WELCOME TO WOODLANDS
We are made up of two Reception/Year 1 classes: Hedgehogs and Dormice. Our teachers are: Mrs Anna Tomasik, Miss Olivia Gerrard and Mrs Sally Smith.
Class News Summer Term 2021
The EYFS outdoor area at Beech Grove has been undergoing small but exciting changes. The children and the staff have been working tirelessly to create more natural spaces, where communication, team work and imagination can flourish. Our goal was to spend as little as possible and to use natural/recycled materials where possible.This required a lot of leg work but the effects are astounding! The parents/grandparents, local Wellington Seed & Plant Swap Facebook group and Transition Town Wellington (TTW) have been extremely helpful and generous. So far, a Woodland Hideout, Dinosaur World in tyres and a Bee Diner flower bed have been created, in addition to our wonderful mud kitchen. The children planted up the Bee Diner using seeds donated by TTW during our nature study of bees. We are hoping the recycled horticultural fleece (also donated by TTW) will keep our seeds warm and spark germination so bees can have a snack in our garden. Recycled tyres were filled with peat-free compost and planted up with herbs donated by members of staff. Now, when the dinosaurs roam the land, a lovely scent of mint and thyme fills the air. The Woodland Hideout has been a wonderful new addition - the unused area behind the shed is now extremely lively, with 'beans cooked over the fire', shanties sung after dinner and musical instruments sounding a wonderful tune. We still have big plans - a loose parts (shells, conkers, sticks, bricks, reels) maths area is being prepared as we speak. We are gathering logs and willow to create more interesting spaces and hoping to make a bug hotel soon. We are also thinking of planting up a few plain stretches of grass so we are on the look out for plants/planters as well as wooden cable reels that can be turned into small tables. This week the children will be selling plants they have been growing from seed for the last six weeks. We are hoping to raise enough funds to buy a sturdy wooden picnic bench to encourage 'chatty times' and writing outdoors. If the funds stretch further, we would like to buy a set of wooden planters so the children can grow (and eat!) their own food.
The children at Woodlands celebrated National Bee Day today. We learnt about pollination and how important bees are for our lives (it is not just about honey!).The children explored the beeswax provided by a Wellington beekeeper and painted hexagonal honeycomb pictures using a bubble wrap printing technique. Mrs Smith filmed a wonderful clip of her husband's bee hives and she brought in the beekeeping suit for us to look at.We had a special delivery from Transition Town Wellington; bags of bee-friendly seeds to plant up dinner for our very important friends - the bees. We worked as a team to dig and rake the soil, build a cage to remind us where the seeds are planted, and finally to scatter the seeds. Fingers crossed we will have a wildlife meadow ready in no time! Thank you all who helped us to have such a wonderful day!
Class News Spring Term 2021
The children are in awe of the fossils and bones they’ve discovered in our investigation station. They observed and noticed a lot of detail in the rabbit skeleton, the three get and ram’s skulls and the ammonites. They used their observations to create fantastic bits of art work for our display. In the Woodlands unit, the joy of learning couldn't be any more evident! The children have returned eager to learn, play and interact with their friends and us teachers (who have been missing the hustle and bustle of a full classroom!).
The mud kitchen has been a huge hit with everyone - we have had pancakes, pies, soups and snacks cooked for us this week! The children are wearing school waterproofs and wellies to access the muddy restaurant. Thank you for being so understanding about the pesky mud on the school uniforms - the children are certainly making memories here!
This week we focussed on reminding the children how to navigate the complicated web of human interactions - we talked about kind words, kind hands, turn taking and sharing. We are very impressed with how the children have settled back in and how they are getting so proficient at solving their own social misunderstandings.
We have introduced the Zones of Regulations to help us see how the children are feeling, and to help them express this. In a simple view: we have four zones - Red (angry, overexcited), Yellow (worried, excited), Green (calm, ready to learn), and Blue (tired, sad). Over the course of this half term, we will be helping the children to identify which zone they might be in, and help them to regulate their feelings accordingly - acknowledging that all feelings are good as they are letting us know what is happening around us. For example, someone might be feeling angry because something unfair has happened.
We are still working on settings in stories, using The Gingerbread Man as a model text. Soon, the children will be changing the story to let the biscuit free, running across the icebergs and deserts. We are starting our literacy books as well, so any help you can give us at home with writing words, lists, captions and sentences, would be highly appreciated.
Please help the children revise the first set of special friends - sh, ch, th, nk and ng as a lot of the children seem to be a little confused at times with those sounds. Lots of oral blending as well, please (you say ch-a-t, the child 'guesses' the word and says 'chat')
In Maths, we are continuing to learn all about the number to ten but also to say the numbers in order reliably to 20 and beyond. Please could you do a lot of counting with the children at home, making sure their pronunciation of teen numbers is correct i.e. that there is definitely a 'teen' at the end, and not 'ty'.
Finally, a great thank you to all of you home schooling teachers for the great work you have done since January. Now that the baton is back in our hands, we can do all that is possible to make the remainder of your child's time in Reception as meaningful, purposeful and fun as possible. Thank you.
Class News Autumn Term 2020
The Children in Dorhogs (or Hedgemice) followed Lydia Monks, the famous children’s illustrator in a drawing class of Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len from What the Ladybird heard on holiday story by Julia Donaldson.
Look at our art!
ALL ABOUT OWLS
The children in Woodland unit were visited today by the world-famous explorer and writer, Professor Know-It-All. The professor has heard about the nature study the children complete every week and as he's an expert on owls. He visited the children to promote his new information text All About Owls.
The children were inspired and spent the afternoon doing observational drawing of a barn owl. They also learnt a new art technique - collage - and applied it to create beautiful posters for our display.
Our children have had a wonderful time with seasonal produce this week. They carved, chopped and diced pumpkins and then followed a recipe to make the most delicious pumpkin soup!
Just another day of fun in our Woodland Early Years Unit
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