Howick Church Endowed Primary School

“Small School... Great expectations”

Class 1 - Reception

Welcome to Class 1!

My name is Miss Hardiman and I will be your Reception Teacher. Mrs Morris is our wonderful Teaching Assistant who helps us with all of our learning.  

We are looking forward to a fantastic year of learning with our Reception Class.

Our Approach

As an EYFS team, our approach to early childhood is one that can only be described as a beautiful recipe of ingredients influenced by early childhood pioneers. Our curriculum is designed with our school driver words in mind, establishing a broad and rich curriculum; creating curious and creative ‘thinkers and doers’ of the future. At Howick, we want the very best for our children. We recognise that a rich broad and balanced curriculum that is surrounded by meaningful relationships ensures that our children are able to flourish in confidence, self-belief and wisdom. 

Throughout this magical year, children will experience an abundance of opportunities to learn through play. We recognise that children are unique individuals and therefore no two children will develop at the same rate. No matter where their starting point may be; our curriculum is designed to aid children to develop resilience, perseverance as well as challenge and support, enabling them to have the confidence to aim high and aspire to more. As an EYFS team and effective role models, we will provide high quality interactions in order to develop and deepen the children’s learning opportunities. We will deliver our curriculum through a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities based on the EYFS Framework 21’ as well as children’s interests.

Please find attached the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/974907/EYFS_framework_-_March_2021.pdf 

 

Our Learning Intentions - Spring 

Whilst our curriculum overview outlines topics, skills and suggested activities, this plan will change and adapt to the needs and interest(s) of our cohort. Whilst skills are set in an orderly fashion, we recognise that skills will be revisited throughout the year and built upon. Content and skills are based on possible lines of development. You can find our Long Term Overview underneath the Curriculum page. 

Our Wonderful Classroom

Our classroom is all set and ready to welcome our new members of the Howick family. This safe space reflects the children's interests and needs. Rainbow Challenges are in each of the areas to stretch and challenge learning and development further. 

There are also lots of changes taking place outside - we can't wait to use our new areas.

Our Class Rewards!

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Curiosity, Awe and Wonder - Our Curiosity Cube

Our curiosity cube encourages the children to look at things in a different way and talk about what they see as well as develop their ability to ask questions. We have recently enjoyed investigating a birds nest filled with eggs. This has sparked a thirst for new information and desire to find out more about the world in which we live. 

Here are just a couple of our questions: 
Why do they have spots? 
Will they crack? 
Where have they come from? 
Did they come from an eagle?

Outdoor Learning

At Howick CE Primary School, we understand and appreciate the importance of the outdoor environment for our children. It is a continuation of our indoor provision and it will be used at every opportunity. We provide our children with opportunities to develop their gross motor skills, to deepen their imaginations and also their sense of curiosity.

As part of our learning, about seasonal change, the children have enjoyed learning about the challenges that animals can face. We created a special home for hedgehogs to hibernate. We even found some juicy worms to leave as a special treat for any special visitors that may need a toasty home for the colder months. 

Recently, we made some bird feeders to hang in our outdoor area. It has been wonderful observing all of the different wildlife visiting our grounds. 

Forest Schools

 We will be going to the Booths Plantation Site for 6 weeks to take part in Forest School sessions.  

Week 1 was so much fun, playing games, learning how to keep safe, creating pictures with leaves and hunting for bugs.  

Literacy Development

 There are lots of additional ways that literacy development can be supported at home. Here is the link to our Literacy Curriculum page: https://www.howick.lancs.sch.uk/curriculum/literacy 

At Howick, we use a personalised and tailored approach to teaching High Frequency and Tricky Words. 

A copy of our Gruffalo Words can be found below. The PowerPoint slides can be used as a quick flashcard activity or alongside games suggested here: https://www.howick.lancs.sch.uk/curriculum/literacy 

Gruffalo Words

 

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Mathematic Development 

On Thursdays We Bake
Each Thursday, we sit together and bake a delicious treat. We have made lots of different things including seasonal soups, shortbread, sour dough bread, gingerbread biscuits,  fruit kebabs , and even mince pies! It’s been interesting learning about different ingredients, where they have come from, and how we can transform them into something new! 

 

At the end of each session, we evaluate our baking and talk about what might make it even better. 

Our Howick Values 

As a school, we are guide do by our school values. Each half term, we focus on a different value. We have focused on Creativity, Friendship and Hope so far! 

This half-term, we have focused on the value of Hope. The children have enjoyed making links between the significance of the Christmas tree and our school value. We each designed and made a beautiful hanging Christmas decoration to share Hope at this magical time of year. 

Equality Week 


We have really enjoyed learning about different cultures and faiths. Recently, we learnt about Diwali and that this is the Hindu festival of light. Class 1 had three very important visitors into class! We finished our week by having a Diwali party and tasting traditional treats.  

As part of Equality Week, we learnt about Rosa Parks and her important role. Her story has inspired us to be positive role models and treat everyone equally and fairly. 

Christmas Crafts and Learning 

Ways to Support Learning at Home

There are lots of fabulous ways that you can continue your learning at home! I have attached a couple of links to fantastic websites and activity ideas. 

Phonics: There are lots f ways that you can support phonics learning at home. I have attached a PDF document below with lots of suggested activities. Additionally you might like to watch Alphablocks at home (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7LjGDcXqcs).  

Mathematics: Top Marks offer fantastic games for children to practice their mathematic skills! Remember to check that the games are age and ability appropriate  (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=1). You might also enjoy watching Numberblocks which is a firm favourite in Class 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euhbE8aMfC0). 

Information for Parents: Guides and Information 

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Online Safety Links

Christmas Activities in Class 1

We have had lots of fun getting ready for Christmas in Class 1! Have a look at our Christmas activities here.

Hope

In Class 1 we are thinking about our Christian Value of 'Hope'.

We read the story of Noah's Ark and wrote our own messages of hope.

 

Maths week! 9th - 13th November

Class 1 have been having fun in Maths Week!

We did lots of counting and number work inside and outside. We also enjoyed making paths and maps using positional language and spatial awareness.

Divali

We have been finding out about the Hindu Festival of Divali. We made some Divali lamps using Rangoli patterns.

Latest Class newsletter for Autumn  2 available here! 

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Autumn 2 People Who Help Us

This half term we are finding out about People Who Help Us. This week we have been reading the story 'Burglar Bill' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We are also finding out about the Police and how they help people. We have a Police Station in our classroom and have been having fun solving crimes!

 

Finding out about our senses

This week we are learning about our senses.

Ordering numbers in Maths this week!

Gruffalo

This week in Class 1 we are reading the 'Gruffalo' story. We have a 'Gruffalo cafe' in our classroom and have been doing some Gruffalo maths!

Gruffalo P.E.

We are busy using our skills to pretend that we are the different animals from the Gruffalo Story.

Amazing, physical development and lots of fun!

Maths Outdoors

 This week we are reading "Stickman".  We have had lots of fun collecting sticks in our outdoor area and then ordering them according to size.

See here for the latest news and information from Class 1!

Friday 25th September - Your child's first reading book is coming home! See the letter below for details.

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Class 1 Curriculum for Autumn 2020

See the document below to find out what we'll be doing this term in Class 1!

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Phonics – Avanti House Primary School

In Class 1 the children will be learning to read and write using a Phonics programme called 'Letters and Sounds'. Here are some helpful websites and online games to help parents with early reading and phonics at home. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/learning-at-home-videos/parent-how-to-videos/how-to-help-with-phonics-videos/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html