Wednesday 22nd July
Last day of the year!!! How can one year go so quickly?! I have just asked the children what they are going to remember and here is their list so far!
Meeting the bat lady
The 3 Little Pigs
Going to visit the life boat
making lego models
stopping the traffic
making hobby horses
measuring the chicks
phonics (I didn't tell them to say this one!)
maths (or this one!)
watching the chicks hatch
Lolly and ice cream shop
Wow! No wonder we are all in need of a holiday!! The children have had a lovely time looking through their journals today and they can't wait to share them with you. Mrs Elphick and I just want to say a massive well done to all the children. They have worked so hard this year and have made coming to work a joy. We hope you all have a wonderful Summer holiday. Enjoy the rest and make sure you come back and see us next year!!
Mrs M and Mrs E xx
17th July 201
Wow what a great job they did! To be perfectly honest judging by how tired all the children are right now I had wondered how successful our assembly was going to be! But once they had an audience there was no stopping them! They were all totally brilliant and it couldn't have gone better. Thank you Miss Graves for all the lovely photos. Enjoy. :-)
Friday 10th July
Forest School Day was the highlight this week. We had a great visit to Tapely where the children learnt about Lichen and how and where it grows. They used tiny magnifying glasses to look for it and made quite a collection. They also looked for minibeasts -something we are all quite expert at now! After our session with Jen we stayed in the forest and built little shelters for our wooden caterpillar. The children worked in teams and were very inventive with their building materials. When we got back to school we sadly were unable to have the bonfire and marshmallows as it was too windy. So we read Stick Man and then many of the children made their own stick men and ladies. The results were very impressive! In maths we have been thinking about capacity and the children investigated how to use blocks, sand etc to measure which container had the biggest capacity. We are still thinking about shoes around the world and some children have made their own shoes. Also from out of no where today, some children have been making space rockets and space helmets. It is a shame that we only have 8 days to go as this would be a great topic to follow up!!
Mrs M and Mrs E
p.s. No homework apart from reading this weekend.
Caterpillar news: We now have 5 cocoons which are in their net waiting to hatch. The children have done some lovely drawings of the cocoons and we have learnt the life cycle of a butterfly. As we have been thinking about wellie walks etc we thought it would be good to see what shoes people wear, and for what reasons, in different parts of the world. So far we have looked at Geta from Japan, Klompen from Holland and Babouches from Morocco. The children have been making their own shoes today and are looking forward to finishing them next week. They have also designed their own flip flops. On Wednesday we had a surprise visit from M&M productions with a performance of Tom's Midnight Garden. The children really enjoyed it and were obviously inspired as they have spent the last two days putting on their own shows. They even made their own costumes! They have also written to M&M productions telling them what they enjoyed most about the performance on Wednesday. In maths we have been thinking about pairs (of shoes) and counting in twos.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs M and Mrs E
What a great sports week! At the beginning of the week we practised the activities for sports day on the bottom pitch with the help of class 5. It was a really lovely opportunity for the oldest children in the school to work with the youngest. Sports day on Wednesday was, I hope you agree, a huge success and all the children did really well. Then to finish off our sports week we visited Tarka Gymnastics on Thursday morning. I hadn't realised what a bunch of gymnasts we had!! Thank you to all the parents who drove, it was really appreciated! In between all the sports we have continued to look at The Hungry Caterpillar and we have also been doing some data handling. We talked about our favourite foods and then the children collected their own data, using tally charts. Our caterpillars were busy settling themselves into cocoon position when I left tonight so I think they will look very different on monday! When the cocoons are fully dried we will move them into the net and wait for the incredible transformation! Homework has been sent home in reading books tonight and should be completed in the 'Wellie Walk' books (hand made by Miss Beer for each for the children) which have also been sent home. Please ensure these are returned next week as we will be using them in class.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs M and Mrs E
Friday 19th June
Our caterpillars have arrived and have already more than doubled in size! So obviously we had to read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'! Other minibeasts have also been very obliging this week! We found the 'real' hungry caterpillar crawling along our playground, and the biggest spider anyone of us had ever seen before! Maybe Ranger Russ left it behind last week! On Tuesday we had a visit from five of the children starting in September. Your children were very kind and caring and really took them under their wing. All the new children left smiling which can only be a good sign! Different children will be visiting for the next 3 consecutive tuesday afternoons. Mrs Elphick has introduced Murino wool and felting this week. All the children made their own 'squiggly wiggly' and some have started to make felt balls which will hopefully into caterpillars. On wednesday we had another successful trip to the forest. Next week if the weather is good we will be having Sports Day, if it is not good we will be going to the forest as usual. In maths this week we have been looking at how to measure time. We have been investigating how long 1 minute is and trying to run/sleep/jump for a whole minute. Some of the children then took this on and were investigating how many times they could write their name in 1 minute, or how many roly polys they could do. The children have also had great fun making boats with our new pallets...thank you Mr and Mrs Thompson! They have enjoyed being captains of their ship and writing their own Captains Logs.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs M and Mrs E
12th June 2015
On Thursday morning Ranger Russ came to visit with his friends; Brian the Giant African Snail, Millie the Giant Millipede, Stuart the Madagascan Cockroach, Alfie and Arthur the the stick insects and of course, everyones favourite Tiger the tiny snake and Ruby the rather large boa constrictor! The children were amazing and so brave! Among the comments were:
'I liked the snake best'
'It felt like we were in the jungle!'
