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.

How Are You Peeling?

We have been exploring our feelings and giving names to how we feel. This has resulted in a lot of funny faces as we have experimented with expressions. Some of the Pioneers are masters of the sad face(see classroom for pictures) We took a look at one of our favourite books for a bit of veggie inspiration. The twin tomatoes have been very popular.

There may be a few of these in next weeks soup.


Somebody Swallowed Stanley Update

This week we took delivery of a beautiful blue whale to enhance our play and discussions about our world. and in particular our work around “Somebody Swallowed Stanley”. Previously we talked about Stanley in our forest and one Pioneer said,” Plastic bags don’t belong in the Forest.” Everyone agreed and we have all become more aware of our habits regarding litter. This week a Pioneer said,”Plastic bags don’t belong in the Jungle.”

When looking at our school fruit,another Pioneers said,”Bananas don’t belong in plastic bags. They belong in the bowl.” This was seconded by another voive,”Bananas belong in the bowl.We want them in the fruit bowl not in the bags.”

These are such wise words.

Pattern in Nature

This week we have been working with some  glorious,beautiful seed heads  from Mrs McGill’s garden . They are beautiful structures and the Pioneers worked with delicate fingers extracting the seeds. The were almost silent as they discovered the various textures and patterns in the sunflower seed head. We looked at the beautiful book,” A Seed is Sleepy” and watched some timelapse video to complete the cycle.

We shall plant these seeds in the summer.

Pumpkin Patch

Our Pumpkin Patch has grown thanks to donations from family and friends. The interest has been huge. The discussions about texture and the changes we have been observing have been fascinating. Finding words to describe mould has become a favourite this week. Lots of children have got stuck in with their fingers and with the tweezers and have been very excited about what they can see. We also have fungus and a variety of rotting apples from the tree.

The decomposition is being charted daily.

Come in and have a look at it for yourself.

Smashing Pumpkins.

Let’s All Read Together

Every child in the school brought their library book to the hall to share with their friends,big and small. Together we made a chain,naming all the books and their authors. There was a great buzz about books. The Pioneers took all the small chains and made them into one big,long reading chain. This is now in the library and you can add a title to it when you return the book you have read. Paper,pens and glue are there for you. Adults,you can add your link too.

Very Happy Reading Everyone.

Stanley in the Forest

Stanley is a plastic bag. In the original story that we read together,Stanley falls into the ocean and is a threat to marine life. We discussed the book in detail,used it for story mapping ,in our class and with the whole school and acted out the story with soft toys. When we went to the forest,the Pioneers discovered that Stanley was also a threat to wildlife closer to home.We found and collected other rubbish that had also found its way into the forest. No one was very happy about this. Stanley was flapping in a tree and looked out of place and could easily been eaten by birds or badger. One Pioneer said,”Stanley needs to be rehomed.” Everyone agreed.

I think we need to write our own book about Stanley in the Forest.

Grass Meenies and Forest Fairies

After reading Children of the Forest one Pioneer spotted a face made from grass. It looked a bit like a troll. This creature was named as a Grass Meenie. We went out and collected and then pressed leaves and bits from our glorious school site. We turned these into wonderful leaf people. Once they were created they made their way to the forest. We had a lovely morning in the autumn sunshine searching for all the forest fairies. Along the way we found lots and lots of fungus and more acorns. Something had been digging holes. Perhaps it was The Rainbow Raccoon.

The forest is a fabulous place , rich with learning opportunities.

Potions and Pumpkins

The conkers have been added to a tray of water this week and all sorts of exciting things happened. The children built structures with sieves,baskets,big spoons and colanders and poured and filled and separated. They used tongs and got to grips with pipettes. The pumpkins also hit the water and they were washed and scooped and dunked-inside and out. The addition of funnels and bottles changed the learning and the children began making comparisons and helping each other to fill the bigger containers. 

The big pumpkin is now a glittering work of art after some small children started to stick on some gems. This caused a great deal of unplanned excitement and numbers have also been added.  

Happy Learning