Over the first two weeks back we have begun our topic Bella Italia. We began by boarding ‘Bluecoat Airways’ to take us to Italy where we researched this beautiful country including some of its fabulous landmarks and geography.
Following a look at The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the children built a solid structure using spaghetti and marshmallows. It took several attempts to make our buildings stand up alone but one group managed 46cm high!
Year 3 have researched and watched video clips of volcanos: how they are formed and the various types on our amazing, changing earth.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 24/09/2017|
This week we have continued to reflect on our visit to Rutland Water. We have revisited the statistics that Dave shared with us on open water dangers and we have produced posters to promote safety around areas of open water amongst our friends at school as we near the school summer holidays.
Then we thought about Rutland before and after the reservoir, with everyone in agreement that it was better with, than without. We thought about all of the leisure activities and work opportunities that Rutland Water had to offer, producing our own version of the map below.
Next stop ... Italy!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 04/07/2017|
For so many reasons, KS1 had an amazing day today. We arrived at the Water Sports Centre at Whitwell just after 9:30 a.m., marked out our pitch and got settled in with all of our bags and packed lunches. Then Dale from the nature reserve came and talked to us about the purpose of Rutland Water, its history and the different elements it offers today. He took us on a nature walk and throughout the morning, we saw a swan and cygnets, ducks with their ducklings, coots, swallows, butterflies, rabbits and a squirrel.
Then Dave and Holly spoke to us about water safety. We learned some very interesting facts about the dangers of being in and on water and they gave us some super advice about how to reduce the risks. We looked at different things that are used on the water to keep us safe.
Then came the most challenging part of the day ... the wetsuits. We had arms in legs, legs in arms and some of us even elevated into the air in an attempt to get into them!
Finally we were ready for the off. Wetsuits on, buoyancy aids and life jackets on, helmets on and paddles at the ready.
Some of us were excited, some scared or nervous, but everyone had a go and any worries soon disappeared as we explored the reservoir in our very own kayaks.
But we didn't stop there .....
... we did a pontoon jump!
Once dried off and changed, we enjoyed a picnic lunch and just to finish off the afternoon, we visited the outdoor gym.
What an amazing day!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/06/2017|
1. Shree Hindu Temple
We were very lucky this week to be able to visit Leicester on Monday to observe the "arti" ceremony at the Leicester Shree Hindu Temple and to be shown around to widen our understanding of the Hindu religion, as part of our studies about India. We were made to feel extremely welcome and after all the descriptive work we have done this year where we have thought about our senses, this truly was a sensory experience with the perfumed aroma from incense, the beautiful music and singing, not to mention the array of colours before us. A very valuable learning experience. If you'd like to read more, take a look here:
2. On Thursday afternoon, Year 2 went across to the Stamford Welland Academy to participate in a Multi-Skills Competition.
(Photos to follow.)
3. On Friday, we visited Burghley House where we were able to make our own clay sculpture and have a look at all of the others that are on display in the grounds.
And of course, we just had to sample the Garden of Surprises!
Many thanks to Stamford Young People's Charity for supporting this event.
And somewhere inbetween, we have been constructing a non-chronolgical report to document our learning about India!
Well done Year 2! Sleep well and have a restful weekend .... There's more excitement to follow next week!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 16/06/2017|
What an exciting start to Term 6 we have had in Year 2! Having explored the world of transport last term, this term we are exploring the world, beginning with India. We were thrilled to welcome the parents of one of our class members on Thursday who, born in India, came to help us learn about their country, culture and beliefs.
We found out so much in just a short space of time - did you know that the number zero, chess and buttons were all invented in India?
We learned so much and enjoyed our visit immensely, but then we discovered that having given up their afternoon to help us with our learning, our guests also brought in treats for US! So, then this morning we enjoyed a range of Indian biscuits and sweets. Thank you very much.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 09/06/2017|
In art we have been busy designing our own hot air balloons and developing our weaving and papier mache skills.
