Settling into life in The Eagles…

September 23rd, 2017

It’s been an incredibly busy week in school, and the children are settling well in The Eagles. They’ve had many new experiences this week, and we’ve been so impressed with how well they’ve coped, particularly in joining the older children in the hall for their  lunch.

Many of the children have now taken Tedmund home to meet their families. The day after taking him home, they are encouraged to tell their friends what they’ve been up to. Talking in front of the class can be a very daunting experience, but the children are growing increasingly confident about standing up in front of their friends to talk about Tedmund and to answer their friends’ questions.

Every snacktime, the children have been paying for their fruit using real coins. The Year 1 children have been helping to ‘run the shop’, and the children are getting better and better at counting out the correct money, as well as remembering to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

The children are enjoying exploring their class room environment, and many of them love to play outdoors. They’re enjoying building dens and making ramps for the cars and water;  next week, we’re going to explore some other ways in which we can challenge ourselves in this environment.

The children have also enjoying exploring all of the different applications on our smartboard. This week we’ve been writing our names in rainbow colours on the board:

Our Year 1s have had a very busy week too. We visited Coco’s house to see her fourteen new puppies on Monday. They were really gorgeous! Thank you to Coco’s mummy for inviting us to meet them.

The Year 1s  have also been practising cursive handwriting, which means that we’re now starting our letters with a ‘zoom’. It’s quite tricky, so we’re finding lots of fun ways to practise:

Another busy week of learning in The Eagles; I wonder what we’ll learn next week?

 

Our vegetable sale

September 14th, 2017

Back in the summer term, the Eagles planted lots of different kinds of vegetables in the school garden. We looked after them throughout the summer, and this week we harvested our vegetables. We had runner beans,  onions, potatoes and carrots, as well as a few sunflowers.

We gave the sunflowers to Mrs Rushton and Mrs Sollis. It really brightened up their day!

We decided to have a vegetable sale after school. We made posters for our sale.

We sold lots and lots of vegetables; tomorrow we are going to count up how much money we made. We are going to buy something lovely for our classroom with the money that we raised.

Visit from a fire engine

September 12th, 2017

The Eagles were so excited to see a fire engine pull up outside school today, but don’t worry, there wasn’t actually a fire at school!

First all of the children climbed on board the engine and tried on the firefighters’ uniforms and helmets.

     

Next we all had a go at spraying the wall with the hose. It was great fun, and the water made a beautiful rainbow.

Then one of the firefighters tried to squirt us with the hose and we all got extremely excited!

Finally it was time for the firefighters to go back to the station. We really enjoyed their visit and all said thank you as they drove away.

Last day of move-through for our new children…

July 13th, 2017

Today was our final move-through day, and we are delighted at how well all of our new children seem to have settled in to our classroom routines.

They’ve loved playing in the big playground and have had lots of fun making music on our new stage:

We’ve moved on from making marks on the smartboard and have been exploring the different functions:

The children are all desperate to take on the role of shopkeeper at snacktime, and are getting used to using real money to pay for their fruit:

 

Our Year 1 children have really supported our new children, and they have enjoyed getting to know their new friends:

 

In addition to having lots of fun exploring all of the classroom’s resources, the children have also been learning about how to look after and tidy up the classroom resources. They have been matching equipment to shadows in the outdoor area, learning where the big building equipment belongs, and using the brooms to sweep up the sand:

  

It’s been so lovely getting to know our new children over the past few days, and we are all really looking forward to welcoming them back when they start school in September.

Have a lovely summer, and see you all after the holidays!

Second day in The Eagles…

July 12th, 2017

It’s been another busy morning of learning in the Eagles class.

The children have been helping each other to put on their aprons:

Some children have been exploring what happens when you pour water along different channels:

They’ve been practising their cutting skills and making potions in the kitchen:

The smartboard is very popular, and the children have had to learn to take it in turns when they draw on it:

Lots of the children have been exploring our creative area. They’ve been drawing, cutting, joining materials and mixing powder paints:

We’re looking forward to finding out what we’re going to learn tomorrow.

First day in the Eagles

July 11th, 2017

Our new Reception children really enjoyed their first taste of life in the Eagles class this morning.

They sang songs, listened to stories, bought  fruit from our snack shop and had lots of fun learning through play. Here are a few pictures of some of the children exploring their new class:

We’re looking forward to seeing the children again tomorrow for lots more fun.

Eid Mubarak!

June 29th, 2017

It was a very exciting time for Adam earlier this week, as he celebrated Eid with his family.

Eid is a Muslim festival which celebrates the end of Ramadan.

We wanted to find out more about Eid, so we watched ‘Let’s Celebrate’ on CBeebies, which is a lovely programme that shows children preparing for different faith and cultural festivals.

We found out that Muslim women decorate their hands with beautiful mehndi patterns, and some of us had a go at designing our own. On Tuesday, Yasmine from the Hawks came in to class and showed us the mehndi designs that had been painted on her hands during Eid- they were so beautiful!

We found out that Muslims pray at a mosque, and some children asked if they could decorate some pictures of mosques. Some of the children even built a mosque using junk modelling materials:

 

Best of all, we had a lovely surprise when Adam turned up to school today with some beghrir. These are special pancakes that people eat in Morocco. They have lots of holes in them, and they are covered with melted butter and honey. They were absolutely delicious and they were eaten up very quickly!

As part of RE, we have also been talking about the things that make each of us special. Every day Mrs Carter takes one of the children out of the classroom to do some jobs in the garden. While they are out, we talk about all of the things that make them special and write them down on the whiteboard. When they come back to class, we show the whiteboard to our friend. It’s so lovely to see their faces when we tell them what makes them special- it’s our favourite part of the day! All of our ‘What makes me special?’ pictures are on display in class- please come in and have a look.

Our trip to Copsegrove Farm

June 23rd, 2017

The Eagles visited Copsegrove Farm in Bisley yesterday. Kate from Copsegrove introduced us to her cows and led us through the fields of barley into the woods.

 

     

We built dens, made animals out of clay, went on minibeast hunts and toasted marshmallows on the fire.

         

We all had a really lovely day and returned to school tired and happy. Thank you Kate for letting us visit your farm- we can’t wait for our next visit!

Our Assembly

June 16th, 2017

We had our class assembly today. The children thought it would be a lovely idea to showcase the kinds of things that we do in class every day, so they all decided upon different things that they wanted to do in assembly.

Abner demonstrated how we count the dinners every morning, and then we showed everybody how we learn about money in our snack shop.

 

Some of us did a show and tell of some of the things that we had made in class.

Some of the children had a race with the unifix, and we sang  ‘Pen, esgwyddau, coesau, traed’, which is ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ in Welsh.

 

We showed off some of our writing and talked about the things that we do in our Outdoor Learning sessions.

At the end, we danced to one of our favourite Wake and Shake songs.

We hope everyone enjoyed ‘A day in the life of The Eagles’ as much as we did.

How to keep safe in the sun

May 25th, 2017

The Eagles have been learning about keeping safe in the sun.

Here are some things that we need to remember:

Put a sun hat on.

Find a shady spot to play in.

Make sure you drink plenty of water.

Ask your grown ups to put sun cream on us.

 

We hope everyone remembers these rules so that they can keep safe in the sun.

(The Eagles helped to write this blog in class!)

 


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