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Hello  Year 1 Little Conkers.

Below are some  links and activities for you to do if you are learning from home. The activities follow what we will be doing in class. Every day that you are learning at home, please try and do the following: 

  • Practise your spellings, using the booklet that you have at home;
  • Learn a phonics sound, using the attached plan.  Practise saying and writing the sound and writing some words, with the sound in. You can consolidate this further using an online game. website links are at the bottom;
  • Write one or two sentences about  either a story you have read or something you have done that day;
  • Complete a maths activity  and
  • Read your reading book.


I would love to see any work you have done so please take photos and email them in. 




Reception children

Our focus over the next 2 weeks is to continue to develop our personal, social and emotional  skills in class. 

We will be starting Phonics and Maths lessons. Please see the plans below to access games and learning similar to those in class. 





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. 



 Autumn Term

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


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. 



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 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.


 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. 






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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. smiley


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.

Miss Crombleholme


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. smiley



Happy Easter everyone. The next plan will be on here the weekend of 18th April.


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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; 



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 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. 





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  . Please enter the username : march20  and the password: home   . This site also has decodeable comic books to read on   


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. 


Ms Crombleholme

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.



Term 4

This term our topic in Marvellous Minibeasts. Please see the attached curriculum Overview for more details.


Curricululm Overview and Information Letter

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. smiley

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. smiley



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. smiley



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.



On Friday we all brought our teddies in to school and had a super teddy bears' party.

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'!!!


Term 6


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.




To Infinity and Beyond Curriculum Overviews

Welcome back to a new term in Class 1.smiley

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.



Odysseus' ship


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.


A square.


A square.


A circle.

A cylinder.


A cuboid.


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.




















Term 4


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 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 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 Yearsmiley

Image result for the solar system


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.





Week 6 

W/ C 5/12.16

The children had a very busy, fun week with lots of different and new experiences.
On Monday we did our Big Write and we all wrote letters to Father Christmas, we folded our letters and put them in an envelope. On Tuesday we put address labels and stamps on our envelopes and then walked all of the way in to Whaley Bridge, along the canal, to post them in the post box. The children then walked very sensibly to Bridge House  Bakery and they asked for and paid for their own treat, which we took to the canal basin to eat. EVERYBODY enjoyed their treat. We then walked back to school in time for lunch. I was very impressed with everybody who walked really sensibly along the canal. We all had a great time.


On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening we got dressed  up ready for our Christmas production  of One Snowy Night. The children were all amazing and wonderful. They sang beautifully and were very brave standing on stage and acting so well, in front of huge crowds.  Well done Class 1.


​On Wednesday we all enjoyed our Christmas dinner and we loved our crackers and toys.


Next week is going to be a busy week also with 2 super sporting events for us enjoy. On Monday we are watching teams play a dodgeball competition and on Thursday we are all joining in with a  Reindeer Run Cross Country competition. Every body will be in 1 of 4 teams and teams will compete to win the title of Cross Country champions.


Wednesday is Christmas Party day. Children can bring party clothes, in a named bag, to change in to in the afternoon.   

Week 5

W/C 28.11


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.

Their excitement grew further and was barely containable on Wednesday, when big, brown footprints had appeared leading all the way from the bottom of the beanstalk, out of the classroom, down the stairs to the front doors!!! They had lots of fantastic ideas about who had made the footprints, what he looked like and where he was going. The children  did some amazing writing using their ideas.
On Tuesday, it was very exciting when builders arrived at school and spent the whole day in Class 1's little playground. The children were very curious and  kept going to the door to watch them;   they then fed back to the other children about what was happening.  It was very hard to wait until Wednesday when the children could go out and look at what had happened. they were thrilled to see a  new , fantastic, fun and inspiring play area.
They have a  water wall and damning station which  encourages the children to really work together as a team to move the water from the trough up to the buckets and then back down on to the damn. The sand pulley system also requires team work and is a great hit. The mud kitchen has already inspired lots of dishes to be made;  I have had chocolate cake, strawberry cheesecake, vegetable soup, lasagne and fresh orange juice  to date and they were all served by very enthusiastic waiters!! Finally lots of children have enjoyed the play house and I am sure we will see lots of shows come out of it in the future. Everybody in Class 1 feels very lucky.
The children have also been enjoying lots of outdoor P.E everyday including playing hoops, hula, tig, circuit stations with different challenges , basketball and even doing maths and literacy! The Year 1s love doing fast maths when some children have to run from 1 side of the playground to the other whilst the remaining children count in different number patterns. This week we were counting in 2s,5s and 10s.


