Class Blog 14th February 2020
Can you believe the half term has come to end end already? We can't! How time flies when you're having fun!
Did you know that a Zumba teacher came to teach us Zumba movements on Tuesday? We had a great time learning to control our bodies and how to move in time to music. Some of us went to the disco on Wednesday where our teachers saw us practising our dance moves that we had learned!
You will have noticed we have all been awarded our super hero certificates. Our teachers are so impressed with how much we have learned about real life super heroes.
Next half term we will be learning about all creatures great and small. Not only will we be reading exciting stories about creatures, and learning facts about them, some of the creatures may come to visit us too!
Our teachers would like to wish everyone a safe and happy half term and look forward to seeing us all very soon.
Class Blog 7th February 2020
As you know already, we love to read in swans class. Miss Pollitt has been telling us all about her favourite stories. One of them is titled 'Shhh!' and the authors are Sally Grindley and Peter Utton. Have you read it? Our teachers enjoy story time just as much as we do.
We are becoming confident at using our phonic skills to read now too. We are learning how to blend the sounds in words together quickly in order to read. Our teachers are really proud of us for practising reading our sounds and tricky words at home too. Look out for extra sounds and words in our bags.
Not only have we been busy reading this week, we have also been learning more about real life super heroes who work in surgeries and hospitals. As we talked about doctors, surgeons, nurses and midwives, we explored new vocabulary such as 'defibrillator'. Many of us were then observed transferring what we learned into role play, as we took on the roles of different members of the emergency services. As the half term draws to a close next week, we will be aiming towards achieving our very own super hero certificates.
Class Blog 31st January 2020
It has been a fantastic week in Swans class!
On Tuesday we took part in our first Write Dance session as a class. Our teachers showed us how much fun mark making can be! After we had warmed up our wrists and fingers, we drew different patterns and shapes on large rolls of paper. We made our teachers smile because we were having so much fun whilst developing our physical skills and literacy skills too. Writing on large paper if great for us as it allows us to use the muscles in our arms and hands needed for writing, and allows us to draw large patterns which will help us with forming letters too. Write Dance is something we could have a go at whilst we are at home too. Simply put some music on and allow us to let our crayons dance on paper! You will be amazed!
We also learned more about staying safe. Our teachers brought a fire helmet into school for us to see and talk about. Seeing and handling the helmet helped us to think about the materials used to make the protective clothing worn by firefighters. Looking at the smoke alarm in our classroom helped us to learn about how smoke alarms help us to stay safe at home too. Now we are becoming experts on knowing how to telephone the emergency services, our teachers challenged us to learn our home address in case of an emergency at home.
We can't wait to learn more about different roles in the emergency services next week!
Class Blog 24th January 2020
Have you noticed our class fire engine? We worked hard as a team to build and decorate our fire engine which is large enough for us to sit inside! If you look carefully, you will see many features such as a ladder, a blue light and a siren. Our teachers observed how much we have learned about the fire service as they saw us act as fire fighters during role play.
Thursday was a very exciting day for us when we had the chance to investigate our 'aspirations' question - how do sirens work? Using lights, batteries and wires, we created our own electrical circuits. We were fascinated with all that we learned!
Our teachers know how much we love to read and we know they love to read too! Reading opportunities are all around us. See if we can help you to read labels in shops, recognise logos or read signs. Look out for our updated 'letters and sounds' bags in our book bags. You will find sound cards and tricky word cards to practise reading with us at home.
Class Blog 17th January 2020
Did you know that we took part in a skipping workshop this week? We were fantastic! Not only did we learn how to hold the skipping rope correctly, we learned how to jump over the rope safely too. Our teachers were very proud of our skills.
There was also a mystery in our class this week. Betsy, our class puppet, went missing! Desperate to find her, we searched high and low for clues. This inspired us to write for a real purpose as we wrote down the clues and reported them to the police station. Luckily Betsy was found safe and sound!
We may only be two weeks into the term but we can already tell you lots about real life super heroes. Ask us to tell you how to contact the emergency services and ask us about the role of a police officer. Our learning will continue next week when we will be finding out about the fire service.
Class Blog 10th January 2020
We were all very eager to come back to school after the holidays, and we have been telling our teachers all about the lovely celebrations we have had at home.
