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Week beginning 3/12/18

The children have been doing really well at sounding and spelling out 3 letter words this week. In maths they have been counting larger amounts and estimating numbers of objects. We now have Santa’s office (where we design toys, write letters, and write and process Christmas lists) and Santa’s workshop (where toys are wrapped and bagged). The pictures also show the children making Santa's sleigh and painting wrapping paper. We have been very busy, as you can imagine!

Do look at The Wonderful Writing Wall where you will see some of the children’s early writing. You will find this in the children’s section under “blogging.”

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Week beginning 26/11/18

We have been reading a story about a new baby this week as this is very topical at the moment! The children have been making cards and writing greetings. We have managed to wrap up and do our PE outside. We are really improving our skipping, hopping and galloping now. In maths we have been making more complex patterns and learning the numbers on dice and numicon pieces (they are flat rectangles containing different numbers of holes). The children are beginning to recognise amounts instead of having to count each one. They have also been playing board and track games which is such an important skill. Do play some at home if you have time!

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Week beginning 19/11/18

We have been having fun reading and writing about the story, “Superworm” this week. We have made models, pictures and paintings. In maths, we have been very busy making patterns in many different ways. We have made 2,3 and 4 step patterns using pegboards, cubes, animal shapes, duplo, the giant bricks outside and even underpants, following our story, “Aliens in Underpants!”

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Week beginning 12/11/18

The children enjoyed visiting the ambulance which came to school on Monday. They learned about a journey to hospital, about some of the equipment in the vehicle and tried out the seats and the trolley. The siren was very loud as the ambulance passed the school.

On Wednesday we went to Stratford Park after discussing autumn and the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We matched colours of found objects to colour charts. After a snack we made some super collages in the style of the artist. The leaves were beautiful and the children were fantastic walkers.

Many thanks to Nick and all the parents who came on Wednesday. We could not have done these exciting things without you.

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Week beginning 5/11/18

We have been studying celebrations this week with the children telling us about their firework night experiences, painting and collaging some super firework pictures and spelling firework sounds in writing. We have learned about Diwali and designed a Christmas card. It is a little early for the latter but orders take time to process!

We are learning about money in maths and have made a shop in the maths area. We have had great fun buying fruit and treats in our play.

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Week beginning 29/10/18

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful costumes and fruit for our “Superhero” day. We began by talking about our characters and some brave children sat on the “hot seat” and answered questions. We made fruit kebabs ( counting fruit pieces as we went along), made superhero arm bands, and designed another superhero. After lunch we did some fitness training with our visiting PE teacher and made Superhero assault courses. Quite an energetic start to the term!

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Week beginning 15/10/18

We read “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and began the week making, drawing and painting bears. We hid and found bears by directing our friends to their hiding places and practised the language involved. We role played the story in our new cave area and in the hall where we created some fun scenery.

At the end of the week we learned about what to do if someone is unkind to us, and how to know how someone is feeling by looking at their face. We enjoyed several stories and the children were very brave when they performed and sang their song to everyone. Well done!

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Week beginning 8/10/18

We have been working on The Little Red Hen story this week. We acted it out and watched the video taken by one of the children (with a little help!) Later we made bread and sampled our cuisine at the end of the day. Since then we have been writing letters to the hen and making hen hand prints.

We are beginning to blend simple 3 letter words in phonics (there are some words to practise with in book bags) and we have been listening to the stories of the animal zoo numbers in maths. Each number is represented by an animal, e.g. Snappy Six, the crocodile, and each has a short story
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Week beginning 1/10/18.

We have been having fun hanging messages on our “Magic Message Tree” and getting replies by “magic.” It has been lovely weather for outdoor play in which we have been using our big target board and recording our scores. We have covered “belonging” in RE, understanding how we belong at Uplands School, learning about baptism and the Hindu customs of Raksha Bandhan. We are beginning to blend our sounds and read simple words which is really exciting! Look in the book bags and there will soon be some word lists for practising at home.

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Week beginning 24/9/18

We have been learning about sharing through our story “The Rainbow Fish.” The children have done some lovely paintings and collages of fish and made their very own puppet show of the story. We counted fish scales when learning about more and less in maths.

Everyone was excited about our new PJ Masks role play area. We have dressed up, made vehicles for the characters and filled out special mission forms. Mrs. Harvey and Mrs. Gibson have learned a lot this week!

