Welcome to the Butterflies Class!

We are a class of Year R children. We have lots of fun in our class and develop the skills we need to learn both in our Reception year and beyond.

We enjoy learning and working together as a team, we learn from and support each other, both inside and outside the classroom. Lots of the things we do are linked to a cross-curricular termly topic; we often make art and look at books and pictures, which inspire us with our Literacy and Numeracy work too. We love looking for numbers and shapes all around us and in our lives at school and at home.   

                                                                           

                               

We like role play activities and learning about different people and places, we also enjoy using technology in our classroom. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics and we love learning our sounds with songs and actions! We have lots of different areas to use in our classroom that help us learn and we also have a great outdoor learning space. We love to play and learn together in our beautiful Bodsham surroundings!

Autumn (September 2019) Newsletter

What a wonderful first few weeks we have had in Butterflies class! We are really lucky to have a small Reception class and lots of lovely spaces in which to learn. We have had a fabulous term getting to know one another and the routines and rules of Bodsham school.

We have been learning our sounds and how to write them and spot them in books too. We have also done lots of art with our specialist art teacher Ms Carter.

                                                                      

We have been learning football with our coach Charlie from Elite and we have learnt lots of skills this term. We have also been participating in yoga with Mrs Billingsley.

We have been enjoying lots of role play activities and we love playing in our outdoor spaces too. We have worked hard with our numbers, dancing and singing to help us to write our numbers to 10 and beyond!

Our topic this term has been Traditional Tales which we will continue to study until Christmas. We learn in a cross-curricular way as much as possible and we love exploring each story through play as well as in Literacy.

We have also been looking at Autumn and particularly harvest. Our school sits in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so nature is ever present and an important part of our school life.

 

We have had two trips already this year! Our first trip was to Westwoods where we went on a Gruffallo trail, ate Gruffallo cakes and explored autumn colour through some Andy Goldsworthy inspired art.
We have also had our first Reception Funday at the Three Hills Sports Park. The children were involved in various activities run by young sports leaders. We try and keep as active as possible at Bodsham and PE related trips and competitions form an important part of our curriculum.
Our next trip will be to St Mildred’s Church in Canterbury, where we will visit the ‘glebe’ or church garden which is run by the charity L’arche. This will give our children the opportunity to work with adults with learning disabilities, including making a Christmas tree from reeds!

Our trip to Whitstable – we have been on so many of lovely trips this year! Our final trip was to Whitstable to learn all about the RNLI and how they keep us safe at the seaside. We had a tour of the lifeboat station and then went up to Whitstable Castle to explore their pirate adventure play area. We also had a picnic lunch and an ice cream on the beach! As well as tying in with our seaside topic, this also reminded us of our work on the emergency services, when we had a visit from a police officer and we went on a trip to Canterbury Fire Station. We also visited the Westgate Towers to learn about policing in the past.

 

Brockhill and the beach – we had a lovely day with our friends from Robins Class. We did a nature trail around Brockhill Park and also some mindfulness activities. We went down to the seafront in Hythe too and did some Andy Goldsworthy inspired art.

Our first Sports Day – We did an amazing job at our first sports day!

We  had lots of fun running, jumping and balancing eggs and spoons! Well done to Marlowe House who were our winning house this year!