'Ranger Russ was really tall!
At the beginning of the week we were thinking about habitats. We carried out an investigation with woodlice, to find out what kind of habitat they would prefer. We put many different materials in the tuff spot (duplo blocks, cotton wool, sticks, leaves etc), let the woodlice loose and watched where they went! It was great fun. The children have made bug hotels this week. Thank you Taku's mum for bringing in a bucket full of worms for our worm hotels. The children loved charming the worms by sprinkling soil with water and playing the drums for them! It really worked! Milly even managed to find a millipede and a centipede in the bucket too, which caused great excitement. Forest schools was great fun again this week. Don't forget to look on the Forest School page for photos. Many of the children have wanted to be explorers this week going on minibeast expeditions. They have even managed to construct a boat, using wooden plastic poles for oars and cardboard tubes for telescopes! In phonics we are continuing to recap all the phase 3 phonemes and all the children are getting really good at using their phonic knowledge in their writing. Don't forget to keep learning the tricky words too. In maths we have continued to look at subtraction and the children have been solving simple problems involving subtraction.
Have a good weekend
Mrs M and Mrs E
Considering it was only a 4 day week we certainly seem to have crammed a lot in; tramping about in mud, looking for minibeasts and making homes for them, climbing through a spider web, starting our own 'Wellie walk' books, our first Forest School session (Take a look at the Forest School page for more photos)...and not forgetting sail racing!! We have started looking at a beautiful book called 'Where My Wellies Take Me' by Claire and Michael Morpurgo. It is about a little girl who goes for long walks in the country, in her wellies. She records in a scrap book all the different things she sees and hears. Miss Beer has very kindly made all the children their own wellie walk books. They are beautiful and the children are taking real care over the things they put in them. Our favourite poem in the book is called 'Hurt no living thing'. (See below) The children have really taken this to heart as they have been hunting for minibeasts and making temporary homes for them. Some children went a step further today and made a snail hotel...it was 5 star for sure! It is amazing how many minibeasts we have found this week just in our small garden area. We even found a slow worm! We have begun to investigate the concept of taking away. We will continue with this over the next few weeks. Next week we have Ranger Russ coming in. We are all very excited, although I am quietly hoping he chooses not to bring the tarantula! Homework this week is more bug hunting...what can you find in your garden or while you are out for a walk?
Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep.
Mrs Martin and Mrs Elphick.
Friday 22nd May 2015
First of all I'd like to apologise for some of the photos being sideways! My camera seems to have a lock on it and cannot alter any of the images! What a busy few weeks! We have continued on our story telling journey and over the last two weeks the children have been really keen to make story maps of their own stories and then making their own books and stories. Some of the book even have flaps to lift! They have been really inspired by our story telling theme and have become brilliant story tellers. We have also taken a slight detour into the world of knights and castles, with the children making a drawbridge for anyone entering the classroom to cross (at their peril!), hobby horses and shooting bows and arrows at numbered targets. They were taking it in turns to add up who achieved the highest score. One of the horses had a slight injury so of course the children wanted to become vets and we have seen some very caring behaviour towards the animals. The snails in the garden have also had a bit of an adventure over the last couple of weeks as the children have been making homes for them and putting them on black paper to see the trails they make. The children noticed that the snails were blowing bubbles, so they ran to the 'Big Book of Snails' and read that snails blow bubbles when they are angry or frightened! The children took great care of them and we didn't have one crushed snail...I was very impressed! I think the snails were probably glad to get back to their real homes though!! This morning we made cakes for the cake sale...well they were supposed to be for the cake sale but most of them didn't make it out of the classroom! Every child donated 20p for that cake and those who had money left over were taken to the actual cake sale to spend the rest! Thank you for buying their gardens and donating more money towards the horrendous situation in Nepal. I hope you enjoy the salad as much as we did. The children all had pitta bread for snack last week and most of them enjoyed a healthy choice of lettuce (from their own garden) cucumber and tomatoes. Not everything in their gardens is edible though so just make sure before adding it to your tea! We hope you all have a wonderful half term. Homework for the week is to write one sentence for each of the tricky words they are currently learning. Don't forget Monday 1st is a Non-pupil day. See you on the Tuesday.
Mrs M and Mrs E :-)
This week we have explored 'Brusho', a type of watercolour that allows the children to create visually stunning artwork with minimum fuss! They have been painting fish to go with the story 'Tiddler' and in order to gain inspiration for our own fish we had fun looking at all the wonderful wacky fish that can be found in the sea! Another of our stories is 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and the children made their own porridge. Ask them if they can remember how they made it! In maths we have been looking again at addition and trying to make and write our own number sentences. We will continue this next week. If any of you have any flippers or snorkels (mask only) the children could use please could you let me know. I would really like them to role play being deep sea divers!
