Our class is named after Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale is an inspirational British nurse who showed lots of compassion to injured soldiers during the Crimean War.
She was known by many as 'The Lady With the Lamp' because she would often walk around the wards carrying a lamp whist checking on her patients.
She was the founder of modern nursing, which has helped to provide support and treatment for many patients during their recovery for many years and her legacy still lives on today. She changed the way that patients were treated and improved the poor conditions of hospitals to make them better for her patients by improving their health and speeding up their recovery.
After learning all about Florence Nightingale and looking at videos of modern nurses in their roles, the children were ready to take on the role as nurses in our hospital role-play area.
Please take a look at the overview of learning that your children will be working on in our final half term.
Maths - Comparing lengths & heights
In maths, we have been looking at comparing different lengths and heights. We have been using vocabulary 'longer' & 'shorter' and 'taller' & 'shorter' to describe different measurements and compare them. To measure the length of things, we have been using cubes as a guide to compare how long/short different items are.
PSHE - Building Relationships
This very important topic has been helping us learn about how to have positive relationships with those around us. We have explored the effect that unkind words can have and how we should treat our friends and those around us using role play and stories. We've also learned a very important phrase that we're going to use whenever somebody does something or says something that we don't like ' 'Please don't do that, I don't like it.' If they continue to do it, we know then to go and tell an adult.
Week beginning 5th April
In our RE lessons this term we have been thinking about Lent which is the build up to Easter. We started off by tasting pancakes and putting different toppings on them. We learnt about Palm Sunday by re enacting the story and found out about Easter traditions such as making an Easter Garden which represents the Easter story and we made a floral cross which is a symbol for new life and how Jesus died on the cross. We also tasted Hot Cross Buns, made Easter cards and looked at the signs of Spring. Please take a look at the Gallery below to view our wonderful work.
Week beginning 21st March
We have now finished book 15 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 15 focusses on the letters and sounds ar ur or. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child. The link to the resource is on our class dojo page.
PSHE - Stranger Danger!
We have been learning about a very important topic in Stranger Danger! We have been learning about who strangers are, who we can judge to be people we know and who are strangers. We also learnt what we should do if a stranger approaches us or if we get lost in a shop. We were very sensible and also discussed that not all strangers are bad but we must always be careful around people we don't know. We listened to an engaging story to remind us about this.
Week beginning 21st March - Maths
We have been progressing in our maths work and continuing to expand our knowledge of the composition of numbers up to 10. We have been looking at different groups that make certain numbers to 10, with specific focus on doubles.
Week beginning 14th March
We have now finished book 14 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 12 focusses on the letters and sounds oa oo oo. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child. The link to the resource is on our class dojo page.
This week, we have enjoyed planting our very own beans. We will monitor the progress of the beans over the next few weeks. Once they have grown tall, the children will take their beans home where they can grow them in their own garden. The children will also write some instructions on how to plant a seed as part of their english session.
We have been continuing our learning on our understanding of number with particular focus on addition and forming number sentences. We have been looking at different ways to use resources such as ten frames and other practical resources to form number bonds to 10 and to translate these into number sentences. We have learned the symbols '+' and '=' and have been using these in our number sentences.
This week, the children have been looking at they have grown from when they were a baby. We discussed what they can do now compared to what they could do in the past when they were babies. The children enjoyed sharing their baby photos with the rest of the class and they were very good at talking about their own past.
PSHE - Healthy Me
In Jigsaw, we have been learning about how we keep our bodies healthy. This is part of our 'Healthy Me' curriculum and looks at how important health can be and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy. We have been exploring what foods are healthy and unhealthy, why and how to keep our teeth clean and the importance of sleep.
Week beginning 28th February
We have now finished book 13 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 12 focusses on the letters and sounds ai ee igh. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child. The link to the resource is on our class dojo page.
Visit to the local Flower Shop
This half term, we have set up our very own flower shop and garden centre as part of our growing theme. To support the children to understand the roles and responsibilities of people working in a flower shop, we visited the local flower shop in our community. The florist was very helpful and showed us how to arrange a bouquet of flowers. He taught us the names of many flowers and informed us of their origins also. We learned how best to take care of flowers and how to wrap them up. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Makin for providing this amazing service for us.
To introduce our new theme all about growing, we have set up a flower shop and garden centre to support the children to have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of people who work in these shops.
Spring 2-Curriculum summary
Please take a look at our learning for the next term. We are moving on from our Winter/Frozen theme and introducing Spring/growing.
Week beginning 7th February
We have now finished book 12 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 12 focusses on the letters and sounds cks tch nk. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child. The link to the resource is on our class dojo page.
