This term our topic in Marvellous Minibeasts. Please see the attached curriculum Overview for more details.
Week Beginning 18.3.19
Well, what a busy week we've had already, and it's only Wednesday!
The children have been learning about snails and slugs this week. They've learnt lots of facts and written superb information cards. They also enjoyed independently making snail biscuits.
In Forest School the children went on a minibeast hunt. They chose their partners and worked together to hunt for different minibeasts. They had already learnt where different minibeasts like to live, so they knew where to look. It was SOOOOO exciting when they found minibeasts on their hunt sheet. The children could hardly contain themselves!!!
In Maths we've been learning to compare lengths and measure using cubes and footprints. We've even moved on to making our own rulers and measuring in cms!
Week 3 Commencing 11.3.19
This week our focus has been worms.
The children were fantastic at looking at the picture instructions and some read the sentences on how to make a wormery. They all helped collect the ingredients and then make it. They had great fun looking for worms, who were a little reluctant to be found!
We enjoyed the book Mad About Minibeasts and talked about all of the different minibeasts we knew. The children did some beautiful art work using pastels drawing minibeast pictures. They also used tissue paper to collage gardens for the clay worms they had made.
The children also started to design and make their own minibeasts using construction pieces.
Some children thought about what their minibeast would be called, where it would live and what it would eat. They labelled their minibeast.
In Maths we all learnt to measure using non standard units: cubes. It was good fun.
Week 2 Term 4
This week we welcomed some very tiny caterpillars in to our class and we have been watching them grow. The children have been measuring how long they are each day and filling in a chart.
We have used The Very Hungry Caterpillar as our story focus and enjoyed learning the story. We all completed a Very Hungry Caterpillar maths activity booklet spending time learning about repeating patterns, size, addition and of course symmetry whilst painting butterflies.
We used caterpillars and butterflies to inspire our art work and made some wonderful pieces of art.
We have done some amazing writing about our favourite part of The Very Hungry Caterpillar story which is on a display outside the office. Please go and have a look.
We had a wonderful World Book Day on Thursday and all enjoyed sharing our favourite stories. We also drew pictures and wrote what we liked about the stories. We all LOVED dressing up in our favourite book characters.
On Friday we enjoyed the first of many yoga sessions I and Diane will be leading with our class. On the whole we are a very active class, so on Friday we started to learn the other skill of balance, calmness and how to be mindful using toys, games and physical skills.
Term 4 Week 1
This week our focus has been ladybirds. The children have learnt lots of facts such as what they look like, how many legs they have, where they live and what they like too eat. Some children have done some wonderful independent art work making ladybirds.
We have also been learning about what plants and seeds need to grow. We have planted bean seeds. Over the coming weeks the children will be tending their own seeds to see if they can make them grow.
This week the children have enjoyed practising their blending for reading skills by playing bingo.
They have also learnt how to order numbers 0-20 , add two groups of objects together and read maths stories.
Week 6 Commencing 11.2.19
This week the children enjoyed a trip to The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. We used lots of public transport to get to and from the museum; enjoying the sights and sounds of a big city. We went in to Piccadilly Station, where the children were quite amazed by how busy it was and how many people there were. We took the public bus and then walked along Deansgate to get to the museum.
The children absolutely loved the museum; they learnt about lots of old engines, including the first steam engine, Stephenson's Rocket, which paved the way for the modern railway. They spent an hour in the Experience Gallery where they all enjoyed hands on science and they all LOVED eating their packed lunches. All in all, we had a fantastic, busy day out.
Thank you so much to our volunteer helpers Laura, Rebecca and Miss Puri.
In Forest School the children were thinking about what was in our Eco Area now so we can make plans about what we would like to plant and how we would like it to look in the future. To help them work out what is currently there the children made a journey page, by sticking natural things they found as they journeyed around the area.
Week 5 Commencing 4.2.19
This week the children enjoyed a superb trip to Whaley Bridge Fire and Rescue Station.
We walked along the canal, and through the village to the station. We found out what the Fire Service do and what we should do if we find ourselves in an emergency situation. We had a look at the clothing fire fighters wear and then we had a play in the fire engine and with the fire hoses. Everyone had a great time.
Week 4 Commencing 28.1.19
What a fun week we had this week, learning lots and enjoying the snow.
Our topic focus was aeroplanes which the children learnt about using books and videos. They chose to further their learning in numerous ways; some children wrote about the planes in our story book; some painted pictures and others collaged planes.
In Maths the children learnt how to compare groups of objects, using multi links cubes and the hungry crocodile greater than sign. Later in the week they learnt how to compare numbers and were fantastic working with abstract numbers and greater and less than symbols.
We all enjoyed the snow this week. The children were very excited to come back after the snow day and tell me all about what they had done. As there was still so much snow around we went out and played again, learning what snow was, what it was like and using our senses to experience it. When we came back we showed our learning in different ways. Some children made snowflakes, using lots of fine motor skills, and wrote describing words on them; other children painted pictures and some wrote about their experiences.
Next week we are learning about emergency vehicles and on Thursday we will be going on our trip to Whaley Bridge Fire Station to see the fire engines and ambulances. Look out for a letter with further details.
We are rearranging our trip to MOSI for Wednesday 13th February. All other details will remain the same.
Week 3 Commencing 21.1.19
The children did lots of wonderful learning this week, in lots of fun ways.
In Phonics they played Twister , with different phonemes written on the dice and spots that they had to step or balance on. Whilst learning the digraph 'ch', they made a train which they put lots of 'ch. ch ch' digraphs all over. Some children learnt the 'igh' trigraph and spent time in exploring and playing in the 'light and bright' box. They then wrote igh words on a picture and decorated them with light and bright materials.
The children are still enjoying lots of child initiated learning which they spend in all of the areas. Lots of children love to be outside. One little girl cleverly discovered and reinforced her learning about forces and pushes by building a marble run and tipping water down it to see if the marble moved any quicker.
Some other children spent lots of time transporting water from the water wall tray to a box, which they then used to push objects down the drainpipes on water.
Next Wednesday we have our trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. Please don't take your children to school on Wednesday morning rather straight to Whaley Bridge train station by 9. 05. Collection is from the station at 3.29pm. Please refer to the letters for what to wear and bring.
Week 2 Commencing 14.1.19
The children had a superb week learning lots. In Phonics both groups moved on to Phase 3 with the Red group learning j,v,w and x. The Rainbow group learnt the phonemes ar,ear,oa and ow. In Maths the children were amazing at how quickly and well they learnt to count backwards. We counted backwards from 5, 10 and even 20! They used lots of concrete objects to understand and order the numbers as they counted backwards.
In Forest School we started doing a bird survey, as part of the RSPB Big School Birdwatch survey. The children learnt to identify different birds and listen to their calls using the interactive whiteboard and then we went outside to do a survey of the birds in our Eco Area. We also made some bird cake, bird feeders to encourage more small birds in to the area.
During the week it was one of the little girl's birthday so the children put on a party for her and everyone came. They were brilliant and very amusing as they all took on roles - the hostess, the helpers, the party guests and the mischief makers. Everyone had a fun time.
Our topic focus this week was trains. We watched a superb video about them and then everyone did some brilliant writing. Pictures will follow. See the link below to watch it.
Week 1 Commencing 7.1.19
The children all came back to school well rested and ready to learn. We had a wonderful week enjoying our new topic, being back together and learning new things.
Phonics was fun and we learnt lots of new sounds including j,v,w, ar, or and oa. We used our phonics often to sound and spell everyday. The children are becoming excellent at 'toy talk' when we segment and blend words together.
In Maths they practised forming numbers correctly and then showing the value.
We all enjoyed P.E on Wednesday that was taught by Miss Heath, the teacher from Chapel High School. We were learning ball skills. We learnt how to throw , catch and manage a ball.
In Forest School we went on a hunt for signs of winter. We started by reading a lovely story called ' A Little Bit of Winter', and used it as an inspiration to find a little bit of winter ourselves. The children spent time using their senses of sight and sound to hunt for things on their winter hunt sheet.
When they found things that weren't on their sheet, they wrote the words themselves. I was very impressed.
This week our topic focus was cars; we enjoyed listening and talking about the story Little Red Bumper Car . We used it as a stimulus to learn how to cross the road safely . We used Super Cat to teach us to ' Stop, Look, Listen and Think.' On Friday we put our learning in to action and practised crossing the road safely.
In Understanding of The World we learnt about the forces of pushing and pulling. We used them in the park, pushing and pulling the swings and on the bikes in the playground.
The children used their road safety and phonic knowledge to draw traffic lights and write stop and go to control the traffic!
The wedding ceremony was amazing, as were the children. They LOVED getting dressed up, having the ceremony in the church, in front of the whole school and the parents and also having the reception afterwards. Their dancing was beautiful and their cake eating was speedy!! They love a cake.
Week 4 Commencing 26.11.8
In Maths this week the children spent time consolidating their learning and understanding of numbers 0-10. For those that were confident and wanted to they challenged themselves with numbers 11-16. The children spent time counting, ordering, learning correct number formation with songs, and understanding the value of each number. They showed their understanding by using numbers in all areas of the curriculum; for example counting out the number of tissue paper sheets needed to make a flower, counting the number of cars allowed for a race, ordering number cards and writing the missing numbers.
In PE the children have been learning to move their bodies in different ways and travel in different ways. They crawled, hopped, walked, rolled, shuffled and slid. They learnt to travel in a combination of different ways between mats and then along equipment.
The children have been learning that a wedding happens when two people love each other. They have learnt about who is in the ceremony and what happens and how as part of the ceremony the bride and groom make promises or vows to each other. The children talked about the promises they would make to the people they love and then they wrote them down. They made some beautiful promises such as "I will always love you", "I will always make you pictures", "I will always watch your things on the tele," and one of my favourites "I will always make you pizza!". Earlier in the week the children wrote invitations to people they would like to invite to the wedding and some children decorated them also. All of the children's writing will be available to look at after our wedding.
They have been also busy making flowers for the bouquets and to decorate the church.
On Thursday we went to St James' Church to have a look around, learn about parts of a church and to have a little rehearsal before the big day on Wednesday. It was very exciting.
Next week we will be making a wedding cake, practising our wedding dance and making our badges so everybody knows what our job is on the wedding day.
We are very pleased to announce that a very kind parent, who is a wedding photographer, has offered to take pictures of the event so please come dressed in your finest wedding clothes.
Week 3 Commencing 19.11.18
Last week our focus was Birthdays; we had a superb week learning what a birthday was and talking about how we celebrate them. We worked hard all week writing party invitations, writing lists of food we would like at a party, games we would play and teddies we would invite . On Friday , the children got their wish and they all brought in their teddy bear for a teddy bears' birthday party.
I was amazed and very proud at how much the children have already learnt in their phonics lessons. They showed their amazing writing skills when they wrote lists of food, games or toys they would like at the party.
The children spent time practising their communication and language skills; their maths, learning about knowledge and understanding of the world and working on the personal, social and emotional skills whilst making things for the party. They enjoyed making cakes where they were taking turns, listening to each others' ideas and thinking about how materials change when they added heat and mixed them together. They learnt and used lots of maths language making sandwiches learning shapes, halves and quarters.
In Forest School the children made a party for the animals that live there. They made cakes using mud, leaves, twigs and anything they could find and decorations using string and natural materials.
Week 2 Commencing 12.11.19
This week our focus was Diwali.
The children learnt all about how Diwali is celebrated by Hindu people and why it began. We spent time listening to and watching shows of the Rama and Sita story and many children enjoyed making masks to act out the story themselves. We used the story in our writing with everybody having a go at labelling pictures of the characters; some children even wrote a sentence. We took the Diwali theme in to Forest School and the children chose either to make the characters out of leaves and sticks; make something from the story( one little girl made a decorated bridge like the monkey king made to get to Ravannna's island), and other children chose to make diya lamps, like those used to light up the path of Rama and Sita on their journey back to their kingdom. We also learnt about rangoli patterns and all enjoyed colouring some using chalk and later in the week we made some Indian sweets and used all of our senses when investigating the ingredients , tasting them and then noticing how they changed when we heated them up.
We all loved Diwali.
