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A few photographs of our wonderful setting!

The Colour Monster

We have been reading and listening to the story ‘The Colour Monster’ to learn about feelings and emotions. 💛💙❤️💚🖤💗

 

Here’s a link to the story https://youtu.be/Ih0iu80u04Y 

Spooooooooky! 👻 

This week the children have shown an interest and excitement for Halloween, so we set up lots of spooky activities for them to explore. We have had some amazing spooky chalk pictures, lots of ‘ewwws’ and ‘yucks’ as they explored the slime, we’ve listened to spooky stories, threaded spider webs, cast pretend spells on each other, mixed potions, ridden on broomsticks and more! 
 

Black History Month: Alma Woodsey Thomas 

During our carpet session the children learnt about an artist named Alma Woodsey Thomas, as part of Black History Month. The children then created some wonderful pieces of artwork inspired by Alma during their discovery time. 

Lest we forget
 

At 11am the school bells were rung and children and staff observed the two minute silence to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. Over the last week, the children have been busy creating memorial wreaths which are now proudly on display. They have also been undertaking Remembrance Day activities, learning more about the meaning behind the poppy.
 

Year R worked in virtual collaboration with Rainbow and created the poppies which are displayed on the school gate. We hope you enjoyed seeing them.

 

We will remember.

Happy Diwali 
 

To all our families celebrating this weekend, we’d like to wish you a Diwali that brings joy, prosperity and happiness to you and your family. 
 

We have been learning about Diwali and how it is celebrated. The children used special tools on scratch paper to create these fantastic Mehndi designs. 

Our Elves have arrived! 

The children were very excited to meet Eli and Edna this morning! The elves brought the Christmas tree and lights with them, along with a letter asking the children to help them decorate the tree! So the children set about making lots of Christmas paper chains and baubles! We are looking forward to seeing what funny and exciting antics they get up to during the lead up to the Christmas break!

Christmas crafts 

 

Unfortunately this year we have been unable to invite parents in to help us with some lovely Christmas crafts like we usually would but we have made sure that the children still had lots of opportunities to develop different skills and make lots of Christmas masterpieces! Here are a couple!

Learning in a different way 

 

We are so proud of how our youngest children in the school have adapted to a new way of learning. Some children are coming to school but getting used to a much smaller class and others are learning from home.

 

We are so grateful to our amazing parents who are supporting their child’s learning during these unusual times. The children have been trying so hard with their learning, virtually through Teams meetings, independently at times on activities and with their families for play based learning. Well done Year R!

What will I be? 
 

In year R the children have been learning about different types of jobs and careers. They are considering what they would like to be when they grow up! 
 

PC Payne

 

We were so lucky to be able to invite a real life police officer, PC Payne to one of our Teams meetings. Before the meeting the children sent questions to Mrs Doherty who sent them onto PC Payne, and during the meeting he answered all of these. He also showed the children his uniform, different hats, body armour and even handcuffs! The children drew PC Payne pictures to say thank you for taking time to talk to us. 

All about mass! 
 

In maths, we have been learning about mass and weight. The children have been finding out which objects are heavy and which are light and comparing them to see which is the heaviest and lightest. 
 

We are so impressed with all the home made balance scales they have created! 

Firefighter Steve

 

After meeting PC Payne last week, we were very lucky to receive a fascinating video from firefighter Steve and his team this week. The children were shown around the fire station by Steve, the firefighter!🔥 ‌ Steve and his team talked us through the equipment they used, the uniform they wear and showed us around the fire station. The children really enjoyed watching the video and they were fascinated watching the firefighters use the cutting tool to remove a car door. ‌ After watching the video, we thought of questions to ask firefighter Steve. By the end of the week, we knew a lot of interesting facts and information. A very big thank you to firefighter Steve and his team!

Welcome back!

We are so pleased to be able to welcome all the children back to school. The children at school worked together to create a welcome back banner for their friends in Dragonfly and Bumblebee class.

So settled! 
 

We are so so proud of how well the children have come back to school and settled back into the routines so quickly! What absolute superstars you are!

 

We have a fun and busy term ahead, keep checking back for updates! 

Caterpillars! 🐛 

 

To welcome the children back to school we ordered some caterpillars! The children have loved observing them, learning about the life cycle and metamorphosis and creating our caterpillar diaries. 
 

In one week they have already grown so much! 

WOW look how much they have grown! 

PE

 

The year R children have thoroughly enjoyed their first couple of PE sessions. Fantastic listening skills, sensible and safe behaviour and lots of active children has made for so much fun!

 

So far they have explored basket ball, football, hockey, stilts, throwing, catching and more! Keep checking your child’s tapestry account for updates on their learning! 

Frogspawn 🐸 

 

The children are really enjoying watching the caterpillars grow and change so we thought they might enjoy watching the cycle and metamorphosis of frogspawn too!

 

What a lot of amazing real life learning for this term! 

 

 

🔴 Comic Relief 2021 🔴

 

The children have come to school wearing red or their comic relief tops ready to tell their class mates a funny joke! 

 

Lots of laughter and smiles today 😀 don’t forget you can make a donation at; https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/

Easter Bunnies 

The children have been learning to follow instructions to draw chicks and bunnies this week. Here are the bunnies that Bumblebee class drew by listening carefully and following Mrs Doherty’s instructions 🐰 

Safe transportation! 
 

Unfortunately the time in school didn’t allow us to see the full metamorphosis cycle of our caterpillars during, so Mrs Doherty and Mrs Strouts have safely transported the chrysalides home with them to look after over the holidays. 
 

We will be taking photos and sharing videos of any changes over the two week holiday to keep the children up to date on their progress 🐛 🦋 

 

The butterflies have emerged! 

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Earth Week 

The children in Year R had a great time coming up with forest school names. They went looking for birds, listened to bird song and saw a bird nest high up in a tree. The children decided where to hang the bird feeders that they made earlier this week. They have been learning about why trees are important for the Earth, they know that trees help us breathe, keep the air clean and provide us with fruit and shade. They even planted new trees to help these things happen 🌳 🌍

Global Gang crisp packet project 
 

Here are our Global Gang, in charge of collecting crisp packets! The school has teamed up with a local group based on St. Mary’s Island, who are going to put together ‘Survival Packs’ for the homeless.  Each ‘pack’ will include a bag, blanket and pillow – all made from crisp packets!  

We are really excited about being part of this very worthwhile project.  The idea was inspired by Pen Huston, who makes blankets from crisp packets.  You can find out more about Pen Huston’s project at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfhwRwghVA .

Science week- Mars

 

During Science week the children learnt all about Mars. They learnt that Mars is a cold planet, with a red rocky surface and tall mountains and that it has two moons! The children created their own Mars rovers using loose parts, experimented with chalk pastel to create an image of the surface of Mars and one day.... they arrived in school to find a satellite had crashed into the garden and Mrs Strouts had caught it all on camera! They spent the day looking for clues and trying to work out what had happened! 

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