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 and on a Friday morning and Mrs Alexander teaches all day on a Wednesday and Thursday. We meet together for our planning time on Friday afternoons and Mrs Britton and Miss Nicoll's teach the class during this time. Mrs Hill and Mrs Britton are our regular class LSA's.
Our current topic is 'Farming and other Countries' and this guides a lot of the learning we do - this term will be a bit of a strange one with a lot of the learning happening at home! You will have to travel around the world from the comfort of your own houses to learn about the Polar regions, the deserts and the rain forests and the animals that live there. We hope to be back in time to do one of our favourite trips to Dawn's Farm where we are able to hold and stroke the lambs, calves and the miniature Shetland pony. We would normally explore these themes during our Discovery Time with loads of great learning opportunities as well as more focused, teacher led activities but instead will be sending lots of ideas out for the children to explore at home. 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 term 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, this term we will have fun creating an around the world fruit salad and hopefully pizzas. 
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. 
You can access an overview of what we are learning this term by clicking on the link underneath the pictures.