Reception had so much fun taking part in the History Day this week. We focused on the history of castles as we are reading the story 'Jack and Beanstalk' next half term and part of the story is set in a castle.
The children dressed up as kings, queens, princesses and knights and discussed how these roles from the past have changed in the present.
This week we have been experimenting with ice art. We used the water colours to paint different shades of colour on the ice. We observed how the colours changed as they spread and observed how they cascaded down the ice. The children were facinated with this. Maybe you could practise this at home with your child.
Week beginning 24th January
We have now finished book 11 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 11 focusses on the letters and sounds dge ve wh. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child. The link to the resource is on our class dojo page.
This week the children undertook a fair test. We made our very own predictions about which ingredient would melt the ice the quickest. We placed the same amount of ice in each bowl and placed two tablespoons of different ingredients on to the ice. We waited and made observations of the ice melting throughout the experiment. It took a long time but eventually, our conclusion was that the salt melted the ice the quickest and the sugar took longest to melt the ice. We had so much fun undertaking the test.
This week we have been learning all about how Inuit people sometimes build igloos in the Arctic Regions. The children were fascinated by this and wanted to create their own igloos. They used a range of different resources to build their own igloos.
Some children chose to use material and construction equipment whilst others chose to use junk modelling, paints and cotton wool.
Week beginning 17th January
We have now finished book 10 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 10 focusses on the letters and sounds sh th ng. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child. The link to the resource is on our class dojo page.
This term, we have been exploring how to keep ourselves healthy. The topic has been 'Healthy Me' and we started off by learning how to keep our teeth clean and why it is so important. We even had someone in our class model how to clean their teeth for 2 minutes! Since then, we have been cleaning our teeth in class everyday to keep our teeth sparkly!
We have also looked at the importance of healthy eating and exercise for our bodies. We have identified healthy and unhealthy foods and even looked at the impact of exercise on our bodies!
As part of our winter/frozen learning, we have set up a Polar Regions area in the outdoor learning area. The children have enjoyed taking on the roles of researchers in the research centre and writing facts about all of the animals that they have been learning about.
The children requested a castle form the film Frozen and we have really enjoyed this addition to our outdoor area.
Week beginning 10th January
We have now finished book 9 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 9 focusses on the letters and sounds zz ch qu . Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
We have been looking at how the weather has changed from Autumn to Winter and observing the effects of this in the environment. We went on a Winter walk and made observation of the trees and plants around the school. We learned that we have deciduous and evergreen trees in our playground and used the language of bare and naked to describe how deciduous trees look during the winter months.
We were very excited to explore the snow when it arrived in our playground and discussed whether it only snows during the winter months. We discussed how we keep ourselves warm during winter and thought about how the animals keep warm also.
Week beginning 6th December
We have now finished book 8 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 8 focusses on the letters and sounds x, y and z. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
Curriculum - Winter theme - December
Now that the dark nights have begun and the cold weather has well and truly said 'hello', we have now moved away from our Autumn theme and have started to learn about the season of Winter. We have initially looked at some of the changes in winter, why the temperature changes and even which trees stay the same and which trees change!
Please take a look at this half terms learning. We are moving on to our new theme of Winter/Frozen and will be comparing how we and animals keep warm during the winter months and learn all about polar animals and the regions. We will also be comparing our climate to much colder climates such as the Arctic and Antarctic.
PSHE - November/December
In Jigsaw, we have been learning about overcoming obstacles even when they might be difficult. We have been looking at what we can do when we are faced with a challenge and how we can respond in a positive way. We want to make sure that we have the resilience to keep trying even if it is difficult! For a bit of fun, we even tried to make a tower out of marshmallows which was very difficult but a lot of fun!
Maths - November/December
We have been looking at the composing and decomposing of numbers to 5 using the part whole model. This has been helping us to understand number bonds to 5 and with our overall knowledge of number. We have also recently moved on to measuring the length of different objects in the classroom. This has helped us to learn and use vocabulary such as short, long, largest and shortest.
Week beginning 15th November
We have now finished book 6 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 6 focusses on the letters and sound l ll le ss. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
Week beginning 15th November
This week, we have been learning all about 'Diwali' the Hindu religious celebration. Diwali is also known as 'The Festival of Lights'
Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and many Sikhs and Hindu's set of fireworks as part of the celebrations.
We made some amazing Rangoli patterns, made some Mendhi patterns, made clay diva lamps and much more. We had so much fun learning all about Diwali.
Week beginning 8th November
We have now finished book 5 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 5 focusses on the letters and sound h b f ff. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
Week beginning 8th November
This week, we have been learning all about why many people celebrate 'Remembrance Day' We took part in a two minute silence to remember all of the fallen soldiers in the war.
