Learning By Inspiring Success
Red and Orange Classes are taught by Mrs Musgrove and Mrs Wall.
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On Thursday 15th July we went on our trip to Hatton Country World and had an amazing time. We did all sorts of activities from tractor rides, to bouncing on a bouncy castle and slide, to playing in a huge sandpit. Have a look at our photos to see some of what we enjoyed doing.
On Friday 16th July, Jacob and Charlene were both given a Headteacher's award. Jacob got his certificate for really concentrating when writing and making his writing smaller. Charlene got her award for working so hard on her maths work and we are really proud of her because she is always kind to others. Well done both of you.
The children have been busy making animals using clay! They had to make sure that their animal could stand up and had the right number of legs. Once they were dry, the children painted them and they look absolutely fantastic!
Just before our bubble had to close, the children were involved in some 'in the moment planning' whereby they sat down with a grown-up and planned their work for the morning. It was tricky as they had lots of ideas but Mrs Boston said that she was so impressed with their compromising skills and the way they all thought about making sure that everybody's ideas could be included! Well done everyone. They decided to make a van together and set about getting the resources they needed. At the end of the day they didn't want to tidy it away but it was forecast rain.......
On Friday 18th June, Archie and Lily were both given a Headteacher's award. Archie got his certificate for really maturing and showing a positive attitude to his learning and it was lovely that other children guessed it was going to be Archie when Mrs Musgrove spoke about who was getting their certificate, before announcing their name. Lily got her award for solving some maths problems about odd and even numbers and sticking at the task even when it was tricky! Well done both of you.
What an exciting start to our week! Mrs Saunders went into the outdoor area and asked us all to come out and look at what she had found. Imagine our surprise when we saw lots of animals in cages. The children had lots of ideas about how they had got there and what we should do with them. One of the children spotted a letter in the giraffe's cage but Mrs Musgrove was not very keen to put her hand in to retrieve it, until Olivia told her that a giraffe was a herbivore and that it wouldn't eat her hand! The note told us that the animals were very hungry and hadn't eaten for a long time. Lots of ideas were shared about how we could help them.
Once we were back in the classroom we had a discussion about whether one of the animals was a racoon or a red panda. So we googled it and found out that we had a red panda, giraffe, polar bear, lizard and 2 turtles to look after! We split into 4 groups and had fun playing the 'echo game' about zoo animals and then we did a mind map to find out what the children already knew about zoos. We are looking forward to finding out lots of information and solving problems as we explore our new topic AMAZING ANIMALS.
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On Friday 11th June, Ben and Bronwen were both given a Headteacher's award. Bronwen got her certificate for remembering to reduce the size of the gaps she put in between words as she was writing. Ben got his award for some good story writing. It was lovely to see that he had thought of a problem in his story and a resolution so that it had a happy ending. Well done both of you.
On Friday 28th May, Harlow and Phoebe were given a Headteacher's award. Harlow got her certificate for always showing that she is a good listener and for working hard on all activities. Phoebe got her award for doing so well with her reading and writing. Well done to both of them.
In preparation for the banquet the children have been making cakes in small groups without a grown-up helping them (except to put the cakes in the oven). Lots of fun has been had and it was lovely to see which children took orders from others and which children decided to lead the group into action!
The children had lots of ideas about what we needed to do in order to get ready for the Queen's visit during which she was going to choose a crown to replace her missing one! First they did a litter pick in the school grounds. Then they helped set the banquet tables and make the bunting. When the Queen arrived, they greeted her and then did a parade in their crowns. Some children did twirls whilst others did impressive jumps as they passed her - all to get her to notice their crown! The Queen (helped by Mrs Musgrove and Mrs Wall) chose 6 crowns that she liked and then all the children stood behind the child of the crown they liked the best. Holly's was chosen in first place and the Queen gave her a little prize. Next the children ate their food at the banquet and once the Queen had left we all had great fun with a piñata - including the adults. We have had fun learning through our topic 'The Missing Crown' and can't wait to find out what we will be learning about next term!
Over the past few weeks we have been very busy helping the Queen to find her missing crown. We have been looking around the outdoor area and writing down clues of places she could look.
We have had fun making castle board games and playing them with our friends. It was lovely to see all the hard work the children did on their castles that they made at home.
On Friday 21st May, Maisie and Finlay were given a Headteacher's award. Maisie got her certificate for doing some lovely doubling and joining in with activities enthusiastically. Finlay got his award for improving his writing so much and remembering to put gaps between his words. Well done to both of them.
On Friday 14th May, Alice and Freddie were given a Headteacher's award. Alice got her certificate for always trying her best and having a positive attitude. Freddie got his award for improving his writing so much and coming into school happily in the mornings! Well done to both of them.