This half term our learning theme is called, 'We can be heroes'. As we already know about lots of fantasy super heroes, our teachers are helping us to learn about real life super heroes, starting with learning about the fantastic work that police officers do. You may have noticed that we now have a 'Police Headquarters' role play area in our classroom. Who is your hero?
As part of ECO week in school, we learned about how to keep our oceans free from pollution. It made us feel worried about sea creatures knowing how litter can cause them great harm. Ask us to tell you more about what we found out.
Our teachers would like to wish everyone a happy new year and look forward to learning with us again.
Class Blog 20th December 2019
Wow, what an exciting week we have had in Swans class!
Reverend Andy came to visit us to tell us the Christmas story. We learned about the joy of giving gifts at Christmas, and heard all about Reverend Andy's amazing charity work.
The week concluded with another visitor, this time from Father Christmas! He gave each of us a present to take home to put under our Christmas trees. Our teachers are excited to hear all about the gifts from Father Christmas in January.
We were very lucky on Wednesday as we had our own class party followed by a whole school disco. We enjoyed dancing, playing games and eating party food. Our teachers could see how our friendships are blossoming and how we used our social skills when enjoying the party together.
As the Autumn term draws to a close, our teachers would like to congratulate all in swans class for the progress we have made since September. Our teachers would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas, and look forward to welcoming us back to school in January when we will be learning all about real life super heroes!
Class Blog 13th December 2019
Our teachers are incredibly proud of this week for performing in our school Christmas nativity performance. Standing on the stage and singing takes a great amount of confidence and self belief. Dressed as angels, sheep and shepherds, we sang beautifully and made our parents and carers feel very proud too.
You may have noticed our Santa's workshop in our classroom. We have been busy writing and posting letters to Santa himself.
During our 'aspirations session', we learned all about how coins are made. Ask us to see if we can remember!
Class Blog 6th December 2019
This week Swans have been really busy getting ready for our Christmas concert and trying our costumes on.
On Thursday we spent the day in Russia, we were very patient waiting in the queue at passport control. We learnt about Babushka, how she met the three Kings and was so busy cleaning her cottage she missed the bright star and baby Jesus. We all drew very detailed pictures of Babushka, our teachers were so proud they are going to put them in our learning journeys.
For Aspirations this week we wanted to find out how rubbers worked so we carried out an investigation using pencils, rubbers, crayons, pens, different types of paper and card to find out.
You will have to ask us what happened!
Class Blog 29th November 2019
This week, as part of our “Let’s Celebrate” topic, we have been looking at the American celebration of Thanksgiving. Throughout the week we have been very busy doing lots of other fun activities based around this. These included listening to stories about the First Thanksgiving, writing thanksgiving cards for our friends and printing leaf thanksgiving wreaths in the creative area. We even celebrated our own thanksgiving by sharing food and hot chocolate around the snack table.
In circle time we told our friends what we were thankful for and why, remembering to take turns and listen carefully to each other. The Swans then wrote down what they were thankful for.
In mathematics we have been learning to find one more than a given number. We made a bus in the classroom and found the total when one more passenger got on board.
As this is my last day and my last class blog as Swans class teacher, can I take this opportunity to thank all of the parents/carers from this year’s Swans class and last year’s for making my time at Birk Hill School so amazing, I will miss you all greatly - Miss Smith x
Class Blog 22nd November 2019
What a busy time we’ve all had in school this week! On Monday all the Swans were taught how ride a balance bike. These are special two wheeled bikes that don’t have any pedals! Everyone tried really hard and rode the bikes brilliantly!
It has also been ‘Eco Week’ at Birk Hill and the Swans have been learning how to be an Eco Superhero and keep the environment clean and safe for everyone. We have learnt all about recycling and how to sort out our rubbish so it can be made into something new. As part of Eco week we have also taken part in ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ where we have been thinking about how to save energy by using less electricity.
On Thursday we had a special visitor in school who taught us how to do Fencing. We all had a fantastic time and our visitor said that we did an amazing job!
This week it was also Swans assembly where we shared some our learning with our grown-ups. We did an amazing job and made all of our teachers really proud! Well done Swans.
Can we also take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who was able to come and watch!