The children had a wonderful time painting their very own poppies and did a wonderful job on them. Please take a look at a few of them.
Week beginning 8th November
This week, we have been learning more about hedgehogs. We have been learning how to take care of them while they are getting ready to hibernate during the winter months.
We learned that many hedgehogs hide under bushes, twigs and leaves to keep warm and that we need to be careful when we are playing near bushes that there isn't a hedgehog hiding in there!!
The children painted their own hedgehog houses and placed some water and dog food in the hedgehog house to help them to bulk up while they hibernate during the winter months. They also added some leaves to keep the hedgehogs warm and comfy.
Week beginning 1st November
We have now finished book 4 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 4 focusses on the letters and sound ck e u r. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
Week beginning 1st November
This week, we have been learning all about 'hedgehogs' We learned about how they protect themselves from their predators by curling into a ball and only showing their spines. The children were very fascinated by this and pretended that they were hedgehogs themselves and protected themselves from foxes.
The children also learned about what hedgehogs like to eat and where they live. They made some amazing hedgehogs themselves using clay and sticks.
Week beginning 11th October
We have now finished book 3 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 3 focusses on the letters and sound g o c k. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
WB 11th October
This week, we have been writing simple sentences to go with an illustration from the story 'Owl Babies'
In addition to this, we have been retelling the story orally, using actions to support us with this. Please take a look at the video to see our amazing oral retell.
In maths, we have been learning to subitise various amounts to help us in our overall understanding of number. We have been using dice, ten frames and other various ways of presenting orders of amounts to subitise. Subitising involves us identifying different total amounts without actually counting each individual counter. This is a tricky skill and something that we have been working really hard on!
We have started this school year off looking at ourselves and how we manage our behaviour and feelings. We have been looking at identifying different feelings and what we can do to help ourselves and others manage their feelings. We have discussed how we should behave around others and how we should always use kind hands.
National Poetry Week 2021
Nightingale Class have been reading lots of autumn poems this week. We really enjoyed performing our own autumn poem to the rest of the class. Listen to the backing music and sing the poem with your child.
Week beginning 4th October
This week in english, we have been looking at how the character Bill feels when his mum has gone! We learned lots of new words to describe how Bill feels and put them in a sentence orally. We used words upset, unhappy, distraught and miserable!
We are working really hard on representing sounds using letters in cvc words. We have been working hard on writing the word sad. Look at some of our work.
Week beginning 4th October
This week, we have continued to learn about autumn and discussed why leaves are different shapes and colours. We searched for different shape and sized leaves and tried to identify them by matching them up to the leaf identity sheet.
The children were fascinated to discover that trees have names and we can can determine what tree the leaf had fallen from by the way it looks.
Week beginning 27th September
We have now finished book 2 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 1 focusses on the letters and sound i m n d. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
This term we are learning about What makes us special and where do we belong? This includes looking at how we are all different and how we are special at different things. The children are also learning that we belong to different religious groups such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.
Here are some symbols that represent the different religions we are looking at.
Reception Taster Session
Our Reception Taster session was a great success! We really enjoyed meeting all our new parents and children today. You have all done an amazing job preparing your children for the next stage in their education. We are looking forward to working in partnership with parent/carers throughout the year to support and nurture your child to grow and succeed in all that they do.
Here's just a few photos from our Taster Session.
WB 13th September
Collecting autumn objects
Over the next few weeks, your children will be learning all about the autumn season and making observations of the changes in the environment from Summer to Autumn.
We will be going on an autumn walk around the school grounds and collecting objects linking to signs of autumn.
We would appreciate it if you could collect any objects with your child when you go for walks in the park this week. They can bring them into school and share their objects with the rest of the class.
Please remember to add any photos of your child learning on Tapestry.
Week beginning 20th September
We have now finished book 1 of our Floppy's Phonics Interactive lessons. Book 1 focusses on the letters and sound s a t p. Please practise these sounds using the interactive resource at home with your child.
Week beginning 13th September
The children have settled into Reception life well in such a short time. We are really proud of them all.
Week beginning 20th September
This week, we have been learning about how the trees and environment change during the autumn season. The children have been fascinated to learn all about the autumn season first hand by looking at conkers, leaves, acorns and other items relating to the autumn season.
We have been so excited to find many different insects and animals in our local environment. We responded to the children's interest in the creatures by providing them with magnifying glasses and an insect hunt chart which they really enjoyed.
Week beginning 20th September
The children have been getting very creative this week with using different mediums to create an autumn scene.
They have used paints, crayons, tissue paper and pastels. They have also been using autumn objects to create patterns and faces.
Please take a look at some of the amazing work that they have done.
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