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Art exhibition at Lansdown Hall Gallery this week: Tuesday 10 - 2pm, private view from 5.00 - 7.30pm; Wednesday 10 -12pm
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Thank you for all your support over the year.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

Week commencing 17th July 2017

 

 

Next week is the last week of term so please send your child in with a large carrier bag for all their work to go home in. Reading books will not be sent home next week so no book bags please. If you have any reading books at home please bring them back before the end of term - thank you.

 

On Thursday, we will have a bring and share morning where the children can bring in their favourite toy, puzzle or game to share with their friends.

 

School will finish at 2pm next Friday.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Lauren Ponting

The children have created some amazing art in their teams this week! Please come along to view the children's work at Lansdown Hall and Art Gallery on Tuesday 18th July 5pm - 7.30pm.

Week commencing 10th July 2017

Art Enrichment Week!

 

The children will be doing lots of art in their teams and will be moving around the classrooms for different workshops to create work for our exhibition. The children will also be doing singing, dance and drama!

 

Transition day will be next Thursday. The children will get to move up to Owls class and meet their new teacher Miss W-S (Warren-Swettenham).

 

Have a lovely weekend

Lauren Ponting

 

 

Sports Day - Wednesday 5th July

 

Please send your child in wearing their PE kit and a team coloured top. See below for your child's team colour.

 

Blue - James, Reuben, Hollie, Jamie, Lucy

Green - Tate, Emeli, Max, Laila

Red - Bence, Noah, Isabelle

Yellow - Eva-Grace, Koen, Laurie, Ewan

 

Please join us back at school after Sports Day for a picnic in the playground. The children have ordered a pack lunch from school for Wednesday.  

 

Have a lovely weekend

Lauren Ponting

 

26th June

26th June 1 We went to Tesco to buy ingredients
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26th June 9 We made fruit kebabs and smoothies
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26th June 13 Our very own pop up shop!
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26th June 19 In maths we talked about the value of coins
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26th June 24 We watched our butterflies hatch
26th June 25 We released our beautiful butterflies!
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Week commencing 26th June 2017

 

Literacy

Shopping list writing

 

Maths

Money (sorting, recognising and talking about the value of coins)

 

Next Thursday, we plan to walk to Tesco to buy fruit from the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to make smoothies with back at school. Please let us know if you can come along as a helper. We will leave at 9.45am and be back before lunch.

 

Other activities include stick puppet craft, caring for our caterpillars, finger painting, minibeast explorer role play, sports day practise and much more!

 

Have a lovely weekend

Lauren Ponting

19th June

19th June 1 Symmetry work in maths
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19th June 22 Caring for our caterpillars
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19th June 24 Butterfly printing
19th June 25
19th June 26 We tasted food from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
19th June 27 We made our own cocoons!
19th June 28 We talked about changes
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Week commencing 19th June 2017

 

Literacy

Story sequencing (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

 

Tricky words

out   what  

 

Maths

Symmetrical patterns 

 

Bristol Zoo (Monday 19th June)

Please apply sun cream before school and provide your child with a small bag, water bottle and snack. Lunches have already been ordered from school.

 

Have a lovely weekend 

Lauren Ponting

12th June 2017

12th June 2017 1 Independent writing
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12th June 2017 5 Potato digging!
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12th June 2017 8 We added mint from our herb garden
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12th June 2017 10 We enjoyed eating them!
12th June 2017 11 Minibeast hunt
12th June 2017 12 List writing
12th June 2017 13 Number doubling
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12th June 2017 16 Letter formation
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12th June 2017 18 Lloyd brought in some slow worms
12th June 2017 19 Miniature garden making
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12th June 2017 40 Caring for our class caterpillars

Week commencing 12th June 2017

 

Literacy

List writing

 

Tricky words

do  when

 

Maths

Doubling

 

Other activities include whole class guided reading (The Giant Jan Sandwich), bug den role play, caring for minibeasts and designing/making a miniature garden. 