I have not given out any homework this week. Despite having Monday off the children all look shattered and I thought they could do with a break this weekend. But don't forget their reading!
Mrs M and Mrs E
The children have created a 'splatter' painting by pouring watery paint onto the paper using old paint tubes. When we sat back to look at the picture they had created Freddy said 'It looks like a Jackson Pollock'. What great knowledge! So we Googled the man himself and looked at some of his paintings. Some of the children were then inspired to go and create their own paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock. They are very impressive! Some of the children almost turned themselves into a Jackson Pollock painting when they got a bit carried away with the brush flicking! In maths we have continued measuring and comparing lengths of objects. We have also become numbers! The children were given a number and everyone else had to call them by this number instead of their name. A great game for learning how to read numbers to 20! The children have also helped create our 2 little scarecrows that are currently perched on the railings outside school. We have continued to look at stories this week and the home learning this weekend is to tell someone a story. They should be able to talk about characters and settings and their stories should have a beginning, middle and an end. It may even have a problem to solve! Happy story telling!
Mrs M and Mrs E
Friday 24th April
This week we have been building bridges, storage sheds (!), listening to stories without pictures or prompts, making a story chair and sitting under the table to write! (It's very liberating, you should try it!) Our story this week has been The 3 Billy Goats Gruff and the children have worked really hard to come up with inventive ways of making their own bridge for the goats to cross. They have used the clay to make their own trolls and we have been thinking of interesting words to describe them. In maths we have continues to think about doubles and have been solving problems using doubling. We have also been measuring and ordering objects by size and using language to do with money in the building supplies shop. We also had an impromptu concert in the sun. A group of children summoned us all over to the band stand and performed a drum and guitar extravaganza. Today the children have each planted a bedding plant so make sure you have a peek in the school garden...it is looking really lovely. Thank you again for your plant donations. A few of you have sent in sun cream. Just to let you know we are not allowed to apply suncream so please teach your child how to do this themselves. We can squirt the right amount on hands - otherwise they can end up looking like snowmen! - but the children must rub it in themselves. Oh and don't forget to keep learning those tricky words!
Mrs M and Mrs E
Welcome back to your final term in Foundation!! This week our focus has turned towards telling stories. We have read different versions of The Three Little Pigs and the children are really good at retelling the story in their own words. We have finished planting our own little gardens and the ones that were planted last term are looking really healthy. We had a visit from the RLNI lifeguards telling us how to keep safe on the beach this Summer. Poppy was a great model! The children have been set challenges this week. These included building their own house for a little pig, ordering numbers on the washing line, adding words to our rhyming chart and doing some daily writing to hang on yet another washing line. The houses they have created are amazing and the house in straw was really imaginative - well done Freddy and Alfie T! In maths the children have been measuring using tape measures and we have begun to think about doubling. We have been listening the 'Peter and The Wolf' and the children have been dancing to the music and pretending to play the instruments. We have also been walking the plank by jumpng from one bench to another! Great physical development! Homework this week is to create a small scarecrow using the template provided.
Hope the sun lasts all weekend :-)
Friday 20th March
What a fantastic day we have had at Rosemoor today! The children were really well behaved and hopefully enjoyed it as much as I did. We have all learnt something new about plants sewing seeds thanks to Enya and George and their willingness to dress up and in Enya's case have earth and water poured all over her! All the children have sewn some lettuce seeds which we have brought back to school and as a class we were given a primrose to nurture. We will have to find a special place for it in our outdoor area. After a morning in the education centre we walked through the forest filling in an 'I spy' booklet. Oh and we heard a Woodpecker, although I think I was more excited by that than the children! A massive thank you to all parents who helped today. We really cannot do those valuable trips without your support. Last weekend I managed to get 6 tyres from the garage. But they were rather dirty so at the beginning of the week the children were set the task of washing them! Once the tyres were clean the children were soon looking for other things to wash and so a car wash was created. The now clean tyres are a great way to develop children's physical development and they have been jumped on, sat in and rolled around. A garden centre has also been created. However there was a slight 'problem' as it was very low on stock! So the children got busy making flowers, seeds and even a bird feeder to sell. They thought carefully about choosing the right colours for a particular purpose and used little price tags to write how much each flower costs and this led to some great talk about numbers. We have talked about what plants need in order to grow and have set up an investigation to find out if we are right. Ask your child about the cress investigation and see if they can tell you what they are doing and why they have two pots of cress! The children have also used a drill this week to put holes in their flower pots ready for us to plant up our own little gardens next week. (Mrs Harvest was supervising and the use of the drill was very safe and controlled!). We continued this in small groups and have been looking in more detail at number 11-20 and what these look like numerically and in size. On Monday we had the school nurse come in to weigh and measure us and check our hearing. The results of the checks were sent home Monday night so if you haven't seen them please check book bags. This also led to us setting up our own weighing and measuring station using the bucket scales and a large number line. We also set up a mud kitchen. Scientists have discovered that playing in mud lifts your mood. It contains a bacteria called Mycobacterium Vaccae which increases levels of serotonin in the brain, helping to relax, soothe and calm. This release of serotonin also improves cognitive function. In our writing we are all trying to remember to leave spaces in between our words (finger spaces) and put a full stop when have finished a sentence. It is only when writing this for you that I realise exactly how busy the children have been! No wonder we are all so tired by friday! Thank goodness for the weekend so we can recharge our batteries ready to do it all over again next week! I should imagine they will all sleep well tonight!