Class Blog 15th November 2019
This week we have taken part in a whole school topic on friendship. In circle time we thought about who our special friends are at school and at home, and what makes a good friend. The children shared their ideas remembering to take turns and listen carefully to each other. This inspired some of the Swans to have a go at writing down their ideas on post-it notes and place them onto our paper friendship dolls.
Throughout the week we have been very busy doing lots of other fun activities based around friendship. These included listening to stories about friendship, drawing our friends, writing friendship cards and making our own paper doll in the creative area. We even wore odd socks to school on Tuesday to celebrate diversity and that it’s ok to be different!
In mathematics we have continued learning all about 2D shapes and their properties. The children made 2D shape pictures, drew shapes in the sand and tried to use the correct mathematical language to describe shapes hidden in a freely bag to their friends.
On Friday we all came to school in our pyjamas to support ‘Children in Need’. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and generous donations for such a worthy cause.
Class Blog 8th November 2019
What a fantastic first week back we’ve all had after our half term break. This week, we have been thinking about why some people celebrate bonfire night. We looked at firework displays on the whiteboard and all the children were very excited!
This inspired our learning and we have been very busy doing lots of fun activities. These included writing firework sounds on rockets, moving like fireworks in PE, writing firework numbers and making our own fireworks in the creative area. In circle time we talked about staying safe on Bonfire Night. The children shared their ideas about how we could stay safe, remembering to take turns and to listen carefully to each other.
In mathematics we have been learning all about 2D shapes and their properties. The children became ‘Shape Detectives’ and went a walk around school looking for shapes in the environment.
Class Blog 25th October 2019
This week we have been learning all about autumn! We went on a walk around school to look closely at the changes that have happened as summer has turned into autumn. We used our senses to explore our surroundings and we found lots of colourful leaves, twigs and acorns which we bought back to class to investigate further. In circle time we all thought of a describing word for our autumn objects and had a go at writing them down remembering to use our ‘phonic fingers’ to help us identify the sounds that we need for our words.
On Tuesday we had a special visitor in school who taught us how to do Street Dancing. We all had a fantastic time and our visitor said that we did an amazing job!
In mathematics we have continued to work on recognising and ordering numbers. We have made our own numberlines, ordered random numbers and even helped Betsie the puppet put her numbers in the correct order when she got herself into a bit of a muddle!
It is hard to believe that it’s half term already! We are incredibly proud of how quickly the children have settled into life in full time school and how hard they are working! May we also take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish you a safe and happy half term.
Class Blog 18th October 2019
Yet another busy week for our super Swans class this week! We have continued our learning on our senses, this time exploring touch and smell. In circle time we talked about which parts of our bodies we used for smell and touch and shared what our favourite smells and textures are with our friends. For sense of touch we explored a box of objects, taking turns to feel each item and think of a describing word for how it felt. We then became smell detectives, using our sense of smell to find what was inside seven mystery pots! We tried to listen carefully to each other and speak clearly when we shared our ideas with our friends.
In mathematics we have been recognising and ordering numbers. We tried to remember that each number has a unique shape and its own place on the number line. We had great fun working together outside finding the hidden number leaves and putting them in the correct order.
This week everyone brought in their favourite book from home, which we have been enjoying sharing at story time. Everyone shared what they liked about their story and why it was their favourite book.
Class Blog 11th October 2019
In Swans class we have begun learning all about our senses as part of our ‘Magical Me’ topic. This week we have been exploring sight and sound. In circle time we shared our ideas about how it would feel to not to be able to see or hear and what people do to help others with this. We also found out what happens at the opticians and made our own glasses!
On Wednesday we went outside on a sensory walk to find out what we could see and hear around school. This inspired us to draw maps showing all the things that we had seen and heard on our walk. Some of the children even had a go at labelling their drawings using the sounds we have learnt so far!
We have turned our role play area inside the classroom into a Doctor’s surgery. Everyone has been having lots of fun exploring in there! We have some budding Doctor and Nurses amongst us!
In mathematics our 'Number of Week’ has been number 5 and we have also been learning to count different amounts of objects accurately. In phonics we have been using the letter sounds we know to read and write simple 3 letter words.
