Week Commencing 20.9.21
The children all had a fantastic week develping their friendships, learning about each other and learning about our classroom. They enjoyed playing lots of games together, role playing a cafe with chefs, waiters, waitresses and customers. They loved using the construction toys to make everything from dinosaurs to transformers and they had the BEST time at the park using and developing lots of strength, balance and coordination. They used all of the fundamental movement skills we are developing in Reception.
Well done Little Conkers on a super week.
Welcome to The Little Conkers' Class page.
Week 2 Commencing 13.9.21
The children all had a wonderful week in school. They started having school dinners and all REALLY enjoyed Mrs Nolan's wonderful meals. They continued to make lots of friends and spent time learning and playing together. They played with the playdough, puzzles, construction toys, the water wall, tools, instruments, farm animals and they created things.
We have enjoyed lots of new stories and books and enjoyed learning lots of new words. This week we have learnt : fragile, urgent, foe, mysterious, resilience, poke, tug, buffered, talent, and weary.
On Wednesday we read the story Jolly Tall by Jane Hissey, about a giraffe who was found in a very big box. We spent time predicting what we thought was in the box, then after we found out, we thought about how we could get him out of the box. The children were brilliant at using their thinking ad problem solving skills to come up with ideas. Then I brought in a big box and we made a plan- how could we make it into a house for the giraffe. I wrote the children's ideas down and then then demonstrated wonderful friendship and teamwork skills by decorating the box and a path way together. They have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the big box too.
Week 1 Beginning 6.9.21
The children all had a wonderful first week in school and all seemed to really enjoy themselves.
They spent time : making friends and building together; making food together; enjoying the water play and outside toys; writing, drawing, painting and creating at The Creation Station, dressing up and enjoying the role play clothes; playing playdo and using lots of the construction toys. Throughout they were making friends; working together; speaking to each other and listening to each others' ideas and problem solving.
Well done Little Conkers on a wonderful first week.
Please check in to our page regularly to read a blog about what the children have been doing each week and to see our marvellous photos.
Newsletters, curriculum overviews and important updates will also be posted.
Welcome to our Autumn Term 1 2021.
We are welcoming 15 lovely children into our school and we are all very excited to do so.
We welcome you with open arms and hearts and hope you all have a wonderful primary school life at Buxworth.
This term our topic is 'What Makes Me Special?'
We will be having a fantastic first term learning all about ourselves, each other and discovering our talents. We will showcase all the things that make us special at the end of the term during our parents Talent Show event.
We will be spending time making friends and developing relationships as well as developing all of our personal, social, emotional, communication and listening skills. We will enjoy lots of fun, games and playing whilst all learning together.
More details are included in the curriculum overview document attached.
Information about how the class will run is included in the Welcome Letter.
I look forward to speaking with you often and helping you and your child settle in to Buxworth School.
Week 3 Commencing 16.11.20
They children had a wonderful week doing lots of lovely learning, playing and growing together.
In phonics the Reception children continued to learnt Phase 2 , one letter phonemes. They loved learning e, then cracking and making scrambled egg to help consolidate their learning.
In Maths the Reception children were learning more and less . They counted up to 5 and showed the numbers using counters. They also drew more or less than the numbers I said.
The year 1 children continued with their learning about addition and subtraction and understanding how to derive relative addition and subtraction facts from numbers.
Everyone enjoyed learning the Hindu story of Rama and Sita . The Year 1 children did lots of writing about the story and wrote some marvelous character descriptions.
The Reception children enjoyed acting the story out and playing the characters. they made crowns like Rama and Sita and used the big tree branches to enact the forest.
In Science the Year 1 children were learning to be scientists by recording data. they are learning about seasonal changes and we are recording the weather over the course of the week. To help us record the wind direction they all made weather vanes.
Week 2 Term 2 Commencing 9.11.20
This week our focus was Remembrance and Armistice Day. The Reception children learnt about war and what Armistice Day . We started our learning using the Cbeebies animation below which sparked lots of discussions, talking and thoughts. We talked about how the rabbit felt and so how soldiers must have felt in war time.
The children drew beautiful pictures of poppies.
The year 1 children learnt what war was like in the trenches. They decided it was horrible and that they would not want to ever have to be there.