I'm really sorry that there are only a few photos this week. I am trying to add them but my computer at home isn't playing the game. I will try again at school on Monday!
Saturday 14th March
Yesterday we said goodbye to the chicks. They have gone to great local homes and we have already been invited for a visit! We were all amazed at how quickly they were changing and growing up! We have been looking really carefully at the changes and the children have done some really careful observational drawings. We weighed them again and were amazed at how much they had gained! One chick had put on 30g in 3 days!! We also (attempted!) to measure them using multilink cubes. This was very entertaining as you can imagine, but in addition to the maths skills it was good for the children to get that bit closer to the chicks. In literacy we completed our chick diaries. Please feel free to have a look, they are pinned to the back wall. The children have also been thinking about family traditions and, Mums, I hope you enjoy the results tomorrow!
Next week we will be thinking about seeds and planting. We will have a role play 'Garden Centre'. If you have any old seed packets, watering cans or anything that you could donate to our garden centre we would be eternally grateful. Also, we would love to make a collection of real nuts, bolts, padlocks with keys etc. The children learn so much from handling 'real' items instead of the plastic ELC versions! Any donations welcome.
Please can I remind you to check your child's book bag everyday. Due to time restrictions we sometimes put things in there without telling the children or having time to tell you at the gate.
6th March 2015
Well I think you all know the main topic of this week! Chicks! It has been a truly amazing week. The children were so excited when the eggs arrived on Monday. We put up the signs they had made last week such as 'shhh eggs hatching' and 'keep the doors closed' and they have all become great door monitors with frequent choruses of 'close the door!'. Each child began their 'chick diary' and in maths we continued to think about counting on, this time using a number line. Wednesday afternoon we all listened carefully and could hear cheeping coming from the eggs and so we knew we wouldn't have to wait too long until the first one hatched. Mrs Elphick and I had everything crossed that it wouldn't be just after the children had gone home! Thankfully, the first chick 'Dawn' was very obliging and hatched just in time. At 2.50pm I gathered the children around the incubator and we didn't have to wait long before all the children were able to witness their first hatching. The gasps and cries of 'oh wow' and 'I can't wait to tell my mum!' was very moving. 'Dora' was born at 4.30 the same afternoon and when we arrived at school on Thursday 5 more had joined them...at which point we stopped naming! It was getting rather hard to tell who is who anyway! One child had the terrific idea that they should all be called Dawn! The children have watched the chicks turn from soggy, damp, limp looking beings into lively, fluffy yellow and golden chicks. We have talked lots about the changes that have taken place inside and outside the eggs and have leant the life cycle of a chicken. We have read chick stories, used eggs in our maths and have even played chick hide and seek...yes these little creatures have permeated everything we have done this week!! Today we weighed the chicks and the children had the opportunity for a first hold! There has been a constant stream of visitors into our class this week and the children have coped very well and indeed have been telling all the older children (and adults) all about the eggs, chicks and how to look after them. The amount of 'talk' that is happening in the class is incredible and we are constantly having to restock our sticker supply as we write down everything they are saying and doing (children that is not the chicks!). I will try to blog updates of the chicks over the weekend. As I write this 10 are currently running happily around the brooder and 'Stubbie' (so named as he was the last one to hatch - my daughter said it was being stubborn!) is still fluffing up in the incubator.
I think it might be a busy weekend! Enjoy the photos!
Well, let it not be said that Class One are not adaptable! Having spent all of Monday and Tuesday morning preparing for the arrival of our chick eggs we received the disappointing news that they would not be arriving until the following week! So we moved seemlessly into looking at other animals that lay eggs. The children should be able to tell you a number of animals that are either 'egg' or 'not egg'. We were quite surprised by some 'egg' animals! Some of the children were wondering how animals without beaks were able to break out of the shell. So with a little investigating we found out that all 'egg' animals have a very useful egg tooth. Can your child tell you what happens to that egg tooth? In literacy we read The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett and had great fun imagining what could be in the egg! In maths we have been learning how to count on and have done lots of practical addition using eggs and frogs! Mrs Elphick very kindly brought in some frogspawn from her garden pond so we have focused on the life cycle of a frog.The children have looked at the habitat of a frog and have tried to recreate their own on paper plates. We have also used one of the water trays outside to set up a 'real' pond environment (without real water!). As we have been talking lots about looking after our frog eggs and the chicks (when they finally arrive!) we have set up a role play vets. This will be added to next week.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs M and Mrs E :-)
13th February 2015
This week we have been finishing off our Winter topic. The main attraction has been our ice cafe. The children made their own ice lollies, ice creams and ice drinks. They wrote menus and price tags and even drew pictures for the customers to colour while they were waiting for their order to arrive! We have been to Canada and learnt about Inuksuit (plural) and the children have made their own using pebbles, boxes and lego and some drew an inukshuk (singular) on the white board. In maths we have been focusing on forming our numbers correctly. We have learnt a rhyme to go with each number (see below), practised writing with paintbrushes and water and also in icing on our ice biscuits (to go in our ice cafe)! Class 4 also visited and taught some of the children a new game called 'Chicken and Seed' - a bit like hide and seek but with chickens and seeds! The children loved playing it and found some great places to hide. The children really enjoyed hearing about each others names, what they meant and why they were called that particular name. Thank you for putting so much effort into the home learning.
