Friday 8th February 2019
We would like to thank the Chicken and Frog bookshop (in Brentwood) who recommended some wonderful books for us to share in class. Both classes listened carefully to Dear Dinosaur which promoted different styles of writing, such as letters, cards and certificates. They also enjoyed listening to Erik The Lone Wolf, which was about a wolf who thought he could do everything by himself but it turned out he missed his friends. It provided a great opportunity for a friendship focused circle time. It also allowed us to think more deeply about where the story was set, as the illustrations are truly wonderful.
Friday 1st February 2019
What a week! We have thoroughly enjoyed National Storytelling Week in Early Years. Thank you to all parents who volunteered to read a story to a group of children; all children experienced special storytelling time in our Thrive Room.
One of our highlights this week has been making Gingerbread Men! The children enjoyed using the DT room to measure the ingredients, mix it all together, then see them going into the oven. They have been writing ingredients lists, as well as step-by-step instructions. The children got to taste their Gingerbread Man and talk to their friends about the smell, texture and taste.
Friday 11th January 2019
Happy New Year! The children have settled back well, following the Christmas break. We have been looking at 'winter and changes' this week. We also had a fun-filled Music Making Day on Monday, where the children used recycled materials such as boxes, tubes and containers to explore sound. They took it in turns to record their friend's music, using technology such as iPads, cameras and sound buttons. We look forward to seeing our children using the skills gained, during Free Learning next week.
Friday 14th December 2018
This week, we have included some photos of the children during Free Learning. This term every child has made individual progress and they have grown in confidence. The children have become more independent and have enjoyed selecting resources, for purposeful play.
The children have been working hard, learning the Nativity songs and their lines for our performance. We look forward to seeing your on Monday 17th December, at 2pm, when we will be sharing our Nativity performance with you!
Friday 19th October 2018
What a wonderful Half Term we've had! We ended this week by going to the forest on an Autumn Walk, which the children loved. We introduced the children to elements of Forest School; they cannot wait for their sessions to begin!
The children have had a fantastic start to their school journey and we look forward to seeing them continue to progress next Half Term. Enjoy the week off and we shall see you all on Monday 29th October at 8:45am.
We also hope to see you all at our Fireworks Display on Friday 2nd November!
Friday 12th October 2018
The children have enjoyed lots of outside learning this week; preparing soil for new plants, watering and looking after the trees and bushes and harvesting sunflower seeds to be planted next year.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 17th October at 6pm for our Forest School workshop. Please make sure that you contact the office to confirm your place.
Friday 5th October 2018
We would like to congratulate the children who received a certificate and medal in assembly, for completing the Summer Reading Challenge. We hope you continue to use the Harold Hill library all year round. The children have enjoyed choosing their learning this week, exploring both inside and outside. Thank you for joining us to celebrate the Harvest Festival; we hope you enjoyed the songs we performed.
Friday 28th September 2018
Thank you for attending your first Parent Consultation with us. The children have continued settling into school this week, making new friends and exploring their new setting. On Thursday the children took part in their first P.E Challenge Day, where they took part in a variety of physical activities with our P.E coach. Thank you to those who joined us this afternoon, for our music assembly and to read with your child in their classroom. In school we love to promote reading and it was wonderful to see so many adults supporting that too!
We hope to see you on Wednesday 3rd October, at 6pm, for our Read Write Inc Parent Workshop.
Friday 21st September 2018
Thank you for letting us visit you last week; it was a wonderful experience for us, getting to meet you and your child at home. Transition week has now come to an end and we are very excited to see everyone again on Monday. The children have made some new friends and have enjoyed exploring their new setting.
See you on Tuesday 25th September for your first Parent Consultation.
Friday 8th June 2018
What a busy week we've had in Reception - but we are happy as the sun has been shining, so plenty of opportunity to access our wonderful outdoor learning environment!