We found out the names of the soldiers from Buxworth who had died in the wars and we wrote letters to them .
Our work is shown as part of the Buxworth School Virtual Remembrance Day Service.
In Forest School the children showed how they are learning to play and work together, using kind words, gestures and hands. They shared the tools to start weeding, digging and planting daffodil bulbs.; they played in the shelter together enjoying the tarpaulin and how it protected them from the weather, they used their senses to look at, smell and touch herbs and then they made bouquets. All of the children had a wonderful time and loved their session.
At the end of the school day we have started to do yoga ; it helps calm everyone down and is gteat for our core muscle strength. Try is at home. We use cosmic yoga for kids to help us.
Look out for the Phonics signs which will be fixed to the wooden play house in the playground. They will have on the sound each phonics group is learning each day so you can help reinforce and practise the sounds with the children at home. The Reception children are in the Red group. The Year 1 children will be able to tell you whether they are Yellow or Green group.
Next week the children are starting to learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali which was celebrated this weekend . We are starting by learning the story of Rama and Sita this week and then how it is celebrated next week. On Thursday 26th November we will be having a Diwali Day to enjoy the celebrations.
Week 7 Commencing 19.10.20
The children had a super time this week doing lots of Maths, Phonics and topic activities.
We continued with our text of The Bog Baby and the Year 1 children went to the forest to find natural resources to make Bog Baby homes. They then wrote ia recount text telling how they made them. The Reception children enjoyed making the homes too and combined lots of different materials to make some superb houses that I am sure the Bog babies would LOVE to live in.
On Thursday we all enjoyed our end of topic treat: An Enchanted Forest Tea Party. The children spent time making their own party food of cheese or ham sandwiches and special sparkly biscuits. Then we went out in to the Forest and enjoyed a lovely party with balloons, bubbles and lots of fun. It was a brilliant way to end our wonderful topic.
Week 6 Commencing 12th October
This week the children worked really hard and enjoyed lots of fun activities. The Year 1 children learnt how to do number bonds to 5 and 10 in Maths and the Reception children were counting up to 4. In Literacy we learnt The Bog Baby story and the Year 1 children rewrote the story in their own books. their writing and work was AMAZING. I am really proud of how hard they tried and how brilliant their work was.
The Reception children started learning how to read, write and say the one letter sounds. They learnt an action, song, letter formation rhyme, how to sound each phoneme and how to write each letter shape. They are all loving their phonics lessons.
Next week we are continuing with The Bog Baby as our text . We will be collecting natural materials to make homes for our bog babies that we are making out of acorns. We will be writing instructions on how to make our homes. We will all be helping to make sandwiches, biscuits and treats for an enchanted forest tea party for all of the bog babies and the fairies we have learnt about, created and imagined during our Enchanted Forest topic.
The children all had another superb week, learning lots and enjoying their friends.
Continuing our Enchanted Forest theme, we focused on the story of Snow White and the seven Dwarfs. Everybody loved it. The Year 1 children did some AMAZING writing retelling the story. They all showed how they can segment words to spell them , write in sentences and use finger spaces. some children even used conjunctions. In Maths the Year 1s started to learn how to partition numbers to 5 using the Part Whole Model. They are continuing with it this week and working on number bonds to 10.
The Reception children have enjoyed phonics lessons where they have been identifying different sounds that animals and instrument make. In Maths they have been counting forwards and backwards to 3 and matching the quantity with the numeral.
Every day we all spend time reading and the children are really getting good at quietly sitting and enjoying their books.
In Forest School we all had a magical time, continuing with our interests of making fairy and wizard wands and we also enjoyed making magic potions.
We all loved P.E. Learning to warm up together, following the instructions, playing cups and saucers as a team game and then learning to jump in different ways.
And, of, course, we have all enjoyed lots of playing too. Well done Little Conkers Class on a wonderful week.
Week 3 Commencing 21.9.20
The children had a wonderfully enchanting week using Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree as a stimulus. They spent time learning and understanding what 'enchanted' meant and then used it in all of their writng and many activities. They loved listening to The Magic Faraway Tree and being introduced to the characters.
In Expressive Art and Design they started to make their own Magic tree and used lots of different painting techniques.
In free play they enjoyed building trees out of duplo and magic crowns using the connecting people.
