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Up, Up and Away

The children in RH have been thinking about going ‘up, up and away’. As part of this they have created a space station and luna module in the classroom to role play being an astronaut just like Tim Peak. We even have some (pretend) space food, yummy!

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We built our own space rockets and then used

Dance Workshop

During Arts Week, reception children took part in a dance workshop with Miss Nash where they learned some different dance styles. These included tap and ballet. We first learned some tap steps, which helped us to warm up our bodies and develop our coordination. We then learned a short ballet dance, where the children pretended to be toys who came

Chinese New Year

In Reception, we have been learning about Chinese New Year. As part of our learning, we have been finding out facts about China. We were lucky enough for Ollie’s dad to come in and talk to us about his adventure when he visited China. He bought in lots of photos, and told us all about the Great Wall of China.

Trip to the Church

The Reception children, staff and many parents has a wonderful visit to St. Michael’s Church where they had chance to get to know the new vicar Father Peter Bevan better as he talked to them about the church, his role and the robes and various objects which are used and a vital part of worship there. The children explored the

Chinese New Year

RH have been finding out about different ways to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the monkey, but every year dragon and lion dancing are important. We have had a go ourselves at making Chinese music and doing our own dragon dances. We have made Chinese lanterns, opened a restaurant in our role play area, practiced

Sing a song of Christmas

Here are some photos to remind you of the wonderful Christmas performance by the Reception children of ‘Sing a song of Christmas’. Merry Christmas to you all and thank you again for your support with costumes and learning songs and rhymes.

Access to the video of the show will follow in the New Year along with a letter to explain

Silent Night & Do-Re-Mi

‘A’ and her Dad gave RH a brilliant Christmas performance of Silent Night and Do-Re-Mi. She sang every word so clearly and confidently. We all thought it was brilliant. Thank you for this fantastic entertainment!

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Letters

With the Christmas post rush upon us, RH have been thinking about how letters and parcels are sent and also the joy it brings to receive something in the post. To remind our families about our Christmas show, we wrote our own letters to them and franked them in the school office. The ladies showed us how to work the

Hedgehogs

RH have been finding out about Hedgehogs as they go into hibernation for the winter. We read stories and created our own hedgehog maths game, adding and subtracting the spines. We also created clay pinch hedgehogs and had our own ideas about using a variety of other materials such as pasta and matchsticks. We cut sticks of various widths and

Firework Pictures

RH have really enjoyed finding out about fireworks and having a go at making our own pictures. We made silhouettes of the Houses of Parliament with fireworks exploding overhead, moving firework pictures with levers and split pins and exploded food dye in balloons like fireworks on to paper. We found out that fireworks are not only used on Bonfire night,

Children in Need Day

Class RH really enjoyed dressing up for Children in Need day. We had a real range of ‘people who help and inspire us’ from nurses, doctors, farmers, builders and footballers to Dora the explorer, a Christmas Elf and Spiderman to name just a few. We even had a mini ‘Dean’ showing his appreciation of our own staff here at the

Visit to Sandford’s Bakery

As part of our harvest topic the Reception classes visited Sandford’s Bakery in Torrington. It was really interesting to see where all the bread and cakes are made and all the different machines they use. We especially liked the big roller that rolled out all the pastry. We learned about all the different bread that they bake and were given

Fire Fighters

To support our learning about fireworks, the fire engine crew from Torrington came to talk to reception. We talked about firework safety, and what we should do if we came across a fire. Then, Miss Dixon dressed up in the fire fighters protective clothing, she said it was very heavy! After that, we went outside and the fire fighters gave

Reception Harvest

The reception children have been learning about the importance of harvest time and what this looks like on the farm. We have followed the route of our food from the farm to the table. As part of this research we had a visit from Farmer Harris who brought in a tractor and talked about how this made his job much

Tristan da Cunha

A big thank you to William’s Dad who came to speak to us about a project he was part of with the Navy in getting much needed supplies to the most remote inhabited island in the world – Tristan da Cunha. He spoke with us about the challenges of getting large equipment there, the great teamwork that was needed, the

Positive Touch in RH

Children in class RH have really begun to enjoy Positive Touch and are working really well showing each other respect as they work in pairs. It is a useful activity for not only personal, social and emotional development, but also for physical development as they use a variety of movements with their hands and arms. Here are a few comments

A Warm Welcome for Class RH at St. Michael’s Church

The children in Class RH enjoyed a well-timed visit to St. Michael’s Church which not only allowed them time to think about the church as a special place for Christians, but also to take in the wonderful Mayfair flower arrangements. The children enjoyed looking at each of these and guessing the theme; particular favourites were ‘the wedding’ and ‘Easter’.

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Class RH Go ‘Down Under’

Class RH have continued to explore ‘around the world’ and have recently been learning about Australia. They have looked at photos, objects and talked to people who have been there. The children had a real treat when Teaching Assistant Dean brought in his Didgeridoo and played it for them beautifully. It is really tricky to get the sound just right

Creativity Explodes Across Bluecoat!

The first two weeks of the Spring B half term were dedicated to the arts as our Arts Fortnight took hold from Nursery through to Year six. Along with external artists being engaged to work with children, staff also shared their creativity by leading activities for the children to enjoy. Here is just a taster of what went on…

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Science Week Inspires Investigations in Reception

Children in Reception have been blossoming into budding scientists during a week of science investigations. Each investigation started with a challenge to overcome or was inspired by a book and children used their senses, explored various forces, looked at colours and so much more! Here is just a brief overview of what the children enjoyed:

Challenge: Can you get the