Home learning for half term:
Tonight we sent home the next set of phonics. Please would you cut them out and attach them to your phonics fans.
Home learning this week is to:
Have a wonderful week.
Any questions please feel free to Blog me!!
Mrs M and Mrs E.
Here are the rhymes to help us remember how to write our numbers correctly.
0 = Around and round and round we go,
When we get home we have a zero.
1 = Start at the top and down we run,
That’s the way to make a one.
2 = Around and back on a railway track,
Two, two, two!
3 = Around the tree and around the tree,
That’s the way we make a three.
4 = Down and over, down some more,
That’s the way we make a four.
5 = Down and around then a flag on high,
That’s the way to make a five.
6 = Down we go and make a loop,
Number six makes a hoop.
7 = Across the sky and down from heaven,
That’s the way we make a seven.
8 = Make an ‘s’ and do not wait!
When it’s joined up you have an eight.
9 = Make a loop and then a line,
That’s the way to make a nine.
6th February 2015
We have been a class of super scientists this week and have investigated how we can make our own crystals. The children have been using some great scientific language such as dissolved and discover, investigate and experiment. You should come and see the results, they are amazing. As it turned really cold at the beginning of the week we made some bird feeders...we have only seen one bird so far but hope that it will spread the word so we can do some bird watching next week! We also, finally, managed to do some ice painting. The results were beautiful...just a shame it only lasts a short while. The photos don't really do it justice. Thank you Aggie for having the idea in the first place! In maths we have been looking at 3D shapes and finding everyday 3D objects. In Literacy we have been reading a book called 'Mama, Do You Love Me?'. The story involves a little girl asking her mum if should would still love her if she did some naughty things. We decided we liked the idea of 'What if...' questions so the children came up with some of their own. They included:
What if I turned into a crocodile?
What if I turned into a scribble monster?
What if I turned into a bird and went away with the others?
What if I turned into a dog?
What if I went down my secret slide?
What if I woke up and there were animals in my room?
Aren't they an imaginative bunch?!
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs M and Mrs E.
30th January 2015
This week we have been trying to improve our ICT skills. The children have used the learnpads to take photos of their friends and have been listening to some CD stories, using headphones. In Literacy we have been reading ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ and the children have been sequencing the story and writing sentences about what is happening in each picture. In maths we have been exploring addition and subtraction and today we have been making up our own addition and subtraction problems. We have been talking about arctic animals and why they are usually white in colour. In response the children have made camouflage boxes. They have worked really hard on them and although I have taken photos they really don't do them justice so please come in and see them, they are all displayed on the back wall. Mrs Knight also lent us her lovely thumb pianos this week. The children were fascinated by them and produced some lovely sounds.
Sorry about the lack of home learning this week. I totally forgot what day it was!
Have a peaceful weekend.
Mrs M and Mrs E.
23rd January 2015
Today we took advantage of the lovely frosty morning today and went for a winter walk. The children loved spotting the frost and writing their names and making patterns in it. Then they thought they had 'real snow' on their gloves after. We started on the bottom pitch where the trim trail looked "really slippery" and "like an ice-rink"! We then went down the lane and spotted the lambs in the field and suddenly we were on a number hunt! One child asked why they had numbers on them and another replied...'so they know what code they are when they roast them.' We made it all the way to the churchyard and back spotting signs of winter and then warmed up back in the classroom with some warm milk and fruit. The children have made a tree for the book corner. They have been carefully weaving the willow together and have painted some beautful leaves. In literacy we have read 'The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly' by Catherine Vase and today they have all made their own penguin. I love the way that there were so many variations of penguin even though they were all working from the same template. Great imaginative thinking everyone! At the beginning of the week Aggie introduced us all to 'ice painting'. There were little sections of ice about after a very cold night and Aggie decided to drip paint on them with some beautiful results! Fingers crossed for a cold weekend so we can all have a go at making our own ice pictures. Our igloo has been the centre of many arctic adventures and the children have loved snuggling up in the sleeping bags and regaining their energy for the next leg of the journey!
Looking forward to some more adventures next week!
