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Week ending 19th January

We have had a wonderful week exploring our 'Once upon a time' topic.  The children have focused their learning on 'Little Red Riding Hood' this week.  The children have sequenced the story, acted out the story indoors and outside, made woodland pictures, created houses for Grandma and completed speech bubbles for the different characters.  Some children have also baked cakes for Grandma which we all shared at the end of the day on Friday.  We are planning that all children will bake over the next few weeks in small groups.  This gives the children the opportunity to: explore in detail changes of state; fulfil creative objectives and embed mathematical understanding (e.g.weighing and counting).


In Maths we have focused on our new number - 8. We have also introduced the idea of estimation and looked at different ways of making 8.  Today we told mathematical stories focused on parts and whole.  For example, there were 8 cakes. 2 were butterfly cakes and 6 were not. The children have also ordered Numicon shapes. 


All children will have read to an adult at least once this week by the end of Friday, as part of a Guided Reading group and/or individually.  In phonics some children have been working on blending sounds whilst others have been introduced to y/z and qu. Please try and practise the sounds and the high frequency words in the other book as it really does help.


The children went to the Open the Book assembly this week which they thoroughly enjoyed. In class Collective Worship we focused on the Christ of the Andes statue in South America.  We will also have a noisy music session with lots of percussion instruments in the classroom!  The children were brilliant at stopping and starting when they were meant to.  Earlier in the week, we also had a focus on computing.


Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 12th January

What a wonderful week focusing on our new topic 'Once upon a time...'!  We have spent the week looking at 'The Three Little Pigs.'  The children have ordered the story; identified and discussed the characters (including pretending to be the characters); worked in the story role play area; drawn/painted pig picture; made houses out of different materials outside and inside; and made pigs from play dough.  Our PE lesson focused on the story too.  The children have also enjoyed threading as a fine motor activity.  


In phonics some children have been consolidating knowledge of existing sounds and some children have been learning new sounds.  These sounds have been stuck in the phonics books for the children who need them. All children have also read to an adult, as part of a guided reading group, individually, or both.


In maths, we have continued to look at number 7 and focused on more and less.  We have also been solving problems.


In Collective Worship we looked at keeping the peace and arguments.  We particularly focused on the story of Abraham and Lot from the Bible.  We have been singing familiar songs such as Rock-a- Bye Baby in Music.  We have also started ICT with the children this week and learnt about the parts of the computer and mouse control.


We loved seeing the Learning Pool homework this week and parents at the parent session on Friday.  Please remember that you are welcome to come into the classroom every Friday morning straight after drop-off.  


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending the 5th January 

Happy New Year!  Thank you again for all your gifts and good wishes over Christmas.  It was lovely to see the children back this week and they have already settled back into school.


This week we have started our new topic about stories.  We have been focusing initially on traditional tales and their characters that the children know such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood.  We will begin looking at specific tales next week. Children have begun acting out stories inside and outdoors.  In Music we have started to look at songs the children know such as 'Wind the Bobbin Up' and we will be using instruments over the next few weeks..


We have heard all children read this week.  Please practise reading at home with your child as it really does make a difference to their blending and fluency.  In phonics we have looked at blending sounds the children know and some children have also looked at Letter Names.


In Maths we have begun to look at Number 7, in particular how the number can be made up from other numbers e.g. 5 and 2 make 7.  We have also had a look at number stories using our tens frame.


We have begun to look at our new Collective Worship value which is Peace for this half term and we talked what it means to be peaceful.  Today we read 'Peace at Last.'


You should all have received Learning Pool books with the new homework sheets stuck in (or just the homework sheet if the book was not in school) today.  You will also have received a newsletter this week; as well as a Panto letter.  The new day for the Parent Session is Friday at the same time.  Please come to the classroom when dropping off.  


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 15th December

We can hardly believe that the first term is over for our new Reception class. We are extremely proud of how the children have settled into their first year at Pool School.  