In Forest School they went to see if they could find the Magic Faraway Tree and were amazed to find fairy bracelets and even a fairy door way leading to a little house!!! They loved making magical wands , swords and houses of their own.
the Reception children started their phonics lessons by making listening ears and listening for different sounds. Over the next few weeks they are learning to identify and isolate sounds which will help when we teach them to segment words into their separate sounds.
We finished on Friday by making fairy biscuits for Silky the fairy from the Magic Faraway Tree story.
Week 3 Commencing 14.9.20
What a wonderful week the children had. The Reception children showed they were a lot more settled and they all enjoyed playing together and mixing with new friends. It was lovely to see them all playing together, listening to each other, sharing and taking turns. They spent lots of time outdoors, learning new skills and making up games. On Friday , they made up a marvellous game going to Fairyland on the train. Brandon was the train driver and everybody wrote themselves a ticket to get on the train and a fairy wand to use when they got there. It was a very popular game with nearly all of the Reception joining in.
Well done Reception.
The Year 1 children have enjoyed lots of learning and playing.
In Maths they have been consolidating counting to 10, comparing numbers and finding 1 more and 1 less than.
The children started thinking about what an 'Enchanted Forest' was and we made a mind map; they had some wonderful ideas .
On Wednesday we started thinking about what an enchanted forest might look like and who might live there. We went to The Eco Area to collect things to make enchanted pictures. We were amazed and excited to find a letter addressed to us from Shimmer the fairy!, who had found herself transported into our land and was trying to find a way back home. We all read it and then decided to collect materials to make a house for Shimmer .
A huge congratulations to our award winners this week; Millie was our ' Reader of the Week', Eva got a silver award and certificate for her wonderful attitude to school, learning and for being a kind friend .
William won his silver for always trying his hardest in everything he does and for always following the class rules.
Well done to all of you.
Week 2 Commencing 7.9.20
The children have all settled well in to their new class. They have made lots of new friends and it has been lovely to see the Year 1 children helping and playing with the new ones coming in.
Next week the Year 1 children are starting their Phonics, Maths and Literacy lessons. Please ask them what they have learnt each day when you talk with them after school. Please also help them prepare by practising their spellings ready for their test on Monday.
Reception children will be continuing to learn our class and school rules and making friends.
There won't be any official P.E or Forest School this week, although the children are very active every day and the Year 1 children will be working in the Eco Area a lot for our topic based Literacy.
Week 1 3.9.20
Welcome back to the beginning of our Autumn Term. I hope you all had an enjoyable summer with lots of fun.
I am so excited to be back at school and back with our Little Conkers' class. The new and old children have all come in to school excited, happy, rested and ready to learn.
Our topic this term is THE ENCHANTED WOODLAND and I am sure we are going to have lots of fun with it. We will be learning inside and out, using our wonderful Eco Area and our imaginations a lot to learn about our real world and create some wonderful imaginary , fairy worlds too. We will be using lots of fairy tales and stories to help us on our way.
At the bottom of this entry are the Curriculum Overview letter you received and the Welcome Letter.
I will endeavour to post photos and a little blurb of what we have been doing each week in class so please check in to the class page each Sunday evening . I will also use it as a forum to post class messages.
If you have any questions or anything that you would like to communicate with me please email me or contact the office .
Week 5 Commencing 29.6.20
Well done everybody in The Little Conkers Class whether you are home or school learning. It looks like everyone has tried hard and had a superb week.
In class we have had a great week learning about water. We enjoyed listening to and writing about Rainbow Fish and The Little raindrop stories. we also loved finding out about, making and writing about the water cycle. The children extended their learning in Forest school by going in the river and feeling the water. They made fishing rods to use, learning the skills of peeling the sticks before decorating them and learning to tie a granny knot to make fishing rods. As it was Evie's birthday they decorated a biscuit ( using their own spoons) and had a Happy Birthday song.
The children have enjoyed learning more about numbers 16-20 and have spent time practising counting, writing the numbers correctly and showing the value of the numbers.
They have also enjoyed lots of reading and of course, outside play .
Below are just a few of the lovely learning photos from this week .
If anybody who is home learning needs any help or advice,please don't forget you can always email me. or if you would like your child to come into class on any day, just let us know. They can come in any number of days per week.