We have lots of fun in phonics. We always use dance to start our lessons and help us make the letter shapes with our bodies before we try to write them. We sing songs, learn actions and learn letter formation. To consolidate our learning we try to make the lessons kinaesthetic. We enjoyed cracking lots of eggs and making scrambled egg when we were learning the phoneme 'e'!!!
Welcome back to our final term for this academic year! I can't believe how quickly the year has flown by or how much fun we have all had. This term our topic is Julia Donaldson. We will be learning and enjoying lots of her stories and characters in a fun and creative way. Please see our Curriculum Overviews for more details.
Mrs Somerville and I are really looking forward to enjoying our last term with a wonderful class doing lots of fantastic learning.
Week 3 W/C 19.6.17
The children worked really hard to practice and perform an amazing Julia Donaldson assembly. They were all amazing and made Mrs Somerville and I very proud.
Also in the week we enjoyed lots of Gruffalo learning and activities.
Week 2 commencing 12.6.17
Last week we learnt the story Zog. We had great fun working together to talk about our favourite bits, to put the story in order and to draw picture maps. I am so proud of how the children work so well together.
The children also acted out the story and made it in to a show. They were very independent and creative making their own costumes and organizing their own shows. Another example of how well they can work together independent of grown up help.
We also enjoyed making the characters.
We did lots of other learning too but of course found time to enjoy playing together.
The Year 1 boys creating a cascading torrent of water.... such fun, especially when it all whooshed up!
We learnt a lot about gravity and forces doing it.
We all loved David's Show and Tell.
Week 1 Commencing 5.6.17
Room on the Broom
This week the children learnt the story of Room on the Broom. They used their listening ears and their 'talking to a partner about what they have just heard' skills really well. They worked in groups to draw a long picture map of the story which included all of the events in order. I was so impressed with how good the children are at working together in groups, working out which part each person in their group will do and then working, without any adult help, to produce fantastic pieces of work.
Following on from this the Reception children wrote sentences about their favourite parts of the story and the Year 1 children retold the story.
The children worked together to paint big pictures of the characters. They decided what colours they should use and again, they decided who would do what part.
The children enjoyed going to The Eco Area to make their own potions, just as they had done in the story. They collected things they would put in a cauldron. They children worked in groups and made some wonderful spells and potions.
They made wands too.
....and of course had a lovely play.
The children enjoyed making broomsticks .
And painting using computer programs.
On Thursday , Class 1 enjoyed a superb walk along the canal to Tescos. Everybody took their own money in to the shop, decided what they would like to buy, looked at the price and worked out if they had enough money. Then they each took their item to the self server check out, scanned their item and then paid for it. Everybody enjoyed collecting their receipt and change, which they put in to their pockets. Hopefully the parents found it! Everybody enjoyed eating their treat of course.
Welcome back to a new term in Class 1.
This half term our topic is Big and Little. We will be finding out about big and little animals, buildings, places and more. Please see our curriculum overview above, for more information. Next half term our topic will be Julia Donaldson where we will be doing lots of fun games, activities, writing and acting. More details will come home after half term.
Week Commencing 15th May
Take One Picture Week-
Penelope and Her Suitors by Pintoricchio circa 1509
See below for a link to the painting.
Class 1 enjoyed looking at the painting and talking about everything we could see. We spent time hypothesising about who everyone was. they were especially interested in what the Penelope was doing. They were fascinated to hear the story behind the painting; that Penelope was married to Odysseus who went away for 10 years to fight in the battle of Troy and that during this time she had many suitors come to her to try to take her hand in marriage. Penelope was very dedicated to Odysseus and wanted to wait for him. She told them all that she would choose somebody new once she had finished her tapestry. She spent all the daylight hours making her tapestry; when the suitors would come to her, and then spent every evening undoing her work. The children were fascinated by Penelope and Odysseus. We spent time learning the story of The Battle of Troy and the children rewrote it brilliantly. We also made a big Penelope, Odysseus and Odysseus' ship. We dressed up as the characters and acted out when he returned.
Lady Penelope being decorated.
Making jewels to put on Lady Penelope's dress.
Odysseus ; ready for battle.
Lady Penelope looking beautiful.
The children presented all of their work in an assembly for the school. They showed how much confidence they have developed as they all joined in brilliantly.
Also this week the children spent time learning their Maypole dances which they performed brilliantly on Thursday, in front of a big audience. See News Headlines on the Home page for lots of fantastic photos.
Exciting move around week next week. Year 1 children will be learning about The Rainforest with Mrs Downings and the Reception children will be learning about it with Mrs Somerville. I am sure we might walk into a rainforest classroom by Wednesday!
Week commencing 8.5.17
This week we learnt about sea creatures and The Coral Reef. The children worked together to find information out; they read Non Fiction Books, they watched information videos and they listened to facts being told. They wrote all of their findings on big pieces of paper and then shared them with the whole class. They loved finding out about all of the different animals.
Later in the week we learnt about The Coral Reef. The children did some beautiful pictures and amazing writing, which is now displayed outside the office.
The highlight of the week was when Mrs Povey, Roger and Violet visited. The children were all adorable with both Violet and Roger and they even got to all have a little cuddle. Thank you so much Mrs Povey for visiting.
Week Commencing 1.5.17
Well we packed a lot into 3 days last week.
We learnt about more amazing big structures including The London Eye. We found that you can see for 25 miles from the top, that it carries 25 people in each carriage and that it takes half an hour to go all of the way round. We recounted our visit to William's farm where we saw big sheep and little lambs and we used how to use exclamation marks.
We all loved learning what wild flowers were and we went on a brilliant wild flower hunt.
On Thursday we spent time out of our classroom and enjoyed doing a lot of learning in The Eco Area. We imagined being as small as an ant and going on an adventure. Some children made a story using environmental resources.
The Reception children enjoyed looking for 2D and 3D shapes. They found lots.
Next week we are learning about big and little sea animals.
Week Commencing 24.4.17
The children had a superb first week back. They really enjoyed seeing each other again and playing and working in each other's company.
We started learning about big structures and found out lots of interesting facts about The Colosseum and The Parthenon. The children loved watching videos showing what The Colosseum was used for and would have been like in Roman times. They all did some wonderful writing about it using lots of finger spaces, capital letters, full stops, conjunctions, describing words and even exclamation marks!
Many children enjoyed making a colosseum using lego, duplo and junk modelling.
The Reception children have learnt what tessellation meant this week in Maths and have all been tessellation shapes. They have also been working out which shapes won't tessellate and why.
At the end of the week we enjoyed a wonderful treat. We all walked up to William's farm to see the big sheep and little lambs. Everybody loved it. Thank you very much to William's family for letting us come.
Welcome back to a new term and a new topic. This term our topic is 'How it all Begins.' We will be learning about the lifecycles of animals and plants; naming trees and plants in our local environment; learning about healthy foods, food choices and lifestyle choices; we will also be learning about significant people in history, Queen Victoria in particular, and life in Victorian England. Hopefully,we will also be enjoying some lovely spring weather, as we spend even more time then usual outside!!
Week 6 commencing 27/3/17
This week the children enjoyed learning the lifecycle of a frog. They very quickly remembered all of the stages, the names of the stages and the differences between a froglet and a frog. I was very impressed with all of those who became comfortable using the terminology 'amphibian.'
On Wednesday we walked along the tramlines, into Chinley, to visit a pond and look for frogspawn and frogs. We had a wonderful walk with our friends, chatting and looking for signs of spring. We saw lots of animals along the way, including black swans, geese, horses and dogs.
When we arrived at the pond we were all very excited to see how much frogspawn there was and that it was quite well developed ; some had the early stages of wriggling tadpoles inside the jelly. After we looked at the frogspawn we had a wonderful treat of milkshake and an ice cream. Thank you Gemma and Jamie Lee. We were quite disappointed to not have seen any frogs at the pond!
On the way back , thanks to the eagle eyes of one little boy, we did get to see a frog. It was hopping across the tramlines, with a little frog on its back.
Everybody had a fantastic time. Thank you so much to all of the parent helpers.
Week Commencing 20/3/17
The children learnt about the lifecycle of a bee this week and learnt lots of facts; they also enjoyed looking at a real life wasp's nest that was brought in.
As part of our topic, we have been learning about different periods in history. The children have loved finding out about Queen Victoria and life in Victorian times over the past few weeks. This week they were learning about toys from the past and comparing them with toys from today. They were fascinated by the big, brown, 100 year old suitcase I brought in, and entranced by it's contents: toys that belonged to my dad and grandad and that were from the 1900's up to the 1940's. The old cars, planes, boats, musical instruments, potato guns, metal toy rifles and Rupert the Bear annual were closely examined and then played with. What a treat for the children.
Obviously the children all had lots to say about the toys and they did some brilliant writing about them.
The children used their brains very creatively on Wednesday, in their P.E lesson, showing lots of ways to travel on, over and around pieces of equipment. They thought of high, low and middle ways to travel; using different parts of their bodies and going forwards and backwards.
We all loved making Red Nose Chocolate Crispie cakes ready to sell on Red Nose Day.
The Year 1 children wrote amazing, detailed instructions afterwards putting the steps in order, using a new line for each step and even using bossy (imperative) verbs. well done Year 1.
On Thursday the Reception children had a lovely time exploring the Eco Area for signs of spring and new life. They found lots, enjoyed the outdoors, loved climbing and exploring but they had the best time EVER playing in a huge, big box. You can't beat a big box for creativity....it can be anything.
Week 4 commencing 13/3/17
The children worked really hard this week on preparing and practising for our class assembly. They were excellent at learning their lines and then performing them. The assembly on Thursday was a great success and every child was wonderful. I hope you enjoyed it as much as all of the children did.
Please see photos above.
Also this week we had visits from The Major of the High Peak and Clare Mahoney, an A & E nurse, to tell us about their jobs. The children loved the Major's visit and were captivated by his outfit and The Mace. The children enjoyed learning about his role and when he has to wear his full clothes.
They loved Clare's visit and enjoyed learning about broken bones, X-rays and how your bones are plastered. They all enjoyed bandaging each other up and then making some real plaster.
Everybody enjoyed the beautiful weather this week and playing outside.
Week 3 commencing 6/3/17
This week the Reception children did some amazing writing about their favourite part of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Everybody thought of their own sentence, stretched out each word to listen to the sounds and wrote them down. They are getting so good at writing independently now. Some are evn using finger spaces! The Year 1 children took it one step further and wrote their own Very Hungry Animal story; using The Very Hungry caterpillar frame but choosing their own baby animal and different foods it would eat. There are some brilliant stories and lots of wonderful writing.
To help prepare we learnt about baby animals and their adults; we looked at lots of different babies. We were really interested to learn that a baby fish is called a fry!
The children used pastels to draw pictures of the baby animals on paper, they used paint programs on the computer to draw them and they also made them out of construction materials.
Here is one example of a fry and a tadpole.
As is usual, we started the week by looking at our bean plants and talking about what has happened.
It is a daily focus and fascination looing at the changes that are occurring.
The children all drew a picture of their plant and wrote their week 3 Bean Diary entry.
In Maths the Reception children were learning to use comparative language; tall, taller and tallest, small, smaller and smallest for example. They compared the height of lots of things. One little boy decided he wanted to build a sunflower taller than our classroom one.....so he did!
We couldn't quite get it to stand up, but we think he achieved it.
As always, the children enjoyed lots of outside provision; they especially enjoyed it in the sunshine!
Class 1 are still enjoying their Physical Literacy sessions inside and outside. They love playing a game after our Mile A D ay run. One of their favourite's is 'Toilet Tig', named by the children, when they have to flush the toilet to be released!
The week ended with the Year 1 sleepover. What a superb experience for everybody. The children all had great fun and were absolutely wonderful.
Next week are looking at the lifecycle of a dog. If you have a puppy or dog that would like to come in and visit us please see Miss Crombleholme. Later in the term we are learning about Frogs, hens, cats, snakes and humans. If you have any of these you would bring in, or any other baby, please see Miss Crombleholme.
Week Commencing 27.2.17
This week the children enjoyed the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They enjoyed working together in mixed year groups to act out the story and retell it. Later in the week the Year 1 children rewrote the story.
The children have also learnt the lifecycle of a butterfly and they made some fantastic, detailed and labelled life cycles using lots of art materials. They also did lots of printing to make symmetrical butterflies and caterpillars.
