What a fantastic social snack we have had this morning. Mr Hull set up a banquet table and we had crackers with chocolate spread, jam or cheese spread. Mrs Clarke-Boyd also bought us lots of lovely bananas and apples too! What a delicious feast! We were remembering not to put our elbows on the table and to chew with our mouths closed.
Class 1 have become parents to two gorgeous chicks! One more looks ready to hatch any day now…we have been so excited this morning.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy Easter! We hope you’ve had a great weekend and a fantastic half-term. We have lots of exciting things planned for the children next half-term as we start or ‘New Life’ topic and are looking forward to seeing them on Tuesday. In the meantime, we’d love to hear how you celebrated Easter. Reception parents, please post photos to Tapestry and Year 1 parents you can send them on here! Reception parents, there are lots of observations and photos on Tapestry for you to view and comment on too if you like! We love to get your feedback!
Enjoy your last day of holidays tomorrow!
Mrs Sim, Mr Irons and Mrs Austin
What a morning we have had today! First, we had a visit from Matthew from the charity ‘If u care share.’ We did lots of activities based around sharing our feelings. It was so much fun and we have a goody bag each to bring home! Matthew’s message was that it’s is ok to feel happy, sad, angry, excited and there are lots of ways to help us cope with these feelings.
Then, after playtime we discovered the Easter bunny had been! He had left us 206 eggs and we found them all then shared them out between us all! What a super way to start the Easter holidays
This morning, we had an email from MomaZub from the planet Flub giving us her recipe for moon rock cakes. We followed her picture recipe to make them and they tasted delicious. We are going to write our own recipe to bring home if you would like to make them too!
Every Friday w are going to be having ‘social snack’ time in class. We want to develop our table manners and cutlery skills. Today was a trial run but we talked about keeping elbows off the table, saying please and thank you and chewing with our mouths closed. Next week, we are going to have monitors who will set the table, get the milk and clean up after. The conversation around the table was fantastic and we were so polite. Everyone managed to use a butter knife to spread a topping on their crackers too!
What a fantastic world book day we have had! First, we created a new adventure for the story character Space Ant and over the next two weeks we are going to become authors and write out own stories. Then, we went for a visit to our local library and had a look at the books you can borrow if you have a library card. In the afternoon, we looked at the Elmer stories and had our first turn at comprehension. We were excellent at listening to the story and answering questions. At the end of the day, we made collages of Elmer the elephant while we waited for our family members to come in to listen to us read.
CLASS 1 NEED YOUR HELP!! We are so keen to make models in our junk modelling area, but we are going through junk materials so quickly that Mrs Sim, Mrs Austin and Mr Irons cannot keep up! Please could you keep your boxes, yogurt pots, kitchen roll tubes, bottles and bottle lids and bring them in as often as you can?
We were very lucky today to be visited by Sheila the ferret! The class loved feeding her vitamin paste and stroking her.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Today, we have had money afternoon in school. In Class 1, we read a story about a girl called Tara who learnt how to save her pennies so she could buy treats for herself. We have all made a money box and put a penny inside to start off our saving. We’ve warned the children not to put the pennies in their mouths!
This morning we came in to find an Igloo in our classroom! It belongs to a girl called Immi! We are all so excited!!
Bertie the penguin must have known that we are practising our shapes this morning, as he challenged us do draw lots of circular snow balls. We then progressed to drawing snowmen and letter shapes o, a, g too!
After playtime, we came into our classroom to find a suitcase on the carpet and a Lost sign! Inside the suitcase was a baby penguin and a note explaining that Bertie the penguin has been on his holidays but he has lost his way and cannot remember where he lives. We have decided to help him find his way home! Stay tuned as we learn all about cold places and Emperor Penguins.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, I cannot believe we are in 2019-last year seemed to fly by! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and managed to have some time to relax! We are all really excited to see the children again this week and hear all abut their Christmas break. We’d love to see some pictures of your celebrations-Reception children can share their photographs on Tapestry and Year 1 children send them as a message on here.
For now, I will be working Tuesday-Friday, so Mr Irons will be greeting the children back to school tomorrow and I will see you all on Tuesday. This is a really busy term, but we are kick-starting it with a fantastic topic called ‘Frozen’ (Not the movie!) where we will be learning all about life in cold places.