Learning for next week is below. Our topic next week is Air.
Happy learning everyone.
Week 4 Commencing 22.6.20
Well done everybody who has kept up their home learning and continued to learn some amazing new things. I gather from all of the Tapestry posts that there has been some brilliant hard work done and a lot of fun.
Below are a few photos from your week.
Harry made some brilliant nature frames.
William enjoyed a woodland walk.
The children back in school loved doing Forest School again and working as a team.
We listened for birds, did some bird watching, made bird feeders and enjoyed playing together.
Alfie has worked so hard on his maths, writing and learning about birds.
A huge well done to everyone.
This week we are learning about water.
I have attached a different type of plan that has some superb links, learning and fun things to do.
There is also a phonics plan attached with the sounds to focus on each day and maths resources to support the home learning topic plan.
Have a great week everyone.
Week 3 Home Learning Commencing 15.6.20
This week we are learning all about birds. I see and hear so many beautiful birds where we live, some of them perching, some swooping and some zooming. See what you can find out about the wonderful nature around us.
Hope you have a brilliant week.
June is the start of The Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild programme. Children are encouraged to do something out in the wild on each day. There are so many wonderful activities and suggestions on their website about different ways to enjoy the wilderness and wildlife around us. Visit the website and have a go at the 30 days Wild campaign. Please send photos of things you have done, collected or experienced and pictures and writing you have done. Copy and paste the link https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildness
or click on to the external link below .
Week 2 Home Learning Plan Commencing 8.6.20
Hello Little Conkers, I hope you have all had a wonderful week and still managed lots of outside time, despite the change in weather. I have been so impressed with your wonderful learning last week and some of the brilliant pieces of art work and scenes you have created.
Check out Harry's amazing sea scene.
And Florence's too.
For this week's learning our topic focus we are going to be learning about the fastest sea creatures in the ocean. Hope you enjoy it.
As always , please send me photos on Tapestry.
Hello Little Conkers,
Welcome to the final term of the year. I hope you all had a wonderful, fun and restful holiday and are now ready to enjoy lots of fun work and activities this term.
When school reopens on the 8th June, I will continue to post the online learning plan each week and will be looking at Tapestry and commenting on all of your work daily, as usual. The in class plan and the online one will be very close to each other.
This term we are continuing with our Zoom topic and will be finding out about fast sea creatures, fast birds and fast people but to set the scene for our fastest sea animals week next week, we are starting with learning all about sea creatures. We will enjoy all the different animals and beautiful world there is under the sea.
I have attached the weekly plan and resources. If you have any questions, as always please email.
Please post your work on Tapestry.
Enjoy your week my beautiful little conkers.
For brilliant phonics lessons to support your child's learning on each sound please click on the link below and navigate the page to find the sound you would like to learn.
Week Commencing 18.5.20 Home Learning Plan
Thank you so much to everyone who took up the 'What Makes Me Happy' challenge from last week and sent some photos; I loved seeing you in your happy places. For those that didn't quite manage to send their photos yet, I have added some of them doing their work.
Here are a selection.
Good evening Little Conkers,
I hope you are all well, happy and safe.
I have attached next week's plan below. Our theme is Cheetah's, the fastest land animal that zooms.
Thank you everyone who has posted lots of photos on Tapestry which have made me smile and kept me in touch with the children. I still feel so connected to so many of you. I wondered if a little side project this week could be to do things that make you feel happy and then email a photo to me or post it on Tapestry. I will attach them here next week so we can all see each other and feel connected.
Here are my things I have done this weekend that has made me feel happy: As you all know, I love to run and cycle. My family and I cycled up Winnats Pass as part of a bike ride; it was very hard!!!
I have done lots of baking....and eating of cake! (We love chocolate cake.)
On Friday , Will made a V.E day cake , we decorated the house and learnt about V.E Day .
Finally my morning walk with Tilly and Baxter is very peaceful and beautiful.
I have attached some extra resources dated 12.5.20 that are a little easier. They are aimed at children who would this week like to work with numbers to 10 , practise 3 letter words and work on pencil control. The level of work children are doing doesn't matter one little bit, you should choose the work that is right for your child, that they want to do.