This week has been brilliant!  Children have enjoyed Christmas creative activities, with a particular focus on "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs and the fairy who visited the outdoor area through the fairy door.  They have written to the fairy, given her a name and talked a lot about looking after her.  The fairy also left the children gold coins when they visited the Peace Garden this week.  It was very exciting. 


We had a fun-filled party day with dancing and games, food and Father Christmas on Thursday.  We hope there were not too many mishaps with the fragile presents! We are hoping to put some pictures on Tapestry and/or the Website soon. 


Our Maths this week also had a Christmas Party focus.  It will be 7 after the holidays.  Our phonics focused on words that could be presents for the fairy or in Santa's sack.


Today we went to Church and shared in a whole school singing service where Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1, Reception and Choir sang their Christmas songs.  It was a lovely occasion for our school family.  Thank you to those parents and grandparents who were able to walk with us.


Due to our Christmas activities and production we have not heard all readers this week.  This will resume in the New Year.  We have changed books so all children should have new ones.


Thank you so much for your extremely generous gifts, cards and good wishes. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity. We wish you a wonderful, family-filled Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 8th December

We have continued our festive theme this week.  The highlight of which has to be Reception's performances of 'Our Very Own Nativity' on Wednesday.  We loved every minute of it, were very proud of all the children and so glad so many parents and family members could share the performances with us. 


In the classroom we have continued our Christmas theme.  Lots of children have played in the Christmas role play area, ordered Nativity pictures, written letters to Santa and played with the Christmas/Winter themed play dough and small world area...not to mention working hard on our Christmas cards. Children have also made and decorated hats to wear for Christmas lunch and our party next week.Yesterday was our delicious Christmas lunch.  It was enjoyed by all (photos to follow).


In Maths, we have started to look at the number 6.  The children are getting really good at creating a concept table showing 6.  We also made up Christmas Maths stories today.  In phonics we have been practising reading and writing words using our blending and segmenting skills.  As you can imagine, it has been difficult to hear individual readers this week as we have spent a lot of time rehearsing or performing.  We have, however, changed all books that have been read.  Please continue to hear your child read at home and write in their reading record when you have done so.


Next week, is already looking very busy.  Thursday is party day (more info to follow from School Office/Mrs Fox about bringing food).  Children can come in party clothes all day. Please remember than any food you bring needs to be nut-free.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 1st December 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Reception this week!  We had a very icy end to the week too.  We have spent time practising our play songs and will continue to focus on words and actions before our performances on Wednesday (9.30 and 2.45).  If your child has a speaking part, please practise their words with them at home.  You will have received a letter today giving you an opportunity to buy a copy of a filming of the Nativity. 


There was great excitement today when we opened advent calendar for the first time - an online version with a snowy Alpine scene.  We wonder what will be discovered next!  We also got some decorations out and the children will be able to decorate the Christmas tree next week.  We have also made Christmas hats for our Christmas Dinner and begun to create Christmas cards.


In Literacy we looked at the 'Elves and the Shoemaker' story.  The children were fantastic at ordering the story. We have read with all children and continued to focus on blending in phonics.

In Maths we have continued looking at the number 5.  In particular we talked about number stories and understanding parts of numbers.During Collective Worship we continued to talk about courage, and in particular the brave mouse in the Selfish Crocodile story.


We hope to see as many of you as possible at the school Christmas Fair.  


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 24th November 2017


This week, we have continued our 'Dinosaurs' topic, focusing on facts and information. We have looked at how story books are different from non-fiction books. We enjoyed looking at a range of books, talking about how we know about dinosaurs and what happened to them. 


In Maths, we have moved onto the number 5. We gave each other high fives, looked at Numicon 5 and counted 5 objects out together. 


In RE, we talked about babies, linking to the birth of baby of Jesus. We discussed how parents need to choose a name for their baby. Maybe you could tell your child why their name was chosen? Are they named after a relative or someone famous? 


We have read the Bible story 'David and Goliath', discussing our Christian Value of Courage. They children then gave examples of times they have had to show courage. 


In provision, children have been 'paleontologists' digging for bones in the sand, hunting for dinosaurs and using clipboards to record their findings. We have done rubbings of new wood and logs and had the water hoses to play with. We also made some delicious dinosaur footprint shortbread biscuits. 


