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Reception – Inkpen Class

Welcome to the Inkpen Class page!


Our Class Teacher is Miss Gilbert and our Teaching Assistant is called Miss Mountney.

Inkpen class is named after the author Mick Inkpen who wrote the 'Kipper' books. Our class mascot is named after the main character from the books. 

Our First Half Term

During the first half term, we investigated the topic 'People who help us'. We had lots of special visitors in to show us what they do to help people. We had a visit from the Fire Service, a visit from a Doctor, a visit from a Park Ranger and a visit from the Vet!


Firefighters! 1
Firefighters! 2
Firefighters! 3

The Park Ranger

The Park Ranger 1 The Park Ranger is showing us a pine cone
The Park Ranger 2 We helped to pick up litter.
The Park Ranger 3 We put the litter in the rubbish bag


We have thought about a few festivals for this half term.

We celebrated Diwali and learnt about the story of Rama and Sita. This is the festival of lights because the diwas (small clay pots of oil that light up) helped Rama and Sita to find their way home. 

Rama and Sita

Rama and Sita 1 Once upon a time Rama and Sita lived in a forest.
Rama and Sita 2 Sita was captured by a King, Ravana.
Rama and Sita 3 Rama went to save Sita.
Rama and Sita 4 Ravana was defeated.

Christmas is almost here!

We are getting into the party spirit by thinking about Christmas and what this means. We know the story of Jesus and his birth and have identified parts of this story and retold it. 

We have also had a party where we had a very special visit from a very special guest!


Christmas! 1
Christmas! 2
Christmas! 3
Christmas! 4

Spring Term!

After the Christmas holidays, we spent some time thinking about Winter and cold places. 

Thinking about Winter

Thinking about Winter 1
Thinking about Winter 2
Thinking about Winter 3
Thinking about Winter 4
Thinking about Winter 5

We made an Igloo using sugar cubes and then using real snow!

We did lots of measuring and thought about height, weight, length and capacity. 


Measuring 1
Measuring 2
Measuring 3
Measuring 4

We have also thought about Traditional Tales and have investigated the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Jack and the Beanstalk. 

3 Billy Goats

3 Billy Goats 1 Retelling the story of the Three Billy Goats
3 Billy Goats 2 Jack Rabbit is stuck up the Beanstalk!

We have also been learning about growing and know that some plants grow from seeds and from bulbs. We have all planted a bean in a bag and have looked for the roots and shoots, then when they are big enough we have planted them outside.

Planting and Growing

Planting and Growing 1
Planting and Growing 2
Planting and Growing 3
Planting and Growing 4

We have also made models of flowers! Here are a few...

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Summer Term!

We have thought about life cycles this half term and have looked after some caterpillars. They turned into butterflies over the half term. 


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Look at our butterflies!

We made some of the stages in the caterpillar's life using the transient art kit. Some of us made their whole life-cycle and some made images of caterpillars and butterflies. We tried to make the butterflies symmetrical using the different objects and thinking about their shapes and colours. 

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Caterpillars and Butterflies 1
Caterpillars and Butterflies 2
Caterpillars and Butterflies 3
Caterpillars and Butterflies 4
Caterpillars and Butterflies 5

The next huge bit of learning that we did was about the Farm. We took a trip there to see the animals.

We met two donkeys, one of which was friendly and would let us stroke him. But the other one would kick the gate and try to take his harness off! 


We met the baby lambs and fed them using bottles. We had to be very strong and keep hold of the bottle!


We then saw the pony and had a great time grooming the pony's hair. While we were there, the Farmer told us that their shire horse was 17 hands tall. We worked out the the horse would be bigger than Miss Gilbert if we stood side by side. 


We then went to the small animal place to see the rabbits and guinea pigs and were allowed to hold one. 


At the end of the day, we played in the park and had an ice lolly!

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us with the trip. We really appreciate you!

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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