Thursday, 4 October 2018

Year 2

In a Land of Magic

We have had a fantastic and busy start to Year 2. This half term we have been learning about traditional tales and alternative versions of them. We have read the Wolf's Story and have done lots of role play acting out how the wolf has been misunderstood and isn't so bad after all.

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We have also been working hard in history, learning about the different Queens that have ruled England and had an exciting visit to Windsor Castle.

It was really exiting as we got to dress up and learnt how to become a knight.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Year 1


We have had a fantastic start to Year 1 with our exciting topic about dinosaurs.  This week we had an egg hunt and found dinosaur eggs hidden in our school grounds!  We are looking forward to finding out what happens to them next.

We have looked closely at fossils and have practised our sketching skills.  Also we have made colourful dinosaur collages and paper sculptures.


We loved listening to the story 'The Dinosaurs are Having A Party' and one morning we came into school to find that the dinosaurs had had a party in our classrooms. We have written our own party invitations and thank you letters for the presents the dinosaurs left behind.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Early Years

We have been reading lots of different stories over the past couple of weeks but we have done lots of work on Billy Goats Gruff & Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

We have been learning lots of different letters and numbers in Early Years. Now we have to spend time practising how to write them down. We have practised drawing in sand, glitter, with chalk... We have also enjoyed using the interactive whiteboards to draw and write.  We have been using a sandtimer to help us take turns and know when it is time for somebody else to have a go. 

In Early Years we spend a lot of time developing our gross and fine motor skills. We are working a lot on making our hands stronger which will help us when we are learning to write. There are lots of chances for us to use different resources such as hole-punches, paintbrushes and different pens. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Year 4 Begins....

It has been an exciting week in Year 4 this week as our brand new cohort of pupils have settled in brilliantly. It has been great to see all our pupils looking incredibly smart as they have walked into school in the morning!

Already this week, we have begun exploring place value in maths lessons, learning all about the thousands column on the place value chart. English lessons have seen the exploration of Baba Yaga- a Russian folktale which has included acting out the story in small groups.

We are excited to start swimming lessons which begin on Monday next week!

Three Little Pigs

This week we have been looking at the story of the Three Little Pigs. The children had words from the story sent home over the weekend to look at with their families. Over the week we will read different versions of the story and talk about the choices that the wolf and the pigs made in the story. We have been talking lots about how to be a good friend!

Lots of children have used the art resources to recreate the houses that the pigs built. 

In our role-play areas we have created different shops. Maple Class had a DIY shop for the pigs to come and buy equipment and materials to help them build their houses. We had straw, sticks and bricks for sale. The children made signs for the shop so we knew what was for sale. We have been practising taking turns with our friends when we are using the till in the shop and we have been using sand-timers to help us know when it is time to swap places.

Outside we have been having fun with the hula-hoops - it has been tricky but we have tried hard to be determined to learn how to do different tricks with the hula-hoops as well as trying to keep them spinning around our waists! The children have explored mark-making outside as well as indoors. Lots of children have even been trying to write their names outside too!

All of the children completed a self-portrait using paint in their first week at school. Soon these will be stuck up in our shared area that links the three classrooms so everyone will be able to see the hard work that the children have been doing.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A great start to life at Alderwood!

Staff at the school have been really impressed with how our Early Years children have already started to settle down into life at Alderwood School.

Last week the Early Years team were lucky enough to visit some of the children in their own homes where we learnt a lot about things the children were looking forward to. 

On their first day back they came in with somebody from home to help the settle in but most of the children went straight off independently!

We are looking forward to watching the children become even more independent and become great learners!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Our Last Weeks In Early Years

As we all know, it has been VERY hot this last few weeks so Early Years have been doing their best to keep cool. We've been using sand and water and imagining we're at the beach! We have been talking a lot about the importance of keeping hydrated and wearing suitable clothes when we playing in the sun.

As part of our topic about mini-beasts we have been hunting around the school grounds and thinking about places we are likely to spot different creatures. We decided to have a walk over to the kitchen garden where we found lots of different creatures hiding among the plants and in lots of other places too!

Each class had lots of caterpillars that we put into little pots to watch them grow. We had to make sure we gave the lids little holes for the caterpillars to breathe through. When they were ready and had become a lot bigger, they crawled up to the lid and hung themselves in a 'J' shape. After a couple of days they made their cocoons and we put them in a special butterfly net ready for them to emerge. All of the children wrote a diary to talk about how the caterpillars changed on their journey to becoming butterflies. When the butterflies had all emerged and had become strong enough, we took them outside to release. Some classes rubbed sticky, sweet fruit on their hands to attract the butterflies. We were lucky enough to have some land on us!