Monday 19th - Friday 23rd June 2017
Wow, what a hot week!!
We have had fun measuring this week. We have used the metre rules, tape measures and hands and feet to compare objects and we have also compared ourselves and tried to line up in height order.
We have worked in groups to paint pictures of giants and then we have written descriptive labels to go with our paintings.
We had a delicious snack this week- afternoon tea (except that it was in the morning!!). Our faces tell it all!!
We have also been thinking about how technology helps us at school and at home. Thank you to everyone who has completed our ‘technology at home’ survey.
lease note: The children have information about next week’s Sports Day and details of our forthcoming ‘Gruffalo’ outing in their book bags.
Monday 12th - Friday 16th June 2017
On Monday we enjoyed watching the `The Selfish Giant’ performance by Image Musical Theatre. We thoroughly enjoyed singing all the songs and listening to the story. We have been busy drawing giants and building extravagant castles out of the boxes you kindly sent in.
We have also been learning about how to keep our bodies healthy and fit. We sorted items or images into those that were healthy and those that were not so healthy for us. The children impressed us by their knowledge of food and exercise.
Finally thank you to those parents and visitors who joined us on Wednesday afternoon to look through their child’s Learning Journey. The children enjoyed sharing their achievements this year and we really appreciated all your lovely comments.
Monday 5th - Friday 9th June 2017
We have had a busy first week back. We talked about the lovely things we did over half term and had the opportunity to paint pictures.
We have continued with our mini beast topic and have decorated pebbles to make our own mini beast friends.
We enjoyed labelling the parts of our body, thank you Emily for being a very good model!
We had great fun during our gymnastics lesson, we listened carefully and learnt some new skills. We can’t wait for next week.
We are looking forward to our visit from The Musical Image Theatre on Monday who will be performing the story of the Selfish Giant.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week our butterflies hatched and we released them into the school garden- we were amazed to see them so close up and they did not seem to want to fly away! We also found lots of minibeasts in the school garden, they were enjoying the sunshine too!
We had a fun swim during our swimming lesson on Thursday and Mrs Matthews enjoyed spraying us with the hose!
The weather has been beautiful this week and we have enjoyed being outside lots and especially eating our packed lunches outside.
Have a fantastic half term holiday, let’s hope the sun continues to shine.
This week has been a special week in Foundation Year. We have performed our concert 3 times! Once to the Lower School and twice to the parents. We sang and spoke beautifully and all the staff are very proud of us.
We have been excited to see our caterpillars turn into cocoons and are now waiting patiently for some butterflies!
Monday 8th - Friday 12th May 2017
This week we have been mini beast hunting. We found lots of snails and had a race!
We have also been doing mini beast maths and working out how to share the mini beasts between the leaves.
On Thursday we joined with Clownfish Class for some more country dancing, they were very impressed with our dancing skills.
Thank you to all the children who have brought in their shape work.
Monday 1st - Friday 5th May
This week in Seahorse Class we received a very special parcel; it contained some caterpillars for us to look after. We have enjoyed looking at them with our magnifying glasses and seeing how they move and eat. We are going to be very careful with them and we are keeping a diary of how they change. We have also enjoyed reading the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and singing mini beast songs.
Monday 24th - Friday 28th April 2017
This week we have continued with our work on mini beasts. We have used our shapes to print with to make mini beast pictures and discussed what shapes we used- the pictures all look great and such a range of mini beasts. We also received a letter from the ‘Snakes Alive’ team asking us which animals we liked seeing so we have each written a letter back to them.
We have been practising making our cvc words with our sound pebbles.
On Monday we had PE on the astro with ASSA and took part in lots of different activities- it was great fun.
Next week we will be thinking some more about 3D shapes and looking for them in our environment, maybe this weekend you can do a shape hunt for some examples of cubes, cuboids, spheres and pyramids?
Monday 17th - Friday 21st April 2017
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter holiday. This week we had some very special visitors to our classroom. ‘Snakes Alive’ brought lots of mini beasts for us to look at including stick insects, a tarantula, slugs, a giant snail and a beetle. They also bought a snake, a toad, a tortoise and a lizard. This was a lovely start to our mini beast topic- we were all very excited to be able to see them up close and even touch some! Following our visit we have all painted pictures of mini beasts and thought about things we would like to find out.
We have also done some country dancing in the hall with Clownfish Class- that was great fun and we made some new friends.
Thank you to everyone who has brought in their mini beast home learning challenges- we have thoroughly enjoyed looking at all your fabulous work.
