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Welcome to Reception Year in Wonder Class

Welcome to reception at de Vere! Wonder class is taught by Miss Hutchings and supported by our fantastic LSAs, Mrs Joy and Mrs De’ath.

Reception is such an important year as the children begin their journey through school life. We ensure there is a smooth transition for our children as they start with us; carrying out nursery visits, home visits and stay and play sessions to really start building those important relationships from early on in the year.

We have developed our own EYFS curriculum, where we learn through a play and exploration and support children to build on their knowledge and skills, both indoors and outdoors. The children learn so much throughout the year and take part in many exciting opportunities and experiences linked to our topics:

Autumn 1: This is me

Autumn 2: Let’s Celebrate

Spring 1: Animal Adventures

Spring 2: Once upon a time

Summer 1: Ready, Steady, Grow

Summer 2: Sun, sea & sand

Curriculum overview 

Please click here to access the curriculum overview for Class R

Class Blog

27th January 2023

Over the last two weeks, the children in Wonder Class have enjoyed lots of learning about animals. Last week, we focused on pets and explored non-fiction texts to find out interesting things about them, and then used our phonic knowledge to have a go at writing a simple fact. We were also very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Auld, who taught us all about what it is like to work at a veterinary practice. We got to explore lots of different equipment and even had a go at bandaging a poorly tiger. Thank you Mrs Auld!

This week we have explored Lunar New Year. We learnt about different traditions and cultures and even tried noodles. Our focus story was ‘The Great Race’ and the children enjoyed drawing pictures and writing all about the animals who competed to have a year names after them. Well done Wonder class for another great few weeks.

13th January 2023

What an amazing start to the Spring term Wonder class have had! The children came back from the holidays eager to learn and they enjoyed talking and writing about all the lovely gifts they got for Christmas. We then began our topic of ‘Animal Adventures!’ by exploring the story ‘Walking through the jungle’. The children loved the story and then enjoyed pretending to be explorers, imagining what they would see on their jungle journey. It was fantastic to see so many children having a go at writing ‘I can see…’ sentences and using their phonic knowledge to spell the animal names. We also learnt how to add detail to our paintings and the children produced some amazing jungle animal art!

We have begun Chapter 3 of phonics shed, which the children seem to be really enjoying and in maths we have been focusing on number bonds to 5. We have also been working on our subitising skills and the children loved using the ‘One minute maths’ app to help them with this - https://whiterosemaths.com/1-minute-maths

Finally, Wonder Class would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Wilson who has made us a wonderful stage for our outside area! The children are really excited to use it in their imaginative play. THANK YOU!

9th December 2022

Wonder Class have been getting Christmassy! We have busy taking part in lots of different festive activities during our exploring time, from making cards, acting out the nativity story, selling hot chocolate in our ‘Winter Wonderland’ role play area and pretending to deliver presents outside! We have also had a special visitor every day…Buddy the elf has been sent from the North Pole to keep an eye on us and set us challenges! There has been lots of lovely writing and drawing happening each day! We have really enjoyed learning all about baby Jesus and talking about the events of the Christmas story and have been practising SO hard for our own Nativity. We hope you love it!

25th November 2022

We have been as busy as ever in Class R over the last two weeks! We have especially enjoyed becoming artists, where we explored the work of Kandinsky and then painted our own masterpieces whilst listening to some lovely calming music. The children enjoyed it so much that this week we listened to music whilst we all drew our favourite characters from the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We also really enjoyed Children in Need, where we learnt all about Pudsey and had fun giving him his spots!

It has been great to see lots of the children writing words from ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story this week and we are looking forward to exploring the story further next week. We have also been working so hard to learn our songs for the Nativity. We can’t wait for you all to see it!

11th November 2022

We have made a great start to our topic ‘Let’s Celebrate’ over the past two weeks! We of course started off the term very excited about Halloween. The children loved sharing their experiences, making spooky potions and taking part in our pumpkin number challenge. We also learnt lots about fireworks, including how to stay safe on bonfire night and why it is celebrated. It has been great to hear that the children have been sharing their knowledge of this at home too! This week the children have enjoyed learning about Remembrance and using their art skills to create some lovely poppy pictures. A definite highlight of this week has been starting ‘Pen disco’, where the children have a wiggle whilst developing their fine motor skills.

Wonder class have continued to work hard in phonics where we have been really focusing on our blending and segmenting skills in order to read and write words. Next week we are looking forward to learning about the story ‘The Scarecrow’s wedding’ and using our phonic knowledge to write lists for the characters!

7th October 2022

We have had another busy couple of weeks in Wonder class. We have been focusing on the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and the children have absolutely loved it! We made our own story map and have been retelling the story using pictures and actions. The children have explored lots of fun themed tuff trays, making pretend bread in the playdough area and even making their own toast for snack – that was definitely a favourite! It was great to see the children working on their independence. We also really enjoyed going on a senses walk around the school grounds and thinking about the different things we could see, smell, touch and hear.

In phonics, we have focused a lot of blending and segmenting, which will help us with our reading and writing. We have met lots of new characters from the phonics shed and explored the sounds they make. In maths, we have explored comparing quantity using more/less and vocabulary such as taller/shorter. We are looking forward to practising our careful counting next week and learning more sounds.

September 23rd 2022

What a great start Wonder class have had to their school journey! They have settled in so well and are continuing to learn all the rules and routines of school life. During our topic of ‘This is me!’, we have focused a lot on learning each other’s names, talking about our families, speaking and listening and taking turns. The children have really enjoyed exploring ‘The colour monster’, talking about their feelings and working together to create collages, just like in the story. They have also really enjoyed all the opportunities they have to explore outside, especially going on nature walks and making lead crowns.

In phonics, we met Joe! He is from the phonics shed and he taught us good listening skills, all about initial sounds and next week we will be learning about blending. We are excited to start learning individual sounds soon. Well done on a great first few weeks Wonder Class!




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