We have also revisited our RE learning about the Jewish spring festival of Passover, making our own Sedeh plate, which prompted some very interesting expressions of disgust during the taste test!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 19/05/2017|
We have been thinking about all the different ways to travel and enjoying a variety of stories featuring transport. This week we have been writing our own stories and they include a fantastic array of transport from hot air balloons and airships to submarines and motorbikes. Some of us used the small world toys to help construct our story plots.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 15/05/2017|
Well, we have a bit of an assortment with our seeds and bulbs! Some sunflowers are growing very rapidly and we seem to have reasonable success with our bulbs, but sadly some of the seeds have failed to germinate. We are now re-planting those that haven't germinated and we are going to see if they not only germinate, but over-take the others!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 08/05/2017|
What a week! We have been watching our seeds and bulbs, but so far only two seeds have germinated and started to grow, much to everyone's diappointment.
On Wednesday, we began our new topic Around the World in 50 days, with a visit to the Nene Valley Railway. We had an excellent day and learned so many facts about trains and the railway system. Even though it takes 6 hours to get a steam train ready to travel, we felt it was well worth it, because our journey by steam train was an amazing way to travel.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 01/05/2017|
Welcome back to Term 5. This week we have been dipping into our Whatever the Weather topic and thinking about the season of spring. We have been planting some seeds and bulbs so we look forward to sharing their progress with you over the coming weeks.
Next week we will be visiting the Nene Valley Railway to spark our new topic: Around the World in 50 days. There's so much exciting learning ahead!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 01/05/2017|
After our day at Hogwarts last week, Year 2 enjoyed making their own Polyjuice Potion this week as inspiration for the writing of instructions. We loved the lime green colour and the fizz of the sherbert, not to mention the very interesting ideas that the children had for whose hair they would choose to add.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 01/05/2017|
We have had a fantastic afternoon. We opened the banquet by singing our medieval song.
Then we enjoyed pottage served on trenchers, with Wensleydale cheese, apples, pears and dried fruit. Some of us even enjoyed trying out the pork from the cheeks of the pig's heads!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 09/03/2017|
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 09/03/2017|
In medieval times, stale bread was used as a plate and was called a trencher. This week we have been making our own bread ready for use as a trencher at our banquet, using a medieval recipe that included rose water. We've had a very aromatic classroom this week in Year 2.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 05/03/2017|
As preparations for our own medieval banquet begin, this week we have been learning about The Great Hall of a castle. We were very excited to discover that a brand of confectionary many of us enjoy today gets its name from the medieval name for a musician. Do you know which one it is?
Everyone is getting excited about their costumes and we are all looking forward to our banquet on the revised date of 9th March.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 26/02/2017|
Our week began with a visit to the music department at Stamford Welland Academy, where we worked with Mrs Thackwray to learn how to sing a medieval song and accompany it with instruments. We were very pleased with our singing progress, but we have yet to master the timing with our instruments!
We had great fun out in the playground this week combining our maths and history learning, as we measured out and drew our own castle using metre sticks and chalk. We had learned that many castles walls could be up to 4 metres thick and so we drew a small castle on the playground with walls measuring just 15 metres in length but 4 metres thick so that we could appreciate the depth of them.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 26/02/2017|
This week we found out that people from castle times were rather smelly, because only rich people had baths and it was such an effort to collect the water, heat it up and fill the bath, that even rich people often shared their monthly soak.
We are still waiting to learn something about castle times that will convince us that life was better then!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 03/02/2017|
We ended this week thinking about the Chinese New Year and we were interested to find out that Chinese people represent each year with an animal and for 2017, it is a rooster.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 01/02/2017|
In our topic work this week, we have begun our non-fiction book on Castles, thinking about the different parts of a castle and their function. We are all in agreement that we wouldn't fancy a swim in the moat or the luxurious facilities of the garderobe!
If you'd like to learn more, take a look here:
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 22/01/2017|
We had an exciting spark for our new topic "And they lived happily ever after" this week, visiting The Stamford Arts Centre to see the Polka Dot production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
When we returned to school, we thought about the different elements of a fairy tale and retold the story in our own words. We were so inspired, some of us wrote 8 pages!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 22/01/2017|
Happy New Year and welcome back to school.
We began this term, dipping back into our Whatever the Weather topic, looking at weather forecasting and the season of winter. We thought about the types of weather we experience during the winter and how the weather forecasts help us to prepare. We enjoyed some winter poems through our guided reading and made bird cakes to look after those birds that stay with us through the cold winter months, writing instructions so that others could make one too.
