Wednesday, 22 May 2019

New Role Play Areas!

Written with help by children in Maple Class - typed by Mrs Woodward.

The new role play is a farm shop.  We cut paper for the shop. I cut up a piece of paper with cheese on the paper. 

We need to get some things to sell like eggs and milk. We need a shopkeeper. We need to get a till for the money. We need some cards for the people to have for a receipt. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Our caterpillars are growing!

Our caterpillars are changing!

Most of them have hung in their chrysalises already - we still have one or two that are making the change and sadly a couple that didn't make it but we spoke about how this happens in nature and how perhaps they wouldn't have been strong enough to turn into butterflies.

The children have been doing lots of writing talking all about the changes they can see happening and noticing the differences between some of the chrysalises. They have been slower than other years to change this far so we are still crossing our fingers that they will be ready to release before the half term - if not, Miss Wiseman has helpfully offered to take some home to film for us.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Creepy Crawlies

This half term, year R will be learning all about our new topic...Creepy Crawlies!

Before we broke up for the Easter break, the children spent some time at the art table creating their own minibeasts for our classroom displays - we gave them pictures of the minibeasts and they chose the materials they wanted to use to create their own.

As part of this topic, we have had a very special delivery... we have had caterpillars delivered to each class! We will be looking after our caterpillars and watching them as they make their change into being butterflies. We have already learnt about the life-cycle of a butterfly and can't wait to see ours grow up!

Here are two of our caterpillars - Eric and Albie. We will keep you updated on the progress of our new friends!

Monday, 15 April 2019

Fairy Tale Ball

To celebrate how hard we have all worked this half term, we had our very own fairy tale ball! We got to dress up as different characters from stories we know and show off our awesome moves on the dance floor!

We even got to use the green screen (which the junior site helpfully lent us) with the iPad to take photos as if we were in a story setting and not in our hall. We hope you like looking at the photographs as much as we did.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Spring Term - Year 4

The past few weeks have been very busy in Year 4!

We visited Farnham Museum and discovered even more interesting facts about Anglo-Saxon life. We learnt about the different types of food that Anglo-Saxons ate, and we all tried some bread that was made using a real Anglo-Saxon recipe!

We also got the chance to be archaeologists, and we worked as a group to search through a sand pit to find ancient Anglo-Saxon artefacts. It was such a fun trip that we all really enjoyed – some of us even got to dress up in Anglo-Saxon clothing!

We are currently working really hard to make Viking Longboats, and are looking forward to showing you them!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Fruit & Veg Shop

Welcome to our new fruit and veg shop! The children have loved taking it in turns to be the shopkeepers and the customers. We have got some real fruit and vegetables to use which has encouraged lots of talk about healthy eating choices. This week we have been looking at different coins and talking about their value so we have also enjoyed having real money in our tills to use. 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Year 2 Spring Term

This term started with a very exciting visit from Captain Rockycliffe! We learnt all about pirates, real ones and fictional ones. We had great fun acting out the story of the Pirate Cruncher and had some amazing ideas about the sorts of adventures pirates have.

We also got to design and make our very own pirate ship. Then we tested it to see if it was waterproof or not!

We then moved on to our topic "Be the Best",  where we have been thinking about superheroes.
We have enjoyed pretending to be a superhero  and coming up with different powers we would love to have.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Spring Term in Year 1


At the beginning of the Spring Term, we enjoyed finding out about SPACE!
We enjoyed an exciting visit to the Science Centre in Winchester where we found out more about the planets in the planetarium and raced our own rockets!

One morning, when we came into class we found a spaceship had crash landed into our kitchen garden. We wrote information to help others know how to look after one of the aliens.

In our art lessons we used chalks to create our own fantastic space pictures.



This half term, we have been learning about toys.  We have talked about our own favourite toys and researched which toys are popular in Year R and in Year 2. 

We loved designing and making our own brilliant pop-up toys.


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Traditional Tales

This half term we are learning lots of traditional tales and fairy stories. We have been enjoying reading different versions of our stories. The children have been choosing to read these stories to each other in their learning time. 

So far we have read Jack and the Beanstalk, the Gingerbread Man and this week we are reading Little Red Riding Hood. We have been doing lots of activities related to the different stories and characters. This morning, some children made 'cone characters' completely independently. We have become experts and using our scissors to cut carefully and complete challenges like this without giving up!

Last week, World Book Day was perfectly timed to fit in with our learning. Lots of the children came dressed as characters from stories we have read this year. We all wrote about which characters we dressed as and talked about why we dressed as them. Lots of the children challenged themselves to writing their own stories or writing about their character. We were very impressed with Leo's writing about his character, the Gruffalo. We think his drawing is just fabulous! "The Gruffalo is massive."

The children always have access to using the class interactive whiteboard and they have been practising their phonics in their independent learning time and writing words and sentences too. 

Keep tuned for more photos of our work and for our upcoming fairy-tale ball! 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Half way there!

Can you believe we have already completed half a year at infant school? Last half term we had our topic 'Under The Sea' and we worked as a team to create a giant display using lots of things the children had made. 

The children used their colour mixing scales to create the scales for our mermaid and merman tails. We drew around different children to make the bodies & groups of children painted the bodies, faces and hair. The children drew, painted and coloured different fish for our display to make it nice and colourful. They created seaweed with more colour mixing and by cutting spirals of paper. We are very proud of our work and we hope you enjoy seeing it when you come and visit Early Years. 

We are about to start our new topic about fairy tales called 'Once Upon A Time...'. We wonder if you can guess what book we will be reading first by looking at this giant beanstalk in one of our role-play areas? 

Later in the week we will be making castles from 'junk modelling'. But first we need to make a design for our castle so we know what we will be building. We have looked at some other castles, both real and pretend, to give us some ideas for our designs. We can't wait to get busy making the final products!

We are enjoying the beautiful, dry weather (let's hope it continues as this time last year we were only a week away from the "Beast From The East"!) and having lots of fun outside. In the final summer term we have sports day to look forward to so it's always good to start practising using the bounce-hoppers ready so we are experts by the time we race! We love taking the chalks outside to mark make - using the playground means our drawings can be as big as we want! 

As the half term goes on we will be reading lots of different fairy tales at school but remember you can read lots of different ones at home or write your own stories too! 😁 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Under The Sea!

Have a look at the amazing art work that Early Years have made on their first week back in school after Christmas...can you guess what we might be learning about?

Our first book this half term was 'The Rainbow Fish' - the children had chances to create their own Rainbow Fish as well as other sea creatures. We enjoyed the story because we liked when the Rainbow Fish learnt to share with his friends. We talked about how we show friendship and what things it takes to be a good friend. Lots of the children have been using these friendship skills with their friends! 

Outside, the children worked as a team to create some giant fish using bamboo canes and tissue paper. They used different effects on each of the fish and they are hung around the Early Years area. 

Perhaps you could try and make some of your own sea creatures at home out of different materials and take some pictures to upload onto Tapestry. We love seeing what you have been getting up to at home. 

Next week we will be reading 'Sharing a Shell' and thinking more about how to be a good friend and what to do when our friends don't always want to do the same thing as us. 

Keep an eye out for some of the brilliant work going on display in the classrooms!