All of the children have been enjoying checking the broad beans they planted last week to see if they had grown. They were a little disappointed to see that they hadn't yet sprouted on Monday, but understood that they were probably growing a root first. We are really hoping to see some shoots sprouting this week !!
On Thursday lots of children came dressed up for World Book Day. We had some brilliant characters. They children loved sharing their favourite books with their friends. The Reception children wrote sentences about their books and the Year 1 children wrote amazing book reviews.
Well done class 1.
This week the Sunshine group are going to continue practising spellings out of their yellow booklet. The Stars group are going to be given a different set of spellings on Monday. Please practise these spellings for the test on Monday 13th instead of those from the green booklet.
Week commencing 20/2/17
Week 1 of 7
This week we started learning the lifecycle of a bean plant and also a sunflower. We all enjoyed planting our own bean which we are going to watch grow over the term and to record it's progress in a weekly Bean Diary.
We all acted out the lifecycle of a sunflower with actions. The Reception enjoyed composing their own music to show the lifecycle to. As always , we have enjoyed lots of creative activities to enhance our learning and understanding about sunflowers.
We also started learning about different vegetables. We named them and talked about what dishes we enjoy eating them in. Then we cut them up and made healthy potato people choosing our own vegetables.
On Wednesday we learnt about Queen Victoria and used charcoal to draw some brilliant portraits.
Week Commencing 30/1/17
We started this week by enjoying Chinese New Year celebrations. We enjoyed learning the story of how the years got their names and also acting it out. We enjoyed using the small world animals to play the story also. Many children made red lanterns and also coloured in Chinese Dragon masks.
In Topic we were learning about our solar system. To get an understanding of how The Earth orbits the sun and The Moon orbits The Earth the class wrapped 3 children up in big rolls of paper to make them become The Earth, Moon and Sun. The Earth child learnt how to rotate whilst orbiting The Sun and The Moon child orbited too!! We had a lot of turning children and a lot of fun !!
Throughout the course of the week we learnt all about the 9 planets in our solar system. The Year 1's wrote fantastic reports. They are really getting good at now using features of reports in their work.
On Friday , in preparation for our Big Write, all of the class worked together to write down all the facts they could remember about the solar system. We then wrote letters to Lecky, an alien from another solar system, telling him all about our galaxy. I was so proud of how every child wrote.
The children really enjoyed sharing their writing with the class.
As always we have loved our Mile A Day run, this week we have joined in with the juniors and I think surprised everyone with quite how fit Class 1 is. I think we might be challenging for the fittest class soon.
Well done Class 1
We also learnt all about rockets; how many body parts they have and what they do. We loved working together to make our own.
Week Commencing 23.1.17
This week the children continued their learning about the moon. They learnt all about it's surface, it's size, how old it is and about the first man on the moon. The Year 1 children showed their understanding, and also their developing literacy skills, by writing non chronological reports which used features of reports. They all used a title, sub headings, information, pictures and technical vocabulary. Wonderful work guys.
Everybody enjoyed using chalk pastels to draw pictures, play dough to create moon models and also shiny materials to make moon crater plates.
Much fun and a lot of learning happened when we did a science experiment to learn how craters were made on the moon. We tested our ideas about how the size of the rock or asteroid would impact on the size of the crater, by dropping different sized stones in to 'moon dust'.
The Reception children learnt about repeating patterns in maths and were all brilliant at doing 2 stage and even 3 stage repeating patterns. Some children could even think about 2 factors in the pattern such as size and colour.
On Thursday, the Reception children had a wonderful afternoon. As it was so cold they didn't go to the Eco Area, as is their norm, instead they brought their activities inside. They worked together to build wonderful dens in the hall. Some groups of children did everything themselves, even tying the knots to hold up the tarpaulin. When they heard Mrs Rackstraw coming they all hid and she couldn't find them for ages!
Week Commencing 16.1.17
This week we spent time making up and writing stories about our aliens. the children were very creative with their ideas and they all did some excellent writing.
We spent time looking at aerial maps to learn how to draw maps from a different perspective. I gave the children maps and asked them where they were of. Everybody soon worked out they were recent and old maps of Buxworth. Then the children drew and labelled their own maps with geographical features.
We learnt about the moon and all of the children in both Reception and Year 1 learnt lots of facts and then did some amazing writing. We compared the moon to Buxworth.
We also did some fantastic moon printing.
As usual we did lot of physical exercise including our Fundamental Movement Skills, 5 a day and Mile a Day run and 2 P.E lessons.
Week Commencing 9.1.17
We continued our learning this week by finding out about the sun. The children were fascinated to find out that it is a star and that all the other stars in the sky are actually far away suns. They wrote some brilliant sentences and drew lovely pastel pictures, many of which are displayed on our windows.
We read 'Aliens Love Underpants' and spent time describing and writing noun phrases about all of the different underpants. Later in the week the children made their own aliens and then described them. They all enjoyed 'Quick Write' describing words.
They have really enjoyed the sun inspired continuous provision activities; especially the tweezers in red lentils which they used to pick up lots of small objects.
We have also been making sun collages and weaving in warm colours.
On Tuesday, Mrs Somerville and the children worked really hard to make the most amazing rocket. They painted, rolled, stuck, cut, and glittered.
I was absolutely amazed on Wednesday morning when I walked in to our classroom and saw this:
Thank you Mrs Somerville.
On Wednesday, we looked to the questions the children asked on our topic map and we learnt about gravity. The children loved watching a video of an astronaut on the International Space Station floating around when there was no gravity.
We conducted our own experiments by throwing different objects up in to the air to see if they would float away or be pulled back down to earth by gravity. We went all around school testing if gravity was present.
Happily, we concluded that gravity was everywhere.
On Friday we had a brilliant 'Snow Day.' The children worked together to make and then paint lots of snow sculptures. We had such fun.
Next week we will be writing creative stories about our aliens going on the rocket to the moon. I wonder what adventures they will have?
Happy New Year
Welcome back to Spring Term 1. This term our topic is To Infinity and Beyond. We will be learning about our solar system; the planets; the sun; the moon and the time line of travel into space. We will be enjoying fiction, non fiction and poetry books to help us . After half term our topic will be
How it all Begins. We will be learning about the lifecycles of many different animals including: frogs, caterpillars, chickens, dogs and humans. To find out more about each topic please read the curriculum overview letters that come home at the beginning of each term or read them on line. Each is attached above.
Week 1 W/c 2/1/17
The children all returned well rested and ready to learn. They have had a great first week thinking about our new topic. We read Roaring Rockets and Bob The Man on The Moon to inspire them to think about what they already knew about Space and what they wanted to find out; we made 2 wonderful mind maps full of questions. " What is a solar system? " , "What is gravity?", :" How far away is the moon?" , "What is the sun made of?", "If the earth is round, why don't we fall off?", "Is the moon made out of cheese?" , "Why do astronauts wear special suits?" and " What are the parts of a rocket?" are just a few of the questions. I can tell we are going to have a WONDERFUL, EXCITING AND MOTIVATED TERM FULL OF LEARNING.
We started off learning about our Solar system. The children were all enthralled and did some wonderful pictures and writing even though it was a Friday afternoon!
I can't wait for next week when we find out more about each planet and the sun.
Week 7 Week Commencing 12/12/16
The children all had a wonderful final week . They enjoyed: watching the dodgeball tournament in aid of British Heart Foundation, Christmas Party day and meeting Father Christmas, Reindeer Run Cross Country and generally having lots of fun with their friends.
W/ C 5/12.16
On Wednesday we all enjoyed our Christmas dinner and we loved our crackers and toys.
The children had a FANTASTIC week last week. Their focus continued to be Jack and The Beanstalk and they incorporated it in to lots of the curriculum. On Monday the children all worked together to make parts of a beanstalk, leaves and to paint a superb, life size Jack. They were all amazed, intrigued and VERY excited when they came in on Tuesday morning and the beanstalk was growing up from the floor and was reaching all the way up to ceiling. They had lots of ideas about how it had happened and why Jack was at the bottom of it.
Week 3 w/c 14/11/16
The children had a week full of excitement and anticipation preparing for our first class assembly on Thursday. Throughout the week everybody practised well and remembered all their words, actions and songs. They showed how much they had grown and developed as the day came closer and they managed to hold their excitement without it ever bubbling over.
Thursday was a fantastic day when the children got to dress up in their favourite dressing up clothes for assembly; dance and sing to their favourite songs and act out shows and perform words in front of a very large audience. All of the children joined in and made me and the Class 1 team very proud.
The following day Helen Madden visited and told us about her job as a therapist. The children were very interested to hear how she works with children and adults who feel sad and how she helps to make them feel happier. They asked lots of questions about HOW she helps children the children. Helen explained she uses puppets, play, drawing and colouring a lot. It was interesting for the children to hear this as we often use puppets and talk about our feelings in class. We also use different coloured pencils to draw pictures in the 'colour we are feeling.' We find this helps the children when they can't quite express themselves and what they want to communicate. The children's previous experience in using colours and talking about their feelings helped them to understands Helen's job better. We all enjoyed drawing pictures using colours to show our feelings at the end.
Our last visitor of the week was Sarah Davies who told us about her job as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher at High School. She taught us how to say 'Hello', 'How are you?' 'I feel happy' and 'I feel grumpy' in Spanish.
This week the children still enjoyed lots of physical literacy and P.E. the highlights this week were practicing their agility, dodging and movement skills whilst touching as many cones as they could in a given time. Things got trickier when they has to touch different colours, then use only their right hand and when they had to travel on all fours...it was really fun! Later on in the week they enjoyed hockey and practised 'taking their dogs for a walk' using the hockey stick. They were all great.
Week 2 W/C 7/11/16
This week the children learnt The Gingerbread Man story. They spent time joining in with the story and retelling it. They loved the book and an interactive version on the whiteboard. The Year 1s learnt to read and follow instructions using a gingerbread man recipe. They worked together to make lots of yummy gingerbread man biscuits. They then drew the instructions before writing them themselves. The Reception children will be making gingerbread men next week in their independent baking.
The Reception children have been working really hard in their phonics lessons and this week have learnt d , g, o and c. They can sing the songs, form the letters and do the corresponding actions. This week they have also been learning to blend phonemes together to read words. Well done Reception.
In our physical literacy sessions each morning the children are starting to show real progress. Everybody is correctly copying the 5 a Day dance routines , managing to run for 5 minutes during our mile a day run and is working really hard on their fundamental movement skills. I was really impressed with
everybody's throwing and catching, using small balls, this week.
On Thursday the children brought their favourite story books in to school, they all enjoyed talking about them and sharing them with their friends.
Remember it is our Class assembly on Thursday at 3pm, in the hall. Please come and watch the children show off their amazing work.
Term 2 , Week 1
They talked about Bonfire night, drew exciting firework pictures and everybody did firework writing. The Year 1s used describing words and the Reception children listened for and wrote the beginning sounds of words.
Next week we are learning about the story of The Gingerbread Man. Beware of children hunting for gingerbread men around the house and school! We are also talking about and sharing our favourite story books from home.
Please could the children bring their favourite story book in to school on Thursday and Friday.
Week 6 W/C 10.10.16
Class 1 had a great week with lots of fantastic learning going on. Year 1 spent time focusing on capital letters and full stops and adding them in to sentences . The Reception children started Phase 2 phonics; learning 's' and 'a'. They all absolutely loved the dough disco exercises to warm their fingers up ready to do hand actions and to form letters. They also enjoyed reading each letter's story and singing its song.
Year 1 did lots of fun maths including weighing mass in beans! Each child learnt that 1 bean equals 1g by putting 1 bean in their hands. They could feel the mass of 1g and then 2g,3g,4g,5g and 6grams etc in their hands. They soon got over the fact that the beans were cold and wet and enjoyed learning what 1 g and then what 1 kg feels like. They used weighed out bags of sugar for the kilogram; not 1000 beans!
The last fun thing this week was a special show and tell that fitted very well with our 'Furry and Cuddly' theme. One little boy brought his lamb in and the rosettes that he had won at different shows by displaying his lamb handling skills. All of the children loved it.
Week 5 w/c 3.10.16
The Year 1 children loved finding out about, and using their sense of touch in Science. We tried to only use our sense of touch to say where we were being touched, in our first experiment and then to guess the object we were touching in the second.