We started off the week with a whole school assembly to talk about what it means to be healthy. We have learned what our bodies need, how we can develop our muscles and fitness through regular exercise and the importance of drinking plenty of water. We were lucky enough to have some animals to visit us on Tuesday and we learned all about what keeps them healthy too! There was a bearded dragon, a scorpion, a corn snake, chinchilla, a tarantula and a millipede. It was such a lovely surprise for the children. We had a lovely music lesson on Wednesday and learned to write a story by using a story map of 'The Gingerbread Man'.
Thursday was the best day of the week by far as we baked bread sticks and entered them into 'The Great Maylands Bake Off' competition - and Hedgehog class came 3rd! We ate our yummy breadsticks as part of our snack on Friday in the beautiful sunshine. This gave us lots of energy to take part in the 'Soccer Aid' challenge to raise money to buy water pumps for disadvantaged families abroad. Our children have made us so proud by collecting sponsorship money and how much they care about the cause.
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you bright and early on Monday morning ready for another fun packed week!
Friday 25th May 2018
This week in Dormouse and Hedgehog class we continued our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic by learning about the post office and how we send and receive letters. Ms Spillane sent us a letter at the beginning of the week asking us to write back to her with all of the things that we enjoy doing at school! We decided to have a competition to see which letter would reach Ms Spillane first….Dormouse or Hedgehog. After completing the letter we walked to the nearest post box and posted it. Now we just have to wait and see.
We have also been learning about Ramadan in assembly, talking about the importance of walking to school and being healthy, discussing the royal wedding and continuing to develop our wonderful outdoor learning area.
Well done to Milos and Charlotte who received merit certificates in assembly. We have also been handing out some stickers at the end of the day to children who have demonstrated good behaviours for learning - these will be in the back of the home school communication books.
Dormouse had their last session at Forest School for this term and enjoyed a little treat of biscuits and hot chocolate. They created some wonderful dens and props for role play, explored the forest and really challenged themselves to climb and balance! Don’t forget that Hedgehog will be taking part in Forest School after the half term break. Make sure that all clothing is in on Monday 4th June.
- Long sleeved top
- Tracksuit top or jumper
- Hat, sun cream (already applied before coming to school) and water bottle as some days it is very hot.
Thank you to Finlay, Autumn and Gabriella’s parents for coming in and talking to the children about your jobs.
We hope you have a wonderful half term break and look forward to seeing you all soon!
Friday 18th May 2018
Dormouse and Hedgehog have had a wonderful week exploring and working in their outdoor area. Mr Sarkis, our Artist in Residence, has been helping us to develop and fantastic and exciting place to learn. The children have been planning and creating a bicycle track, planting flower beds and tomatoes and deciding where our new chalk boards were going to go. It has been a pleasure to watch them get involved in creating an area that they love.
Thank you very much to Mr Caldwell and Mrs Apps for coming into school to talk to the children about your jobs, they found it very interesting and learned lots of new facts.
Well done to Andrei and Tyler who received merit certificates in assembly this week for being wonderful role models and working hard. Finlay won the reading challenge in Dormouse again and Hedgehog class had four winners, all of them having read five times this week! They were Paige, Summer, AJ and Maisie-Mae. Well done and keep up the good work. Thank you to all of the children who have been bringing in such amazing home learning, it is so lovely to see that you take such pride in your learning.
We look forward to our final week of this half term and lots of new and exciting learning!
Friday 11th May 2018
The children had a wonderful week learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ and were very excited to have a visit from local firefighters! They have produced some lovely writing during literacy showing what they have learned about firefighters and have been working on subtraction during maths.
During outdoor learning children have been creating their own accident and emergency scenarios and have really enjoyed getting into character. I think we may have some budding actors amongst us as they even had me convinced something terrible had happened at one point! We were also lucky enough to have a visit from a Vet and her lovely two guinea pigs. The children learned lots of new information, for example, that blood samples are taken from animals to make sure they are healthy and she uses a stethoscope to listen the animals heart!
Well done to Alfie Wood who received the merit certificate this week for challenging himself to write his full name and having a positive attitude to learning. Once again there were quite a few maths certificates and the reading award went to Finlay Gatdula!
Next week we will be learning about police officers and their role.
