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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.

Summer Term - Minibeasts

This half term we will be basing the first part of our learning on 'The Very Lazy Ladybird' by Isobel Finn . 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 also be reading a range of other fiction texts relating to our bug friends, including 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'The Snail and the Whale' and 'What the Ladybird Heard' to name but a few.

The children will also have the opportunity to experience 'Bug-Fest' on Friday 17th May where they will get to meet, learn about and in most cases handle, an amazing range of fascinating invertebrates from all over the world. This session provides a memorable and interactive experience which helps teach children all about these exotic creatures and their habitats.  

We will continue to explore our school vision where we will not only be thinking about our value of 'Friendship' for this half term, but how it links closely to our Heart Smart learning with out new friend Boris the robot! The children will be thinking about God's role as 'The Creator' in our RE lessons as we explore the story of creation, including all things great and small.

The children are able to use the forest school setting to really explore our minibeast topic. Be it retelling stories, looking closely at the minibeasts and their habitats, or even making shelters in the form of bug houses or bug hotels. They will continue to be encouraged to explore their surroundings and look closely at the changes in the environment that the seasons bring. Please remember that in the summer months the garden comes back to life! The children must still wear clothing that covers all of their arms and legs (no shorts and t-shirts), and on the warmer days it is really important that children bring plenty of water, wear their sun hats, and have sunscreen applied before arriving at the garden.

At the end of this half term, the children will also have their first experience of presenting their own class assembly! The children will be able to share with you their minibeast learning and their 'Jack and the Beanstalk' play that they have been working hard on throughout the year. Be sure to put Wednesday 22nd May into your diary.

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.