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Reception – Butterworth Class

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 Forest School and go for lunch with our friends, where we have to choose our own meal and carry our own trays!


We have focussed on Getting To Know You as our topic.  We started with ourselves, we carefully painted our faces trying hard to use the right colours.  We shared our likes and dislikes with our new friends and grown-ups, we talked about our families, our pets and any community groups we belong to.  We also brought in great news from home to help our school grown-ups learn about all the amazing things we achieve with our families.  We thought about people who care for us at home and at school, identifying those we could go to for help when we need it.  We have also learnt how to use technology safely to help us with our learning.


We have challenged ourselves at school by taking risks in our play, such as handling large construction items and screwdrivers at the woodwork area, and in Forest School where we are able to identify the boundary and hazards.  We can explore the wildlife area freely as long as we stick to the boundaries and are careful of the hazards.  We have learnt how to safely use a peeler to peel a carrot.


It was very exciting when we found a secret message in our register bag, it lead us on a trail around our room and once we reached the end of the message we found a present, it was a book called The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle.  We are able to re-tell this story with actions and can identify the setting, character, problem and solution.  We are now writing our own versions of the story with different solutions.


In maths we are learning about numbers, especially how we can represent numbers such as with our fingers, numicon, cubes, on dice, using other objects, with actions, tens frames and digits.  We know the best ways to count without getting in a muddle and that even if we move items around the number stays the same.  We are working hard to learn the songs that we sing for Birthday assembly, especially I Am Five.


We have enjoyed lots of stories this term, focussing on ones with rhyme, and repeated phrases as-well as traditional tales.  We especially love visiting the library bus for story time. 


We have had an amazing start to our Reception year already making lots of friends and lots of progress with our learning!



Let's Celebrate


Let's Celebrate has been our theme this term and we got straight into it with a really busy first week back when we learned about Halloween and Bonfire Night.  We loved sharing our experiences of these celebrations and we were careful to be respectful and kind just like Ronnie and Rosie if people did not take part in these celebrations.  We found out that Bonfire Night is a British celebration but that Halloween is enjoyed in many countries.  We understand that sometimes people from different communities have different special times.


The following week was also busy as we remembered those kind, brave people that fought to protect us in our country and our neighbours in their countries from people that were not kind or respectful.  We found out that people show their gratitude by wearing poppies.  We demonstrated  our kindness by wearing odd socks on Odd Sock day, this helped us to reflect like The Frog Prince on how people can be different and that is okay.   Later that week we were generous by raising money for Children In Need.  We had an amazing time meeting Pudsey!


After that we learnt about the Celebration Diwali.  We found out it is a Hindu festival when people remember Rama and Sita.  It is a very colourful festival and we made some amazing rangoli patterns, mehandi patterns and divas to share with our families during our Diwali assembly.  We also enjoyed trying some Barfi, Indian sweets, and other Indian food.


Finally we came to Christmas, which is the biggest celebration in Britain.  Lots of people celebrate it to remember when Jesus was born but we respect other people that don't celebrate it or believe the story from the bible.  We understand that it is a Christian festival but that lots of other people join in too as it is a time when we can enjoy being with our family and friends and sharing gifts with the ones we love.  At Icknield we are really lucky because Santa actually finds the time to come and visit with us and we do lots of amazing things with our friends as part of the celebration.  We still continue to be kind and raise money for Save The Children by wearing Christmas jumpers.


As part of our learning we have reflected on the similarities and differences between the festivals, we have discovered that most celebrations involve food and fire in some way.


We have continued to persevere and manage risks in Forest School this term, we worked up to whittling a piece of elder with a knife, Mrs Cruise was so proud of us for safely doing this and for being safe in the area generally.  There have not been any orange slips from Forest School!  In our last session we learnt a new skill, we used a tent peg to pith a piece of elder which we hung on a ribbon and decorated with glitter, we hung it on the Forest School drying rack (a bush) to dry while we had café then we put our decoration on the class Christmas tree.


In Maths this term we have continued to practice counting and recognising numbers, and have worked really hard like Rocky to understand what one more and one less are.  We have also used shapes for building and making patterns, we are amazing now at completing some really challenging patterns because we persevered.


It has been a fantastic half term full of exciting things like celebrations, visitors, assemblies, shows, forest school, cooking (and eating our bakes) and learning to read!  We have done an amazing job in phonics and are brilliant robot readers and writers.  Mrs Cruise is looking forward to teaching us lots of new sounds next term so we can write even more words and sentences.



Please enjoy these pictures of us learning...

Spring: First Half Term


We came back to school after the Christmas break and were soon busy with our learning!  We started learning about Winter In The Woods, and thought about the weather, animals and plants.  We made observations of nature around the school.  We learned to identify dead wood in Forest School and find dry wood for fires.  We also learnt which wood is fast burn and which is slow burn.  Mrs Cruise also taught us about fire safety and how to start a fire.  One day we were really surprised to find Little Red Riding Hood's basket in our classroom... Mrs Hammond saw her running away from our school... maybe a wolf was chasing her!  We have also been learning about measuring, and have ordered and measures objects by size and weight using different equipment.  In PE we have been learning about balancing, and have found some creative ways to balance our bodies on our own and in pairs.  We have had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year too, focusing on our fine motor skill by using chop sticks and doing lots of cutting activities.

Spring: Second Half Term


This half term we were thinking about People Who Help Us.  It was a strange half term because as it went on it became clear that we may not all remain in school until the Easter break and we found lots of our usual visitors for this topic were unable to come in, but as it turns out we have learnt a lot anyway about how people that work for the NHS, carers and other key workers help us. We learnt in school about the people whom help us at school and home, and we made some amazing vases of flowers from recycled milk bottles for Mother's Day to say thank you.  We also learnt all about how post men and ladies help us from a real postman whom visited, and we got to meet a scientist and learn how they help us.  They are definitely working hard to help everyone right now, just like the post and delivery are.


We learnt about forensic science during Science Week, we used our skills to find out whom had stolen some jam sandwiches, and we tried out lots of experiments.  We also chitted some seed potatoes and the planted them, we planted one of them in a clear bottle as an experiment to see how it grows under the soil.


In Forest School we all helped to feed a real live fire, it was a bit scary but we were all brave like Ronnie and Rosie and we did it!  We loved seeing all the steam when Mrs Cruise put water on the fire to put it out... we know that firefighters are people whom help us and they use water to put fires out too.


On our last afternoon we had a big campfire with the rest of Reception, we sang lots of campfire songs, made music, drank hot chocolate and ate Easter chocolates.  Our grown-ups were a bit sad but it was their turn to be brave, which they did.  We all love playing and learning together and are looking forward to being back at school soon.

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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