As always, thanks for your continuing support! Here’s to a super Spring term!
Class 2 walked into an amazing surprise when they followed Santa’s footprints into our classroom. There were enough presents under the Christmas tree for everyone!!
We have had so much fun for Christmas Day at School! We’ve done our dress rehearsal for our play, watched a movie, had hot chocolate and a cake and dressed in Christmas outfits!
Dear parents and carers,
Wow, what a busy week we have had! As we approach our Christmas break and our Nativity, we are finding it really hard to fit everything in. We’ve tried really hard to keep on top of changing reading books, but if we have accidentally missed your child out, please do let us know and we can change the book after school. We haven’t learnt any new sounds this week, but have concentrated on revising our previous sounds, so new sounds will be stuck back in books again after the holidays and Year 1 spelling tests will also recommence after the holidays.
I will be working Monday-Thursday next week, so if you do have any concerns or questions, please do feel free to catch me then.
As per the yearly planner, our class party is on Tuesday afternoon. Please could your child bring a small savoury item for our party food and your child can bring party clothes in a named bag.
Today was democracy day so Class 1 had a go at voting for what they wanted, but only they boys were allowed to vote!
We also also learnt that this is not fair, but is how things used to be in the UK. In the end we had a fair vote where everyone had a say.
Dear parents and carers,
Tomorrow, Class 1 are off on a walk around Sunnybrow. We are looking at features of our village for our Geography study of our local area. Please give us a wave if you see us!
Dear parents and carers,
As you may have noticed, some of our children are really enjoying our new approach to playtime (playing on the field) and are getting rather mucky! Please could you send in a change of clothes with your child in a named bag, just in case this happens. If your child has come home in any P.E. kit, please could you return them asap as we are getting short of kit.
From Friday, Year 1 child will be bringing home 6 spellings to learn for a test the following Friday.
What an exciting week we have in Class 1! On Monday, we were visited by Crook Fire Brigade. They taught us all about Fire Safety and we even got a turn at using the fire hose! Then, on Tuesday, we went onto the school field and found a dragon egg nestled in a tree!! We have spent the week talking about what the dragons might look like and have produced some fabulous work on adjectives in Year 1!
Reception parents and carers,
You child will be brining home Phase 1 flash cards. We will be learning these sounds this half-term. Please practise them at last 3 times a week with your child as well as reading books. You child also brought home a sound book. Please could these be returned to school each week so new sounds can be added and can you please try and practise the letters with your child too.
Parent’s evening is on Wednesday 7th November. I am available for appointments from 3.30pm-5.30pm. Each slot is 10 minutes long. Please either message me on here or catch me at home time and suggest a time and I will book you in. If this doesn’t suit, please let me know.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all having a great half-term! I have spent a lot of time this week analysing our on-entry data for our new children and looking at our strengths and areas of learning we need to develop. I want to make our classroom really inspiring and make sure that it is well-resourced and meets the needs of our children. I have identified a number of classroom areas that I would like to develop and have started to collect some resources, but I could really use your help! I want to create a cosy classroom with a homely feel and want to use as many real-life resources as possible. Please, if you are are having a clear-out or know anyone who is, please keep us in mind.
We would love:
* a clock (doesn’t have to be working)
*Real plates, cups and cutlery
*wicker baskets (any size)
I know some of these might be a long shot but if you do have anything you think might be suitable, that would be great!
We learnt the sound for t today and went out on the yard to write it. We were superb!
Today, we decided that Reception are doing so well that it is time to learn our letter sounds. We learnt the sounds for ‘s’ and had a go at writing the letter. Soon, we will be bringing home sound books, but in the meantime please practise writing the letter s whenever you can!
Good morning everyone. We hope you are having a great weekend! Don’t forget, if your child is in Reception, you can upload photographs and videos to their learning journal on Tapestry. They don’t have to just be examples of your child reading, writing or doing maths. It could be an example of your child learning about the world around them, using a technological device, playing with friends or siblings, riding their bike, climbing a tree, eating something new for them, tying their laces, singing and dancing…We can then share the photographs in class too.
Have a great Sunday!
Mrs Sim, Mr Irons and Mrs Austin
Class 1 have a mystery to solve this week! Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall and even the King’s men cannot save him!! We are going to find a super hero who can!
