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Larklands Infant School

Reach for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars


Reception/Yr 1 Mrs Varney & Mrs Kelly

Welcome to our

Mixed Reception/Year 1 Classes

2021 - 2022


We are really lucky this year to be able to work with lots of different adults. The Reception children will follow the new Early Years Curriculum and spend time integrating with our Nursery children.  The Year 1 children will begin working on the Key Stage 1 curriculum as well as having access to the continuous provision we have in our classrooms every day.  Exciting times ahead!


Meet the Staff...

Mrs Lawson, Mrs Hutchesson and Mrs Smith - Teachers

Mrs Kelly - Teacher & SENCO
Mrs Varney - Teacher & Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs Goddard - Teacher (based in Nursery)

Mrs Reynolds - HLTA

Mrs Bestwick - HLTA and Midday Supervisor

Mrs Gibling - Intervention Teaching Assistant

Mrs Holmes - Teaching Assistant

Miss Atkin - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Johnson - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Holt - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hemsley - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Murden - Teaching Assistant (intervention)

In our classes, we learn how to be a good friend and the importance of following rules to keep us safe and happy.  Fundamental values are reinforced through our exciting, enriched curriculum.






Summer 2 2022

The Great Outdoors


The Reception children will be thinking about "The Great Outdoors" this half term. We will be looking after sunflower seeds and watching them grow, taking a closer look at the features of plants, exploring the outdoors for mini beasts, learning about farms, meeting some animals at school and finally, we will think about the Summer and the seaside.  

It's going to be a busy, but exciting half term!





Welly Wednesday - Fairy Houses

On Wednesday 8th June, the Reception children built houses for a range of fantasy characters, including fairies and superheroes.  They collected lots of natural materials from the school grounds, including sticks, leaves, stones and grass and found the perfect place for creating their homes.  The children also used a camera to take a photograph of their creations.  Take a look below.



Summer 1 2022

"Let's Go!"

In Reception this half term, we will be exploring different types of transport. We will be building models, comparing old and new transport and investigating how different types of transport work.

We will be starting our fabulous

Welly Wednesday's in Reception too!

Year 1

In Science, the children in Year 1 will be taking a closer look at plants and growing.  They will be visiting Mrs Bailey's garden and also taking a trip to our local Morrisons. 

In Geography, the children will be comparing hot and cold countries.



Our First Welly Wednesday!


On Wednesday 27th April, everyone was really excited in was our first Welly Wednesday!!  The children brought their wellies to school and couldn't wait to put them on.  They went outside and explored lots of interesting activities, including gardening, painting with water, giant rollers for mark making, rockers, frogs and logs, the playhouse, sand, water and construction .  Have a look at our photographs to see how much fun we had!




Spring 2 2022

This half term, the Reception children will be thinking about People Who Help Us and Transport.

There are some special days at this time of year, including Pancake Day and World Book Day.  We are looking forward to celebrating these in school!


The children in Year 1 will be continuing their work in Science each week.  They will be exploring signs of Spring, conducting some fun experiments and taking part in British Science Week!

In RE, they will be thinking about Special People, Places and Events and in Music, they will have the chance to use their voices expressively, play lots of untuned and tuned instruments and listen to different genres of music.       

We are all going to be very busy!




A Special Visit From Mrs Woolley

On Friday 11th March, Mrs Woolley came to talk to us about her important job as a Lollipop Lady.  She told us about her special uniform and she brought her big "STOP" sign into the classroom. We went onto the playground so that we could learn some more about road safety - we used the track as a road and the bikes and scooters as the traffic.    

Take a look at the photographs below to see what a great morning we had!


Y1 Design and Technology - Spring 2 2022


After exploring "Attachment Techniques" in Design and Technology, the Year 1 children have designed and built their own stilt houses.  Look how fantastic they are!



Friday 4th March 2022

World Book Day


On Friday 4th March, we celebrated "World Book Day" in school.  It was such an exciting day!  There were lots of different characters in the mixed Reception and Year 1 classes - who can you spot in the photographs?




During the day, we made book marks, shared our favourite books, made World Book Day cards and took part in a parade in the school hall. 


January 2022

Welcome back to school

This week, we have started to think about signs of Winter.  We have designed our own hats, scarves and gloves, explored cold colours, been on a Winter walk and investigated ice.  


Autumn Term 2021

Our topics this term are;
"Super Special Me" and "Let's Celebrate!"



We will all be thinking about;

- Back to school

- All about me
- Making new friends 

- Special celebrations

- Ilkeston fair
- Autumn and harvest
- Bonfire night
- Winter and Christmas


The Year 1 children will also be finding out about;

- The body (including the 5 senses)

- Animals/birds (features, comparisons, their young and homes)

- The local area (features, maps and history)

- Memories (thinking about special events from their past)


Christmas Jumper Day 2021

On Friday 10th December, it was National Christmas Jumper Day.  After looking at all the different pictures and patterns on their jumpers, the children had a go at designing their own.  Everyone looked really bright and festive - take a look at the pictures below!



Year 1 children


Reception children


Year 1 Bird Feeders

Thursday 9th December

In Science, the Year 1 children have been thinking about different birds.  On Thursday afternoon, they made their own bird feeders to hang in the school grounds.








Bonfire Night

This week, we have been thinking about Bonfire Night.  We have used different materials to make firework pictures and written words to describe them.  We have explored a range of percussion instruments to create firework sounds, as well as tasting mushy peas and hotdogs!  Here are some photographs to show you how busy we have been.




Bonfire Night!