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Pine (Reception)

Welcome to the Pine class (Reception) page

A warm welcome from the Pine class team!

Ingrid Lonsdale Kose- Photo coming soon

Supertato making 13.6.22

West Moors library walk 7.6.22

Summer 2: 'Children's Choice!'

This half term is all about following the children's interests with our learning themes. They have told me they want to learn more about dinosaurs (although this will be brief as it is a Year One topic), space/rockets, transport, how our body works... to name a few! At the beginning of term we will walk to our local library and identify familiar local landmarks along the way. Our focus Talk 4 Writing text is going to be Supertato, which links well with national 'Healthy Eating week'. The children will enjoy creating their own Supertato characters, designing an evil vegetable villain and creating their own stories linked to this. In maths, we are looking at doubling, even and odd, grouping/sharing and consolidating all of our previous learning this year. We will also take part in rehearsing and performing for our whole school production 'Pirates vs Mermaids' as well as taking part in Sports Day. Finally, as we get nearer the end of term we will prepare the children for their transition into Year One. 


Please check out the key learning overview document below to see a summary of our learning this half term.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Key learning overview - Summer 2 - Children's Choice!

Jubilee celebrations 27.5.22

24.5.22 Disney around the world - Indian food tasting - The children tried peshwari and garlic and coriander naans with mango chutney. They smelled (and had option of tasting) mild curry powder too. We looked at where India is on Google Earth and our globe. We compared the Taj Mahal to our places of worship. We listened to Indian drumming music, looked at their clothes and relaxing yoga music.

13.5.22 well-being week - wear bright colours to promote positivity day!

13.5.22 African activities (dancing, drumming and going on safari) - Disney around the world - Lion King

Well-being week - w/c 9th May - Cosmic Kids yoga

Well-being week w/c 9th May 2022- mindfulness colouring

French week - 3.5.22 - learning to count to 10, basic greetings, listening to French music and trying French food eg brioche, baguette, Brie, PortSalut, grapes and ‘red wine’ (squash)

Summer 1: 'Disney Around the World'

Our topic this half term is using different Disney films (old and new) to link to different parts of the world. We will explore different languages, cultures, dances, songs, music, food, compare the weather and locations... It is going to be so much fun! Alongside this, we will be covering 'To 20 and beyond!' for our White Rose maths topic and progressing further through the RWI phonics scheme. At the end of the half term we will have fun preparing for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. Of course, every day we will continue to challenge ourselves learning through play and building upon our friendships and problem solving skills - 'Relationships' is our Jigsaw PSHE topic this half term. Check out our key learning overview document below for a more detailed summary of this half term's learning. 

Key learning overview - Summer 1 - Disney Around the World

Easter egg hunt 7.4.22

St Mary’s church visit 7.4.22

Chicks hatching in school w/c 4.4.22

Spring has sprung (week commencing 21.3.22)

Owl Babies T4W hook 14.3.22

World Book Day 3.3.22

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We learned the first verse of the poem ‘Come to the library’ by Julia Donaldson.

Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) 1.3.22

Spring 2 topic: 'On the Farm'


This half term we will look at the wonderful world of farm life, exploring different animals which live in the UK and their habitats. We will also have an exciting 1st week back with a belated 'Fab Finish' for our 'Once upon a Time' topic (silly wind cancelling school!) and World Book Day fun! In Jigsaw, our PSHE circle time programme, we will be discussing ways to keep ourselves healthy and will benefit from a visit from the AFCB Education team linked to this. In maths, we will be continuing to deepen our understanding of numbers up to 10 and also investigating 3D shapes in fun ways such as printing. During our Talk 4 Writing literacy sessions we will enjoy learning the text Owl Babies through actions and drama; eventually we will begin to create our own versions of this popular story. Our topic will finish with an exciting trip to a local farm, Longdown Dairy Farm and we will also be walking to visit St Mary's Church in West Moors in the lead up to Easter celebrations. Check out our key learning overview document below for more information. 

Key learning overview - Spring 2 - On the Farm

Fab Finish (postponed due to storm day) - Fairytale fancy dress day 28.2.22

Jack and the beanstalk egg shell decorating and cress seed growing 11.2.22

Number Day - ‘Dress up for digits!’ 4.2.22

3 little pigs hook - new focus text 3.2.22

Chinese New Year 1.2.22

25.1.22 Gingerbread man leaves us ingredients for making our own gingerbread people!

Gingerbread people escape! 10.1.22

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This CCTV footage was found in the hall...

Spring 1 topic: 'Once Upon a Time'


This half term we are going to be looking at traditional tales. Our first Talk 4 Writing focus text is The Gingerbread Man and later in the half term we will be looking at The Three Little Pigs. Alongside both of these focus texts, we will reading many other traditional tales and perhaps even some alternative versions. Our maths topic this half term is called 'Alive in 5!' where we explore the number 0 and begin looking at how 6,7 and 8 are made using smaller numbers. Following the children's interests in their storytelling time, we will be looking at castles and this will become part of our role play area. We will be challenging the children to make crowns, shields and swords out of various materials. In circle time, our Jigsaw PSHE focus is 'dreams and goals'. This half term also includes Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, Number Day and The Big Bird Watch for RSPB. Check out our 'learning overview' below for this half term. 

Learning Overview - Spring 1 - Once Upon a Time

Pinehurst Community Church visit 16.12.21

Christmas dinner 15.12.21

Santa Dash 10.12.21

Post box walk - posting letters to Santa and sending care home residents Christmas cards designed and written by our class 2.12.21

Sir Bragalot by Sharon Davey - author Zoom teaching us how to draw the character! 30.11.21

Postal Worker visit 29.11.21

Children in Need PJ day fundraising - 19th November 2021

Odd Socks Day - 15th November 2021 - Anti Bullying week 'One Kind Word'

Autumn 2 topic: 'Sparkle and Shine!'


This half term we will be learning about lots of different celebrations and traditions such as Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Anti-Bullying week, Children in Need and of course... Christmas! We will learn that not everyone celebrates things the same but it is important to learn about and respect others traditions. We will also be learning about night and day in maths as well as deepening our understanding of numbers 1-5. In RWI phonics we will finish learning our Set 1 sounds, including learning about 'special friends'. 


Key vocabulary: tradition, celebration, festivals, differences (there will of course be specific vocabulary taught alongside each celebration)


Please check out our topic knowledge organiser where you will find the 'key' knowledge we will be learning this half term. 

Autumn 1 topic: ‘Fabulous Friends!'

The children have settled into the first half term at school so fantastically!


In our first topic we will be learning about what makes a good friend, how to be a good listener and sharing and talking about our families. We will start learning new sounds and oral blending during our RWI phonics sessions and will be learning to compare and sort numbers to 5. As always we will be having lots of fun learning through play and exploration.

Please check out our topic knowledge organiser where you will find the 'key' knowledge we will be learning this half term.