Class 1 & 2 – The Happy Hazels & The Cheeful Cherry Trees

All the children have settled in brilliantly. They have been their very best selves, learning about and following all the new expectations, rules and routines. All the grown ups in school have been impressed with how ready the children are for this next stage in their learning. We have been very busy getting to know the children and it’s great to see just what they already know and can do. Keep up this wonderful start boys and girls. We are so excited and looking forward to the year ahead.

EYFS Sports Day

Well done to all the children & parents for your sporting effort, enthusiasm and skills today. You were all fantastic!

Outdoor Woodland learning…

We arrived at school on Friday to find a pirate had stolen our pirate treasure! So when we got to the woods we decided to make treasure maps to try to help us find the treasure. Our maps worked and we found the treasure!
We are also making butter knives out of wood. First we worked together and used bow saws to cut the wood from the tree and then to cut the branch into pieces that would be the right size for a butter knife. Next week we will learn about whittling the wood to create the knife shape. The children had great fun at learning new skills and some said “I’ve never done this before”.

What a busy but wonderful week!

We have really enjoyed learning the story “Quackling” and have been writing lots about the story. In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes and patterns. We have been thinking really deeply about patterns and have learned to create repeating line patterns, symmetrical patterns and growing patterns – all really important mathematical concepts that support lots of skills later on in children’s learning, such as seeing patterns in numbers for example 3 6 9 12… . After working so hard all week we finished with a fantastic time in the woodland.

Foundation in the Forest!!!

Wow what a fun and very exciting week we’ve had!  Fairies, dragons, wild babies & witches; mud kitchen, rope swing, tree climbing, den building, art, reading, writing, and maths – exploring measures. Both the children and the adults have really enjoyed our week in the Outdoor Woodland Learning Classroom. We have amazed ourselves as to our skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving and the ability to over come any challenges this week.
Thank you to all the parents that attended, helped out and worked with their children in the woodland , the children and staff really enjoyed sharing with you just how fantastic your children are.
A great big thank you to everyone that took part in making the week a huge success.

Outdoor Woodland Learning

As always Class 1 & 2 enjoyed their Outdoor Woodland Learning Session last Friday. Our learning opportunities started by risk assessing – identifying possible changes and new dangers in the woodland environment due to the gale force winds we had the previous week, as one of our large trees had been partially blown down; then we chose our learning from lots of options such as mud kitchen; digging –  learning to use real equipment safely and investigating the soil for what we could find; gardening – weeding ready to plant bulbs next week; tree climbing & rope swing – working out how to take turns fairly;  den building – with a camp fire and learning about and role playing how we can make fire by rubbing two sticks together; and one child even initiated and completed independently created a mini “castle” by using an A Frame technique secured deep into the muddy soft ground as the basis for his construction! Wow!

Welcome back…

 What a lovely first week back we have had. The children had obviously missed being at school as you can tell from the photo. This is what the children were doing during their independent learning time, role playing teachers!
At the end of the week we couldn’t resist all those lovely leaves waiting to be piled up high and jump on. It was very fun, although I am still finding leaves in my hair!
Looking forward to what adventures we will have next week.

What a busy week we’ve had.

After learning Goldilocks and the Three Bears by heart last week, we were then able to make up our own story. It was very funny and we all enjoyed contributing and making up Talk for Writing actions to go with it.

Now we have taught the letter sounds s a t p i n d n m the children are starting to recognise, read and spell simple words containing these sounds. Together we were able to write a sentence from our story on the board and the children we able to hear the initial sounds in words. The children were very excited to receive their reading books and I  sure you will enjoy listening to them read.

We have learnt to recognise numbers 1 to 10 over the past two weeks. Ask your child the rhyme for forming each of the numbers.

It was a lovely end to the week today when we went in the woods for our Outdoor Woodland Learning session. I think the children enjoyed making mud pies nearly as much as me!

Can’t wait for next week!