Self Portraits

This week we have taken inspiration from the artist Kehinde Wiley who is best known for his distinctive portraits. 

Kehinde Wiley: 'I took the DNA of William Morris and created hybrids' | Art  and design | The Guardian

As part of our topic this term is It’s good to be me! We looked in mirrors and drew all the different features we could see. We created our own portraits against patterned backgrounds just like Kehinde Wiley:


Owl Babies

This week we have been reading the story Owl Babies. We made maps to help Mummy owl return to her babies and comfortable nests for the owl babies to sleep in.

We have also been learning how to re tell a story by ordering pictures and we learnt some new power words to use in our story re tell.  We found that Billl and his brother and sister were scared, terrified, worried and excited all in one story! 

Home learning:

This week we have also be exploring colour mixing by mixing powder paints.

Have you Filled a Bucket Today?

Being a bucket filler is based on the idea that everybody carries an invisible bucket around with them all day, every day. The bucket represents our emotions and feelings and is effected by everyday experiences. When good things happen our bucket is full, which makes us feel great. Negative experiences and feelings ‘dip’ from our buckets.

Life is about balancing this and keeping our buckets as full as possible. But, it’s not just about focusing on your own bucket, by filling other peoples buckets it also helps us to fill our own.

In Class we talked about how we can all be ‘bucket dippers’ and ‘bucket fillers’.

How can you be a bucket filler? 

  • Say kind words to others
  • Share and take turns
  • Let others speak and listen

What is a bucket dipper? 

  • Using negative language
  • Hurting others physically or with words
  • Not sharing and taking from others

We draw pictures of ways to feel our own buckets and other peoples.

This week why not take a photo of your child and describe one way they’ve helped to fill someone’s bucket.

Please email your photos to:

I would love to share them with the rest of the class!

Welcome to Purple Class

What a start we have made to the school year! The children have been very busy getting to grips with the routine and expectations in Reception. We have been making new friends and getting to know each other, with a lot of fun along the way!

Take a look at some of the things we’ve been up to this week…

First few weeks in Reception

The first few weeks in Reception focuses on settling the children into their new classes. The children will be:

  1. Getting to know their teachers
  2. Getting to know the other children and making new friends
  3. Learning school routines e.g. register time, circle time, how to line up, lunchtime, tidy up time, home time etc.
  4. Exploring their classroom e.g. learn what toys and resources we have and where everything is kept. They must work as a team to keep their classroom tidy. From the beginning we talk to the children about respecting their space and taking care of our classroom.

We are always talking  to the children about making good choices and highlighting the positive behaviours they display. Below is our Classroom Contract. These are displayed in our classroom and referred to by staff all the time.

Key message

Reception is all about fostering independence.  At school we help to promote this in many ways such as:

  1. setting expectations
  2. modelling how something should be done, 
  3. making things explicit and breaking it down into smaller steps
  4. repetition – a little and often!

Your support with developing your child’s independence is greatly appreciated.