 

Next Thursday, the children will design and make their own miniature garden. Please could you provide them with:

- A small container or box (a shallow tray or lined shoe box will work)

- Things to put in the garden (twigs, plants, flowers etc)

- Any decorations (toys/pebbles) 

 

Please remember to bring the Bristol Zoo trip slips back on Monday. 

 

Thank you for your support 

Lauren Ponting

 Welcome back! Hope you all had a lovely half term!

 

Week commencing 6th June 2017

 

Literacy

We will read the story of The Snail and the Whale  by Julia Donaldson and talk about different rhyming words.

 

Maths

Collect and record data on a bug hunt

 

Other activities include observational drawing drawings of snails, collage, bug den role play and asking questions about mini beasts. 

 

The WOW vouchers this week are to be awarded for any technology used around the home. 

 

Have a great week

Lauren Ponting

 

 

Show and tell

Show and tell days have changed for the summer term - please see below for your child's day. 

 

Tuesday – Eva-Grace, Bence, Noah, Koen, Lucy, Tate, James, Laurie

Wednesday – Hollie, Reuben, Jamie, Laila, Isabelle, Emeli, Max, Ewan

 

The children have loved our animal topic so far! After half term we will continue with their interest and explore minibeasts!

 

Have a lovely break and thank you for your support.

 

Lauren Ponting 

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We had so much fun making volcanoes with our friends. We added food colouring, baking powder and vinegar then watched the volcanoes bubble and fizz!

22nd May 2017

22nd May 2017 1 Volcano making!
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22nd May 2017 17 We planted flowers in the playground
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22nd May 2017 21 Estimating in maths
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22nd May 2017 24 Measuring and ordering
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Week commencing 22nd May 2017

 

Literacy

Sentence writing

 

Maths

Measuring/estimating

 

Other activities include volcano making, explorer role play, dinosaur painting and much more!

 

Merlins Sharing Time

This is a chance for the children to share all their wonderful work from this term. Please come along to Merlins class from 3pm this Thursday (25th May).

 

Have a lovely week

Lauren Ponting

15th May 2017

15th May 2017 1 Writing secret messages in bottles!
15th May 2017 2 Exploring some mysterious dinosaur eggs!
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15th May 2017 4 This week we were dinosaur mad!
15th May 2017 5 Measuring in maths
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15th May 2017 18 Explorer role play hut
15th May 2017 19 We explored fossils then made our own with clay
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15th May 2017 21 Free flow time with Owls class
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We had so much fun celebrating our love for reading! We had a big breakfast read, dressed up as our favourite book character, decorated potatoes and made reading dens!

Week commencing 15th May 2017

 

Literacy

In literacy, we will be applying the sounds we know to write signs and letters.

 

Tricky words

one  little 

 

Maths

Capacity

 

We Love Reading Day (Monday 15th May)

Come dressed as your favourite book character to celebrate our reading day and join us for a breakfast read in the morning.

 

Other activities include explorer hut role play, dinosaur dig, exploring fossils and creating our own.

 

Thank you for your support,

Lauren Ponting

8th May

8th May 1 We described animals to our friends
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8th May 6 We watered our sunflowers
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8th May 10 Elephant collaging
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8th May 13 Super subtraction this week!
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8th May 18 We explored magnetic and non-magnetic materials
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8th May 24 Amazing making during Genius Hour!
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8th May 29 We loved using our new outdoor writing cart!
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Week commencing 8th May 2017

 

Literacy

Describing

 

Tricky words

were  there

 

Maths

Adding and subtracting

 

Other activities on offer include explorer role play, animal mask painting, exploring magnetic and non magnetic materials and team games in PE. We will also read the story of Elmer and make our own elephants using milk cartons. Please save any over the weekend if you can. Thank you!

 

Have a lovely weekend

Lauren Ponting

A big thank you to Dan and Lizzie Giles. We had such a lovely morning at Folly Acres!

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2nd May

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2nd May  30 Fantastic letter formation!

Merlins on Safari!