 

 

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Week beginning 17/9/18

This week we have been looking carefully at our faces and have made painted some super self-portraits. We have started to learn our sounds and enjoyed the Jolly Phonics songs. In maths we have been learning how to count accurately. Finally we have introduced “special helpers” in which 2 children are chosen to take the register, help with snack and show everyone how to line up well each day. Everyone will be chosen in rotation. It is great to have such helpful children!

 

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Week beginning 10/9/18

This week the children have met their new “buddies” who are making sure they are happy in the playground. The older children are generally very caring and seem to be enjoying this new role. The Merlins have also been told which team they are in and have started to earn points on a weekly basis. We announce the winning team at the end of each week.

The children have continued to play well and have been enjoying more pattern making, this time with the large bricks. They have made roads and car parks for the cars, played with sand, dressed up, painted, made pictures and listened to our Number Zoo stories. Another busy week!

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Week beginning 3/9/18

Welcome to Uplands, everyone!

All of the children came in bravely for their first few days and soon settled into playing and learning. We have been painting pictures of ourselves, drawing and mark making on paper and cardboard, using cars to make tracks in paint and even working with shaving foam!

We have started to share the superb “holiday boxes” you compiled over the summer, and enjoyed story time at the end of the morning. On Wednesday the Year 6 children came to meet us and join in with play, and we will soon be matching your child with one of them as a “Buddy.” The Buddies watch out for the children in the playground and make sure they are happy as they play.

Don’t forget to send your child with a small, healthy snack and a drink of water (rather than juice). Well done everyone on a really good first week!

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Week beginning 16/7/18

The children loved meeting Jack Rutter and showed great interest in his life story. They enjoyed the agility games in his PE session. Air Hop was a great success with all the children confidently bouncing to their own ability. What an amazing place ! The day on the field gave the children fantastic opportunities with at least 2 Merlins bravely reaching the top of the climbing wall. Everyone played rounders, basketball, “Hungry Hippos” and playground games on Thursday and ran a leg of the marathon on Friday. They all ran much further than we expected. What a week! The children should all sleep well…

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Week beginning 9/7/18

This week we all read The Giant Sandwich as a class. We followed up by making sandwiches, having a mini picnic and then by writing instructions on how to make a sandwich. We have also been talking about our favourite stories and watching and acting out Christian and Muslim stories. Everyone ran well on our sports morning and did a great job of being Owls on Thursday for a short time (the children moved classes for a practise.) Well done, Merlins!

 

 

 

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Week beginning 2/7/18

Another busy week in Merlins started with the children trying out our new “discovery den” in which they observed, found out about and recorded facts about minibeasts and wild animals. We learned and wrote lots of facts about foxes and found dens and other animal homes when we went to the woods on Tuesday. It was fun looking around some of our allotments and interesting to learn about the cows, chickens and food grown at the micro dairy. We used our collection of natural objects to make collages in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. We have all been “mad” about adding this week. Lots of us have been solving number sentences independently and drawing our characters, Mr. and Mrs. Add.

Please keep up the practise of our latest “tricky” word list. Many thanks for your support.

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Week beginning 25/6/18

We started our week with a bug hunt in which we made a tally chart of the bugs we found. Needless to say there were many creatures hiding away from the sun. We have also been watching DVD clips and writing lists on facts about snails. We now know what amazing creatures they are! We then made some pastel drawings and clay models of snails, and finished off with “The Snail and the Whale.” Maths is becoming exciting as we begin to become familiar with numbers to 50.

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Week beginning 18/6/18

We have continued our work on The Very Hungry Caterpillar this week. We have made salt dough food (showing what the caterpillar ate), collaged and painted symmetrical butterflies and finished writing our story books. We read the books to each other as a practise for reading them at home. The children did an excellent butterfly dance in PE when they evaluated and praised each others’ work. On Thursday we experimented with the Beebot programmable bees as we lead on to our next focus which is minibeasts.

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Week beginning 11/6/18

We had a lovely surprise on Monday morning as our butterflies had hatched. We let them free in the afternoon, saying quite an emotional, “Goodbye.” We have been following up with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar which we are writing part of in our very own books. The children have done some super caterpillar printing pictures and symmetrical shapes using playdough. Well done.

We have also “got into” den building as part of a project on “special places” in which we have learned about churches and synogogues. I think the children will want to make more dens……

 

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Week beginning 4/6/18

We have been experimenting with timers this week, building towers and counting, adding and subtracting the blocks. Our trip to Waitrose was a success. We learned about Fair Trade goods, local and foreign produce and recycling (watching the huge plastic and cardboard crushers.) It was really exciting going into the warehouse, fridges and even the freezer! We all shopped for fruit for our kebabs and had to say a big “thank you” to our excellent guide. The children have decided they want to send proceeds from the kebabs to the RSPCA. Waitrose has kindly added to our fundraising too. Many thanks to Waitrose!

