Reception - Oak, Apple and Maple Classes

Term 2

We have had an exciting start to the term. We have been learning about looking after our world and immediate environment. We made bird feeders by cutting up apples and bananas, scooping out the pulp from pumpkins and filling them up with the fruit.

We also had a visit from a Horse Riding Instructor, who showed us how to take care of our ponies. We loved brushing them and making them all shiny.

As part of Hastings Story Telling Week, we learnt to retell the story of The Fish That Talked. Throughout the week we found out about India, where the story was set. We created fish, tasted Indian food, ground up spices, created Indian patterns and mandalas and danced to Indian instruments.

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our Play and Stay session and Phonics Tea Party. The children loved to show you around the learning environment, sharing their work and reading stories.

Welcome to Term 2,

We hope you had a lovely half term! After a fantastic start to school in Term 1, the children now have lots of exciting things planned for Term 2.

Our topics this term are ‘What a Wonderful World’ and ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’. During ‘What a Wonderful World’, the children will be exploring the different ways we can look after our planet. We will be creating a giant ‘Art Attack’ using recycled materials. For this we will be collecting junk materials (boxes, bottles, tubes). Please help us by bringing in any of these recycled materials from home! During ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’, the children will be exploring our outside environment so please ensure your children’s wellies are in school. The children will also be practising our Nativity, ‘Angel Express’ so keep your eyes peeled for information and tickets.

During the term we are very excited to have both a horse riding instructor and Hastings Fire Service coming in to talk to the children. They will be given the opportunity to try on uniform and visit the Fire Engine.


Stay and Play: Thursday 9th November at 8:30-9:45

Phonics Tea Party: Wednesday 15th November at 9:00-10:30

Reception Nativity– Angel Express:

Please note the change of date

Tuesday 5th December at 2:00

Wednesday 6th December at 2:00

Thursday 7th December at 2:00

Term 1

We have had a busy and exciting first term, full of laughter, performances and art. All the children have settled into Sandown well and we are so proud of the confidence they have shown.

We have been learning about ourselves, our friends and our families and have created some beautiful self-portraits. Mrs MacIntyre came back to visit us with her new baby and we learnt all about babies.

Our teachers put on a performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We enjoyed watching them be silly and tried our hardest to warn Goldilocks that the bears were coming.

After learning about Harvest and reading the story, The Little Red Hen, we made our own delicious bread rolls to take home. We developed strength in our fingers through kneading the dough.

At the end of the term we put on a performance to show our parents how confident we are. We sang The Skelton Dance, Miss Polly, The Little Red Hen, The House of the Bears and Frere Jacques, beautifully.

The Little Redv Hen 1

Welcome to Reception!

We would like to welcome all children and their families to Sandown School. The children have had a fantastic start and settled in well to their new classes. This term children will be exploring two exciting topics - ‘All About Me’ and ‘Food, Glorious Food’. During ‘All About Me’, the children will be sharing all the wonderful things about themselves and showing us what they can do. They have already begun their number and phonics journey. We’re looking forward to a visit from one of our past reception teachers and her new baby who are coming to meet the children. During our second topic ‘Food, Glorious Food’, children will be exploring where their food comes from. They will have the opportunity to make their own bread. At the end of the term we will have a performance for the parents so the children can show you how well they have settled in to Sandown Primary School.