What a surprise we had on Monday when we went into our outdoor area. We couldn't believe who was sitting on the throne in our outdoor castle. It was a Queen! She looked very pleased to see us and told us that Jed (the boy who wrote to us to ask us asking for help so that he could become a knight) had told her how helpful we had been and she wondered if we would now be able to help her. She was upset and a little distraught because she had lost her crown and was worried that the king would be cross with her. Mrs Musgrove did comment on how tatty her hair looked (and Freda immediately sensed that it was not the best way to greet the Queen and so told her she still looked beautiful!) and the Queen explained that her crown usually kept her hair in place. We obviously told her that we would help to find her crown but in case we couldn't, we would make one for her. She asked if we had any children that had been working really hard as she would like to knight them with a sword - so now we have to use 'Sir George' and 'Sir Freddie' when we talk to our two knights!
Since Monday we have been designing crowns for the Queen to choose the one she likes the best, when she comes back to visit us. We have had to do some hard work making lists of where we could help her look for her crown and we have begun investigating stories about crowns to see if any of the characters may have picked it up by mistake or other means!
On Friday 23rd April, Conan and Teddy were given a Headteacher's award. Conan is really enjoying his reading and was given a certificate to praise him for how hard he has been working in this area of the curriculum. Teddy has really been concentrating in phonics and we are proud of his achievements. Well done to both of them.
The children have worked very hard to turn part of the outdoor area into a castle so that they can use it for role-play and story telling. Now for a little plea; if anyone has any plastic 'goblets' that we could borrow for our banquet table, then we would really appreciate them!
On Friday 16th April, James and Jacob were given a Headteacher's award. James was given his for becoming really chatty with both adults and children in the setting and for initiating conversations. Jacob received his for really trying hard to be a good role model to the other children. As they were waiting for their photo to be taken, they had a little chat to each other "Are you going to show your mummy because I am!" Well done to both of them.
Welcome back everybody! We had a brilliant first day back at school and welcomed 2 lovely new children into our setting. Jax has joined the Orange Class and Halle has become a member of the Red Class.
Just as we were about to start our work, Mrs Turley arrived with a letter for us and it had a castle on the front. The children had lovely ideas about who it might be from, including the Queen because Prince Philip had died. When we opened the letter, we found out that it was from a boy called Jed. Jed wants to become a knight and has asked us for our help because he has heard that we have good ideas and love helping others to do better or when they need a hand with something. So we created a mind map together of what we could do to help Jed become a knight. We had an interesting discussion about whether girls could become knights as well as boys!
George dressed up as a knight and Mrs Wall showed us how to gallop on her horse!
This term we have been doing some work about the book 'Here comes Jack Frost' by Kazuno Kohara and this week we finished the story. At the end of the story, the boy finds a snowdrop and so we have been comparing winter and springtime through discussions and by observing our immediate environments in the school grounds. We created an art gallery today, in both classrooms and discussed how we could appraise each others' work. We have now put the work on the wall for the children to enjoy looking at.
On Friday 26th March, Grace and Eliza were given a Headteacher's award. Both of them have been trying their hardest in phonic sessions. They are both recalling lots of tricky words and enjoying their learning. Well done to both of them.
We have been working hard during lockdown and since we started back at school. In maths, our learning wall is all about making 10 and in literacy we have been writing poems. Our literacy learning wall shows all the stages we have been through, so that we could finish our poetry unit by writing our own poems. Well done everyone!
Red Nose Day
Today we have been thinking about why we raise money on Red Nose Day. We have also had a busy, fun packed day. We have had egg and spoon races (we rolled the playdough into spheres for our red nose 'eggs') and then made an obstacle course to walk along whilst holding our 'egg and spoon! We have iced biscuits with a red nose in the middle and then we have designed a nose to go onto a face mask for our mummy or daddy to use. Have a look at what we have been up to!
On Friday 19th March, Felix and George were given a Headteacher's award. Felix received his award for engaging more with the activities at school and George got his for being a super friend and always trying his best. Well done to both of them.
Friday 12th March
What a busy World Book Day we have had and Mrs Saunders and Mrs Musgrove missed all the fun as a caterpillar and a giraffe had taken their place today!!! We started the day by having a parade and we cheered each other as our friends passed us. Next we drew the character that we came dressed up as and then wrote a clue to see if Mrs Wall could guess who we were, when she is in school on Monday. We looked at the books that had been brought in by the children to accompany their character and then ended the day with 'The Shark in the Park' story in Red Class and 'The dinosaur that pooped a pirate' in Orange Class!
On Friday 12th March, Carter and Jack were given a Headteacher's award. Jack received his award for trying his best and for showing good listening skills. Carter has shown a real improvement in his blending skills and we are so proud of him - a well deserved award. Well done to both of them.
Hello everyone! Happy New Year even though it's not the start we wanted. We have attached the home learning below for you to view and complete whenever you can. If you can access it via Teams then we would prefer you to do so as this is our main online learning platform, although we realise that this is not possible for all. Please email us if you have any trouble or you need any advice about the home learning.
On Friday 18th December, Evelyn and Fearne were given a Headteacher’s award. Evelyn received hers for trying her best in all areas of her learning and some super handwriting skills. Fearne received hers for completing all her phase 2 phonics and enjoying her learning. Well done to both of them.
On Friday 11th December, Charlie and Jake were given a Headteacher's award. Both received their awards for trying their best and always working really hard. Well done to both of them.
