Miss Goodwill, Mrs Whittle and Miss Dempster all form part of the Early Years Team.
All of our children settled into the routines in Lions well and have fully embraced life in 'Big School' ; their first topic was called 'Big School, Big Me', which included learning about 'Ourselves'.
Just as they did in Nursery, the children all work hard to achieve their learning targets for reading, writing and maths for each Half Term.
We have settled very well into life at "Big School" and we are fully embracing all the new learning that goes on in our class. We even featured in The Chronicle's First Class Photo section!
On the 29th September, we celebrated "International Children's Day" by playing a variety of sports and games outside and baking cakes. We also had an ice-cream treat!
We enjoyed collecting food for Harvest festival and proudly carried our tins to St. John's Church.......but.....it was locked! So, we marched back to school and took part in a Harvest Festival Service in the hall led by the Reverend France.
The annual Big Sing took place with Reception performing two songs this year. We are also planning on having a Christmas Big Sing in December.
The build up to Christmas has been exciting and glittery! Parents and families were invited to join us for Christmas crafts and had lots of fun making raggy wreaths, Christmas trees and holly hedgehogs!
We also painted ceramic Christmas decorations as well as plates.
Our Christmas performance was a success with a version of "Ssh, Santa." Well done everybody! Super singing and Oscar winning acting!
We also boogied the afternoon away during our Christmas party with the Nursery. Santa made an appearance too!
The Christmas Big Sing was another opportunity to perform our signature song "At the North Pole."
Tony Wilson visited school to tell us some Christmas and Winter stories. The children were mesmerised by his story telling skills and musical talents.
STEM week was a big hit! Reception enjoyed a range of Science activities and Miss Steel showed us how to make a range of rockets! We also made some bath bombs which did smell heavenly!
We celebrated Chinese New Year with a banquet and created a lion and dragon dance. We also looked at lots of artefacts from China and had a go at writing in Mandarin.
We had a special visit from baby Olivia and found out what a baby needs to grow and develop. We are looking forward to seeing her again!
Mr Brown and his technology gadgets were a big hit! We played with a range of problem solving games on the i-pads as well as zooming around with the remote control cars.
Children, parents and staff have all contributed to developing an indoor construction site. The children have thoroughly enjoyed using real materials to build, measure and model with.
We are looking forward to starting our Forest School within the grounds at Backworth.......we are in for some messy and dirty fun!!
The annual Easter egg hunt was an "eggciting" morning, that pesky Easter Bunny nibbled on some biscuits and left us some clues to follow. Thankfully, we found the hidden chocolate eggs........we are too good at reading Mr Bunny!
A proud moment for parents and staff was Reception's Class Assembly based on the story of "The Three Little Pigs." In the children's words they put on "a show." WELL DONE, LIONS!!!
Reception now look forward to Thursdays as we go into the woods with Chris. We have completed a litter pick and have sectioned off a safe working area within the trees. Tree climbing, den building, digging, mini-beast hunts have all been popular activities.
Our half-term topic is "Step back in time".