Butterflies - Reception


Welcome to Butterfly class! Our teacher is Mrs Eddison, who has been teaching at Bedwell for 6 years and is great at helping us to develop our own ideas, games and play. We are also supported by our fantastic teaching assistants, Mrs Prosho, Miss Davis and Mrs Hill. 

Home learning ideas:

  • We will continue to use Tapestry to share work that we have done in school and share ideas for learning beyond school. Speak to Mrs Eddison if you're not sure about how to log in.
  • Constant practice of reading and phonics is just about the most valuable thing you can do at home. Try to read with your child as often as possible and talk to them about what they’ve read.
  • We have daily phonics sessions which follow the ReadWriteInc scheme. They have lots of guidance on how you can support your child with phonics at home here
  • There are lots of resources to support learning around traditional stories available on the Oak Academy site - try starting with the Gingerbread Man set of lessons, here.
  • We’ve been practicing our counting a lot in class, so building on this at home would be a huge help - you could count houses on the way to School, footsteps on the way to bed, shoes in the house, players on the team, objects in the shopping trolley, claps, nods... Anything and everything you can think of!
  • Support your child in building their imagination and storytelling, building things using big cardboard boxes and pieces of fabric, or dressing up and pretending to be nurse, doctors or parents.  

Our latest news:

  • It’s been amazing to see how hard everyone at home has worked this half term (grown-ups too – thank you for your amazing support!) There has been a great response to the activities that have gone home, and loads of fantastic outcomes have been shared on Tapestry, from muddy walks, bike rides and dancing to science experiments and ice decorations! Our work on the story of The Gingerbread Man has also inspired some fantastic creativity, writing and storytelling, from disguises to traps and innovated story maps. 
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  • We have absolutely loved sharing our Tapestry journals this half term! It has helped develop our speaking, listening and communication skills. In class, many of us have been really excited to share what our parents have been putting online, and this has also helped our development. We also enjoy talking to our friends about what has been put online via the app and this has helped develop and strengthen friendships and connect us through common interests and experiences. 
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  • Our focus at the beginning of term was winter and we learnt all about the Big Garden Bird Watch where we made lots of bird feeders. We even made our own binoculars to see which birds visited our garden. 
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"Relationships are warm and caring, and this helps children to feel confident, happy and safe."

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

The Gingerbread Man - We’ve enjoyed reading and exploring our focus book, The Gingerbread Man. We started off by making our own gingerbread people – luckily they didn’t run away! We have enjoyed acting out and retelling the story, and have begun innovating the story to make it our own.

Child Initiated Learning - we have had the chance to try out a huge range of activities linked to learning, our own individual interests and our focus story . As a result we have developed and widened our friendship circles, enabling us to engage with our environment and improve our speaking and listening skills. Many of us have made fantastic progress because of this. We always look forward to finding out what new activities and challenges have appeared in our classrooms each day and are also keen to find new ways to explore, use and play with the equipment and resources around us.

This term's topics

Communication & Language - Throughout the term, we will be learning to be good listeners, developing our ability to use spoken language to share our feelings, ideas and experiences. We will be encouraged to speak in full sentences at all times, making sure that we use the right tense (past, present or future) and sensible vocabulary. We will also be broadening our vocabulary through stories, asking and answering questions about the texts we have met and trying to use because and and to link ideas.

Personal, Social & Emotional Learning - We will make sure that we are talking to our friends whilst playing, always using kind words and trying to develop relationships. We will be encouraged to add storylines to our play, and to share these ideas with others. We will try to improve the way we work together to keep our environment tidy.

Physical Development - In our weekly PE sessions, we will be developing our spatial awareness, finding space, moving towards and away from each other, and travelling and stopping with control. We will also continue to practise throwing and catching using balls and beanbags. We will be encouraged to develop our self-help skills by getting changed by ourselves, put on our own coat and shoes and becoming more independent.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.