A huge well done to everybody in Class 1 for their fantastic performance ,in front of a big crowd, at our Harvest Festival. Their singing and actions for Big Red Combine Harvester were superb.
We are learning about autumn next week.
Everybody had a beartastic week this week. The children all brought their teddy bears in to school each day, to join in with their fun learning and activities. On Monday the children used their sandwich making skills to independently make cheese and ham sandwiches, in preparation for a teddy bears' picnic later in the week. They also watched Miss Crombleholme demonstrate how to make Rich Biscuits, and then in groups, they independently made their own biscuits, with great success. On Tuesday they enjoyed sharing the fruits of their labour, with their teddy bears, at a picnic. Also on Tuesday, they demonstrated some amazing art skills and painted brilliant bears, which are on display in our classroom, with Mrs Somerville.
Later in the week the children nearly burst with excitement as they got themselves ready to go on a Bear Hunt. They crept through school, looking along every wall and in every little alcove, they then explored the Eco Area, at the top and also down by the river, on the decking. They looked high and low; in amongst the bushes and in the trees, soon they were rewarded as they began to find beautifully created bears, that they had made in Art and Design, the week before. The excitement never waned, until we finally crept back along the path and into school.... being careful to remove our muddy, bear hunting shoes, on the mat! The children all drew amazing pictures of the hunt and the Year 1 children wrote their best pieces of writing yet; using wonderfully descriptive words and exciting sentences.
Also this week the Reception children have started their Phonics lessons, and have been listening for different sounds. They have discovered that they are all very good at naming and identifying what the sound is.
Everybody has loved our Physical Literacy session each morning, enjoying doing a 5- a day dance, some fundamental movement skills and finding different ways to move outside. Well done Class 1 for being so active.
INCY WINCY SPIDER NEXT WEEK.
This week the children became familiar with our everyday routines. The Reception children practised coming in each morning and putting their trainers on ready for our active start to the day. They then went to self register by finding and posting their name in the box. The Year 1 children put their trainers on each morning, and then practised writing their spellings . This is the routine the children will follow every day.
They all enjoyed and participated in our Physical Literacy sessions by doing: a 5-a Day song and dance; they strengthened their bodies through Fundamental Movement Skills, and they increased their aerobic fitness with the mile a day run. The Y1 also enjoyed doing Tag Rugby in their P.A.S lesson and the Reception children enjoyed Balanceability on Wednesday and learning different ways to travel in P.E on Tursday..... Phew..... what an active bunch they are!
Independent baking this week was making cheese or ham sandwiches. Everybody is getting very good at signing in on the baking list, writing their name on their sandwich bag, spreading the butter on the bread and also cutting their sandwiches. Well done everybody who is following the routines. Next week they will be baking biscuits and making sandwiches for a teddy bears picnic on Thursday.
Sally the Scientist , our scientist teddy, posted a question this week in her backpack, asking us to find out what our 5 senses are and what they are used for. They spent time working out the answer and then they used their sense of smell by doing a smell investigation. They each made a nose mask, to help them smell, and then went on a smell discovery walk in and around school; after that they wore a blindfold and did a smell test to see if they could identify 5 different smells. They all squealed with excitement when the different smells were presented to them, they had a fun and exciting time. We are all wondering what Sally the Scientist's next question will be????
Next week our focus is going to be teddy bears. We are going to talk about and show our favourite teddy bear; we are going to go on a bear hunt and see if we can find anymore bears in and around school; especially in the Eco Area and we are going to have a teddy bears picnic.
Please bring in your child's favourite teddy bear on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
PHONICS MEETING FOR PARENTS: THURSDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER , 7PM, IN CLASS 1
Week 2 W/C 12.9.16
A busy week for all in class 1. We spent time getting to know each other and our class routines.
The children enjoyed lots of fun activities whilst learning; they enjoyed playing, exploring and discovering inside and outside, with big equipment and small. They all really enjoyed our new, independent baking area where this week they were making jam sandwiches and writing labels to put on their bags to take home. The Reception children started Balanceability sessions with Mrs Somerville , who is teaching all those who can't ride their bikes to gain balance and riding skills on balance bikes.
The Year 1 children began their Challenge Cards, which they will work on in the afternoons. These allow the children to take ownership over some of their learning and give them the ability to choose which learning activity they find the most interesting and challenging, whilst also increasing their independence skills. The Reception children started recording their feelings each day through colours.
Well done Class 1.
I can't wait to come back to school next week for more fun!
Our topic this term is Furry and Cuddly. We will be finding out all about ourselves and who we like to cuddle; our family; our pets and our favourite cuddly toys. We will also be learning traditional tales including Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The 3 Little Pigs and more.
We have welcomed lots of new children into our class and they have all settled really well.
This week we have spent time getting to know each other and our new classroom. We have enjoyed dressing up, playing in the home corner, doing jigsaws and 3d dominoes, mark making and painting, playing with playdough, investigating using our senses, playing in the mud kitchen, water tray and sand pit , playing on the train and playing with the parachute.
Have a look at our pictures to get a little glimpse into some of our fun.
Thank you to everyone in Class 1 for a wonderful year in which we have all learnt and laughed a lot together. We wish all of those who are moving up, good luck in Class 2, for those who are staying in Class 1, we can't wait to see you next year when our topic will be : Cuddly and Furry. See you soon.
Everybody had a superb time at Chester Zoo today. The children enjoyed spending the day seeing all the wild animals and also some fantastic looking models of dinosaurs....."Are they real?" was heard many times.
Summer Term 2016
For the first half term we will be enjoying finding out about superheroes in books and on tv, and we will thinking about and making up our own superheroes. We will be learning about real life super heroes such as: firefighters, nurses and police officers. As part of our learning we will be using our enterprise skills , to plan, make and run a superhero shindig tea party. Look out for news in the next few weeks.
Everyday, at first play, the children have the opportunity to have a drink of milk. If the children are 4 years old, this is funded by the government, after their 5th birthday, this funding stops. If you would like your child to continue to receive milk each day; or if you would like them to start receiving it; you can pay for it via The Cool Milk website. Please speak to Mrs Arnfield in the office, about how to subscribe.
Chester Zoo trip on Wednesday 13th July. Please look in book bags for extra information.
Week 5 W/C 4.7.16
Week 4 w/c 27.6.16
The children had a very enterprising and successful week third week of term. We started off by thinking about what games and challenges we would like to have at our Olympic tea party on Wednesday. The children used their plans from the previous week to set the games up in the playground outside. Everybody then went and had a go and together we decided which games we would put on at the tea party. Next we set about making the props and resources needed for each event. We also made name signs for each stall and volunteer badges to wear, to let everybody know we were helpers. All of the children were totally engaged in a job and all on task. They were wonderful.
Practising our games.
Practising our games.
Making signs for each game.
Making numbers for the target board.
Decorating cakes for the cake stall.
On the day of the tea party, the children were very excited. I was so impressed with everybody in the class, they all worked really hard throughout the tea party, they spoke to lots of different people, many of whom were adults, they could explain what they needed to and everybody communicated clearly and politely.
The colouring stall.
Explaining the ball bouncing game.
Helping on the cake stall.
The target game.
Guess the name of the mascots
Well done Class 1 for putting on such a wonderful event. Thank you very much to everybody who donated their time or cakes to help support it. The event raised 124.33 .
Week 3 W/C 20.6.16
This week, the children enjoyed learning opportunities on varied things.
We embraced the opportunity to talk about democracy, decision making and voting, by the Year 1 children thinking about and then writing motions for what activity the class would do next Thursday afternoon. The learning activity was put in their hands; they were told that they had to think of an activity and then persuade the audience, and me what they would learn if we did it! They came up with super ideas such as having the bikes out in the big playground, as children would learn to pedal and take turns; going on the park in The Rec, as they would learn to climb, swing and work together; having sports equipment out, as they would learn new sporting skills, and baking cakes, to learn to share and take turns. They rest of the class listened to their proposals and then they all voted. Going on the bikes received 6 votes, going to the park also received 6 votes but there was 1 undecided child who wanted both! ( Decisions can be hard when you are only 5!) As a result we are going to combine both activities and hopefully, many children will be happy!
We started thinking about our Olympic tea party, which is next Wednesday, the 29th June at 3pm. The children used the 6 Early enterprise skills of : teamwork, initiative, communication, positivity, finance and creativity to think of ideas for games and challenges they would like to run, they wrote them all down and again presented them to the class who voted on what we should do at the tea party.
We then spent time making posters to advertise the event and writing invitations.
The children have been learning about the history of the Olympic games, what the logo is and also about mascots. They enjoyed designing their own mascots and then making them.
Three of our Year 1 children had a wonderful time at Map Quest on Tuesday. They used orienteering skills to find 12 pictures around Manor Park in Glossop. They were brilliant and ran around constantly for 20 minutes. Our 'Mile a Day' run has definitely improved their stamina. (They were quite hot and tired afterwards though!)
All of the children enjoyed watching our Key Stage 2 Children in a Cyclo Cross competition.
Week 2 W/C 13.6.16
This week we continued learning about Brazil. We focused especially on The Amazon Rainforest and learnt all about the trees, plants and animals we would find. We learnt about the 4 different layers in the rainforest; The Emergent Layer, The Canopy; The Understory and The Forest Floor. The children spent lots of time learning about parts of plants and also studying out own 'rainforest' in The Eco Area. They made lots of astute comparisons and links. They all produced some brilliant descriptive writing about the rainforest.
As ever, we did lots of playing together and learning together.
Week 1 T6 W/C 6.6.16
This week we started our whole term focus of The Olympics, by learning about where this year's Olympics will be staged: Brazil.
We learnt many interesting facts about the country, the land and the culture. The Y1 children wrote superb reports using a title, sub headings, diagrams, the present tense and exciting vocabulary. If you would like to learn about Brazil, come and read them, they are on the wall in our role play area. The children were all really excited to learn about the Rio de Janeiro Carnival that happens at the beginning of lent and of course, being so creative; the children wanted to do their own carnival and aprocession too. They spent time working out costumes, making colourful masks and even learning to samba dance!! The children were much better at it than Miss Crombleholme and Mrs Povey! They all worked together really well, helping each other with ideas, to find everything they needed and helping each other to cut out and make things. It is lovely to hear so many children saying " I will help you," when somebody has a problem.
On Thursday the Y1 children started learning about persuasive writing and wrote letters to Ms Moore to persuade her that she should let us do a carnival procession for the whole school. They all included really good noun phrases, describing what the costumes, music and dancing would be like. The Reception children used their writing skills and wrote invitations for the other classes. They were really good and showed how everybody is stretching their words to listen all the sounds in each word before writing them down.
On Thursday we welcomed the children who will be joining Reception next year on their first 'Stay and Play' session. The new children were brilliant and I was very proud of our current Class 1 children who helped all of the newcomers and made them feel very welcome. Well done Class 1 .
Next week we are learning all about The Amazon Rainforest.
Week 7 W/C 23.5. 16
Class 1 had a super last week, filled with lots of learning, activities and fun.
They all enjoyed their afternoon in The Eco Area on Tuesday making magic power potions for their superheroes and also superhero lairs. Everybody worked really well together.
On Wednesday PCO Karen Green visited to talk about her job. She brought some speed watch equipment with her and the children all went to do speed checks on the cars travelling through Buxworth. They were very happy that nobody was breaking the speed limit and everybody drove very responsibly.
On Thursday morning everybody worked really hard in their Big Write and produced some brilliant writing. Well done everybody.
And we finished the week by skipping beautifully around the maypole during the school Maypole celebrations. Everybody was superb and did so well performing in front of the whole school and parents.
Happy holidays everybody. See you on Monday 6th June.
Week 6 W/C 16.5.16
Class 1 had a extremely theatrical and creative week, as is our usual way.
On Wednesday we performed an outstanding assembly which saw everyone dressed up as their own superhero with fantastic costumes, and everybody introducing their superhero and powers. Children read out work they had written, with loud, clear voices. They shared their comic strips, the life story of Florence Nightingale and their recounts of our trip to Buxton Fire Station. Two groups of children showed how superb everybody is at using their enterprise skills, by performing shows they had created of The Great Fire of London. The shows were outstanding; as were the theatre sign, tickets and posters everybody had made. Everybody in the class worked together, with very little support from the teachers. They finished their assembly by showing off all the amazing physical skills they have developed this term; they bounced and caught balls, they threw to each other and they dribbled.
