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Class Blog 9th November 2018
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This week has been full of celebration! We learned about Diwali and took part in many exciting activities. These included: making our own lamps and lanterns, tasting foods, creating our own Mehndi patterns and talking about the celebrations and family traditions which are important to us. On Thursday, a special visitor taught us how to dance to Diwali themed music. We really impressed our visitor as we listened carefully and worked hard to dance in time to the music. We have another exciting week in school next week when we will be celebrating ‘Friendship Week’ as a whole school.
Class Blog 26th October 2018
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Bang, fizz, pop, crackle! This week we have been learning about Bonfire Night. With the celebration just around the corner for many people, we have been talking about how to stay safe during what is an exciting time. Ask us if we can remember the top tips we learned at school. Our learning didn't stop there; we learned all about different shapes and their properties whilst building rocket  models and wrote a list of noises that fireworks might make. We are now starting to apply what we have learned in phonics sessions directly into our writing.

We were keen to read more of the 'Funny Bones' story too which we enjoyed reading last week. This inspired us to make our own shadow puppet theatre and our very own puppets and we used them to retell the story in our classroom. This also allowed us to learn about how shadows are formed.

Our teachers are incredibly proud of our achievements as we have now completed our first half term in our new class. They would like to wish everyone a safe and happy break and look forward to welcoming us back into school shortly.
Class Blog 19th October 2018
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This week began with excitement as we started to read the story of 'Funny Bones'. We were intrigued to find out about the different characters and the setting of the story. Making mini books and writing speech bubbles for the characters encouraged us to write for motivating purposes. If you look around our classroom, you will see examples displayed for others to enjoy.

We have also enjoyed learning the 'Funny Bones' song and the dance moves that go with it!

On Friday we applied our reading skills to reading instructions in order to make a movable skeleton. Even though it was tricky at times, we persevered and were determined to use split pins to allow the bones to move. We are becoming more familiar with the names of different bones in our body which we can identify on a skeleton. When bones appeared in and around our classroom, we measured them and then compared the different lengths.

Class Blog 12th October 2018
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Since we enjoyed reading the story of 'Winnie the Witch' last week, we have continued to learn more about Winnie and Wilbur this week. Looking carefully at the illustrations in the book has allowed us to ask many questions about the text and to talk at length about Winnie's dark, gloomy house. Some of us decided we wanted to dress up as Winnie so we made our own witches hat, learning all about how to join materials together in the process. Our spell books have been used again this week as we thought of even more ingredients to put into Winnie's cauldron.  Learning maths skills was enjoyable this week as we counted Winnie's magic gems, sorted out her numbered hats when she muddled them up and measured her wands!
Class Blog 5th October 2018
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This week has been full of exciting learning and magic! After reading a story titled ‘Winnie the Witch‘, we followed a recipe to make our own magic potions. We asked lots of questions about the reaction we saw between all of the different ingredients we used. Later in the week we counted different ingredients into Winnie’s cauldron to help her to make even more magic! Some of us challenged ourselves to add two groups of Winnie’s ingredients together. Making wands was a great way to develop our fine motor skills and a great motivator to practise forming letters and words in Winnie’s magical glitter. You may have seen our small world resources in our classroom which we have helped to create so we can continue to enjoy retelling the story next week too. If you look carefully you will see our spell books where we have been using our writing skills to write spells for Winnie.
Class Blog 28th September 2018
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We have been reading a story titled ‘Walking through the Jungle’ this week. This inspired us to make our own jungle puppets which we used to act out the story. Some of us even introduced new characters into the story too! Learning outdoors allowed us to extend our creativity even further; we collected leaves and other natural treasures which we then used to create a large scale lion. Working as a team paid off as we were very satisfied with our creation.
Class Blog 21st September 2018
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On Tuesday our families joined us in school for our 'Stay and Read' event. We had such a great time demonstrating our reading skills and showing everyone just how much we love to read!


We enjoyed activities such as:


- Reading our favourite stories with our family and friends.

- Taking selfies with our favourite stories from home.

- Using puppets to act out stories.

- Becoming authors and writing our own books.

- Making reading frogs.

- Making and breaking words using magnetic letters.


Our teachers would like to say a huge thank you to our families for making the event so successful!

Class Blog 14th September 2018
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It has been another busy week full of learning in swans class! We are becoming more settled into our new routines and we have learned how to use many new resources in our classroom already. Here we are building words with magnetic letters.


Reading the story of 'Where's my Teddy?' has allowed us to talk about relationships, respect and people who are special to us. We even met the first of our new school value puppets; his name is Reuben and he looks out for children who are respectful. On Thursday we shared photographs of our families which we did with confidence and pride. Our teachers enjoyed learning even more about us and the learning experiences we have had outside of school.  

Class Blog 7th September 2018
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Welcome back to school everyone!

Our teachers were excited to see us skip happily through the school doors on Tuesday to welcome us back into school where we have been learning new routines and meeting new friends. Many of our family members joined us for a shared lunch on Thursday too. Here we had the opportunity to learn what to do at lunchtime and to taste school lunches. Throughout the week we have also drawn self portraits and measured how tall our friends are. Our teachers have been keen to share their love for reading with us. We received a new book for our basket of favourite books which arrived in special wrapping paper. Some of us even brought our favourite stories into school to share with others and we have enjoyed listening to stories using our listening station.