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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had a fabulous time at Sports Day. We were able to go up on the field for the first time and it is another wonderful space we get to enjoy at our school. We joined up with Key Stage One and our families were invited to join in the fun.
After we’d had a turn we let our grown ups have a go at racing. There was a Mummies, Nannans and other girls race then a Daddies, Grandads and other boys race. The teachers had a turn as well! We were very proud when Miss Deakin was the winner 🙂
Once all the races and activities were finished we found out which team was the winners with the most points. Each team had children from ever class so these are the winners from Onyx Class. Everyone else got a certificate to say well done for taking part.
We were all very excited when we knew it was time to go back to the Secret Garden for Forest Schools. We started off with a game of 1-2-3 Where are You? It has quickly become one of our favourite games.
Then we started our first activity. Miss Parker told us about some footprints which had been spotted in the Secret Garden. It was our job to go and find as many as we could. When we found them we had to sort them out and find out from the posters which animal they belonged to.
Once we had found all the footprints we got busy with our second activity. Miss Parker asked us all to draw a picture of some of the footprints we had found. The only problem was we had no pencils or paint. The only thing we had was some cups and a bottle of water. Can you remember what we did?
We made mud paint! We had to find sticks to help us paint our pictures instead of a paintbrush.
Our final job was to go and find as many items as we could for a special picture when we got back to the classroom. We picked up anything which was flat and that we thought was interesting.
Here is our finished picture…….
It looks amazing in the sunshine. Come to our classroom to see it on the window.
What have we been learning?
- To listen during games.
- To look carefully and be observant in the Secret Garden.
- To sort and match animal footprints.
- To use sticks to do mark making with mud.
- To look at different objects which interest us and talk about why we like them.
How can can you continue the learning at home?
- Visit the park or look in you garden and try to find objects which interest you. Can you use them to make a picture?
- Use sticks and other objects to to do mark making with mud.
It was one of our favourite days on Friday when we invited all our dads, granddads, uncles and other male relatives to school for the afternoon. We joined with the rest of Foundation Stage and Key Stage One so we also got to play with our brothers and sisters. We had such a great time in our outdoor area, on the Park and down on the MUGA.
We’d been busy during the week making trophies and cards for our dads as well. We took them home to say a big thank you for helping to look after us.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and made the afternoon such a success!
Onyx Class had a wonderful time at our first Forest Schools session. We’ve been up to the Secret Garden a couple of times recently ( see this post and this post) and couldn’t wait to get back.
When we first got there we played game called 1-2-3 Where Are You? It was hard to listen to where our friends were hiding and then go and find them. Then we all closed our eyes and listened. It was a very windy day so it was interesting to hear what we would listen to that was different to when we’d been before.
We did an activity where we looked closely at the trees. We sat under the trees and watched what was happening above our heads in the wind.
After that we all found a tree that we would like to get to know better and used our senses to find out more. We felt the tree and listened to it, then we smelt it to see if it smelt of anything.
We all our found our favourite tree and did a bark rubbing to explore the texture of the bark further. We had to work well together as a partnership to make sure the paper didn’t fly away in the wind!
Before we went back to the classroom everyone was allowed to go on one more explore of the Secret Garden to find a special object each. We decided to take them back to the outdoor environment to do one last special job.
Miss Hukin helped use when we got back to our outdoor environment to make our special objects into a mobile. Have you seen it hanging in the Mud Kitchen?
What we have been learning:
- To use our senses to explore the world around us.
- About our local environment and how to look after nature.
- About how to keep ourselves safe.
- To find out more about trees.
- To talk about a windy day.
How can you continue the learning?
- Visit your local green areas and talk about what you can hear, see, smell and touch.
- Collect come objects of your own and make a mobile for your garden at home.
- Look at different trees on your way to school and in your garden. What is special about them?