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Week commencing 2nd May 2017

 

Literacy

Instruction writing

 

Tricky words

some  come

 

Maths

Adding

 

Thursday 4th May

With a focus on our new topic 'Merlins on Safari' we are going for a local walk to Folly Acres next Thursday morning. Activities will include: sunflower planting, bird watching, feeding chickens and collecting eggs.

 

Please let me know if you can come along as a helper.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Lauren Ponting

24th April 2017

24th April 2017 1 We worked as a team to make a safari jeep!
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24th April 2017 4 We worked with a partner to create a collage
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24th April 2017 9 Amazing animals collaged by the Merlins
24th April 2017 10 Tricky word target throwing practise
24th April 2017 11 Independent writing outside
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24th April 2017 14 We found out facts about different animals
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24th April 2017 16 We made homes for animals
24th April 2017 17 Play pod day with our buddies!
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24th April 2017 19 Hollie brought in her pet rabbit Bugsy!
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24th April 2017 21 Laila brought in her hamster Tom for our pet day!
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24th April 2017 30 We decided to make a home for Tom the hamster
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Week commencing 24th April 2017

Welcome back! Hope you had a lovely Easter!

 

Literacy

Fact/fiction books

 

Tricky words

have  like

 

Maths

Collecting and recording data

 

Other activities

Animal collage, creating a farm role play area, using iPads to find out information and developing movement skills through games in PE!

 

Bring your pet to school!

As our topic this term is all about animals, we will be holding pet days where the children can bring their pet in to meet their friends on either Thursday or Friday this week (27th/28th). Please see me if you would like to bring your pet in. If this is not possible then a photo would be great!

 

Thank you for your support,

Lauren Ponting

Term 5/6 topic

Merlins on Safari!

We will learn about farm animals, jungle/rainforest animals and minibeasts!

 

Thank you for all your support and have a lovely Easter!

 

Lauren Ponting

Stratford Park Museum - 6th April

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Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April

Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 1 We talked about why we celebrate Easter
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Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 5 Hot cross bun making!
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Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 9 We tasted sultanas, raisins and currants
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Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 11 Easter egg decorating!
Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 12 We put a cross on top of the buns
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Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 16 We then put them in the oven to cook
Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 17 They were very yummy!
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Tesco Easter Trail - 4th April 20 We made so many that we decided to sell them
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Week commencing 3rd April 2017

 

Literacy

Sentence writing

 

Maths

Repeating patterns

Recognising, ordering and writing numbers

 

Easter Trail - Tuesday 4th April

A trail guide from Tesco will be visiting our school on Tuesday morning to help us learn about chocolate egg giving, egg decorating and hot cross bun tasting!

 

Stratford Park Museum - Thursday 6th April

We will be walking to the museum on Thursday morning so please send your child in with a small rucksack for their snack and water bottle. Packed lunches have already been ordered from school.

 

Thank you for your support,

Lauren Ponting

27th March 2017

27th March 2017 1 Space week!
27th March 2017 2 We painted starry night scenes
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27th March 2017 7 We used books to find out about space!
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27th March 2017 9 We wrote to Andy the Astronaut!
27th March 2017 10 We had fun describing aliens!
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27th March 2017 12 We used feely boxes to describe objects
27th March 2017 13 We wrote in moon dust!
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27th March 2017 17 Writing in alien slime!
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27th March 2017 20 We built models using 3d shapes
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27th March 2017 24 We explored sounds associated with space!
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27th March 2017 30 Lots of writing in the dark den!
27th March 2017 31 Hockey skills in PE
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Week commencing 27th March 2017

SPACE WEEK!

 

Literacy

Describing

 

Tricky words

said so

 

Maths

3D shape names and properties

 

Other activities

Exploring melting/freezing, letter formation in moon dust and alien slime, exploring sounds associated with going to the moon using percussion instruments, star paintings, moon/rocket videos and space role play!

 

Thank you for your support,

Lauren Ponting

20th March 2017

20th March 2017 1 Lots of independent writing this week!
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20th March 2017 4 Kite making
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20th March 2017 33 We even had time for a play in the park!
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20th March 2017 36 Potato planting
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20th March 2017 42 Red nose day fun!
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20th March 2017 47 Hockey skills in PE
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20th March 2017 50 Parachute games
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Week commencing 20th March 2017

 

Literacy

List writing

 

Maths

Odd and even numbers

 

Other activities

Potato planting, kite making, hockey skills in PE, parachute games and much more!

