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Welcome to Heron Class

 

Miss Horne and Mrs Parry are very impressed with how the new Herons have settled into their learning this term - we are all looking forward to helping them becoming the best they can be this year.

 

We will making the most of all the learning opportunities in Reception both inside and outside. As we move through each term we will add photos, information and home learning to this page so please check back each week to see what we have all been up to.

 

Should you have any questions or concerns please catch one of us as the gate or make an appointment through the office, alternatively contact us via email:

hhorne.3244@st-nicholas.oxon.sch.uk

Reading

We really value the time you spend helping your child to become confident readers. Initially this comes from being read to and from talking about book and stories. Ideally we ask that you spend 10-15 minutes a day on a reading activity with your child. This could be a bedtime story or sharing books with siblings.

 

We also send home a library book each week. This is a book chosen by your child to share at home from the school library. This will be changed once a week so please remember to bring it in on a Tuesday so your child can swap it for a new one. Should you wish to change it more frequently please let us know as we are keen to encourage the children to share books at home.

 

We will send home reading scheme books to complement our learning when your child is confidently using their phonic skills.

P.E.

In PE we make use of the hall and outdoor areas to learn gymnastics, dance and games. We change into PE kits so why not have a go timing yourself at home to see how speedy you can be at getting changed! We will normally be doing PE on a Tuesday but on occasion this may change so it is a good idea to have PE kits in school all week, initially children will not need PE shoes but will do later on in the year (we will let you know in advance of them needing to be in school). We will send PE kits home on a Friday. Please ensure all items are named. If you have lost un-named items these can be found in the cloakroom.

Heron Class, Heron Class what do you see?

Autumn Term 1 Week 2

This week we have been using the books of Eric Carle to inspire our learning. We have discovered lots of new animals like buffalo, sloths and peacocks as well as think about those that we are already familiar with. We have been working on following instructions to paint and draw animals as well as using colour and shape language to describe animals. Our art work will be up in the classroom soon feel free to pop in to take a look. In the meantime take a look at these fantastic flamingos!

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We have also been working on cooperating and collaborating in our play. These children have been demonstrating these characteristics of learning in their exploring time.

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Brilliantly Busy Beginning of the Year

Autumn Term 1 - Week 1

We have been exploring our new classroom this week and getting stuck in with discovering where everything is as well as making lots of new friends. It didn't take long to find the garden or all the lovely activities that we could do during the day. Miss Horne and Mrs Parry have been impressed with how engaged everyone is and how brilliant they all are already with tidying up! We are looking forward to a busy year of happy Herons and lovely learning.

Heron Class 2017-2018

Sports Day 2018

Summer Term 2 Week 6

Today the Herons were:

 

fantastic   fabulous   brilliant  wonderful  great    marvellous    magnificent  remarkable 

They all deserve a big pat on the back for their effort, sportsmanship and determination during what was a very successful, if a little warm, sports day.

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Terrific Transport

Summer Term 2 Week 4

We have been following the children's interests this week in our topic work. Transport has taken us on an investigation about trains, on a bus journey complete with tickets and a bus station and we have made lots and lots of vehicles models. We have been learning about writing facts and information texts. We have read lots of transport non-fiction as well as stories involving trains, planes and boats. We have found out how hot air balloons are made and why a boats have rudders and anchors.

Earth Trust

Summer Term 2 Week 2

Well done to all the Herons. They were amazing on our trip this week they were polite, respectful, smiley, engaged, enthusiastic and very well behaved. We went hunting for creatures in the meadow and woods. We did pond dipping, even finding some newts! There was excitement about going on a coach and having a picnic lunch and we also managed to enjoyed some story-telling  and clay model making along the way. A busy enjoyable day was had by all. no

Sports for Schools

Sports for Schools run athlete-led physical activities events to inspire kids to do more sport, raise money for PE equipment in schools and support GB and Irish Olympic, Paralymic and Invictus athletes financially.

 

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Alistair Patrick Heselton a GB Paralympic football player in school today. We did some circuits which tool a lot of energy and perseverance then heard about his journey to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

Have a look at what we got up to.

