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Class Blog 16th February 2018
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It has been another busy week in reception this week! We ate pancakes as we learned all about Shrove Tuesday. We learned how pancakes are made and practised using cutlery correctly. On Wednesday we attended our school disco then we spent a day in China on Thursday. We made dragon puppets, tasted Chinese food, read about Chinese New Year and took part in a brilliant dance workshop. Our teachers are very proud of our achievements this half term and look forward to welcoming us back to school after half term when we will be learning all about dinosaurs.
Class Blog 9th February 2018
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Much of our learning this week has been inspired by dance and what a memorable week it has been! On Thursday Jack from Dancedaze visited us to teach us street dance moves. During the workshop we impressed him so much that he was able to teach us more challenging movements, including the body roll. 

 

The fun didn't end there as we performed our 'Swans Come Dancing' show to our families and friends on Friday. Our teachers were incredibly proud of the way we worked as a team and showed exceptionally high levels of self confidence. The judges scores certainly reflected our talent with straight tens across the board! 

 

Mrs Birch, Mr Bell and Mrs Gavins will be receiving surprise letters in the post next week to say thank you for being such great judges! Here is a photograph of us learning how to deliver our own letters using our local post box. 

Class Blog 2nd February 2018
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We have been reading the story 'Robot Rumpus' and finding out about what jobs robots can do. In our classroom we have many pieces of technology that help us. We learned how to use the video camera to make films and the talking tins to record sounds. On Wednesday we received a mystery parcel. Inside the box was a letter with a robot. His name was School-Bot and he had a problem; his body parts had fallen apart. Our job was to read the letter to know how to build him back together again. Following this task, many of us were inspired to make our own robots. 
Class Blog 26th January 2018
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This week we have been learning all about the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We looked photographs of different places around the world and asked lots of questions. Here we are painting self portraits. We used mirrors to observe our features before painting. This allowed us to develop our colour mixing skills. Look out for our paintings which will be displayed in our classroom.
Class Blog 19th January 2018
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This week has been extremely exciting as we welcomed visitors into school to teach us new skills. First we learned how to skip with a skipping rope. This was tricky at first but we were really determined. Skipping over the extra long skipping rope together was lots of fun! We all received a skipping rope to take home so we can keep on practising our skills. We also learned how to ride balance bikes. We learned how to lift our feet when balancing and how to turn corners carefully. Our teachers were very proud of us all!
Class Blog 12th January 2018
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Hasn’t the weather been cold this week? We have certainly noticed the freezing temperatures! This led to us wanting to know more about how ice forms. Did you know that we created our own experiment? We placed water in different places in and around our classroom to see where it needed to be to freeze. Discovering our findings was very exciting! During our ‘Aspirations’ session we then decided to find out if other materials would freeze in the freezer. Don’t forget to ask us about our results.
Class Blog 15th December 2017
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Here we are performing at our Christmas concert. We were the ‘mighty choir’ and sang very loudly! It takes great confidence to stand on the stage and sing. We did it with determination and self belief. Our teachers and families were very proud of us!

Our teachers would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Class Blog 8th December 2017
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Wow, what a fun filled week we have had! Many of us visited the theatre to see the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime. This was very exciting as we travelled all together by coach and some of our family and friends joined us too. Our teachers would like to say thank you to those who volunteered to join us.

We have been talking about our hopes and dreams this week too. It isn’t too late to return your hopes and dreams card to school for our celebration display. We look forward to reading them!
Class Blog 1st December 2017
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Learning to read is so much fun at Birk Hill. Here we are choosing our library books. We enjoy selecting new books each week and sharing them with our family and friends. We are invited to visit the school library every Tuesday morning.

As you will have noticed, the weather outdoors has turned very cold recently. We have been learning how to stay warm outdoors. As we love to explore outdoors so much, please help us to remember to bring our hats, gloves and scarves to school. Many of us have learned how to zip our coats up which is really important at this time of year. Our teachers have a special place where we can keep our wellingtons and waterproof suits should we wish to bring those to school too.
Class Blog 24th November 2017
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Did you know we have had two very special visitors in our classroom this week? Two frogs came to meet us! This led to us asking lots of questions to find out all about them. Mrs Fairweather knows all about frogs so she answered some of our questions too. Many of us wanted to use information books to find out more. We then recorded our findings by writing our facts down.

We have also been learning about road safety this week. Ask us if we can remember what to do to stay safe.

“Think, stop, look, listen, wait then walk!”
Class Blog 17th November 2017
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Our teachers were incredibly proud of us this week when we showcased our learning at our class assembly.  Seeing us perform through song, story and speaking made our family members in the audience feel very proud of us too. 

Since joining our team in September, we have flourished in confidence and self belief. Our teachers would like to say a huge thank you for coming along to see us in action. 