Making the theatre and show signs.
Welcoming the audience and giving out tickets to the shows.
All dressed up and ready to go.
The Great Fire of London Show
Another outstanding day in Class 1.
Week 5 W/C 9.5.16
This week, the Year 1 children worked extremely hard completing core objective tests in Maths, SPAG and Reading . They did very well and I was really proud of the effort everybody put in.
Our focus for this week has been real life superheroes; firefighters in particular. We have been thinking about what firefighters do and acting it out. We have also been learning about The Great Fire of London.
It has really captured the children's attention and inspired lots of re enactments and shows. Everybody has used all of the early enterprise skills to; plan, write and act in a show; to produce posters advertising their show, make tickets for entrance and also costumes and props! They have done this with very little guidance from the teachers and a lot of team work, positivity, use of their own initiative and communication skills. They are going to perform some of the shows during their class assembly next week.
On Thursday the children visited Buxton Fire Station and received a fantastic experience care of Blue Watch.
They found out about all the different things fire fighters do in a days work. They had a look at the fire engines and were amazed to find out how much equipment they carry and use.
They had a go in the fire engines and also at trying on the helmets.
They loved watching Mrs Povey dress up.
They loved watching the big fire engines outside and were so thrilled when they had a go with the hose pipes.
......and they were thrilled when they all got wet !!!
Week 4 W/c 2.5.16
Class 1 had another excellent week where they worked hard and enjoyed themselves.
Sucky Chewy's visit inspired the children to all write about him.
The children have been enjoying their math lessons and also all other opportunities to use their math skills.
Working together playing Snakes and Ladders.
Working together playing skittles and counting up scores. The 2 year groups work together so well; they always help each other.
On Thursday we enjoyed a day learning in our local environment. We walked along the canal in to Whaley Bridge where we stopped at the bakery and bought a snack to eat. We had a look at the bakery kitchen and we compared it to the kitchen of the royal baker Thomas Farynor in 1666.
We walked to the park and enjoyed playing on all the equipment . The children challenged themselves on the climbing frame, enjoyed the thrill of the zip wire and the high bucket swing and worked together on the swings pushing each other and learning how to keep themselves swinging.
Everybody enjoyed sharing a picnic lunch in the sunshine before we walked slowly back to school. A great day was had by all.
I was so impressed with all of the children; they walked a long way carrying all of their own things. They listened to instructions and behaved well.
Thank you so much to our parent helpers, we wouldn't have been able to do it without you.
Next week our focus is real life super heroes, firefighters and The Great Fire of London. We will all be enjoying a trip to Buxton Fire Station on Thursday morning.
Week 3 w/c 25.4.16
The Reception children have all been working hard to write the math stories they were told.
Everybody has enjoyed finding, showing or writing the magic number this week which is 14.
The children have started to learn about and use the 6 early years enterprise skills of: initiative, creativity, communication, positivity, teamwork and finance. Through the use of characters the children have planned, written, advertised and made tickets for drama shows. They used Tim and Tom the teamwork twins to listen to each others ideas and work together ; Pippa Positivity to believe they could produce what they wanted; Izzy Initiative to think about what they needed to do and to collect all their resources; Charlie Communicate to talk about their ideas, Freddie Finance to put prices on the tickets and Chloe Creativity to think of all their ideas. They made posters, tickets, and invitations. They all enjoyed watching each others shows, as did Ms Moore who was sent a special invitation.
They all showed Pippa Positivity and great determination to not give up during our mile runs, even when it was raining. Well done Class 1; a great attitude.
Next Thursday we will be going on a trip to Whaley Bridge to spend the day learning in our local environment. Look out for a letter and permission slip going home on Tuesday. Parent helpers are needed. Please speak to us if you can help.
Week 2 W/c 18.4.16
This week the Y1 children have learnt to write a comic strip. They have thought of superheroes and what their characteristics are; they planned and drew scenery where the action would take place; they learnt to set the scene so the reader was aware of what had happened so far and then they wrote an action scene using speech. Their comic strips are brilliant and will soon be on a display in the classroom.
The Reception children have been doing lots of writing also when writing down their ideas and plans for what they want to do each session. their writing has really come on and you can see lots of children sounding out each word to spell it and then write. Well done Reception.
All the children have enjoyed finding this week's magic number which was 13. They have written it, found it in the classroom on different objects and shown me the value of it.
The children have been working together lots and thinking about how to be kind friends.
They enjoyed doing The opposites puzzle and worked together to help each other.
The Reception children enjoyed Travelling Tuesday when they designed, planned and made superhero masks. They used lots of different thinking, concentration and physical skills. Afterwards they had a fantastic time outside with the parachute.
The Year 1 children have been thinking about different superheroes. They have learnt to use alliteration in sentences . They have also learnt to put the correct ending on third person singular verbs, when saying what each superhero does.
The children have enjoyed lots of making, for example: masks; superhero lairs and control panels and superhero biscuits.
The children enjoyed finding out about real life super hero Florence Nightingale and how she changed and improved nursing. Many of them then went and played being a nurse or preparing healthy food for patients in hospitals.
They also made healthy soups outside, for Miss Crombleholme to enjoy !!!
Easter Preparations and Celebrations.
We practised and performed a song, as part of our school Easter service, in church. The children sang 'We have a King Who Rides a Donkey' brilliantly.
We loved the egg rolling competition.
This week we have been practising our class assembly on minibeasts. The children worked really hard practising their words, making up dances, practising songs and poems. They also made their minibeast masks, flowers for the back drop and habitat props for the front of the stage.
The assembly on Thursday was very well attended by all of the parents who seemed to enjoy it greatly. The children performed really well, spoke and sang with very loud voices and danced beautifully. They all showed how much they had developed from their very first assembly in December.
Class 1 have also enjoyed lots of time outside this week. They loved returning to the Eco Area to see if any minibeasts had visited the habitats that they made last week. We also spent the afternoon in The Eco Area on Thursday making up stories about different minibeasts. The children were very creative .
The children are working really well together now and help each other often. They are so good at it, even down to helping each other on to the swing, creating the boundary where other children can't walk in to and pushing the swing, the teachers aren't actually needed anymore! We can just take the photos!!
The Reception children this week had a wonderful time on Tuesday, with Mrs Somerville. They worked hard on their pop up books on The Easter Story and then spent time outside.
This week we learnt about worms, spiders, bees and snails! We wrote some amazing non fiction texts. The children now know so many facts about Minibeasts! We started learning about the different habitats minibeasts like and have made our own habitats and left them in the Eco Area as an investigation. We will return to them next week to find out which minibeasts go to which habitats. The children were also really interested in learning about worms and are very keen on making a wormery.
We also spent time finding things to make minibeast habitats. We are investigating which habitats the minibeasts go and visit over the course of a week. We will return next week to find out.
We really enjoyed all the visitors for Life Lesson's Week.
A Oral Health Educator came in and talked to us about how to keep our teeth healthy. We learnt about good foods for our teeth and some that aren't so good. we were interested to find out when it is ok to eat sugar. We also learnt how many teeth we should have now and we all counted our teeth.
We had a visit from an Estate Agent who explained how he sells houses. The children were really interested to find out how much he uses Maths, English and Technology in his job to help him make brochures, measure rooms and gardens and draw diagrams. They loved his laser to measure rooms.
Finally we had a visit from a Special Educational Needs Teacher. The children were really interested to find out how she teaches children with profound disabilities. They found out that she has to teach by using the children's senses a lot. Class 1 loved using their sense of sight, hearing and touch to enjoy a story.
Remember it is our class assembly next Thursday at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please help your child to practice their words this week. Some children will have letters in their book bags about bringing special clothes in. Please could they come in as soon as possible.
This week we learnt about caterpillars and butterflies. We learnt the lifecycle of a butterfly and acted it out. The children then retold the lifecycle putting the stages in order. They used technical vocabulary and great describing words.
We have started learning about plants and what they need to grow. Everybody has planted a seed and is going to keep a diary of what is happening to the seed on a weekly basis.
Everybody really enjoyed Forest Schools this week and showed some superb team work. Together the class built an amazing den. Each child played their part and they all worked as a team. Mrs Pattison was VERY impressed with them.
On Thursday we enjoyed World Book Day. Some Year 6 children helped us to read our favourite books and then they worked with our class to make something to help us talk about the story.
This week we enjoyed launching our new topic Minibeasts. We investigated lots of different minibeasts to get an understanding of what we would be learning about. We enjoyed using microscopes to make close observations and then completing Bug observation Forms.
We learnt lots of amazing facts about beetles and ladybirds and did some brilliant non fiction writing.
We played lots of team games such a Ladybird Number Bingo and Build a Beetle.
We learnt how to add the suffix 'ed' to a verb to make it a past tense and we learnt how to add the suffixes 'er' and 'est' to a root word. We read lots of Ladybird stories and used Look Out Ladybird in our own writing.
Holding our bodies still and straight, and holding the balance for 10 seconds is really developing the our core muscles. Of course we did the mile a day run 3 times this week and enjoyed a dance and P.A.S P.E lesson as well. The children made up their own dances showing the lifecycle of a ladybird. They were amazing.
Well done Class 1 for a great first week back.
We went to the bakery where the children had to ask for what they would like and they paid their money themselves. We walked to the park to enjoy our treat. Afterwards everybody used some brilliant physical skills on the play equipment. They ran, pushed, climbed, balanced, negotiated spaces and decided how to approach a challenge. Furthermore, they helped each other on equipment and were brilliant friends. All of the children walked back from the park despite feeling tired. The whole morning really highlighted the benefits our mile a day run, daily physical exercise and our many PE lessons each week are having on the children, making them stronger, fitter and more determined.
Well done Class 1 for working really hard all term. I hope you all have a restful and relaxing holiday and come back fully charged. Next term our topic is Minibeasts and it is going to be fun.
Week 5 1.2.16
Last week our focus was The Antarctic. The children all learnt so much and all became experts! The Year 1 children wrote amazing non chronological reports. They included a big, bold title, subheadings, pictures, labels and information in the present tense!! They are on our Antarctic display outside the classroom. Be sure to have a look. The Reception children wrote about animals in The Antarctic. They have been working on segmenting the words to hear all of the sounds. They also produced some amazing work.
We were very creative and made papier mache globes. The children painted on the oceans, continents, The Arctic and The Antarctic. They also made some superb penguins which will be displayed with The Antarctic non chronological reports.
Look at the amazing pictures on Tapestry to see and read what your child got up to.
Next Wednesday we are planning a trip to Whaley Bridge Park . Please look in your child's bag for the letter and consent form. Please return this as soon as possible. If you could volunteer for the morning, please see Miss Crombleholme. Year 1 parents, please also look for a letter about Parents Evening next term.
The Reception children enjoyed thinking about time on Travelling Tuesdays and worked really hard to make their own clocks. They enjoyed using 'O Clock' to play What time is it Mr Wolf? when they went outside
Week 3 beginning 18.1.16
Last week the children began learning about The Arctic. They enjoyed using the globe to locate the arctic and then transferred their knowledge to finding it on a map. They found out about the environment and how it changes depending on where you are; the weather and arctic animals. They all recalled amazing facts about different animals and wrote some brilliant sentences.
They made arctic environments using a range of art resources.
Arctic animal masks.
The children explored white textures using all of their senses and wrote superb describing words.
In Literacy we rewrote The Snowman story by Raymond Briggs. The Reception children used all of their phonic sounds to label the pictures and some even wrote a sentence.
The Year 1 children used some brilliant describing words to make their sentences exciting and interesting.
Next week we are writing our own winter stories using arctic animals as characters and an arctic setting .
Class 1 joined in with the ' Mile a Day' challenge. We are working up to running or walking half a mile each day.
They also enjoyed 3 P.E lessons this week and lots of outdoor activities.
What a busy bunch they are.
Week 2 beginning 11.1.16
The children continued their learning about winter in the UK.