Class Blog 4th October 2019
Another busy week for our super Swans! We have continued our learning on our topic Magical Me, finding out all about our bodies and the amazing things they can do! In circle time we talked about our different body parts and sang head, shoulders, knees and toes to check if everyone knew where each body part was! This inspired us to make our own poster to help us learn the parts of the body. We drew around one of the Swans and took turns putting labels onto the correct body parts - we tried to use our phonics to help us read the labels.
The Swans have also been getting very creative in the workshop area making puppets with moving parts and drawing their own amazing skeletons. Some of the children even had a go at writing their own ‘stories’ about their skeletons. All of the teachers were very impressed!
In PE, we moved around the hall in different ways and balanced on different parts of the body. The Swans were fantastic at this, we definitely have some budding gymnasts amongst us! Our ‘Number of the Week’ this week has been number 4 and our letter sounds have been k, u, b and f.
Class Blog 27th September 2019
What a busy time all of the Swans have had in school this week! On Monday we visited our local Church to learn all about the Harvest Festival. Reverend Sandra told us all about the Harvest and the importance of sharing. We had a chance to look at the display of food that people in the community had kindly donated and to sing our Harvest songs.
On Wednesday we had a special visitor in school who taught us how to do Boccia. We all had a fantastic time and our visitor said that we did an amazing job!
On Friday we celebrated ‘The World’s Largest Coffee Morning’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. All of our grown ups enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of cake whilst the whole school sang songs. Each class sang their own class song, everyone did a fantastic job especially the Swans!
In between all of this excitement we have continued learning about ourselves and each other, this week thinking about our emotions and feelings and what makes us happy and sad. We shared lots of stories about feelings and made our own emotion puppets! Our ‘Number of the Week’ this week has been number 3 and our letter sounds have been l, h, r, e and j.
Many thanks to all of the parents and carers who were able to come to the Early Years meeting on Tuesday. We hope you found it useful. If you have any questions at all about your child’s time at Birk Hill, please come and ask.
Class Blog 20th September 2019
This week we have continued to focus on our topic ‘Magical Me!’. During circle time we have been talking about the features on our faces and the colour of our eyes and hair. If we weren’t sure we asked a friend to check. We then painted our own self portraits, using a mirror to help us. We thought carefully about the shape of our faces and our features and the colours we needed. We also tried very hard to hold our paintbrush correctly!
We have also been drawing pictures of our families and making houses for them to live in using different textures and shapes.
On Wednesday we had a visitor in our class, Miss Diana, the school Spanish teacher. She came to introduce us to Spanish and tell us all about her lunchtime club. This runs every Wednesday lunchtime and costs £3. We had a great time and the children impressed us all with their ability to speak Spanish so quickly!
On Friday we all came to school in our jeans to support ‘Jeans for Genes Day’. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and generous donations for such a worthy cause.
Our ‘Number of the Week’ this week has been number 2 and our letter sounds have been c, l, p, o and g.
Class Blog 13th September 2019
What a fabulous second week we have had in Swans. This was our first full week in school and the teachers cannot believe how well all of the Swans have settled in and taken to school life!
As an introduction to our topic ‘Magical Me’ the children have been making collages at home, all about themselves and their family to share with the rest of the class. Everyone has really enjoyed learning about each other, asking and answering questions carefully.
There was also great excitement in Swans this week as we had our very first PE lesson! The biggest challenge for any Reception PE is getting changed. However the Swans were absolutely amazing and all of the teachers were very impressed. We talked about the importance of keeping fit and had lots of fun playing ‘beans’ and ‘sleeping lions’.
Every week the Swans will be introduced to a ‘Number of the Week’ as part of their mathematics. This week we have been learning all about number 1. We have also started phonics, learning the sounds and letter names for s, a, t, m, n, i.
After such a busy week we are sure there will be some very tired Swans!
Class Blog 6th September 2019
Welcome back to school everyone! What a fantastic first week we have had in Swans. Everyone skipped happily into school on Wednesday full of excitement for the year ahead, including all of the teachers! We have spent this week learning new routines, making friends, drawing self portraits and exploring both the indoor and outdoor areas.
Lots of our family members joined us for our first school lunch on Thursday, where we had the opportunity to learn what to do at lunchtime and to taste school lunches. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it, it was very much appreciated.
All of the teachers are very pleased and proud of how well the children have quickly settled into school and look forward to the learning, adventures, and fun we can share over the coming year.