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Friday 20th July

What a week! We had a wonderful day on Wednesday when we took the bus to Yelland and went to visit our chicks. I think we were all a little surprised at how big they had got!! They are all obviously thriving in their new home. Whilst we were there we went on a Bear Hunt. Mrs Wilson had set up a wonderful trail which included swishy swashy grass, oozy mud, a snowstorm and an actual bear in a cave!! It was so exciting we ended up doing the trail many times! We then walked to Lagoon View and had a lovely picnic lunch in the Orchard. Feeling revived we walked all the way back to school. The children were so well behaved and we had a lot of lovely compliments on the bus journey. On Thursday afternoon the children visited their new class, Class 2. They were a bit nervous but as predicted they all came back really excited for September.  Today we had Forest School for the last time this year and we all toasted marshmallows, squashed them between two biscuits and enjoyed a s'more! The children have been VERY helpful with the tidying and boxing up so far. Especially after our talk this morning from Mrs Green about saving our planet from all the yucky single use plastic. They were really fired up and went straight outside and started picking up all the rubbish and bits of broken things that were outside (I think we should have Mrs Green to talk to us in the Autumn term next year!!) 

Have a lovely weekend, 3 days left!

Tuesday 3rd July

Thought you might like to see a few pictures from todays trip to a Rosemoor. We started in the classroom with snack (of course!) then started learning a little more about how plants grow, in particular how apples grow. The children should now be able to tell you exactly what happens! New word for today 'sepal' - if they can't remember, it is the outer part of the petal...the green bit that encloses the growing bud. They were then given a magnifying glass to go and explore the flowers and look for any sepals. Oh and ask them what honey is...but I suggest you wait until you're not about to have it for breakfast 😉. They then all planted their own salad leaves which you will enjoying for your tea in a few days 😁. We were also taken on a tour of the Education Centre garden and were fed freshly picked peas and strawberries. We have been trying to encourage one child to try new food all year with not much success...he was finally tempted by the fresh peas and actually liked them!!  He was very pleased with himself and rightly so! After lunch, sat in the round cob house, we explored the woods. The children, in groups, collected leaves, stones, bark and petals that were on the floor and made pictures. I wonder if you can work out what they are! The explanations by the children were brilliant and their imagination second to none! The day ended with a quick trip to the brash and some children overcoming their fear of the big slide! So proud of them all. A great first trip. Thanks to all the helpers...well done for not wandering off to the shop 😉

Friday 29th June

This week it has all been about trying to keep cool!! Lots and lots of wonderful water play and lollies! We have been looking at number bonds to 10 and using the numicon to help us add and subtract numbers. Yr 3 came to read with us earlier in the week which was lovely. Spring Watch news: The Swallows have flown the nest! The sensibly chose a quiet time when we had all gone home! Another exciting moment was when we managed to actually watch one of our caterpillars turn into a cocoon. It was magical. They are in their net now, until their emerge in a week or so. 

Don't forget it is our trip to Rosemoor next Tuesday. If you have offered to come you should be receiving a parentmail over the weekend. 😁

Friday 15th June

The children had their first experience of Forest School today! Thankfully the rain went away and we had a warm walk down to the forest. Our first game was the name game - all the children had to give themselves a name of an animal that began with that letter. We had William the Whale, Dylan the dinosaur, Koby the Kangaroo etc. We then played the boundary game so that during their exploring time they knew where they were and weren't allowed to go. They were each given a paper bag to fill with interesting things they found and their home learning this week is to decorate their bag.  

