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Miss Davidson

Mrs Pallett

Miss Bourner

Mrs Cox


Here are some of the things our class have been working on.
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Bend and Stretch

In PE today we talked about the different ways our bodies can move and stretch. We followed 'Cosmic Yoga' on the interactive whiteboard and took part in 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. We had to move into lots of different positions and poses which required balance, flexibility and movement.

Friday 13th October 2017

Look at my amazing writing!

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We would like to share a special mention to Gijs who did some amazing writing this week. He wrote about his target which he would like to achieve when he is 5. He heard lots of sounds when segmenting each word in his sentence, formed fantastic graphemes and remembered to use finger spaces and a full stop. Miss Bourner was so impressed she asked Mrs Pallett to take Gijs to see Mrs Fotheringham, who gave him a very special award and prize from her prize box.

Fantastic work Gijs, well done!

Something's Changing Outside...

Today, Leo found a 'helicopter' on the playground during lunch time. He was very keen to bring this into class and show all his friends. When Leo showed everyone, we all became very excited and began to talk about the helicopters and what else we noticed on the playground.

Amelia "There are lots of leaves on the floor. That's because it is nearly winter"

Issy "We are in Autumn now. All the leaves are all crunchy and crispy"

We then talked about all the different changes we have noticed around us at school, on our walk to school and at home.

Dexter "You can find conkers next to Shatterlocks and a massive leaf next to Bunkers Hill"

Ollie "The leaves are all falling off the trees"

Marsels "It's getting really windy and raining all the time"

Leo "when you get a conker yeah, you have to drill a hole through it and get a shoe lace. Then you can play a game and whack them at another one"

This discussion inspired some of us during 'plan do review' to create autumn collage pictures. We chose our own resources and materials from the Messy Area, including tissue paper, shiny paper, crepe paper, and glitter. We struggled to think of colours, until Lexi asked if we could go outside and look at the leaves. Miss Davidson took some of us out onto the playground and we looked at the different colour leaves, the shapes, patterns and collected them all up to bring inside. We then chose red, orange, brown and some green materials to collage with and added our leaves and helicopters too. We cut different shapes using the scissors and used the spatulas to paste the glue on when creating our collages.

Week beginning: 9th October 2017


Week 6: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

In Maths this week we have been learning to apply all the skills that we have been learning across this term. We engaged in different activities that allowed us to use our learnt skills such as ordering numbers, matching numerals to quantities, forming numerals, sorting and making pictures with 2D shapes, and exploring the Numicon resources. We enjoyed showing off all the things we have learnt.

Tyler "I've made 16 with a 10 and a 6, and I can make 22 look. I've got a 10, a 10 and a 2"

Amelia "I've made 11 and 12. I've got a 10 and then a 1 or a 2"

Dexter "Look Miss Davidson, I've put them all in order but its backwards, like a rocket blast off!"

Week Beginning: 9th October 2017


Star Reader of the Week

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Star Reader of the Week 2

A very big well done to Macie-Mae and Toby-Marcus for reading above our year group target of 10 minutes.

Congratulations on getting your bronze award badges.

In Phonics this week we have been learning the sounds 'p' 'i' and 'n'. We have been tracing over large chalk graphemes in the outdoor area using water and paintbrushes, before trying our very best to form each one correctly in our handwriting books. We have been using the special RWI rhymes to help us make sure we form each one correctly. Here are this weeks rhymes:

p - 'down the pirates plait and around his face'

i - 'down the insects body and a dot for his head'

n - 'down nobby and over his net'

We have attached a document containing all the Read Write Inc rhymes and a link to the correct pronunciation of each phoneme, so that you can help support your child with reading and writing at home.


Week beginning: 2nd October 2017

RWI Formation Rhymes

...and in a dark dark house some skeletons lived.

This week we have been exploring the funny bones stories. We have been sharing a range of different stories and talking about the characters and the story events. We then discussed the fact that our characters were skeletons and that we are all made of different bones. We learnt the different names to some of bones such as the spine and our ribs (we found the pelvis particularly funny!). We then created our very own skeleton pictures using straws which we cut to different lengths for each of our bones. Some of us also drew skeleton pictures using black card and chalks.

Week beginning: 2nd October 2017

On Wednesday 4th October, Reception joined the rest of the College in participating in No Pens Wednesday. For this we were not allowed to use a pen or pencil for the whole day and had to engage in a range of different activities. Initially, some of us found it a little challenging, as we really enjoy writing and drawing lots of pictures. However we developed a new range of skills through out this day and had lots of fun. We used technology such as the tablets and computer to draw different pictures and practised our scissors skills when cutting and sticking. We also took part in our first Guided Reading sessions. We read stories in groups, focussing on the different illustrations,  retelling them to our friends and acting them out in our role play areas. We improved our fine motor skills by making handwriting patterns with our fingers in the sand and creating models and 'cupcakes' with the play dough. Throughout the day we took part in a Song Times and shared different songs and rhymes with the rest of the class.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed No Pens Wednesday and cannot wait to take part again next year.


Week 5: We're Going on a Shape Hunt!

This week we have been Shape Spies and have been exploring 2D shapes. 

We have been talking about the different shapes that belong in this group and learnt the names of each of the shapes. We now know that 2D shapes are special because they are flat. When looking at different shapes we counted all the sides and the corners for each one, some even went up to having 8 sides! We enjoyed exploring outside and looking for different shapes within our school environment.  We created shape pictures, printed with shapes, matched and sorted different shapes and explored what happened when we put different shapes together .

Isabelle " a rectangle has 2 long sides and 2 short sides"

Dexter "3 trapeziums makes like a recycle sign. It's a hexagon, because it has got 6 sides and has got 6 corners"

Edie "when we put 2 squares together it makes a rectangle"

Jake "a square has 4 straight sides and they are all the same"

Week Beginning: 2nd October 2017

Star Reader of the Week

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A very big well done to Dexter, Leo, Destiny and Orson for reading for 15 minutes and therefore winning the star reader award for Busters Book Club. They all read 5 minutes over our year group target of 10 minutes.

Congratulations on getting your bronze award badges.


Week 4: Developing our number and phonics

This week we have been exploring numbers 1 to 10. We have been learning to use the resource Numicon to help us to identify numerals and their value. We have been counting out different amounts to 10 and even counting each other. In phonics, we have been learning the beginning of our Letters and Sounds programme; 's' 'a' and 't'. We have been practising forming them, thinking of words which have them as initial sounds and sorting them. We are enjoying phonics and have been learning little rhymes from Read Write Inc to help assist us in forming each grapheme. Here are this weeks rhymes to help us:

s - 'slither down the snake'

a - 'around the apple down the leaf'

t - 'down the tower across the tower'


In the afternoon we participate in child initiated and this is our favourite time to explore the outdoor environment. Here, we have been investigating and creating autumnal collages using natural resources, practising our gross motor skills such as balancing and jumping, and developing writing and number skills within a different environment.

Week Beginning: 25th September 2017

Learning for Life: Why do we need to brush our teeth?

During Learning for Life this week, we talked about the importance of brushing our teeth. We discussed how many times a day we brush our teeth and why it is incredibly important to brush them twice a day. We looked at some pretend teeth and talked about how we must brush our teeth in a circular motion to make sure we get all the plaque and bacteria. We then took turns and waited patiently to try and use the giant toothbrush to clean in big circles. Miss Davidson then explained to us that because it is very important, we have to brush our teeth at school. We were then all given a special toothbrush to use at school.

Week beginning: 18th September 2017

Term One: Magical Marvellous Me.

The Reception children have all settled in amazingly well during our first 2 weeks and we are now beginning our term topic. We are going to be talking all about ourselves, our families and the different things that we enjoy. We are going to be exploring our senses and learning the various parts of our bodies. We are also going to be beginning Letters and Sounds Phonics and become familiar with numerals from 1 to 10.

Week beginning: 6th September 2017

Our Learning Environments

Welcome to White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts!

Reception staff are keen to meet all our new children and we cannot wait to see how far they blossom across this year. We encourage you to check our website regularly for wonderful updates of our learning and activities and invite you to take a sneak peak at our exciting learning environments all ready and waiting for our new children.