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Week beginning 21/5/18

We had a musical afternoon on Monday when we chose percussion instruments to accompany our story. It sounded very dramatic and exciting by the end. Some of us made puppets of the characters from the story too, and the children asked if they could perform a puppet show to the others. The others were suitably impressed! We also spent time learning and writing adjectives to describe the characters.

Meanwhile we have been watering our beans and plants in the garden and keeping a diary of the changes we have seen. We have been colour mixing with paint in our play. In maths we are learning to count in 2s,5s and 10s. Overall this week the children have coped well with all the sunshine, applying their own cream and wearing their hats- well done, children.

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Week beginning 14/5/18

This week we have been working with the Year 1 children on cutting and sticking, construction and book making activities. Everyone was very focussed and there were some good results. The Year 1 children must have inspired them!

Meanwhile we have been reading stories and information books on growing, making seed collages and counting with beans. We were very excited yesterday when we noticed that some of our bean plants have started to shoot. We were lucky to have a beautiful day for our playground session on the bikes and scooters.

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Week beginning 7/5/18

This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk and following up with a dance, some “super long” written stories, writing/guessing games and solving addition and subtraction problems using the Giant’s gold coins. We voted the best castle made outside and added warning signs made by "Jack." We have also done a little of our own bean planting. I wonder if they were magic??....

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Week beginning 30/04/2018

It was a shame we got the rain on Wednesday, but no one seemed to mind too much and we had a fun and interesting day. We learned all about building materials of the museum, the use of the walled garden and grounds and gained an insight of what it would be like to live in a large house long ago. We handled cooking utensils and games from the past and sampled the old tin bath! (see pictures.) Back at school, some children did some super writing to go with the photographs we took on the trip. I don’t think they realised they could write so much. Well done!

In maths work we have been learning to make half of shapes, objects and numbers. We have also been experimenting on the ipads and making our own pictures of houses.

Take a look at the blogging section of the website and some of the children’s work from last term is on the Wonderful Writing Wall.

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Week beginning 23rd April.

We were all excited to have our new Kasbar Den and make it into “Busy Bees Garden Centre and Café.” The children have been making menus, ordering and paying for items and food. We have been learning to recognise and compare the values of coins. Also in Maths, we have been solving problems involving doubling by adding spots to ladybirds.

Continuing our theme on houses, we have watched clips and looked at pictures on houses in other countries. We spotted lots of similarities and differences. Some of the children have continued with this and produced some super “house” collages . This week we have also been in the playground in small groups doing our PE (ball skills) with our student coach. I think the children enjoyed having a different face!

Don’t forget, our trip to the museum is on Wednesday. Forms to be in on Monday.

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Week beginning 16th April.

We have “kicked off” our new topic, Stroud, with videos, pictures of the local area and a walk around Uplands. We looked for similarities and differences between the houses, talked about building materials, roof shapes, drainage and features such as solar panels. Many thanks to the Mums who came at such short notice. We have begun some paintings of imaginary houses for a display of our own street.

We had a very exciting time on Wednesday when Mrs. Ponting came to visit, bringing her baby, Jude, to see us. We all thought he was very cute!

The children will bring a note in their book bags when it is their turn for “show and tell.” Also, please continue to return library books on Tuesdays, but they will be changed on Thursday or Friday for the next few weeks. The library is booked on Tuesdays temporarily..

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Week beginning 26th March.

We were very lucky to have the sun when we went for our “spring” walk on Monday. The children were very observant and we found lots of signs that spring is actually upon us (although it has been difficult between the bouts of snow!!!) We made a collection of twigs and leaves, and then a display back in the classroom. We then went on to learn about The Easter Story and made links between spring, new life, easter and eggs.

We have finished the term with writing, artwork and cooking activities on the topic of easter. Everyone is ready for a well deserved rest. Happy Easter everyone!

Please note that children need to come into class on their own next term to help develop their independence and to ensure that we can start lessons promptly at 9am. Many thanks.

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Week beginning 19th March.

This week we have been studying the book, Here Come the Aliens, by Colin McNaughton. We have learned some interesting words and laughed at some of the strange aliens. We then worked in pairs and drew our own alien character using pastels. See the pictures of our display. They are quite a fearsome bunch!