We thought about winter being the season of coughs and colds and learnt the "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!" slogan to help us to reduce the spread of coughs and colds when we cough and sneeze.
We ended the week presenting our own weather forecasts and you wouldn't believe how varied the weather across the UK could be!
Next week, we begin our new topic "And they lived happily ever after" with the very exciting spark of a visit to the theatre to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 08/01/2017|
Merry Christmas Everyone!
We ended this term with our Christmas parties ...
... and posting our Christmas cards.
We look forward to seeing you in 2017. Happy New Year!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/12/2016|
The children performed their nativity play this week, Christmas Counts and told the Christmas story beautfully through acting and singing.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/12/2016|
We were very excited this week to take part in the Heart FM recording of Sleeps 'til Santa. We had thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsals but it was even better on the recording day to also learn the actions to the song and some of us were even interviewed afterwards so we will feature on the Kev and Roz's breakfast show on Monday 12th December.
Don't forget to tune in for our 13 Sleeps 'til Santa.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 24/11/2016|
We are feeling very proud of ourselves in Year 2 this week. Not only have we produced some outstanding writing and art for our new whole school gallery display, but we have also participated in a storytelling trail, reading our foxy tales to over one hundred visitors.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 18/11/2016|
This week saw our current topic "Love Every Drop!" draw to a close with the final section of our non-chronological report focusing on the Humboldt Penguin that we enjoyed meeting during our visit to the Sea Life Centre in Hunstanton back in September. We have covered a wide range of topics connected with water from how we use it to keep healthy (and our strong focus on teeth), how it is cleaned ready for us to use and as a habitat for a wide range of animals. We have been excited and inspired by our visit, our hands-on experiences and our link with the CBBC Live Lesson from a Rockpool.
One of our homework winner this week, inspired by our studies.
This coming week we are looking forward to combining our autumn studies with our Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr Fox focus week. Watch this space for more exciting learning!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 13/11/2016|
Throughout the year, Year 2 will be learning about the seasons and the weather, as part of our Whatever the Weather topic. This week we took a seasonal walk through the school grounds and collected a range of autumn treasures which we used for a number of different crafts.
We made our own autumn tree.
We made leaf collage hedgehogs.
Then, linking in with our class story, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, we made autumnal foxes.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 08/11/2016|
After our very exciting participation in the BBC Live Lesson, Tales from the Rock Pool, Year 2 have continued to be totally inspired. We have had some super setting descriptions and the children have already planned their own Tales from the Rock Pool, ready to write next week.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 13/10/2016|
We have been so excited this morning, because we took part in the CBeebies live lesson from the Rock Pool. Have a look at our contributions by tapping on this link:
We are now looking forward to writing our own rock pool stories.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 11/10/2016|
This week, we have continued to think about water for health and we have been finding out how to keep our teeth healthy with Dental Buddy (http://www.dentalbuddy.org/).
We followed Buddy's advice and learned how to clean our teeth properly, then we wrote some instructions to help other people. We have taken our new toothbrushes home so that we can continue the good work.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 09/10/2016|
We have had a very exciting week this week, because we visited the Sealife Centre at Hunstanton on Wednesday and went on to the beach.
It was great to see the looks of awe and wonder on the children's faces as they saw the sea creatures "for real" and "so close". A special moment was seeing a "real life Dory" and lots of "Nemos", not to mention the sharks swimming overhead and the enormous sea turtle, Ernie. The children used their reading skills to find out lots of information from the boards around the centre, so that they could further their learning about the sea animals.
After our picnic lunch, we took advantage of the low tide to go across to the beach to look for shells and build sandcastles.
We were extremely lucky with the weather and the children certainly took full advantage of all the new learning opportunities that our visit provided. We look forward to sharing our new knowledge with you through our follow up learning activities.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 02/10/2016|
We welcomed our parents into class this week when we had an open afternoon and they helped us to carry out some water based scientific investigations.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 25/09/2016|
This week our focus was RE and we began to think about the symbolism of water in different religions, beginning with Christianity. We went across to Christ Church and took "baby Rosie" with us so that we could see what happens in a Christian baptism and the role and symbolism of water in the service.