What a quick week that’s been! Time flies when you’re having fun! This week, we learnt the Nursery Rhyme ‘5 currant buns in the Baker’s shop’ and we even had our own class shop! Class 1 are really shining in school-they are quickly picking up our school rules. There is so much learning taking place and Tapestry accounts are now filling up with observations. Please do share you own pictures from home too-Thanks to everyone who already has done this!
Have a great weekend and see you next week…where Class 1 are going to have a mystery to solve!!
Mrs Sim, Mr Irons and Mrs Austin 🙂
After half-term, we will be learning our letter sounds and how to write them. Before then, we are doing lots of pre-writing and reading activities. We have been doing Dough Disco and Squiggle while you Wiggle to learn our early writing shapes and strengthen out fingers! It is so much fun!
On the last day of term before the Easter holidays we had a huge surprise! Mrs Austin had seen the Easter bunny out on the school yard. She said that the bunny had dropped all of his eggs out of the basket he was carrying. As a class we went out to investigate and found loads of eggs.
We gathered them all up into our basket and took them back inside. Back on the carpet we decided to count how many eggs the Easter bunny had dropped, we counted up to 194 eggs. We then talked about sharing and shared them out between us making sure everyone got the same amount.
We had a great trip to Wharton Park. The children we fantastic and very enthusiastic. We read the story Each Peach Pear Plum and in small groups we had to create our own picnic blanket. Our next job was to find the characters from the story who were hiding around the park. Once we found all of the characters we had to set up the small world picnic using our imagination.
We loved dressing up in our pyjamas for World Book Day. Throughout the day we had stories and hot chocolate. In the afternoon class 3 came to share their own stories that they had written with us.
30th January, Our time in class 1 so far….
Visit to our local church
Visit to Durham cathedral
Visit to Botanical gardens
The fire engine came to school
We have been investigating what happens to ice when it starts to melt. We have used some great describing words when having our discussions. We knew that ice turns into water when it melts because it’s not cold enough. We also know that when water freezes it becomes ice.
Activities, Visits and Trips 2017
8th September. Our first week in class 1 has been lots of fun. We have explored inside and outside. We have made lots of new friends and have settled into class life very well.
We have had a great time in our investigation laboratory this week! We have become lab technicians and researchers. In class we have a worm world and some caterpillars. We keep checking the caterpillars because they will soon become butterflies!
Our topic this half term is all about mini beasts! We have been digging for works this week and made a worm world. We watched the worms dig in our worm world and have put leaves in to watch the worms come back up to the surface.
Easter Egg Hunt
Before the Easter holidays we had a visit from the Easter Bunny. We went outside to find out that he had hidden lots of eggs around our playground. We had a fantastic time finding them. Back in class we used the eggs for our maths lesson. We counted the eggs and then talked about sharing the eggs equally.
For this half term we have been looking at food. We have found out where our food comes from and learnt about farms. We have been able to group animals into farm animals and wild animals and we have been able to match the baby animals with their adult. We were a little unsure what the baby animals were called at the start of our lesson but got there in the end.
We have been learning about the Easter story and what Christians believe in. We were able to sequence and retell the story.
Last Thursday was maths day at we had someone come into school to work with us, we were put into teams and had to find the number that was 1 more or 1 less than the number said by an adult. Once all the number tags had been collected we had to put them into the correct order. We all had a great time and worked really hard.
We have had a great time investigating spaghetti this week in class 1! We used words to describe what it looked like, smelt like and felt like. We investigated what happened to the spaghetti when we added water to it. We came up works like gooey, sticky, lumpy and stringy.
This morning we have been tasting the fruit from the story Handa’s Surprise. All the children tasted the different fruit and were able to say which fruit was the favourite and give reasons why. We are now going to write a sentence about our favourite fruit.
Our trip to the Baltic was fantastic! We made ceramic boats, drew amazing pictures of the bridges on the river from the view point in the Baltic and walked across the bridges and quayside.
Class 1 really enjoyed making pancakes this week, we learnt that pancake day was also called Shrove Tuesday and why we have pancakes. We put all the ingredients together, stirred it and watched what happens when the flour eggs and milk mixed together. The best part was eating them at the end!
10 Feb 2017 – We learnt all about Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. We used our cutting skills and fine motor skills to make a Chinese dragon.
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