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

Is everybody just like me?

This term our concept question is 'Is everybody just like me?' Within this we will explore our similarities and differences. We will celebrate the things that make us special and individual. When focusing on this question we will explore texts such as 'Elmer', 'Giraffes can't dance' and  'All are welcome'. Through expressive arts we will look closely at our physical appearance and using materials such as play dough and clay we will create art work of ourselves. We will discuss our likes and dislikes and learn how to communicate these as we build new friendships with our peers. As a class we will learn about each other's families and traditions within them. This will intertwine with how we celebrate key moments in our early life such as our birthdays. 

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! Upon our return to the classroom we also found Bertie Bear, our class bear. Bertie notices likes to notice all of thr children following our school rules and at the end of the week he likes to spend the weekend with our class role model. 

How we learn

In the Reception class the children have short adult led maths and phonics sessions. They then spend time in COOL (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:  Please bring books bags and reading books into school on a Thursday. We will then send home new books on a Friday.

Learning journals

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.

In addition to this we also use paper learning journals. Opportunities for you to view your child's learning journal will be communicated to you throughout the school year. 

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