Who? When? Where? What? Why? How? Which?

Summer Term 2 - Week 1

Our topic this term is all about asking and answering questions. The children have already generated some interesting questions which we will hopefully be able to answer. They are range from plants to  fairies, dinosaurs to God, food to Year 1 and many, many more interesting things! We will endeavour to answer as many as we can over the course of this term.

 

This week we have also been thinking about reading back a sentence after we have worked out all the words in it to check that it makes sense. Linked to this we have also been working on reading back our own writing. In maths we have been thinking about everyday maths and thinking about all the maths we will need to use as grown-ups. For example we have made a calendar, looked at clocks and thought about where we might find numbers at home. Why not go on a number hunt to see if you can find any more places you might need maths?

 

In handwriting we have met the zig-zag monster and learnt how to do a z - it can't be curved which we are now getting the hang of! We have also been making our fingers super strong making clay models.

 

Next week we are looking forward to a jam packed week with our athlete visit, school trip and family picnic - all alongside becoming the best that we can be. Keep up the good work Herons smiley

Elmer Day 2018

Summer Term 1 - Week 6

On Friday we celebrated Elmer Day. We had been looking at the story of Elmer as part of our Collective Worship on our value of Tolerance and decided to finish off term with a celebration of how we are all beautifully different and unique just like Elmer. The Herons enjoyed making their own Elmers and designing other unique elephants with paint, collage materials and loose parts. They also had a go turning themselves into elephants by making elephant ears. We carried on our learning with having a go telling the different Elmer stories in Literacy and with using the linkable elephants to explore pattern and size. The challenge writing today was to write about some of the creatures we met in the elephant books - well done to all those children who had a go at this challenge. We shall be having an independent writing challenge each day next term to encourage the children to have a go at applying their phonics by themselves. For each challenge they complete they will get a sticker and might get to visit another teacher to share their achievements. 

 

Happy half-term everyone smiley

Lovely Learning

Summer Term 1 Week 6

This week we will be thinking more about counting on to work out a total in maths. We have been busy inventing dice games, money problems and outdoor scoring games to practise this. By the end of the year the children are expected to be beginning to count on or back when adding two single-digit numbers.

 

In handwriting we are recapping all the curly caterpillar letters - the Herons have been impressing Miss Horne and Mrs Parry already with this and it's only Monday! This is how they look:

c a o d q g e s

why not have a go at these challenge words in your best handwriting:

 

cat dog cod sat sit got

In English and phonics we have been thinking about building words using ones we already know for example ten turns into tent by adding a t, den turns into dent and win turns into wind. We have also been looking at how to write compound words using careful sounding out for example sandpit, sandwich, lunchbox, windmill - can you think of any more?

I do, I do, I do!

Summer Term Week 5

Thank you to everyone who dressed up in preparation for our day of Royal Wedding celebrations. As well as making cards, bunting, crowns and puppets we rounded off the day with a special visit from Harry and Meghan surprise

 

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Everyday Maths

Summer Term Week 5

Lots of the children in Heron class have been fascinated by a book we have been reading called Spinderella. During the story some spiders play football and learn to keep the score. This has inspired lots of independent maths during exploring time. If you would like to work on maths at home this a good way to incorporate maths into every day situations. For example one group of children tallied how many blocks they could stack in a minute, one group devised a bean bag throwing game and worked out their total from two throws by counting and another group recorded their scores from a game of skittles. There has also been lots of maths going on in the home corner working out the total when buying two items of food and at the playdough table adding up minibeast legs. At the moment we are working on adding together two single digit numbers using different methods including counting all the objects of two groups combined, counting on from the first group to include the second group and using objects or marks on a page to work out the total. What everyday maths can you do?

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Little Bear's Buzzing Adventure

Summer Term Week 5

Miss Horne has not been able to stop smiling today! After only one storytelling session the Herons have been amazing everyone with their retelling of a story about a bear and a bee. Their story language has been brilliant and they have been using openers, connectives and endings when telling the story to each other and the teachers. We have been working on using joining words like then and next to make our stories interest and not using the word and over and over again!

