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‘Value in Everyone’
Value in Everyone


In September, our new children quickly settled in and have learnt so much already! We have been learning how to select our own lunch, hang up our coats and find our name cards. We are becoming so independent. We have been looking at the story of ‘Whatever Next’ and retelling the story with actions. We have loved going into space!





In October, we invited our parents in to enjoy a short performance of ‘Owl Babies’. They warmed up with some autumn vegetable soup and took part in autumn craft activities. We really enjoyed having them here! We also welcomed some owls into school for a visit and were brave enough to hold them ourselves. We have been working hard in Phonics and have been learning all about the numbers 1 to 5. We can't believe how much we have done already in our first half term at Jarrow Cross.



In November, we have been retelling the story of ‘Dear Zoo’ and have even made our own flap books, which we are very proud of. We have been identifying and describing shapes, creating patterns and exploring money. We went for a lovely walk to visit Jarrow Library for a special story time. We also received a visit from some nurses, who talked to us about how important it is to wash our hands properly.




December was such a busy month for us! We visited Santa and his reindeer at Down at the Farm. Our parents joined us for Christmas crafts, and we were so proud to show them our fantastic Nativity performance. We also had an exciting visit from Bezerkas, who helped us to learn some circus tricks. Alongside all of the festivities, we also worked so hard on our Literacy and began to learn about addition in Maths. 



In January, we have been learning about traditional tales, particularly 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We have been making porridge, writing recipes and recording our favourite toppings. Using the Talk 4 Writing programme, we are becoming fantastic storytellers! We have also continued our learning about addition and subtraction.





During February, we have been enjoying the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We planted some magic beans and a beanstalk grew in our corridor! We planted our own beans to look after at home and we have been exploring capacity using lots of practical and messy resources. We even squeezed in a walk to the library, Chinese new year celebrations and a stay and play session with our grown ups! What a busy few weeks!



Throughout March,our topic was dinosaurs. We found some eggs in our classroom and discovered facts about each dinosaur that hatched out of them. We learned all about 3D shapes and their properties, becoming shape spotters wherever we went. We also created and described repeating patterns and began learning to tell the time. We celebrated World Book Day and raised funds for Red Nose Day. Our parents and carers visited to enjoy a special afternoon tea with us for Mother's Day.

During April we have been enjoying the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and keeping our own caterpillar diary. We have been looking after our class caterpillars and observing their progress. They are growing so quickly! We visited Catherine and the Jarrow Library staff for our regular special story time. We also received visits from Art in Bloom for a creative project and Rock Steady Music School for an exciting music workshop. As the weather is beginning to improve, we are taking more of our learning outside.



May was another exciting month for Reception. We continued our learning from 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by tasting lots of healthy fruits and finding out all about minibeasts. We were so lucky to receive a visit from The Creepy Crawlie Roadshow. We met, held and found out about lots of creatures, including cockroaches, snakes and tarantulas. Our learning also took us to the Great North Museum in Newcastle for a busy and interesting day out meeting Dippy the Dinosaur. Our parents came into school to help us to enter a special Elmer competition.





In June, we have been really enjoying our seaside topic. We have been exploring environmental issues such as litter and water pollution. In Maths we have been doubling, halving and sharing pirate treasure and food, as well as using language related to position and distance. We have also been playing co-operatively, creating our own car washes to keep us cool in the hotter weather.




July was such a busy month! As well as our usual daily activities, we also put on 'The Greatest Show in Jarrow' for our final Reception performance. We participated in our sports day, went to the library and started our transition to Year 1. In our last week, we had a lovely day at the beach and were surprised with a ride on the steam train!