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Pilton Infants' School

Learning For Life

Welcome to Reception 2022-2023

 We are extremely happy to welcome our new children who have joined our learning family at Pilton Infants' School this September.

 

 Our classes have been named after animals.

 

Miss Rose and Mrs Lavercombe are teaching in Kingfisher Class.

Mr Daunton and Mrs Saltearn are teaching in Otter Class.

Mrs Johnson and Miss Lethaby is teaching across both classes.

 Please scroll down to see our Autumn Newsletter which details this term's topic and contains other information.

There is also lots more information about the staff and how you can help at home in the "Parents" tab and the "New Children 2021" section.

 

Reception 2021-22

Our Wonderful World

In a land far away

Jack and the Beanstalk

 Reception had a great time taking part in a storytelling through a music workshop.

International Women's Day

We spent International Women's Day learning about Emmeline Pankhurst and how she fought for voting rights for women. As classes we vote every day for the story to read at the end of day. We talked about how everybody in the class gets a vote and how it would not be fair if only some people in the class could vote. Emmeline and the Suffragette movement helped to make voting fair for everybody in the United Kingdom because both men and women achieved voting equality from 1928 onwards.

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst

Historical Figures-The Wright Brothers

As part of our "We're Going on a Journey" topic we learnt about the early years of airplanes and flying. We learnt about the Wright Brothers and their first experiments with powered flight. We were so impressed with their Carly Can Do/Billy Bright Idea/Bobby Bounce Back attitudes to their work. They didn't give up even when their plans didn't work at first. The first powered airplane flight took place in 1903 and only lasted a few seconds. Wilbur and Orville didn't stop there, they kept working on their airplane designs to make them better and better.

Wilbur and Orville Wright
Wilbur and Orville Wright
The Wright Flyer 1903
The Wright Flyer 1903

Historical Figures 2- Amelia Earhart

The children enjoyed learning about the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. Amelia dreamed of adventure from an early age and after riding in an airplane she wanted to be a pilot herself. After setting records for the highest flight and then flying solo across the Atlantic she attempted to fly all around the earth. Unfortunately her plane became caught in a storm and the plane disappeared at the end of the flight. As well as being a superb pilot herself she is also remembered for her work with the Ninety-Nines, a group of women pilots and her can do attitude to everything she wanted to do. The children compared airplanes from the past to airplanes today and we used maps to plot Amelia's flight and where she was born. We made a timeline to put the historical figures on to show which order they came in. 

Our Completed Vehicles.

Vehicle Making

The children in Otters and Kingfishers enjoyed making and designing vehicles. We used boxes for the chassis and we learnt how axles join wheels together. We punched holes in the chassis for our axles and we learnt how to use a hacksaw safely to cut the axles to the correct length. We looked at our designs to paint and decorate our vehicles. Once the vehicles are made we will evaluate our designs and test them.

We're off on a Journey

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holidays.

Our topic for Spring is called 'We're off on a Journey'. Please see the newsletter for information about what we will be learning this term. 

We're going on a bear hunt 

We have been enjoying learning the story of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. We learnt the story using a text map and thought about what happens at the beginning, middle and end. It was great fun going on our own Bear Hunt around the school and we even found the Pilton Infants' Bear! We have also been using musical instruments to represent different parts of the story and performed this as a whole class. 

Children in Need 2021

We had a fantastic day raising funds for Children in Need.  As a school we raised £185.  We did 2 things:

  1. Wear something SPOTTY or SPORTY
  2. Together We Can Challenge - As a school could we beat our target of 2021 lengths of our playground?...  Of course we did!  We needed each child to run about 12 lengths.  They rose to the challenge, as did the staff, and we smashed our target by completing 2568 lengths!  Well done everyone!

Superhero Day October 2021

We all enjoyed dressing up for our hero day! It has been great fun learning about real life heroes, the jobs they do and how they can help us. 

Circus Day at Pilton Infants October 2021

Here are some photos of Reception taking part in the circus day. We all had a great time and enjoyed walking across the tight rope, using ribbons, pedal walkers and flower sticks. It was great to try new things. We all tried hard to be like our school learning hero Carly Can Do!

Visit from a Guide dog Puppy October 2021

Here are some photos of Receptions visit from a guide dog.
"The puppy was called Skeffy, his handler was Cathy and the speaker was Helen.
The children helped Skeffy get used to new noises by clapping.

We really enjoyed the visit"

Autumn 1 

Here is our newsletter for our learning in Autumn. 

Visit from Exmoor Zoo October 2019

 

Exmoor Zoo visited the school and brought some of the animals with them. After learning about animal habitats the children met several animals and got to stroke them if they wanted to.

 

The first visitor was a brightly coloured corn snake. The children though that he felt "smooth" and "soft". Next was a "fluffy" mouse. Next we met an animal that has a skeleton on the outside of it's body-a cockroach. The children thought he was "shiny". After meeting a giant land snail the children finally got to meet a Tawny owl. Mrs Smale opened the bird box and the owl flew silently back through the hall, over the children's heads and back into the box.

 

It was a fantastic visit which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Please see some photos from the visit in the slideshow below.

 

Rosemoor Gardens Visit June 2019

 

We had a great time visiting the gardens at RHS Rosemoor. We explored the gardens and then we went on a bear hunt through the forest.

 

We made forest creatures from clay and natural objects. We listened to a creation story and then placed our creatures around the forest. 

 

Saunton Beach Visit July 2019

 

We visited the beach, played beach games and had a picnic.

 

We enjoyed an ice lolly and we had a paddle in the sea!

Our Mini Beast Hunt

The children have been learning about mini beasts .This has included the life cycle of a butterfly. Reception took part in a mini beast hunt in our secret garden and learnt about where mini beasts live and how they move!  

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The children having been learning the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. They have learnt to retell the story and use adjectives to describe the fruit. The other the day the children had a visit from the caterpillar and they learnt how to use question words to ask questions. These where some of their questions:

Do you prefer being a caterpillar or a butterfly?

What is your favourite fruit?

How did you make your cocoon?

How did the egg get on the leaf?

As you can see from the photos below they were very excited to meet him!