The Reception children enjoyed a winter adventure going down to the Eco Area and then the river, looking for signs of winter. They learnt lots about the plants, trees and wildlife around them. There was lots of lovely language and brilliant vocabulary being shared.
The children continued to talk about their adventure the following day when they all created an image using play dough and a range of other materials. Their work was breath taking.
The Year 1 children had a different experience and made some hot chocolate. Then they wrote brilliant instructions using the features of instructions.
Of course, they enjoyed drinking them !
In Maths, the Reception children acted out and wrote maths stories.
The Year 1 children acted out division maths stories.
They all enjoyed a P.E lesson in Boccia and target practice .
They have enjoyed learning about hot and cold colours and have drawn brilliant winter pictures using cold coloured, chalk pastels. Have a look at our Winter Display outside the office, and on the classroom windows.
Sorting hot and cold colours.
We have been learning what animals do during the winter. We learnt about hibernation and which animals hibernate. We also learnt how non hibernating animals survive.
We made some bird feeders for the birds, to help them over the winter months.
Well done Class 1 for your superb work this week. Next week we are going to The Arctic!
If you know of anybody who has been to The Arctic or had any type of winter expedition and they would come to talk to us, please could you let me know.
Next week Polar Expedition homework is going home. Please complete it by the last week of term.Bring in anything the children have made on Wednesday 10th February.
Week 1 .
Week beginning 4.1.16
The children all returned to school rested, relaxed and ready to learn. They were eager to get straight back into it.We have all had a wonderful week, enjoying learning together.
Everybody enjoyed talking and then writing about their Christmas holiday.
In Maths this week the Y1 children really enjoyed starting to write maths stories in their new squared maths books and the Reception children learnt names and properties of shapes. They loved challenging each other by describing properties of shapes for their partners to guess.
The Year 1 children have all engaged in our new challenge card system . They have to complete 4 out of 7 challenges off their card in a week and it is up to them which ones they choose. They have loved the independence this has given them and the opportunity to choose how to show their learning and understanding.
Everybody has learnt lots about winter in Great Britain.
Playing Winter bingo.
Thinking about what clothes we need in winter.
Making winter pictures.
The children have all completed daily weather charts on the computer and on paper.
They have all enjoyed time outside in our little playground and The Eco Area.
Making a minibeast hotel to look after the minibeasts when it gets cold.
Having fun and using our bodies.
Well done Class 1 for an outstanding first week back.
This term our topic is .....Winter Wonderland. We will be learning all about winter at home and around the world, in The Arctic and The Antarctic. We will be enjoying lots of exciting learning and fun activities. Please read our Curriculum Overview letters to find out more.
Autumn Term 2015
Welcome to Class 1's Page.
We hope you enjoy reading about our learning and all the fun adventures we have each week.
This term our topic is:
ME, HE and SHE.
We will be learning all about ourselves: what we look like, what our favourite things are, and what we like to. We will be learning about our friends and families and making family tress. Later we will be learning nursery rhymes and thinking about the characters in the rhymes and finally we will be learning about characters in traditional tales.
Everyday in physical literacy sessions we will be learning fundamental movement skills in: walking, running, climbing, hopping, crawling, sliding, galloping, skipping, dodging and rolling. We will be learning body awareness skills in: bending, lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, standing, stopping, twisting, turning, stretching and swinging. We will also be learning manipulation skills in carrying, dribbling, kicking, throwing, striking and catching.
For more information on our topic or the running of our class, please see the curriculum overview and welcome letter . If you have any questions, at any time, PLEASE pop in for a chat. After school is always quieter and will allow more time.
Week beginning 7/12/15
Christmas arrived this week and the children were very excited about it.
Each morning, when the children came in they added cotton wool to Santa's beard on their advent calendar, they also enjoyed having a go on the interactive advent calendar that gives the children different challenges each day. Try the link to access it at home.
The children performed their Christmas nativity, Baubles, to two separate audiences last week and they were brilliant in both. I am sure all the parents, grandparents and friends were amazed at how well they sang, did actions and performed their lines. We were so proud of all of them.
Our role play became Santa's Grotto and the children have been enjoying designing and making presents and then wrapping them. I have been really happy to see lots of children working together to help each other wrap their presents. Some of those 3D shapes are quite tricky!!
The Children have enjoyed making Chocolate Snowball Crispy Cakes in Literacy and then ordering and writing the instructions. The younger children had to concentrate and showed a great understanding when they orally retold the instructions.
On Thursday we read the Nativity Story. The children then showed their understanding through art. Some children made beautiful paintings, some acted the story out and worked on digital images.
Last week the children also enjoyed their Christmas dinner. They had a feast. They particularly enjoyed their crackers and party hats.
What a busy, fun and exciting week we had.
Next week is our last of the term and we are going to try to keep the children going, without making them burst !!
We will again be thinking about Christmas but our focus will be Christmas for other people. We are going to be thinking how other people might feel at Christmas time and how we can help somebody else.
Week beginning 30/11/15
Last week the children learnt the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The Foundation Stage enjoyed learning the song to retell the story and acting it out. The Year 1 children rewrote the story using capital letters, full stops, conjunctions and wow words. They are getting so good at applying their knowledge.
In phonics the Green group continued to learn about split digraphs, the Yellow group began Phase 5 and started learning alternative ways to make already known digraphs. The Red group learnt 'e', 'u' and 'r.'
The children continued to practise the songs and actions for our Christmas production; Baubles. They all looked fantastic and performed brilliantly in the dress rehearsals an Wednesday.
Last week we also continued to work on our listening and attention skills. We worked on how to be a good listener and all that that entails. We also continued to work on our independence skills and our tidying up.
The children loved playing outside, as always and demonstrated lots of learning and understanding whilst playing in the sand, water, mud kitchen and traditional kitchen. Lots of meals were made by Goldilocks.
Next week look out for our changing role play. Santa's Grotto is arriving. The children are very excited. If you have any toy tools we could borrow to put in it, please bring in early next week.
Performances of the Christmas performance are as follows:
Tuesday, 1.30pm start for the afternoon performance. Wednesday 6.30pm,for the evening performance.
Week beginning 23/11/15
Last week we spent a lot of time practising our Class Assembly. The children amazed me in how well they sat and listened and then practised their lines and actions. The Reception children showed how much they had progressed since they started school and the Year 1 children how much they had matured by taking on the leadership roles.
Our assembly was well attended and all the children in the other classes loved finding out about our class. I was very proud of all of the children. They remembered their lines, their actions, their songs and they used big voices. WELL DONE Class 1.
The children also showed their progress in P.A.S. They showed their excellent listening skills whilst listening to Adam explain different skills. They practised bouncing the balls and then patting them, they practised weaving balls around their legs and then throwing and catching.
On Thursday everybody enjoyed Christmas Activity Day.
The children made a calendar, a Christmas card, Christmas decorations and chocolate truffles. Watching the children as they left, I am not sure how many truffles made it home! I promise they were only given out at the door, on the way home!
Next week is our Dress Rehearsal of our Christmas Production. Thank you to all those who have sent in their child's costume. Please could any remaining ones be in by MONDAY 30th NOVEMBER , please.
Week beginning 16/11/15
This week we have been learning what makes us special, and what makes us individual. The children thought of 5 different things that they like to do. We talked about how these things make us individual. The children then made a hand print and on each finger drew a picture or wrote a sentence about each thing that makes them special.
To tie in with this theme, we have been doing lots of circle time. We had a super time outside. We went into partners with children we don't usually play with. We introduced ourselves to each other and then we found out 3 things our partners like to do. Each child fed back to the group about their partner. After this we found out 3 things we both like and 3 things we both dislike.
Later in the week we talked about our favourite books. The children loved sharing the stories with their friends. We then drew beautiful, vibrant illustrations of the books, using pastel crayons. The reception children labelled their pictures with the initial sounds they have been learning and the Y1 children wrote about their favourite part of the story.
In maths the Y1 children have been learning about 'ty' numbers; for example 20,30,40,50. They have learnt to say and write maths stories using ty numbers. They have also learnt to act out multiplication maths stories; to measure in cms and in metres.
The reception children have been practising counting, ordering, forming numbers correctly and acting out maths stories.
On Wednesday, we had a special visit from Laura, who told us all about her job as a paramedic. The children enjoyed watching a short video clip which showed us a day in the life of a paramedic. They learnt about Dr ABC and how to check for a pulse.
They all especially enjoyed trying on Laura's helmet and jacket.
We also started to practise our assembly which is next Wednesday at 3pm.
Well done Class 1 for another excellent week.
Week beginning 2/11/15
This week we have learnt The Gingerbread Man story in Literacy. We have re told the story and captured images of us playing and learning the story.
We have been talking about the characters and learning about maths whilst playing gingerbread man dominoes.
We have also learnt about Bonfire Night. We learnt the story about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.
We made lots of fantastic firework and bonfire pictures.
In Maths the Reception children have worked really hard forming numbers 0,1,3,5 and 6.
This week our learning focus has been describing. We spent lots of time talking about and describing our friends. Everybody drew a picture and the Year 1 children wrote sentences about things they enjoy doing with their friends. We continued our learning about The Three Little Pigs by describing the pigs and the big, bad wolf. The children then used their labelled pictures to write fantastic sentences.
The Reception children all drew a picture from the story and labelled their pictures with the sounds they have been learning.
During maths the Reception have been doing lots of counting, sometimes up to 30. They have loved playing dominoes as a class and then independently.
All of the children have worked really hard during their daily phonics sessions. The Yellow group continued their learning on digraphs, the Green group learnt alternate ways to make previously learnt sounds and the Red group learnt 'i' and 'n'. The Red group loved their dough gym sessions to music. ,Manipulating the playdough and moving their fingers helps to develop their fine motor muscles in preparation for writing.
The afternoon sessions saw lots and lots of learning inside and out. The children loved extending their learning about The Three Little Pigs. They built lots of houses and dens, out of sticks, straw and bricks. They also used big sticks to make dens that they could sit in.
Well done Class 1 for a brilliant final week.
Enjoy a lovely rest and come back to school ready for lots more learning and fun.
This week the children have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. The Year 1 children have rewritten the story, in their own words. They have worked really hard on using capital letters, full stops and connectives. They are really getting the hang of capital letters and full stops now. The Reception children have been retelling the story with actions. They particularly love the part where the big, bad wolf comes along and they huff and puff and blow the houses down.
In phonics the Red Group have been working really hard and can now recognise and sound out s,a,t,and p. They can sing the associated songs and show the actions. They have also been practising writing the letters.
Well done Red Group.
There has also been lots of talking about The Three Little Pigs during Bingo.
Alongside all of our indoor learning, of course there has been lots going on outside too.
The children have been making houses with big sticks and ropes, Duplo and smaller Lego bricks. They turned the outdoor role play in to a builder's yard and used the building tools to build houses.. They have been making pigs with the playdo and they have been building stages and putting on shows of the story.
Our classroom is such a busy, learning environment !
Next week we are continuing with The Three Little Pigs. We will be thinking about the different characters and how to describe them and draw them. We will be using the water tray to do experiments into the best materials to use to make houses; and in the sand pit, we will be building houses .
Prepare for some wet, sandy but engaged and motivated children next week.
Remember it is Parents' Evening for Y1 children next week.
For the Reception parents, you will have a parent's meeting with me the week after your child has been the Focus child. Everyone will have a meeting before the end of Term.
This week our focus has been Autumn . We have enjoyed learning about the season and all the changes that occur. In our Investigation Tray the children have spent time looking closely at the autumn leaves, conkers and acorns. The Year 1 children have been using describing words to write about the things they have found.
On Thursday we all explored the The Eco Area to find interesting autumn things that we described and put into an autumn poem. The Reception children all found super things that they were able to name and talk about. The Y1 children thought of describing words and added them to a poem.
On Wednesday afternoon we went for an autumn walk. The children took spotter sheets to help them identify different leaves and little bags so they could collect autumn things that they found interesting. On our return I put big pieces of paper on the floor, but didn't give any instructions. The children organised themselves into groups and started to stick their findings onto the paper. They created an autumn display, all on their own. Well done Class 1.
Whilst on the walk, the children's choice of descriptive language was wonderful and showed how much they had learned this week.
The Reception children have been working hard this week in Phonics. They have learnt to read and write 's','a' and 't.' Please ask them about the songs and actions they have learnt to accompany the sound and ask them to show you how it is written.
