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A Trip to the Building Site

You may have noticed they are building some houses near to our school. We got the opportunity to go and have a closer look and to meet some of the builders.

First there was a Workshop session with parents and carers in the Hall. Jordan from Engie came to talk to us and share some information about house building. There was then a special building activity to do with real mini bricks. We had to work together to make a tiny house.

Then we split up into 4 groups with Garnet class and went to see the Building Site. The builders came to meet us at school and brought special hard hats and high vis vests for us to wear just like the real builders. We walked around the edge of the site looking at the houses that were being built. There was lots of discussion about keeping safe near building sites and also why we had the special clothing on to help keep us safe when we visited.

We saw detached houses and semi- detached houses. We loved looking at the big diggers. We saw builders whose job was to put the bricks on the house and other builders who dug the big holes. We found out about the different colour hats that the builders were wearing and lots more.

Can you remember what you found out from the builders? Use these photos to help prompt your memory. 

We followed the visit with some learning about the story of the Three Little Pigs. It was a story the children were familiar with that they mentioned when we were talking about building in our Floor Book session. We even got a letter from the Three Pigs asking for our help to build a strong house after the disaster they had. We tried to build houses in lots of different ways.  We even tested them with the hairdryer pretending to be the Big Bad Wolf!

We have loved learning about houses and how they are built. A huge thank you to everyone at Engie who made it possible and also the parents and carers who came with us so we could take the children on the walks. We couldn’t have done it without you 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • About how to build houses. 
  • About what is happening in our school community. 
  • About the jobs that builders have to do everyday. 
  • About keeping safe on and around building sites. 
  • About the houses that we can build linked to a story that we know. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Comment on the building site when you are bringing your child or taking them home from school- what has changed? What are they building now? What do you think will happen next? 
  • Talk about the job that builders do and other jobs which the children are interested in. 
  • Reinforce comments about the children staying safe and why it is important. 
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Grandparents’ Afternoon Tea

We really appreciate the role grandparents have in the lives of the children in our school. This is why we decided to celebrate Grandparents’ Day again this year with an Afternoon Tea. All grandparents in Foundation Stage and Key Stage one were invited and there was a great uptake. We had a very busy Hall full of children loving some special time with their grandparents. Everyone got to enjoy the special biscuits which the children had prepared while they played the games together.

A huge thank you to everyone who came and made it such a great event 🙂 

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A Gingerbread Man Hunt

There was a strange message when we came into school the other Friday morning. We weren’t sure who it was from so we decided to follow the clue and see if we could find out more. First stop was the school library. When we got there we found another clue. We all had to do good listening and see if we could finish the rhymes to help Miss Parker work out where to go next.

After a few clues we’d worked out that it was the Gingerbread Man that had left us the clue and we had to be really quiet so we didn’t let him know we were coming. By the time we had finished we’d been all round the school, including the MUGA outside and past all of our older brother and sisters classrooms upstairs, and met lots of important people, like Mr Sieczkarek and Miss French. Following the clues meant we’d been upstairs and downstairs, inside and out. When we got back to “the room that is best”, we found the Gingerbread Man had left us a special treat to say well done.

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The following week we did lots of learning about the Gingerbread Man. We checked that everyone knew the story and what happened at the beginning, the middle and the end of.  Some children enjoyed retelling the story in their own words. Some children enjoyed trying to write it on a BIG story map like they’d seen Miss Parker done.

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What have we been learning? 

  • Where places and people are in our new school. This is particularly important for the children who came to us from different settings. 
  • The purpose of reading to find out more and help us solve problems. 
  • To remember a familiar story and retell it in a variety of ways. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Retell the story of the Gingerbread Man and other stories your child is familiar with. 
  • Ask your child to retell stories in pictures and using words. 
  • Point out to your child when you are finding something out by reading or reading for pleasure to help them understand why reading it so important. 
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Starting School

September was our settling in month in Onyx Class. It was lovely to see all the children again after the Summer and start to get to know them better as school started. We started off sharing all the children between the two classes and seeing who became friends with who and where children were best suited. This was a really good way of making sure that Onyx and, our FS2 neighbours, Garnet were both the best classes in school and all the children were happy. Some of our Nursery teachers came to say hi and see how we were getting on too.

These photos were taken on our very first days at school. Look at who we have in Onyx Class:

 

We also took first day photos of some of the teachers in Onyx and Garnet classrooms.