In maths we have been measuring and solving problems to do with height. We have had fun measuring the furniture in class, the heights of our aliens and each other. We have used straws, cubes and pens to measure with.Week beginning 19th March.

This week we have been studying the book, Here Come the Aliens, by Colin McNaughton. We have learned some interesting words and laughed at some of the strange aliens. We then worked in pairs and drew our own alien character using pastels. See the pictures of our display. They are quite a fearsome bunch!

In maths we have been measuring and solving problems to do with height. We have had fun measuring the furniture in class, the heights of our aliens and each other. We have used straws, cubes and pens to measure with.Week beginning 19th March.

This week we have been studying the book, Here Come the Aliens, by Colin McNaughton. We have learned some interesting words and laughed at some of the strange aliens. We then worked in pairs and drew our own alien character using pastels. See the pictures of our display. They are quite a fearsome bunch!

In maths we have been measuring and solving problems to do with height. We have had fun measuring the furniture in class, the heights of our aliens and each other. We have used straws, cubes and pens to measure with.

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Week beginning 12th March.

This week we have been exploring the arts. We listened to several pieces of music and talked about what they reminded us of. One of them was “Mars” from “The Planets” by Holst. After discussion and thinking about the mood, we painted our responses. They were very interesting, and everyone had great ideas. In maths we have been working on subtraction and working out how many water bottles the astronauts had left for their missions. We read “Whatever Next?” and imagined we were sending a postcard from the moon. The children then went on to write postcards on our new style writing table which is kitted out with many new stationary items and a postbox for their letters. There has been lots of writing going on!

 

 

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Week beginning 5th March

Back to normal this week. The children have been telling us about their experiences in the snow and we have been looking at pictures of, and making magnified snowflakes. We have made rockets and spaceships, and written about the materials we chose to use. They look great on our display, flying around The Solar System!

In maths we have been building spaceships according to instructions. The instructions involved the names of the 3d shapes we have been learning (cube, cuboid, cone and cylinder). We also made playdough biscuits and shared them out to the aliens who came to tea.

The children have loved being outside and enjoyed the warmer temperatures. Spot our “moon dust” sensory play tray in the pictures.

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Week commencing: 19th February 

 

Mrs. Gibson and  Merlins class have been getting to know each other this week whilst launching into their new topic, “We Have Lift Off” in which we are studying space. We have a new space ship role play area, complete with outfits, jet packs,  a control pad and   space log note books. As you can see, we have been having some fun with this!

We have been telling each other and writing about our holidays, and in Maths we have been weighing space “moon stones” for astronaut research. We have also been measuring the amount of water the astronauts can carry in their bottles. It’s thirsty work! The children have loved being outside, experimenting with cars and slopes, to follow up learning about gravity.

Everyone has been very busy, painting, modelling, drawing, writing and reading. The children have done extremely well. Changing teachers is not easy. Well done, Merlins!

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Enrichment Week 'When I grow up!'

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Enrichment Week 'When I grow up!'

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22nd January 2018

22nd January 2018 1 We read the Magic Train Ride story
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8th January 2018

8th January 2018 1 Adding in maths
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8th January 2018 6 We made our own paper aeroplanes!
8th January 2018 7 We tested our planes and talked about how they fly
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Welcome back and Happy New Year! Please see below for an overview of our new topic this term.

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Please see below for an overview of our new topic this term. 1

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We had a very important letter from Father Christmas this week! Unfortunately he had lost some of his reindeers so we had to keep an eye out on the CCTV system. This is just one of the videos that we found!

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27th November 2017

27th November 2017 1 Lots of writing this week!
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20th November 2017

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Week Commencing 20th November 2017

 

Literacy

We will use the sounds we know and apply them in our writing. Please support your child at home using the letter formation sheets and phonic flash cards.

 

New sounds - r u j w z

 

Maths

2d/3d shapes

 

Other activities

Bulb planting, dancing in PE, testing different materials, fine motor development and much more!

 

We will also talk about our houses next week and then design our own. If you have a photograph of your house please send it in with your child to share during our circle time.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Lauren Ponting

13th November 2017

13th November 2017 1 We learnt the story of The Three Little Pigs
13th November 2017 2 We used actions to help sequence to story
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13th November 2017 9 We made houses for the three little pigs
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13th November 2017 14 Counting focus in maths
13th November 2017 15 We played 'What's the time Mr Wolf'
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13th November 2017 18 Balancing in PE