Welcome to our Reception Page!
Our Reception unit consists of 2 classes:
Butterfly Class: Mrs Wendy Birch and Mrs Mandy Hodges with Mrs Jo Hutchinson and Miss Jess Hatt
Ladybird Class: Mrs Katie Jones and Mrs Alison Day with Miss Tanya Alborough and Mr Paul Mason
Both classes have a spacious learning environment with all areas of continuous provision available. Our learning is fun and varied following the EYFS Curriculum.
Whilst children have separate classrooms, both classes share the creative area and outdoor classroom. This enables the children from both classes to mix, and in addition free flow between classes is possible during Discovery Time.
This page is aimed to keep you updated with our exciting learning!
At the very bottom of the page you will find some links to useful learning resources and activities.
There are always plenty of activities happening in school, but this week in particular we have even more going on than usual! It is our annual Multicultural week, and here in the Early Years we have lots of fun, exciting and different activities to take part in.
On Monday we had a day learning about India, and experienced an Indian Dance workshop, wonderfully led by Bridget Lawrence and her Bollywood-acting husband Surendra Singh, who has appeared in many Bollywood films. We learned a Bollywood dance based on the Teddy Bears' Picnic, called Ta Ra Rum Pum Teddy Bears' Picnic. This was a lot of fun, and there was plenty of excellent listening and dancing going on, and not just from the children....the staff got fully involved too!
If you are interested in finding out more about Surendra and the workshops he runs, please click on the link below:
We also created Rangoli patterns using dried pasta and legumes, and devised our own Mehndi hand patterns.
On Tuesday we learned about Africa, and enjoyed an African drumming session - it felt like Africa too in the lovely heat we have this week! The children listened wonderfully and loved learning songs and drumming to the African beat. The sound each class made was fantastic, and this was a brilliant way for the children to play an instrument en-masse, something that they had not experienced until now. We borrowed a few of the drums and took them outside, where several children continued creating wonderful rhythms. We also used watercolours to create an African-inspired background for some silhouette work, as well as learning all about some of the wonderful African animals that roam the continent.
On Wednesday, Butterfly class were treated to a Spanish class, thanks to Mrs Adie who came in for the second time to speak to us, and both classes took part in an aborigine emu dance, which we completed outside in the Bedery, and we studied aborigine patterns.
On Thursday, we had a day in the Caribbean where we learned about Anansi the Spider, and enjoyed a steel pan concert where we also discovered interesting facts about steel pans. Did you know they were invented in Trinidad and Tobago, or that the deeper the skirts (the sides), the deeper the sound they make? Each note is tuned by hand, and the price of a steel pan varies up to about £2,000! We also had great fun in a Caribbean dance workshop, where we learned a routine and also practised our limbo skills.
Friday is a day of celebration where everyone dresses up in items of national dress, or simply bright and colourful clothing. Parents from our community are manning stalls showcasing their own culture, and in the afternoon, parents are welcomed into school to see for themselves the range of activities their child has taken part in throughout the week,
Please enjoy looking at these photos that give a flavour of this week's proceedings.
As part of our current topic of 'All Around the World', we welcomed one of our parents who came and talked to both classes about the country where she is from - The Netherlands. Mrs Van Der Noord had made an amazing presentation for us to look at while she spoke knowledgeably about her own country. The children were very interested to learn all about the King and why the colour orange is the official colour of The Netherlands. We looked at images of Amsterdam, clogs, cheese, windmills and beautiful rainbow fields of tulips. The children also spotted a familiar book character - Miffy, as the lovely Miffy books are written by a Dutch author. The children were especially fascinated to hear that in The Netherlands, a common food for breakfast is chocolate sprinkles on bread! Mrs Van Der Noord had kindly made some of this for us all to taste, and everyone thought it was extremely yummy!
The children listened very attentively, and made us proud with the careful thought and good questions they put to Mrs Van Der Noord at the end of her time with us.
Thank you so much to Mrs Van Der Noord for giving up her time to come and tell us all about The Netherlands - we decided we would all love to visit after such an interesting talk.
