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A Gingerbread Man Hunt

We had a special visitor come to our new school. He left a clue for us and we had to work out where to go next to find out who he was. It was a fantastic chance to have a look round our new school as we went upstairs and downstairs, along corridors and outside too! Do you think we found him in the end? Read on to find out….

Look at the pictures with your child to see if they remember where we went and which rooms we had to go to.

The first clue we found in the classroom said to find a room with lots of books. Off we went to find the Library…. We have a library in school as well as the visits we make to Manor Top Library. You can issue books for your child. Please ask for more details.

imageWe found another clue in the Library so couldn’t stay to read. We didn’t want the Gingerbread Man to get away from us. Next we had to go to the place where people answer the phones before finding the room we eat in- the office and the hall of course!

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We found out there is only one hall in our new school where we have dinner, do PE and have all our assemblies. We can’t wait to do PE for the first time. Our next clue said to go where they are 3 so it was off to Nursery next to see the three year olds there.

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From Nursery we had to go outside and all the way down to the MUGA (multi-use games area). The Gingerbread Man did well did get down there and back without anyone seeing him. Next we had to go where the teachers drink their tea which meant the staff room. The staff room is back upstairs but this time we used the yellow stairs. Did you know there’s a blue staircase and a yellow one?

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We asked Mrs Ainsley if she’d seen the Gingerbread Man and she hadn’t but he’d left another note. After checking in Miss French’s office too we followed the clue the Gingerbread Man left to go to the room which is best. Valerie said straight away “our classroom!”

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We all had a great time chasing the Gingerbread Man and although we didn’t find him we loved eating the gingerbread men he left. It was a great way to get to know our new school.

We hope the Gingerbread Man comes back again soon.

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Loving our New School!

We have loved our first couple of days in our new classroom and school. It has been lots of fun exploring all the areas in our classroom and also going around the whole school building. All the children have been superstars and have settled in really well.

Look at some of the fun things we’ve been doing….

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The children have been talking lots about our new school and saying what they think of it. Everyone agrees its great.

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Thanks to all parents and carers too for all your help and support in our first couple of days making sure drop off and pick up went smoothly. 

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All ready for the Children’s First Day

We’re all ready for day one with the children! The big pile of furniture and boxes have gone and now we have a classroom all ready for exploring and lots of learning to take place. We’re excited to welcome everybody back.

So, first things first, how do you find the classroom? The photos below should help you find where you need. Please look at them with your child so they know what to expect in the morning.

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We hope that helps you in the morning and makes the first day a little easier. You will come to collect the children from the same classroom door at home time.

You will be welcome to look round the classroom in the morning but please remember your chance to look round the rest of school is on Friday afternoon at 2.30pm. 

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Day Two in the New Classroom

All the teachers have been busy again today in our new classroom getting it ready for your first day on Thursday. Can you spot any differences from yesterday’s pictures?

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Hopefully you can! You can now see all the way through into Garnet class because all the boxes have been unpacked into the storerooms and classrooms.

You can now see what to do when you get to school in a morning. It’s the same as before when the children hung their coat on their peg then went to self register. They can still put their things in theirr drawer too. Lots of the things in our classroom look the same as before.

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If you look carefully you can also see lots of other things from our old classroom. Can your child remember when we said lots of things would be moving with us?

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There are also some familiar things in Garnet class. Remember the children will be able to go in both classrooms. What can they see that they recognise?

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We have also got some new things in our classroom for the children to explore and enjoy.

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The teachers can’t wait for Thursday when we get to show you all our new classroom and school. We hope you’re excited to see it.

Come back tomorrow when Miss Parker will show you how to find our classroom all ready for Thursday morning. Don’t forget there will be people to help you find the right places.

 

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The Teachers’ First Day in Our New Classroom

On Monday 13th of April the teachers were very excited because they got to go in the new school for the first time.  It was all a bit of a mess when they first got there. All those boxes which had been packed in the old building were piled in the new classroom alongside all the furniture. They didn’t know where to start!

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Can you see where your new peg might be? You’ll have to look for your name card just like in the old classroom?

The teachers worked really hard all morning and by lunchtime everything was looking much more sorted.

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By home time it was looking even better. You can see some of your favourite areas in the classroom in the next photo and, don’t forget, you’ll be allowed in Garnet class all the time as well to use the different areas in there.

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Miss Parker will try and put some more pictures on tomorrow so you can see what else we’ve been doing to make our classroom ready.

We’re looking forward to being able to show you the real thing on Thursday. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and don’t forget to finish your homework pack for a special mention in our first ever Mentions Assembly at the new school.

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Getting Ready for our New Building

We’re all very excited about our new building which will be ready after the Easter holidays. We’ve been able to see some photographs of the work so far but we’re not sure what our new classroom will look like.

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Its hard to tell which room is which and we’re looking forward to being able to get inside and know for sure.

This is a plan of the ground floor to give you some idea of where our new classroom is.

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The teachers spent a couple of days packing up everything in our old classroom. Look at the photo and how different it looks!

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We’ll try to take some photos as we unpack so you can see the new classroom taking shape.  Come back and check on April 13th before school starts again on Thursday 16th April. Foundation Stage parents are invited to come and have a look round the new building at 2:30pm on Friday 17th April.

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Buildings, Structures and Homes

We had a great time in the first half of Spring term learning all about Buildings, Structures and Homes. The children decided this was what they wanted to learn about while we get ready for our New School.

First we asked the children what they would want to learn about…….

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We read the story of the Three Little Pigs and it became our storytelling text for the half term.. Look on the blog for a post about our storytelling. The children thought about what they would use to build a house if the big bad wolf came to Manor Top and why that would be the best material.

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Once some of the children had decided on the bricks to build a solid wall for the house the used the rest of the materials to create the rest of the house. Doesn’t it look great?

There were lots of other building activities for us to do too. We had great fun exploring them all. There was more going on than we could take photos of to show you!

The children loved the freedom and creativity of the role play area which they could make anything they wanted to be.

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One our favourites was using the sand cement to build sticking the blocks together. If you want to make some at home just mix shaving foam with some sand- it’s that easy 🙂

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There were lots of Elsa castles popping up all over the place but these ones with the sugar cubes were particularly popular.  What could you build from using materials at your house?

During the whole school Safety Week, Stephen from the new build came to talk to us about being safe on and near building sites. He also showed us some pictures of what our new school is going to look like. It was very exciting to see the pictures and we can’t wait to see it for real.

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We’ll try and put some more pictures up of the new build as we get them. Keep looking back to check…..

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