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 16th February 2018
What a fantastic week!
This week the whole school has been celebrating British Science Week by spending the week exploring and discovering.
On Monday the children ventured into the forest to hunt for mini beasts and different textures. This then informed their maths where the children completed tally charts and bar charts. The children loved getting stuck in with the exploration of the outdoors.
On Tuesday, the theme was oceans. The children enjoyed listening to the story The Rainbow Fish in class and they made their own rainbow fish in the DT room. They explored the concept of oceans by creating and observing a ‘seascape bottle’ to see how sand and stones sink to the bottom of the oceans. The children had fantastic knowledge about different sea animals.
On Thursday, the children explored sound. They all went into different classes throughout the school to conduct different experiments such as making instruments, making string telephones and listening to the change of pitch depending on how much water is in a glass bottle. They really enjoyed playing sound bingo in class, guessing the different sounds. Perhaps the children could play a game of this at home over the weekend!
On Thursday the theme was, Dinosaur Discovery. The children became archaeologists, brushing different fossils and matching them to the correct dinosaurs. We may now have some budding archaeologist in Hedgehog class!
Lastly to end the week, the children travelled to space with a day of space painting and a visit from Graham Turlock, CEO of the UK space agency. They were so lucky to experience such a fantastic week and I know they have learnt a lot.
Well done Hedgehog class and have a brilliant weekend.
Friday 9th February 2018
What a great week in Hedgehog Class.
This week the children have been getting into the festive spirit, learning more about Chinese New Year. We have decorated the home corner to look like a Chinese restaurant and all of the fantastic decorations the children have been making for their home learning have been put up and look brilliant.
The children spent time in the DT room this week and painted their own dragons, inspired by the Chinese New Year theme. They then wrote some sentences to describe their dragon that they had created. All of the children worked really hard and I was very impressed with their independence in using the phonics sound chat. They have all come such a long way.
In maths we have been looking at direction and position. The children had a good time blindfolding their friends and directing them around to find the hidden dragons in the class. They were able to use brilliant positional language to direct their friends. They also really enjoyed having a good at programing one of the Beebots and giving it directions to move around the Beebot mat.
A big thank you to my special lunchtime helpers this week: Samson, Sienna, Rio and Ayoola. The children have been trying really hard this week to eat lots of their dinner and they have been doing a fantastic job. Well done everyone.
Congratulations to Seren Jones who has received a golden pencil this week for her fantastic writing in her literacy lesson and her hard work in phonics.
Congratulations to Blake, Molly and Alieem for all coming joint 1st in our ongoing weekly reading competition.
Congratulations to Sienna for winning this week’s merit certificate for challenging herself this week to read. She has spent a lot of time in the reading area reading stories to her friends and her puppets. Well done you.
Friday 5th January 2018
Welcome back and a happy new year!
Well it was only a three day week this week, but the children have still had a brilliant time.
The children spent the week getting excited about their upcoming Pantomime trip and listening to the story of Beauty and the Beast. Some of the children created lovely pictures and labelled them about the story.
We have been looking at the works of Kandinsky, and all of the children have re-created a piece using paints, they look super well done.
On Thursday the children had two very special visitors. They were two police officers and they had a lot of very important things to teach the children. The children learnt about what vehicle a police officer might travel in, what animals might help them and what they wear. This was so the children would be able to spot a police officer! They gave the children two key pieces of advice which were: Remember your last name and remember the name of your street. This is in case of an emergency.
On Friday was the long awaited pantomime trip. The children were exceptionally well behaved and this was commented on by members of the public. They had a wonderful time and I am sure you have heard all about it at home.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend ready to start back again on Monday.
Friday 15th December 2017
What a fabulous snowy week!
The children had a fantastic day on Tuesday walking through the snow. We had lots of discussions about how the snow melted because our hands were warm and great descriptive words about the sounds it made under our feet.
This was followed by our spectacular Christmas performance. Thank you to everyone who came, the children worked so hard and it definitely paid off. They were amazing!