Mrs M and Mrs E x
16th January 2015
This week we have been mainly thinking about the weather! We have all been hoping for snow, getting far too excited by the hail and using old milk bottles to measure how much rainfall we have had! We have had a closer look at the Arctic and what it would be like to live there and discussion turned to hot countries and what it would be like to live in somewhere like Kenya. We read the story 'Jolly Snow' and then tried to make our own snow using shaving foam and baking powder. To add to the fun the children added vinegar and watched the snow erupt! They also mixed cornflour and baby oil and made snow dough. They enjoyed how it actually 'crunches like real snow!'. They also used white material to try and make snow slopes for their toys to slide down. They had varying degrees of success but in the end we hung the material from the window and the sliding began! One major problem was that the toys refused to stay on their sledge, so after trying to tie them on, some children decided that putting a lid on would be safer and some decided to forgo the sledge altogether! The children have also been super creative when making igloos for our small world people. Take a look next time you are in the classroom...they have been really inventive! After so much 'snow' we were all a bit chilly so we had some warm milk. One child commented "I have such a warm tummy now"! In maths we have continued to look at shapes and we have also practised our 'careful counting'.
Have a lovely weekend...fingers crossed for some real snow! ;-)
Welcome back! The children have all settled really quickly into the new term. They have been practising their fine motor skills by threading beads onto spaghetti and sorting out rice and lentils using tweezers. In maths we have been focusing on 2D shape, particularly focusing on the language we use when we are describing shapes. They have learnt a posh word for corner...can they remember it? It beings with a V. At the beginning of the week we had some objects frozen in blocks of ice and the children spent a long time trying to dig them out with forks and spoons. We tried the same today...but the weather is so mild the ice had pretty much melted before the children got to it! However, it did lead the way for a good conversation about melting, and thawing and why a big puddle was left in the tuff spot where the ice should have been. We also had a very special visitor all the way from the Arctic. Sadly he had got very cold...frozen in fact! The children were very inventive with their ideas for how to warm him up, including blasting him with a hairdryer, feeding him hot chocolate, and giving him a hot bath. It has been delightful to see how concerned they were! They finally decided to dress him in warm clothes and wrap him in a blanket. They then made a cosy bed for him by the heater and he has had a constant stream of visitors checking on his progress. I can now confirm he has made an excellent recovery and is all ready to tell us a bit about where he lives next week. We have sent home the first 2 sets of tricky words this week. When you feel your child is confident with these and is ready for set 3 then please just let us know.
Mrs Martin and Mrs Elphick.
19th December 2014
Thank you all for coming to the Tea Party on Tuesday. It was so lovely to see so many of you there. The children really enjoyed getting everything ready; writing the invitations, our walk to the post box to post them, making the flowers and paper chains for decorating the room, making and decorating the biscuits, writing the menu and labelling the drinks etc. They were so excited about taking the orders and serving their visitors and pouring the drinks seems to have been a highlight - along with eating their biscuits! Their first Christmas dinner at school was also a big success and, again thank you to all the parents that came along to help. The children really enjoyed having an adult at their table. The children have worked so hard this term and Trudi and I are so proud of the way they have settled in so well to every aspect of school life. They really do deserve a restful holiday so homework is reading, phonics fans, Teach Your Monster To Read, Phonics Play etc. Rest well, play hard and come back in January for another fun packed term of learning!
P.s. If Santa brings any of your gifts in a box please could we have the box? Oh and sweetie wrappers too please! Thank you.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Mrs M and Mrs E xx
12th December 2014
First of all a MASSIVE congratulations to all the children for being such superstars this week in the play and during the rehearsals. I hope you are all very proud of them. We certainly are. Obviously the nativity has taken up most of our week but we have also been busy making things for the Winter Market. Every child has also written an invitation to our tea party next Tuesday and we posted these this afternoon. Fingers crossed they should arrive through your doors on Monday. In case they don't you are all invited to a tea party to celebrate the end of our first term at school. Tuesday 2pm, just before the Winter Market. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. :-) x
December 5th 2014
This week it has been rehearsals, rehearsals and a few more rehearsals!! The children are doing brilliantly and are picking up the words to the songs. You are going to be very proud of them. All costumes should be here by now but if not Monday please as we are having our first dress rehearsal. I hope you all recieved your tickets. If not just let me know on Monday. Inbetween the rehearsals the children have helped to set up our Christmas post office. They have made a post box, stamps and lots of letters have been written, posted and delivered! We have talked about our house numbers and addresses and the children have been asked to find out what number their house is if they do not already know. We have all been very busy making decorations etc to sell at the Chirstmas market. Please make sure that the 16th is in your diary as it would be a shame to miss out on all the lovely goodies your children have been making. A few children also visited the Mobile Library, and were very excited by the electric ramp! It was not only AJ who ended up having a ride! Have a peaceful weekend.
Mrs Martin and Mrs Elphick.
28th November 2014
This week we have begun to tlook at celebrations. We have focused mainly on Diwali and Rohan loved being able to tell us all about how he celebrated with his family at home. The children have made some lovely diva lamps which they have enjoyed decorating. They have created their own Mehndi patterns on paper hands and have cut out paper flowers for some flower garlands which they gave to their friends. We hvae also been practising forming our numbers by chalking number lines on the wall and making our own hopscotches. Reheasals for the play have begun in ernest and a letter about costumes will be coming home on Monday. I was very proud of the children during our Christingle. They were very sensible with their candles and yes I admit, I did get a bit teary when they started to sing Away in a Manger by candle light!