 

See if your Heron can tell you the story at home here are some pictures to help:

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This week we are working on e and f in handwriting, looking at ordering numbers in maths and working on sounding out words with consonant clusters in (i.e. tent, jump, weeks, paint) and spotting multiple digraphs in words (i.e. chain, sheep, thing).

 

Please ensure that as the sunny weather continues that your child has named hat and water bottle with them as well as a named waterproof coat for expected showers. Thank you.

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Beautiful Butterflies

Summer Term 1 Week 4

After the bank holiday we will be learning about butterflies, this was sparked by some being spotted in the Foundation Stage garden. The children have planned our learning for next week and were so super keen they were already underway using their ideas on Friday afternoon!

Did you know:

  • Butterflies can't hear, but they can feel vibrations.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • Butterflies don't have lungs.
  • Butterflies breath through openings on their abdomen called 'spiracles'.
  • Butterflies smell with their antennae.

 

Why not see if you can spot any butterflies over the bank holiday weekend by going to an outdoor space like a garden, park or play area.

 

Happy Bank Holiday Everyone - See you Tuesday!

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Beautiful bees, terrific totals and curly caterpillars!

Summer 1 Week 3

The Herons have been working on their counting skills this week including proving one more and one less to 20 and working out a total of two single-digit numbers. We have started to learn about counting on when working out a total rather than counting all. For example: 5 bees are in the hive and 3 more arrive how many are there? 5,6,7,8... 8 bees in the hive.

 

Why not have a go a these number problems using things at home:

You have 3 pieces of fruit and get 3 more. How many do you have?

You move 5 steps from the front door and then 6 more. How many steps did you do?

Your grown-up has 10 fingers and so do you. How many fingers do you have altogether?

 

In handwriting we have been working on forming the Curly Caterpillar letters c, o, a, d and s. You could have a go making these letters using a highlighter, paint, your finger in flour, or in water when you are in the bath!

 

In English we have been using the language problem and solution when reading stories. One of the stories Toads in the Road is available on Oxford Owl if you would like to have a go talking about the problem and solution at home: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

 

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RugbyTots

Summer 1 Week 2

The Herons amazed the Rugby Tots coaches today with their listening skills and how they followed instructions. Why not have a practise at home catching and throwing a ball or using your foot to stop and start the ball.

Brilliant Bees

Summer Term Week 2

 

Did you know that the average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in it's lifetime?

Did you know that honey bees communicate with one another by dancing?

Did you know that male honey bees are called drones and have no stinger?

 

This week we are being busy bees learning about bees!

The children below have been working on forming their letters when writing sentences, sounding out by themselves and remembering finger spaces - it's very tricky to do all at once!

 

We are learning the words they and are in phonics as well as blending and segmenting words with more than three sounds in. In handwriting we met Curly the Caterpillar last week and have been working on forming the letters c, a and d by starting with a caterpillar. In maths we have been recognising what different numbers look like (up to 20).

 

We have also been working on cooperation and collaboration in our exploring time.

Sun Safety

The Herons have been enjoying the sunny weather this week and hope that you have too. Take a peek at all the outdoor learning that has been going on as we make the most of the weather.

 

Please make sure that your child has a name hat and water bottle in school to help them manage to carry on with their leaning when it is warmer. Please note that the garden is open whatever the weather, and it is very unusual for the children not to make it out at lunchtime too, so it is useful to also have a named waterproof for those days when we get a spring shower! (These can stay at school if you don't want to carry them to and from school each day.)

 

We advise that suncream is applied before school however if you do send it in it needs to be named clearly - we apologise that staff are unable to apply suncream to children during the day.

Magnificent Minibeasts

Take a look at all the learning that has already been going on in Heron Class this term. We have already been busy counting minibeast legs and working out totals of legs for two minibeasts, following multi-step instructions to draw minibeasts, investigating minibeast books and learning names for some more unusual creatures. This week and next we are focusing on minibeast bugs but will also be thinking about minibeasts which are not bugs in the coming weeks. If you have a pet a home that could be classed as a minibeast we would love to hear about it!

 

The Heron's have come back after the holiday ready to become the best they can be which is fantastic to see. Miss Horne and Mrs Parry have both commented how quickly the children have settled back in after two weeks off - Well Done Everyone.

Marvellous Minibeasts

Summer Term 1

Having been intrigued by the tadpoles and frogs before the Easter holidays the children decided that after the holiday they would like to learn about minibeasts. Take a sneaky peak at some of the things we are doing in the first week back below. If you get a chance before you come back to school why not go on a minibeast adventure and see what you can find. You could have ago writing a list, drawing a picture or taking a photo of what you found to share at school. Happy hunting smiley

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Eggtastic Easter Celebrations

Spring Term 2 - Week 7

Take a look at our Egg Rolling Eggstravaganza! Well done to everyone for decorating their eggs (thank you to grown-ups at home for helping too!) they were all fantastic. The School Councillors judged the best decorated and we all rolled to see who could get it to go the furthest. The children braved the drizzle to roll them how the 'hill' but by the time it came to the grown-ups turn we retreated into the hall!

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a restful and enjoyable Easter Holiday and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 16th April 2018.

 

Signs of Spring

Spring Term 2 - Week 7

Despite the snow we have been thinking about Spring as part of our work to becoming the best we can be at understanding the world around us. We have been talking about new beginnings, new life and thinking a little about it being Easter Week. This is linked in with the People and Communities and The World aspects of the EYFS. If you would like to follow this up at home there are some child friendly resources on cbeebies and on the words for life website (links below). These areas of learning are all about talking and learning new words so why not go on a spring wellie walk and talk with a grown-up about what your find and see.  If you get up to any Easter or Spring crafts over the holidays Miss Horne and Mrs Parry would love to see. Bring them in after the holiday or email Miss Horne a photo to the email address above.

Rugby Tots and the case of the missing eggs!

Spring 2 - Week 7

Disaster struck on Tuesday this week when the Easter Bunny lost some of his Easter eggs!

Luckily the Herons and the Rugby Tots Coaches were on hand to help. They travelled to Easter Island, contended with obstacles on their journey including crossing the chocolate river, negotiating the toffee swamp and dealing with a clutch of dangerous chicks! They then helped to search for the missing eggs. You will be glad to know that they saved the day and all is once again well with the Easter Bunny!

 

Don't forget to bring your decorated egg to school ready for our Easter Egg Roll, the school grown-ups are all busy decorating theirs too.

 

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Super Storytellers

Spring Term 2 - Week 6

This week the Herons have been creating their own Mr Wolf stories. Mr Wolf has been making cake, pizza, Easter eggs, smoothies, soup and biscuits! The children have been coming up with their own ideas about who he could ask for help. The stories follow the same pattern as the Little Red Hen which has helped the children to use story language, pattern and structure. See if you can have go at home with these sentence starters:

 

Mr Wolf wanted to...........

But he needed............

so he asked.........

They said..........

so he did it himself!

 

We have also been thinking about working out totals when playing games like skittles, catch, shut the box, dice games, dominoes and scoring games. Lots of maths can be practised when playing games so why not dust off some old favourites like snakes and ladders, dominoes or connect 4!

 

In phonics we have been working on the ow sound like in cow and the er sound like in hammer

 

Teach your monster to read, phonics play and hairy phonics are great apps/websites to support with phonics at home.

Froggy Friday Fun!

Spring 2 - Week 5

 

The Herons had a Friday afternoon treat this week!

 

Having heard that the Mallards had spotted some exciting goings on down by the pond we went to investigate. See if you can spot what we found in the pictures below. Next week we will be starting to learn about Easter and Spring. What signs of Spring have you spotted?

 

If you would like to come join us for out Easter service it is on Friday afternoon in the school hall - we would love to see you there.

 

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The Little Red Hen

Spring 2 - Week 5

We have continued our food themed learning this week. Miss Horne was very proud of the Heron’s performance of the Little Red Hen in assembly on Friday afternoon. Why not ask for your own performance at home. We have been working on telling the story using words, puppets, props and writing. In art we have been creating pictures using pulses and the concentration and precision that the children have shown when doing this has been great. Thank you to those of you who made it to the Big Bedtime Read it was lovely to be able to share stories in our pyjamas!

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Tremendous Technology

Spring 2 - Week 5

We were very excited to get to grips with the new interactive board this week. We were a bit shocked when it turned flat so we could all draw on it! We worked on following instructions from a partner to draw something and giving instructions to guide our partner to draw something.

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Marvellous Mummies! (the lovely kind, not the wrapped up kind!)

Spring 2 -  Week 4

WOW what a week. We have been busy thinking about our families and in particular our Mummies and how special they are. We have made flowers, cards, bunting, learnt a story about a special mum and even made a sneaky cake or two! It has been lovely to hear all the children describe their Mummies using our values words and hearing about how brilliant you all are. We are all very lucky to have you in our lives!

 

In other news we have been working on forming the letters k and p in the one armed robot family, working on blending using digraphs and using quantity language in maths. All that being said if you want a job to do at home over the next week we have an important one for you -  give mummy a hug and build her up smiley heart. Happy Mother's Day Everyone.

 

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World Book Day 2018

Thank you to all the Heron parents for helping to celebrate World Book Day by sending your children in dressed up. Fun was had by all when we had a 'mystery reader', everyone helped Mr Bump not to get any more injuries and we did lots of book looks during the day. We hope you are all as enthusiastic about books as we are!

What's the problem Mr Wolf?

Spring 2 - Week 2

This week we have been continued to be inspired by Mr Wolf's pancakes. We have been learning how to work out a total but counting out and counting on to help Mr Wolf to pay for his ingredients. In English we have been retelling the story using the pancake shop and having a go writing our own recipes.  In phonics we are continuing to work on blending and have been looking at the digraphs oo, ee, ai, and igh. In handwriting we have been becoming the best we can be at forming the one-armed robot letters r, b, h, n and m by learning the following rhymes:  

r - down, up and over

b - straight down, up to the middle, round to the bottom

h - straight down, up to the middle, over and flick

m - down, up, over, up, over and flick

n - down over and flick 

Perfect Pancakes, Super Sounding Out!

Spring Term 2 - Week 1

This term our topic is 'Food Glorious Food'. The Herons have thought about what they would like to find out about food - Miss Horne is having a think about how to answer some of the more obscure ones!

 

This week we have been using the book Mr Wolf's Pancakes to inspire our learning and to think about the beginning of Lent. Mr Wolf wants to make pancakes but is unable to read the recipe book, write the names of the ingredients or count the money to buy them. His neighbours are unwilling to help him, but are soon lured by the delicious smell of pancakes when he successfully completes his task!

 

 We decided that to help Mr Wolf with his pancake dilemma we needed to read recipes ourselves write shopping lists and have a go making them to know how to tell him what to do. We then learnt a pancake poem to write down to give to Mr Wolf. Miss Horne has been super proud of all the writing that the Herons have been producing this week. Their writing is full of straight long legged giraffe letters, super sounds and fantastic finger spaces. This week we have been working on formation of one-armed robot letters r, b and n and have been learning the tricky words we and you to help us become the best we can be in our writing. In maths we are starting to think about the concept of half but it is very tricky cutting your pancake in half when you just want to eat it!

Shiver Me Timbers!

Spring Term Week 3 and 4

We have been learning to read and write directions using our tricky words go, no, the, I and to. The Herons have also been working hard to make their long legged giraffe letters tall and straight. Take a look at some of the photos to see what we have been up to:

Land Ahoy!

Spring Term Week 1 and 2

Yo-ho-ho - it’s Land Ahoy! It’s a sailor’s life for us this term as we get our sea legs on and get ready to sail the salty seas. Is it this way or that way? Where should we go? As we journey into the unknown we will also be learning about the local community and thinking about journeys we have made.

Arrr me hearties, let’s hope to avoid walking the plank! Our topic has got off to a great start with lots of map making and eager treasure hunting going on inside and outside. The Herons have been working hard to sound out words both to read them and write them. Why not pop in and take a look at our marvellous map display. Next week we will be using some tricky words and digraphs to write instructions to find treasure. In maths we have been thinking about the words we use to describe height, size and length. Having mastered short, long, tall, big and small we have been thinking of more interesting words to use and words that we could use to compare two objects such as shorter and taller. Next week we will be having a go working on our careful counting by counting all the treasure we have found so far!

