Welcome to our new Buttercups Class page...
Meet the Team:
Class Teacher- Mrs Tomlin
Teaching Assistants- Miss Oakey, Mrs Stone, Miss Dennis, Miss Woolnaugh
Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term! We have got lots of exciting learning ahead of us and are looking to making more memories for your children in their first year of school. One of the ways you can support us is by looking at the Knowledge Organiser below so that you know the key knowledge and vocabulary we will be teaching within our topic of Space, and you can chat to your child about their learning. 

Week Ending Friday 20th January 2023

This week we have continued learning about space. We learnt about the first black,  female astronaut and the international space station.   We became fascinated watching the effects of no gravity in space and what happens to water when you drop it into the air. If you would like to watch again just visit the clip below.


We found out that astronauts have to study hard as well as be very physically fit. We created our own astronaut school and developed an astronaut assault course that was very tricky! We have enjoyed some great space themed stories with ‘Space Tortoise’ being one of our favourites!

In maths we have been learning to manipulate the numbers 9 and 10 and find different ways of representing numbers with resources around the classroom. In art we have continued exploring lines by creating collaborative pieces of 2D and 3D art using collage materials and felt tip pens.

Week ending Friday 13th January
With the launch of a new topic the children have had a very exciting week! Rocket building and telescope making have supported developing those all important gross and fine motor skills and the children have taken inspiration from Galileo and Caroline Herschel to search the skies outside and inside using technology.
The children have been exploring straight and curved lines in so many different ways....inside, outside, on a large scale, small scale, with paint, pencils and even in a 3D style. The results have been fantastic!
The children have been very excited and inspired by the story Supertato and have been learning the story, searching for 'Evil Peas', making Supertato and trying to help the vegetables that had been captured.
We have also welcomed Miss Dennis and Miss Wolnaugh to our Early Years team and have been forging new relationships. We hope their first full week was as much fun for them as it was for the children!
Wednesday 21st December
The cold weather came just after we had been learning about Ernest Shackleton travelling to Antarctica so the children were able to explore their own ways of travelling across the ice on the playground. We saw some excellent teamwork!
The children had to be very brave to perform their Nativity, with many children stepping into new roles at the last minute. They did very well to remember their words and tried so hard with their singing and dancing.
Play dough and loose parts brought out the children's creative skills; see the video to see enchanted forests and reindeers!  Some of the children made festive wreaths using willow from forest school which really tested their dexterity and perseverance.
The last few days  of term drew on the magic of the Polar Express and the children visited the Reindeer Buffet Bar and toasted marshmallows over the fire pit at forest school. They stirred, squeezed, rolled and pressed to create delicious cookies which they enjoyed with hot chocolate at their pyjama party. 
Wow, as if this term wasn't busy enough, the excitement continued right up to the very last day and we're so proud of what the children have achieved since their started with us in September.
We hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.
This week we have been learning about the first Christmas alongside singing songs for our Nativity play. We have also been learning about Christian traditions linked to Christmas celebrations. 
We continued our learning about Antarctica. We have been exploring ice and thinking of ways to get boats and other objects that are stuck in the ice out!
We have been mixing our own  salt dough and adding different spices to create winter decorations. We ended the week my making hats and enjoying Christmas lunch together. 
This week we have been learning about explorers in the past. We learnt about Ernest Shakleton and his journey to Antarctica. Some of us have been role-playing his adventure by packing a suitcase for cold weather and building a large ship outside to recreate his journey to Antarctica. 
Some of us have also been continuing to think about transport in the future by pretending to be inventers and building space ships and other vehicles. We have been thinking about how they might be powered and what the control panels might look like in the future.
In Maths we have been creating out first, then, now stories linked to subtraction. We have been building or drawing our stories. 
We ended the week with exploring ice and jelli bath with polar animals. It was lots of fun! 
11th November 2022
This week in Reception we have been learning about transport from around the world. We learnt about 'tuk-tuks' in Thailand and the bullet train in Japan. We have also been learning about different types of boats and their uses. We had a go at making our own boats with recycled materials and tested to see if they would float on water. 
Lots of children said they had been to a firework display at the weekend. In school we created firework paintings and learnt a firework poem. Once we learnt the poem well using actions we created our own poems by changing some of the words. 
4th November 2022
This week we began learning about different types of transport. We created a pictogram of the different ways we travel to school and built trains and buses with the large blocks outside. Some of us made ramps and explored what toy vehicles travelled the furthest. 
We used our knowledge of mixing colours to paint pictures of Autumn trees and continued to learn about shapes by using 3D shapes to print 2D shapes. 
We also began learning a firework poem and are looking forward to creating our own poems once lots of us watch firework displays at the weekend. 
Below is the Knowledge Organise for Autumn 1 so that you can support your child with the key vocabulary and concepts for the topic.
Week 7 in Reception
This week we have continued to learn about people who help us in our community with a visit from Elouise's mum who is a doctor and some great resources given to us by the ambulance service. 
In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes and finding out which ones roll, slide or stack and why. 
 In phonics we have finished learning all the single letter sounds. We will  keep practising them so we know them really well and then we can blend them to read 3 letter words like cat, sit, cup and ran. Keep practising them at home too, using the film clips we have sent you on stickers. 
Now that is it beginning to feel more Autumnal we have been learning about the seasons and what is happening as we go from Summer to Autumn and eventually Winter.  We have been looking carefully at the shapes and colours of different leaves as they fall off deciduous trees in Autumn. We have voted for our favourite leaf, printed leaves and made collage pictures by turning leaves into confetti. 
Week 6 in Reception
This week we have been learning about our community and the people who help us.   We have learnt what to do in an emergency and how to get people to help us quickly. 
We have continued to create maps of different places and had great fun building a  large scale 3D map of Ely outside that included the Cathedral. We have also learnt how to make the Beebots move and created towns with the blocks for them to move around. 
In Art we have used what we have learnt about primary and secondary colours to paint portraits of ourselves. 

