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 Britton and Mrs Hill teach the class during this time. Mrs Hill and Mrs Britton are our regular class LSA's.
Our current topic for Summer 2 is 'Plants, Beanstalks and Castles' and this guides a lot of the learning we do. We focus on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and the alternative tale of Jim and the Beanstalk. We also plant different seeds, care for them and watch them grow. We will then follow this learning by writing instructions about our planting. We also plan to hatch out butterflies and to learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar and the changes it goes through before it hatches, which leads to lovely activities during Discovery Time. 
All of our number work will be topic related as well. We plan to have some fun measuring and comparing the Giant's footprints with ours and finding objects that are bigger and smaller than them. We also do a few problem solving sessions about castle windows and how many legs are on different bugs. Finally we plan to round off the term with some learning about castles and a trip to Donnington castle. Here we will look at castle features and to the ruins that remain. We will also role play goodies and baddies and then hopefully write a recount of our trip with some castle facts that the children have learnt. 
We explore these 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. 
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. We learn about insects and flowers and the beauty in our natural world. More recently we have also been invited to the farm behind our school and have loved meeting the cows, sheep and pigs there and last year we had the pleasure of seeing new born lambs. 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.
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 as soon as it is safe to have you back, you will be most welcome. 
You can access an overview of what we are learning this term by clicking on the link underneath the pictures.