 

 

Christmas Celebrations

Autumn Term 2 - Week 7

The last few weeks of term have been busy ones! The Herons made everyone at school very proud with their efforts in our Nativity play, they walked beautifully to the church for our Christmas Service, learnt a prayer to say at the Church and behaved impeccably when the pantomime was on. They have also enjoyed celebrating the Christmas period with Christmas lunch and by making cards, decorations and gifts all whist still working hard to become the best that they can be with their learning and in demonstrating our values. The Herons also celebrated St Nicholas Day with the rest of the school which included decorating rocks to leave as gifts around Wallingford. Miss Horne and Mrs Parry have been very proud of the Herons this term and would like to say a very big well done to each and everyone of them. We hope that you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas and look forward to another jam-packed fun-filled term of learning in 2018. Happy Holidays Everyone! smiley

The Christmas Countdown is on!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 6

We have been excited to start to celebrate the build up to Christmas. We have been learning about Advent and what it celebrates, including learning about the advent candles in collective worship. We have been counting down the days with our special advent book calendar, opening a new Christmas book every day. We were also lucky enough to have some visitors, Esther and Kathy, come the tell us a story about the first Christmas. The children have also been working hard to tell the Nativity story by themselves using books, pictures, puppets and models. Why not see if they can tell you the story at home.

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Bob the Man on the Moon - Alien Issues!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 5

Bob wrote back! He warned us that some aliens had escaped and asked if we had seen them. Luckily we were able to help when some of them turned up in the garden! We immediately got writing back and had a go reading and writing their names. We used such good sounding out that some of us got tickled pink gems for becoming the best we can be at reading and writing. I wonder if you will see any aliens at home, if you do don't forget to write down a description to send Bob!

The Man on the Moon (Bob!)

Autumn Term 2 - Week 4

Continuing with our space theme this week we have been using the book Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob by Simon Bartram to inspire our learning. After reading the story and thinking about questions we would like to ask Bob we had a go using our super sounding out, fabulous finger spaces  and lovely letters to write letters and cards to Bob! We were being 'Have a go' writers and trying even when it was tricky. I was so impressed with how the children tried hard with their writing that some of the children got to go in the Becoming the Best We Can Be Book in Friday's whole school assembly! Keep up the good work Heron Class. If you fancy writing a postcard to Bob over the weekend I will post if for you with the rest of our letters. I wonder if Bob will write back to us?

Children in Need

Autumn Term 2 - Week 3

Thank you very much for your kind donations for Children in Need.

We enjoyed spending the day dotty and spotty and showing our bears the classroom.

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Fantastic Friends

Autumn Term 2 - Week 3

The children have been thinking about St Paul's advice to the Thessalonians to

'Encourage one another and build each other up'

They have been considering different ways to do this and it has been warming to hear them speaking so positively to their friends to help them become the best that they can be.

They have also been getting to grips learning how to use the ipads to take photographs this week - their subject was people being fantastic friends. Take a look at the winners of our photographer of the week below! 

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 2 and 3

Our space topic has taken off with a BANG! The children have been very keen to learn space facts and to find out about things beyond Earth. We have started learning the names of the other planets in the Milky Way, found out that it takes 4 days to get to the moon and that we live on a planet called Earth! The children have found out about different space vehicles including rockets, moon rovers, the space station and moon buggies. There has been lots of creative work going on to make these vechicle and there has also been some fantastic writing of space facts take a look below!

See if you can find out a space fact to share at school.

Whizz, bang, pop!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 1

This week we have been thinking about all things firework related. We have been building our descriptive language by describing what fireworks look like and sound like. The children have been producing lots of different art work using different resources to create fireworks. This has included collage, painting and using the ipad app Doodlepad to represent what fireworks look like. 

