Welcome to Goldfinches!


We are the Reception class.


Our class teacher is Mrs Will and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Symington


Play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

(See for more info.)


In Goldfinch class we have a balance of both adult led activities and child initiated learning. These sessions take place both indoor and outdoors.


In Goldfinch class we are explorers, adventurers, risk takers, problem solvers, artists and much, much more! 


We are passionate about being outdoors and connecting children to their natural environment.  We understand how important it is for our children to connect with the natural world, especially now, at a time when words such as: acorn, buttercup and kingfisher have been taken out of the oxford dictionary, only to be replaced by broadband, cut and paste and analogue.


In view of this, all of our topics are science based.  We investigate and learn all about British birds, trees, mini-beasts and mammals getting outside to observe first hand as often as possible.

Autumn is here!
We have been making the most of our bumper crop of apples already this term. We also went out blackberry picking in a local field being careful on the road on the way.
So far we have made...
apple flapjacks
dorset apple cake
apple and blackberry crumble
Firefighters came to visit - Sept 2019
We learnt all about how to be safe if there is a fire.
Here are the new rhymes that we learned:
'Stop, drop and roll'
(in case we catch our clothes on fire)
'Get out, stay out, call 999'
(If there is a fire)
'Matches, lighters never touch, they can hurt us very much'
We listened to a story about as dragon who came to tea and caught the house on fire and then we all had a go at firing the hose.  Soon afterwards we had some emergencies of our own to deal with in the classroom.  we had to save giraffes, rabbits, baby giraffes, gorillas and put out a fire in the wild wood where the wild things live.  All in a days work for Goldfinches!
The Bluebell Project 2019-2021
As a whole school we are currently involved with a project called 'The Bluebell Project' (see for more details).
  So far each class has been out into the woodland to explore and investigate the woodland flora and fauna.  We have then been involved in a wide variety of creative activities including lantern making, hapazome, natural dye making and clay modelling.
The next step is to undertake several workshops in school and build masterpieces to be used in a parade next year. 
Definitely one of our most popular sessions of the week.
Goldfinch class goes to forest school at least once a week, whatever the weather! 
We believe that 'there is no such thing as bad weather just poor clothing!'
Nothing can stop us from getting out there and exploring.
We hunt for minibeasts, climb tyres, make dens, role-play, sing songs, use tools, build fires, climb trees, make concoctions in the mud kitchen, make elderflower cordial and much much more besides!
Our new bird bath
A huge thank you to 'Maidendorset' (see maidendorset page on facebook) for donating this beautiful new bird bath to us. 
We have seen lots of birds on it already!
T-Shirt making workshop - Autumn term 2019
Local artist Kate Chidley (see very kindly came into school to run a t-shirt designing workshop for us all. 
What amazing artists we have in Goldfinch class and what fun we all had! 
Thank you Kate!
Cooking with our harvest - Autumn Term 2019
We collected the apples that had fallen from our apple trees and cooked apple crumble and dorset apple cake.  Yummy!
We learn all about being safe with knives.  Well done Goldfinches!
Visiting the Life Education Van - May 2019
We went to visit Harold the giraffe in the Life Education van and learnt all about being healthy.
We learnt about...
- Parts of our body
- Parts of our digestive system
- Brushing our teeth
- Doing exercise
- Washing our hand and face