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Merlin – Miss Stockford (Reception)

September 2021

A very big welcome to our Merlin class page, where we keep you up to date with our learning, and where you can find useful information specific to our class.  Weekly updates of our learning in specific subjects are uploaded to your Tapestry accounts.


The teaching team

Miss Stockford and Miss Baker


Outdoor learning is on Fridays though we do try to book an additional slot sometime within the week, where we spend time in the garden or forest school area.  We do, however, need wellies in school every day now the weather is wetter in order to access our learning both indoors and out!  Our PE this term is on Tuesdays, so please ensure children are wearing correct kit into school.


Our learning is centred around mini topics, usually based on class books that we are sharing within class as well as enveloping the interests of our children.

Initially, we will be using the topic 'All about me' so that children can develop confidence in sharing what is most familiar, their families, and talk about themselves and their interests, celebrating themselves and others' in a reassuring environment as well as exploring feelings and emotions, differences and similarities.


We will be focusing on friendships and respect, and establishing the boundaries which keep us safe and ready for learning throughout the day.  Listening and developing attention within a larger group is also a big focus, with lots of games to encourage this.


We are very passionate about the sharing of books and learning how to read here at Westonzoyland. When your child is ready, we will issue them with a reading book (suited to their ability) and do ask parents or guardians help nurture the love and enjoyment of reading by listening to your child read at least 3 times over a week. If you need any support ideas, please do not hesitate to ask either Miss Stockford or Miss Baker. 😃

We have a email address dedicated to Merlin parents, where I will do my best to answer any queries ASAP. Please remember that obviously during school hours I am very much with the children but will respond as soon as I can.  Any questions or information referring to attendance, such as if your child is ill, should still go through the office as per usual.

29.4.22 We have continued to develop our observational painting by mixing our own palette to paint bluebells and tulips. It’s super to see all the children’s unique interpretations and styles.

29.3.22. We really focused on our observational painting today, carefully mixing shades of yellow and green to paint our daffodils.

Week of 21.3.22 This week we have been super writers; writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are very proud of the improvement in our handwriting!

17.3.22 It’s all about castles today as the children have continued to be inspired by the castle at the top of the beanstalk in their learning! Today we learnt the names of some of their features.

15.3.22 We are thoroughly enjoying the large apparatus this half term, gaining in confidence to climb and stretch safely.

14.3.22 We have been inspired by our story telling in our painting, as well as drawing flowers after a walk to find spring flowers. We discovered that there are different kinds of daffodil.

We have started our new class book, Jack and the Beanstalk this week. We have been retelling the story, using a VERY big voice for the giant!

Look at our amazing writing! We have been thinking of our own super powers as well as those of Supertato!

28.2.22 Superheroes! We started our new topic with a bang, exploring our super powers!

17.2.22 We have written our own acrostic poems about worms!

14.2.2022 We were inspired by Miss Baker’s bunch of tulips for our painting today.

11.2.22 We have been inspired by Superworm in our writing; writing facts about worms as well as describing the evil Wizard Lizard!

10.2.2022. We loved the challenge of drilling with the battery operated drill before threading wool through the holes! We thought carefully about how to keep safe, and listened really carefully before picking up the drill!

9.2.2022 We love using big paper and pens to draw and write! Look at our amazing work achieved independently in our free writing sessions.

8.2.2022 We have been challenging ourselves to making our very own addition stories, and have begun writing them as number sentences! We all think we were amazing!

11.1.22 We are so proud of our writing progress that children wanted to share their postcards. We pretended we went to the South Pole, roleplaying with props before writing our postcards.

6.1.22 children loved finding out about penguins so much that they wanted to have a go at painting them today! Their efforts are awesome!

5.1.22 We have been drawing different types of penguin. We are very proud of our efforts!

We were really proud of our Christmas collection for Bridgwater Foodbank. It encouraged us to think of those who struggle to buy food for their families.

Week of 13.12.21. It’s getting a little bit like Christmas as we practise our skills in a variety of activities alongside Merlin the Elf.

We have been loving our PE in the hall, whether using the gym apparatus, yoga or developing our throwing skills!

Week of 22.11.21. Look at our super writing this week! We are putting lots of effort into our handwriting.

People who help us - we thought about different people who help us!

Our Remembrance Day poppies

We have been thinking about what Remembrance Day means to us.

8.11.21 We have been reading Owl Babies this week. Here are some of our drawings of the owlets.

Thursday 4th November 2021 Diwali - creating Rangoli patterns using numicon.

October 2021 - we just love our outdoor Ed sessions, whether toasting on a fire, climbing, balancing, exploring, creating in a safe, challenging environment, with lots and lots of FUN!

Google Classroom


Google classroom, as explained in last week's school letter (sent via email), will be our base for setting work if children are home learning (whether self-isolating or if the bubble is closed). For further help here is a link to support you, kindly organised by Mrs Meyers.  Merlins will not be expected to access Google classroom without support - it is really for parents to access the resources for their child, and then for practical work to be photographed and uploaded to Tapestry.