Back to school for some

Some of our children have been coming back to school, and wow have we have missed you. It’s great to be back and we have been having so much fun together playing and learning. The children have really enjoyed spending lots of time outside and following their interests.

The children kept discovering butterflies, ladybirds, wood louse and lots more insects and bugs when we were playing outside! We went on a bug hunt around the outside area to see how many we could find! Can you remember where bugs like to live?

When we were playing outside Ariana noticed that the birds didn’t have any food left. We found a recipe, gathered the ingredients and got busy making them some!

We looked in books to find out about different British garden birds. Miss Boyd found some videos of lots of common garden birds signing! Did you know every bird had it’s own special song? We loved listening to the bird songs and trying to copy them! You can listen again here.

Then we went to the secret garden to do some bird watching and give the birds their new food. We listened to the beautiful bird songs and we even found a pigeons nest high in the trees! Can you remember which birds we spotted?

After finding the nest, the children had some questions about nests. How long do they take to build? What are they made from? How do they stick them together?

Kallum, “they use some sticks and hay and they stick it together with a little bit of mud I think”.

Carter, “I think they use their spit”.

The children were fascinated by some secret camera footage of a blackbird making a nest and hatching her little chicks! You can see it again here:

We decided to make some nests of our own using materials we collected from outside and some clay to hold it together.

Miss Boyd showed the children some pictures of her trip to a birds of prey sanctuary. Some of the children liked the snowy owls because they were so cute. The eagles were huge and looked a little scary! The children were absolutely fascinated by them and wanted to learn lots more about these amazing creatures!

We used some non fictions books and the internet to find out some really fascinating information about bald eagles. Can you remember any facts?

We have been having lots of fun playing and learning together. Have a look what else we have been up to!


Out of this world learning!

This week the children have been doing some home learning all about space. First we listened to the story of Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

If you missed it you can listen again here. Can you spot any rhyming words in the story?

The children did an amazing job finding lots of rhyming words and writing them in a list.

This week we have also enjoyed building our very own rockets, doing some space addition, and making some amazing space posters! Well done everyone!


Fun in the sun!

We have been really enjoying the lovely sunny weather lately! It’s been lovely to see Onyx class getting outside, exploring, playing and enjoying time with their families in nature! Have a look at what some of your friends have been doing at home.

Enjoying a socially distanced day out, football, a special treat for tea, and relaxing in the hot tub!

Taking care of his new kitten, “Adso”.

Exploring in nature!

Enjoying the mud between his toes!

Onyx class have been having lots of fun following their own interests and choosing our own learning, and some of us have enjoyed doing some outdoor learning suggested by our teachers! We’ve been making dens, writing secret messages on stones and with magic dandelion ink, making our own bubble wands, threading natural numberlines and collecting treasures outside!

We also enjoyed listening to the story “Silly Billy, by Antony Brown”. You can listen again here.

Everyone has worries, big and small, about lots of different things.

We talked about worries with our grown ups and we made some worry dolls! You tell them your worries, pop them under your pillow at night, and the worry dolls take all of your worries away.


Even More Home Learning!

Lots of the children in Onyx class have been really lucky to have new pets in the period while we have been on “lockdown”. They have been taking very good care of them, remembering to feed them, give them water, exercise and lots of cuddles and play! Miss Boyd has been looking after our class pet stick insects in her house, so the children were very excited to see how much they had grown! We made some posters and letters to show our pets to all of our friends. Some of the children wrote about their favourite animals and even researched some facts about them!

This week although the weather has been a little rainy, it hasn’t put the children off! We enjoyed making story tins and acting out our own stories. We collected lots of natural objects of different lengths. Then we ordered them from the shortest to the longest, and had a go at measuring them. We even made frozen nature mobiles! Look how beautiful they are!


Superheroes and more!

As always, the children in Onyx class have been very busy over the past couple of weeks!

When we had lots of very rainy weather we were shocked that the Billy Goats Gruff bridge had been washed away in the floods! The children saved the day by building some brilliant bridges for the Billy Goats. Then we made some wonderful masks of the characters and acted out the story for our grown ups. We enjoyed experimenting with making different sounds using every day objects in our homes, and have been exploring technology in our homes!

Lots of children in Onyx class love superheroes. One little boy has even decorated his whole bedroom with them during the lockdown! So this week we decided to learn about Superheroes! First we read the story Supertato and the Evil Pea, – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmFYrfquR5k 

Can you remember who were the characters in the story? Who was your favourite? What happened at the beginning, middle and end?

Then we made our very own superheroes using the vegetables or fruit we had in our kitchens. Miss Boyd was blown away with the children’s creations! We talked to our family and friends to find out what superpowers they would like. Everyone had different ideas: flying, super speed, strength etc. We made up our own superhero names and some children even designed the most amazing superhero costumes!

We have also been writing lists of all the super heros we know (there were lots!), taking part in a superhero active challenge, and writing our very own superhero stories!

One little girl in Onyx class has enjoyed a wonderful fairy garden in her home!

