Clay birds, more measuring, and a very busy Wednesday afternoon…

February 7th, 2018

Last week we made birds out of clay, so on Monday we decided to make some shelters for them in the school garden. We discussed what the shelter needed to provide for the birds- the birds had to be warm, dry and safe from predators.

Here are some of our birds and some of our shelters:

We’ve also continued to develop our understanding of measurement. The Reception children have been building containers for the toy animals, and thinking about how long/ tall or short the containers need to be:

Some of the children have been challenging themselves to see who could build the tallest towers:

Meanwhile, the Year 1s have been measuring using non-standard and standard units. We started off by measuring things around the class using our feet. We recorded our results in a table, and discovered that our results were all different from each other:

We discussed why our results were different, and then decided that it was important to measure things using a standard unit of measurement. Yesterday, we looked for things around the school that were longer and shorter than a metre (we even measured Mr Wilkinson- he’s just under 2 metres, but we didn’t take a photo because our camera ran out of charge!), and today we have been measuring things in centimetres:


And to top off a busy few days, this afternoon some of our friends from the Owls came to read us stories, we  practised our coding skills on the new laptops, and the Year 1s exhibited their artwork in the Kestrels’ gallery!


I think we’ll definitely be ready for our holidays on Friday….



Birdwatching, PE and measuring…

February 1st, 2018

It’s been another very busy week in the Eagles. This week we’ve been birdwatching in the school garden:


We’ve been practising some of the gymnastic basic shapes in PE, and using the shapes to start to develop gymnastic routines:

We’ve also been exploring measurement in class.

We looked for objects that were longer, shorter and the same size as five interlocking cubes.


We raced the timer to join cubes together in one minute and compared and ordered our lengths:


The Year 1s have been measuring themselves using cubes, and counting in tens to find out who is the tallest:


What is the difference in height between Oscar and Flora?

Owls in the Eagles

January 25th, 2018

This week we have been learning all about the birds that visit our gardens.

We have been learning to tell the story of Owl Babies all by ourselves, and have been making story maps, painting pictures of owls, drawing owls on the smartboard and making owl puppets.

We have turned the home corner into a birdhide, and been doing surveys of our favourite birds:


Which bird is the most popular?

We’ve also been making binoculars so that we can see birds that are far away:

It’s the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend- join in and see how many different birds visit your garden!


Time trials

November 30th, 2017

We’ve been continuing our learning on time through our play this week. Time is a difficult concept for the children to develop, so we ensure that the children have lots of opportunities to learn about the concept through their play and through direct teaching.

We sing the ‘Days of the Week’ song and complete the calendar on our wall every day. We always talk about the things that we do on different days and use language such as ‘today’, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’ to develop their understanding.

In play, some children have practised their reading and writing by copying the names of the days and months:


Some of the children made an obstacle course outside. They used the stopwatch to time each other. It was great fun!


They recorded their times using the whiteboard wedge and on clipboards. We discussed whose time was the fastest, and some of the children tried to work out the differences between their times.

Some children wanted to play with the unifix, and used the sand timers to see how many unifix they could join in a period of time. In this picture, the children managed to join 99 unifix in three minutes! They recorded their results on whiteboards and clipboards:

The children have loved all the different ways that they can use the timers. It would be lovely to hear about some of the time trials that they can think of to do at home…


Introducing the woodwork bench…

November 25th, 2017

This week the children have been introduced to the delights of woodwork.

After discussing the rules for working at the woodwork bench, the children were taught how to use hammers and nails safely:

After the children had made their creations, they showed them to their friends and explained how they had made them. Here are some pictures of some of their work:

Over the next few weeks, we will be showing the children how to use other tools such as drills, screwdrivers and saws. Watch this space for their new creations…



Stick Man and sand timers

November 23rd, 2017

It’s been such a busy week in the Eagles.

We have been learning to tell the story of Stick Man in class, and some of the children have been making Stick Man in different ways. Some children have painted him, some children made him out of sticks, and some children worked in teams to make giant stickmen!

