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St John's CE First School


Reception children start their school life in the Elephant class. We have lots of fun and do exciting things with our teacher Miss Jessop, and teaching assistants Mrs Evans and Mrs Burnham-Slipper. We do lots of learning through play both in the classroom and outside. We are really lucky to have a covered outdoor area which means we can carry on learning in all weathers! 

We enjoy learning through a variety of fun and interactive topics. We love being creative and having the opportunity to add a touch of sparkle to EVERYTHING! We make the most of our amazing school grounds during all weathers and also venture further afield. After the success of last year we will continue to visit the Forest Garden in Wimborne every Tuesday morning to enhance our outdoor learning experiences. We love to visit the local woods and we also have a visit from a local farm in the spring term.

Our classroom is very warm and caring and we are always busy. We always have a smile on our face! We enjoy playing instruments, singing songs, painting and making things. Look at the photo gallery to see some of the exciting learning we have been doing.

Spring Term - Castles

This half term we will be basing the first part of our learning on the Jack and the Beanstalk story. We will start off by listening to the story and then using our storymaking skills to help us draw a story map so that we can begin to retell the story ourselves using our actions to help us. We will even have the chance to grow our own beanstalks!This will lead us nicely on to thinking about and exploring castles. We will be encouraging the children to think about their own questions, such as; who lives in a castle,  why do we have castles,  and what are the different parts of castles called? 

During this half term the children will also have the opportunity to visit the Life Bus which provides a memorable and interactive experience which helps teach children how to keep themselves healthy and safe. The children meet Harold the Giraffe who is very excited about going to his grandparents’ house and they help him check he has everything in his bag including the items in his wash-bag. Using a body tunic the children learn about the functions of some major internal organs. 

We will continue to explore our new school vision where we will not only be thinking about our value of 'Justice' for this half term, but how it links closely to our school values of Love, Friendship and Forgiveness within the classroom. They will be reflecting on our vision image and where they see themselves before placing their picture on the ark, to join the rest of the school as part of the St Johns Family.

The children have really settled in to their session down at the Forest Garden on Tuesday mornings. They are throwing themselves in to exploring their surroundings and looking closely at the changes in the environment that the seasons bring. Please remember to wrap up warm with lots of layers (and thick socks) as we enter the colder weeks.


Home Learning

Phonics - children will bring a letters and sounds book home every Friday with the sounds and tricky words to practise. Ideas are provided in the front of the book.

Home Learning Project - Children will be sent home a home learning project every half term. This can be completed over several weeks. A day is set aside at the end of each home learning project for children to share their learning at school and celebrate with their parents and carers.