Next week we will be reading the story of ‘Peace at Last’ We will be drawing story maps and learning how to write numbers.
Class Blog 10th November 2017
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Here we are in our very own Doctor's Surgery. Reading the story of 'Funny Bones' inspired us to find out about the human body. We are able to talk about our different bones and why we need them. We discovered that the skeleton of a baby changes over time. This inspired us to bring our baby photographs into school to talk more about how we change. Don't forget to come along to our class assembly next week where we will be showcasing all that we found out.
Class Blog 3rd November 2017
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Welcome back to school everybody!

This week we have started our baking sessions! Did you see the delicious biscuits that some of our friends made? Baking allows us to develop maths skills whilst having lots of fun! We were able to weigh the ingredients and measure different amounts. We even timed how long the biscuits were in the oven.

We have also enjoyed reading ‘Funny Bones’. This led to us asking lots of questions about why our bodies have skeletons. We looked closely at the difference between an adult skeleton and a skeleton of a baby. 

Please remember to send my baby photo into school on Monday, as we are going to look how at we have changed over time.
Class Blog 20th October 2017
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As always, we have been really busy learning in Foundation Stage 2 this week. The week began with some of us learning all about the festival of Diwali. We spent the day ‘in India’ on Wednesday and joined in with Indian stick dancing, made our own Diva Lamps and constructed our own lanterns.
Our teacher talked to some of our family members this week to explain how we learn maths skills in school. Here you can see that we went on a nature hunt outdoors. This sparked a discussion about length and size. You can see how we ordered the sticks by comparing the different lengths.
 
Class Blog 13th October 2017
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This week has been really fun in Reception. We have been reading the story of ‘Whatever Next?’ This inspired us to find out about what life would be like on the moon. We talked about the things we would want to take with us if we visited the moon. You will see some of our lists on the wall in our classroom.

As you already know, we love to read at Birk Hill! We were extremely lucky this week as Trudi, the Librarian at Eckington Library, came to visit us. Trudi talked to us about what we can do if we have our own library cards, and shared two stories with us that we hadn’t read before. We would like to say “thank you” to Trudi!
Class Blog 6th October 2017
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This week we found an exciting discovery in our classroom. Did you see where the spaceship landed? We talked about where it may have come from and what could be inside it. This sparked our motivation to write as we wrote messages to the owner of the spaceship. Watch this space to see if our predictions were correct! We also became scientists as we made ‘eruptions’ using simple ingridients. You could try this at home with an adult using: bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and washing liquid. You may want to add some food colouring or power paint, along with glitter, to make the eruption even more exciting!
Class Blog 29th September 2017
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We have been very busy in Reception this week! We have taken an interest in the role of Fire Officers. Our teachers set up a Fire Station in our classroom so we could extend our play. 

 

We have each been given a Reading Record this week. Our Reading Records stay in our book bags and we need to bring them to school everyday. Writing in our Reading Records gives our grownups at home the opportunity to share our reading experiences at home with our teachers. 

 

Also, our teacher would like to let you know that PE will now be on Mondays for Reception children.

 

We look forward to more exciting learning next week, when we will be reading the story of 'Aliens Love Underpants'. 

Class Blog 22nd September 2017
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We have been really busy in Reception this week. Did you know that we have been reading the story of ‘Handa’s Surprise?’ You can read this story online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Vmf4Cwvls&safe=true. We have been talking about different fruits and acting out the story with our friends. We even made fruit salads – This made maths fun as we were able to count our fruits and make repeating patterns.

Welcome to Nursery Class!

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Class Blog 16th February 2018
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We have had so much fun in Nursery this week. We have been learning about China and how they celebrate the New Year. We made paper plate dragons, fans and we all had a go at Chinese writing. We even got our passports stamped!

We were lucky enough to have a dance workshop. We loved using the beautiful fans in our Chinese dancing , all our teachers said they were proud of us!

Have a lovely holiday we will see you all soon!
 

