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Ladybirds (Reception, Years 1 & 2)

Welcome to Ladybirds!

Hello, I am Mrs East and I am the class teacher in Ladybirds, I am really looking forward to the new term to begin!


The reception children have really settled in well to Ladybirds life and are certainly making their mark within the wider school community. Last term saw them enjoying spending time with their bubbies, participating in school clubs, such as art club and had a fantastic time practising for our whole school nativity, which was a roaring success!


In year 1 and 2 the children discovered dragons had come to visit and worked very hard to understand why they had visited and how they could care for them in one of fantastic english texts- The Dragon Machine. They also enjoyed developing new skills in art as we delved deep within the work of sculpture, researching the work of Celia Smith and Alexander Calder. If you visit make sure you look out for their sculptures on display! 


This term we have so many new and exciting things planned for the children, with stories about forests, and the oceans and asking our Explore term project inquiry question, 'DO WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE WHAT WE GOT?' This term we will be using our scientific investigation skills to discover all about the living things in nature around us, we may even have a special visitor...shh!


Our new roots focus will be self regulation, a concept that the children work really hard to understand and develop. I am always amazed how focused and engaged they are in our roots concepts and how they show such friendship and compassion with each other by giving 'top tips' to remember the roots focus. By demonstrating these fantastic values they love to proudly wear their roots badge for the day, I wonder who will be wearing it in Ladybirds next?


Mrs M and Miss Bowers are always available to help and support the children in the class and around school.


Please find our curriculum map below which outlines each area of the curriculum that we will be learning this term. 


Important Information: 

Ladybirds have PE on a Tuesday and Friday mornings, children should come into school dressed in PE kit appropriate for the weather. 

The children should dress for PE on the days that they are taking part in multi sports. Dates to follow.


On Tuesday afternoons children are involved in our Forest Schools curriculum, ead by Miss Ray. Please can all children have a pair of wellies and waterproof/warm clothing as they will take part in Forest Schools in all weather. Could they also bring in a spare pair of trainers, for them to change into to wear around the school on these days please, as this time of year the classroom can get very muddy, thank you.


For Year 1 and Year 2, spellings are sent home every Friday. Children also take home their Little Wandle phonics book every Friday and can take as many Reading for Pleasure books home as they like! The Reading for Pleasure books might be picture books that have been read in class, or a book that catches their eye in the reading area. Every time your children read in class they or an adult are encouraged to write in their reading records, this approach would be fantastic if you continued at home. Anytime a child reads a recipe, and road sign, a newspaper or their reading book- anything really, it all counts as reading!! As a school fostering a love for reading is a great passion and is a skill that underpins all learning. 


We are very excited to begin our Explore Term.


KS1 Spring term: Explore Project Map

Ladybirds Autumn Timetable