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.
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.
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
In order to show the children how we can re-use materials for different purposes, the children enjoyed using all the junk from home to create a giant ‘Art Attack’ in the shape of our Sandown School tree with 5 branches to display our vision statements. The children worked hard to make sure the rubbish didn’t blow away as it was a very windy day!
The local firefighters from The Ridge Fire Station kindly came to talk to the children about their jobs. The children were given the opportunity to sit in the fire-engine and have a go at using the hoses.
In the second part of the term, the children explored the topic ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ and we read the story of ‘Stick Man’. The children worked very hard to practise their lines and songs for the nativity, ‘The Angel Express’. They did an absolutely fantastic job and we were so proud of them!
The children were very excited when the snow arrived! In Reception, all the children went outside to play in the snow. They particularly enjoyed making snow-angels.
Well done to all the reception children for a fantastic second term. We look forward to more fun in Term 3.
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.
Welcome to a new and exciting term in Reception. We have lots to look forward to. The structure of our day and environment has changed to enable your children to get the most out of their learning experiences at Sandown. We now have a new focused Phonics room, Maths room, Reading Area and Physical Development space. Your children will have more opportunities to free flow through these areas, into the nursery and socialise with children across the Foundation Village.
We began the term looking at the story Whatever Next. The children have loved retelling the story and being curious about space.
To finish our term we explored the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes. The children have enjoyed telling nursery rhymes, having pancake races and making our own pancakes to eat.
Thank you to all those parents who attended our Maths Party this term. The children loved playing maths games and showing you their fantastic mathematical knowledge. If you have not yet got your Maths Party Bag, please see your child’s teacher.
We began the term with a local policeman coming to visit. The children were able to find out more about what a policeman’s job involves and try on their uniform. The children were encouraged to recognise a police officer as a person who can help them rather than someone who only deals with criminal offences.
During our topic of Handa’s Surprise the children explored African cultures through music, dance and art. We designed our African necklaces and created musical instruments using junk modelling materials. The children practiced a variety of songs to showcase to the parents including a Kenyan song in which they sung in both English and Swahili! They were joined on stage by local musician, Nick Webb, who accompanied their singing with the guitar. The children also enjoyed creating ‘Tinga Tinga’ pictures inspired by Tanzanian artwork.
Thank you to all the parents that attended our second Phonics Tea Party. The children loved showing you how well they are progressing in their reading.
During our topic of The Very Hungry Caterpillar we have been looking at the life cycle of a caterpillar. We have been watching caterpillars grow but are still waiting for them to build their chrysalis’s and grow into beautiful butterflies! We have been arty and created our own caterpillars by linking paper chains.
This term we have been fortunate enough to work with the gardening team at school. The children loved exploring our outside environment and searching for any animals that lived within it.
Today we all had a fantastic day at Mallydams Wood. We began the day with a mini beast trail, where we learnt about looking after mini beasts in the environment and tried to save them as we went around. We then designed and created habitats for different animals/ourselves and thought about how we would make them strong, safe and sheltered. On the way back to the education centre we looked out for signs of Spring. After lunch we went on an animal hunt in the woods, looking both high and low for the animals. The children were fantastic. They answered questions, took part in activities and behaved fabulously. They did Sandown School proud.
We have an eventful and exciting term to look forward to. Unfortunately last term our police visit was postponed. We will be having them in for a visit during the first week of term 4 to talk about what they do. We will also be having a visit from a nurse later in the term.
The term will commence by exploring the African story, Handa’s surprise. Through this story we will be making discoveries about African habitats and lives and create African art work and music. We will be inviting some musicians into school to learn about how instruments work, how to produce different sounds and to have a go at playing them. We will be looking at The Very Hungry Caterpillar during the second half of the term. This book will allow us to explore mini beasts and changes. We will be growing our own caterpillars and exploring how they change. We will be ending the term with a trip to Mallydams Woods to explore what lives in the woods and their habitats.
We began our term by releasing the butterflies into the wild. The children loved seeing them grow into butterflies and watching them fly away into their natural habitat.