Class Blog 9th February 2018
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We have had a great week in Nursery! As part of our dance themed week we have enjoyed reading many stories. Doing the Animal Bop was one of our favourites. On Thursday Jack and George from Dancedaze came in to teach us some street dance moves. During the dance workshop we learned how to use our bodies to dance in response to music. Our teachers were very proud of the way we listened to the music carefully and followed the instructions.
Class Blog 2nd February 2018
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‘Tech time’ week has been so much fun.
We practiced our counting and positional skills using the Bee-Bot. We decided how far we wanted the Bee-Bot to go, to the number 9 for example, then from the start position we pressed the arrow 9X and pressed go. We loved seeing the Bee-Bot move without being pushed or pulled. You can get Bee-Bot games to play at home on EducationalAppStore.com. We then used the large number squares to send each other along ‘playing’ at being the Bee-Bot.
We used cardboard boxes to make Robots.
We sent the remote controlled car around the road carpet, using the steering wheel to direct it.
We made Robots with our Mr Potato heads.
We played different games on the computer and interactive whiteboard, such as phonics play, which you can get at home.
We used different shaped sponges dipped in paint to make Robots.
In phonics the Ducks played ‘crossing the river.’ We segmented and blended simple words, such as c-a-t and used our Robot arms. We then could cross the river. The Ducklings played Pied Piper. Using different instruments they moved in different ways, for example marching to the beat of a drum. The newest members of Ducklings went on a learning walk, listening out for any sounds they could hear.
We enjoyed using all the different technology in our Nursery.
On another note could we remind everyone to bring wellies for their children to change into, as well as winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Thank you.
Class Blog 26th January 2018
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We have had a great week. Our theme this week was Global Citizenship. We talked about what makes us different to each other, how special we are and the things we like to do. Thank you to Mrs Gneza for coming into Nursery and teaching us some Polish. We learnt how to say Mum and Dad. It was fantastic. We painted the world, coloured-in figures in Poland, the UK and Spain’s colours, as well as writing our names and ages on jigsaw pieces, ready for a display.
Some of us made Pizza. Don’t worry we will all get a turn over the term.
Can we all bring in wellies in a named bag so we can explore on the grass and in the mud kitchen next week please.
Class Blog 19th January 2018
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We have been so busy this week. We looked at The Snowman book. You can watch it on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch. In maths we looked at 2D shapes. We then used circles to draw round and make snowmen. We found all the shapes in the classroom.
On Tuesday a lady called Lorraine came into school and showed us how to skip. We were all given a skipping rope to take home. It was so much fun.
Some of us made pizza in baking - they looked yummy. We will all get a chance over the term. Thank you to Lucy's Nan for bringing us new aprons and chefs hats. We went on a snow walk. It was amazing to watch the snow melting and see it covering our toes outside.
In phonics, the Ducks looked at blending words such as p - a - t. The Ducklings listened to different instruments and made actions to go with them.
Class Blog 12th January 2018
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We were glad to see everyone back after the Christmas break. We enjoyed talking about all the fun things we did.
We have been using our Bee Bot programmable toy. We needed to count how many steps we needed to take and press the button to make him go.
We have made pizza in our baking time. We enjoyed chopping the ingredients up and putting it on our pizza base. Yum yum. We will all get a chance to make pizza over this term.
We have been looking at Polar Bear Polar Bear. We enjoyed making the different animal sounds. We painted Polar Bears, made Polar Bear masks and coloured in different animal shapes.
In phonics Ducks have been blending and segmenting sounds. Mrs Hill was very impressed with how well we did.
In Ducklings we were looking at making different sounds and movements with instruments.
Class Blog 15th December 2017
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Wow, how proud are all the Nursery staff of our children? They were amazing and worked so hard for our Christmas Concert. They were most definitely our shining stars!!
We have been busy working on our Christmas craft - no photos because we don’t want to ruin the surprise.
We didn’t spend long outside, because it was so cold, but we managed to fit 15 minutes in for some snow fun.
We are very excited for next weeks Christmas party. Don’t forget Santa is visiting in the afternoon, so if you would like your child to meet him and they usually come for the morning session, they can come in all day or in the afternoon instead.
Class Blog 8th December 2017
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We are in full flow with our Christmas preparations. We have been practicing hard with our Christmas show. Mummies and Daddies are going to be so impressed!!
We have been making our Christmas cards.
Reverend Andy came in to see us. He told us about Jesus being born. We asked lots of questions and were very good.
We have been practicing our writing all week, writing Christmas cards and doing our Christmas present lists.
Class Blog 1st December 2017
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We have been working hard all week.
We looked at ‘Froggy Goes To Bed’ for our story. It was funny and made us laugh.
We have been looking at counting and position in maths, Mrs Hill is very proud of us.
We have started our Christmas crafts and love getting glittery!!
Another group baked biscuits.
For the children who stay all day we have started ‘mindful’ time. A 20 minute window to have a calming moment and reflect on our morning. We take our shoes off and settle down on cushions.
Last week we started Write Dance, we have plain paper and listen to music, making marks on paper.
Class Blog 24th November 2017
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What a fun-filled, busy week we have had.
The book we have looked at is ‘Peace At Last’, by Jill Murphy. The children loved making the sounds to match the pictures. We also made noisy shakers, you can thank us later!! You can watch it on www.youtube.com.
A group baked biscuits. The children are all really enjoying doing this and it will continue over the next few weeks until everyone has baked.
On Wednesday it was our assembly. We are so proud of the children and how well they did. Superstars every one of them!!
We have been looking at position in our group time. Asking the children to place different objects on top, under, next to and inside different things.
We have continued with our phonics from previous weeks.
Class Blog 17th November 2017
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We have had lots of fun in Nursery this week. It has been ‘Friendship’ week, we made friendship bracelets that we gave to our friends. We painted our friends and looked at lots of books. It was lovely to see the children play so nicely with each other and talk about why friends are important.
We loved watching the Swans assembly, the funny bones song made us laugh.
A group of 5 children did baking, which we are continuing with over this half term, everyone will get a chance to bake.
Colin the magician came into school on Thursday, and he was very entertaining.
We are trying hard with our writing, counting, phonics and sharing.
Class Blog 10th November 2017
Yet another busy week in Nursery.
We had lots of fun painting on big pieces of paper using brushes, mops and plastic balls. Experimenting with different patterns and textures.
Some of us did baking, the biscuits we made were yum, yum!! Don’t worry if your child hasn’t baked yet, they will over this half term.We helped to clean up and put away, something good to know for home!!
We enjoyed playing on the large number line, rolling the ball and counting/recognising the number the ball stopped on. A website with free counting games is: https://www.education.com/games/counting
We continued reading ‘Funny Bones,’ we are so good at retelling the story. Ask the children what their favourite part was.
In phonics we continued from last week. The Ducks enjoyed ‘Metal Mike’ sounding out 3 sound words, such as ‘dog.’ The Ducklings liked thinking of different sounds and instruments for parts of stories.
Class Blog 3rd November 2017
We have had a fun packed busy week in Nursery. Some of us did baking on Tuesday. Don’t worry everyone will get a turn over this half term.
We have looked at the book FunnyBones. If you would like to read the story it is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJodPwWCClQ&safe=true
We made skeletons using black play dough and cotton buds, drew skeletons using black paper and white crayons and acted out the story using masks.
At home the children might like to tell you about the story, talking about the dark dark places.
In phonics the Ducks looked at voice sound, making funny noises with our mouths and trumpets.
The Ducklings looked at instrumental sound, listening to the different sounds instruments make.
Class Blog 20th October 2017

