Welcome to Miss Jackson’s class
Welcome to our class page. We will keep you updated on all of the exciting things we do in Reception!
In Early Years we promote child initiated learning and we encourage the children to follow their own interests. We do this through ‘plan, do, review’ by encouraging the children to create their own ‘plan’, thinking about which area they would like to plan in, what they would like to use and how they will achieve this. During ‘review’ time the children reflect on their learning, thinking about what they would change and where they would like to take their learning next. During plan, do, review some of the children planned to build a campfire outside. They discussed and negotiated what each person would do. Oliver was in charge of setting out the plates and cutlery, Harvey picked some leeks from the allotment and Elliott was in charge of ‘cooking’ the food. The children discussed which tool would be the best to chop up the leeks and they also risk assessed how they would do this safely. During review time the children explained that next time they would like to improve their plan by having a real fire so they could toast some marshmallows. The children planned what songs they would like to sing in the yurt and they made invitations inviting all of the children. As you can see we had lots of fun!
For the second year, our school has raised money for the People’s Kitchen in Gateshead through our Millennium Centre soup kitchen. In October, our school council visited the Millennium Centre and served soup to local residents – soup that had been prepared and made in school by after school club and some of the classes using vegetables from our school garden, and donations from the allotment holders and our friends around the village. It was a real community effort, and Mr Baker – a former teacher at the school – came to school today to collect the money on behalf of the charity. He assured us that the money would be put to good use, and for the second time in a day, we had helped others, and made ourselves feel good in the process – another huge drop in the bucket for everyone!
Today saw the official opening of our Upper KS2 Hub, with parents and guests joining us to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, the weather let us down, and as it was raining we all gathered in the hall to start the proceedings. Members of both Year 5 and 6 welcomed our guests and said a little about how the classrooms came to be, and what they mean to everyone at school. It was a chance to celebrate the fact that we now have these fantastic rooms, and also an opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make them a reality. Without the help of Mr Batten and Mr Etherington working across the summer to remove fences and knock down walls the classrooms couldn’t have even been put in place. The work of Mr Thomas, our electrician for the contract, and Mr Breheny, who called in favours and gave his time generously to make sure we had steps and ramps to get in and out of the building was acknowledged, and we are all very grateful for all of their hard work.
Once the speeches had been delivered in the hall, we moved to the classrooms where Jai had the honour of cutting the ribbon with Councillor Harrison of Lamesley Parish Council. Jai was so keen we didn’t even get a photograph! We then moved into the building where Robbie and Emily were given the honour of officially declaring the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms open for business with Councillor Hood from Gateshead Council.
With the formalities out of the way it was time to allow all of the parents and families into the classrooms to see what all of the fuss was about. It was a chance to see where the children worked, and also look at some of the work on the walls that demonstrate how the building is being put to good use. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the children as they showed their families around, and it was also nice to be able to share a cup of tea and reflect on all of the hard work that has gone into this major development for the school.
It has all been worth it in the end, and I am sure that the building will go on to serve the school, and the community, well for many years to come.