Welcome to Pioneers

Pioneers children are Reception aged (four or five years old). Children enjoy a range of creative and engaging play based activities, as well as formal inputs, to support their development and growth. Children in Pioneers are taught by Mrs Hann and Mr Grason. The children are supported by Mrs Ellis, Mrs Hansell and Mrs McGill.

Children’s progress and activities are recorded in their own Learning Journeys. These act as a summary of the journey children embark upon during their time in Reception and demonstrate the progress and success that has been achieved, as well as the next steps that may need to be taken.

Tapestry Learning Journal

A key aspect of the learning journey in Early Years is sharing information and progress with families. We use an online learning journal called Tapestry to profile the children's learning. Each family has their own account to see children's progress. Please speak to a member of staff about this for more information.

Egg Drop – A Story and a Challenge


Over on Tapestry ,You will find a video of Mrs Hann reading  a book called Egg Drop. It is the story of an egg who wanted to fly too soon. While still in the nest, all he thought of was soaring high above the clouds. But we all know,eggs can’t fly so this story does have a bit of a funny ending. 

Once you have listened to the story,you might like to have a go at the “Egg Drop Challenge”. Can you save the egg from breaking? 

Your challenge, should chose to accept it, is to design and make something to protect an egg when it is dropped.

Make it a family competition.
Get a grown up to help you.
Decide where you will drop your egg and from how high.
Remember this could be messy. A chocolate egg could also be used.
This website has lots of ideas to help you but as usual your ideas are always much better.

Simple and Easy Egg Drop Project Ideas You Should Try Next

You could make certificates for the winners: Best Design, Safest Egg,Least Mess…

As always,we would love to see your photographs

Happy Learning,

Team Sleights

Wednesday 8th April – Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Good morning everyone.

The sun is shining again – what a beautiful day!

What a perfect day to have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Take your favourite toys out into the fresh air, put down a blanket and share some snacks. You could even have a go making a Teddy Bear Sandwich (See Tapestry for more details).

While your outside, look around, what do you see? What is the weather doing today? Are there many clouds today?

Maybe, take some paper and colouring pencils outside and draw things you see, the sky, some flowers, trees or birds.

Sing the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song while you’re enjoying the sunshine! – see link. Be warned once you start singing it, you cant stop!


Have fun and don’t forget to send us your videos, pictures and messages on Tapestry  and let us know whatever it is you’re doing today!

Look out for tonight’s story on Tapestry – 6pm don’t be late!

Keep smiling – Team Sleights

Happy Holiday Pet Show

Now we all love having a pet.
Perhaps you have a dog. Maybe you have a cat or a hamster. It is possible that you may have a horse or some chickens.
Worms make great pets and I know that lots of you just adore woodlice. Tigers and alligators are tricky to keep as pets and prefer to be in the wild
Some of these can be difficult to handle and you may prefer an imaginary pet, a toy or a brother or sister.

Your mission for the holidays,should you choose to accept it is to hold a pretend Pet Show. Team Sleights will be doing this at home too.
Here are a few ideas:
Make a poster to advertise when and where your Pet Show will take place.

Plan the categories for your show. Here are some ideas:

Pet with the smiliest face
Pet most like its owner
Pet with the waggiest tail
Agility Course/obstacle course

Best Trick
Best dancer
Best singer
Best fancy dress
These are just ideas. As always your ideas are the best.

Make rosettes or medals as awards for pets and handlers.

Someone with a clipboard will need to be the judge.

Try out an app called Piccollage if you haven’t used it before. It lets you collect and arrange photographs and text.
It’s fun for making posters.It’s free.


You could also make a model of your pet from cardboard tubes,fabric and bits.

We would absolutely love to see photographs and video of your Holiday Pet Show.

Pop over to Tapestry to see some videos and photographs for ideas 

Happy Learning



Good Morning to you all.

Here is your maths mission for today should you choose to accept it.

Look carefully at each ladybird.

Count the spots on one side.

Count the spots on the other side.

Write a number sentence using +and =

Ask yourself some maths questions,” I wonder…

Which Ladybird has the most spots?

Which Ladybird has the smallest number of spots?

What if….

I add one more?

I take one spot away?

Draw your own Ladybirds with 10 spots,7 spots or 5 spots.

As always,send me your pictures or videos. I love to log on and see them

Happy Maths

What’s Hatching?

Earlier this week,I read The Odd Egg. I didn’t finish the story and asked you what was hatching.

Someone said it might be a big bird. Someone said it might be a T-Rex. I was sure that it was going to be a dragon.

Take a look at this video to find out just what came out of the egg:


It wasn’t a bird but a thing with sharp teeth and snapping jaws.

Pop over to Tapestry to see some suggestions for a job to do today.

Get cracking Pioneers

Once Upon A Tuesday…

Good Morning Pioneers, 

I hope that you enjoyed the stories and the suggestions yesterday. I certainly loved getting the replies and seeing your pictures too.

Today,I am sending you a link to one of our favourite maths things. I would like you to play with it and then show it to your grown up.

Get some small pieces of paper.

Write number 1-10 or up to 20 if you like.. Use numbers to suit you.

Find a magic hat.(All hats are magic) Put the numbers in the hat. Pull one out.

Here is what I would like you to try, make numbers on the number frame and ask your grown up,” What is 1 more than…?” and then,”What is one less than…?” 

Take turns to write the number. Remember you can use Ladybirds to fill the number frame too. Play with the colours


There is a number square in your school pack. Find the number on the square and colour it in


That’s Maths Magic as we say in Pioneers.


Welcome to the New Week 30March 2020

Welcome to the new week. The suggestions for learning this week will centre around nests and eggs. The birds are chirping and are looking for worms so I thought it would be nice to look at “What comes out of an egg?”

I will put suggestions for learning on Tapestry. These will include a reading book and some ideas for counting and writing along with some ideas to explore and of course a story for you.

Please enjoy these together and as I always say these are only suggestions,often the Pioneers have the greatest ideas to follow.

Keep in touch.

Happy Learning

Good Morning 27th March -Mud Pies and Other Recipes

Mud Pies and Other Recipes

Good Morning to you all. It is a bit frosty but I do think that when the sun starts to shine the garden will be a lovely place to be so with this in mind I have a suggestion for learning today taken from one of my most favourite books.

  1. Look at the recipe ideas in the photographs from the book. A grown up can help you.
  2. Take a look in your garden. Each garden will have special things and each Pioneer will have special ideas. 
  3. Do your recipe. Who is it for? How will you serve your creation?
  4. Make a story map to share your recipe with others.We can show our photographs to each other on a shared post later so take lots of pictures.
  5. Write some words to add to your story map-Stir,mix,grass,grit,muck,dish. Use your phonics sheets to help you.
  6. Happy Learning

Have a wonderful day people. I will do a story during the morning so look out for a post on Tapestry