Our outside area is always available, but with the advent of better weather, more children are inclined to spend more time outside than ever. Outdoor learning has many benefits to children, and some of these are detailed below for your information:
An outdoor space is essential to the healthy development of our youngest pupils, and we try to use this as much as possible.
Here are a few pictures showing the diversity of outdoor learning that goes on in our outdoor classroom.
We excitedly donned our coats and high-viz jackets today to walk out of school for a new experience for Butterfly and Ladybird classes. Usually Father Cliff comes to worship with us at St Bede, but today we were welcomed into the ancient church of St Bartholomew's where we learned about some of the special places in his church. He showed us the pulpit, the lectern, the font and the altar and explained what they were used for and why these places are important. As part of our time in church, we listened to a Bible reading, sang a hymn and said some prayers including The Lord's Prayer. Whilst we were inside, the sun streamed in through the stained glass windows, and we all thought that the church looked very beautiful.
Thank you Father Cliff for a lovely worship.
We are 'egg'cited to show you all of this year's Reception competition entries. They are all brilliant, unique and wonderful!
We have all been very fortunate today to experience working with 2 local artists. Jenny Muncaster and Rachael Alexander took the short trip from The Colour Factory to St Bede and took small groups in turn throughout the day to work with the children in creating artworks inspired by different pieces of music. The children were encouraged to use their imagination to respond to the changes in tempo and style of the music, as well as more unusual ways of mark-making, to create unique art.
We worked so hard with our listening and concentrating, and all thoroughly enjoyed this lovely experience.
Many many thanks to Jenny and Rachael, plus a special thanks must go to Granny Pam, who helped to organise this for all the children. We most definitely appreciate it.
PS Jenny and Rachael are the artists behind the colourful bollards in The Square - if you go into Winchester, take your child and have a look!
If you are interested in discovering more about The Colour Factory, click on the link below.
Both Reception classes were treated to not one but two police officers, or PCSOs, who came to visit us and talk to us today. We all listened very well to information about the job of a PCSO, and the varied work that is involved, and we loved looking at the equipment that PCSOs carry as they go about their day. We asked lots of questions and were particularly interested in the handcuffs and radios. We learned all about callsigns (the code name for each PCSO) and we now all know that dialling 999 is only for a true emergency, and also that a police officer is someone you can always go to if you need help for any reason.
After we had listened very well, the fun didn't end as we then got to go inside a patrol car, and try on handcuffs and other police clothing!
Thank you so much to our two local PCSOs who took time out of their busy day to tell the children important safety messages that will help keep them safe. The PCSOs would also love it if, when you see them out and about, you remember to give them a wave and say hello!
Mr Netherwood, one of our parents, kindly gave up some of his time and came in to talk to both classes about being a firefighter, and what his job entails. He made quite an impression on the children, and they all listened intently to what he was saying and the safely messages he spoke about. We had plenty of questions to ask him, and now know much more about ways to keep ourselves safe and what to do if there is a fire.
Thank you so much Mr Netherwood - we learned a lot from you and loved having you visit us!
Mrs Feeley, one of the helpful office members of staff here at St Bede, kindly gave up some of her precious minutes today to speak to us all about her job in school and what she spends her day doing. Some of the children were already familiar with Mrs Feeley as she mans the First Aid room for some of the day, in addition to her other responsibilities of helping school visitors, answering the telephone and the most important job of all - counting the school dinners!
Thank you Mrs Feeley for coming to talk to us - we loved listening all about your work.
We have all experienced a truly fantastic theatre workshop today. Perform worked with each class and Funky Fairy transported us to a magical forest where the wicked Red Queen lived in her palace. We needed to find her magic story book, and we searched the palace for it, being careful that the Queen did not find us. She kept on nipping back so we had to be very observant! We had a huge amount of fun, whilst practising our listening skills and using our imagination. Funky Fairy captivated children and staff alike, and everyone was fully engrossed and enthralled in the whole workshop.
Thank you SO much to Funky Fairy and Perform for giving us all this wonderful opportunity. Please come again - we'd love to work with you another time.