Another little girl has made Miss Boyd so proud taking care of her little brother! What a superstar!

Well done everyone, your teachers are so very proud of you all! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos from home.


Making Memories

It has made your teachers smile so much to see all of the wonderful photos of you and your families playing, enjoying the sunshine and making memories with your families!

In many years time, children will probably learn in their history classes at school about the “Lockdown”. When you are older maybe some of you will be teachers, or have your own children and tell them all about it! The time when we all stayed at home from school, made rainbows, clapped for carers, and had birthday parties in lockdown with our families!

This week we made something called a time capsule. Some of us created special boxes to hold our special memories, photos and drawings. Then we can look back on them when lockdown is over and life goes back to normal again.

We wrote about our who families we are with in lockdown, and some of the feelings we have, sometimes happy, sometimes worried. It’s important to talk to your grown up if you feel worried; we all feel that way sometimes! We even wrote diary entries about how we spent our days. Some of us have made a poster to remind us of safety measures we have to take for a little while.

Have a look at some of Onyx class’ memories in lockdown from this week. We’ve had new puppies, birthday parties, picnics, learning to ride a bike with no stabilisers (wow!!) and water fights in the sun!

George has been doing some redecorating!
Birthday Girl!

Celebrating People Who Help Us!

This week Reception have been doing some learning about some of the key workers who are working very hard to keep our country going and keep everyone safe!

We made some cards to say thank you, and some of us even hand delivered them!

We set up our own shops and played customers and shopkeepers with our families, using real money to buy the items.

Then we listened to a story by one of our favourite authors, Julia Donaldson, called “Zog and the Flying Doctors”. Can you remember how Princess Pearl cured her Uncle’s orange fever?

Just like doctor Pearl in the story, we collected some ingredients from inside and outside, and mixed up some of our very own potions to make a cure for Orange fever. Then we wrote a list of ingredients.

Some of us made our own emergency service vehicles, and some of us have been making costumes and dressing up as people who help us.


More Home Learning!

We are all missing each other lots and lots, so it’s been a real treat for Miss Boyd to get to see your smiling faces at home, and to know that you are okay and happy! Thanks for sending in your photos and videos! While we can’t see each other in person, luckily you can see what your friends have been getting up to on our class blog!

Last week, the weather was beautiful and sunny. Lots of us have been enjoying getting outside for some exercise and lovely Spring air. Some of us have even spotted some baby animals!

Look what Harvey and his big brother found hiding in the water on their daily exercise walk!

Can you spot them? They are baby turtles!

What other animals can you see? Can you see any babies?

There are some baby geese! These are called gooslings! Did you know a group of geese is called a gaggle?

There have also been some birthday Celebrations and VE day celebrations!

For our learning this week, we have been playing lots of different games and making up our very own games, whilst practising our mathmatical skills! We have been doing som adding, subtracting, finding one more and one less, and invesigating shapes! We have been very busy!

Well done everyone, stay safe!


Looking after the Environment

Happy Earth Day Greeting Card Of Green Planet In Heart Shape ...

For the 50th World Earth Day celebration, Reception have been doing some wonderful learning about the world around us. We have really enjoyed exploring nature and learning about little things that we can do to take care of our planet!

First we listened to Miss Deighton reading Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts.

Can you remember what happened to Stanley the plastic bag? What happened to the sea animals when they ate him?

The author of the story, Sarah Roberts, explained a little more about how rubbish in the ocean affects the fish and sea animals.

We were shocked to learn how much rubbish ends up in the occean every year! Some of it goes into big holes in the ground called landfill. Lots and lots of it (up to 12.7 million tones) ends up in the Oceans, like poor Stanley!

But there is something amazing that we can do to keep our rubbish out of the oceans and Landfill: recycling! Recycling means to make rubbish into something new!

Onyx class have been gettig creative and making all sorts of wonderful inventions from plastic bags and other bits of rubbish! Have a look at some of the amazing things they made: wings, an umbrella, a high vis tabard!

Then we had a recycling contest! The children have been super busy helping their grown ups to collect and sort different types of rubbish for recycling: tins, glass, plastic and card.

We have also been making bee hotels, bird feeders, and making pictures of our local environment! Some of us have enjoyed being outside riding bikes and flying kites!


Pirate Adventures at home!

Another week of home learning has come to an end! We know you miss being together in Onyx class, but all of your teachers couldn’t be more proud of you all for staying at home and having such great positive attitudes to learning. We love to see your photos from home of you playing, and having fun!

All of the teachers and staff in school have been missing your smiling faces, laughter and chatter so much, so we have put together this special message for you! We hope that it makes you smile. 🙂

This week we have been doing some learning about pirates! First we went on a shadow hunt!

We made some of our toys walk the plank! We have been investigating which objects float and sink!

We have also been designing and making our own pirate ships, making pirate treasure maps and hiding treasure on our families, and even designing our own pirate characters!

Well done everyone for staying safe at home! Keep checking the blog to see what your friends have been up to!