Visit from The Dentist
Dr. Ilioska came to visit us to tell us how to look after our teeth. He told us how to brush and floss our teeth. We found out that we should brush our teeth before we eat our breakfast or wait for 30 minutes. You should also brush your teeth before you go to bed.
We also found out how much sugar there is in different drinks.
A big thank you Dr. Ilioska
As part of our learning about Jim and the Beanstalk, Mrs Gregory, Teddy's mum, visited the class to tell us about her fascinating job as a wig maker and showed us the wig she has been making for the stage production of Harry Potter.
It takes her about 10 days to make a wig and they can cost between £1000 and £10,000!
She has made wigs for the film Les Miserables - which won an Oscar for the best costumes. She also made the wig for Johnny Depp when he played the part of Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean films.
It was a fascinating visit and the children asked some very good questions.
Visit from Dinosaur Isle
Miss Rostram came to visit us from Dinosaur Isle where she is carrying out a teaching placement.
She had a letter from her friend Wendy who is a Paleontologist. The children looked at 3 fossils and had to identify which one was a dinosaur bone, a shell and a leaf. We learned that fossils from the sea are called marine fossils.
We then investigated the fossils in her bag and looked at the size and shape. We weighed them and discussed weight and length. Thank you Miss Rostram.
Chinese New Year
Mrs Wu came in to share her family's festival of Chinese New Year. We listened to the story and learnt about their customs and traditions.
Pacey dressed up in special clothes and she looked beautiful, she also kindly brought in a lucky red envelope for every child and a lantern.
The next day we joined with preschool to carry out some joint learning activities.
Thank you so much for sharing your festival.
Happy New Year.
New Year Resolutions
This week Reception have been writing their New Year resolutions to Mrs Langridge. They walked to the local post box and posted them. They also had a visit from a post office worked and learnt about the journey of a letter.
EYFS Christmas Concert
Pre-School and Reception joined together to perform 'We're going on a baby Hunt.' The script was written by Miss Brown and Miss Atkins and was adapted from We're going on a Bear Hunt with kind permission from Michael Rosen,
The children acted and signed the songs using Makaton. They were also supported by two year 6 pianist Kate and Andrew.
It was an awesome performance.
Brighstone Christmas Tree Frestival
Reception and Preschool have joined together to decorate a Christmas tree as part of the Brighstone Christmas Tree festival. The tree is displayed in Mottistone church this year. The Christmas tree festival runs from the 6th to the 9th December 10 am to 5 pm.
We would like to thank Gordy's Wood for his generous donation of wooden ornaments which the children decorated. The tree looks beautiful.
During their recent visit to the library, Reception class learned all about how the library works and received a book, Little Monkey by Marta Altes donated by The Book Trust.
Back in class, they have all been very busy (and having fun!) making story maps, retelling the story and ...making banana bread!
The children have made a display based on their work around the book - and this is now on display at the library!
Please do pop along to the library and take a look at all the hard work our very busy Reception children have been doing.
The children have been learning about Divali. Toby's mum came in and showed us how to put on a sari. We made rangoli patterns, garlands, learnt a song and built palaces for Rama and Sita. It was great fun.
Baking Banana Bread
Wow what a wonderfully busy day we’ve had today!!!!
Great British Bake Off eat your heart out! St Mary’s Reception Class 2018/19 is a class full of aspiring bakers.
Inspired by our Little Monkey book gifted to us by The Book Trust, we created our own banana bread.
We spent the morning busily preparing the ingredients for our banana bread. We talked about the amounts of each ingredient, the consistency of the mixture, explored the differences between sugar and flour, frozen bananas and unfrozen bananas as well as the importance of hygiene and cleaning up after ourselves.
This afternoon, the children's special adults joined us for our book share afternoon. It was lovely to see so many adults and children sharing stories.
We had our first class outing. A trip on a minibus and a visit to the library. Rachel told us all about the library and we found out they do lots of activities there. There is a Lego club and lots of things for grown ups as well. Even better you don't have to be really quiet!
She read the story of The Little Monkey and we have all been given our own copy.
Reception had enormous fun learning Irish dancing. There is an after school club on Tuesdays the children can join. There was some amazing footwork from the children. Maybe some future River-dance stars in the making.
The Train Ride
Our focused text has been The Train Ride. For the school's Isle of Wight week we adapted the text to The Isle of Wight Train Ride. We acted out the story in PE and also solved number problems with cars on the ferries.
Nipper the Crab
Nipper the Crab who is the mascot of IOW Day popped into school to talk to us about the ‘Big Beach Clean,’ that is happening across the island.
Inspired by Nipper and learning about how harmful plastic is to our sea birds and creature, the children took part in a task where they needed to sort out the difference between food and plastics. The spoon represented the birds beak, the cup was the birds tummy and the children had 20 seconds to fill their cup up. When the time was over, they separated the food from the plastic. We spoke about how birds and fish can’t tell the difference between food and plastic like we can. I explained how a bird will think they are ‘full up’ because they have plastic in their tummies.
Archive photographs 2017-2018