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Sheldon Country Park 

We went on a journey to Sheldon Country Park to see the aeroplanes and have a good old time! 

We did so much walking and running!  The park area was great too and got us climbing and taking risks.

The Royal Wedding 2018

We celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Friday 18th May.  We all came to school in our best wedding clothes.

After an assembly which showed us what a Christian wedding is like we got ready for our whole school picnic and made cucumber sandwiches and fruit punch!

RSPCA Charity Day

We were all very generous and we donated £2 which has all been sent off to help the RSPCA.  We dressed up as Pirates on the day and had some fun activities in the afternoon.  We could have Mendhi, face painting, cake/biscuit decorating, nail painting and popcorn making! 

Are we there yet? 

We will be focussing on Pirates and journeys during this topic.

We have already been on a journey to Ward End library, we got there by walking!

Animals in Hands

We were visited by lots of animals!  We could hold and touch the animals.

The animals had patterns or could camouflage.

Why do Zebras have stripes?

As part of our new  topic we will have a visit from Animals in Hands.  We will have a hands on experience and meet lots of animals.  We will read the story Handa's Surprise and do lots of work around the book.  We will look at maps and globes and talk about the world around us.

Can you go to the library and find some non-fiction books about animals or different countries?

Can you look on the internet and find out information about zebras?  Where do they live?  What do they eat?

HANDA'S SURPRISE - Picture Book- Animation

Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. But as she walks, carrying the basket on her head, various creatures steal her fruits. A monkey takes the banana, an ostrich the guava, a zebra the orange, an elephant the mango, a giraffe the pineapple, an antelope the avocado and a parrot the passion fruit.

Creative activities

We have explored a range of creative activities this week - collage, paint, drawing and play dough.  Our activities were linked to our cornerstones topic 'Why do zebras have stripes?'


We explored some different instruments.  We listened to the sounds they made then changed it by playing louder, quieter, faster, slower, harder and softer.

Cinderella - Expressive Arts

As part of our 'Will you tell me a story?' topic we are now reading the book Cinderella.  This week we have been developing our acting skills and story recall by acting out the story.  We took on the parts of the characters from the story - Cinderella, Mean Step-mother, Ugly Step-sisters, the Prince and the Fairy Godmother.

Tell your family the story of Cinderella at home.

Who is your favourite character and why?

3D shapes

This week our maths focus has been all around 3D shapes.  We have been learning the names of different 3D shapes and also their properties.  To help us with our shapes we made castles using the shapes.  We had to think about the best shapes to use for the walls, turrets and the roof.  After building our castle we had to talk about the shapes we used trying our best to talk about the properties of the shapes - faces, edges, corners, point, curved and roll.

Our new topic is 'Will you tell me a story?'

Reading stories is an important part of your child's learning.  If they have stories read to them regularly and learn about the language involved in stories they will then become good narrative writers.  Please read stories to your child every day.

This half term we will be reading Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.  We will do lots of activities around the stories such as - a trip to Birmingham Library, planting beans, looking at size, writing about characters and making attempts to write short stories.



Our trip to Ashend House Farm

We had a lovely day exploring the animals and birds on the farm.  We helped the farmer to feed the animals and learnt all about the things the animals like to do!

After lunch in a nice warm barn we took part in the Nativity story and then went to visit Father Christmas in his beautiful house!

To end the day we ran off some energy in the playground!

The coach journey home was very quiet, partly because some of us fell asleep!

Children In Need 2017

We raised lots of money for the fantastic Children in Need charity by coming to school wearing spotty clothes.  During the day we completed lots of spotty activities!

Cornerstones EXPRESS - We shared our Festivals and Celebrations learning with our Parents.  We showed our confidence by standing up in front of the parents and talking about our work.  Our parents enjoyed looking through our learning journeys.

Addition! + =

We have been learning how to add two numbers together this week.  We have been using the correct vocabulary when we are talking through our recordings.  We used the Addition Machine to help us solve some adding questions.


We have been talking about weddings that we have been to and our teachers weddings.  We thought of questions to ask people about their weddings and we have been writing lists of items we need for a wedding.  We also visited St Marks church and held our own pretend wedding!


As part of our Festivals and Celebrations topic we are looking at Birthdays.

Do you know when your birthday is?

What month is your birthday?

What do you do to celebrate your birthday?

The Adventures of Spot- Spot's Birthday Party

Spot plays a game of hide and seek. Copyright of King Rollo Films and BBC, 1986

Our new topic is all about Festivals and Celebrations!

What do you celebrate?

Can you think of any Festivals?

Diwali and Bonfire Night

We learnt about the festival of Diwali and made Diva lamps and we talked about the meaning behind Bonfire night. Both festivals have fireworks to mark the occasion so we explored the noises fireworks make and made our own rockets.  But the most exciting part was to hold a sparkler and listen to the noises it makes!

In RHA we have also been looking at celebrations. Come and see what we did...

Visit to Ward End Library

Reception enjoyed a visit to the library as part of their Traditional Tales topic.  We met the librarian who read us a story and then we looked at lots of lovely books with our friends and teachers.


Forest School

The children in Reception have the opportunity to go to Forest School with Mrs Bull every week.  They really do have fun and its all outdoors! So far this term we have made stick men, worked in the mud kitchen, observed the changes in the weather, looked for fairy breath, created natural art, problem solved and developed our social skills and team building.

Making Bread
Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood. We have completed lots of work around the story Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood - Debbie and Friends

"What BIG EYES you have!" "The better to SEE YOU WITH, my dear"! Here is the classic tale set to fun music for the whole family with Debbie and Friends. Be sure to sing and dance along!

Handwashing workshop with Nurse Joanne

Washy Washy Clean

Let's learn Hand washing with this jingle! Lyrics: It's fun to wash your hands And I know you understand So we washy washy clean, scrub scrub We start with washing palm to palm Between each finger let us rub Now the back of the hands, its such a simple plan We washy washy clean, scrub scrub Clean the base of the thumbs one by one Then the back of the fingers this is fun!

Our first reading morning with our parents.

Reading mornings every Tuesday and Wednesday

It was a very successful reading morning, lots of mums and dads came into our classroom to read with us.  Some of us read with our friends mum or with our friend! 

EID Lunch 2017

We all enjoyed celebrating Eid together.  We ate a yummy lunch and shared our Eid stories with each other.

Safety Day 2017

On this day we talked about the people in our lives who keep us safe, how we stay safe when crossing the road and also how to stay safe when using the internet, ESafety.

We learnt a song to sing to remind us how to stay safe when crossing the road.  We need to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before we cross the road.

Our first week in Reception

The teachers are really proud of how well the children have settled into their new classes.  The children are becoming more familiar with their daily routines and the school rules.

Class RHA