PLEASE DO NOT COMPARE OR WORRY IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO DO THE LOWER NUMBERS OR EASIER PHONICS. IT DOESN'T MATTER...THEIR HAPPINESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. WE WILL BE BACK SOON ENOUGH AND WE WILL BUILD FROM WHERE THEY ARE.
Hi Little Conkers,
I hope you are all well. It has been so lovely to see you all on Tapestry through the photos your grown ups have posted and I have loved being able to chat with your parents on it too. Thank you sooooo much for all of the hard work you are doing. It makes me so proud and even more excited about us all coming back to class, as soon as we are allowed. I can't wait. Until that time....I have posted some pictures of work you have done this week below and of course put next week's plan and resources on too. I will post a few story times on Tapestry so please do check in each day to catch the session , listen and enjoy them.
Missing you all so much.
Week 2 Summer Term Commencing 27.4.20
This week we are sticking with the rocket theme to enjoy a story book which I love, and I know you will too. It is called Whatever Next and the author is Jill Murphy. I have presented the work in a different way this week, giving shorter and less work. I have focussed on short writing, reading, phonics and maths jobs, to allow lots of playing and fun family time after. If you would like more or harder challenges, extend the learning for them or email me if you would like more suggestions. I have suggested a rainbow challenge system so the children can do extra activities, if they wish, to complete their rainbows.
There are 2 plans; the Sunshines' plan is the medium challenge level and the Stars' plan is the higher level challenge. Hope it goes well. Please continue to work hard and post your work and photos on Tapestry. Every little you do will make a difference.
Keep well, stay safe and enjoy.
See you all soon Miss Crombleholme
Welcome to the Summer term. .
I hope you all had a happy, fun and enjoyable Easter break.
I am sorry that we are not able to continue our learning together in class, so until we can I will continue to post our weekly plan and resources on here.
This term our topic is ' Things that Zoom' .
We will be learning about the fastest in many things: cars, space craft, trains, emergency vehicles, land animals, sea animals, birds and more. It's going to be a fun learning tpic that I am sure you will enjoy. Any suggestions for other fast things we can learn about just let me know.
I have attached a curriculum overview for this half term and this week's plan below. I have also attached resources to help in your learning.
As ever, your child's learning is very important to me, but the most important thing, at this young age, is their emotional wellbeing. Please remember to make time to enjoy them, relax , have fun, cuddles and good quality play time together too. .....and read every day!!
Missing you all more than you know. Keep well and safe.
Well done everyone who has worked so hard and done so much learning over the last few weeks. It has been wonderful to get your regular pictures and posts on Tapestry. Thank you.
Have a look below at just a few photos from your work.
Super well done Everyone.
For the Easter holidays there will not be a plan; it is a holiday. Enjoy your children, family and time playing together. If however, you would like some ideas of things to do, ( these are a choice, no obligation), I have attached some documents below with Easter Maths , Easter learning, Spring activities etc. I also thought the children might like to make Easter cards and do some Easter cooking and baking. This week and last a few children have already been baking. Florence has been making biscuits, William a delicious looking cake, Harry Z has made his own butter ( inspired by the farm clips) and Millie has made some wonderful hot cross buns which inspired me to do the same.
I wondered if the children might like to bake their favourite treat, take some photos, write out the recipe and then I will share them on here for everyone else to try too. We could have a Little Conkers' Bake Off … virtually.
Happy Easter everyone. The next plan will be on here the weekend of 18th April.
A little message from me. I have posted a video message to you all on Tapestry. Please have a look. Take care my Little Conkers. xx
Home Learning Planner Week 2 Commencing 30.3.20
Thank you so much to everyone who has been posting their learning and work on to their Tapestry journal. I have been looking and writing on each of them. Keep it up.
If you have forgotten your password or need help to re engage with tapestry send me an email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Please try to read with your child each day; 5 or 10 minutes is enough to keep them progressing.
I have written a full plan but you don't have to do everything on it. Pick what you can. Please don't overload or over work the children. they would have lots of time to play whilst in class usually and they should have the same with you. Happy children will learn.
Thank you for all that you are doing.
Wednesday 25th March
Are there any changes? Look at the colour of the chrysalis, the shape and the texture. There are 4 hung to the top of the pot and 1 that has chrysalised on the bottom. How are they different?