On Friday 27th November, Ellie and Cillian were given a Headteacher's award. Ellie received her award for some fantastic dance moves and Cillian received his for writing his name independently and even using his Abracadbra letters. Well done to both of them.
Teddy suggested that we make a ladder to help Stick Man get back into his tree. So today, we did just that! We have been busy sawing and hammering and testing out our work to make sure that Stick Man was safe on the ladder. Look at the finished ladder! We left Stick Man in the Orange Classroom tonight and set the ladder up against the dolls house in Red Classroom. So if he needs a comfy sleep tonight, he can use one of the beds by climbing up the ladder - we can't wait to see where he is in the morning!
On Friday 20th November, Holly and Hugo were given a Headteacher's award. Holly received her award for some fantastic creative work which included making her own Stick Man. Hugo received his for sounding out words and trying to write them by himself. Well done to both of them.
We have made some maps to help Stick Man get home and tried hard to think of buildings that might help him find his way. The children drew hotels, skyscrapers, houses, shops and hospitals. We hope we have helped him!
Who is this?
After a windy night and finding lots of toys strewn around the outdoor area we decided to have a tidy up session but to our surprise look what we found!
Can you spot who was hiding from us in the bushes?
The children decided that we should bring him inside to look after him. We created a mind map of the children's ideas abut how to help Stick Man. Their ideas included ways to get him home by building him a kite, aeroplane and a large ladder and how we could look after him until he got home.
As part of our learning about the story 'Pumpkin Soup' we have looked closely at a pumpkin and sketched what we saw. We talked about how we use a photocopier to make copies of the same image and painted one image, used pastels on another and left the original blank. Here are the results of our work which we cut and mounted ourselves.
On Friday 13th November, Elerisce and Freda were given a Headteacher's award. Elerisce received her award for settling in so well to her new class. Freda received hers for some fabulous Indian dancing inspired by Diwali celebrations. Well done to both of them.
On Friday 6th November, Charlie and Sam were given a Headteacher's award. Charlie received his for focusing well in his Phonics and maths sessions. Sam received his for some super problem solving in maths by making as many different shapes as he could using only 4 cubes. Well done to both of them.
We listened to a piece of music that was written over 200 years ago by a composer called Handel and while we listening, we made firework noises and chalked the fireworks that it made us think about.
Welcome back to the new school term.
When we came into the classrooms on Monday, there were 2 boxes, one in each classroom. The children were excited to find a pumpkin inside and the book 'Pumpkin Soup'. We have had a fun few days exploring the story through drama and role play. When the teachers took on the role of Duck the children asked 'Duck' questions and responded to his naughty behaviour with suggestions about how he should treat his friends.
We have been weighing pumpkins, sketching them, making a pumpkin patch out of play dough, making a small world play area for the characters in the story, hammering golf tees into some pumpkins, investigating the seeds inside the pumpkin, making a group textured painting and creating our own 'pumpkin gloopy soup'. The gallery below shows some of the hard work that we have been up to.
This week we have been investigating the signs of autumn that we could spot around the school grounds. We looked at the the trees and their leaves and pretended to be the wind blowing the leaves. We tried to catch a leaf as it fell from the tree and then sang an autumn song about the changing colours - everyone loved throwing their handful of leaves high into the air! In small groups some children choose to make some cheerio bird feeders. We are watching to see who comes for a nibble!
On Friday 16th October, Knoa and Lily-Ann were given a Headteacher's award. Knoa received his for his positive attitude to all of his learning and Lily-Ann received hers for showing good sportsmanship in the team games we have played this week. Well done to both of them.
On Friday 9th October, Archie and Lex were given a Headteacher's award. Archie received his for reading and for his phonics work. Lex received his for some super problem solving in maths. Well done to both of them.
Look what we have been learning in maths and literacy over the last few weeks!
In Reception, we have been thinking about our friends. We have been talking about who our friends are and what makes a good friend. We have been thinking about how Elmer was a good friend and we have been choosing our own colours to paint a patchwork Elmer by painting different colours on squares that touch. We then wrote our own speech bubble "I am" in response to the question 'Are you a good friend?'
On Friday 2nd October, Noah and Charlene were given a Headteacher's award. Charlene received hers for becoming more involved when playing with other children in the setting. Noah received his for giving one more and one less than a number to 20 in his head and then recording his findings in a chart. Well done to both of them.
Each week two children are chosen by the staff in Foundation Stage, one from Red Class and one from Orange Class to receive a certificate from the Headteacher. They can be chosen for doing good work, putting in lots of effort and trying their hardest or being a good friend.
On Friday 25th September, Olivia and Kavisha were given a Headteacher's award. Both received them for showing care and consideration for others in the setting.
We have been amazed by how grown up and sensible the children have been when starting school. They have picked up the new routines and have approached all tasks with great enthusiasm.
On our first day at school we made some new friends and had our photographs taken.
We have been practising our cutting skills and made a frame to go around our photographs. Don't we all look lovely?
We have had lots of fun exploring the outdoor area, choosing toys to play with in the classroom and going into the hall for PE.
Orange Class Ourselves Art Gallery
Red Class Ourselves Art Gallery