Week 5 in Reception

This week we have had great fun thinking of new ideas for a story following the structure of owl Babies. Bluebells created a story about monkey babies and buttercups created a story about mice. Next week we will make them into big books, drawing illustrations for each section of the story.  


We have also continued to learn about maps, thinking about our route to school and what we see on the way. Some of us have created maps of our route to school including roads, houses and parks. 


SHOUT OUT TO PARENTS During the last 2 weeks of term we will be learning about people in our community, especially those who have jobs that help the community to be a safe and good place to live. If any parents have a job where they help the community (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, doctor, nurse, delivery driver, builder, shop worker, dentist, vet etc) and can spare some time to come into school and talk to the children briefly about what they do and how they help people, we would love to hear from you. Please talk to the class teacher to arrange a time. 

Week 4 at school in Reception
This week we have been learning about our local environment and maps. Some of us went for a walk around school and we drew a big map of where things are. 
We have talked about where we live and what we can find in Ely. We have also talked about other places children have visited like London and the beach.  We have had fun building places with the blocks and small world resources. 
We have also thought about what our houses look like and created models of them with the junk materials. 
In art we have learnt about the artist Jean Miro. He created pictures by drawing different lines and symbols and adding primary and secondary colours. We had a go at creating our own Miro pictures. 
Week 3 at school in Reception
This week we have been learning about how humans grow and change. We have enjoyed looking at baby photographs and talking about what we can do now that we couldn't do when we were younger. We have also learnt about our families and our family tree.
We have enjoyed using our new nature kitchen, mixing mud and adding autumnal ingredients like conkers, acorns and beech nuts. 
In Maths we learnt about the number 5 and counting groups of objects accurately. 
Week 1 at school in Reception
We have had so much fun making new friends and finding out what there is to see, do and learn in our new classrooms and outside space.
We will be sending home a toy mouse for you to keep at home and a book to complete all about things that we should do when we start school. We would love to see them when you have finished them. 
Lastly a big thank you to everyone who made an 'all about me' box. We have enjoyed looking at them at carpet times with the children.  Don't worry if you didn't make one. There is still time if you would like to make one and bring it in to show us any time. 

Week Ending Friday 27th January 2023

At the beginning of the week we learnt a lot about Chinese New Year, sometimes referred to as Lunar New Year. We listened to the story of how each year is named after an animal that took part in a race across a river. We learnt about how Chinese New Year is celebrated with dragon dancing, food, decorations and fireworks. We made our own dragon to use for dancing and ate a delicious noodle snack!

 At the end of the week we continued learning about space. We learnt about the planets in our solar system, their names and what they are made from, gas, ice or rock.