Friday 27th April 2018
We have had another busy week in Dormouse class learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly! We are looking forward to receiving some caterpillars soon that we will look after and be able to witness them transform into butterflies in our own class room.
Reception would also like to thank Finlay for bringing in some tadpoles from his pond at home. We will now be able to watch the tadpole’s grow and transform into frogs, how exciting! And this will fit in nicely with our tadpole topic next week.
We have minibeasts everywhere at the moment…in the smallworld area where we will build a bug hotel, in the mud area to explore their features and in the maths area where we can use them to support counting.
Jimmy Kiley received a merit certificate this week for being kind and considerate to others and a good role model for Dormouse Class. Well done Jimmy. Autumn was the winner of this week’s reading challenge and there were quite a few maths certificates given out for CLIC challenges and mathletics. Keep up the hard work Dormouse Class!
Friday 20th April 2018
Dormouse class have had a wonderful week in the sunshine! Our outdoor learning environment is being used to its full capacity with the children experimenting with different ways of transporting water and changing its flow to the most elaborate den building activities!
We were also fortunate enough to have a visit from Wellgate Farm. The children learned all about the farm animals, what they like to eat, what their life is like on the farm and what their babies are called. They were most surprised to find out that a baby rabbit was called a kitten.
Friday 16th March 2018
What an amazing time we have had celebrating science week 2018! Every day the children have been taking part in different learning and experiments. On Monday we started off by 'Exploring the Environment' by having the whole school walk to the forest and take part in a mini beast and scavenger hunt. Although it was pouring with rain the children were not put off and did not even seem to notice.
Tuesday was our 'Exploring the Ocean' day and a particular favourite for Reception as they were able to share their vast knowledge of sea creatures with the class. We watched some beautiful 'Blue Planet' videos and throughout the day the children explored the water and sand trays describing and writing about what they had found or taking photographs of things they found interesting. On Wednesday we were 'Exploring Sound' where the children learned about sound waves and how different materials make different noises. During the afternoon the year groups mixed together to experiment with sound and test out some theories and generally make an incredible amount of noise, which they loved! Thursday was 'Discovering Dinosaurs' and a topic that we are very knowledgeable about as this has previously been one of our topics! They spent the day digging for fossils, identifying footprints and discovering some more cool new facts about dinosaurs.
Friday was the day that we were lucky enough to have a visit from Dr Graham Turnock who is the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency. He talked to the children about what space was like, how astronauts live in space, how stars are created and many more exciting facts about planets, gravity and his job. We have also had the opportunity to try on a real space suit and have been filmed using a green screen by Miss Vingoe...and we can't wait to see the finished product!
It has been a busy but wonderful week and I hope you all have a restful and fun weekend.
Friday 9th February 2018
Dormouse Class have taken part in lots of exciting learning this very cold week in February. We have been learning about Chinese New Year and in particular dragons! Some of the learning that we have enjoyed this week is;
- Watching and discussing some lovely videos of the dragon dances
- Painted our own dragons and wrote sentences to describe them
- Directed each other around the room using positional language, while pretending to be dragon handlers
- Created wonderful stories in the small world area about a village that was under attack from dragons (or where they...?)
- Created castles in the block area and taken part in some fantastic role play
- Relaxed in our reading garden and became engrossed in some of our amazing new books
- Had lots of scientific fun exploring the outside area with this freezing weather and the changes that it had created...and much more!
Well done to Janice and Isabelle-Mai for receiving the golden pencils in assembly. The writing that they produced was beautifully formed and they were very proud of themselves!
Maisie and Nathaniel have received certificates in assembly for being consistently good role models and persevering in all they do. Well done to you both!
Nathaniel and Charlie won the reading challenge this week, by reading at home almost every night, what is fantastic home learning.
These children were excellent mathematicians and received certificates for beating their CLIC and Learn-It challenges:
- Blake (both CLIC and Learn-It's)
- Finlay (both CLIC and Learn-It's)
- Nathaniel (both CLIC and Learn-It's)
- Owen (both CLIC and Learn-It's)
What a fantastic end to the half term. I hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back and ready to learn for the new term!
