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 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.

Pioneers Suggestions for Learning for Tuesday the 12th of January

Hello all you Happy Pioneers,

Here are some suggestions for your Happy Learning:

Let’s begin with some phonics and reading.

I suggest that you revise all of the sounds on the sound mat to start off.

Then revise the digraphs ee,ai and oa. You could take a fresh look at Geraldine if you need to. You could pause the video and write the words together.

In the photographs you can see  a collection of sentences with these digraphs.  Read the sentences with a grown-up. Your Pioneer could try to write some of the words or the sentences. Keep the sound mat close to you and the Phase 2 High Frequency Words too.

Here are the digraphs to look at again ai,ao and ee. Each word has some letters missing. Can you figure out which digraph goes in each word? It is tricky. Go slowly and try them out. You can use these to write your own sentences too.

 I have included a photograph of the high frequency words. These are very useful to read and to write.

Take a look at this link for extra support. You can turn the sound down and you can read the words as they come up:

Your new sound for today is a trigraph-igh-three letter,one sound.

Here is the link to Geraldine for this sound:


Take a look at the poster for words containing the -igh sound.


And now for some maths,

Here is a link to the website I would like you to use:

I would like you to use this to try out some subtraction for the song 5 Currant Buns. i hope that you all know how it goes…

If you do not want to use this maths app,you could draw out the song like a story map or play it out with your toys.

Please send me photographs and videos so I know how you are getting on.

In our book,What We’ll Build there is a beautiful illustration of a selection of useful tools. I have found a similar collection in my kitchen. Take a look at my picture and Oliver Jeffers picture. perhaps you could take a picture of a collection of tools in your house. Please share the picture with me.Ask some questions:

How does it work?

What is this for?

How does it work?

Tell me all about your interesting tools.

I  look forward to seeing what’s in your kitchen drawer or tool box!

Let me know what I can do to help.
Happy Learning

Prepare for Christmas

We began our preparations for Christmas by discussing the meaning of Advent. We went on to look closely at the foliage and got going snipping,cutting,trimming and creating our own wreaths for our Prayer Space in the classroom. The Pioneers went foraging for some scented additions to finalise our creation.

There was some left over eucalyptus and holly so  that has gone in a vase and the house is now topped with branches of fir and trailing ivy.

It smells like Christmas in our classroom.

Paint and Puddles

Sometimes the best learning happens on the spur of the moment. The brushes were intended for painting but the puddle was too inviting to miss. The Pioneers discovered that they could make wonderful arcs of water spray when the waved the brushes around. They ran in big circles trailing the brushes behind them and of course they made the biggest waves possible in a small body of water.

The addition of powder paint was amazing and the effect was spectacular. The Pioneers were slightly concerned about the mess but they were reassured that everything would be fine when it rained.

Mr Grason agreed.

Kebabs and Mucky Pumpkins

We had been using the chimebars in the classroom to experiment with rhythm. The beaters were repurposed and appeared in the Little Red Hen’s Kitchen in the form of Kebabs. This was a great new use for the sticks. The Pioneers were all interested in making kebabs and discussed that some may be having these at home in the holidays with marshmallow and chocolate.

We took the idea one step further and made some leaf kebabs in the forest. These allowed us to collect and compare leaves at various spots in the forest.The Pioneers spotted the difference in the shapes and the talked about the seeds that we found too.

When we brought the pumpkin in,it was clear that it needed a wash,so we washed it and scrubbed it and massaged it with bubbles and green froth.

So good.