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Welcome to Earth Class...Welcome to Earth Class...
Welcome to Reception and Little
We are a Foundation Stage Unit, with both Reception and Pre-school
in our setting. Our Little Stars Pre-school children are in the setting
during the mornings, until 12. They have the option to stay for Lunch
Club on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 1 o'clock.
Our Reception children are in full-time school and start at 08:50am in
the morning. Doors will be open from 08:40am and the children are
welcome to come in as they arrive. School finishes at 3:15pm.
We have three members of staff who work in our Early Years Unit;
Miss Mason the class teacher, Miss Gipson the Pre-school
Practitioner, Mrs Pitts the classroom assistant.
Welcome to Earth Class Booklet - Here is a booklet outlining the day
to day running of Earth Class and any important information that you
may need to know throughout the year. Earth Class children have
been sent home with a copy of this booklet, alongside a copy of our
Curriculum Overview - Here is the overview of what we will be
learning in Earth Class. We are a school that mixed year group
classes and therefore follow a two year rolling plan.
Spring Term 2018
This term we will be looking at Traditional Tales. To kick-start our
topic the children created a plan of the stories that they would like to
investigate and some ideas of how to explore these stories. The class
decided they would like to explore The Gingerbread Man first. Here
are some of the activities that we have participated in.
This week we have been looking at the story of Goldilocks and the
Three Bears. We decided to investigate what the class' favourite
porridge would be...Baby Bears, Mummy Bears or Daddy Bears. First
we made a prediction; then we made the three different types of
porridge and tasted it! We decided which was our favourite and made
a tally chart of our favourite. Baby Bears porridge was the class
Baking Gingerbread Men
We had a go at making our own gingerbread men and decorating
them (see cooking activity slide) After making our cookie dough we
asked Mrs Clarke to put them in the oven, being sure to make her
aware that gingerbread men are well-known for running away and
could she please look after them. When Mrs Clarke took our
gingerbread out the oven they were not there! Our gingerbread men
had run away!
The children decided that it would be a good idea to make some Lost
Posters to help us find our gingerbread men. The Reception children
decorated a picture of their gingerbread man and wrote some
sentences using their phonic knowledge. After making our posters,
we photocopied them and placed them around the school for other's
to see, in hope they would help us find our gingerbread men.
The Return of the Gingerbread Men
Finally our gingerbread men returned! They returned in a box
alongside a very apologetic note on a baking tray, written with icing.
We were extremely excited to have our gingerbread men back so we
could begin decorating them.
After having decorated our gingerbread men, we were very excited to
take part in a number of taste tests. First we had to take a bite out of
our gingerbread men and record where we had taken our first bite.
Most of us took a bite out of the leg! After that we explored our 5
senses by thinking about what we could see, hear, feel, smell and
taste when investigating our gingerbread men, recording our thoughts
and feelings in a flip-book.
As part of our topic Traditional Tales, we
have been looking at The Gingerbread
Man. The children have enjoyed making
and decorating their own gingerbread
(Please remember your P.E kits)
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to help you out during your time in Earth
Autumn School Trip
As part of our topic for the Autumn Term,
we were looking at People Who Help Us.
We were very lucky to be able to take a
trip to the Air Ambulance Base and Fire
Station. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting in
the helicopter, meeting the pilots and
paramedics, exploring the fire engine
and squirting the hoses. We would like
to say a big "Thank You" to Essex Air
Ambulance and Hedingham Fire Station
for giving us your time and sharing your