We have really enjoyed searching for min-beasts during outdoor learning, the children have found them under logs, rocks, plant pots and scurrying around in the grass and bark. Today we made mini-beasts out of plasticine and then made our own mini-beast world for them to enjoy.We have really enjoyed searching for min-beasts during outdoor learning, the children have found them under logs, rocks, plant pots and scurrying around in the grass and bark. Today we made mini-beasts out of plasticine and then made our own mini-beast world for them to enjoy.
The children found lots of mini beasts during outdoor learning. They chose which mini-beast they would like to make out of felt. They designed their mini beasts and then tried really hard to cut 2 identical pieces of felt to make the front and back. They sewed their mini-beasts together and added legs, antenna and eyes. I am so proud of all of them for their perseverance. Great work Finland class!
We have been so lucky in Finland class. A collared dove chose our outdoor area to build its nest. The children have been watching with great interest over the last few weeks and we have just seen 2 very healthy looking chicks. The mum and dad are both taking good care of the chicks, taking it in turns to sit on the eggs, and to gather food for the chicks.
Mrs Homer brought in Giant African snails and stick insects for our insect lab. Again, the children have been fascinated to watch them grow, and help to feed the snails. They really like apples, but did not like the grapes.
Our duck eggs arrived on Monday, and one duckling has hatched already. The children think it is an Indian Runner duck, as it has yellow feathers, yellow feet and a pink bill. We are hopeful that more of the eggs will hatch over the next few days.
Summer 1 - Marvellous Mini-beasts
Story Telling Tea Party
Thank you so much to everyone who attended our story telling tea party. The children have worked so hard all term, baking, painting, story telling and writing and it was lovely for them to be able to share what they had done with you all. I promise the children will be able to bring their books home with them, we just need to keep them in school for the next few months.
Tuesday 2nd April – Farm Trip
We will be visiting the farm on Tuesday afternoon to look at the ewes and lambs. The children will get to see the farmers working with the sheep and hopefully see some lambs being born. They may also get to bottle feed the lambs and touch / hold them.
Children need to come to school wearing uniform, with their usual warm, outdoor learning clothes in a bag. We will change into warm clothes after lunch.
Parents are welcome to come to the farm with us. (Remember, no pregnant ladies due to the slight risk associated with being in contact with pregnant ewes). Please arrive at school at 1:10pm.
I have been running trips to the farm during lambing for many years and the children are normally fascinated by what they see. Be prepared for some interesting observations from your children!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Mrs Jo Chapman
Tuesday 2nd April- Farm Trip
More details to follow.
Outdoor Learning Fire
We had a fantastic afternoon at our first outdoor learning fire of the year. The months of training had been worth it, as the children were brilliantly behaved in the fire circle, remembering all the rules to keep them safe. The children tied newspaper knots to go at the bottom of the fire, then watched as the kindling they had collected last week was used to build up the fire.
Once the fire had reached a good cooking temperature, the children toasted 2 marshmallows and then ate them between 2 chocolate digestive biscuits - yummy!!
They really enjoyed watching the fire being put out with buckets of water.
Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers who came to support us. We really couldn't do it without you.
Well done Finland class - you make me very proud.
Reading and Phonics Workshop
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the workshop. I hope you found it useful. I will be sending home reading question bookmarks and copies of set 2 and set 3 sounds with all the children. We will start to put set 2 and set 3 sounds into the children's sound pouches from next week.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Butter has put photos of the children's maths work on the Mexico class page.
Save the Date - Wednesday 3rd April 2:30 - 3:30
Story telling tea party
Invitations and more information to follow.
How to help your child with reading
On Monday 11th March 3:00 – 3:30pm I will be running a session on how to help your child with their reading. We will look at how we teach the children the set 2 and 3 phonic sounds, and how to get the most out of reading with your child at home.
This session is open to anyone, please don’t worry if you have younger siblings. Feel free to bring them with you. If you are unable to make the session, please let me know and I will try to organise a second session at a later date.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your continued support.
We had such an exciting morning with Mr Price from Animal Encounters. He brought a stick insect, a milk snake, a royal python, a crested gecko, a chameleon, a tarantula and 2 meerkats.
The children listened very well to a talk about each animal. We learnt where they lived, what they ate and some interesting facts about each animal. They then got the chance to hold, or stroke them. We were amazed at how brave they all were, especially those children who had the royal python around their necks and who held the tarantula.
Hopefully this week they will show us how much they have remembered and show off their fantastic writing skills. Well done Finland Class, you make us very proud.
Move like an animal.
We have been talking about how different animals move through the rain forest. We got the PE apparatus out and had a go at climbing ropes, ladders and bars; crawling across benches and rolling on mats. The children listened really well to the instructions and it was lovely to see what confident climbers they are. Well done Finland class.
Pre School Visit
The reception children had a wonderful time playing in the village pre school garden this week. We are aiming to improve our links with the pre school and they had very kindly invited us to see all the work that has been done in their garden. Finland class were very well behaved and enjoyed all that was on offer to them. We can't wait for the pre school children to come and visit us over the next few months.
Year 1 maths-Mrs Butter
Please see Mexico class page for photographs of some of our learning in maths over the past few weeks. Also, details regarding homework that was sent out today, counting in 10s.
