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Paper Tower Challenge in Class 1T

As part of their ‘Build, construct, create’ theme, class 1T were set the task to create a tall, strong and stable tower made out of newspaper and masking tape only. Their challenge was to use their learning powers to show stickability when the going was tough, work well on their own or with a partner to listen and share ideas, use

You Can’t Catch Me!…

The nursery children have really enjoyed sharing the story of the gingerbread man and baking yummy gingerbread men. When the children weren’t looking, the gingerbread men ran away!

“Run, run, run as fast as you can. You’ll never catch me, I’m the gingerbread man. I ran from the baker and his wife too. You’ll never catch me, not any of

It’s the Year of the Rooster!

On Saturday 28th January it was the Chinese New Year 2017 – the year of the Rooster (the 10th animal in the cycle)! The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year and this year will run until 15th February 2018. The next Year of the

Nursery Bike Day

Nursery recently enjoyed a bike day. They made a carwash and garage where they could get their bikes mended. They had to obey the stop and start signs, and stop at the zebra crossing. Rachael was the police officer and caught a few children for speeding. We hope they paid their fines!

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Harry the Hazzard Hawk Swoops into Nursery

Alfie’s mum and dad came to visit the nursery and brought along with them their stunning female Hazzard Hawk called Harry. A Hazzard Hawk is so called as it is a Common Buzzard x Harris Hawk hybrid.

During her flying visit, Harry flew outside and when she returned to Michael’s hand she got a piece of chicken as a reward.

Reception Children Visit Tamar Trading

As part of their ‘Build, Construct, Create’ topic, the Reception children went to visit Tamar Trading. They were able to watch as the paint machine mixed the colour that they had chosen. Then, they went to watch the forklift truck move piles of wood – some of them were very high up. The also watched as Pete loaded bricks onto his lorry using

‘Build, Construct, Create’…a newspaper bridge!

As part of our ‘Build, Construct, Create’ topic, Reception children learned about the Brooklyn Bridge. When it was built, some people didn’t believe it would be strong enough to hold their weight, so 21 elephants were led across to prove its strength!

The challenge was set: using only newspaper and tape, build a bridge that will hold a block or a

Toy Service

The afternoon of Tuesday 24th January saw the Bluecoat Hall filled with parents, carers, children….and toys! It was, of course, the annual Toy Service led by The Collective Worship Focus Group with readings, prayers and a wonderful display of gifts. Once again, the children’s singing lifted everyone’s spirits.

Mags Zaharia who received the gifts on behalf of Little John’s House told the

A Look Back at Christingle

With January well underway, Christmas feels like a distant memory so we thought we would share these charming photos of the Christingle service.

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A Christmas Search for Stars!

The youngest members of our school enjoyed the story of the Little Christmas Tree as part of their celebrations. They donned their welly boots and ventured into the Forest School area to search for stars, which they then hung on the Christmas tree outside of nursery.

Afterwards they found their best singing voices for some lovely Christmas songs and made

Reception Children ‘Sing a Song of Christmas’

On Tuesday 13th December, the younger members of the school took to the stage to delight parents and carers with their annual Nativity play. ‘Sing a Song of Christmas’ is a delightful musical celebrating the birth of Christ and Reception children have been rehearsing over the past few weeks in preparation for the event. All the children shone as brightly

Hugo the Hedgehog Helps Class RH Learn!

In class RH they have been thinking about the seasons changing. They have been finding out about how this affects the animals and as part of this learning Miss Dixon brought in her pet ‘Apricot African Pygmy Hedgehog’ called Hugo. We were surprised by its pale (apricot) prickles and learnt some new words; ‘nocturnal’, ‘hibernation’ and ‘quills’.

Malakai wanted to

We Will Remember Them…

Deputy Head Ian Thomas lead a Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November which was was attended by pupils and staff from years 2 – 6. Children from years 2 and 3 presented poppy wreaths that they had made in class. The hall filled with music and song as everyone sang ‘We will remember’ and at 11 o’clock the 2

Families Gather for Harvest Breakfast

Year 1 have been focusing on the harvest of the ocean.

They visited the church in town for a Harvest Experience, which looked at harvest of the land and sea. Back in school, they cooked sea creature shaped biscuits, oyster cupcakes and jelly(fish!), and learned some harvest songs. They wrote invitations to their families and held a harvest breakfast.

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It’s Harvest Time in Reception

Farmer Harris came to explain the importance of harvest on the farm to our Reception children. He explained about storing food for the winter and the uses of wheat and maize. They saw a real tractor and looked closely at a range of products from the farm like silage, cow cake, a maize plant, wheat and turnips!

After his visit

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Lollipop Man

The reception children enjoyed a visit from Charlie the lollipop man, who explained about his job and how to keep safe near roads. We then practiced helping people cross the road and used the bikes as pretend cars to stop at the crossing. Ask us about our green cross code, we are experts now. A big thank you to Charlie,

‘Mole’ Project

Arabella and family came to present a ‘mole’ project they had been working on together to class RH. A great collage with so many details which Arabella explained to the class beautifully with lots of added minibeast facts to link with our learning this half term. They then sang us a song about a mole and finished with a funny

Ugly Bug Ball

In Reception, we have had a busy week preparing for the Ugly Bug Ball! There was lots to do; making the food, writing menus, designing placemats and plates, making decorations and writing invitations!

In the morning, every different minibeast that we had been learning about this term arrived at the classroom doors, and we paraded around the hall for all

Science

In 1C we have been learning about parts of plants. We discovered that there are some plants where the root, stem, leaf or flower can be eaten! We played a game that encouraged us to try different plant parts and most of us were brave enough to try carrots, celery, cauliflower and lettuce. What a healthy bunch we are!