Welcome to Capel's reception class page. We are known as Edison Class as we are full of inventors who love to explore and investigate the world around us.
It's so exciting to start school life together in Edison. Our school community welcomes you into the classroom every morning so that you can be actively involved in your child's learning journey. We are passionate about working together to create life-long learners. They are enabled to develop skills to make progress through play-based learning and activities whilst supported by the Early Years team. We support every child through offering stimulating and creative opportunities that inspire them to what to learn more.
Current learning - Our latest learning is below on our curriculum letter as well as the letters sent home. It has changed as we have embarked on a 'mini beast sand where they live'topic. We have developed our story telling but with an obvious interest in mini-beasts , we are now looking at stories with this theme. We have changed our role play into a home and compared next door with a mini-beast retreat. We visited Wilderness Woods to explore, use a huge mud kitchen that will help us go into business with a cafe, mini-beast hunting, shelter building and risk taking on exciting woodland play equipment. Look below for all the fun things we got up to. We will be working on our transition for Year one soon.
2019-20 New Intake dates for transition
18th June 2019 - parent induction evening , an opportunity to meet all staff involved with your child's first year at Capel as well as experience the setting.
21st June & 5th July -Stay and Play, where the new children are welcomed by a buddy and allowed to explore the EYFS indoor and outdoor classroom with their new teachers.
15th July - Family Afternoon, a wonderful chance to meet other families that will have a child in the same class with activities and refreshments provided and their teacher and teaching assistant joining you too.
Thank you to anyone who attended to the 'School readiness' evening.
Look after the bees!
Today was our Bee Day! Mr Pemble came in to help us learn about bee keeping. We wore our bee hats and practised buzzing. We talked about what we already knew about bees. We found out that there is up to 60,000 bees in one hive! We took apart a hive and learned about the roof, the super with frames , the excluder, to stop queen bee getting out, the brood where they live, the door and the base. We played a game where we had to reform the hive once the pieces had been muddled up. Next, we became a swarm to keep our queen bee warm. Some of us dressed up as bee keepers and we thought about why we needed to be protected. We watched how bees would be smoked out if needed and talked about how bees collect pollen from flowers, spit in the hive and make the honey. They always come back to their own hive too!
We then divided into drones, workers and one queen bee to learn about the jobs. We did the special waggle dance and flew off to collect pollen for ourselves. We realised how far they have to travel and how often they have to collect pollen. Finally we had a question time and listened to a great story about a bee. We now know it is important to look after the bees!
Enrichment day ......#Capelteamwork!
This is just a taster of the teamwork activities that the whole school were involved with. Year R and 1 were mixed up to really test their team work. they were superb and truly rose to the occasion.
Mini beast builders and mathematicians
We have been building our bug hotel and searching for mini-beasts so we can record and interpret data. We have also been working hard on doubling and halving with ladybirds.
We are Builders!
Builder Jim, came in today. He helped us become real builders. First we discussed what houses are made of in different countries and here as well as why. Next we looked at different designs and how different people live. We thought about important parts of houses and the resources used to make them. We used some pictures to look at how to keep safe on a building sites and had to identify risks. We followed some instructions to build our own bird house which was followed by planning a design on paper to make it ours. Lastly we decorated our homes. We will continue investigating homes and make one for mini beasts next week. A big thank you to Builder Jim!
Wilderness Woods Trip
A huge thank you to the children and lovely adults who made our day such a great one. We set off on the coach and as we arrived, had a fruit snack to set us up for the morning. Following a story time in the woods, we split into two groups and were busy foraging for items to use in the mud kitchen so that we could make a shop. The other group were on a mini-beast hunt with pots, bushes and magnify glasses.After a swap, we had our lunch under the canopy, once again taking on fuel so we could play in the forest on the zip wire, large swing, slide, ropes, build camps and explore. Next we ventured further into the forest to leave tickets for the wise old man of the forest and for a story about building shelters. Of course we had to build our own in teams following this and visited each other's learning. Lastly a much quieter coach ride home ready for shelter building of a different kind next week!
Double is no trouble!
We used ladybirds to help us explore doubling. We worked in teams and on our own to prove what doubling is and how we could prove to others we had worked it out.
Train Station Visit
We rode on a mini bus to Tonbridge Station, where we met members of the station staff team who showed us around the station. This included a tunnel that use to have trains in it but now has paintings of Tonbridge station through time. We looked at the ticket machine and gates as well as the mess room and control room. Some of us made tannoy announcements. We all had a ticket and were allowed to board the train to Tunbridge Wells. When we arrived we in a lift and visited the ticket office. We asked lots of our questions and then had a turn going through the gate with our tickets. We had to be safe on the platform and stand behind the yellow line. We used a ramp to get back on the train because the gap was quite big. On our return journey there was a special announcement about us and birthday wishes for one of us. Following our return to Tonbridge we heard about the tracks and shoes and how the wheels move. Lastly we were given a goodie bag.
We loved sharing so many stories and dressing up as different characters.
The troll has a new home to live under...
Edison fireflies shine brightly in in the Christmas production of 'Tinsel'.
Flossie came to visit so we could compare her to Lola and learn how to care for a dog.
Capel Veterinary Surgery is now open and Lola the tortoise was our first patient....
We had a wonderful pirate day where we have been; reading pirate stories, playing matching games, completing playdough pirate mats, cutting, sticking and labelling maps, writing lists of what we need on board, adding to giant maps, building large and small ships, experimenting with floating and sinking, creating waterproof boats that go on real water, digging for treasure in the mud and sand, finding and counting gems, matching real shells with numbers on to dots, cutting and counting paper coins, writing lists of pirates, writing secret messages in glitter sand, finding a snake in phonics, being brave and walking the plank and playing with all our shipmates. Why are we good learners? Because we arrrrrgh!
We went on a wonderful Autumn walk and did lots of counting and measuring with natural objects that we found.
We have started school!