Yet another busy week for Nursery. We have been looking at the book Owl Babies.

 

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We had a gardening week, it was tiring digging out the weeds in the planters. But we enjoyed planting new plants. We cleaned our garden sweeping up the leaves and twigs, then we made Owl Baby nests with them. We helped Mrs Holland to hang lots of bunting. It looks so much better now.

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On Wednesday we had a day in India. A beautiful lady called ‘Adeela’ came in to teach us how to Indian dance. We loved it and she said we had done so well. Mrs Hill was so proud of us and we all got stickers.

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We are continuing with our phonics work, the ducks searched for objects in a sand pit and were able to tell me the beginning sound. The ducklings have listened to different sounds in a box and guessed what the objects are.

Here are some phonics apps you could get at home:

Phonics Genius

Kids ABC Letter Phonics

Phonics with Phonzy

Abc Pocket Phonics

Class Blog 13th October 2017

Wow what a busy week we have had in Nursery!!

We’ve been reading Whatever Next. We pretended to be Baby Bear getting ready to ‘whoosh’ into space. We made space rockets, Aliens with our play dough and acted out the story. You can read the story on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5cb0u0rPM

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On Wednesday Trudy from Eckington Library came to talk to us about getting a library card and borrowing books. She read two stories to us, they were very funny. Mrs Hill was very proud of how we sat and listened.

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We are continuing with our phonics work, the ducks played musical chairs, with different objects and their beginning sounds. The ducklings have been outside listening to the noises they can make on different objects, such as the fence, the gate and the climbing frame. We made them loud, quiet, fast and slow.

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Class Blog 6th October 2017
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Last Friday we enjoyed joining in with the family assembly, we loved singing all the songs and sat so well.

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We have had another busy week in Nursery, we’ve been reading Aliens Love Underpants. It made us laugh it was so funny. We made Alien headdresses and different Aliens with play dough. During maths group time we made repeating patterns on underpants.

We made a ‘magic potion’ that was lots of fun.

We are continuing with our phonics work, the ducks visited a toy zoo and found animals with the same beginning sound. The ducklings have practiced finding a Teddy by listening to our friends singing louder or quieter the closer we got.

Class Blog 22nd September 2017
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We have had a fun filled start to our time in Nursery. We decided the morning Nursery would be called the ‘Ducks’ and the afternoon Nursery the ‘Ducklings.’

This week we have been reading the book Handa’s Surprise. You can read this story online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Vmf4Cwvls. We enjoyed looking at the book and making fruit salad.

In phonics the ‘ducks’are looking at alliteration, with beginning sounds s, b and c. The ‘ducklings’ are looking at general sounds; we have been for a walk around school listening to all the sounds we can hear.

We are excited about continuing our learning journey.

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