 Luckily, Class 1 love being outside and cold weather never inhibits our learning. smiley






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Week 4. Week commencing 21.11.16

 This week the children's focus was Jack and The Beanstalk. They enjoyed reading the story, acting it out and then writing about it. The Reception children  drew pictures of their favourite part and wrote the beginning and end phonemes to label their picture. The Year 1 children wrote the beginning, middle and end of the story and concentrated on  putting full stops at the end of sentences. They ALL did a wonderful job.  


We used Jack and The Beanstalk in our dance lesson and everybody moved like Jack and also the giant. We thought about high, low, middle, front and backward ways to travel.
The reception children  have been working very hard on reading, acting out and even writing their own maths stories. They are BRILLIANT at it.
Everybody enjoyed Christmas Activity Day on Thursday. The children were in  mixed age groups and so worked with different children from all of the classes. They loved having the older children looking after and helping them. It was lovely to see so many new friendships being struck up and also so many children from all of the other classes working so well with Class 1. The children enjoyed 7 different activities including making Christmas cards, snow globes, calendars, reindeer , Christmas trees and chocolate truffles. To be able to see and buy your children's beautiful creations please come along to the Christmas Market and Tree Lighting at school on Friday night.






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. 


This week the children also enjoyed visits from adults coming in to tell us about their jobs. The children loved it when Jo Grace walked in with a big black box on wheels and a microphone. They whispered ideas to each other about what the box might be and what Jo might do as a job. They loved it when she explained that she is a jazz singer who goes into care homes and sings  for the elderly. Jo told the children that her job is to make the old people happy through music. She certainly made us happy when she sang and the children all danced!

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 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

                             W/C 31/10/16             
The children enjoyed learning about the Hindu festival Diwali this week. They loved reading, acting out, and writing the story of Rama and Sita . They were especially captivated by Ravanna, the ten headed demon. The Y1 drew wonderful picture maps and then wrote some fantastic sentences to retell the story.




All of the children enjoyed finding out how Diwali is celebrated . They made Rangoli chalk patterns, chalk foot and hand prints , diya lamps and diya lamp stands.
This week the children also described themselves and painted fantastic self portraits.


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 Reception children started learning how to form numbers 0,1,2 and 3 using songs and actions.
Our class focus last week was autumn and the children enjoyed learning about the changes that are happening and why. They all loved going on an autumn hunt in our school grounds and then along the tramlines.
The Year 1 children looked in Sally Scientist's backpack and found a picture showing them a close up of taste buds. She asked them where on their body they would find these and what do they use them for?
This led the children into a great experiment and lots of learning about taste, which they all loved... especially the taste experiment where they had to taste a bitter, sour, sweet and salty food.
Everybody is still enjoying independent baking and they are doing really well following the pictorial instructions; they are also doing well at washing up afterwards.


Next week we are making cheese straws.


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.

Our focus for next week is The Three Little Pigs.

Week 5  w/c 3.10.16

This week the children enjoyed learning, singing and performing the Incy Wincy Spider nursery rhyme. The Reception children used their drawing, cutting out and joining skills to make wonderful Incy Wincy spiders, which would have looked lovely dangling from our ceiling....but the children were so enamored with their spiders they all took them home!!  The Year 1 children are still in the process of completing theirs so we may yet get to hang some up!
The Year 1 children completed some brilliant writing about Incy Wincy. They coloured in a scene  and thought of sentences about Incy, that are not in the rhyme. One child coloured their drainpipe and Incy like a rainbow and wrote how sliding down the colourful drainpipe transformed  Incy into a rainbow spider.


The Reception children did some wonderful counting, number ordering and learning about positional language.




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. 



Nature colour hunt 7.10.16

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.



Week 4

Week Commencing 26.9.16


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.



Please bring in empty kitchen rolls , if you have any. Thank you.
And beware of the spiders !!!!




Week 3

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 d