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Class Teacher -  Miss Speller
Learning Support Assistants - Mrs Bowler and Miss Wright

Is four the best age to be and is everybody just like me?

This term we are exploring the question "Is four the best age to be and is everybody just like me?". In this term we  learn all about eachother and we talk about what makes us special and individual. We will explore what and who is important to us. We will also recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways. We will discuss if four is the best age to be or what age would be better and why? 

Outdoor Learning

 We participate in weekly 'Outdoor Learning' sessions in our Forest School area. There are numerous benefits of learning outside the classroom for a child’s development, both physically and mentally. Recently we have read the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt' and together we went on our own bear hunt. We walked through the long wavy grass, the thick oozy mud, the dark forest and worked as a team to build a bridge to cross the river. We are yet to walk through the snowstorm, we are sure this will arrive in the winter. We did find some fresh paw prints that we think were left by a bear!

How we learn

In the Reception class the children have short adult led maths and phonics sessions. They then spend time in COOL learning (choose our own learning). This is where the children have opportunities to develop their own play and independent exploration. The adults then scaffold their learning, helping the children to deepen their knowledge and enrich their vocabulary. Through this the children are able to develop the characteristics of effective learning so that they can play and explore, actively learn and create and think critically.

There are seven areas of learning in reception:Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development, Literacy,  Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design


PE: Mondays (indoor) Friday (outdoor) Please come to school in your P.E kit on these days. 

READING:  Reading books are sent home on a Friday and should be returned on a Friday.


At Layer, we use Tapestry, an easy-to-use and secure online learning journal helping staff and families celebrate their children's learning and development. Tapestry builds a very special record of a child's experiences, development and learning journey through their early years and primary education.

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