We have also started rehearsing out Christmas Nativity. Thank you for helping children to learn their lines. Thank you also for the Nativity costumes so far, please ensure others are in school by Wednesday 29th November. 


Have a lovely weekend,


Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Lowe, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 17th November

This week we have continued our Dinosaurs topic.  We have specifically focused on 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants.'  The children have made collage pants, designed their own pants and sounded out words to describe them.  


We have also spent a lot of time outside this week.  The children have explored the muddy holes that were created when a plant was removed, used the new planks that we have taken delivery of (today they were used to make an obstacle course that a lot of the children enjoyed exploring), timed themselves in different ways when running. We have also explored the frost today! Other provision has included:  painting (including with vegetables), dinosaurs and lego in ice, Numicon to explore, threading and dinosaur silhouette pictures.


In Maths we have continued to look at the number 4.  Today we talked about number stories, using characters from Toy Story.  In Phonics we have focused on writing the graphemes we have learnt.  All children have read with an adult at least once.


Everyone should now have a slip about costumes for the Nativity.  Please let us know if you need any help finding items.  We do have some in school.  The singing is going well and the stage goes up on Monday.  We are looking forward to a few busy weeks.


We have also continued to talk about being and good friend and bullying this week. Ask your child what happened when said unkind things to and dropped an apple.  


Thank you so much for your generous donations for Children in Need today.  The children showed a good understanding of why they were in non-uniform and who might need their donations.  


Next week, Mrs Lowe in doing a two-day First Aid course so Mrs Worsnop will be teaching the children all week. She is looking forward to seeing how well the children are doing with the play on her return.


Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves



Week ending 10th November

What a busy week in Reception!  We have continued our work on dinosaurs.  As part of our Literacy work, the children enjoyed listening to, and discussing 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' books.  They have also made dinosaur masks and stick puppets during Independent Learning Time.  Today, the children found dinosaur footprints in the outside area.  This was a perfect opportunity to use Maths skills such as measuring the length of footprints and thinking about how many footprints it would take to cross the outdoor area.  Children have also made dinosaur eggs out of clay and dinosaur nests to put their eggs in.


A new introduction this week has been our focus on storytelling.  Have a look at Tapestry for more information! This involves staff scribing stories that the children tell and then children acting them our for the class.  The children have been very enthusiastic about this. In Phonics we have focused on blending.  All children have also read to an adult.  Please remember to put a comment in your child's reading record when you hear them read at home.  It helps us to know how they are doing.


In Maths we have introduced the number 4 and explored lots of different ways of experiencing the number e.g. on a clock, on a dice, four legs on a chair.  We have also explored pattern in our group sessions and done some work on shape; exploring shapes with 4 sides and encouraging children to make dinosaurs out of shapes in Independent Learning Time.


We have talked to the children about Remembrance Day this week (during Collective Worship and other sessions).  The children watched an animation about poppies (http;// and we talked about the meaning of Remembrance Day.  Lots of the children were keen to talk about Remembrance Day, war, soldiers and the poppies they were wearing.  We also made a wreath made out poppy hand prints.  You can see this on our classroom window.   In RE we talked about who Jesus was and the Bible.


We have continued singing our songs for our Christmas Nativity and have talked to the children about the story of the Nativity.  Parts and information about costumes will come out in the next week. Today the children performed a different song, Pat-a-Cake for the Year 3 children.  Year 3 children also performed one of their songs for us.


The children have been enjoying their daily run, walk, jog.  We are up to 0.6 miles! We have also had a wonderful time today looking at Learning Pool homework - thank you so much.  Thank you to those parents who came to our Maths session last night.  For those who could not attend, the slides are on our class page.  You can find them in the letters and information section.


