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Welcome to Rosen's Class Page !


Our class teacher is Mrs Steeley.


Did you know we are called Rosen Class after the author Michael Rosen? We have really enjoyed reading some of his books and poems in class including 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt', 'Chocolate Cake' and 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo'.



    Our first half term in Reception.


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!  


Our class mascot is Rosen Bear.  Rosen Bear gets to spend the weekend with our "Star of the Week".


In our first few weeks in Reception, we enjoyed learning about our class author Michael Rosen. We enjoyed bear themed activities and had fun retelling the story of "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" using the African Drums.





People Who Help Us


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 have had lots of visitors including Ray the Postman, the firefighters, the refuse collectors, a scientist and baby Charlotte and her mummy.  There are more visitors still to come !


We have enjoyed caring for animals in our role play vets.

Celebrating Harvest


We enjoyed our Harvest Celebrations in Rosen Class.  Thank you to all the children who brought in home baked bread and food for our harvest display and to share with our elderly neighbours.


We enjoyed singing our harvest songs and listening to "Harvest Samba" at register time.  We talked about how food is grown. 


We had fun with our parents and grandparents with a morning of harvest activities in our class.  We performed our "Big Red Combine Harvester" song and then were able to choose from lots of different creative activities including conker rolling, making bread and jam sandwiches, drawing and describing our favourite foods, a "BIG PAINT", counting activities with conkers and cones and "guess the mystery vegetable" game.

Diwali Celebrations


We have had a lot of fun learning about Diwali and how it is celebrated.  We used our creative skills to make clay divas, chalk rangoli patterns and mehandi patterns.  We acted out the sory of Diwali in our class and some children worked together to make a 10 headed demon king mask.  We tried some indian food in our circle time.


We enjoyed showing our work to our parents in our Diwali assembly and performing our special songs.  We shone torches and held lights and some of us wore special clothes.

Have a look at some of our lovely Autumn Work !


People Who Help Us Topic - continued ...


We carried on with this topic after the Autumn Half Term.  We had a super visit from "Pets at Home" who came to tell us how to care for our pets.  We learned about fleas, the right food for pets and vaccinations.  We also talked a lot about how to keep your pets safe on Bonfire Night.   After that, we had a visit from the Railway Station Officers who explained how we can travel by train and use the station safely.  Our last visitor was the Park Keeper from Howard Gardens. He taught us about the wildlife in the park and how to look after it.  We practised litter picking with his "grabber". 


We have continued our role play in the vets and made X-Ray machines from junk modelling.  We wrote and clipped our own railway tickets, crafted our own trains from collage materials, built trains outside and made our own "Stop" and "Go" railway signs in "Busy Fingers" time.


We listened to the "Emergency" story by Margaret Mayo ans Alex Ayliffe.  We retold the story using a class story map.  We then retold the story by writing and drawing our own story maps.


Bonfire Night


We listened to the Guy Fawkes story and retold it in our own words and pictures.  We acted out the Guy Fawkes story in our outdoor theatre.  We danced to Firework Music in the hall and pretended to be rockets, sparklers and Katherine wheels.


Rememberance Day


We learned about why we take time to stop and remember.  We made our own poppy pictures.


Children In Need


We wore spots and had a visit from Pudsey.  We put our money in the pot to help other children.  We did a big conga in the playground with Pudsey.

Celebrating Christmas

We have had so much fun celebrating Christmas in Rosen Class.  It started off with Christmas Shopping Day where we went to the hall and chose a gift for someone special and had it wrapped .  We wrote our own gift tags.


Our Mums, Dads and Nannies came in to help us make decorations for our classroom.  We cut out salt dough decorations, put patterned stripes on candy canes, made a giant sparkly star for the school hall, cut out and decorated glittery baubles and recorded ourselves on the I-pads singing our Christmas songs.


We enjoyed Christmas Dinner in the hall with crackers.  It was so exciting to have our dinner alongside all the teachers, staff and other classes.


