Thursday, 18 December 2014

An exciting day in Early Years

Year R had a very exciting day today with not one special visitor but two!
The children had a wonderful time watching Magic Tom perform his amazing magic show.
Magic Tom used his magic to pull the biggest magic wand in the world out of the tiniest bag!

The children helped to magic the rope back into one piece.

Then Magic Tom used his magic powers to bring Olaf to life.  At first he didn't realise his magic powers had worked until ....

Olaf started to follow him - he's behind you!!

Then Magic Tom made six presents appear out of an empty bag  ... how did he do that?  It must be magic!

The children in Maple, Ash and Cherry Class loved every single second on his show!

Thank you Magic Tom.
 Our second very special visitor was, of course, Father Christmas!

All the children were very excited to meet him and each child received a gift.  They were all trying very hard to show Father Christmas their very best behaviour so that he will come and visit them on Christmas Eve.  Let's hope they can keep it up!!
Thank you Father Christmas.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Autumn Term

We have now fully settled into Year One and have been doing lots of exciting things during the Autumn term.

In October we went outside and made dens as part of our materials topic for science. We used different materials, such as the fallen leaves and sticks, fabric, plastic and even tin foil! After building the dens we tested them to see which material was the strongest, safest and most waterproof . Which material do you think made the best den?

During Book Week we read the story 'Room on the Broom' and took part in lots of exciting activities, including a fantastic drama workshop. We had fun pretending to be the characters from the story.

This half term we have been looking at light and dark. Each class has a dark den where we can explore different light sources. . We even made reflective reindeer belts for Rudolph by choosing the shiniest materials.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

In a Land of Magic

Year 2 have been very busy already this year!

We have learnt about the features of castles and their purposes. We worked as a team to build a castle big enough for us to fit inside.

Our visit to Windsor castle made us realise just how ENORMOUS castles are!

We enjoyed the workshop where we got to dress up in a range of costumes and reenact castle invasions, and special cermonies such as awarding a knighthood.

We learnt about why castles have gargoyles and had the opportunity to make our own using clay. We had to push, pull and twist to manipulate the clay into different shapes.
Do you think our gargoyles would scare away the enemy?


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Early Years

Look what we've been doing!
All the children are settling in well and enjoying their time in Early Years.  We have published a few photos so you can see some of the things they have been doing.
Having fun listening to stories.

Great teamwork!

Concentrating hard at the painting table.

Exploring the block play area.

Tummy time drawing!

What can you hear?

Mark making

Making shapes in the playdough.

Reading a story to the poorly cat!

Inventing a new game.

Puzzle time.

Drawing my favourite super hero.

Having fun in the tuff spot with the building site.

Making friends!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Welcome back to school!

Welcome to Year 1!

Even though it has been just four weeks since we started in Year 1, we have settled in brilliantly and have been very busy finding out about houses and homes in our 'Knock, Knock! Who's There?' topic.

We have written our own stories about the adventures of the 'Three Little Pigs' in our English lessons. Whilst in Mathematics we have been adding and subtracting. We have discovered some amazing scientists whilst finding out about materials and their properties and we are looking forward to investigating different materials during our den building day in two weeks time!

We have worked together to create collage houses and we found different ways of changing the shape of paper to make colourful 3D sculptures.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

String quartet

On Tuesday 15th July 2014 we had a special visit from a string quartet.

The musicians played violins, a viola and a cello. It was interesting to hear how the sound became deeper as the instrument became larger.

We learnt about 'The Four Seasons' by Vivaldi.

They taught us about dynamics in music. We learnt that forte means to play music loudly, and piano means to play quietly.

The quartet played us several pieces of music. They were incredibly talented and we were amazed by their performance.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Art Week 2014

We have had great fun during Art week!
Each year group have been exploring sculpture in different ways.
Year R have been using natural objects to create 'Minibeasts' outside!
     They made spiders, butterflies and bees!

Year 1 have been collaging small flowers using different techniques such as rolling, twisting and bending a range of paper materials.
We then attached them onto a huge flower that Mr LeGrove kindly made for each class...
Here are the final pieces! Look out for them around Belle Vue!
Year 2 have been using clay to create their own self portrait.

Throughout the week we have all explored a range of techniques and had time to create our own materpieces.



 Year 1 clay flowers
Keep your eyes peeled for our fantastic artwork around the school and a big Belle Vue thank you to Mr LeGrove for all of his help and knowledge!