On Wednesday, Richard visited from Anglian Water to remind us where our water comes from, what happens to it before it gets to us and he also talked about water for health and the importance of saving water. We tested different samples of water to see which was tap water just like the scientists at Anglian Water do, we thought about how water is important in our lives and we also did an experiment to see how much water is wasted when we leave the tap on whilst cleaning our teeth. We were very shocked to discover that it was 16 Litres!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 18/09/2016|
Welcome back to school and to Year 2!
We had a wet start to our term in more ways than one today as we were greeted this morning by drizzly weather as we walked in and then began our Love Every Drop! topic with a carousel of water activities throughout the day. Here are some of our activities.
We made a boat to carry the animals across the water.
We fished for the days of the week and months of the year, putting them into the correct order.
We explored ways to find out which containers held the most and the least amounts of liquid.
We investigated how many 1p coins it took to sink a pot and then thought about what other coins we could use to have an equal amount of money.
In the process we also created many puddles which we thoroughly enjoyed mopping up afterwards!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 05/09/2016|
This year has been full of exciting opportunities for year 1. They started the year looking at themselves and the different types of homes that people and animals live in. During this topic we looked at cafes and the year 1 children had the opportunity to visit Stamford Art Centre café where they were given a tour and given the opportunity to sample a delicious toasted teacake.
“The toasted cake was amazing, I wanted more.”
After Christmas we began our topic of Emergency Emergency. We looked at all the different jobs and people that are available to help us in life. We started the topic off by looking at lifeguards and how they can help people when they go swimming. As part of this we visited the Stamford Leisure Pool where the children were given a water safety talk by the staff and the children were able to have a fun swimming session.
Then we moved on to the Police force and Ambulance service where the children were visited by some Police officers and Paramedics.
The children really enjoyed this experience, they were able to try on all the uniform and some children were given the experience of being locked in the back of the police van.
Towards the end of the Emergency Emergency topic we visited Stamford Fire station and the children were given a fire safety talk, a tour of the fire station and fire engine and the children were given the opportunity to squirt water from the massive fire hose.
“I enjoyed going to the fire station and trying on the uniform. My favourite part was squirting Mr Brockbank.”
Our final topic of the year was The Magical Zoo, where we learnt all about the different animals around the world. We also designed and made our own school bug hotel. During this topic the children have engaged with some fantastic opportunities and experiences. We have visited the Yorkshire Wildlife park and Rutland Water. A highlight of the year for a lot of the children was our visit from Scratchy the tawny owl.
I would like to wish all the children every success in year 2. They have all been a pleasure to teach :)
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/07/2016|
This week the children have been using beebots to learning about programming and debugging. They began with programming instructions into a beebots to allow it to move from one cross to another. Following on from that the children learnt about debugging a program and to input the correct instructions into the beebots.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 11/07/2016|
This week the children have had a special visit from the Hawk and Owl trust. The children were given the opportunity to see 'Scratchy' the Tawny Owl in the classroom.
The children were also given the chance to investigate Owl pellets, the children were very excited by this opportunity and they managed to find a lot of different bones within the pellets.
We would like to thank the East Midlands Hawk and Owl Trust for this fantastic opportunity.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/05/2016|
This week the children have produced some excellent writing which has included the use of the minibeast creature that they made at home. They have also been given the opportunity to have a go on the schools new trim trail. The children were very excited and had lots of fun. The new trim trails very challenging but very fun and some of the year one children managed complete parts of the track without touching the floor.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 06/05/2016|
This week the children have visited Rutland Water as part of their topic 'The Magical Zoo'. During our visit the children had the opportunity to hunt for mini beasts, pond dipping and bird watching. The children had a fantastic time at Rutland water with the highlight being pond dipping and bird watching.
Hunting for mini beasts.
While the childe were pond dipping, they were given the chance to explore the different creatures that they found. Some children managed to find some fish but everyone was able to catch something.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 29/04/2016|
We have started our new topic 'The Magical Zoo', the children have enjoyed the first couple of weeks back at school where we have started to design our bug hotels which will be going in the school garden. This is a small project that will run throughout the term. This week we have been looking at different materials and sorting them into groups based on their suitability for the bug hotel.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 25/04/2016|
This week the children have had an exciting week being fire detectives trying to solve a crime on the school field. The children went looking for clues around school.
