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

Do you have to see something for it to be real?

This term we are exploring the question “Do you have to see something for it to be real?” We will explore traditional tales; the characters, settings, the storyline and the problems the characters face within the story. After becoming familiar with many traditional tales we will use our storytelling skills to create our own stories. Using our imagination and creativity we will plan, tell, act out and write short stories to share with our peers. Within this term we will also go on many ‘magical carpet rides’. On our magical carpet we will visit different places around the world, this will be based on the children’s interests on what countries they would like to find out more about. On our magical carpet ride we will also visit space and we will be going back in time to the time of the dinosaurs. This will complement our learning of ‘past and present’. Whilst on our magical journey we will listen to and create our own music based on a variety of genres. We will be introduced to different artists, their artwork and their key skills they used to create their masterpieces. Using our own creativity and key skills we have learnt we will create artwork, expressing ourselves through our own chosen method.

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!

Cook, Cook, Cook!

We had great fun with Darren from Roots for Food helping us to make Italian Stromboli!  Did you know that Stromboli means "Volcano" in the English language.  The tomatoes, cheese and pineapple represent the bubbling lava inside!

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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