Welcome to Penguin Class
Reception at Pulloxhill
Welcome to Penguin Class, where we learn through playing and working together in our wonderful classroom and outdoor environment with Mrs Leaver, Mrs Wolfe and Mrs Jephson. We believe that all children in Penguin Class should benefit from a wide-ranging curriculum with good breadth, balance and relevance, differentiated to meet the individual needs of each child. We believe that learning should be motivating, stimulating and above all fun, and should produce success, confidence and security in the children. We foster close links with our children’s homes, so as their experiences and interests can influence the planning of our curriculum. We believe in equal opportunities for all of our children.
Penguin Class has a rich and stimulating play based environment. Through play, the children explore and develop learning experiences, which
help them to make sense of the world. The children practise and build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and develop an understanding
of our school’s values and expectations for their behaviour. The children are encouraged to think creatively and they communicate with other children and adults as they investigate and find solutions to challenges.
We are aspirational and strive for every child to achieve their full potential. We believe that every child is unique and we are committed to delivering the best to each of them. There are seven main areas of learning in the Foundation Stage Curriculum, which the children follow: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts and Design. Information on what we will be learning this half term is included in our curriculum news, which is available by clicking on 'curriculum news'. Our current timetable is available by clicking on 'timetable'.
Here are some things you might like to know about Penguin Class:
- We practise our phonics, reading, mark-making / writing and mathematics every day
- We enjoy 'story time' every day.
- We have assembly every day and we follow our school’s values, as we learn through playing together.
- We have PE on Wednesday and Friday.
- We visit the computing suite at least once a week, sometimes more often.
- We have ‘Show and Tell’ on Wednesday, when we bring in small items from home, related to our topic or focus phonics, to share with our friends.
- We bring home a library book every Wednesday. Please share this book with your child and ensure that it is brought back to school the following Wednesday.
- We have a simple task to complete in our learning log every week. The children will come home with their learning log on Friday and it should be handed in on Wednesday.
- We have a home - school communication book. Please ensure that this is sent in to school each day.
If we have not mentioned something you would like to know, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mrs Leaver, Mrs Wolfe and Mrs Jephson
Autumn Term 1 2021
We are all really proud of how well the Penguins have settled into school life. It is quite a big transition from nursery or home and they have been amazing!
This half-term we have enjoyed getting to know each other through our ‘Magical Me and the World Around Me’ topic. We have created self-portraits, talked about our families, our homes and what we like to do. We are learning about people who help us, both in school and outside.
As part of our British Value of Mutual Respect, the Penguins have been celebrating our similarities and our differences. We are enjoying our fantastic book ‘Welcome to our World’, which shows us that many things are different around the world. Thank you to those of you who have contributed to our international display.
We have been working really hard to learn our Phase 2 sounds and to start to blend those sounds into simple words. The Jolly Phonics actions have really helped with this! In maths we have been concentrating on understanding the key concepts of sorting, comparing, matching and pattern. We look forward to using those skills as we start to look at number in more depth next half-term.
We really enjoyed learning the Harvest songs and participating in the school Harvest Festival.
The Penguins have been making the most of the dry weather and spending as much time exploring our outdoor area as possible! They are loving the new mud kitchen, maths area, word wall and reading area. The children are all developing their imagination and sharing skills with all of our construction and small world toys, and our current ‘garden centre’ role play area.
Autumn Term 2 2021
The Penguins have really enjoyed learning about different festivals this half-term. They have shared experiences, learnt things from the past and many new facts, whilst finding out about Diwali, Remembrance, Bonfire Night, Eid al-Fitr, Hanukah and birthdays. This has enabled us to celebrate differences and to show our British Value of Mutual Tolerance.
As the half-term ended, the Penguins went into full Christmas mode, with lots of glitter and excitement, as we learnt about Advent, the nativity story and we counted down to Christmas! The children worked really hard to learn Père Noel (Father Christmas) in French, which they sang so confidently during our Christmas performance, when they also formed a nativity tableau, which they loved performing to their parents. Thank you to Swifts and Skylarks for supporting our singing so amazingly well! Our Christmas lunch was also a real highlight. The children really enjoyed our daily maths and phonics Advent calendar activities and loved tracking the progress of our class Elf, which they decided to name 'Penguin'.
The Penguins have continued to enjoy participating in PE lessons hosted by Premier Sport and learning French, which we practise most days.
Spring Term 1 2022
The Penguins have really enjoyed learning about toys this half-term. They were very excited to share their favourite Christmas toys with their friends and learn about toys from the past. We have thought about toys with wheels and soft toys, and have discussed what materials toys are made out of. We had great fun making and playing with a car, a cup and ball toy, and a ball-drop game.
The highlight of the half-term was our reading café. The children loved having their parents in school, showing them around our classroom, including our new comfortable ‘reading rabbit’ sofas, and our wonderful outdoor area. The teddy bears, which the children made with their parents looked amazing!
We spent a week learning all about Chinese New Year. The Penguins learnt about the Chinese New Year story, the animals of the Chinese zodiac, painted Chinese symbols, made dragon and lion puppets, did some dragon dancing and had a delicious Chinese feast with the Puffins.
The children have all been working really hard on their Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds. They are very excited to now be learning digraphs and trigraphs! They are all far more confident in hearing the sounds in words and attempting to write those sounds into words, and all enthusiastically join in with our daily phonics lessons.
With the winter weather, the children have spent a little more time indoors, where they have been creative, making models and using their imagination, playing in our fire station role play area.
The Penguins have continued to enjoy their PE lessons with Premier Sport. This half-term, they have been doing gymnastics and have learnt a number of gymnastic shapes, jumps, balances and rolls.
The children have begun to learn some German, which they practise regularly.
Spring Term 2 2022
This half-term, the Penguins have enjoyed their dinosaur topic and have particularly liked dinosaur dancing, learning dinosaur-themed rhymes and our dinosaur-themed craft activities.
Now that the weather has been a little warmer, it has been lovely to be able to spend more time outside, and the children have loved exploring our dinosaur-themed activities, including our ‘dinosaur park’.
Indoors, the Penguins have loved our Jurassic café and gift shop and it has been fun seeing dinosaurs in shopping trollies – they can be very expensive!
Towards the end of the term, the children have enjoyed finding out about Mother’s Day and Easter. We hope that the mummies enjoyed the gifts and cards and that you enjoyed our contribution to school's Easter service at Pulloxhill Church, which the children worked so hard to prepare for.
The Penguins have continued to enjoy participating in PE lessons hosted by Premier Sport. They have also loved learning German, which we practise most days. They are now experts in singing 'Happy Birthday' in German!