We have also had a visit to Stamford Fire Station this morning where the children were given a tour of the fire station, given a talk about fire safety and we given the opportunity practice being firemen using their equipment. The children loved this experience.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 18/03/2016|
This week the children have enjoyed celebrating our 'World Book Week' which has included lots of different activities such as quizzes, dressing up, time in the school library and a readathon. The children made a fantastic effort with the dressing up as book characters on Thursday.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 11/03/2016|
This week the children have been looking at First Aid, the children have been practicing putting bandages on each other and different teddy bears/animals in the classroom. The children really enjoyed this First Aid lesson and i think we may have a few Doctors and Vets in the future. :)
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 26/02/2016|
This week the children have continued their learning about the Emergency service and on Wednesday afternoon they were visited by the Police service. The children were given the opportunity to have a look around and inside a Police van, try on some uniform and were given a talk by two PCSO officers. The children had a lot of interesting questions to ask the officers. The children were very excited about this and enjoyed their visit.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 08/02/2016|
On Friday afternoon the children were visited in school by Thomas, Sarah and Shane. Thomas and Shane are both Paramedics and Sarah works as a Trauma Nurse. The children were given a talk about the role of a paramedic and how they can help people. They were also given the opportunity to try on some of the uniform and have a look inside an Ambulance.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 29/01/2016|
We have been thinking about the season of winter. In addition to writing winter acrostic poems, we have made snowflakes, calligrams of winter adjectives, winter paintings and done some descriptive writing. We finished the week thinking about how we need to look after those birds that choose to migrate to the United Kingdom for the winter from the northern and Eastern European countries and those that choose to stay and made bird feeders.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 22/01/2016|
This week we have started looking at our new topic Emergency! Emergency! We visited Stamford Leisure pool on Wednesday where the children were given a talk by some current lifeguards, a tour of the facility and the opportunity to go into the swimming pool. The children enjoyed their visit and it was a great start to their new project.
Happy New year!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 10/01/2016|
Following on from the Stamford Market visit last week the children helped prepare some of the vegetables for the soup. On Tuesday afternoon parents were invited into school to visit the soup kitchen and given the opportunity to taste the soup. The afternoon was a success and both parents and children enjoyed the soup.
Here is a link to the KS1 Soup Cafe Booklet
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 06/12/2015|
This week the year 1 class have continued with the healthy food and on Thursday morning we visited Stamford Arts Centre cafe, where the children were given a tour of the Kitchen. The children were also able to sample a toasted teacake and a drink.
On Friday morning we visted the Stamford Market to buy our ingredients for our soup making next week. The children brought the ingredients themselves.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 27/11/2015|
This week in year 1 we have been looking at healthy foods. The children prepared and made their own fruit kebabs using the colours of the rainbow as inspiration.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 22/11/2015|
This week the children have been looking at writing different explanations in English. During our Creative Curriculum lessons the year one children have been showing their peers how to wash their hand properly.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 13/11/2015|
This week the children have been exploring different numbers and practicing their counting skills.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 08/11/2015|
This week in Maths we have been looking at multiplication. The children have been learning to count in 2's and 5's. The learning has involved solving practical problems inside and outside the classroom.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 19/10/2015|
During this week the children continued with the road safety. They began the week looking at things you should and shouldn't do when crossing the road. The children also came up with some advice about road safety which they shared with the class.
The children also made their own road signs warning others to be safe near the road.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 14/10/2015|
During this week the children have been learning about road safety. The children went out of school to practice crossing the road safely. They have been able to discuss this with their class members and advise others.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 04/10/2015|
Friday 18th September 2015 - Creative curriculum & Maths
This week they have been looking at our school and the environment, identifying human and physical features in the school grounds.
During Maths this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction. The children have been solving some real life problems.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/09/2015|
Friday 11th September 2015 - Ourselves and our senses.
On Wednesday key stage one had a sensory afternoon which involved a variety of different activities including touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing many different things.