Our major accomplishment this week was our performance at the school Harvest Festival. Class 1 were amazing. They stood in front of a large audience, sang and did actions to Big Red Combine Harvester. Their voices were brilliant and I was SO SO impressed that they all joined in. Amazing work Class 1.
Week beginning 28.9.15
This week we our focus was Incy Wincy Spider. The Reception children enjoyed learning the nursery rhyme and joining in with the actions I showed them. Over the course of the week, they continued to practise and began to use instruments and develop new actions and a dance. At the end of the week they performed many different versions in front of the rest of the class. This showed how their confidence is growing.
The Year 1 children focused on writing about Incy and what he would see, feel or think at different points in the nursery rhyme. They particularly concentrated on using capital letters and full stops in their sentences.
The children made lots of different spiders at the Creation Station and many of them are now dangling from the ceiling. Come and see..........if you dare!
In maths the Reception children started the Maths Makes Sense scheme and enjoyed counting and recognising numbers. They also enjoyed being introduced the the Maths and Resource tables and the cups that help them to do their maths.
The Year 1 children practised their number formation, making 2d shapes and drawing straight lines using a ruler.
The Reception children worked really hard in phonics playing lots of games with environment sounds and body percussion. Next week they are beginning to learn their first letters : s, a, and t. They will be blending sounds together in to words before we know it.
The Year 1 children have worked hard revising previously learnt sounds. I am sending home sounds cards for you to look at with your child and ask them what sound each digraph makes. Please go through these sounds as often as possible, until they are really confident at recognising each diagraph.
Next week we are starting to learn alternative ways to make the 42 known sounds.
This week we have also continued our learning about 'myself.'
In art we learnt about Matisse and how he used bold colours. We followed his style to make self portraits. Just as he did the children 'painted with scissors.' They cut out shapes for their backgrounds and then used charcoal to draw their portrait. Their master pieces are on the wall in the classroom. Come and admire their hard work.
The children spent time weaving this week, as spiders do with webs. They progressed this into wrapping and became nurses and medics, wrapping bandages around poorly patients.
In response to their interests we have changed the role play area in to a Dr's Surgery, which they are all loving. If you have any spare bandages or first aid kit that we could use in our play, please bring it in to school.
Next week we are learning the nursery rhyme 'The Wheels on the Bus,' and we are also learning about autumn and harvest to tie in with our Harvest Festival on Thursday. Please come to church at 2.30 to enjoy our school performance.
On Wednesday afternoon we are going on an autumn walk. If you could volunteer to help us, please see one of the team.
Week beginning 21.9.15
Our focus this week was 'Our Senses.' The children spent time exploring and using their sense of sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste.
On Monday they used their sense of sight to explore their environment and the Year 1 children did some beautiful writing about what they could see. On Tuesday and Wednesday the children experimented with their senses of smell, hearing and touch. They explored the herb garden in the investigation tray, using all of these senses. They made music shakers with different pulses inside and they used flowers and herbs on their bodies to see what it felt like.
The Reception children spent all of their phonics lessons listening for and making different sounds with sticks, the environment and their voices.
On Thursday we went for a senses learning walk. We walked all the way to Tesco and we used all of our senses along the way. The children were brilliant. They really paid attention to what they could see, what different sounds they could hear and what they could feel. They noticed the wind on their skin straight away. When they were inside the shop they identified different smells and really liked going near the bakery.
When we returned, we used the ingredients that we had bought to make cookies. The children especially enjoyed using their sense of taste!
Everybody loved making shadows and describing what they could see.
This week everybody in Class 1 worked really hard at being a kind friend and working together.
Well done Class 1 for having such a productive and enjoyable week.
Next week our focus is 'Incy Wincy Spider' and 'Our Family.'
Phonics Meeting , Tuesday 29.9.15 at 3.45 in Class 1
If you have any large pine cones, kitchen rolls and egg boxes please could we have them .
Week beginning 14.9.15
Our new Reception children are settling in nicely. They are spending time learning about their friends and getting used to their new environment. They are all loving playing with the toys and spending time learning and discovering together.
We have been up to lots of different things.
We have spent time reading stories and then the children have gone off on their own and enjoyed reading in the Reading Area.
The children in both year groups have started writing . They are all now signing in in the morning. They are also writing lots of notes, menus and signs during their play.
The Year 1 children enjoyed spending time in the Eco Area during one of their Literacy lessons. They had to talk about themselves and their families. They made art images to help them, using anything they could find.
We learnt to name our body parts and all enjoyed drawing around each other and writing labels. The Reception showed some superb cutting out skills and the Year 1 children labelled brilliantly.
We all enjoyed doing lots of P.E and physical activities. We enjoyed Balanceability, P.A.S , riding on our bikes, and doing lots of physical literacy, learning to side step slowly and then quickly.
As ever, we spent a lot of time outside. The children loved using the drain pipes to learn about trajectory. They used lots of cars and boats this week. Following on from this we went on a class trip to the canal and looked at lots of real cars on the roads and barges on the canal.
We all had a superb week and really enjoyed ourselves.
Please remember there is a quick phonics meeting for new Reception parents on Tuesday, Class 1. 3.45-4.15pm. The children are welcome to stay with you.
Please also remember that we are proud of everything that your children achieve, both at home and school. We love to hear about academic, social and emotional achievements. Please write a Wow moment note to tell us about things they do well at home and we will share them with the class. The note will then go on the Wow Board in the cloakroom. The notes are on the window sill in the cloakroom.
We would like to go on a walk to Tesco, along the canal on Thursday morning. If you can help, please let us know.You can bring another child in a push chair, if you need to.
This week we have all been getting to know each other and our classroom. We have done lots of circle games and had lots of chances to learn about each other.
We have enjoyed playing in all the areas inside and outside. We have loved playing in the home corner and have cooked up a storm in the kitchen. We have tried on all of our dressing up clothes and had some brilliant characters visiting the home corner. We have loved playing with the playdo; making brilliant things at The Creation Station, and we have made some beautiful perfumes using little bottles, petals and water.
We have loved the outside water tray and how we can arrange the drainpipes to make a track the length of the playground. The rubber ducks have enjoyed going down the pipes too, all the way the end! We have played in the sand pit , on the train and had a brilliant outdoor cafe, where the chefs and waiters have worked very hard taking orders and making food.
We all practised our tidying up skills everyday and everybody was brilliant.
All the children loved going to the Park on Thursday afternoon and displayed some superb kind friends skills.
We all had the most exciting and amazing day on Friday when it was bike day. The children loved watching The Tour of Britain ride past school with lots of police motorbikes helping them. They loved bringing their bikes to school and riding them and our balance bikes in the afternoon. They were all amazing. The Year 1's later joined in in a duathlon on The Rec and were brilliant.
What a superb first week we all had. I am sure after all that, everybody slept very soundly on Friday night.
This term our topic is Dinosaurs. We will be learning all about the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. We will be learning what the world was like during those times. We will be learning about many different dinosaurs, what they looked like, what they ate and where they lived. We will be doing a multitude of creative and independent learning to show our learning.
The children have had a brilliant week this week continuing their learning about dinosaurs and other reptiles from the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods.
They showed us just how much they had learnt so far over the topic, when we asked them to independently write whatever they wanted about dinosaurs. Gosh they have learnt so much!!
We extended their learning even further when they learnt about Flying Reptiles and Sea Reptiles. They really enjoyed this and loved the songs and websites they used to find information out. Search www.kids-dinosaurs.com and www.kidsdinos.com if you want to brush up your knowledge first!! The children as so good, they will now be able to confidently tell you about dinosaurs and other animals alive during the dinosaur times.
On Wednesday we made some dinosaur biscuits and then wrote instructions on how to make them. The children wrote beautifully and independently and showed me how far they have all come this year. I was amazed and very proud. Their instructions are coming home to you so you can make them again with the children.
The children had 2 performances of their end of year production this week and were amazing in both. They sang and performed brilliantly in front of big audiences. Well done Class 1 .
They have all worked hard in maths and shown us just how much they have learnt over the term. I have been very impressed with the Year 1's ability to write and calculate 4 digit vertical addition and subtractions and their ability to show the time on an analogue clock. The Reception children did lots of number and shape hunts in and around school.
Everybody has loved their independent learning time this week. The children really enjoyed their time in the Eco Area and made some superb dens for different types of dinosaurs. They put a lot of thought into where they would build their dens and what materials they could use. Every groups den looked different.
The children have also really enjoyed being creative and have been making up lots and lots of shows. Most of which have included many different characters. I have been really impressed with those that included a story line .
Well done Class 1 for another excellent week.
Remember Monday the 20th July is Open Day where you you can come into class and share all of the work your child has been doing this year. It is a lovely opportunity to see their books and how much progress they have made over the year.
Wednesday from 2.30- 4.30 pm is our extra Special Tea Party for Mrs Hartley. Please come along. Any cakes you would like to make for the occasion will be gratefully received.
Thursday 23rd July is our class trip to Whaley Park. If you haven't completed and returned the consent form, please do so as soon as possible.
The children continued to work hard and try their best all week long.
In maths the Year 1 children were working on estimating and counting, writing 4 digit vertical maths stories, naming the 2d faces on 3d shapes and writing the hour and minute hands on analogue clocks. They enjoyed estimating how many shapes the dinosaurs had collected.
They also enjoyed challenging themselves during their Early Morning Work to 1 minute maths challenges.
The Reception children learned how to recognise ,say and write 1/4 . The enjoyed making toast and cutting it in to quarters, colouring quarters on a whiteboard game , cutting up 2d shapes into quarters and writing it on whiteboards, amongst other things.
The children enjoyed learning about carnivorous dinosaurs in the Cretaceous Period this week. They did lots of independent learning using books, websites and songs and then produced little booklets on their chosen dinosaur or showed their learning through art. Between them they learnt about T Rex, Gigantosaurus and Spinosaurus .
Some children chose to sort all the dinosaurs in to Plant Eaters and Meat Eaters.
On Tuesday all the children enjoyed 'Move Up Morning,' when they visited their new classes or in Reception's case, enjoyed welcoming our new intake in.
The children also put in a superb performance during our Dress Rehearsal of 'A Deck of Cards ' for Class 4. All of the audience were really impressed.
Don't forget it is the real thing next week. Afternoon Performance on Tuesday at 1.30 pm and evening performance on Wednesday at 6pm.
We had a very sporty, active and performance based week.
Tuesday was our school Sports Spectacular event where everybody enjoyed a whole morning of sports activities. The children enjoyed being in mixed aged teams and they loved visiting all 16 different activities throughout the morning. I was very impressed with all the children who had a go at every activity and attacked them all with determination and focus. Well done Class 1.
The children also joined in the Key Stage 1 Area Sports competition where we competed against lots of other local schools. The children participated in flat races, hurdles, sack races, bean bag relays, square games and more. They all tried so hard and were AMAZING. We were SO proud of your effort and team spirit. Well done Classes 1 and 2.
It was an added bonus that we WON the whole competition!!!
All those Friday afternoon PE lessons practising the events paid off.
This week we worked very hard on our Class assembly. We practised every day and performed really well in the real thing. The children showed off their work and understanding about life cycles and dinosaurs. They acted out and explained different life cycles brilliantly and then read their stories on dinosaurs beautifully. Everybody loved their dinosaur dance!
Amongst all our events we have found time to enjoy dinosaur activities too.
The children thought of some superb describing words whilst exploring the dinosaur ice eggs.
This week we roared into our learning by reading Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We are learning to use lots of adjectives and connectives in our work. We have also been finding out about The Triassic Period. We have done lots of independent learning.
Dinosaur Role Play
Dinosaur and Triassic Period paintings
We painted footprints with dinosaurs then made big dinosaur footprints!
The Reception children did lots of learning in the Eco Area. They found stones that they thought might be dinosaur teeth, they found branches that might be bones and they made dinosaur dens.
The week ended with a super visit from Derbyshire Fire Service. the children enjoyed a video and a talk from a firefighter.
Over the next few weeks we are going to be making dinosaur skeletons using kitchen rolls and smaller rolls. Please could you collect them and bring them in on the third week of term.
