Devonshire Infant School

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Francis Avenue, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 0AG

023 9273 4902

Devonshire Infant School

Our Vision: To be an outstanding school, where all our children develop a lifelong love of learning.

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The Rabbits







  The Fieldmice     

Welcome to Reception – We are Rabbit and Fieldmice class!







Spring Term 2024



Penguins and Antarctic

We found out lots of different facts about Penguins and the contrasting environment of Antarctica.

We read lots of stories about Penguins. Our favourites were ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar and ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.

We painted pictures of different type of penguins.





Circus Week

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 at the end of the week!





People Who Help Us

We learned all about the Emergency Services - Firefighters, Police Officers and Doctors and Nurses.
We designed and made models of Fire Engines.





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.









Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We made porridge and wrote letters from Goldilocks apologising to the Bears.

The children made warning signs to scare Goldilocks away.



We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! 



In Literacy we have been learning the story of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen.

We made our own bear caves.

The children had to make sure they could fit the bear in through the mouth of the cave, the cave had to be dark inside and camouflaged on the outside.

The children also designed bright and reflective outfits for a bear so the bear could be seen in the cave. They tested their designs in a dark tent with torches!




Autumn Term 2023

We have all enjoyed settling into Devonshire Infants and have been very busy making new friends and learning new routines.

One of our first activities was reading ‘The Colour Monster’ and ‘The Colour Monster goes to school’ by Anna Llenas and making our own colour monsters.            

Owl Babies

During the first half term, we read the book ‘The Owl Babies’ by Martin 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. 





























The children have been learning about the seasons and we listened to the story of Percy the Park Keeper ‘After the storm’.

We used our senses to investigate autumnal objects and we tried to describe what we observed.





The Little Red Hen

We read the story of The Little Red Hen.

We made windmills and created Little Red Hen collage pictures.







































Proud to be Pompey

We dressed up in blue to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s charity.


We had fun dressing up for Halloween.


We made firework pictures to celebrate the 5th November. We listened to the sounds of fireworks as we created our pictures.





Nursery Rhymes

This half term we have been learning all about Nursery Rhymes. We read the book ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

The book is full of Nursery Rhyme characters and we followed our story map and then used actions to help us remember the story.

We enjoyed learning new and old rhymes..


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



















Friendship Week

The children were joined together with paper chains to a friend and were challenged to negotiate the obstacles around the playground without breaking their chain.

The children were encouraged to use positional language to instruct their friend where they needed to go.


During the second 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 painted our own ‘concentric circles’ in the style of Kandinsky.



















































We have had lots of fun preparing for Christmas.

We made decorations at our Santa’s workshop, played party games and danced at our Christmas party and made cards and calendars for our families.