In maths this week the children have been find “one less”. This has led to writing subtraction number sentences. WOW! We have some great mathematicians in Hedgehog Class.
The children have been practising their writing by writing out their Christmas cards this week. They cannot wait to take them home to show you.
There have been Christmas crafts galore this week. From holly wreaths to ball balls. The children have loved getting into the Christmas spirit this week.
This was all topped off by a very interesting assembly from our own Spanish teachers about how Christmas is celebrated in Spain. I am sure your children can give you some facts.
Thank you to the lunchtime helpers this week who were: Summer, Nicholas, Iacov and Rio.
Congratulations to Temitope for his fantastic work in maths this week. He was able to find one less of a number without need to count!
The house point results this week for Hedgehog Class...
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Friday 1st December 2017
We have had a wonderful wintery week in Hedgehog Class.
The children have started looked at number sentences and have been using number lines to work out “one more!” The children really enjoyed using the mathematical symbols and have begun writing their own in their free learning.
On Thursday, the children watched an advent assembly from Russel. They learnt about the importance of always being caring to other, especially during the Christmas period.
The children have been using their imaginations in literacy. They thought about what they would like to show an alien if one were ever to come to visit Drapers’ Maylands. They wrote some labels and short sentences to help the aliens learn about the things in our school.
They have all been working so hard on their upcoming nativity. I am sure you are all as excited as they are to see it!
Weren’t we so lucky to receive some snow! The children loved playing in it and catching it. It also inspired some lovely snowflake making in the art area.
Thank you to the lunchtime helpers this week who were: Max, George, Lexi-Lou and Tyler.
Congratulations to Lexi-Lou who won the class certificate this week for a fantastic attitude to learning and for being a fabulous role model. Well done you.
Another big well done to some children who have received a “Beat it” certificate for scoring full marks on their Big Maths for 3 weeks in a row. They are: Lexi-Lou, Summer, Maisie-Mae, Seren, Sienna and Molly.
This week we have introduced house points. The children know that their brilliant behaviour does not go unnoticed and now they can earn points for their team for doing so.
I hope you all enjoy your weekends.
Friday 17th November 2017
In Hedgehog class, the children have been working hard.
They have been ordering their numbers to 20 and have been looking at different 2D shapes and their properties.
In assembly the children learnt about Children in Need and the importance of the charity. On Wednesday the children made some cakes to sell at the cake sale on Friday to raise money. This was a great opportunity for the children to use some measuring skills as they had to weigh out their ingredients.
On Thursday the children visited the library. They were all so very impressed with how beautiful our school library is and felt very proud that it was theirs. The children enjoyed reading a book in the tree house and on the carved stools.
The children also had the opportunity to meet the new baby chicks at the Academy where they all had a stroke.
Thank you to the lunchtime helpers this week who were: Temitope, Sienna, Paige and Maisie.
Congratulations to Paige last week for receiving the class certificate for all her hard efforts in class. This week the certificate is going to Maisie-Mae for always being helpful in class and being a kind friend.
Well done Hedgehog class for your efforts this week. Remember to practise our ‘be safe’ song for our assembly on Thursday 23rd and any lines you may have. Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 10th November 2017
In Hedgehog class the children have been sequencing the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ They have also been sounding out some of the words from the story. In maths the children have been practising their number recognition and number ordering. They have also been using their rhymes: ‘1 and 1 is 2, tap it on your shoe. 2 and 2 is 4, tap it on the door.’
The children have been creating firework pictures using lots of different materials, inspired by the shows some of them visited and fireworks their saw out of their windows on the weekend.
In P.E the children have been learning football skills. They have been working hard dribbling the ball around cones and keeping their heads up at the same time.
The children have now learnt 18 sounds in phonics and with those they are able to make many 3 letter words eg: cat, leg and hot. Their confidence is building every day.