We ended today with a play!  Reception children joined Years 1,2,3 and 4 in the Hall to watch and participate in an anti-bullying play called 'Oh No It Isn't! Oh Yes It Is!' This focused on Mr Punch and Judy and had clear messages about how to be a good friend and what bullying is.  The children really enjoyed the play and sat brilliantly for an hour. As next week is Anti-Bullying Week, we will be talking about the issues raised further.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves 


Week ending 3rd November

What a busy week.  Even though it was only a short week, we have packed a lot in.  We introduced our new topic: Dinosaurs! The children discussed what they would like to learn about.  Children have painted dinosaurs, created them from boxes, drawn them with chalk outside, made dinosaur prints using paint, created transient art dinosaurs using objects such as crates and hoops and discussed fact and fiction books.


In phonics, we have been practising blending the sounds we know.  All children have read to an adult at least once this week. In Maths we have continued to focus on the number 3 but particularly focused on less than and mathematical graphics.  Please remember our parent session focused on Maths is next week on Thursday 9th November at 5pm.  We hope to see as many of you as possible for this short meeting.


Courage is our new topic in Collective Worship.  This week we talked about Daniel and the Lions which we understand some children were still talking about at Kingfisher Club and the next day.  It seems to have really sparked imagination!  We also started work on the songs for our Nativity!  The children have made a fantastic start to this.


You will have received a new Learning Pool sheet stuck into your child's book tonight.  If your child did not have a Learning Pool book in school, we have put the sheet in their book bag.  Please feel free to stick this in if your book is at home.


Finally, your child may come home talking about a daily run/jog/walk we do first thing in the morning on a Thursday and Friday.  Last half-term we did a movement play session every Thursday and Friday morning.  This half-term we are trialling a run/jog/walk straight after we have done the register.  Today we managed half a mile!  This was a big improvement on yesterday.  We are aiming to build up to a mile!  Let's see how far we get....


Have a lovely weekend...and enjoy the fireworks if you going to see any!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 20th October

We can't believe that the first half term has been and gone. It has flown by! This week we have looked at the book 'Have you filled your bucket today?' by Carol McCloud. A bucket filler is a loving, caring person who says or does nice things that make other feel special. When you make someone feel special, you are filling a bucket.  The children spent time talking about which behaviours fill someone's bucket and which empty someone's bucket (for example when people are unkind).  They also decorated buckets and drew pictures of the things they do to fill buckets.   


All children have had some reading time with an adult this week.  We have looked at h/b/f/ff/l/ll and ss in phonics. In Maths we have continued to work on number 3 and children have done a counting and more/less activity with an adult.


We are looking forward to next half term and are planning activities based on the children's interests.


Have a wonderful half term break!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 13th October 

We have had a fabulous week!  We started with an Autumn walk where we looked at Autumn colours and collected Autumn resources for the classroom.  Thank you to those parents who helped. 


In phonics we have introduced some new sounds - ck, e, u and r.  You will have these new sounds in your phonics books. Building on our interest in potions and soups, our Literacy work focused on making soup, thinking of ingredients for recipes in our mud kitchen and writing instructions together. 


We have also focused on the number 3 in our Maths lessons.  Today we talked about Goldilocks and the Three Bears and looked at mathematical drawings.  The children had great ideas about how we could show 3 in different ways.


We had a brilliant Outdoor Day on Thursday where all the children made a stick person to take on an adventure with their buddies in the Peace Garden and in the Reception outdoor area.  They also made shelters and homes for them. The children also estimated and then counted leaflets on leaves in Maths and black tar spots.  See if they can tell you about the spotty leaves that Mrs Lowe was showing them.


Our highlight of the week has to be our performance at the Harvest Welcome!  We loved it and I hope you agree that the children performed brilliantly as well as being so grown up when moving into and out of the Hall.  We are very proud of them and cannot believe they have only been at school for a few weeks.  We will be putting some photos on Tapestry so please take a look.


We hope you have a lovely weekend and thank you again for coming to our Harvest Welcome!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 6th October 

What a lovely week we have had!  The children have well and truly embraced the spirit of Autumn, and Harvest in particular.  The children have had the opportunity to explore Autumn objects such as leaves, conkers and other nuts!  We have read 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' by Julia Donaldson and looked at rhyming. We have continued to practise for our Harvest Welcome this coming Friday (13th October at 2.15) and the children are looking forward to it!  We will be continuing to look at Autumn next week, starting with our Autumn walk.  Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help.  


