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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.

This half term we will be looking at the different occupations of people who help us. We will be visited by the fire service ahead of Bonfire Night and hopefully we will have some other special visitors before we break up for Christmas. We will also be looking at the changes and effects of Autumn on our environment. This will link closely to our class story of 'Owl Babies', where the children will have another opportunity to become story makers in the classroom, retelling the story using their words, actions and a story map. During this half term the children will also have the opportunity to think about a number of special occasions including Remembrance Day, Diwali and Christmas. You can find out more in our curriculum brochure for this half term. 

We will be joining in with the Christmas celebrations with the rest of the school for our decoration morning, Christmas performances and of course, our Christingle service that will be held on Friday 21st December at 1:45pm. We will continue to explore our new school vision where we will not only be thinking about our value of 'Trust' for this half term, but how it links closely to our school values of Love, Friendship and Forgiveness within the classroom.


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.