Year one also looked at the human body, identifying different parts of the body. We used chalk to draw and label the human body.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 11/09/2015|
Reception Class really enjoyed their trip to Rutland Water.
We visited Bugtopia, went on our own mini beast hunt under the trees and had fun on the adventure playground.
In Bugtopia we saw lots of fabulous creatures and many of us were brave to hold them so check out the Gallery for more pictures.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 20/07/2015|
Look at all the fabulous learning we have been doing about mini beasts!
First we looked at some model mini-beasts in our Bug Laboratory and made some lists. We wrote a list of what we already knew and we made some lists of questions; of things we would like to find out.
Then we started trying to find some answers. We went to the library and looked in information books. We used laptops and tablets to search the internet. We even went to look for ourselves!
We became so expert on certain insects that we made documentaries on film and we have written information books about them too. Come and see them!
We have also looked after some caterpillars until they became beautiful butterflies and we had to let them go.
We have answered so many of our questions that we have started designing new mini-beasts of our very own on a top trumps game and we have enjoyed playing Beetle Drive too.
Any questions that we have left we are hoping to get answered by the experts on our trip to Bugtopia next week.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 07/07/2015|
After reading all these Fairy Tales where all the Princes always got to marry all the Princesses we started to wonder what a wedding was.....we asked lots of interesting questions! Then we used books, Google and Mrs Christopher's excellent knowledge to find out the answers.
We had to help Cinderella sort her catering out for the ball this week too so have done lots of sharing and counting in groups.
We also brought the beans that we planted in the spring, back to school and had a measure and compare session.
What a busy week!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 17/06/2015|
......... long, long ago in a land called Reception Class......
lived lots of children who were really enjoying their learning about Traditional Tales. We have been up and down Beanstalks and seen many different lands such as LegoLand, Minecraft Land and, of course, Frozen Land. We have written postcards to describe what they are like. We have also been practising our spell writing abilities and some of us know how to turn a Teacher into a Toad!
We have used our number skills with quite a lot of beancounting and have had frogprinces jumping along and back numberlines to help us remember 1 more and 1 less. We have also been kept measuring and comparing our head sizes in order to make crowns and tiaras and Ms Kingman wanted to know everybody's foot size in case a handsome prince called in with a spare shoe!
Now we know all about Fairy tales we have started working in groups to create our own and hope to be able to share them with you soon.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 06/06/2015|
We have been very lucky this week to have been looking after some chicken eggs that were ready to hatch. We have very much enjoyed watching as 12 eggs hatched out in the incubator and this has been the perfect way to complete our learning about life cycles.
If you haven't already, please feel free to pop in and meet our little chicks. We will be allowing them a bit more of a run this week! Or check out the Gallery where we will be posting more of the photographs taken.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 17/05/2015|
We have continued with our theme of 'When I Grow Up' this week. We have been finding out about the lifecycles of animals that come from eggs such as frogs, butterflies, chickens and even snakes and sharks. We've had a good chat about and painted some pictures of what we hope to be when we grow up and now we have begun to think about the life cycle of plants.
We enjoyed reading stories about a boy called Oliver who never ate vegetables until he saw them all grow. So we had a look at different vegetables and decided on prices for them according to how heavy they were.
Also we had a look at the salad that we had at lunchtime. We pulled it all apart and named each vegetable. Then we decided to plant the seeds from those vegetables so that we can grow a salad of our own. We read and ordered some instructions so we knew how to plant the seeds correctly and now we are writing some instructions too.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 24/04/2015|
We knew exactly what we wanted to learn when we came back after Half Term. When we were at the Farm we went over a ricketty rackety bridge and some of us thought it might be the sort of bridge that had a Troll living under it. We certainly saw quite a few Billy Goats while we were there too. So we got straight to work learning to retell the story of The Three Billy Goat's Gruff. We enjoyed using instruments to follow the story plan and play a soundtrack for the story too.
We worked in teams to design and make a new bridge for the Goats to trip trap over.
Then we got a note from The Troll saying how sorry he was and that he was only a bit mean and grumpy because he was a bit lonely and wanted to make friends with the goats. So we wrote him a reply and he came to visit. We have been helping him to learn good manners at snacktime and how to be a good friend with our class values ever since.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 19/04/2015|
We had so much fun on our visit to Sacrawell Farm last week; we fed lambs, went on a tractor ride and met lots of farm animals, especially peacocks, very close up! In fact we had so much fun that there is not room to show you everything so our photos will soon be available on the Gallery.