Costumes for The Deck Of Cards, end of term production are now due in. If you no longer have the costume letter or are unsure what costume your child needs, please see Miss Crombleholme.
This week we have been reading Harry and The Robots in Writer's Workshop. We also remembered all the other Harry and The Bucketful of Dinosaur stories we have read. The children did some superb acting on Tuesday when they worked together and acted out their favourite story so far. On Wednesday we started to think about our own stories and what characters will be in them. We used Wednesday's Writers Workshop lesson to make our characters. The end results were fantastic ..........robots.
In Maths the Reception Children have been learning numbers 17,18,19. 27,28 and 29. They have been giving dinosaurs 18 spikes, 17 dinosaur kisses, and putting the right number of dinosaur eggs in the nests , amongst other things.
We have been learning about the Jurrasic Period and what it was like. The children explored our Eco Area and collected materials to make their own Jurrasic habitats. They worked very hard in teams to create some superb habitats.
Later in the week we learnt about some herbivores in the Jurassic period. We learnt about the Stegosaurus, the Brontosaurus and the Brachiosaurus. Some children chose to make the dinosaurs using different malleable materials.
The children also got creative building their own swamp outside which they, and the dinosaurs loved.
On a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon the children who will be joining our Reception class next year have been coming to our 'Stay and Play' induction sessions. The new children have been brilliant but so have our current class 1. They have been very welcoming and very well behaved.
Well done Class 1. Another great week.
Class 1 have had a superb week enjoying lots of art opportunities. We have been learning and using a range of skills linking to arts, creative thinking and challenges.
We started the week on Monday with an architecture workshop. The children were amazed to find out that with just sticks and elastic bands they could build many different structures.
The Reception children used canes to make triangles before joining them together to make strong dens which they could fit inside.
The Year 1 children started with simple triangles and ultimately made Octahedrons which they used as a den for a teddy.
On Tuesday we enjoyed PAS as usual and played really well as teams. the children were learning to play croquet.
Later that day we took part in a puzzle challenge workshop with Class 2 .
The children had to use their problem solving and critical thinking skills to work out how to solve different puzzles. The children showed superb team work qualities and thought of ways they could solve their problems. I was also proud of how they shared their ideas in their teams.
Balancing penguins on a moving iceberg.
We continued using our problem solving skills all day. In the afternoon we enjoyed doing a dinosaur map quest challenge. The children enjoyed using a map and learning to orientate it, to locate dinosaurs in the playground. They used their team work skills again.
Later on that day we looked at pictures of dinosaur skeletons and started collecting sticks, stones and leaves from the Eco Area to make the dinosaurs. Unfortunately we did such a good job collecting and took so long over it that we didn't have time to make them so we will return to this job next week.
Later in the week we were inspired by a Photography Workshop. The children loved using each other as subjects for their pictures and then of creating a story through photographs.
We even had time in our busy week to work on making thrones for our Deck of Cards production.
And of course we found some time to play.
Well done Class 1 for another excellent week.
Next week is Class 1's assembly. The children have been sent home with words to learn. Please could you help them to do so. Don't forget to come and watch them on Thursday at 3pm.
Please also continue to read with them, at least 3 times a week.
Tuesday is Sports Spectacular morning so ensure your child has a water bottle and sun hat and cream on. They will be outside all morning. Come along and watch if you can.
On Wednesday afternoon we are participating in a KS1 Area Sports competition so the same applies for then.
Y1 children have been asked to revise all the alternative ways to make Phase 3 sounds this week for their spellings homework. The sounds are on the assessment sheet sent home before half term.
Please also try to hear your child read , ATLEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK.
It really does make a difference to them.
Summer Term 1
Welcome back to a sunny summer term.
This term our topic is 'Changes'. We will be learning about changes that have happened over time, changes in our environment and changes that occur in life cycles . We will be watching many lifecycles , including, frogs, butterflies and plants. For more details on our curriculum please see our Curriculum overview.
As we are now in our last term, we are really hoping to push all the children to help them reach their full potential. Any work you do with them at home really helps and your efforts definitely show . Please try and listen to your child read at least 3 times a week. Remember to ask them questions about what they have read. Check the phonics notice board in class each week so you are aware of the sounds they are learning and please try and spot these sounds when you are with your child. They might occur in words you see whilst you are out or you may hear them in the words you say. Ask them to do mental maths calculations or patterns. Finally Y1 children, practise spellings every week . Foundation Stage children, look out for the start of spelling tests soon!
We had a busy last week, spending a lot of time outside, despite the weather.
At the end of week 5 ,our butterflies started to hatch out of their chrysalis'. On Monday we enjoyed observing and talking about the beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies that had emerged. We also spent time watching them as they experienced going outside for the first time and as they took their first tentative flights into our wonderful world.
This linked nicely with our R.E lesson this week. All term we have been learning about different creation stories from different religions and cultures. This week we talked about and explored the wonderful world that had been created and we spent time thinking about how we should look after it. We went down to the canal and sketched pictures of the beautiful flowers, plants and leaves we could find. We then returned to school and used water colours to paint them.
We spent time this week learning what children can do, during the child stage of the human life cycle. We made some superb reports and posters about ourselves.
In Maths the Y1 children extended their learning about 2d and 3d shapes. They did a very thorough shape hunt around school and were quite surprised to learn how many 3d shapes there were in real life , when you just look! They also enjoyed playing shops to learn about giving change. The Reception children played postmen, and made streets. They concentrated on writing house numbers and ordering them, to deliver the letters to the right houses. .
The Reception children enjoyed their Balanceability sessions and were superb at listening to instructions. They enjoyed riding down the made up roads in the playground and looking at the road signs.
As part of our topic we have been learning about changes in time. We have particularly looked at life in Victorian Britain. This week we enjoyed looking at toys from the past and we played some of the games.
The children were enthralled playing a big game of marbles and they tried rolling hoops along the hall.
We also spent time tending to our gardening beds. We tidied the beds where we planted carrots and poppies last week and we prepared the last bed before planting radishes. Hopefully, when we return to school we shall see some shoots.
The other group spent time exploring the Eco Area finding out what minibeasts they could find. .
We had a very busy, very active last week of term and a superb half term learning all about Life Cycles.
I hope you all have a brilliant half term and look forward to seeing you next term for .....Dinosaurs.
Remember school starts on TUESDAY 2nd June. The children have PAS that day and so will need their P.E kits on the first day back. Please could you check that they still fit and that they have
all of the correct, named kit, in their bags.
Our focus this week was The Life Cycle of a Human.
In Literacy , we enjoyed listening to and writing our own poetry. We were learning how to hear rhyming words and to think of some words that rhyme ourselves. We wrote brilliant rhyming couplets. We also enjoyed listening to the poems; What Are Little Girls Made of? and, What Are Little Boys Made of? The children wrote their own versions. There is a display of their poetry work, in the classroom. Please come and have a look.
In other work, the children sequenced and role played the different stages of the human life cycle. Watching their interpretations of the elderley, I am not sure I am looking forward to it! The children made people , in all the stages of the life cycle using pipe cleaners and lollypop sticks.
We spent time this week practising for our Maypole dances and they were all brilliant. The children skipped perfectly and all remembered what to do. Well done Class 1.
We did 1 dance on our own...
and The Ribbon Tunnel dance with Class 2.
Each Thursday afternoon, we enjoy learning in 'The Eco Area'. Half of the class do Eco activities and the other half do gardening. The groups swap over each week. This week, the Gardening Group were making sure the beds were ready to plant our seeds and they enjoyed planting carrots and poppy seeds. The Eco Area group were doing minibeast hunts.
As we work outside every Thursday, please could you ensure that your child has their gardening clothes and wellies in school, every week. It is probably easier to leave them at school and we will send them home for a wash at the end of the term. Many children don't seem to have theirs at the moment, so please could you come in to class and check whether your child has theirs. Thanks.
This week was a very short but productive week, where the children still learnt lots, and had a lot of fun.
After the Bank Holiday weekend the children were well rested and came back to school very eager. Our focus for the week was chickens. We learnt about the life cycle of a chicken. The children loved learning and acting out the story of The Little Red Hen. They worked well in groups and put on some lovely performances.
They worked hard in Maths, with the Reception children counting and learning to recognise numbers up to 100 !! The Year 1 children extended their understanding on 2d and 3d shapes, and the were using money. They are getting very good at working out how much change is needed.
The Reception children enjoyed their 'Ace Adventure Afternoon' on Tuesday. As our focus was chickens, they were looking for nests and things that a bird might use to make a nest. They made some super nests with the things they collected in the Eco Area.
On Wednesday they continued their 'Balanceability' sessions and showed massive improvements in their balancing. They could even walk along the thin edge of a bench, all the way, from one end to the other! They are all becoming very proficient at managing themselves and their balance bikes.
On Thursday, we had a super day trip to Whaley Bridge. We walked along the canal and spotted lots of ducks with their ducklings. The children enjoyed feeding them the bread we bought. We walked in to the village and then to the park. Everybody loved going to the park and they all had superb fun. There were lots of smiles and some lovely laughs. The children challenged themselves on the climbing frames and many of them got right to the top!
Our focus next week is The Life cycle of a human.
This week our focus has been The Lifecycle of a frog. The children have enjoyed using non fiction books and using video sources to learn lots. They are now very knowledgeable about the whole lifecycle and can tell you lots of interesting facts about frogs. They have written brilliant reports using super sentences, wow words and good punctuation. Our work is on display in the classroom. To support our writing the children have also made frogspawn, tadpoles, froglets and frogs for the display.
The children have been working hard in phonics and maths. The Reception children did some brilliant tessellating of 2d shapes and were very competent at explaining what shapes we could tessellate. They could also confidently work out what shapes we couldn't tessellate and why.
As ever, we have loved our outdoor learning. We have been enjoying the Eco Area and doing more work on our gardening beds. They are now prepared and ready for us to plant some vegetable and flower seeds.
The Reception Children enjoying tessellating.
On Thursday 7th May, we will be enjoying a day trip to Whaley Bridge. Please ensure you have signed and returned the consent slip which was given out on Friday. Please could you make sure your child wears sensible walking shoes, a waterproof coat and brings their packed lunch. We will be out all day, returning just in time for the end of the school day.
We had a super week learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. The children have learnt so much and have written some brilliant reports. They have loved watching the caterpillars in the classroom and measuring them to see how much they have grown.
They have worked very hard in maths also. The Y1 children have been working on 4 digit vertical additions , paying for goods and giving change and word problems. The Reception children have been learning to understand and write a half in maths. They have also been revising their understanding of 2d shape and learning 3d shapes.
We have made the most of the beautiful weather and spent a lot of time outside. The children loved learning ball skills with small balls outside in PAS.
The Reception enjoyed their Balanceability session on bikes. They are learning so much and having great fun.
We have enjoyed a leaf and tree hunt and absolutely loved preparing one of our Class Gardening beds
The children have also enjoyed their choosing time.
What a great week we have had.
Next week will be equally busy. Please remember your child will be doing gardening on Thursday and so make sure they have the appropriate clothing requested. Also on Thursday, after school , there will be a short meeting for the Reception parents showing how to use Tapestry, the on line Learning Journal. Please let us know if you will be attending.
This week we have been busy planting broad bean seeds and have started writing our Broad Bean Diary. We are going to watch our beans grow and write a diary to record everything that changes. We have also been learning about Sunflowers and writing superb Non Chronological Reports. The children have planted sunflower seeds and are going to watch them grow also. The seeds were the first live things to go into our Life Cycle Lab.
The second thing to enter got the children CancelSave very excited and curious. They arrived in a very small box with 'Fragile' and 'Open immediately' typed on the side. We opened the box to discover some very small caterpillars. The children are really enjoying watching them and filling in the daily record of how they change.
On Thursday, we went for a walk in our local environment and noticed changes that have occurred since we last walked along the tramway. We walked all the way into Chinley . We looked for tadpoles and collected some to go into our tank, which is also in our Life Cycles Lab. The children were brilliant on the walk and I really noticed how much they had grown up since our first walk to Chinley in September.
The children really enjoyed making their own choice about which ice cream to choose or which piece of fruit. A super time was had by all.
This term we are intending to go into the Eco Area and help with the gardening on a weekly basis. We are going to be learning how to get the beds ready, how to plant different vegetables and how to l