We have continued with our phonics and learnt new sounds.  We have now looked at s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k.  All children now have a reading book and it has been a pleasure to share these books with them this week.  Please try and share these books at home - it really makes a difference!  When you share the books, please write a short comment in the record so we know how it has gone at home.  Our number work has continued to focus on the the 'twoness' of two.  Next week we will move onto number 3.  We have also focused on number in the areas of provision e.g. Can you lay the table for two people?  Can you find two of things outside?  


We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves

Week ending 29th September

As part of our 'Ourselves' topic, we focused on our families this week and made lollipop stick family portraits.  Some children also made collages of themselves.  This will continue next week.  We have also really enjoyed visiting the Peace Garden with our Year 6 buddies and making our names out of natural resources.


We are getting really good at knowing some of our sounds (s,a,t,p,i,n, m, d) and have started to blend them to make words.  As promised last week, children will bring home their sound books today. It really shows when children have been practising at home so thank you for your support with this.  By the end of today, all children will have a reading book and journal.  Please return these everyday.  Books will be changed once a week.  In Maths, children have been investigating position words like next, above and below using wellies.  They have also been focusing on the number 2 with lots of work about where we find two of things.


Our big news is that we will be planning our Harvest performance next week.  We hope to see as many of you as possible on the afternoon of Friday 13th October (further details on the whole school newsletter) and you are in for a treat if we continue to sing as well as we have this week. 


Thank you to those parents who have started to put things on Tapestry.  We love hearing about what your child has been doing.


Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves


Week ending 22nd September

We have had another busy week in Reception.  The children started the week by reading 'Funny Bones'.   They have since focused on their bodies, including drawing round them and naming body parts, looking at x-rays and making faces out of play dough.  


We have also started our phonics work and have looked at 's,a,t,p'.  Children will come home with a book to practise the sounds we have been learning next week.  This is really useful if done at home and helps in class.  Please return the sound book everyday as we will be sticking in new sounds as we learn them.  


In Maths, we are introducing a number a week to ensure the children have a very solid understanding of number.  This week focused on 1.  Through this approach we will look at different concepts such as more and less than, doubling/halving, addition/subtraction as the weeks go on.  This learning will also be accompanied by problem solving activities in smaller groups.  We will be holding a Maths workshop this term to provide more information about our approach to Maths.


The children have also been learning new songs in music; had a PE lesson and we have talked about the Creation Story from the Bible in Collective Worship. 


Thank you to all those parents and children who have sent in their Learning Pool homework this week.  We love sharing it in class. It would be lovely to know from you what your child talks about after school so please do let us know either in person or through Tapestry.

Best wishes

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Stoves and Mrs Morris.

Week ending 15th September

We have had a brilliant week getting to know the children, their interests and what they can do. The children have impressed us with their ability to find their carpet spaces and listen and contribute on the carpet.  We started the week by looking at the book 'Once there were giants' and talked about growing up.  We will continue looking at this over the next few weeks - focusing on ourselves and our bodies. We have also started a new music topic called 'Me!' and introduced our whole school Christian Value 'Creativity' by talking about how we need to look after our Earth. Children have also done some mark making to record what they enjoy doing, either at school or home.  We are looking forward to seeing the Learning Pool homework next week.  Please send any homework in with your child on Thursday 22nd.  Also please send in named wellies if you have not already done so.


It has been a very busy week!  Have a super weekend!

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves.

Our First Week!

We have had a super first week, playing and making new friends.  All the children have explored the classroom and outdoor area and we are enjoying getting to know them!  They may mention that they have been playing 'Bug in a Rug' to get to know each others names, singing lots and listening to lots of stories.  The children have also enjoyed getting to know their buddies and playing with them at lunchtime.  In your child's book bag you will find their Learning Pool homework book as mentioned in the newsletter.  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about this or anything else.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lowe, Mrs Worsnop, Mrs Morris and Mrs Stoves