Welcome To Butterflies!
There are two Butterfly classes within the Reception Unit, Admiral Butterflies and Emperor Butterflies.
The teacher in Admiral Butterflies is Miss Stannard, and the Teaching Assistants are Miss Machant and Mrs Westbury. Mrs Westbury will provide cover for Miss Stannard on Mondays when she is not in school.
The teacher in Emperor Butterflies is Mrs Yates, and the Teaching Assistants are Mrs Findlay and Mrs Westbury. Mrs Westbury will provide cover for Mrs Yates on a Tuesday.
PE kits should be in school on the first day of every half term and should remain in school until the following school holiday when they will be sent home for washing!
If children wear earrings they will need to be able to remove them themselves for PE to be able to participate. Children who have had their ears pierced recently should bring plasters to school to cover their earrings during the healing period. After this they must be able to remove them themselves if they wear them to school.
Water bottles should be bought to school on a Monday morning and need to be clearly labelled with your child's name; they will stay in school all week, then be sent home on Fridays for a good clean.
Reading and Bug Club
In the Butterfly Teams we encourage the children to read at home. The expectation for each child is to read a minimum of 3 times a week and by doing this they will have a chance of earning the reading trophy to take home for the week!
All of the children will be given their user name and password for Bug Club in the next few weeks. Look out for a sticker in the front of their reading diaries
In Butterflies lots of the children’s learning is recorded in Tapestry, an online platform. Don’t forget if your child completes learning at home to pop it onto Tapestry for the Butterfly teaching staff to see. We love seeing what you have been up to!
This year we have started using the Pearson School Jam app to share some of our maths learning with you at home. Activities will sent out to the app from Miss Stannard or Mrs Yates for you to have a go at at home. They will either be practical activities you can do with household objects or digital activities within the app. We hope you enjoy them!
Why do we have day and night?
This half term we will be looking at the question
'Why do we have day and night?'
Our core concepts are responsibility, caring and change.
Our 'sticky knowledge' this half term is to know about the days of the week as well as different parts of the day. We will also be learning about how long it takes the Earth to spin all the way round and the Moon to move around the Earth. We will be exploring the idea of being nocturnal and comparing different nocturnal animals that live in England and Australia.
The days of the week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Times of the day
Morning, afternoon, evening, night time.
Animals that are awake in the night.
Where light is blocked and so a dark image is made.
Looking at things that are the same and different between two things.
How different materials feel.
Where animals live.
The Butterflies in school have been outside all morning taking part in Forest Schools with Mr Cook.
We followed animal trails in the snow and made some of our own. We made some beautiful nature wreaths using things we found in the forest and had some independent activity time too! The children will definitely sleep well tonight!
What makes a good hero?
This half-term we will be looking at the question 'what makes a good hero?'
Our core concepts are independence, resilience and kindness.
Our Sticky Knowledge for this half term aims to show heroes are not just characters in a story but we have real life heroes too who can help us in a emergency. Which heroes do you know?
We will also be learning lots about keeping ourselves safe. What do you already know about keeping safe?
Our learning will be all about 'Why do we celebrate?'
We will be learning about different celebrations like weddings and birthdays, as well as celebrations from other cultures like Hanukkah.
What kinds of celebrations do you take part in with your family or friends?