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We had lots of fun getting to know new friends and remembering old ones. We also all loved exploring both our new classrooms and trying out all the great activities. Those children who had been in Nursery enjoyed getting back outside and seeing what was the same. Everyone made a really great start to school and all the teachers commented on how well and how quickly the children settled in.

 

The children also enjoyed it when we started going for lunch in the big hall. It was exciting but a little bit scary as we’d not done it before. Everyone did great though and all the lunchtime supervisors commented on how impressed they were with the children’s use of cutlery and sitting at the tables. Even Mr Sciezkarek came to see how everyone was getting on. He left very impressed.

Well done everyone on such a great start to school. Don’t forget to keep checking back to see what we’ve been up to.

And don’t forget to let us know what you’ve been doing at home on the class email address. Please ask in class if you’re not sure what it is.

 

 

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Our Last Afternoon in FS2 Onyx Class

We had a wonderful last afternoon in Reception today.  Mr Siezckarek arranged for a wonderful treat for the whole school. Everyone in school got an ice cream to say well done for such a great year! 🙂

 

As you can see we loved them. Then it was back to the classroom to get ready for our last home time in Foundation Stage and to get ready to turn into Year Ones.

A special magic curtain appeared and we all walked through it. It turned us into proper Year Ones (no more practising) so when we come back in September we’re in Miss Breeze’s Y1 Topaz. We can’t wait! Miss Parker, Miss Deakin and Miss Hukin said we’ve got to make sure we pop back into Onyx class and tell everyone how we’re getting on.

 

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The teachers would like to say another huge well done to all the children for such an amazing year. You’ve all grown so much and learnt something new everyday. We so all so proud of you all and are sure you’ll continue to progress just as much in Year One. 

Have a wonderful Summer 🙂

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FS Graduation 2018

One of the best days in FS2 is when we have our FS Graduation to celebrate our time in Foundation Stage at Prince Edward before we move onto Key Stage One. We love it because all the children have a chance to reflect on their learning during the year and tell us what they enjoyed the most. Then we get to share that with all our families.

We sang some songs and then we all stood up to tell everyone what our favourite thing about Foundation Stage had been. We thought about our time with Miss Hulme in Nursery as well. We had to be very brave as there were over 100 adults there for us to talk to.

Mr Siezckarek and Mrs Ainsley came to hand out the certificates and special treats.

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We were also given our special string which Miss Parker and Miss Deighton had been holding onto since our first day at school in September. It was exactly the same size as us so we can see how much we’ve grown during the school year. I wonder who has grown the most?!? Don’t forget to tell the teachers how much you’ve grown.

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We then got to watch our Graduation Video which is a look back over the year at all the fun things we’ve been learning and experiencing. Everyone loved looking for themselves on the big screen.

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You can watch it again below or by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy it. Thanks again to all families for their support during the school year. We hope you enjoy Year One! Good Luck! 🙂 Don’t forget to pop back in and let us know how you’re getting on.

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Forest Schools 4

For our last Forest Schools session we had a special surprise……. Miss Deighton came to join us and we had a session with FIRE! We had to ask Miss Deighton to come along as she’s had the special training for using the fire pit. She explained to us all about how to stay safe next to the fire and what we needed to do to make sure we got our marshmallow toasted just right.

It was very exciting to do the fire session and everyone was very sensible and listened carefully to everything Miss Deighton, Mrs Murch and Miss Deakin had to tell them.

While we were waiting for our turn at the fire and to toast marshmallows we went back up to the Secret Garden for one last time in Onyx Class. (We’ll be able to go again next year once we’re Topaz Class in Y1) There was a special job to do in the Secret Garden but only after we’d played 1-2-3 Where Are You? again. We had to make a special nature crown using any natural materials we found in the Secret Garden. There were so many to choose although we had to make sure they’d stick to the crown! Anything too big just fell off.

It was another great Forest Schools session. A big thank you to Miss Deighton for helping us stay safe near the fire and making sure there were marshmallows for everyone 🙂

What have we been learning? 

  • To listen to instructions. 
  • To stay safe in a new situation. 
  • To try new things. 
  • To look for natural objects which we like and say why. 
  • To create a crown of our favourite objects. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Support your child to try new things- this could be climbing a bit higher on the climbing frame, visiting a new place or trying a new food. 
  • Look for natural materials like before and make your own nature crowns. 
  • Use the natural materials to make a repeating pattern on your crown.