Write and post your comments on Tapestry.
Little Conkers, the caterpillars have got a new home....in my home. I will take a picture each day and post it for you to look at so you can watch their metamorphosis. You could talk and write about the changes each day in your writing book.
Tuesday 24th March.
PLEASE TAKE PHOTOS OF ANYTHING YOU DO AND LOAD THEM ON TO TAPESTRY. I WILL CHECK IT EACH DAY AND RESPOND.
Home Learning Week beginning 23.3.20
Hello everyone. Thank you for checking the class page and finding out how to help your child continue to learn each day . I am very sad to not be the one helping your child but am sure that together, through you accessing my plans and activities and then delivering their learning, they will continue to grow and blossom.
I have prepared packs of work that will be sent home with your child on Friday. These include phonics sheets, maths activities and a writing book. I will post a weekly lesson and topic plan on here that will include activities and learning related to the theme for the week. Please ensure your child does some learning and work every day to keep their brains active and engaged and ready to learn when school resumes.
I have written a daily timetable that may help you and your child to maintain a routine and structure over this period. Please use if you wish or adopt your own.
Please ensure you read with your child every day, as this is essential in helping them to learn to read and access all future learning.
Epic Early Years website are posting a series of practical ways you can teach your child each Sunday evening and which will be worth checking out.
Also worth noting is that The National Trust are opening all of their parks and lands up . free of charge during this period so please use them as part of the children's outside play time scheduled each day.
Activities for next week will be posted tomorrow.
Suggested daily routine is posted below.
The timetable of work for next week is attached below. Please do what you can.
Please ensure you read with your child for at least 15 minutes EVERY DAY. I will post websites and ;inks for sites that will give access to online reading materials as the weeks progress. For now, please read the school reading books.
A wonderful resources that is already offering free access is www.phonicsplay.co.uk . Please enter the username : march20 and the password: home . This site also has decodeable comic books to read on www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk
I will post new timetable each week.
Please use Tapestry to upload any pictures you take of your child working and of their work, on to their account. I can access it from my side and can see their progress. Enter a ' new observation' and follow the link to upload media content.
Keep well and keep safe. Missing them all, already.
Welcome to Term 4 and our topic of Lifecycles.
Please see below for the curricululm overview.
Learning to Read and Write
We teach the phonics phases through Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 , if needed. We use the Department of Education document, Letters and Sounds to guide us and use a variety of fun, active and engaging resources such as Jolly Phonics which help teach children in a multi sensory way. For more details about jolly phonics please click the link below.
Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, however we supplement this with other fiction and non- fiction books regularly, to ensure children become confident, capable and fluent readers. Please click the link below for further details.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are expected to share their book with a grown up daily. The more frequently you share their reading experience, the more confident they become.
For more information regarding Phonics please see our Phonics Coordinator Miss Crombleholme or the Literacy Coordinator Mrs Tamkin.
Welcome back to a new term in The Little Conkers' Class. Our topic this term is Winter Wonderland.
We will be learning about all about Winter in England, The Arctic and The Antarctic. We will think about the land, climate, environment, animals, people and more. We will consider how to keep ourselves and animals warm and comfortable in Winter.
We will be using lots of our Project 25 values and skills throughout the term to make a Winter Wonderland museum where there will be models of Buxworth, The Arctic and The Antarctic, examples of lots we have learnt and many interactive exhibits. Please come and look at our museum on share in our learning on Tuesday 11th February from 2.45pm.
For more details please see our curriculum overview below.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our topic this term and learnt lots. The children started by learning about their local environment, Buxworth and naming all of the geographical landmarks around. We went on walks around the village and then came back and made the village using junk modelling materials.
The following week we learnt about the woodland environment and in particular all of the animals. They were really interested in those that hibernate. We used lots of materials to make the animals and particularly enjoyed using clay.
Week 3 saw us learning about The Arctic . We learnt about the terrain, the weather and the animals. The children amazed me how much they learnt and could recall weeks later.
Week 4 we looked at the film Frozen and enjoyed learning and writing about the characters, they loved making Olaf biscuits.
On our final week we used The Polar Express as a stimulus. The children wrote a plan of what they would like to learn which included finding out about different trains, going on journeys and learning about snow and ice. Of course, we did it all.
