Autumn Term

What a fantastic start for Armstrong class! Everyone has made lots of new friends and settled into daily routines superbly.

Children have been exploring their new environment, finding lots of activities that are linked to our ‘Homes’ topic to engage with.

Daily phonics sessions have been a regular part of our day and the children have learnt a new sound every day. We are currently looking at m, d, and g. The children have taken sounds home in their tins to share with their families, alongside early reading books and a self choice from our book trolley.

Active maths learning has been focused on a number of the week and the children have demonstrated good thinking skills when given challenges.

The home corner and mud kitchen have been favourite learning spaces and also the Lego house construction challenge and loose parts play.

The children have had many opportunities to mark make and represent their own names:

  • at the glitter tray with paint brushes
  • in the home corner on shopping lists
  • alongside the construction activities with post –its and
  • using the chalk and white boards outside.

We currently have 12 children who can write their names all by themselves!

Lunchtimes are a happy and sociable time where staff enjoy eating alongside the children and helping them become independent in the dining hall. It is wonderful to see children helping themselves to the salad bar every day.

The children take part in assemblies and are buddied by a Year 6 pupil to help them feel part of our school community.

During the afternoons Pre-School children work alongside Reception class children and the older children enjoy looking after the younger Pre-Schoolers.

‘Caring is sharing’ is a motto that we use in school and the children enjoy reminding each other about kind hands and being friends.

We look forward to moving on to The 3 Little Pigs text during the last 2 weeks of term and taking part in some house building of our own.