 

We hope to fly our kites at the playing field (weather dependent). Please let us know if you are able to help on Wednesday morning - thank you. 

 

Have a great weekend,

Lauren Ponting

13th March 2017

13th March 2017 1 Letter formation
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13th March 2017 3 We got very creative in the making area
13th March 2017 4 We decided to make our own balloons
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13th March 2017 6 The Blue Balloon story sequencing
13th March 2017 7 Flying our balloons in the sunshine!
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13th March 2017 9 Balloon painting and colour mixing
13th March 2017 10 We got very messy!
13th March 2017 11 We enjoyed writing outside this week
13th March 2017 12 1-20 number hunt
13th March 2017 13 Retelling the story of The Blue Balloon
13th March 2017 14 Where would the balloon take you?
13th March 2017 15 Chalk drawings
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13th March 2017 17 Counting in 2s
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13th March 2017 19 Counting in 5s
13th March 2017 20 We started planting herbs in our outdoor area
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13th March 2017 27 We labelled our herbs using the sounds we know
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Week commencing 13th March 2017

 

Literacy

The story of The Blue Balloon by Mike Inkpen

 

Maths

Recognising numbers and beginning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s

 

Other activities

Balloon painting/colour mixing, herb planting in our outdoor area, fine motor development and much more!

 

PE

Ball skills and parachute games 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Lauren Ponting

6th March 2017

6th March 2017  1 We made yummy jam sandwiches for Mr Gumpy's outing
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6th March 2017  19 Snack time in the sunshine!
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Week commencing 6th March 2017

Literacy

Instruction writing

 

New sounds/tricky words

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*Please make sure reading wallets are in school each Wednesday so we can give out new sounds and words - thank you.

 

Maths

Sharing groups of objects equally

 

Bike/scooter day (Wednesday 8th March)

​​​​​​​Please send your child in with their bike or scooter next Wednesday so they can share with others and use to write sentences. Don't worry we have spares in school if you can't get them in. 

 

PE

​​​​​​​Exploring large apparatus

 

Have a great weekend,

Lauren Ponting

27th February 2017

Pancake Challenge! How many times can you flip a pancake in 1 minute?

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Pancake Challenge! How many times can you flip a pancake in 1 minute?  7 Jamie was the winner! He flipped 22 times!
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Pancake Challenge! How many times can you flip a pancake in 1 minute?  9 Pancake tasting!
Pancake Challenge! How many times can you flip a pancake in 1 minute?  10 Yum yum!

Week Commencing 27th February 2017

 

Literacy

We will describe characters from the story of Mr Gumpy's Outing and use the sounds we know to write describing words.

 

New sounds/tricky words

or  ur  ow  are   all

 

Maths

In maths we will begin to talk about time. To support your child at home you could talk about what time they get up, what time they go to bed, etc. We will also make our own clocks to support our learning.

 

Other activities

Painting/making clocks, singing songs and rhymes, pancake flipping and tasting, looking at different types of boats, talking about similarities and differences, staying safe on boats and much more!

 

PE

Ball control and team games including football!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Lauren Ponting

Look what we've been learning this week!

20th February 2017

 

 

Picture 1 We read the story of Mr Gumpy and learnt actions
Picture 2 We used props and masks to help retell the story
Picture 3 Which objects float? Which objects sink?
Picture 4 Exploring objects that float and sink
Picture 5 We built houses and boats using lego
Picture 6 We made a boat for Mr Gumpy!
Picture 7 A very windy transport survey in Uplands
Picture 8 Team games in PE

 

Welcome back after half term!

Genius Week!

6th February 2017

During this week the children had lots of fun learning new skills and exploring different workshops. Take a look at some of our photos!

Aspiring

Belonging

Creative

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Uplands Primary School

Thompson Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire,

GL5 1TE

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