We were particularly excited when we were able to find lots of a farm substance (about which we have been very interested) that ends in the sound were learning last week ;
We really had a lovely day and we would like to say thankyou to all our grown-ups at home and all the grown-ups at school who made it possible for us.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 23/03/2015|
Last week we started wondering whether it was spring yet or not? We weren't sure what happened in spring so we used Google to search and find out. Then we made a list of things we should see if it was Spring and we went on a Spring Hunt.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 16/03/2015|
We have really enjoyed our learning all about Space this term. We started by reading and acting out the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and this inspired us to make our own big rocket out of a huge cardboard box. We have been going on missions to different planets ever since.
We asked lots of interesting questions about Space like; 'Where do Astronaughts live when they are in space?', Why is Space Dark?', 'What makes a rocket blast off?' and 'Are Aliens real?'. So we went off to the library to find some books to help us find the answers.
In P.E we have made up dances to show with our bodies and our faces how we might travel and how we might feel if we were visiting different planets.
On some of our journeys we met some aliens and communicated with them. So we drew them or made them out of construction or junk. Then we made them passports and 'missing posters' because they were lost!
We also enjoyed the stories 'Alien's love Underpants' and 'The Aliens are coming!'.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 01/03/2015|
Happy Chinese New Year.
We enjoyed spending the last week of term learning all about the traditions and customs of the Chinese community for Chinese new year.
We learnt all about the river race story which helped us to use numbers that order and we learnt about the tradition of leaving sweets or coins in lucky red wallets as gifts which aslo helped us with counting and coin recognition.
We were particularly taken with the dragon dancing and made a dragon of our own and we really enjoyed trying to eat noodles with chopsticks.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 01/03/2015|
Phew there are some worn out Super Heroes in Reception Class! We have been so busy going on problem solving missions. In maths we have had to find lots of different ways of making numbers and we have had to sharpen up our number spotting 'vision'. We had to do lots of ordering of numbers to solve problems too.
We acted out lots of missions and then used them as ideas for super stories which we photographed and made into comics. We really enjoyed starring in them and have been writing captions on them too. We have also had to read lots of secret messages made with invisible ink, or hidden, to solve clues and save people (or cats).
In phonics, we have been learning super sounds! These are two letters that make one sound together and they are particularly useful for making up super comic words like; Woosh, Thwack and Kaboom!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 09/02/2015|
Well we have been very busy superheroes this week. One of our favourite Superheroes is 'Michael Recycle' and over the term we have been learning about recycling. This week our learning culminated in us making our chosen products from recycling materials; we have made bird feeders, masks and even our own paper.
We also showed that we were true Superheroes with our 'Super Fast Changing Powers.' You should have seen how quickly we could change from our P.E. kits to our uniform and full outdoor gear when it snowed on Thursday afternoon!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 30/01/2015|
The Superhero phone has not stopped ringing this week! Who would have believed it! It turns out that Batman, Spiderman, Ben 10 and even the Power Rangers need help with maths! So we had to help them improve their addition and subtraction Powers and show them how to find 1 more and 1 less!
We have also been talking about values and what makes Superheroes 'super'. We have decided our own Class Values and made a huge display to help us remember. Come and have a look.
We have been working in teams (like The Avengers and The Power Rangers) and our first job was to design a Superhero outfit for our grown ups. We talked about and drew designs. Then we checked which materials to use because Mrs Walton needed her cape to be waterproof so she could work outside.
Finally, we decided who would make each part of the costume and made the outfits!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 24/01/2015|
We have had a really good start to the new term. We have already had a really disgusting, ‘Disgusting week’ and now we are having a ‘super’ time finding out all about Superheroes. We have already begun designing our own superhero alter egos and costumes and we are going to design and make outfits for Mrs Walton and Miss Tubbs! We can't wait to see what they will look like!