Friday 26th January 2018
We have had a busy few weeks in Dormouse class and lots of fun along the way! We have been talking about food and cooking, learning new poems and a fantastic song called ‘Food groups are rockin’ tonight’.
During our food topic we have discussed what a recipe is, how to list ingredients and how to write and follow instructions to make a jam sandwich and pancakes. The children have had lots of fun in the DT room and have shown that they are fantastic listeners and cooks!
During free learning they have made a kitchen in construction for Mr Wolf to make his pancakes, a story board of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, a healthy food plate in craft, an obstacle course in the outdoor area, a shop to buy and sell snack, recognising and naming shapes and their properties and much, much more!
The children have been so competitive with their reading challenge and I am delighted to see some lovely comments in the home school communication books.
We were so pleased to welcome everyone in for the story session on Friday afternoon, the children loved showing off their class room and wonderful selection of books!
We are looking forward to more fun packed learning next week.
Well done to Finlay for receiving the merit certificate in assembly for amazing home learning.
Autumn was the winner of the reading challenge, so received her certificate in assembly as well as being awarded the golden pencil for beautiful writing!
Well done Dormouse class for being such wonderful role models.
Friday 8th December 2017
We have had lots of fun this week in Dormouse class with our cheeky Elf, Elvis. He has been getting up to all sorts and really hasn't been a very good role model at all! Luckily the children have been able to show Elvis how he should be behaving.
We have been making Christmas decorations and art work, decorating the tree in Hedgehog class, looking after our lonely penguin from the story book 'Lost and Found' and practising our Nativity.
This week in literacy we have learned how to make story maps and have been acting out the 'Lost and Found' story very well! During baking we learned lots of mathematical skills by weighing and measuring using balance scales. All of the ingredients was measured against one egg...it was very exciting!
We are looking forward to performing our play for everyone next week and hopefully having a dress rehearsal on Friday!
This week the house team with the most house points is: Normans
These children received certificates in assembly for completing their Beat That maths challenge and moving onto CLIC 2!
- Blake T
Also, this week in assembly Owen received a certificate for being a kind and helpful role model in Dormouse class. Well done Owen!
Friday 1st December 2017
In Reception we have been practising every afternoon for our Nativity play, learning lines and song lyrics. We can't wait to perform for our family and friends.
During the week we have been talking about aliens and space. If the aliens landed in Dormouse class they would not know what everything in the class is and what it's used for. So, during literacy we have been writing labels to help them feel welcome!
In math's we are learning how to write number sentences and have proved to fantastic mathematicians once more!
We are also very excited to be getting house points for having a positive attitude, being a good role model, working hard, tidying, persistence and helping others. This week the winning house team In Dormouse class is the SAXONS!
In celebration assembly this week Jaymee received a certificate for being a positive role model, showing respect and kindness to others. Well done Jaymee, you should be very proud of yourself!
Friday 17th November 2017
We have been good mathematicians in Dormouse class this week, practicing number ordering, addition and division! We continued our math's work when we went to the DT room to make cakes to raise money for Children in Need. We weighed, measured and followed the recipe (and had a little taste of the goodies before heading back to class!)
On Thursday we performed our first class assembly. We have been practising over the last couple of weeks to learn the song so that we could teach our family about staying safe online. We were all very proud of ourselves and loved having the whole school, friends and family watch us.
This was another week full of healthy eaters in Dormouse class, especially on Friday when we had fish and cheese and onion quiche.
We have been remembering our Behaviours for Learning this week;
Listen to others
Always be polite
Take pride in our school
Hannah was very proud to receive a certificate in assembly today for being a fantastic mathematician and setting herself challenges! Well done Hannah.
Friday 10th November 2017
We have had another wonderful week full of storytelling, with the children re-enacting the tales they have been learning about this half term.
The children have now been told which house team they belong to. The teams are;
During lunch they sit in their house team, with the helper laying cutlery, clearing plates and serving pudding to their team. Each week a new child will be chosen to be the team helper.
The helpers this week were:
Isabelle- Mai, Autumn, Janice and Avneet. Well done for doing a fantastic job of looking after your team!
