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Outdoor Learning Week 1 and Week 2

posted 21 Jan 2020, 03:42 by Lisa Wells

Links to PSHE - show sensitivity to other needs and feelings. 
Linking with the children's work in the classroom where they have been learning about friendship and kindness, I read to the children a book called The giving tree by Shel Silverstein. 
We talked about how kind the tree was, if they felt the boy was kind and if they were the boy would they have behaved differently? The children then went out into the woods and collected branches so they could make their own giving tree. This week the children painted their branches and then planted them in a pot with a view to making a group giving tree. They then gave things back to the tree, they made it leaves, necklaces, books and fruit. 

Owl Babies and Technology

posted 6 Dec 2019, 08:24 by Matthew Smith   [ updated 9 Dec 2019, 08:41 ]

It's been another busy fortnight in FS2 - advent has started of course and thoughts are turning towards end of term events and activities.  Over the next two weeks we will be looking at Christmas and in particular the Nativity story.

The week before last we read the Owl Babies story and looked at some non-fiction work alongside, learning about the term "nocturnal" and writing a fact about a nocturnal animal. In maths we have been focussing on addition and gaining confidence with counting on from different numbers.

This week we started to look at technology and the children went on a "tech hunt" around the infant half of school - looking for technology that uses electrical energy to work and thinking about whether they need mains power or battery power to work.  The children have also been dismantling an old computer and taking out the pieces.  The aim of this is to demystify the computer a little and to make it clear that humans have made and designed computers and they do as they are programmed to - well they should at least!  We made our own "laptops" too, with a lift up keyboard to display some of the main components in a computer.  

The children have started making their first forays into Lego Robotics!  We guided them through a strater activity which involved following instructions to build a "snail" and then writing a short piece of code to determine how the LED behaves.

Please continue to keep a close eye on information from school - there's lots of events coming up and we want everyone to feel welcome and participate as much as possible.  We hope that everyone enjoys a busy but enjoyable fortnight to come.

Diwali fortnight

posted 22 Nov 2019, 08:44 by Matthew Smith

We've had a great two weeks looking at Diwali!

We were very grateful to Mrs Knight who came to speak to the children about Diwali - thank you!

We have explored the story of Rama and Sita by doing a Big Drama - making our own props and then acting out the story in the hall.  

In Maths we have worked on ordering numbers to 20 and the symmetry of Rangoli patterns.

We made a chickpea curry (in Miss Bradley's class) and potato curry (in Mr Smith's).

We have also started learning the songs for or Christmas performances, the staff often belt them out on the way home in their cars, but they won't admit it.

Here are some pictures of the last two weeks.  Next week we'll be starting a week of activities around the story of Owl Babies.  

Autumn 1 - A New Start

posted 10 Nov 2019, 07:11 by Matthew Smith

All the staff in Foundation Stage were delighted with how well the children have settled in during the past half term.

It's been a bit of a wait, but we've put together a video to show some of the activities we did from September up to October Half Term.

We hope you enjoy it.

Week 7 Outdoor learning for ALL

posted 18 Jul 2019, 09:22 by Lisa Wells   [ updated 18 Jul 2019, 09:37 ]

FS2 learn how to be Archers!

We had a lovely morning learning how to be archers. The children soon learnt the technique and we able to shoot their arrows at the target.





Pirate play continued...

posted 11 Jul 2019, 08:01 by Georgina Bradley











Outdoor Learning

posted 2 Jul 2019, 09:00 by Lisa Wells

Week  2  Making Sandcastles 
Expressive arts and design. 

This week the children made Pirate treasure islands and sand castles. They had to think about how to turn dry sand into a consistency that enabled them to make a sand castle that they could put a Pirate flag into. 
The children enjoyed mixing their sand with water and then spooning it into buckets and other vessels. When they had made their sandcastle they then made a flag. The children used shapes to draw around and then carefully cut along the lines, finally they decorated their flag with a pirate picture. 

Week 3 Pirate Medallions and Pirate Trail. 
Expressive arts and design. 

The children had 2 activities this week; 

Activity 1;  The children used wooden discs to make a pirate medallion. They had to decide what they were going to draw onto their discs then carefully drew and coloured them in. The children then cut some string and threaded them through the hole.   
Activity 2;  The children had to follow a trail of clues, writing down letters as they went. At the end they had to read the letters and solve the clue.


Week 4 Pirate treasure 
Maths and Physical development.

This week the children used the whole of the school grounds for their Outdoor learning, including Kings Croft . We looked at a map of the school that had key areas marked on it. At each area there was a clue they had to complete before they could move onto the next area. For example they had to walk the bridge, tiptoe through nettle infested swamps, look for the oldest tree in school and run to the classroom that you can climb. The ultimate gain was to find the treasure at X marks the spot.

Pirates Ahoy!

posted 28 Jun 2019, 08:34 by Georgina Bradley

The children have been completely engrossed in this terms learning all about pirates. Here are just a few snap shots of the fun they have been having...







Doctors in the House, we mean School.

posted 7 Jun 2019, 09:00 by Matthew Smith   [ updated 7 Jun 2019, 09:01 ]

A huge thanks to Simon and Rachael Booker who gave up their time to talk to the children about:
  • Different types of doctors.
  • Why someone might see a doctor.
  • Equipment used by doctors.
  • Different lifestyle aspects that lead to healthy living.
The children really enjoyed having our visitors here and as you can see Miss Stevenson and Mr Smith (the ones ironically dressed up as doctors) enjoyed it too (look for the photo that bears a slight resemblance to the painting "American Gothic")!


Outdoor Learning Summer 2

posted 7 Jun 2019, 01:47 by Lisa Wells

Making Scarecrows
Communication and Language. Physical Development.

This week the children made Scarecrows
. We talked about the Scarecrows jobs, and who he helped. The children thought about the different birds that needed scaring from the fields. One child thought making a giant bird feeder for the Jackdaws and Crows and hanging it in the tree would stop them eating the farmers seeds. We also talked about who the farmer grew the crops for. 
The children listened to the story the Scarecrows hat, they were able to identify the main character and then could make predictions of what might happen next . 
To make the scarecrow the children had to draw 2 eyes, colour them in, then carefully cut them out. They also made it a mouth. They then found 2 sticks and helped Mrs Wells lashed them together. Then they stuffed small bags full of straw, this was to be its head. With support the children then tied the head to the stick.

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