Brant Broughton has been fortunate enough to welcome a fantastic new cohort of reception children this September. The children have settled into school life remarkably and have proven their maturity on numerous occasions; from our every day leaving Mummys and Daddys at the school gates to our very own Welcome Service in church. Polar Bears has also been lucky enough to welcome back five fantastic Year 1s who have not only grown physically over the summer holidays, but in maturity with their social skills, academic learning and their willingness to take on a challenge head on!
For our first term together we have chosen a topic that will help us get to know one another and our community. Our driving question is; 'What makes us special?' To carry us through the journey we have enlisted the help of the 'Mr Men' and the 'Little Miss' characters.
We started with our facial features and what faces are made up of. This quickly moved to our families and how are families differ. Who has pets? Who has a brother? Who has a sister? Using this information, and our newly acquired expertise of trees in Autumn, we have each painted a picture of our own family tree.
Our cubs have been working remarkably well in Phonics. This year we have introduced the 'Jolly Phonics' sounds and actions strategies to aid the children's learning, providing them with a full kinaesthetic approach to the experience. The new approach has been welcomed with open minds and we are ever grateful to the parents that have been buying the songs and singing along with their children. We have also been partaking in a lot of number songs and games. We have even had an 'adding machine' in our outside area, with some of cubs also using their fine motor skills to write a number sentence using the + and = symbols. As always we endeavour to be an early years setting that follows the children's interests and we work closely with the reception children in an environment that provides continuous provision to enable the children to choose their learning.
Our Year 1s have worked hard within their writing, including descriptions, shape poems and learning about verbs and '-ing' words. We have been working hard on our vocabulary, trying to find only the best words to use. The children are concentrating a lot of effort on their handwriting and the presentation of their books which makes their teachers very proud. In Maths we have been learning about Place Value, Addition and Number Bonds. The children are also working through the times tables, successfully completing a weekly times tables challenge.