King's Hawford

24 September

The Week in Pre-Prep & Kindergarten – Reception

As we approach the end of Week 3 of the new term, we are so pleased with how well all of our Reception children are settling into school life here at King’s Hawford. It has been a busy start to the academic year and we are so proud of every single Reception pupil for how they have adapted to new routines. It has been a great delight to watch the children grow in confidence and perseverance.

The children have made a strong start on their phonics; we have been enjoying focusing on a different letter sound each day and we are already working on blending and making up short words. Alongside their phonics we have also started working on pre-cursive handwriting and we have been very impressed with the work produced so far! You can read more about the Early Years curriculum here.

Over the past three weeks our focus has been on getting to know one another. We hold weekly ‘Marvellous Me’ sessions in which the children take it in turns each week to talk about themselves using props from home. This week Rupert and Alexander have talked to their classes about their interests.

Every week our Reception pupils enjoy MFL, music, swimming and Games sessions with specialist teachers. This week in their German lesson Reception enjoyed making their very own Schultütes. In some parts of Germany, a Schultüte cone is given to children ahead of their first day of school to make it a little sweeter!

In their Games sessions this term Reception have been introduced to football. This week the focus has been on dribbling skills. All of the boys and girls worked very hard and Mrs Beech was able to award all of the children with their dribbling skills certificate at the end of the session!

Following on from Harvest Festival last week, we have continued thinking about Harvest time and where our food comes from; this lead onto to us reading Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrow’s Wedding’, which has become our focus story for this week. In Forest School this week we began making our very own Betty and Harry scarecrows! The children also took part in a scavenger hunt, to help the scarecrows find the items on their list in preparation for their wedding.

Miss Lane and Miss Willis have been very impressed by how quickly the children have found their feet at school. We are looking forward to the exciting learning journey we have ahead and all of the fun-packed experiences we have in store for this formative year in Reception.

Well done Reception; what a marvellous start to the year you have made! We cannot wait to follow your journey through King’s Hawford and watch you personalities develop as you grow!