During our topic of Noah’s Ark we explored the different animals that went into the Ark. The children developed their literacy skills by role playing the story and then writing about it. In Maths we looked at doubling with the animals going onto the Ark 2 by 2. The children predicted which objects would float or sink and then tested out their predictions.
The children have planted a variety of plants including strawberries. We discussed what plants need to grow and how to care for them.
This term we had a visit from our caretaker. The children had an opportunity to ask questions and find out what he does around the school. They were fortunate enough to see and hold some of the tools that allow him to do his job.
Parent phonic events
We have loved welcoming parents into some of our phonics sessions this term. The children were very proud to show you what they can now do and how much they have progressed since the beginning of the year. Thank you to all parents that attended.
Three Little Pigs
Our second topic this term was the Three Little Pigs. We retold the story using houses that the children help to make. This lead to the children creating story maps, writing and designing their own houses. The children tested out and predicted which materials they thought would be waterproof and best to build a house out of.
Stay and play
It was great to see so many parents come and share the morning with their children, exploring all the different areas and have a chance to look at their books. It was a wonderful and exciting experience for the children to show you around their classrooms.
We ended the term by celebrating the Royal wedding. As well as having cake to celebrate we also made bunting, created cakes out of junk, role played the wedding using characters that they had created.
It has been an exciting term and busy last term in Reception! The Start of our ‘Gruffalo’ topic began with a Gruffalo hunt in which the children explored our natural environment by going into the woods. They hunted for all the character that they would later find in the story. The children loved reacting the story in different ways. The children used wooden story spoons to create a puppet show, weaved through a Gruffalo obstacle course and used the Gruffalo café to serve foods from the story e.g ‘scrambled snake’. However, the definite favourite was the ‘Owl icecream’ parlour!
Thank you to those parents who came to our ‘Woodland Workshop’. The children loved having the chance to explore all the different activities with you in the sunshine and eat their healthy lollies that they made using yoghurt and fruit.
Sports day this year was a big success! The sun shone, the children smiled and many stickers were won! The children used a variety of skills which they have learnt though our PE lessons including, throwing, jumping, balance and running. The children showed wonderful sportsmanship, supporting and cheering on their friends through the different activities, even when they themselves did not win. Well done to the parents and siblings who took part in the races at the end of the day.
Our ‘Artist in Residence’, Suzanne Wilhelm has been working with all Reception children this term to create pictures using curved and straight lines. They children produced some fantastic Gruffalo pictures using the skills they had learnt. They have also created some beach scenes by concentrating on the key features of a beach.
The children have been so enthusiastic about the World Cup this year as it has given them a chance to learn about so many countries! Each class were assigned 2 countries to follow through the World Cup and to learn about. The children came up with different creative ways to showcase their countries at the ‘World Cup Bonanza’.
Our second book this term has been ‘The Pirates Next Door’. The children have enjoyed role playing the story, exploring a pirate obstacle course and creating their own treasure maps and telescopes. The children also made Father’s day cards using their handprints to create a pirate.
Thank you to all children and parents for a fantastic term and a wonderful year. Thank you all for your support! We are incredibly proud of how much progress all the children have made in their first year at Sandown and we hope they have a safe, happy and warm summer!
This term we will be exploring 2 new stories. Our topics this term will be ‘All is Quiet in the Deep Dark Wood’ related to the story The Gruffalo and ‘The Jolly Roger’ related to the story The Pirates Next Door. To begin the term we will be investigating what lives in the deep dark woods and creating our own woodland creatures. We will read about the features of the Gruffalo and think of our own features for our creatures. We will develop our literacy skills through retelling the story, following trails, role-playing and writing. During the second half of the term we will be looking at The Pirates Next Door. This story is about a seaside town that is quiet in the winter and during the summer months it becomes very busy and inhabited by pirates. We will be making links to our local area, will have a visit from a local fisherman, visit Pett Level Beach and have our own Pirate Day, tying in with the local event. Our visitor this term is Richard Read, a local Fisherman and former lifeboat server. He will be talking to the children about his job and will show the children how to make a fishing net.