Seahorses had a fun afternoon at Forest School making a whole range of woodland animal habitats. There was also plenty of fun to be had on our Forest School swing!
Thank you to our parent helpers who made today’s session possible. If you are able to help after Christmas please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan lots of exciting activities in for the Spring term.
What a busy time we’ve been having in Seahorses! We have all settled really well and are enjoying our busy new daily routines. We’ve been getting to know each other and the new staff who are working with us this year.
We have begun our new topic of St Lucia and loved jetting off on our “plane” to get us started. The tropical juice tasting and fruit sketching were a big hit too!
Many of us are very keen to get going when we arrive in the morning and we have been busy doing reading, writing, maths, art, PE, music and singing and much, much more! We’ve even started our spelling homework and are looking forward to showing off how well we can do every week!
We’ll keep you up to date with with all that’s going on in Seahorse Class and we hope some of our children will write for our blog too!
On Friday 12th June, Key Stage 1 had a penny race to raise money for WaterAid. Before this we had watched a few videos telling us about WaterAid and their charitable work, to help the children understand the importance of clean water and hygienic conditions.
We raised a fantastic amount (final total still to be confirmed!) and we’re very grateful to all the parents and carers for their effort in helping us raise so much.
Our forest school fun today included enjoying the new rope swing that Mr Seabrooke added to our site, hunting for insects and creating insect homes and making some marvellous clay models; don’t the look super!
Next week will be our last forest School session of year 1 and we desperately need helpers if the children are to be able to try out using tools. If you are able to help next Monday afternoon do let us know as soon as possible. Thank you!
With summer fast approaching (although with the wind and rain this week it doesn’t really feel like it!), we’ve decided to move our roleplay outside for this term – our topics are plants and minibeasts, so it made sense to keep the roleplay relevant and give the children a chance to enjoy the fresh air at the same time! Since moving the roleplay outside gave us some extra space inside, we’ve turned that area into a book corner, which is already much used. We’re looking into obtaining some beanbags, cushions and blankets to turn it into a really comfy nook for enjoying a quiet story.
Here’s a quick look at our book corner so far:
We wanted to make reading into an activity which the children want to pursue, and sourced some inspiring quotes to decorate the area and immerse the children in language:
Fingers crossed they’ll continue to enjoy both the outside roleplay and the new snuggly book corner!
Today at Forest School we tried to use different cooking techniques to cook upon our fire: frying and boiling. We fired onions and we boiled hotdog sausages, talking about how these foods changed as they got heated and how we would know when they had been cooked properly. We all enjoyed eating some yummy scrummy hotdogs afterwards!
Other fun to be had included den building, bug finding, knot tying to make bows and arrows and drawing with the charcoal from our fire last week.
Thank you so much to the parents who helped us at Forest School this week and made all of this fun and learning possible.
Seahorses will now do Forest School again after May half term. We have already started to think about how the area may have changed by then as we go through the Spring! The children now need to take their Forest School wellingtons and extra clothes home until they are needed again.
Just a selection of photographs to show you all the fun we had at Forest School today!
We had a very successful fire and we enjoyed a range of cooking on it, including making some yummy scrummy chocolate bananas for us all to share and taste, mmm mmm! We also tried out our frying pan with some pancake mix. Whilst we could see how the mix was bubbling away and changing colour in parts our pancakes weren’t quite successful enough to eat this week, although we shall try again soon!
We would really love to enjoy another fire and some cooking next week, on our last Forest School session of the Spring term, weather permitting of course! If you are able to help us by collecting any sticks this week for us and drying them out ready to bring in for our fire that would be very helpful and much appreciated as bone dry, plentiful firewood really is the key. Fingers crossed now for dry conditions next Monday!
Thank you to the adults who helped and made all of this fun possible!
Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been writing with a focus on fantasy stories. To support their learning, we have been making a few changes in the classroom:
We have modified one of the existing boards and split it into literacy and maths ‘working walls’ – as you can see, we have been working with a particular focus on describing fantasy settings, so we have a modelled version displayed for the children to access as they wish.
We have also converted one of our windows into a ‘literacy fish tank’, which is essentially a large word bank designed to fit with the current genre of literacy work and challenge the children to use high-level words, phrases and punctuation in their work.
The children particularly enjoyed having a class author for World Book Day, so we are making this into a regular feature – we have even changed one of our internal windows into a permanent class author display!
Our new class author is Tim Hopgood – please feel free to access and share his books with your children; a selection should be available from your local library.
As you can see, the children have been extremely busy, and we’re looking forward to documenting the solar eclipse tomorrow!
Last Thursday was World Book Day, and as you know our school theme was bedtime stories. The children had a fantastic day in their pyjamas, and really enjoyed sharing their favourite bedtime stories throughout the day.
We spent the morning writing book reviews of our class author’s books. We have particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to share his stories, and the children loved listening to (and joining in with) the repeating patterns in When A Monster Is Born and the imaginative flights of fancy in The World Champion Of Staying Awake.
During the afternoon, the children shared their favourite bedtime stories with their friends, exploring the things they find especially interesting or exciting about them. Meanwhile, the children worked a group at a time doing some artwork for our ‘On The Move’ topic.
We had a wonderful day celebrating the joys of sharing bedtime stories – an experience which never really leaves us.