We made our own Christmas hats for our class party day.  We made patterns of "Robins" and "Penguins" using vegetables. We had a feast on Christmas Party Day.  We played games and had a visit from Santa.


We wore our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save The Children.  We had a big Christmas Jumper parade in the hall.


In our class we have been learning to say our morning and afternoon register greetings in Spanish.  We also learned to say Happy Christmas in Spanish.  We listened and danced to the Spanish Chrsitmas Song "Feliz Navidad".


We enjoyed listening to the Nutcracker Story.  We watched the Rotterdam Orchestra play Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and watched the San Francisco ballet retell the story.  We produced our own craft work.


We went carol singing around the school.  We had learnt lots of Christmas songs including "Jog Along Little Donkey" to Bethlehem.  We visited the office staff, the kitchen ladies and the other classes and shared our songs.


We made Christmas cards and calendars for our families as gifts.  These gifts were based on our Maths work on shape.


We turned our role play into a Christmas House.  We enjoyed pretending to be Santa delivering gifts.






Learning About Shape

We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  We went on a shape hunt outside and found shapes around the school.  We talked about shapes and their properties as we built with bricks and painted around shapes.  When we celebrated getting all our gems in the jar, we made our own popcorn cones by cutting out a circle before we watched a Christmas film.



Fun Outside


We have had lots of fun outside this term with messy play.  We have enjoyed exploring new play and learning opportunities in the "Small World" and "Maths" pits.  We have built trains, camps and swimming pools outside !

Balancing on "points" and "patches" !


Before Christmas we practised balancing on small ("points") and large ("patches") areas of our bodies in PE.  We had our own ideas and enjoyed showing them off to our class mates.


Winter at Home


We have enjoyed talking about winter at home in the first few weeks of the term.  We enjoyed listenening to Vivaldi's Winter Music from the "Four Seasons" at register time.  We used the music in PE as well to dance like snowflakes and also to move in ways that showed we were out on cold winter walks.  We talked about how we keep warm in winter, the clothes we wear and the things we eat and drink.  We voted for our favourite hot winter dish and counted up the votes - the winner was sausages !


We enjoyed winter stories about Yeti's, snowy days and hibernating animals.  We learned about how animals adapt themselves to the cold weather and also about bird migration.  We worked creatively to produce collages of foxes based on the story "Foxes in the Snow".  In our Busy Fingers time we cut out mittens and put them on strings. 


We measured the temperature inside and oustisde of the classroom and kept a chart.  We still have not been able to measure a temperature below zero !

Winter in other lands


In these last few weeks of term we have looked at how people live in cold places in the North Pole.  We have learned about the lives of Innuit and Sammi people and the clothes they wear, the lives they lead,the homes they live in and the wild animals around them.


In our "Busy Fingers" time we have built igloos using sugar cubes and cut out circles and rectangles to make igloos.  We have painted huge igloos on paper using cuboids in white paint and learned how to build a lavvuu in our role play area using branches, furs, poles and animal skins.


We have watched the Northern Lights and learned how to say "Aurora Borealis".  We learned about traditional Sammi stories that say that the Northern Lights are made by the sparks off the tail of an arctic fox.  We watched a man called Gordon travel to the lands of the Sammi people and take a trip with a reindeer across the ice and snow to watch these special lights.  We used our writing skills to form sentences about Gordon and what he was doing.   We also wrote kit lists for a trip to the Northern lights.



Creative Fortnight


The last two weeks of this term have been Creative Fortnight.  Our Theme has been "Up, Up and Away".  We had already been looking upwards at the Northern Lights so we extended our thinking to flying machines, rockets and space travel.  We have looked at the Earth from space on the big screen and have listened to Elton John's Rocket Man at register time.  In PE we used the parachute as a spinning planet Earth and moved around as rockets and shooting stars.


We enjoyed our very own dance class and learned a dance routine to "Let's Go Fly A Kite".  We had a visit from Victoria Houghton who helped us to model our own planes from clay.  She was very impressed with our modelling skills.