Friday 8th June

Welcome back to the last half of the Summer Term. On Tuesday the children were so excited to tell us all about the lovely things they had been doing during the half term break. Lots of fantastic speaking and listening...what a change from September! We have loved reading the children's diaries. On Tuesday afternoon we had the first of our new intake visitors. The current Class 1 were so welcoming and caring towards the 4 Pre-School children. We were very proud of the way they looked after them and showed them what to and what not to do. It certainly showed us how much they have matured over the last few months.  On Wednesday we had an art day. Kate Harvey from Appledore was with us for the whole day. The children began the day looking at the different birds that the house groups are named after, Egret, Greenshank, Curlew, Dunlin and Whimbrel. They then spent the rest of the day drawing, observing closely, adapting their pictures and using pastels and baby oil. They even had a go at some batik. Their work from the day is all in the cloakroom and their batik is hanging in the class. We all had a really lovely day. On Thursday the children were exploring shadows and how and why shadows are made. Today we have been looking more closely at some dinosaurs and we measured out how big a stegosaurus would have been on the bottom pitch. Ask the children how big it was. (They should tell you it was 9 meters long and some may even remember that it was 2m75 tall!)  We measured it out in 9 lots of 100 (on our tape measure) so they may say it was 9 lots of 100 long! This afternoon they began their Forest School experience. As we were a little short staffed we stayed up at school and read 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson. After listening to the story the children had a go at being Superworm the skipping rope, Superworm the fairground ride, Superworm the hat etc. We were all very impressed with their hoola hooping skills. We seem to have packed rather a lot in to a short week!! 

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Friday 25th May

Over the last couple of weeks we have been thinking about Dinosuars; a strange link with chicks I know but ask your child what chickens have got to do with dinosaurs! We have also been thinking a lot about 3D shapes and the children have begun to make their own 3D shape dinosaur. Erin from Class 5 came and showed us how to make a cool 2D shape that you can blow up into a 3D shape. She made it look very easy!  Last week we thought about homes and the different types of homes there are. Our examples were the chicks home, the tadpoles, the swallows, hedgehogs and of course our own home. It was lovely to see the many different hedgehog homes. I think the hedgehogs will be very comfy now. We went on a lovely wellie walk in the sunshine last Thursday and sat in the field and had our snack. We had planned to go today but so many children did not have a coat that we thought it best not to risk it, which was sad as they had all been looking forward to it. Please make sure your child has a coat in school even if it is sunny when you come to school. This morning it was looking like it was going to by nice again but by lunchtime it was raining. I really hope the sun comes back again if only for a few days next week! 

Friday 11th May

So today we said goodbye to the chicks. They have gone to live in Yelland and we will be visiting them in July to see how they have changed. But before they went we were able to measure them using duplo and the change from tues to today was massive! They have grown so quickly. We have been completing a diary about the chicks, decorated biscuits to look like a chick and painted a chick using a balloon! Before the chicks went home today all the children wrote a little message to them wishing them good luck in their new home. There will be pictures to follow. Mrs Slater kindly brought us some bluebells to draw and in Wednesday they completed  their mobiles. In maths we have been talking about numbers and practising our reasoning.  Home learning this week is to make a home for their clay hedgehog. Bring it in next week so you can take your hedgehog home. 

Friday 4th May

There has been only one topic of conversation this week! Chicks! The eggs arrived Monday and as you already know, we now have 10 healthy fluffy chicks. We were very lucky and watched at least 2 out of the ten hatch. I am so glad to hear some of you come and say how much your children are telling you about the chicks. They do listen then!! If you do not know how to tell the male chicks from the females, or what an egg tooth is then please ask your child. They SHOULD be able to tell you! In carousel today the children made scarecrows ready for the trail this weekend. They are brilliant. Come and find them in the school garden. Enjoy the long weekend. 

Friday 27th April

Thursday we began our football sessions again. They did a warm up and then played a game of 'fetch the treasure'. We have begun to prepare for the arrival of the chick eggs and the pictures below are of how they feel about them arriving. I wonder if you can guess how they are feeling! Everyone has planted a sunflower and we have begun to think about bossy instructions. In maths we are thinking more about addition and subtraction. Home learning this week: matching the baby animals to their mother. Please also find the letter in their home learning books about the chicks.