In literacy we practised story sequencing and number ordering / recognition in math's. They learned some very clever ball skills in P.E, created their 'No Phone Zone' posters in the Design and Technology room and had a great music session with Miss Lastauskas.
Well done to Jokubas who received a certificate in assembly for being a fantastic role model in phonics!
Friday 3rd November 2017
We hope you had a lovely half term break. It was so nice to see the children in Dormouse class come in on Monday morning with huge smiles on their faces, full of stories of fireworks and Halloween stories!
We started the week on Monday by writing about our Half Term News in literacy and learning to complete simple sequencing patterns in math's. Traditional Tales has been the main topic this week, with the children learning the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff.' On Thursday the children performed the last story to each other by building bridges and using puppets to support their storytelling! During free learning they have been exploring lots of resources that have encouraged them to create their own stories and re-enact the ones that they have learned this week.
We were also very lucky to be able to visit our brand new library. The children were very excited to find that there was a tree house and grass in there! (See photos.)
During free learning here are some of the areas Dormouse have been exploring;
Sand - how it changes when water is added and what different this makes.
Water - using tweezers to catch shapes, name them and talk about their properties.
Construction - building homes for the story characters / re-enacting stories.
Craft - creating Autumn pictures.
Writing area - practising writing their learned phonics sounds and using scissors.
And much more!
I am pleased to report that most of the children are healthy eaters during lunch and they are all happy to try new food.
Well done to the following children who received 'Behaviour for Learning' stickers this week -
Isabelle-Mai received a certificate in assembly on Friday for achieving a goal that she set for herself...to write her first name in full! I'm sure you will agree that this was very challenging and something that she should be very proud of. Well done Isabelle-Mai!
Next week we will continue our Traditional Tales and I look forward to hearing some more fantastic storytelling from Dormouse class.
This week in Dormouse class the children continued to enjoy the Autumn theme by using items that they had collected in their mathematics activity, counting and sorting. During literacy they used their phonic knowledge and copy writing skills to label some pictures. We have been very lucky to have a visit from Sam to help us learn more about Diwali and how it is celebrated and we learned some wonderful new dance routines during our workshop!
The children have worked so hard during their first half term and we are all very proud of their achievements. Not only did we come second in the weekly attendance celebration but we were also awarded the 'Best Class Attendance' cup from Ms. Spillane during assembly for this half term!
Almost everyone in Dormouse was a 'Healthy Eater' this week - they are such good role models during lunch time.
Avneet received a certificate in assembly for being a good role model. Well done Avneet!
Friday 13th October 2017
We have had a very busy week in Dormouse class learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We have taken part in shape hunts, discovering shapes in the sand and water and talking about them and have made some 'missing' posters to see if we could remember everything that we had learned!
On Thursday we went for an Autumn walk in Duck Wood in the Manor, exploring the woodland and collecting some interesting items that were used to create collages in the classroom.
In literacy we were discussing 'The Magic Bed' story and where we would like to go if we too had a magic bed. We created some lovely pieces of work and made up our own magic words.
We have had another week full of healthy eaters! These are children who manage to finish everything on their plates.
Hannah, Isabelle-Mai, Finlay, Mara, Mollie, Jaymee, Autumn, Esther, Maddie, Madelyn, Stelka, Harveen, Jokabus, Isabella, Andrei... and Blake, who has had a clean plate every day! I am sure you will agree that they are managing amazingly well during lunch time.
Janice received a certificate in Assembly on Friday for being a good role model and having a positive attitude to learning. Well done Janice.
Here's to a brilliant last week before the half term break!
Friday 6th September 2017
We've had another busy week in Dormouse class discussing journeys. In literacy we created a 'Journey Map' where we drew a place that we would like to travel to and how we would get there, then we labeled our work. In Math's we were ordering numbers. With such beautiful weather we have had lots of fun in our newly designed garden and have enjoyed a gloopy messy play activity in Dormouse class! We also took part in a full P.E. lesson on Friday, learning how to warm up before exercising and using our bodies to create new movements.