Have a lovely weekend. :-)
21st November 2014
This week has been anti bullying week. We have talked lots about how we are all different but we are all special. We watched a short film called 'Spookley The Square Pumpkin', which prompted lots of talk about how, although someone may look of sound different, it doesn't mean they are any less special. We are all good at something! The children have been very creative and have made some lovely paper pumpkins which are hanging up in the class. Some of the children also investigated rolling and sliding and sorted objects into those that can slide and those that can roll and those that can do both! We then read a book called 'Have You Filled A Bucket Today'. We all carry an invisible bucket and it's purpose is to hold all your good thoughts and good feelings about yourself. When we are nice, kind, helpful etc we fill our buckets with goodness and happy feelings. We can fill someone else's bucket too. We are being bucket fillers! But when we are unkind, or say mean things, or don't share then we are being bucket dippers and take out the good feelings and happiness from someones else's bucket. We end up with an empty bucket too. We have thought lots about ways in which we can be bucket fillers and throughout the week the children have been busy filling each others buckets with kind words and actions. The children have done some amazing writing on some paper buckets. Please take a look next week. We have listened (and danced to) a great song about filling buckets. You should be able to find it on YouTube if you search for 'The bucket filler song'. In maths we have been thinking about adding 2 numbers together and what we can use to help us work out the answer. e.g. counting on our fingers, drawing dots or using objects to count. Your child was told today what part they will be playing in the Nativity. A letter about costumes will be coming out to you a.s.a.p.
14 November 2014
This week we have been measuring! Miss Beer said that if you hold your arms out to the side, the measurement from the tips of your fingers on one hand to the other is the same as your height. So we decided to find out if she was right! The children worked in pairs and after lots of discussion about how we could possibly go about finding this out the children we given long strips of paper. Well done Nathan for being the first person to lie down on the paper so your partner could measure your arm span! The children loved measuring and being measured and worked really well in pairs. They then had strips of paper of different lengths and had to find objects that were longer or shorter than their piece of paper. We also measured the playground using our feet and then we held hands and investigated how far we could stretch if we were all linked together. It has been great to see the children using measuring vocabulary in their play! This week in phonics we have been consolidating our phase 2 knowledge ready to start phase 3 next week. Everyone looked great today in spots and stripes and thank you so much for your generous donations of coppers. The children loved using them to make the big Pusdey Bear outline.We also discussed how we could be real superheroes by looking after our planet and we learnt the four R's - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Repair. The children seemed keen to use the musical instruments this afternoon so we had a jamming session. Some of the children were very keen to give solo performances! :-) Oh by the way, Miss Beer was right!! :-)
24th October 2014
What a busy half term it has been! Well done everyone for looking so autumnal today! We also made leaf crowns to fit in with the Autumn theme. Please look in book bags for letters about our next trip on the 10th November and for the Christmas card design templates. There is no extra home learning this week (apart from learning the phonemes on your phonics fans and reading, of course!). Your children amaze us on a daily basis and we can't wait to see what the next half term brings.
Have a very restful week - you all deserve it!
Mrs Martin and Mrs Elphick.
23rd October 2014
Today we had a visit from Bat Woman, aka Samantha Pickering from North Devon Bat Care. The children have learnt about the different types of bats, what they like to eat and where they like to live. They have learnt about mammals and that a baby bat is so small it can fit on a 50pence piece. Samantha corrected some common misconceptions, e.g. bats are not blind but actually have excellent eye sight, and let them look at some bat poo. 'That's disgusting!' said one child! The children helped each other draw around their hands to make bats with googly eyes, used their sonic hearing in a bat true/false quiz and sat really quietly while Samantha showed them 3 real bats. They were tiny and very cute! We have all learnt a new word today - echolocation! Please don't forget the £2 donation. We have all realised today how essential the work of ND Bat Care is.
21st October 2014
On an extremely breezy (!!) Autumn day Class 1 set off on the bus to Appledore life boat Station. The children were so excited and enjoyed spotting things whilst on the bus. They had a list of about 20 items to spot e.g. a person walking, a crane, a bus going the other way etc and I think we managed to spot everything on the list apart from a helicopter! The excited shout ,in unison, of 'bus' when one came the other way was a true delight! After a very blustery and wet walk from the bus to the station we had a very informative talk about what the lifeboatmen/women wear when on a call and the children asked some brilliantly questions! They were then allowed to go on the lifeboat in the station which seems to have been the highlight of the day! After a quick snack and drink we braved the wind once more and walked back to the bus stop. We did not have to wait long (just long enough for a group photo and a few rounds of The Wheels on the Bus) before the bus arrived and we were on our way back to school for a rather late lunch. I cannot praise the children enough. They were as good as gold. Well done Class One! A big thanks to all the parents who came to help. In this weather we would not have been able to go if we had not had so many helpers. Thank you.