This week at lunchtime the children were split into 4 different house teams. A leader was chosen from each team to walk their friends into the hall and to gather their cutlery and tidy the plates. The helpers this week were: Joshua, Seren, Savannha and Molly. They done a fantastic job and were brilliant role models.
Have a restful weekend and see you on Monday.
Friday 3rd November 2017
This week in Hedgehog class the children have been learning about traditional tales in literacy. They have been listening to the stories, telling their friends the stories with puppets and also acting the stories out. They have been creating all different types of patterns in mathematics. Some children have been making colour patterns and some have been making shape patterns.
The children have been looking closely at autumnal colours this week and have produced some amazing pieces of work.
In their assemblies they have been learning about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate fireworks day. Then back in the classroom they have been using chalk to make beautiful firework pictures.
All of the children are working so very hard in phonics, saying the different sounds in words and blending them together. They all now have a reading book with words to read at home. They cannot wait to practise.
On Friday in P.E, the children learnt ball skills. They worked very hard to dribble the ball around the playground and control it.
We have had another week full of healthy eaters! These are children who manage to finish everything on their plates: Seren, George, Savannha, Lexi-Lou, TemiT, Maisie-Mae, Blake and Max! This week the children have been sitting with some of the children from year 2 during lunchtimes to help give them a better idea of the lunchtime routines.
Nicholas has received a certificate this week for always trying hard in phonics and for his brilliant work this week in maths.
Well done Hedgehog class, I can’t wait to see what next week brings.
We have had a very busy week in Hedgehog class learning sounds and practising our counting. We have been counting autumnal objects, creating rangoli art, singing autumn songs and looking at different recipes!
On Tuesday, the children had the amazing opportunity to watch the London Chamber Orchestra play. They all watched in awe as they heard the amazing sounds of the brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. They were even given the chance to play some of them.
In literacy we have been using our new knowledge of the phonic sounds to create words. The children have really grown in confidence and their writing is looking great.
On Friday all of the children were treated to a Diwali dance lesson. They all retold the story of Ram and Sita through wonderful dance movements.
We have had another week full of healthy eaters! These are children who manage to finish everything on their plates: Seren, George, Savannha, Lexi-Lou, Demiee-Lee, TemiT, Maisie-Mae Blake, Eva, Molly, Rio and Joshua! All of the children have been managing brilliantly during lunchtimes.
Blake received a certificate in Assembly on Friday for being a good role model and for always being kind to her friends. Well done Blake.
I hope that everybody enjoys their half term break. See you all soon!
Well Hedgehog class have had a very busy week! The children had a visit from athlete Serita Solomon, where they completed different sporting tasks and listened to her inspiring story. On Thursday the children went on an Autumn Walk where they discovered the beautiful colours, sounds and textures of the autumnal season in the woods. As well as all this, they children have still been working hard learning new sounds in their phonics lessons and practising their 2D shapes in maths. Well done Hedgehog class for all your hard work this week.
Friday 6th October 2017
The children in Hedgehog Class have had a very busy week. They have been thinking all about journeys. We have been sharing the different journeys we have been on local and far and even drawn some pictures of them. They have also been practising their counting and ordering numbers. This was all topped off with an exciting P.E lesson where the children were practising different movements. Well done Hedgehog Class!
Friday 29th September 2017
The children in Hedgehog class have had a very exciting week. They have been exploring the outdoor area and creating exciting stories in dinosaur world. The children have really enjoyed communicating with each other in the role play area and making new friends. We are all very excited for the next weeks to come!
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
Hedgehog parent consultations - Wednesday
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
Friday March 3rd 2017
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
We had a very exciting week this week in Hedgehog Class. One of our parents very carefully donated a DINOSAUR EGG for us to look after! We took great care to make sure it was safe and warm, and were really excited when it began to hatch!
We also made Play-doh fossils and model dinosaurs out of card. It was great fun to learn about these pre-historic monsters!
We also took time this week to practise our handwriting skills on the big white board!