We also dressed up in red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s 91st birthday.
Monday 27th - Friday 31st March 2017
We had a fantastic day on Monday, we thoroughly enjoyed our train trip, visiting the library in the Forum and playing at East Beach. All the children were extremely well behaved and we were very proud of them. Thank you to all our the mums that helped us on the day.
This week we have also taken part in our fun swim and made special Easter nests.
Our week culminated in our Easter hat parade. Thank you to everyone who helped their child make an Easter hat, they all looked fabulous.
Don’t forget to have a look at our special minibeast home learning challenge, we look forward to seeing what you do.
We hope that you all have a lovely Easter holiday, don’t eat too many eggs!
Monday 20th - Friday 24th March 2017
Our week continued to be busy filled with activities related to a very special person in our family- our mum. We did some writing, drawing and cooking- we hope you enjoy your special treat mum!!
Lastly we have enjoyed ‘Red Nose Day’ and our special lunch, however we have also talked about how lucky we are compared to many children in the world.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and hope that all the mums out there are spoilt on Sunday!
Remember it is our train trip on Monday.
Monday 13th - Friday 17th March 2017
This week we have enjoyed doing activities related to the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story. The children have written our own versions of the story, built lots of houses of varying shapes and sizes using a variety of construction materials. Our week finished with a fantastic trip to the beach where we enjoyed making patterns, building more houses and parachute games. The children were all beautifully behaved and a huge thank you to all our helpers who made the trip possible.
Monday 6th - Friday 10th March 2017
This week we have had great fun retelling stories using puppets and small world toys. We have also painted pictures of the characters from Little Red Riding Hood and completed some independent writing about our favourite books. We also have a ‘magical’ oven in our classroom- a doubling oven! We have been learning our doubles and writing number sentences to go with them.
We have continued trying to be kind to each other during our 40 Acts of Kindness challenge.
Monday 27th February - Friday 3rd March 2017
We have had great fun in Seahorse Class this week celebrating World Book Day. We enjoyed sharing books with our special visitors and we also met with our Year 6 reading buddies – it was lovely to see them again. We also had the opportunity to visit the school library.
The children wore some fantastic costumes on Thursday and all looked fantastic- thank you for your support.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the author and illustrator of ‘MUM’, listened carefully to the story and asked some very sensible questions. A huge thank you to Betsy’s mum for arranging this for us.
Mrs Gillman asked the author to choose the winners of the extreme reading challenge, a huge well done to Oliver and Bobby who were amongst the winners. Thank you to all of you that took pictures, you all thought of some very inventive places to read.
Next week we will be continuing with our theme of traditional tales, have a lovely weekend.
Monday 20th - Friday 24th February 2017
This week we have been focusing on traditional tales, especially The Gingerbread Man. We have enjoyed gingerbread for snack, we have used puppets, ordered pictures and even been the characters in order to retell the story. We have also produced some amazing independent writing to tell the story in our own words.
Next week we are looking forward to ‘Book Week’ and lots of reading related activities. Don’t forget to take your extreme read photo and ask people to sponsor you in our readathon.
Monday 6th - Friday 10th February 2017
We have had an exciting week in Seahorse Class. We have made fruit ice lollies, decorated biscuits to make special coronation biscuits and danced the afternoon away at our ‘Frozen’ ball!
We made posters to let everyone know about the ball and looked at the coins we might use to buy the tickets.
We also had a visit from a lady who taught us all about how to look after our teeth.
It was our last PE session with ASSA and we played team games- it was great fun!
We have enjoyed looking at all the investigation homework that the children have brought in- they have done some fabulous work, thank you.
We hope you have a super half term and don’t forget to find interesting places to read and take a photograph for our extreme reading challenge.
Thank you for your continued support it is really appreciated.
Monday 30th January - Friday 3rd February 2017
This week we have had great fun exploring freezing and melting. We have also been thinking about the characters from ‘Frozen’ and using lots of descriptive words. We have made our own books about the story. I hope you enjoy sharing our next home learning challenge with your child. Next week we are looking forward to our ‘Frozen’ ball on Friday.
Monday 23rd - Friday 27th January 2017
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have tried lots of different Chinese food for snack but our favourite was prawn toast. Please Mrs Matthews can we have it again!!
We looked at Chinese dragons and learnt about the dances and we also painted pictures of dragons. We have also found out that Chinese children get given red envelopes with money in so we have made some red envelopes of our own, will they get filled?! Thank you for all the objects that the children have been able to bring in this week.