We went on a journey to London and learn about different landmarks. The children did some amazing art work and writing about Big Ben, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. On a different day we went on a journey to Paris; we learnt French greetings, painted pictures in an impressionist style and sampled lots of French food at our ' French Café.' We carried out a super investigation with big ice balls, placing them around the classroom and outside to see what happened to them.
It was all very exciting.
We finished our topic by preparing for our winter Wonderland event when our parents and grandparents came to see our work. The children all LOVED showing off their work.
Week 6 Beginning 9.12.19
The children had a wonderful penultimate week working and playing hard. They performed brilliantly in their first nativity , Higgledy, Piggledy Stable in St James' Church, in front of a massive crowd. I was very impressed with their confidence and courage. They all sang and acted brilliantly.
We continued learning and using our phonics to write letters to Santa. I was very impressed with how everybody thought of what they would like to ask Santa for, listened to the sounds in the words and wrote them down.
On Thursday we had a fantastic time walking along the canal in to Whaley Bridge to post our letters. Along the way we learnt so many new things about different trees, bridges, why things echo, how many steps there are on the bridge over the canal and more. We all bought a nice treat from the bakery and were beautifully polite to the ladies who served us. We walked back to the canal basin and ate our cakes before feeding the ducks and then walking back to school. The children were amazing and I was very proud of them.
The wedding was in St James' Church and was performed brilliantly by Reverend John., whom we thank massively for donating his services to help our children learn.
All of the children loved dressing up and they looked brilliant; they performed their roles perfectly and enjoyed the whole experience. Furthermore they showed off their wonderful foxtrot dancing at the wedding breakfast, immediately followed by one of their favourites: Baby Shark.
Well done Little Conkers.
The children have been working really hard on their phonics and have now learnt the letters and sounds for s,a,t,p,i,n,d and m. They always enjoy waking their phonics fingers up with some 'Dough Disco' to music. Tey have learnt actions, songs, letter formation rhymes and how to form the letters correctly. They have even started to read words and hear lots of sounds.
Well done Little Conkers.
PCSO Karen Green and PCSO Wilson came in to class to see if they could solve the crime of who trashed the classroom / world with lots of rubbish and waste a couple of weeks ago? The children told them how they had written incident reports and used the question words what, where, when , how and why to try to work it out. Everyone enjoyed dressing up as police officers to solve the crime.
In Forest School the children enjoyed looking for different shapes, colours and natural items and using them to make art. Some children pursued their interest with making minibeast houses, decorating sticks they found or tying knots. Everybody enjoyed the outdoors environment.
On Thursday we went on a walk to Tesco to recycle the rubbish that had been left. We talked about all of the different things we could recycle. Later we went in to Tesco to look at how much plastic was used in a shop and we tried to find ways to reduce the amount of plastic we used. the children were fantastic at realising how they could buy their fruit and vegetables loose instead of pre packaged.
This term our topic in Marvellous Minibeasts. Please see the attached curriculum Overview for more details.
Week 6 Commencing 1.4.19
What a wonderful, enterprising, hardworking, creative and inspiring class I have.
The children used and demonstrated skills in communication, creativity, positivity, organisation, initiative, problem solving and masses of positivity and resilience to plan, organise, prepare and then deliver their Minibeast Mayhem afternoon.
They provided 10 different activities for their parents and the children from The Horse Chestnuts class. These were: minibeast colouring; making a minibeast garden out of tissue paper and pastel crayons; making a minibeast biscuit; making a healthy eating minibug out of salad and vegetables; paint a bee, doing a minibeast hunt, making a minibeast out of construction and out of clay; move like a minibeast on the mats and find out about minibeasts at the information desk. Everybody was confident, chatty and totally in charge of their activity. I was very proud of everybody.
Well done Little Conkers.
Week Beginning 25.3.19
In Forest School the children displayed the wonderful skills they have been developing in emotional intelligence; working together, listening to each other; having empathy for others and solving problems together. They worked on minibeast hunts where they looked for different minibeasts, taking care to replace all turned over logs and rocks. They made minibeast houses because they wanted them to be warm and cosy and they tied granny knots and tied sticks together. They all had a fantastic time.
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.