Reception - Starling Class

Welcome to Starling Class!
We have 23 children, 11 boys and 12 girls. Our teachers are Mrs Meridew and Miss Webb and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Dix, Mrs Keech and Mrs Littlefair.  We are also very lucky to have Mrs Littlefair to cover Mrs Meridew's and Miss Webb’s Planning, Preparation and Assessment time on Wednesday afternoons. 
Below is a timetable of the things we do each week. As you can see, we do a lot of busy learning!
In Reception we learn through seven areas of learning which are split into three prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development. As well as four specific areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We look at topics such as 3, 2, 1 ... Blast Off!, Land before time and Down on the Farm.
We practise lots of skills such as recognising and using numbers to 20, shapes and their properties, reading using phonics and writing for a variety of purposes as well as sharing, taking turns and becoming part of the school community.
We have been thinking about Technology and how we can use it safely and responsibly. Smartie the Penguin has been telling us what to do if we see something we don't like online. Please click on the link below for further information: 
We have been thinking about our bodies and how we look after them. Pantosaurus has been telling us what to do if someone asks us to show them our bodies and we don't want to. Please click on the link below for further information:

Turrets and Tiaras

What fun we had pretending to be knights, princes and princesses! We learnt all about castles and their functions as well as knight’s armour and the roles and responsibilities of different members of the royal family. As well beginning Phase Four Phonics, we learnt about patterns and time and began to write our very own stories. Here are some pictures from our learning:

Our trip to Standalone Farm

Our adventure began on the coach, where would it take us? We looked out the windows to see what we could find and soon enough we spotted a sign for ‘Standalone Farm’. We got off of the coach and ventured to the ‘Party Room’ to put our bags away. The first animals we visited were the pigs, we especially enjoyed seeing Poppy the pig and her piglets being fed. Next we went to see Ted and Oscar the donkeys and some of us even petted them! Afterwards we went to see a Shetland pony and we all got to brush her, she was very soft. On our way back from seeing the horses we saw goats and cows. Next was a very important job… handwashing! We then enjoyed our very tasty (and healthy) packed lunches. After lunch we went on a walk around the farm and we saw sheep and alpacas as well as guinea pigs, turkeys, pheasants and geese. We all then had a ride on toy tractors and before we knew it, it was home time. What a great day out! Please see our pictures below:


Down on the Farm

We have had so much fun learning about what happens ‘Down on the Farm’. We have had a visit from a real, working tractor to help us to know about transport on a farm and where our food comes from. We also had our exciting trip to Standalone Farm, where we got see different farm animals and learn about their food and their habitats. We have learnt lots about animals and transport as well as learning about money, addition and subtraction, blending and segmenting through Phase Three Phonics as well as finding out about the Easter Story and Easter traditions. Here are some photos of our learning: 



What a fantastic week! We began the week with a Science Art and Writing (SAW) day where we looked at microscopic pictures of shells, tried to guess what they were and then had a go at classifying different shells. We then created our own interpretations of these pictures. Later on in the week we combined our learning with Key Stage One and had a ‘swap around’ working scientifically morning where we made potions in the Potions Room, explored how colours change in different liquids in the Colour Room and built towers and sculptures using pegs, lolly sticks and even marshmallows in the Engineering Room. Here are some pictures of our Scientific learning:

3, 2, 1… Blast Off!

Wow! What an exciting half term; we have learnt all about Space including planets, stars, moons as well as aliens and rockets! The children have had lots of fun making moon rocks, learning about gravity and designing space transportation. They began learning Phase Three phonics as well as the names and properties of 3D shapes alongside capacity, weight and the season of Winter. We even managed to fit in some Gymnastics! Here are some pictures of our learning:

Welly Walks

In Reception we like to spend lots of time in the great outdoors. One way we do this is through our weekly welly walks where we get outside and exploring, whatever the weather! So far this year we have been looking at seasonal changes (Autumn and Winter), bird watching and comparing Steeple Morden to Space. Here are some pictures from some of our welly walks:

Hunting for Heroes
Our second topic was a very busy topic. We began our learning by thinking about our local heroes, people who help us; e.g: fire fighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, vets. We then thought about superheroes and their magical powers. Finally, we moved on to learn about Jesus and the Christmas story. During this topic we learnt numbers 1-20 through our Numberblocks project. We also learnt Phase 2 sounds and began to read and write!  Here are some pictures of our learning:
Magical Me!

This was our first half term in ‘big school’. We learnt all about how each and every one of us is special and unique. We celebrated our similarities and differences from where we live, to people in our families to what we look like through our Elmer project. We had lots of fun learning the school and classroom rules and getting to know our new friends and staff members. We also learnt the names and properties of 2D shapes and tuned our hearing using Phase One Phonics. Here are some pictures of us learning: