Welcome to the Butterworth Class page!
Our Class Teacher is Mrs Cruise.
Did you know we are called Butterworth Class after the author Nick Butterworth? We have really enjoyed reading some of his books in class including 'One Snowy Night', 'After the Storm' and 'The Rescue Party'.
Our First Half Term
We have had a great start to Reception, getting to know our school, classroom, and grown-ups. We have made lots of new friends too. We have also become much more independent, we get changed for PE and go for lunch with our friends!
We have been learning about People Who Help Us. We thought about people who help us at home, at school and out and about. We also learnt about how to stay safe, which grown-ups we can ask for help if we have a problem and who would help us in an emergency. We had lots of visitors and really enjoyed having a sit in a fire engine.
We had so much fun learning about Christmas and preparing for the celebration. We also learnt that there are other Celebrations which include light, such as Bonfire Night and Diwali.
We have had a fantastic term, with a strong focus on developing literacy and mathematics in the context of learning about the world around us. We began by thinking about how Winter feels and looks here in Letchworth, including thinking about the animals that live here and how they may behave in Winter. We then expanded our thinking to the North Pole and considered what it might be like to live there for both humans and other animals. We had great fun having a go at Inuit throat singing, get your little musicians to show you how it is done!
Following on from this the whole school took part in a Forest School Fortnight, we were lucky to have clement weather most days and made the most of spending as much time as possible outdoors in our grounds. We had a wide range of visitors and activities to participate in, from calming meditation to scary clay tree faces and plenty more besides.
After half term we had a lot of very windy weather, which contrasted with some very warm days over half-term. Despite the weather we managed to see some signs of Spring around us with bulbs and blossom flowering. We combined learning about the springtime through growing and observing plants with learning about traditional tales, we focussed on Jack And The Beanstalk and have grown our own beans and written our own beanstalk stories. We have even made up a bean dance which demonstrates germination to Morning by Grieg, pop it on YouTube and ask your children to show you their moves!
We have ended the term by learning about the story behind Easter and how Christians celebrate Easter, once again with a visitor to help bring the children's learning to life. We have brought new life to our school field by planting willow, elder and cherry trees and hope that the children will be able to see them growing for many years to come... perhaps even when they have children of their own at our setting! Finally, we have celebrated the arrival of our library bus, we are very lucky to have this amazing space and look forward to using it next term.
Our 2017 Ofsted inspection commented - that we still provide good quality education & a stimulating & caring environment. Individual needs are well met & children quickly grow in confidence. There is a positive culture for safeguarding & pupils said that they feel happy & settled in school.
"I am amazing. Together we are magnificent!"