Although we do concentrate on developing reading every day at St Bede as it is such a crucial life skill, we had a super-charged fun-packed day today to help us celebrate books and reading even further! We arrived at school dressed up as a book character of our choice, and we all looked FANTASTIC!! Year R led the whole school Parade round the playground in front of all the parents to start the day, and then the rest of the day was filled with activities all relating to books and our characters. We wrote about our characters, we danced and moved as our characters in PE, we drew our characters, we shared books about our characters, we described our characters and why we had chosen them. At the end of the day we got together with Millais class who came to share books with us, and this was a huge success. Thank you to Millais class for coming to spend time with us - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Thank you to all our parents and carers who sorted out costumes, they really helped the day go with a swing.
Below are a few photos to give a flavour of our day - take a look!
To finish off our learning all about Pancake Day and why it is celebrated in the UK, we all made a pancake before topping it with a choice of yummy treats and then enjoying eating it. The children were introduced to some new vocabulary such as batter, whisk, ladle and spatula, and enjoyed watching the liquid batter solidify and turn into a pancake. This prompted much discussion and sharing of ideas as to why these changes were happening. Everyone was fascinated when the pancakes 'moved' due to air bubbles trapped within the batter, and there were fantastic suggestions of what was causing this to happen. After we had eaten our pancakes, we recorded our choice of topping onto a bar graph. Once we had all done this, we examined the graph and learned how to read and interpret the data. It was easy to see the most popular topping: chocolate spread was the favourite by a mile! We used the graph to answer questions such as 'How many people chose jam?', 'Which was the least popular topping?' and 'How many more people chose lemon and sugar than syrup?'
Below are some photos of us, just before heading off to choose our topping. Some of us were VERY excited to be having a pancake at school as you can see.
This morning, we were able to share with our parents and carers the huge variety of activities and work that we do in Butterfly and Ladybird classes. We had an extremely large and appreciative audience, who enjoyed listening and looking at all the different things that we fill our school day with.
Some of us were a bit nervous, but it did not matter in the slightest in the relaxed atmosphere, and everyone and their achievements were celebrated wonderfully by our fantastic audience.
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to watch the assembly. We are very proud of your children, and know that you are too!
Now that the children are more settled with routines and school life, we felt it was the perfect time to begin looking at specific artists and some of the techniques and materials that are used. Over the course of the rest of the children's time in YR, we will look in more depth at various artists who we think will inspire the children to create different art, or to use techniques that might be new to them.
We have started by looking at the art of the UK artist Andy Goldsworthy. He creates amazing art using natural materials, and after discussing some of his pieces, we then had a go at making our own.
Everyone got stuck in and created wonderful artwork - all different, all equally fantastic. Well done everyone!
Have a look below to see which might be your favourite.
We had a real treat today after school when a touring theatre company came to St Bede and performed a live show of the classic traditional tale 'The Gingerbread Man' to Ladybird and Butterfly classes, plus all of Years 1 and 2. Most of the children stayed to watch this fun extra, and there was lots of shouting and singing emanating from the hall!
The children thoroughly enjoyed this production, and it gave us all food for thought as the version we watched was different to the versions we had listened to in class. In the show the Gingerbread Man avoided getting eaten by the fox. Some of us thought it was a better version, but others definitely preferred the traditional ending.
The HSA arranged this wonderful opportunity, so a huge thank you goes to them without which this fantastic experience would not have taken place. THANK YOU!
Butterfly class were very lucky today when Coach Ashley was able to spend some time with us, and took everyone over to the Bedery for some extra PE time. As it was quite chilly, we kept our coats on, and practised our listening and ball skills through lots of fun active games. Thank you Coach Ashley!
Here some of us are pictured listening to our instructions.
We are delighted to welcome into St Bede our 60 new YR children, who are a fantastic group. They have settled in extremely well and we have had lots of smiling, giggling and laughing over these first few weeks. Even though some of the children have not been to pre-school with any of the others, all the children have been making friends and have been very busy with a whole host of enjoyable and fun activities. As a staff team, we are thrilled that the transition from pre-school (or home) to school is going so well and that the children already feel very comfortable to share information and show us what they know and can do.
We would also like to thank all our parents for giving us time on a home visit, so we can get to know your child as well as possible. This really does make a huge difference, so THANK YOU.
Ideas for activities/support
In order to help your child with key skills, ideas that you could choose to support your children are: