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Darell Primary and Nursery School

Rainbow Class (Reception)

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Pensford Field trip

To begin our engagement with minibeasts, we went on a local trip to the wildlife area of Pensford Field, in Kew. The children walked there and, in groups, undertook small writing and drawing tasks to help support their learning back in the classroom. To see more photos go to the Reception gallery.

The Easter Bunny comes to Reception

Reception had a delivery of eggs today. There was a knock at the door and some children caught a glimpse of his ears. The children discovered he had left a trail of eggs and empty bags. The children put the eggs all in one basket. Afterwards some children wrote thank you letters to the Easter bunny; hopefully he might come back during the holidays to read the letters.

Please go to the gallery to see more photos.

The chicks have hatched in Reception!

The chicks have hatched and they are growing bigger every day! The children have loved watching them hatch and seeing the changes as they grow. We were all on 'egg watch!' for the first week, and then 'chick watch!' this week to see how the chicks are growing. We drew pictures and wrote about what we saw each day! The children have also been doing some great independent writing for their chick diaries! Take a look in the photo gallery to see more photos. 


An Author comes to visit The Early Years

We were lucky to have a real life female author called Tracey Corderoy come into Darell school. She shared 2 of her many stories with us: Fairy Tale Pets and No! The children listened attentively and answered questions about the text.

Snowy week in Reception

The children have been enjoying the snow this week! They have been mark making in the snow, made a snowman and we all went over to the local recreational ground with the whole school.

To see more photos , please go to the Rainbow Class gallery.




The farm visits Rainbow Class

Rainbow Class were lucky enough to have a visiting farm come to Darell school . The children braved the wind and snow while petting, brushing and feeding different types of farm animals. They also had a wool workshop, whereby they were taught how to wind up wool in order to make it stronger.

To see more photos, please go to the Rainbow Class gallery.



A special visitor came to Rainbow Class

This week we began to read the text, 'Our Very own Dog'. We have been learning about how to care for a dog and what things you need in order to keep them healthy and safe. Juliette's mum and dad kindly brought their dog, Pepper, into class. The children prepared questions beforehand e.g. How long do dogs sleep for and how do they kiss?

We found out lots of information! Please ask your children about this experience and see how much they can tell you about caring for a dog like Pepper.

Please click on the Rainbow Class gallery to see more photos.




Bring a loved one to school day

To bring an end to spring 1, parents and carers were invited in to see what learning the Rainbow Class children have been doing this term.

The adults had an opportunity to look through the children's golden books as well as help ice a biscuit, make a card and/or create a luminaire jar for a loved one.

Thank you to those who were able to attend.

To see more photos, please go to the Rainbow Class photo gallery.



                              Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

This week we have been focusing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have measured and compared the bears foot sizes with our own in maths, and we have been looking at things around our environment that are small, medium and big. 

Take a look at our photo gallery to see more of what we have been up to! 

Growing runner beans in Reception. 

We have previously read stories about magic beans and even moved like different beans in PE!

We have been looking at beans in a different way, we have started to sow our own runner beans.

The children had to follow instructions. Perhaps you could ask your children if they can remember what they needed and what they had to do?


Panto comes to Darell in January 2018!

What a great way to start the new year with West End in Schools panto company coming to Darell School!

The Reception children were joined by Key stage 1 and Butterfly Class.

They all were enthralled by the 2 member cast who recreated the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Poppies come to Reception

This week we have been looking at the significance of the poppy and why there are different colours.

Red symbolises the blood shed by people, purple representing the animals hurt in combat and white signifying peace.

We went onto use different techniques and media to recreate our own poppies. We were joined by Miss Leslie our lunchtime supervisor. We discussed who we were going to give them to and why.

Autumn in Reception

Come and take a look at our learning through comparing the seasons, using our mathematical skills to measure length and using our phonetical skills to mark make in our outside classroom. We also have been extending our relationships by making new friends. Check out the class gallery for photos.


Our first week in Reception.

This week in Reception we have been learning new skills, namely making new friendships and learning to be kind to one another.

We have been also exploring our inside and outside classrooms.




Welcome to Reception Rainbow Class.

I am Miss Jones and I am new to Darell. I’ll be making an exciting move from the west country to this area. I’ve not been teaching for long and am really looking forward to meeting the new Rainbow Class and working with you and your child.

You will be receiving the half-termly curriculum newsletter, which will detail the specifics of the curriculum and key dates. You will also have a chance to ‘Meet the Teacher’. We very much hope you will all be able to attend. This will be an opportunity for you to hear about the expectations this year, as well as how you can help support your child and the school.

In addition, we will be sending you the Home/School Agreement for you to read, sign and return, a Good to be Green behaviour booklet, and a Practical Guide for Parents at Darell.

You will have an opportunity to ask any questions during the home visits which will be on either Wednesday 6th, Thursday, 7th or Friday, 8th September 2017. Alternatively you can always make an appointment with me through the school office.

Best wishes,

Miss Jones