We have made lots of superhero plans including writing information books, making superhero pants, making a hide-away and a Batmobile. We have identified lots of Superhero powers that we will be finding out about; heat and cold, fast and slow, light and sound and even magnetism and electricity. So keep an eye on this page to see how we get on.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 16/01/2015|
Last week Reception children went to visit the school library. We met Mrs Thomas who showed us around and taught us how to borrow and return books.
After xmas we will be able to use the school library for finding information and for borrowing books and we are very much looking forward to it.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 10/12/2014|
We have really enjoyed learning about pirates in Reception; we have found out all sorts of information about pirates and how they live and behave in stories. We can talk like pirates and we can sing like pirates. We have made up some brilliant new stories about pirates too. We made story maps so we could tell the stories in the correct order and we acted them, did puppet shows of them and wrote them in books or with I.C.T.
We have got better at using positional language by folllowing maps and looking for treasure too.
We got quite interested in seagulls (because they kept landing on our roof!) and parrots last week. So we compared them to see how they were the same and how they were different. We spit into two research teams to use books and computers to find out more about them. Then we shared our new facts with the rest of the class.
We were very excited to have a parrot to visit us on Friday.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 04/12/2014|
Phun with Fonics!
Just a reminder that our phonics session on Friday morning is open to all parents, carers and anyone who is helping us to read at home.
We are really excited about showng you how we are learning phonics. Your support at home will make a huge difference to our progress, so please don't forget to come along 9.00-10.30.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 17/11/2014|
Pirates have arrived aboard a splendid Pirate ship in reception.
The children have been playing pirate counting and matching games. We have used a pirate game to help us develop our reading and writing skills.
We have thought of lots of questions that we would like to find out about pirates and we have designed and made some accessories for our ship; a steering wheel, an anchor and a Cannon!
Mr Christopher came to teach us some sea shanties and showed us how he plays his accordion.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 17/11/2014|
Well! We really have brought our learning about Autumn to an end with a bang this week!
We made a list of all the things we would need to have a brilliant Bonfire Night celebration and then we set about making them; invitations, posters, fireworks (only pretend obviously!) and best of all special food!
We finally answered our last hibernation questions by asking a very special visitor.
Oh and by the way we can all read words now too!
We are all really looking forward to our new theme for learning which is 'Pirates'.
.......and why are we learning about Pirates?...........................
...........because we ARRRRRR!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 08/11/2014|
Thursday 23rd October was Diwali. So we watched some information films to find out how Hindus celebrate this festival.
We had a go at some traditional indian dancing.
We made rangoli patterns to welcome visitors at our gate.
We invited nursery to come to 'show and tell' all that we had learnt.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 24/10/2014|
Finally we got a windy, dry day (Monday 20th October) and off we went to test our kites.
It wasn't as windy as we had hoped it would be. But we had a lot of fun.
Although we chose tissue paper because it was light and was blown around by a fan when we tested, we learnt that it might be better to choose a material that wouldn't tear.......like plastic!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 24/10/2014|
We have had a great week finding out about Autumn. We started by telling each other all the wonderful things that we know and that we have noticed about Autumn. We made collages with autumn colours and we have made patterns with autumn symbols and natural materials too.
It was a bit soggy with rain at the start of the week but we managed to go on an Autumn walk on Wednesday. That got us thinking about Autumn weather. We like it when it is windy. Next week we hope to make wind chimes and Kites.
On Friday we made apple and blackberry pie. MMmmmmm MMMmmmmm!
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 10/10/2014|
This week we have been finding out about different families. We have had a lot of fun especially reading about funny families and how brilliant they are.
We have been having a lot of 'rhyme time' to help us to get ready to read and write and we have been counting and comparing numbers.
We have worked really hard to make our drawings of people and family better so come and have a look, maybe we have drawn you!
Thank you to everyone who donated for the harvest festival. We enjoyed learning about the festival and delivering all the goodies.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 26/09/2014|
Hooray! This our first week all together!
Already we have been busy getting to know each other, making new friends and exploring our fabulous new indoor classroom!
Some of us have been chatting about all the fun we had in the holidays; we have drawn pictures and have brought things in to show everyone what we did on our holidays.
Ms Kingman and Miss Tubb can't wait to see some more, so bring them in if you can.
|Posted by: The Teachers||on: 15/09/2014|