Reception Learning Journey - Autumn 2018
During the first half term the children have worked hard joining in with lots of practical activities. We have agreed our class rules and developed our reward system linked to the children’s interests (Dinosaurs). The children have settled in well and have built good relationships with the staff; they have also developed lots of new friendships. The children new to Wargrave have confidently settled into the school routine; the flexible transition arrangements really helped to support them and meet their needs. We spent the first two weeks getting to know the children well and taking the time to help them explore their new learning environment. The children were then split into class groups (we worked closely with Mrs McGarity – EYFS Lead and nursery teacher) to ensure a fair and balanced split. Gender, Pupil Premium, summer born children and additional needs were all considered. This academic year has a real diverse mix of children that need to be catered for. The children enjoyed the work we did linked to The Rainbow Fish (Friendship) especially exploring collage materials and making Rainbow Fish frit kebabs.
Autumn, and the seasonal changes were of real interest to the children. We arranged an Autumn walk to Red Brow Woods and invited the families to join us. The children collected lots of leaves, conkers and fir cones and used them to make ‘Leaf Man’ pictures linked to our literacy work; they also had fun printing using water balloons in tights and paint.
When an egg suddenly appeared in the hall the children excitedly guessed that it was a dinosaur (or the Easter Bunny), this was confirmed after a trashed classroom and video evidence were witnessed “Jam has been playing in our classroom.” The children shared lots of dinosaur related stories and found out new information about dinosaurs. Writing a letter to ‘Jam’ and making their own dinosaur name was something the children found very amusing.
The children were very keen to receive a school reading book and have responded well to the new reward system. We have followed the whole school approach of encouraging 5 reads per week, rewarding the children with stickers weekly and working towards a Mad Hatters Tea Party rather than a Starbucks theme. We will continue to promote reading and celebrate individual achievements as well as supporting those children who don’t have an opportunity to read at home. What an exciting and eventful start to the new academic year!