We’ve also been learning about time, and have been playing with the sand timers and stopwatches. We’ve been racing the sandtimer to see how many cotton reels we could thread in one minute, and have also used the stopwatch to see how long it would take to thread ten reels. We discussed why the smallest numbers were the winners- some of us found this a bit confusing because we thought the biggest numbers should win!

The Year 1s have been doing lots of work on addition and subtraction, and we invented a throwing game to help us practise our skills. We had four buckets labelled with numbers 1 to 4. We had to throw two beanbags into the pots and add our scores together. Then we had to record our scores on the chalkboard. At the end of the game, we added up all of our scores to see who was the winner. The children also took photos of each other playing the game using the tablet- here are some of their pictures:.


Yoga with Claudia

November 15th, 2017

As part of Happiness Week, the Eagles had a yoga session with local yoga teacher Claudia. The children learned how to breathe calmly and deeply, and learned several yoga poses- the cat, the dog, the snake and the bridge. The children played several games, and had to listen for the singing bowl, which was the signal to stop. Then everyone had to lie down and relax. Claudia placed sweets on everyone’s foreheads, and everyone had to keep really still so that they wouldn’t fall off! We finished the session by placing our hands together and saying ‘Namaste’ to each other.

The Aliens are coming!

November 8th, 2017

The Eagles have been exploring Space this week (not literally!).

On Monday, the whole school took part in a science afternoon, and the Eagles were asked how they could make a rocket fly. We made cones out of circular pieces of card and placed them on top of milk bottles. When we squeezed the bottles, the rockets flew up into the air!

On Tuesday we had a visit from the Explorer Dome. The Eagles loved being in the dark dome and found out all about the constellations in the sky. Ben and Josh from the Dome were really impressed at how well-behaved and knowledgeable our Eagles were. The children then chose to draw pictures of the constellations and talked about what they had learned- their work is on display in class, so please come and look!

The Year 1 children have been learning to write instructions, and they’ve read and followed instructions for making rockets and written instructions for making alien puppets. The Reception love to join in with what the older children are doing, so the class is full of lovely aliens!

These aliens live on the moon:

We’ve also been listening to stories about aliens, drawing and painting pictures of aliens, and writing stories to perform in our story squares:

Some of our children have even been making rockets at home to show and tell in class:




A Spooky Scavenger Hunt

October 31st, 2017

The Reception children are desperate to play in the garden at lunchtime, so over the past few weeks we have been learning about the importance of keeping safe in the garden. The Year 1 children have been demonstrating how to use the outdoor resources appropriately and safely, and have been explaining how and why it is important to listen carefully and to follow instructions at all times.

After we played a few games to reinforce listening skills, we decided to go on a spooky scavenger hunt.

Here are some of the things that we found:

This flower is the same colour as a pumpkin.

These twigs look like spooky skeleton fingers.

Can you see the spooky spider web?


Every wizard needs a magic wand.

Time for a ride on a witch’s broomstick…


We had great fun in the garden today, and now the younger children are ready to play with their older friends in the garden at lunchtime. Hooray!

Exploring 3D shapes

October 19th, 2017

This week we’ve been learning about 3D shapes.

We started by going on a 3D shape hunt around class. Here are some of the 3D shapes that we found:

The children have had lots of opportunities to explore the properties of 3D shapes through their play. Lots of the children have been building towers using 3D shapes. We discovered that we couldn’t use spheres in our towers as they kept rolling off. We also discovered that it’s very tricky to place something on top of the point of a cone!

The children love to build models using Polydron, and we challenged them to see how many different 3D shapes we could make. We discovered that we couldn’t we make spheres, cones and cylinders using Polydron. Why do you think this is?

The Year 1s also investigated the properties of 3D shapes through printing the faces of the shapes. Some of the Reception children were fascinated by what they were doing and then chose to do the same in their play.


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