For our homework we made some superb flying machines from junk modelling and enjoyed telling the class about our materials and method.


Our book for Creative Fortnight has been "Whatever Next" by Jill Murphy.  We have reviewed the features of a book and have talked about the terms author and illustrator.  We have retold the story using a class story map and our own props.  We have made our own story maps.


In "Busy Fingers" we have made our own Flying Machines with small construction bricks.  We painted flying machines as part of a "Big Paint" activity.







In maths we have been learning about positional language, height, weight, length and capacity.  We have had fun with lots of practical activities.

Celebrating Book Week


We enjoyed our book week celebrations in February.  We had a visit from an author and illustrator called David Litchfield.  He told us how he started out writing and illustrating books.  He taught us how to draw a bear.  We then drew and wrote about new characters that would like to join the bear in his band. 


We dressed up as our favourite book characters too and had a special parade.  We talked about our favourite books.  We had a visit from the "Trunchball" from Roald Dahl's "Matilda".  We had to hide our class "Matilda" to keep her safe.


We wrote our own books and illustrated our own books.  We are confident to talk about authors and illustrators.



Chinese New Year


We celebrated Chinese New Year in Rosen Class by learning a New Year Greeting and having our own parade.  We used the new instruments from our music trolley and dressed up in special clothes.  We covered ourselves in bright sheets and danced like lions and dragons.  We also made our own money wallets and carefully drew on a good luck symbol.  We added up the gold and silver coins inside.  Some of us made dragons in the workshop area using our own ideas.



We have enjoyed our Spring Topic on Lifecycles.  We have looked closely at the lifecycles of butterflies and frogs and have also talked about how we have grown.  We made caterpillars from egg boxes and also used our own ideas for lifecycles using craft materials in our workshop.  We created a super wall display using our "Busy Fingers" work.  We used our imaginations to act out the lifecycle of a butterfly too !


We were authors and illustrators for our very own "Hungry Caterpillar" story.  It was the longest story ever !

We have also looked at the lifecycle of plants.  During Science Week we planted potato, strawberry and tomato seeds.  We used a class diary to record how they grow and change.  We counted and measured the shoots that we saw.  Our potatoes are still growing and we have put them outside.  We are hoping that we will have potatoes so that we can cook some chips. 


We also did an experiment to see whether carrot, pineapple and celery tops could grow in water.

We also talked about our own life cycle and remembered what it was like to be a baby.  We talked about what we would like to be when we grew up.  We enjoyed listening to the song from Matilda the Musical "When I Grow Up".

We had real caterpillars to observe in our classroom and tadpoles in the outdoor area.  We set the butterflies free on the field.

May Day Traditions


We have enjoyed learning about May Day Traditions and looking out for signs of Spring.  We enjoyed a visit from the Morris Men and then learned how to dance around the Maypole during our PE lessons.  At the end of term, we used what we had learned about different types of dancing to make up our own Spring dance routines, counting to the beat of 8.


Practical Maths

This Summer Term we have been looking at practical maths.  We have looked at time,capacity, weight and money.  We have enjoyed having a shop and counting out the coins we need to buy things.  We have looked carefully at coins through the magnifying glass and have done some coin rubbing.

Planting Day


We grew sunflowers from seeds at home and brought them back to school for Planting Day.  We planted all our sunflowers in one long line along the playground wall.  We planted other flowers in our class flower beds and helped with weeding and watering.  We re-potted the class plant "Herman".

Royal Wedding 2018


We enjoyed celebrating and writing about the Royal Wedding.  We practised writing some tricky words as we wrote about the celebrations.  We held our own Royal Wedding in the our classroom and talked about wedding traditions.

Standalone Farm


We had a great day out a Standalone Farm.  We enjoyed the walk in the sunshine to get there.  We fed the pigs and sheep, groomed the horses and visited the small animals and wild birds.  We had fun outside looking at the model railway and playing in the playground.

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!"

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