 

As part of our learning we have also been thinking about safety relating to fireworks and bonfires. We have used Fireman Sam safety clips to discuss this. Why not take a look at home to reinforce this learning: http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/young-people/fireman-sam

 

FONS will be helping out at the Wallingford Fireworks on Saturday 4th November so don't forget to stay safe like Fireman Sam if you pop along to enjoy the show!

 

 

Friendship

Autumn Term 2 - Week 1

Our value of the term is Friendship. We have been thinking about St Paul and his advice to the Thessalonians to 'Encourage one another and build each other up' (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

 

The Herons have made Miss Horne and Mrs Parry very proud with all the lovely things they have thought of to say to one another to build each other up.

 

To see some of their ideas take a look at the display near the office which celebrates their ideas.

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....you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!

Autumn Term Week 6

At the end of last week we tried our hand at making our own Gingerbread Men - I hope they made it into the children's tummies before they had a chance to run away! During cooking we talked about how to stay safe when cooking. We learnt about germs on our hands and how to be careful when measuring and mixing. The Herons were great at following the instructions to make their gingerbread men.

 

This week we have been focusing on careful counting in maths. Why not ask one of the Herons what they need to do be a super star at counting and have a go at counting objects at home. Pennies, peas, lego, toys and fruit all make for purposeful counting. If they do a great job with counting at home let us know by filling in a proud cloud.

 

In handwriting we have been looking at straight lines and circles and had a go using Doodlepad on the ipad to record these. This app is available to download to various different devices and is great for developing technology and fine motor control.

 

We have also been busy getting  ready for our Harvest Celebration - see if a Heron can sing you 'Big Red Combine Harvester'!

 

As the children have been interested in the changes outdoors this week we will be doing all things Autumn related next week.  Words for Life have some great resources to think about this at home:

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/autumn-2017

 

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Run, run as fast as you can.....

Autumn Term Week 5

This week we have been doing all things ginger related! The Herons have been great at acting out the Gingerbread Man, hunting down run away gingerbread men, designing playdough gingerbread men and counting gingerbread men decorations. We have been working on story language and careful counting as well as squeezing in some initial sound work in phonics. Why not having a go telling the story of the Gingerbread Man at home or having a go at using your careful counting skills around your house.

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STOP! It's a way to pray!

Autumn Term Week 5

STOP! It's a way to pray!
STOP! Use it every day!
STOP! Talk to God and say:
Sorry - Thank you - Others - Please

 

This week we were very lucky to be able to visit the prayer space and learning some new ways to pray.

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Gorgeous Guests!

Autumn Term Week 4

This week we had some guests! We invited our grandparents to come and join us at school. We had a great time exploring all the learning opportunities in the classroom and outside. Then we showed them the hall and had some refreshments. The grown-ups enjoyed their visit:

 

"It has been a really lovely way to see how my granddaughter loves coming to school. She seems so happy."

"Was lovely to be able to see the classroom together with a range of values and other learning for the future."

"School is fascinating and much more fun than we remember!"

"It seems a very happy school."

"It's good to see how happy, friendly and creatively occupied children are."

 

Thanks for visiting smiley

 

Dinotastic learning

Autumn Term Week 3

This week we have continued exploring the intriguing world of Dinosaurs we have read lots of different dinosaur books including:

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We then had a go explaining what had happened in some of the books to an adult, a friend or a group of other Herons. There was lots of great character recall and we chatted about how the characters were feeling and what might happen next. If you have a dinosaur story at home you could have a go at doing this at home too.

 

We have also be travelling like dinosaurs using the hoops to stomp, creep, fly, clatter and dance just like in Bumpus, Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!

 

We enjoyed using Penpals, our interactive handwriting programme, this week to start thinking about mark making. This week our focus has been dots. We have looked for dots, stuck dots, painted dots, chalked dots, made dots in sand, made playdough dots and used whiteboards to mark make dots. It has been a dotty week! Lots of these activities have been set up to help children develop their fine motor control to strengthen their hands ready for writing. At home you could go on a dot hunt, draw a dotty picture or paint dots (cotton buds are great for this).

 

Learning journey special books are now underway, feel free to pop in at pick-up time to take a sneaky peek, they are located in the book area.

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