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Unicorn Class

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Our Reception children are taught in Unicorn Class by Mrs Breydin, Mrs Gardner ( PPA Cover ), Mrs Waters (T.A Mon-Wed ) and Mrs Saint (T.A -Thur & Fri).

We work hard to ensure that the children are F.A.B.

Feel: happy, secure, and loved.

Are: excited and enthusiastic about their learning.

Become: independent and confident learners.


We believe that " the best classrooms are always those filled with love, laughter and learning."

Jewel was a noble creamy-white unicorn with a ice blue horn, and was the best friend of Narnian King Tirian. He often wore a gold chain around his neck. You can read about Jewel in the book, 'The Last Battle'.


What children said before leaving Unicorn class.

" We do lots of learning in Unicorn Class."

" I have loved being in Unicorn Class."

" I wish I could stay in Unicorn Class forever."


Term 1: This term, our topic is entitled "This is Me!".  During the first three weeks when the children come in part time, we will be carrying out our baseline assessments to see where the children are in relation to their learning and plan their next steps. During this period of time, children will be learning the classroom rules and routines and will explore the indoor and outdoor environment. More formal sessions will take place as soon as the children are in full time. We will then begin the teaching of phonics and maths during the mornings and the children will have opportunities to follow their own interests in the afternoons during child initiated sessions. Directed activities linked to our topic will take place across the day and will include children exploring their bodies, exploring their senses and emotions, exploring colour mixing, painting their self portrait, learning songs linked to our topic, our number of the week or our phoneme of the week and sharing pictures of themselves as babies.

Term 2: This term our topic is entitled  Let's Celebrate..., we will be doing  lots of cross curricular activities relating to bonfire night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. During the third week of term we will be sharing our favourite nursery rhymes as part of the National Nursery Rhyme week and getting together with pre-school to share some of their favourite rhymes.  In addition , we will be starting Forest school this term which the children are really looking forward to. This term we will be learning about the nativity story and setting up our role play area as somewhere to act out the nativity however instead of doing a nativity performance to parents, we will be joining  with preschool to have a special twilight carol performance, outdoors.

Term 3: This term our topic is entitled Let's play and we will be exploring and doing lots of activities linked to toys. Books we will be looking at will include This is the Bear, Kipper's Toybox, Where's My Teddy and Winnie the Pooh.  Maths activities will include measuring the height and length of different toys,  learning about different coins and using them to pay for toys in our role play toy shop, using programmable toys to move them in different directions and using 3D blocks and 2d shapes to create robots. In addition we will be looking at E.Shepard's pencil drawings of Winnie The Pooh and the children will do a pencil drawing of their own teddy bear, they will learn songs about toys, be intorduced to yoga, doing a cosmic kids unit on toys and will have the opportunity to compare old and new toys. We will be learning about Chinese New Year towards the end of January and make a valentines card for someone special in the last week of term.

Term 4: This term we are exploring the features of traditional stories. We will commence by looking at The three billy goats gruff before moving onto our main text, The three little pigs. Throughout the term we will look at other traditional tales comparing similarlties and differences between them. The children will ahve the oppportunity to retell favoutite stories using puppets and have an opporrtunity to innovate stories and create their own. Along side this we will be finding out about and doing activities linked to Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, ST David's day, Mothering Sunday and Easter.  I am particularly excited to make our Easter cards which will have a bunnicorn on the front!


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