Welcome to Cygnus Class! We are the Foundation Stage. Mrs Hulbert is our teacher and Mrs Freeman is our teaching assistant.
We hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting learning we do and looking at the photos of our exploits.
We have put some documents below which you might find useful - Our topic forecast for the term will let you know what we are learning about so that you can talk to your children about it at home or share books etc, maybe put something in the blue scrap book which relates to the topic e.g an Autumn leaf that you have found on a walk.
I have also added a document which lists the Early Learning Goals - this is what the children will be expected to achieve by the end of their Reception year. All our learning is planned to meet those expectations.
You will be informed as the year progresses, how your child is progressing towards them at Parents' evening etc. There is also a document which will support you in helping your child with their reading at home, giving you some ideas of the types of questions you can ask them, but always remember to ensure the reading is fun AND NOT A CHORE!
I hope you find this useful in supporting your children at home towards their goals.
Welcome to the new Reception and Nursery children of Cygnus class.
We have had a very busy first half term and the children have settled in beautifully. They already seem so much more grown up.
We have spent the first half term getting to know each other and getting to know the routines and the environment. The children have had such fun exploring their new setting and all the lovely resources we have.
Our topic for the first half term was Nursery rhymes and the children enjoyed singing all the rhymes they know and learning some that were new to them. Some of our activities included making Humpty Dumpty who kept falling off his wall and carrying out an investigation using eggs as Humpty. We wanted to find out how we could protect Humpty and stop him from breaking. We tested lots of different materials to see which would be the most effective. We found out that cotton wool was really good.
The weather was really kind to us so we have had lots of opportunities to play outside and even had our first outdoor learning day. We took everything outside and even took the tables with us so that we could make Hickory Dickory Dock.
One of the things we love doing the most is playing in the Mud Kitchen! We have made all sorts of lovely concoctions and lots of mess!
We are experiencing our first P.E. lessons and getting used to following instructions and using space safely. One of our favourite games is Stuck in the Mud.
During our Nursery Rhyme topic we had to become detectives and go on the hunt for Little Bo Peep's sheep as she had lost them in our garden! Luckily we managed to find them all and as they had numbers on them we were able to make sure we had them all and line them all up in the right order for Bo Peep. She was very happy to have them all back safely.
During October we celebrated Harvest by going to church for our first service and in the classroom we learned all about why we celebrate Harvest. One of the activities we did was to learn the names of lots of fruit and vegetables, find out where they came from, then we used them to complete some artwork in the style of Guiseppe Archimboldo. The work we produced was stunning and blew Mrs Hulbert's socks off!
Now we have completed our first half term and it is down to the hardwork! We are learning lots of new sounds through our new phonics scheme Read Write Inc and we have started our new topic Autumn and autumn celebrations. We have been on an autumn walk and collected some beautiful autumn treasure. We even brought lots in from home and have created a wonderful tray of autumn treasure for us to explore and investigate. Our observational drawings of autumn finds have been lovely.
One of the autumn festivals we have celebrated is Diwali. We found out all about the story of Rama and Sita and the way that Diwali is celebrated. We took part in Mendhi painting on our hands and made beautiful Rangoli patterns with powder paint and chalk. Our diva lamps were lit and we sang a song about the festival of lights.
We are looking forward to an open morning on Saturday November 17th so that people can come and see all the exciting things we do in Cygnus class. Please come and have a look.
Another term over and the reception children in Cygnus class are over half way through their first year in school. They have come such a long way and grown so much in every way, the first steps on their learning journey have been leaps!
During this busy term, we have completed a topic on Ourselves, celebrated Chinese New Year and World Book day. Every day we are growing in confidence and our skills are developing at such an impressive rate!
During our topic on Ourselves, we learned about people who help us and had visits from the Police and a nurse. Both people were mummies of children in our class, so we were very lucky. No one was arrested but we did take some temperatures and a few of us got bandaged!
To celebrate Chinese new year we had a tasting session and for our snack we tried some Chinese food. We really enjoyed the tastes that were new to some us. It was just like a Chinese takeaway in the classroom. Some of the food included noodles, prawn crackers, different types of rice. Our favourite food was the prawn crackers!
Some of our special learning days have included Pattern day and World Book Day.
For Pattern day, we learned all about different kinds of patterns that we could see and make. Sometimes it was using shapes and sometimes it was using numbers.
For World Book day we dressed up as our favourite book characters and enjoyed theatre group activities based around one of our favourite class stories, The Snail and the Whale.
In our child initiated play, we have discovered some really good builders and architects. There has been some amazing building using the wooden blocks. We make hotels, dinosaur homes and all sorts of buildings for the animals and the cars in our classroom.
We enjoy learning about shapes and have become very good shape detectives, tracking down 2d and 3d shapes in our classroom.
It was a long and busy Spring term finishing in a wonderful Easter Service where we sang our song 1,2,3,4,5 I know Jesus is alive and told part of the Easter story about Palm Sunday. Mrs Hulbert and Mrs Freeman were very proud of the children who spoke so beautifully in church and the whole class for their singing. We are now all ready for our Easter break and looking forward to coming back for the Summer term and learning all about life cycles and mini beasts - Yikes!
Have a happy and peaceful Easter break. Stay safe and come back well rested.