Monday 16th - Friday 20th January 2017
We have been busy working hard this week in Seahorse class. On Monday we enjoyed having P.E. in the hall with the ASSA sports coaches. We practised jumping, jogging and finding a space. We were very good at changing independently!
We have been thinking about cold colours and have had fun mixing colours to produce ‘cold’ pictures. We have talked about the types of animals that live in cold countries.
On Thursday we all dressed up and enjoyed our ‘under the sea’ themed lunch. A huge thank you to all those who had school dinners that day. We were the class chosen to be at the official opening of the Salt Water Café.
The best day of the week was Friday. We went on our ‘Winter’ walk. We thought about how our hands and feet felt, what type of clothes we had to wear, and what the trees looked like. When we got back to school we enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate!! A big thank you to all those who helped us on our walk.
Next week we will be thinking about Chinese New Year. If anyone has any objects they can bring in to show we would be very grateful.
Monday 9th - Friday 13th January 2017
We have been very busy again in Seahorse Class this week. We have all completed some writing about what we got for Christmas. We tried hard to spell the words using our phonic knowledge. We have also had fun with water play both inside and outside. We have also had fun measuring and trying to build towers that are taller than we are!
We were very excited with the snow on Friday!!
Have a lovely weekend.
Thursday 6th - Friday 9th January 2017
Welcome back and Happy New Year! The cold and frosty weather is just right for our topic for this term – we will be thinking about Winter and Frozen.
Congratulations to all those children who received the “Regular Readers” award at the end of last term. We would like to encourage parents to read with their children at least 5 times per week and record this in their home/school link book. We are aware that lots of reading takes place at home, but it is not always written in the book. We check the books weekly and the children are rewarded in assembly at the end of each half-term. We thank you for your continued support.
Monday 19th - Tuesday 20th December 2016
Last week of term
Following on from our party last Friday we have had a fun filled 2 days this week.
On Monday we visited our reading buddies in Year 6 to watch their Nativity puppet shows which were fantastic- well done Year 6! In the afternoon we had a very special visitor- Betsy’s dad. He brought his guitar, several hats and some snowballs and we had a fabulous sing song. Thank you so much Mr Pryor.
We also had great fun making a sleigh with Mrs Hatton!
On Tuesday we had a celebration assembly and lots of children gained their certificates for reading regularly at home. We also enjoyed joining the rest of the lower school for Christmas songs during the afternoon.
May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous gifts, they are very much appreciated. We hope you all have a super Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2017!!
Monday 12th - Friday 16th December 2016
We have had another very busy week in Seahorse class.
The week started with our Nativity concert. We enjoyed performing our songs to all our visitors, we hope you enjoyed it.
We enjoyed watching the pantomime ‘ Cinderella’ on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we had our Christmas lunch, roast turkey with all the trimmings! We have also been doing some baking of our own- did you like our mince pies?
We had great fun wearing our Christmas jumpers and dancing with AJ the Magician on Friday and then during the afternoon we had a visit from a very special person dressed in red!
Thank you for all your support this week and for the lovely party food- nine sleeps to go!!
Monday 5th - Friday 9th December 2016
Another busy week in Seahorse Class!! Although we are one week nearer to the BIG day!!
We have been taking part in lots of fun Christmas activities including crafts and listening to special Christmas stories. We dimmed the lights and listened to the story of the Nativity by fairy light, it was a moment to remember. We have also had a new member in our class this week, we have been joined by one of Santa’s elves! We are not sure of his name so we have decided to have a competition to name him- please write all entries down and send them in on Monday.
This week was our last swimming lesson of the term and we thoroughly enjoyed our fun swim. A huge thank you to those mums who come and help us change- we couldn’t do it without you!
We have been lucky enough to have received a Snow White house and characters which has kindly been donated by a past pupil. We have had fun playing with it.
Monday 28th - Friday 2nd December 2016
The big highlight of this week has been decorations morning. We all had a fantastic time making our decorations: cutting, sticking, painting and glittering! Thank you so much to all of our visitors that helped to make this occasion so special, we couldn’t have done it without you all. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Our classroom now looks very Christmassy and we are ready to do lots of activities over the next few weeks. Next Monday we have our Nativity dress rehearsal for the pre-school children to watch.
Have a lovely weekend.
Monday 21st - Friday 25th November 2016
Thank you to everyone who came along to our soup tasting event last week, we are glad you enjoyed it.