Friday 17th October
This week the children decided to become Road Traffic Controllers! (Lolly pop men and women!) We found some High Viz jackets and then the children made some brilliant stop/go signs. We all took it in turns to stop the traffic so the rest of the class could safely cross the road into the garden. Thank you Mrs Grayling for driving past at just the right time! We have reached the end of Phase 2 in phonics and next week will be a recap of all the sounds and tricky words we have learnt so far. In maths we have been looking at patterns and the children have made their own patterns using beads, blocks, animals etc. Thank you to everyone who was able to make the meeting on Wednesday. I hope you found it useful. Have a very peaceful weekend. :-)
p.s The children are really looking forward to going to see the LifeBoat on Tuesday. All permission slips must be returned by Monday please.
On Monday the children received a letter from Henry the Superhero. He needed help to remember what to take with him in his kit bag on his next mission! The children had some great ideas including binoculars, sports candy to keep up his energy levels, sandwiches, a rope to tie up the baddies, a map so he knew where he was going, and even a superhero cat! They wrote lists for Henry so he wouldn't forget what to take again! Some of the children made the items for him to take and put them in his kitbag. The writing in class one this week has been amazing! They are being encouraged to 'have a go' and they are certainly doing that! We have investigated changing materials by mixing flour and baby oil and making cloud dough and then moulding, squashing and patting it! Our Discovery Den has been full of autumn leaves and some children have used magnifying glasses to look closely at the colours and shapes. Each child also planted has also planted a spring bulb. In maths we have been using the language more and less and we have been using something called multilink (counting cubes) to help us think about 1 more and 1 less. Every child has brought home an invite for an informal get together on Wednesday at 2.45. Please see the flier for details. It would be lovely to see you all there.
p.s. We are hoping to go and visit the Appledore Lifeboat Station on the Tuesday 21st. We'll be going on the bus so would like as many parent helpers as possible please! Letters will be going out on Monday with more details.
On Wednesday the children spontaneously became a marching band. Many of them were marching around the FS area with the 'conductor' at the front waving the baton. We listened to a real marching band and marched around the classroom playing imaginary trumpets, drums and cymbols etc. We even watched a clip from 'Stomp', the London Westend Show. In phonics we have leant the phonemes g,o,c,k and these will be added to their phonics fans as soon as we can. We have a pesky superhero who keeps flying past our number line and messing up all our numbers. The children have been working hard, putting all the numbers back into the correct sequence. The children are also having great fun working out how to set up the bamboo tubes so that the water and marbles run down smoothly. We were even treated to a water show yesterday! Today we used shaving foam to practise our gross motor skills. I have never seen shaving foam spread quite so far before! Homework this week is to go on a number hunt. Take photos or draw pictures of all the places you find numbers and stick them in your book or on a bigger sheet of paper if you're feeling adventurous!
Well done to Milly who has been chosen to be our School Council rep, and to Nathan who has been chosen to be our Eco Club rep.
Mrs M and Mrs E.
What a busy week so far! We have begun to talk in a little more detail about our Superhero topic. The children have enjoyed discussing what Superhero's can do and naming the Superhero's we know. Today the children have been dressing up as superhero's and discussing which 'Sports Candy' we could grow in our garden. In maths we have been making sure we do 'careful counting' and in phonics we have been learning about sound buttons and beginning to segment simple words. In preparation for our Harvest Festival on Friday, after lunch we went to visit the church. Unfortunately the actual church was locked but we did manage a walk around the outside which, as you can see from the photos we all enjoyed! On just a little walk the conversations ranged from why an empty snail shell was found in the hedge, why litter in hedge does not make Mrs Martin smile ("because it pollutes our earth", well done Freddy!) and why there were teddy bears on one of the grave stones.
p.s. If you are wondering what Sports Candy is, ask the children. I am sure they will be only too happy to tell you.
Welcome to Class 1
This week the children have worked hard remembering the class rules and are beginning to gel really well as a class. It was lovely that so many mums and dads were able to join us for our first week of school dinners. The children each have a yr6 buddy who has been teaching them the lunchtime routines. There have been lots of clean plates which I can only take as good sign. We have also started our phonics this week. We have covered the sounds s,a,t,p. They have learnt the sound (phoneme) of each letter and how to write each letter. We have also begun 'Snack Shack'. The Snack Shack is open until playtime and the children are able to go and help themselves to a piece of fruit and their milk carton. An adult is always there to supervise but the children are being very grown up and there have been some great conversations between them around the Snack Shack table. We have begun to learn our song for the harvest festival next week. Here's hoping they are all awake enough to sing it to you but the time Friday afternoon gets here!! It has been another busy week with lots more new routines to learn. The children are doing so well. Hope you all have a peaceful weekend. Full days next week!!
p.s. sorry, slight error with photos this week. Will add some as soon as I can.
Friday 12th September
Well what a lovely first week! I'm not quite sure how it is Friday already but I guess the saying about fun and time flying must be true! The children have done really well and I hope they are not too tired after the amount of information they have had to digest this week. Have a restful weekend and see you all on Monday. By the way, it is not too late to join the children for lunch next week. Just let us know on Monday.
Mrs Martin and Mrs Elphick