We have handed out lots of 'Healthy Eater' stickers this week to children who have managed to finish everything on their plate!
Isabelle-Mai, Blake, Stelka, Harveen, Finlay, Jokubas, Esther, Maisie, Mollie, Jaymee and Maddie.
It has also been a pleasure to hand out some wonderful 'Behaviour for Learning' stickers too.
- Nathanial - For listening well to others.
- Blake - For taking responsibility for himself.
- Autumn - For having a positive attitude.
- Finlay - For being a positive role model.
- Avneet - For showing respect to others.
Autumn received a certificate in assembly on Friday for consistently being a 'Marvelous Maylander!' Well done Autumn, what a great start to your school year.
What an amazing week Dormouse class have had. I look forward to handing out many more stickers next week.
Friday 29th September 2017
The children have had a fantastic week and have settled in very well to school life! They have accessed all of the continuous provision inside and out, enjoyed lots of story and song session, taken part in Challenge week and have managed extremely well during lunch time.
Friday 30th June 2017
Last week the children enjoyed a trip to Chalkwell beach!
We had a beautiful sunny day where the children were able paddle in the water, build sand castles with their bucket and spade, hunt for crabs and unusual shells and enjoy a deliscious lunch of fish and chips.
We can't wait to do it again next year!
Friday 26th May 2017
We have come to the end of a very busy half term in reception where we took part in some wonderful learning! Here are some of the exciting things we done;
- Painting competition - we painted portraits of our teachers and the winning entries are hanging in Ms Spillane's office.
- We planned a healthy meal that was prepared for us by the catering staff.
- A visit from Chamber Tots where we enjoyed an exciting experience.
- Forest Schools sessions with Miss Stepaniuk.
- Working with our Artist in Residence, Mr Sarkis, to learn how to use tools in our workshop and create animal homes.
- A visit from Wellgate Community Farm - where we learned about the animals and how they are cared for at the farm.
- Den building day.
- Our parent's came into school to share books with us.
- Outdoor Learning Day.
- Visit to Harold Hill library.
- Breakfast morning - we made flapjacks and fruit salad that we served to our parents and carers to raise money for Unicef.
We are looking forward to the rest of the summer term!
Friday 28th April 2017
Dormouse parent consultations - Monday
The children had a wonderful time on Wednesday working with Mr Juson to take part in Challenge Day! All of their results have been logged in their individual 'Health and Fitness Passport' that they will update in September to track how their fitness has improved.
We have been learning about healthy eating this week and had a visit from the school nurse who spoke to the children on how to stay healthy. The children had lots of ideas and suggestion on what they will be doing to be healthy and fit. They even planned a healthy meal that was very kindly prepared by the catering staff on Friday.
We were lucky enough to invite Wellgate Farm to our school on Friday. The children enjoyed a hands on experience with the animals, petting, grooming and feeding them!
Friday 24th March 2017
Another busy week for us in Reception! We are still keeping an eye our class caterpillars, as they seem to be growing bigger and bigger each day! We have noticed that webbing has appeared and we are really excited to see what will happen next. Today we are helping to raise money by taking part in a sponsored walk - It is called The Giant Wiggle and we cannot wait to have the chance to hold the cardboard caterpillar head at the front of the caterpillar line. Next week is the last week before the Easter Holidays; we wonder what changes we will see in our caterpillars?
Beat That/Moved On (Little Big Maths) Alexandra, Reece, Bella, Reigan, Sophia B, Harry
Mathletics (Bronze Award) Jessica x2, Rafe, Reece, Charlotte, Jiya
Merit (Bronze Award) Sophia F, Aansh
Friday March 10th 2017
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Friday February 24th 2017
This week in class we have been learning about farm animals and their young!
There were also two Merit certificates and 'Beat That! Move On!' certificates handed out in this week's assembly!
We're all looking forward to World Book Day next week!
Friday February 10th 2017
This week, we've had lots of fun in Dormouse Class, we shared our Chatterboxes with each other, learning about each other's lives and interests. We also got to play with the Bee-Bot toys which was really exciting as we had to learn how to program his movements!