This week we have been thinking about our homes and how lucky we are compared to some other people. We learnt how builders use bricks to build the walls and looked at the pattern they make, then we tried ourselves.
We have also had fun outside playing with the pop up tunnels and making courses to try!
We have also been to our first Christmas rehearsal with the other classes. We are very enthusiastic with our singing and have learnt our words really well.
Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2016
Another busy week in Seahorse Class!
We have visited the book fair, and enjoyed looking at all the new books. Thank you to all the parents who came with their children to buy a book this week- it really does help the school.
We enjoyed dressing up in our spots and decorating cakes for Children in Need.
This week our focus has been on vegetables. We have printed repeating patterns, looked at them closely and painted pictures of them. We have also talked about our favourite vegetables and made a pictogram to show the results, carrots were the most popular vegetable in Seahorse Class! Our week ended with our soup making (thank you Mrs Hall). We chopped the vegetables, cooked them and blended them to make our soup. We hope you liked it!
Thank you to all those parents who joined us to taste our soup and look at our classroom- we really value your support.
Monday 7th - Friday 11th November 2016
We have had a very busy week in Seahorse Class talking about fireworks and creating firework pictures using a variety of media.
We made a big picture altogether outside on black paper by printing , flicking paint off the paintbrushes and using glitter to make it sparkly. (Well done Mrs Matthews for keeping everyone clean- including yourself)! We also covered conkers in paint and then rolled them across paper- the pictures were very effective. The children then thought of words to describe the fireworks they saw at the weekend and we added them to our pictures.
The children have obviously been practising putting on their coats and doing them up- well done everyone.
On Friday we had a quiet time to mark Remembrance Day and we talked about why people wear poppies.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to welcoming you to our classroom next Friday to taste our soup and see all the work we have been doing.
Monday 31st - Friday 4th November 2016
We hope you all had a lovely half term holiday, the children have obviously been working very hard on their ‘harvest home challenges’ because we have had some fantastic things to look at. Thank you for all your support.
This week we have continued to think about autumn and have enjoyed making autumn trees using finger painting and carrying out autumn counting activities. However, the highlight of this week has to be swimming! The children thoroughly enjoyed their first swimming lesson in school- lots of happy faces and great comments. We were so proud of them, not only of their swimming skills but also their behaviour and independence when getting changed. Long may this continue!
We will continue to do outside PE this term, if you would like to send in jogging bottoms or leggings (dark colours) to go in the children’s PE bags please feel free. As the weather is now turning colder could the children please practise putting their coats on and doing them up this weekend, thank you.
Have a super weekend and enjoy the fireworks (safely).
Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 2016
This week we have been very busy in Seahorse Class. We had a special visit from Elaine who came to ‘sing and sign’ with us, we sang lots of our favourite songs and learnt the sign language to go with them (maybe the children can show you at home!). We also enjoyed our autumn walk to the library gardens, we had great fun investigating with the magnifying glasses, collecting beautiful leaves and squirrel spotting. On Thursday Jonathan Logan from Leigh Wesley Church came to take our Harvest assembly- we sat and listened really well. Thank you to everyone who sent in donations of food this week. We have also met our Year 6 reading buddies from Orca Class, we shared our favourite stories with them and they read to us. We look forward to meeting up with them regularly this year.
This half term has flown bye, the children have settled in well and are a pleasure to teach. I hope you all have a lovely half term holiday. Remember to keep practising your word sheets and reading your books. I look forward to seeing all the lovely harvest home learning challenges you complete.
Monday 10th - Friday 14th October 2016
We have had great fun this week both inside and outside. Today we enjoyed lots of PE activities.
Have a lovely weekend, remember to practise your word sheets and look for any signs of autumn you can spot. We are looking forward to our trip to the library gardens next Wednesday afternoon.
Monday 3rd - Friday 7th October 2016
We have had great fun in Seahorse Class this week. As it was the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ themed lunch on Thursday we have been doing lots of activities related to Alice in Wonderland, making potions, writing invitations and best of all making jam tarts (well done Mrs Hall!). We all enjoyed the tea party too.
Monday 26th - Friday 30th September 2016
This week we have stayed at school all day and the staff are really pleased we are settling into the school routines. We have had lots of fun playing and sharing with our new friends, exploring the activities around all the Foundation Stage classrooms during ‘free flow’. On Wednesday Mr Hautler came to visit us and he was really pleased to see that we were all happy and learning.
Monday 19th - Friday 23rd May 2016
We have had a lovely first week in Seahorse Class making new friends and trying new activities. We have also enjoyed staying for lunch.