Reception Blog- 26/5/17

Reception Blog

25th May 2017

Our final week has been a hot and sunny one!

We have been doing as much outside learning as we can, to make the most of our outside areas and enjoying the weather! On that note, please remember to put sun cream on your children before they come to school and to bring in a sunhat!

We are practising reading sentences in phonics, the children are doing so well.

Today Truro class were lucky enough to go to Pizza Express in the outlet village to learn how to make a pizza, they each made their own and got to take it home.  They looked delicious! (Redruth have already had the pleasure and St Austell will be going after the holiday.)

Our next focus is Journeys.  We asked the children what a journey was and where they would like to go.  If you are going on a journey over the holiday, it would be great to see a picture of it.

Our book focus will be The Queens Knickers by Nicholas Allen

We hope you have a great break and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 6th June.

Early Years Blog- 19/05/17

Welcome back to St Erth’s blog!

Just in case you have not seen her around, Mrs Wojciak had a beautiful baby boy in the half term called Edwards. Both are doing very well.

Since coming back from half term we have been learning about bugs and creepy crawlies! The first week were learning all about spiders, what they like to eat and how many legs they have. We even had a real spider sneak inside the classroom for a visit! Quickly, Mrs Curtis scooped him up in a glass and safely put it outside with all its friends.

The second week we were learning about snails. The children loved finding them around our school. We went on a snail hunt outside collecting snails and their empty shells. The children really enjoyed finding their trails and learning about their habitats.

Week three we looked at red and black spotted ladybirds. We found out that they have 6 legs and all insects have 6 legs. We also enjoyed counting the different amount of spots on a ladybird’s back. Did you know different ladybirds have different amount of spots on their back?

As well as finding out about bugs, Mrs Curtis has started up her Balance Ability group again. A different group of children this term have been given the opportunity to learn how to ride a balance bike. They have really enjoyed it. To show the improvement and balancing skills, the children even received certificates. We will select a different group after half term.

In P.E. we have been busy practicing for sports day, trying out different races which we might do on the day. All the children have been working really well in their teams, cheering each other on to win. The competitiveness is in the air, but all the children are still having lots of fun!

In phonics we have started to learn about rhyming and the children have really enjoyed making up their own funny rhyme to go with their names. They could continue this at home.

The role play area has been transformed into an exotic pet vet, the children have pretending to be either the vets or the animals going for help to feel better.

 On Thursday 18.05.17 the morning children was lucky enough to be invited to the road safety magic show! The children had a great time. The children learned about road safety mixed with fun magic. Good time had by all.


Dates for your dairies:

  • 5th of June -TD day
  • 19th of June -School race for life (children will be running around the school)
  • 3rd of July- Sports day.  Am children- 10 am and PM children -1.30 pm

Reception Blog- 19/5/17

It has been a great week this week, with lots of exciting things going on.

Today we enjoyed a visit from a magician called “The Great Randini” who taught us all about road safety and the magic of Stop Look and Listen!

In maths we have been looking at halving and sharing, we have put the children in lots of different scenarios and looked at how we can share objects and halve objects, they grasped this really well.

Our studies of the book The very Hungry Caterpillar have been a great success and have led to lots of great writing, recounting the story and some beautiful creations of caterpillars.

We set the children a challenge question this week and asked them why we have the logo of a train on our uniform?  We have had some great answers to this, including “So that people know we are all from the same place.”   The children have been engrossed in making model trains, copying our logo and even building a train line, complete with outlet village and station!

In our outdoor classroom we have made some very tuneful wind chimes!  Thank you for all the donations of metal cutlery and even some copper piping cut to size, complete with holes drilled! Amazing!

Exciting news:

We have been working very hard today in our Eco Classroom, creating a superb bug hotel!  We foraged for lots of natural things to make some interesting habitats for the bugs to enjoy.  We sat in our log circle and enjoyed talking about the bugs that might use the hotel and look forward to going back to see our visitors!

Book focus for next week will be Jack and the Beanstalk.

Governor of the Month- Jim Robbins

I came into the school to sit in on the Safeguarding and Child Protection Quality and Assurance visit, which was carried out by an Independent Safeguarding Consultant.
We started the visit with a tour of the school looking to ensure that all the policies and procedures that the governors have adopted were being used properly and that all children in the school were safe and secure.
With the tour completed, we then worked through a 20-page document that detailed all of legislation and best practice guidelines that the school has to follow. I was really pleased that Mrs Lowe and her team are clearly on top of things and they had all the paperwork to hand to provide evidence that they met each of the requirements.
The outcome of the audit was that the school meet all of the government and local authority standards in terms of safeguarding and child protection, the staff and volunteers in the school are properly recruited and trained, children have an understanding of safeguarding issues and the school deals effectively with any child protection issues that arise.
There were a few recommendations for the school to improve their performance, mainly ideas from other schools where they have tried new ways to get safeguarding messages across to visitors and staff.
I was really pleased to see how much time and effort is put into safeguarding and child protection, and how well the records are kept. It is clear that Mrs Lowe and her team work extremely hard to protect the pupils, and parents can be very confident that their child is safe at Even Swindon.