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Summer 2

05.06.17 - 25.06.17

Topic Letter - Under the Sea

This half term our topic is 'Under the Sea'. For the first part of this topic we will be looking at non-fiction books and how to use a contents page. We will be using the non-fiction books to find facts about sea creatures. We will also be looking at what other objects we may find under the sea.

For the second part of this topic we will be looking at the story of Commotion in the Ocean. We will look for the ryhming strings in the story and have a go at making up our own. We will be reading the short poems about sea creatures in the story and listening out for the rhyming words at the end of the sentences. We will also be looking at our favourite part of story, having a go at writing a sentence about it either with a pencil or on the computer.

P.E. this half term will be on a Wednesday afternoon and the children will be taking part in Archery. The children will learn how to hold a bow, fire an arrow and learn the safety guidelines around this activity.

Please ensure the children have a full kit (T-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school at all times. As the weather is improving the children may start having some of their PE lessons outside so please ensure they have appropriate footwear for the outdoors. If your child does not have a P.E. kit they will be unable to talk part in the lessons.

If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that these are removed on the Wednesday morning before coming to school.

Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday, detailing what your child has been learning about over the past week. Please ensure that your child places their learning log in the box labelled 'Learning Logs' (under the WOW board) every Monday morning so that teachers know where to find it if they need to write any important information inside it.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is collected back in every fortnight on the Wednesday. Please ensure that this is placed in the box by the Wednesday morning (under the WOW board) so that we have time to look at their super work before placing a new label in their book and sending it home.

Important Dates:

Blue Room Class Assembly - Friday 16th June @ 2:50pm

Summer Fayre - Friday 30th June 2:00-3:30pm

Sports Day - Monday 10th July 1:30-3:00pm

Sea Life Centre Trip - Wednesday 12th July ALL DAY

Week 1

PE

This week in P.E. we had our first session on Archery. During this session the children were shown hold to hold their bow, how to load their arrow onto the bow and how to fire it. The children were given the choice to hold their bow in their chosen hand, preferably in the hand that they write with. They were then shown how to place the arrow into the magnet on the back of the bow, before resting it in the circle at the front of the bow. The children were shown how to aim their bow at the target and how far they had to pull back in order for it to have enough power to move further. The children were also shown the safety guidenlines for this actvity; this included the children having a target zone (target boards), a ready zone (firing area) and a safe zone (children waiting).


Malleable

This week the children have been making sea creatures out of clay. Some of the sea creatures they have chosen are starfish, jellyfish, octopus and stingray. Here are a few of the ones the children have made, can you guess what they are?

Creative

This week on the creative table the children have been making their own boats. The children have used junk modelling to create their boats. As a class we have talked about what kinds of things boats might need such as a sail, a steering wheel, an anchor, an engine, etc. The children have then been testing their boats in the water tray outside to see if they would float.

Mechanics Assembly

On Tuesday the children attended an assembly about the mechanics. They were told about teh hsitory of teh mechanics and how important it is to the people of Marsden. The children were told that there is going to be a party at the Mechanics on Saturday 2nd July to celebrate the fact the people of Marsden taking back ownership. There will be activities, food, drink, music, performance and plenty more. Everyone is welcome!

Stephen Waterhouse

On Wednesday the children were treated to an assembly with Stephen Waterhouse, a local artist. Some of the children were then lucky enough to join him for an art workshop in order to practise some of their artistic skills. The children produced some lovely artwork, which was requested to be given back to the artist at the end of the day. The chosen children throughly enjoyed the workshop.

Visit from Reverand Sue and Suzanne from United Church

On Thursday the children had a visit from Reverand Sue from the church to talk to the children about ways in which they can be a good friend. The children were encouaged to think of different things that they think make a good friend. The children came up with some fantastic ideas including being kind, funny, nice and lots more. The children put these words together in order to make a friendship fruit salad.

Class Assembly

On Friday the children had their class assembly on Jack and the Beanstalk. They acted out the story, they showed their brilliant work and they even sang a song about doubling. The children used clear and loud voices for all the chidlren and parents to hear. Well done for working so hard to practise your lines for the assembly Blue Room. You were fantastic!

 

Summer 1

24.04.17 - 25.05.17

Topic Letter - New Life: Planting and Growing

This half term our topic is 'New Life: Planting and Growing'. For the first part of this topic we will be looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will think about our favourite part of the story and write a sentence about it both in pencil and on the computer. We will also use our imaginations to change the story and think about where we would like to go if we climbed to the top of a beanstalk.

For the second part of this topic we will plant our own seeds and monitor them by writing in our bean diaries on a weekly basis. We will also have a go at writing some instructions for how to plant a seed. As a class we will investigate the importance of light and water and the effect they have on the seeds we have planted.

P.E. this half term will be on a Monday afternoon and the children will be taking part in games, practising their ball skills and working together as a team. Please ensure the children have a full kit (T-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school at all times. As the weather is improving the children may start having some of their PE lessons outside so please ensure they have appropriate footwear for the outdoors. If your child does not have a P.E. kit they will be unable to talk part in the lessons. If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that these are removed on the Monday morning before coming to school.

Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday, detailing what your child has been learning about over the past week. Please ensure that your child places their learning log in the box labelled 'Learning Logs' (under the WOW board) every Monday morning so that teachers know where to find it if they need to write any important information inside it.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is collected back in every fortnight on the Wednesday. Please ensure that this is placed in the box by the Wednesday morning (under the WOW board) so that we have time to look at their super work before placing a new label in their book and sending it home.

Important Dates:

Parent-Teacher Consultations: Monday 15th May 3:30 - 7:30

Mad Hatters Tea Party: Thursday 18th May

INSET DAY: Friday 26th May

Week 2

Literacy

This week the children had a go at acting out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Some of the children used the masks to become the characters in the story and the other children helped to narrate the story. The children remembered the key phrases in the story and were particularly good at using their loud voices for the giant's lines. 

Maths

This week the children have been practising their halving skills. They have had a go at folding and then cutting a leaf in half. The children then practised halving numbers 2/4/6/8/10/12 by sharing out magic beans onto their leaves. This is something the children could practise at home. Happy halving!

Baking

This week the children have baked some biscuits. We worked together to weigh out the right ingredients and then mixed the butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl. The children then used a rolling pin to flatten out the mixture. Once the mixture had been in the fridge they used the flower cutters to cut out the shapes for the biscuits. The biscuits were in the oven for 12 minutes before we took them out to cool. We waited till the biscuits had cooled down before we had a bite. Yum yum!

Week 3

Assembly

This week the children had a special assembly about National Children's Hospice Week. We had a volunteer from the Forget Me Not charity who came in to school to talk to us about what it is their charity does and how important it is for us to help them raise money. In two weeks time the children will be taking part in a mile walk; this challenge will see children working together to walk around the world and cover the 24,900 miles equivalent to the circumference of the Earth! Sponsorship forms have been handed out this week so get fundraising!

Baking

This week the children have made a pasta and kidney bean soup. The children had to chop up the onions and garlic and squish the tomatoes into a bowl. They then had to boil the pasta before adding kidney beans. The children then had to mix all of the vegetables together, adding some vegetable stock before heating it up on the hob. All of the children tasted our pasta and bean soup at the end of the day on Friday. YUM!

Scrimbling

This week in Scrimbling the children have practised both gross motor and fine motor movements using shaving foam and soap. The children worked in small groups around tables, which were sprayed with shaving foam. It was the children's job to use big arm movements in order to spread the shaving foam around their table. The children also practised writing their names in the shaving foam and we also had a go at forming some of our letter corrrectly using our banter rhymes.

Week 4

P.E.

This week in P.E. the children practised different types of races. They practised their hurdling skills and also their hopping skills. They even had a go at combining the two so that they were having a go at hopping over the hurdle! The children also had a race where they had to lift the hoop and pass it over their body before returning to their team. The children had a competition in their groups to see which group could collect the most bean bags. This activity was then extended to collecting certain colour bean bags in order to score more points. At the end of this race the children had to count how many points they had won. The children demomstrated super counting skills!

Outdoor Learning

This week the children took part in outdoor classroom day; this is a day where all children are encouraged to take part in a range of outdoor activities. The children took part in a maths session in which they practised measuring various objects using different measuring tools including trundle wheels, metre sticks, rulers, etc. The children were also treated to a circuit of activites in the fuondation stage playground. The activities included hockey on the grass area and measuring giant and fairy footsteps around the foundation stage playground. What a fun and busy day!

Treasure Jar

The children had filled their treasure jar and have chosen to have millkshakes and cookies as their treat. A text will go out to let parents know which day next week this will take place. Well done Blue Room!

Spring 2

28.02.17 - 07.04.17

Topic Letter - Space

This half term our topic is 'Space!'. For the first part of this topic we will be looking at the story of Whatever Next! We will create storyboards, choosing a beginning, a middle and an end from the story. We will write lists about what we would take if we were to go to space. We will also make our own diaries and write about the adventures that we have been on in space.

For the second part of this topic we will look through non-fiction books about space and pick out our favourite facts. We will watch videos of real life astronauts and think about the kinds of questions we would like to ask them. We will also pretend we are astronauts and write a postcard to our friends and family back on Earth.

P.E. this half term will be on a Friday morning and the children will be taking part in dance, developing movements and putting them in a sequence to the beat of the music. Please ensure the children have a full kit (T-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school at all times. If your child does not have a P.E. kit they will be unable to talk part in the lessons. If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that these are removed on the Friday morning before coming to school.

Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday, detailing what your child has been learning about over the past week. Please ensure that your child places their learning log in the box labelled 'Learning Logs' (under the WOW board) every Monday morning so that teachers know where to find it if they need to write any important information inside it.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is collected back in every fortnight on the Wednesday. Please ensure that this is placed in the box by the Wednesday morning (under the WOW board) so that we have time to look at their super work before placing a new label in their book and sending it home.

Important Dates:

Forest School (first half) - Monday 13th March

Forest School (second half) - Monday 27th March

Whole School Learning Days (Fantasy Theme) - Thursday 6th April and Friday 7th April

Week commencing 27th February

World Book Day

The children looked fantastic when they dressed up for world book day on Thursday. We had a wide range of characters including Paddington Bear, Where's Wally, Ariel, Captain Hook and many more! We had a special circle time where we looked at the children's favourite books, which they had brought in from home. We also had a chance to guess what everybody's costumes were and listen to why each child had chosen them. Here is our very cheerful world book day photo:

Week commencing 6th March

Baking

This week the children have made some space rocks out of jacket potatoes. The children made sure to wash the potatoes before covering them in oil, salt and pepper. They then covered each of them in tin foil before putting them in the oven to bake for an hour. When the children got them out of the oven they cut them into 4 parts and placed each of the parts on a plate. The children all had butter on their jacket potatoes and some chose to have cheese on theirs too. The space rocks went down a treat!

Spring 1

02.01.17 - 17.02.17

Topic Letter - Dinosaurs

This half term our topic is 'Dinosaurs!'. Within this topic we will learn about the names of different types of dinosaurs and how we can tell them apart. We will look at fossils and learn about what they are and how they are made We will also be looking at the difference between carnivores and herbivores.

Our key story for this half term will be Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We will look at this story in detail and think about how we can describe the dinosaurs in different ways. We will also look at changing the story to think about where would we go if we had our very own bucket full of dinosaurs. 

P.E. this half term will be on a Monday afternoon with Project Sport and the children will be taking part in gymnastics, deveoping various skills including balancing on the apparatus and creating their own sequences of movements. Please ensure the children have a full kit (T-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school at all times. If your child does not have a P.E. kit they will be unable to talk part in the lessons. If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that these are removed on the Monday morning before coming to school.

Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday, detailing what your child has been learning about over the past week. Please ensure that your child places their learning log in the box labelled 'Learning Logs' (under the WOW board) every Monday morning so that teachers know where to find it if they need to write any important information inside it.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is collected back in every fortnight on the Wednesday. Please ensure that this is placed in the box by the Wednesday morning (under the WOW board) so that we have time to look at their super work before placing a new label in their book and sending it home.

Important Dates:

Big Breakfast Lunch - Thursday 19th January

Jack and the Beanstalk - Wednesday 25th January

Blue Room Class Assembly - Tuesday 14th February @ 2:50

Week commencing 9th January

P.E.

This week the children had their first gymnastics lesson for this half term with project sport.

For the warm up the children had to run around the hall, being careful to dodge around the mats and to not bump into their peers. Every time freeze was shouted they had to show a different move, which was show to them by the teacher. The moves included a pencil (straight arms and legs), a star shape (arms and legs out wide) and a tuck (curling the body up small).

For the main part of the session the children had to work together in pairs to perform different types of rolls including a log roll (stright arms and legs) and an egg roll (tucking in legs and wrapping arms around them). The children then came up with a starting position, which they used to begin their routines. They finished the lesson by performing their routines to their peers.

Baking

This week the children have all baked their very own pizza. They were given half a tortilla wrap each. The adult placed some tomato puree on their wrap and some tomato ketchup and the children used a spoon to spread it across the wrap. They then helped themselves to some grated cheese, which they sprinkled across their pizza. The children were then able to choose their topping; ham or cheese. By doing so we discovered we have many carnivores in our class! The pizzas looked yummy and the children thoroughly enjoyed eating their pizzas at the end of the day. Well done Blue Room!

Assembly

The children have had a very special assembly this week all about healthy eating. They learnt about which foods are healthy and which are not very good for us. The children also learnt about superfoods including blueberries and even dark chocolate...YUM!

Week commencing 16th January

Bikeability

This week the children had their first of 4 sessions of bikeability. Over the course of these sessions the children will be taught how to ride a bike. The sessions will be 45 minutes each and at the end the children will receive a certificate, which will include their current capabilities of riding a bike. This week the children were introduced to the bikes and the helmets that they will be using and wearing every session. They had a go at placing their legs on either side of their bike and walking around the hall in this way; this will prepare them for when they have to be stable on their bike and place their feet firmly on the ground.

Assembly

This week the children had a special assembly all about Chinese New Year, which this year will be celebrated on Saturday 28th January. The children were told about the great race and how every year we celebrate a different animal; this year is the year of the rooster. Next saturday the library will be hosting their own chinese celebrations with lots of fun acitvities including competitions, making chinese dragons, flags, lanterns and they will even have some Chinese food to sample while the children are hard at work with their creations.

Baking

This week the children have made some dinosaur nests with eggs in. The children mixed together shredded wheat and melted chocolate in order to create the texture of a real nest. They then placed these in the fridge in order for them to set. To complete their dinosaur nests the children added some mini eggs, which went down a treat...YUMMY!

Week commencing 30th January

Forest Schools

This week half the children in Blue Room had their first session of forest schools down at Babes in the Woods in Slaigthwaite on Monday morning.

The children began the session by learning some simple rules to keep them safe such as only walking around the log circle not in it, so as to keep away from the firepit in the middle. Once they had learnt the rules the children had plenty of time to explore the forest schools area. Activities included climbing, rope swinging and wading through very muddy puddles!

The children were treated to a story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, which was told using goats that had been made there at the forest school out of logs, twigs and wool. After the story the children were able to make their own goats. Some of the children even had a go at using a drill (under adult supervision) to make a hole in their logs to push in their twig legs!

To finish the session the children were treated to a drink of hot chocolate and some pancakes, which had been made in the firepit in the middle of the log circle. The pancakes were shaped like trolls, just like the one in the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and its eyes were made out of berries! The children throroughly enjoyed their first experience of forest school and can't wait for their next turn! Here are just a few selected pictures from their experience:

 

Autumn 2 Term

31.10.16 - 16.12.16

This half term our topic is 'Celebrations!'. Within this topic we will be looking at Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali and of course Christmas. 

P.E. this half term will be on a Monday afternoon with Project Sport and the children will be taking part in Funky Fitness, deveoping various skills including stamina, strength, agility and coordination, along to the beat of music. Please ensure the children have a full kit (T-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school at all times. If your child does not have a P.E. kit they will be unable to talk part in the lessons. If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that these are removed on the Monday morning before coming to school.

Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday, detailing what your child has been learning about over the past week. Please ensure that your child places their learning log in the box labelled 'Learning Logs' (under the WOW board) every Monday morning so that teachers know where to find it if they need to write any important information inside it.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is collected back in every fortnight on the Wednesday. Please ensure that this is placed in the box by the Wednesday morning (under the WOW board) so that we have time to look at their super work before sending it back home again.

Important Dates:

Blue Room Class Assembly - Thursday 24th November @ 2:50

Nativity for Blue Room parents: Wednesday 14th December @ 2:30pm

Week commencing 21st November

P.E.

This week in P.E. the lesson focused on the stamina levels of the childre. They worked on a fitness circuit with music playing in the background. The circuit consisted of 8 parts and they stayed on each activity for around 3 minutes.

Activity Number 1: The children had to hold two bean bags, one in each hand and hold them out to the side for the duration of 3 minutes.

Activity Number 2: The children had to squat up and down over a bench.

Activity Number 3: The children had to list their legs up and hold them there.

Activity Number 4: The children had to dance to the music on the bench.

Activity Number 5: The children had to do some bicep curls using the rings.

Activity Number 6: The children had to kneel down and do some sit ups, pushing their chest towards the ground.

Activity Number 7: The children had to hold a rugby ball in front of their bodies.

Activity Number 8: The children had to do some wall sits, keeping their bottom on the wall and their knee bent.

Class Assembly

Thank you so much to all the parents who helped support the children in learning their lines and to all the parents/carers/grandparents who came to watch their performance...they were FANTASTIC!!! Well done Blue Room!

Treasure Jar Treat

The children filled their treasure jar this week and chose to watch a film with hot chocolate. They voted to watch Planes and we topped off their hot chocolates with squirty cream and marshmallows...YUM!

Week Commencing 31st October

Literacy

The children have all been on an Autumn walk this week. We walked around the village of Marsden looking for signs of Autumn. The children noticed that the leaves were changing colours and that it was getting a little bit colder! We took the Ipads so that the children could document what they found through photos. We also brough some Autumn objects back to the classroom including leaves, conkers and their shells and some helicopters from a sycamore tree. The children stayed safe by wearing their high vis jackets and listening to the instructions of the adults. Well done Blue Room! 

P.E.

This week the children had their first P.E. session with Project Sport in Reception. Over the next 6 weeks the children will be taking part in Funky Fitness, which will enable them to practise  various skills to the beat of music inlcuding stamina, strength, agility and coordination. On Monday the children took part in a fitness circuit along to Halloween music.

For the first activity the children had to step up onto a bench and then step down again, repeatedly for around 3 minutes; this was to test and develop the children's stamina levels.

Next the children had to walk along the bench, which had been turned upside down and so it made the task extra tricky! The activity was designed to help the children improve their balancing skills.

Then the children had to stand with their feet together and hold 2 bean bags, one in each hand. They then had to lift their arms out wide and hold this position for as long as they could; this activity will help the children to develop both their strength and stamina.

For the final activity the children had to guide the rugby ball around their waist, being very careful not to lose grip and drop it on the floor; this activity challenged the coordination skills of the children.

 

Welcome to Reception!

Thanks to all parents that came to the curriculum evening on Thursday!

This half term our topic is 'All About Me'. Within this topic we will get to know the children, their families and their friends. Our key story over the next few weeks will be 'Owl Babies'. 

P.E. this half term will be on a Friday morning. Please ensure the children have a full kit (T-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school at all times. If your child does not have a P.E. kit they will be unable to talk part in the lessons. If your child has their ears pierced please ensure that these are removed on the Friday morning before coming to school.

Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday, detailing what your child has been learning about over the past week. Please ensure that your child places their learning log in the box labelled 'Learning Logs' (under the WOW board) every Monday morning so that teachers know where to find it if they need to write any important information inside it.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and is collected back in every fortnight on the Wednesday. Please ensure that this is placed in the box by the Wednesday morning (under the WOW board) so that we have time to look at their super work before sending it back home again.

INSET DAYS

Thursday 13th October

Friday 14th October

Parent Teacher Consulations

Week commencing 3rd October

Week Commencing 26th September

This week in P.E. we have continued with the theme of gymnastics. We worked together in our groups to collect the gym mats from the teacher and gently place them down. We practised moving across the gym mats in different ways including shuffling on our bottoms, slithering on our tummies and even roly polys!

Week Commencing 19th September

This week the children have practised their fine motor skills by icing their faces onto their biscuits. There was a variety of colours and so we had lots of funny and scary faces as well as some very careful and accurate portraits. Here are some examples:

The children had a Party Lunch on Friday to celebrate the official opening of our new kitchen. The purple ribbon was cut by Rob Walker, our local Labour councillor, before the children were aloud to dive in to their yummy lunch of sandwiches, pizzas, sausage rolls, crisps, chocolate brownies and lots more!

 

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