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Welcome to Cherry Class - Year R

Mrs Perry and Mrs Alexander are the teachers in this busy but friendly Reception class. Mrs Perry teaches all day Monday and Tuesday morning and on a Friday and Mrs Alexander teaches all day on a Wednesday and Thursday. We meet together for our planning time on Tuesday afternoons and Mrs Hill and Miss Coward teach the class during this time. Mrs Hill and Miss Harvey work in our class as LSA's.
Our current topic for Autumn 2 is 'Celebrations' and this guides a lot of the learning we do. This term we will be learning about all the special things we celebrate in the lead up to Christmas. We begin with looking at Autumn and Pumpkins and then spend some time celebrating Fireworks night and the colourful festival of Diwali. We also look back and remember our soldiers for Remembrance Day. In the lead up to Christmas, Gilbert the Goose turns 5 and we have a party for him in Cherry Class, which the children love! We explore our own Birthdays and then look at the Birthday of Jesus by learning all about the Nativity. It is such a lovely and busy term. We also have our first trip to church for St Martin's Day and then later we get to go to the Watermill for a Christmas Pantomime and of course there is Christmas lunch, the Nativity and songs around the tree. 
We explore our topic themes during our Discovery Time with loads of great learning opportunities as well as more focused, teacher led activities. However, in Reception nothing is set in stone and we like to follow our children's interests, which can lead us into a lot of exciting learning opportunities. 
This term we are especially looking forward to being able to use our brand new playground and make the most of our Discovery Time sessions in and outside of the class. 
We like to make the most of our lovely setting here at St Martin's. We take regular Welly Walks up the lane opposite the school and find many things of interest to develop our understanding of the world there. This term we will be looking at the Autumn colours and finding leaves to thread. We will also explore the changes in the seasons as Autumn turns to winter. We learn about insects and flowers and the beauty in our natural world. We also use the Nature Area on a regular basis to enhance our learning. We are very lucky to have great facilities at our school and we love to cook in Acorn room and make lots of delicious treats during the year. This term we will make Firework treats and cherry buns. 
We bring our topics to life by going on lots of regular trips with the class. The children really enjoy these opportunities and learn a great deal from them. The farm and castle trip are particular favourites of theirs! 
Parents are always encouraged and welcome to help us in our many class activities. We always value the support that is given to our children and we are looking forward to welcoming you back into the class with us. 
You can access an overview of what we are learning this term by clicking on the link underneath the pictures.