The Rabbits







  The Fieldmice     

Welcome to Reception – We are Rabbit and Fieldmice class!


Autumn Term 2017


 We have all enjoyed settling into Devonshire Infants and have been very busy learning new routines and all about our exciting topics.

Owl Babies


During the first half term, we read the book ‘The Owl Babies’ by Marin Waddell.  We used ‘Talk for Writing’ to help us learn the story off by heart. First we drew a story map and then we made up our own actions and performed the story as a whole class. The actions really helped us to remember the story. We were so glad that Sarah, Percy and Bill’s mummy came back to them!






The Little Red Hen

We read the story of The Little Red Hen and then made our own delicious bread. We even tried grinding wheat to make flour! 







During the first half term we learnt all about an artist called Wassily Kandinsky. He was a Russian artist who used lines and shapes as well as colour in his art work. We drew our own ‘concentric circles’ in the style of Kandinsky. 

Aren’t we clever!



Nursery Rhymes

This half term we have been learning all about nursery rhymes.  We have been reciting them and acting them out using props or with puppets which we have made ourselves. Our ‘Talk for Writing’ has been based on the book ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The book is full of all of our favourite nursery rhyme characters.  We followed our story map and then used actions to help us remember the story.


We looked at historical artefacts that might have been found in the kitchen of the Nursery Rhyme character, Old Mother Hubbard.

All Dressed Up

We thought about special times with our families and times when we wear special clothes. We had the chance to dress up in lots of different kinds of special clothes in our Chinese restaurant.

Christmas Performances

Everyone was very impressed with our singing of ‘It’s a Baby’ in the Christmas production of ‘Prickly Hay’. 

 Santa’s Workshops

A big thank you to all those parents who joined us for Santa's Workshop. They were well attended and both adults and children seemed to have lots of fun.


Spring Term 2018

Our first topic for this half term has been Penguins. We have been learning lots of different facts about Penguins. We made a story map of all the facts that we learned. We also painted pictures of different type of penguins
We have also been reading the book called ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar. We made up our own book and thought up our own ideas of how to get the penguin to smile or speak. Here are some of our ideas…...

“Make him cold.”

“The diver can help him find his family.”


We had lots of fun learning circus tricks for the very first time! We learnt how to spin plates, balance feathers, spin the diablo, walk the tightrope and many more.The best part was getting all dressed up and performing to our parents at the end of the week!




We all tried really hard to learn our spellings for the Spelling Bee competition. We all enjoyed taking part. The five finalists got a medal and the winner got a fantastic spelling bee trophy. All the teachers have been very impressed to see how well we are spelling our words.













In Literacy we have been learning the story of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We learnt the story using actions, and then changed the story to make it our own.We innovated the story and loved trying to think of a different animal and different places to travel through.


Doug Hyde Art Week

Doug Hyde is the most popular contemporary living artist in the UK.


Here are some of his pictures.

We created our own paintings in the style of Doug Hyde, using printing and painting techniques.


Sport Relief

Everyone had great fun on Friday 23rd March when the whole school walked a mile in support of Sport Relief.

We have raised over £600 so far!


Summer 2018

Miller's Ark

 Miller’s Ark Farm came to visit our school. The children enjoyed meeting the animals and learning all about them.


What an amazing ‘eggsperience’! 6 eggs were delivered to our school. We watched and waited and we were lucky to welcome new baby ducklings into the world. We looked after the ducklings and enjoyed teaching them to swim..


In our Art week the children looked at and created their own pictures in the style of Claude Monet.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

In June the whole of reception went on a school trip to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. We went by coach and the weather was lovely! We split up into groups and took part in different activities.
We went on a minibeast hunt and a treasure hunt looking for interesting natural objects. We visited the park and looked at a pond full of lily pads just like Monet’s!
We enjoyed making our very own mini beast sculptures using the natural materials we found on the ground.

Creative Arts Week

During Creative Arts week we had so much fun! Jim came to our school and taught us Indian and African rhythms. We performed them as a class on a variety of drums and percussion instruments.
In Art Mr Hodson helped us create a skyline of Portsmouth. We also learnt about Aboriginal art which is based upon a style of art called ‘Pointillism’. We designed our own patterns in the style of Aboriginal paintings.



At the end of the week Olivia from Zest dance taught us Chinese fan dance and street dance.




Sports Day

At the beginning of July was Sports Day. We all split up into coloured teams and then enjoyed a variety of activities.! A big thank you to all of the parents who came to cheer us on and support us.