some ‘did you know?’ information to each other and learning some very interesting facts. Did you know that a group of reindeers is called a herd and the biggest herd recorded in the world has 400,000-1 million reindeers in it!? Did you know that male reindeers lose their antlers in the winter but females don’t? Did you know a reindeers antlers can grow up to 3 feet long and that no set of reindeer antlers are the same (just like our fingerprints)? M then challenged her friends to create their very own reindeer using a variety of craft materials. The children also wrote some super sentences about reindeers, remembering some of the new facts they have learned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD BOOD DAY 2022

We dressed up as a book character from one of our favourite books and enjoyed reading the story with our friends.

11.3.2022

This week we became space explorers.  We read the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and enjoyed acting out the story.  We wrote a list of what we would take to the moon with us.  Then we found out about the very first man on the moon...Neil Armstrong and real-life astronauts Chris Hadfield and Mae Jemison.  We learned that there are 8 planets in our solar system and that they rotate around the sun.  We made our own solar systems and created planets using a salad spinner.

Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by D who is curious about how car engines work.  

We watched a video and learned that an engine is a machine that uses many different parts to convert fuel into energy, or power. We also talked about the change we are seeing from cars that need petroleum/diesel to electric cars.  The children then enjoyed playing with the cars, creating car ramps outside and pushing and pulling cars through the paint and creating prints. They were also really good at explaining what they have learned. Some of the children enjoyed exploring a jet engine in virtual reality using the app ‘Jig’.

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Spring Term 1- Superheroes and People Who Help Us

18.2.2022

This week we have talked about dentists and learned how to look after our teeth by brushing them properly and eating healthily.  

We have also enjoyed exploring the craft box and creating our own masterpieces.

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