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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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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
22nd January 2018 2 We used describing words
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22nd January 2018 4 We made train tracks with paint
22nd January 2018 5 Light saber mad!
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8th January 2018

8th January 2018 1 Adding in maths
8th January 2018 2 Paper chain adding!
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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

Naughty Reindeers!

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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

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20th November 2017

20th November 2017 1 Number formation
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20th November 2017 9 We used shapes to design a house for the pigs!
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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 15 We played 'What's the time Mr Wolf'
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13th November 2017 18 Balancing in PE
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13th November 2017 20 We painted our own characters on the computer
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13th November 2017 22 Paramedic Nick visited us with his ambulance
13th November 2017 23 He told us about his job and how he helps people
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Week Commencing 13th November 2017

 

Literacy

We will read the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and learn actions to help retell the story.

 

Phonics

New sounds - f v k l

Tricky words - go into

 

Maths

Counting groups of objects

Finding 1 more and 1 less

 

Other Activities

House construction for the three little pigs, play dough gym, exploring the iPads, show and tell, dancing in PE and much more!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Lauren Ponting

6th November 2017

6th November 2017 1 Autumn walk to Stratford Park with Owls!
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Week Commencing 6th November 2017

 

For the first part of next week, we will focus on friendships and talk about what makes a good friend. Activities will include team building games, friendship bracelet making, painting and talking about friends in the story of 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson.

 

PSCO Underwood will also be visiting us to talk about how she helps people and road safety.

 

On Wednesday morning we will be going on an autumn walk to Stratford Park with Owls class. Please let us know if you can help. We will be leaving straight away and will be back at school before lunch - thank you.

 

Phonics

New sounds - g h d e

Tricky words - to no

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Lauren Ponting

 

30th October 2017

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30th October 2017 16 Builder Lloyd came in to talk about his job
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We have had a great first term of learning in the Merlins and are now in need of a good rest!

 

Our topic after half term will be 'People Who Help Us'. If you know of anyone who has a job which involves helping people please let us know - thank you.

 

Have a fantastic half term!

 

Lauren Ponting 

 

 

 

16th October 2017

16th October 2017 1 We made our own obstacle courses!
16th October 2017 2 We talked about positional language
16th October 2017 3 Welly printing
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16th October 2017 6 We painted our own bears!
16th October 2017 7 We used some brilliant describing words!
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Week Commencing 16th October 2017

 

Literacy

We will focus on describing words from The Bear Hunt story. Our new sounds next week will be i, n and m. Please practise the phonic flash cards at home daily.

 

Maths

Positional language

 

Other activities

Play dough gym, bear painting, obstacle course building, moving in different ways in PE, show and tell and much more!

 

Show and Tell

Show and tell sessions will be every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. We encourage children to bring something in from home to share with the class, it can be anything! These sessions have a big impact on their communication, language and listening skills. Please see below for your child's day.

 

Tuesday - Sinead, Lily, Isobella, Sidney, Ella, Kiah, McKenzie, Albie

Wednesday - Abi, Charlie, Florence, Bonnie, Daisy, Nerys, Dexter, Charlie W

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Lauren Ponting

9th October 2017

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Week Commencing 9th October 2017

 

Literacy

We're Going on a Bear Hunt story!

 

Phonics

We will learn the sounds s, a, t and p. Please support your child at home by practising the phonic flash cards daily.

 

Maths

Recognising, ordering and matching numerals to quantities.

 

Other activities

Explorer role play, welly printing, fine motor development and moving in different ways in PE.

 

The children start all day next week so pick up time will be 3.20pm.

 

Thank you for your support

 

Lauren Ponting

2nd October 2017

2nd October 2017 1 Lots of lovely independent writing!
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Week commencing 2nd October 2017

 

Literacy

We will read the story Funnybones and talk about our bodies/changes. Please send in a picture of your child as a baby so they can talk about how they have changed.

 

Maths

2D shape focus

 

Other activities

Play dough gym, listening games, exploring movement in PE and much more!

 

Phonics

The phonics talk will start after lunch on Monday (2nd October). Your child can go home with you once it has finished. Pick up time for the rest of the week will be 1.15pm.

 

Thank you for your support

Lauren Ponting

25th September 2017

25th September 2017 1 We talked about happy feelings as a class
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Week commencing 25th September 2017

 

Next week we will focus on friendship. We will talk about what makes a good friend and read 'The Rainbow Fish' story as a whole class. We will also respond creatively to the story and collage our own fish for a classroom display.

 

In maths we will count objects and sing lots of number songs to support our learning.

 

The children will continue to explore and try out different areas of the classroom during their child initiated play.  

 

Have a great weekend

 

Lauren Ponting

18th September 2017

18th September 2017 1 Exploring sounds using instruments
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Week commencing 18th September 2017

 

Next week the children will explore lots of pre-writing activities to develop their gross motor skills. We will also have a focus on numbers from 1-5 and beyond and sing songs to support our learning.

 

Reading books and diaries will be introduced next week. Please look through the pictures and discuss the story together at least three times a week.

 

As the children are becoming more confident, we would kindly ask if you could encourage your child to come in on their own in the mornings to put their things away. Your support would be greatly appreciated and would also help hugely with their independence.

 

Thank you for your support, have a lovely weekend.

 

Lauren Ponting

 

This week the children were very excited to meet their buddies in year 6! They had chance to play with their buddies and get to know them more. Take a look at our photos from the week.

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