Outdoor Learning - Matching Sets
The children chose a number and then had to collect natural objects to match the number. If they chose leaves, they had to find matching leaves. They all worked really hard to collect leaves, bark, twigs, and sticks.
Tree climbing was really popular today, with children using animal movements to work their way along the branch to collect the cuddly animals. Plenty of potion making, tent building and the tree swing kept everybody busy all afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who came to help us today - we really appreciate it.
Well done to all the children who performed so well during our nativity play. We were very proud of all your singing, dancing and speaking.
We hope you enjoyed watching them.
Wednesday 14th November 3:10 pm Finland Class Firework Dance Performance.
Come and watch our Firework dance. Don't worry if you cannot make it. I will video it and put it on the website.
The children watched a video clip of fireworks and then experimented with a variety of paint techniques to create their very own fireworks.
Paint, glitter and glue everywhere!!
Please click on the letter to make them bigger so you can read the rhyme. The children have started to learn the letters in the jumper family (r,n,m,h,b,p)
This term we will be using junk to create all things space related - rockets, space stations aliens. Please could you send in as much junk as you have - Cardboard tubes, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, plastic trays, yogurt pots, plastic milk bottles etc. Anything you would normally put into your recycling bin we will use!! (No metal tins)
Please put it under the junk modelling table in the undercover area.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year 1 Maths with Mrs Butter
Mymaths - 29.11.18 The next unit is available for the children to practise ' Number bonds to 20. Also lots of children can still complete 'Number Bonds'. We have been learning our number bonds to 10 and 20. A great way to practise at home is to give the children some objects eg 6 pencils. How many more to make 20? They can then write the number sentence 6+14=20. Or use a coat hanger with 10 or 20 pegs attached and watch the children move them one at a time to the other side of the hanger. 1+9=10. Have fun!
It was lovely to see the children coming into maths on Monday morning holding their shape homework that they had completed over half term. We talked about where they had found the shapes around their homes and we all found the pyramid the trickiest to find! Some children created models using 3D shapes. There are two more on Mexico class page. The children can still complete the task on mymaths that was set before half term.
Well done to everyone for coping well with outdoor learning. We looked at counting to 10 using the numicon, with the year 1 children finding number bonds to 10. The children could then free choose, with many making potions or making the scarves fly in the wind.
We all enjoyed hot chocolate and a biscuit at the end of the session.
Please encourage your child to be as independent as possible as this will really help them when they are getting ready at the end of outdoor learning. Sorry we were so late out today, but with so much stuff to carry it makes it very tricky for the children!
No outdoor learning next week (6th November) as I have a sports tournament, but then we will be doing it every Tuesday afternoon.
The Squeaky Story
The children have learnt The Squeaky Story by using a talk 4 writing story map and actions.
Reception children have used story blocks, masks and the map to help them re-tell the story. They all knew the words, some of them a little louder than others! I am really proud of their efforts.
Year 1 children have re-written the story, adding in their own animals and an adjective to describe the animal. I have been blown away by their writing. Keep up the great work Finland class.
Kinetic Letters Parent Workshop.
Thank you to all of who attended. Below is a very brief re-cap of the things we talked about.
Body strength - Please see the video to see what we do in class everyday to help increase upper body, core and finger strength.
Seated push ups, push and hold, meerkat sit, Tommy Thumb, duck and dinosaur.
Other activities to try at home:
scrunching up paper with 3 finger friends
monkey bars and tree climbing
Pencil grip. - point the tip towards you. pinch, lift, tip
Be relentless with them if they are not holding their pencil correctly. Put it down and try again.
First in the air, then on the paper next to the monkey tree.
Letters start from either the brave monkey (top of the tree), or the scared monkey (middle of the tree). Every time we say bump, the pencil must touch the line.
Jumper family (down, bump)- r n m h b p
Abracadabra family (pull around, push along the ground, abracadabra)- c a o d g s q
Window cleaner family (down bump, flick the water off)- i l t u
Fisher family (down on down and catch a fish)- j f g y
Slider family (slide down) - z x v k w
Squirter family (squirt out) - e
I will get a copy of the rhymes that go with each letter and send home some monkey tree sheets.
Are you ready for Outdoor Learning starting on Tuesday 30th October?
Have you got?
The children did really well getting dressed and undressed for PE. A little help was needed to get shirts over heads, but on the whole they all managed to get dressed by themselves.
We did some action songs and talked about what happens when we exercise - feeling hot and our hearts beat faster.
Well done Finland class.
Home Sweet Home
We looked at lots of different styles of houses. The children were asked to make a house using anything they wanted to. They were all very busy with blocks, paper, card, play dough, foam, tyres and made some fantastic houses. We talked about the features of houses: walls, roof, windows and doors.
The year 1 children had to write labels to go with their houses.
McMillan Coffee Afternoon.
We hope you can join us for the McMillan coffee afternoon at 3pm in the school hall on Friday 28th September. The children have been very busy making and decorating cakes for you to eat. They have also written recipes of Chocolate Weetabix cake.
We hope you can join us in the church at 3pm on Thursday 27th September. We will be singing Pick a Little Bean. Here is a sneak peak at our song!
Well done to everyone for settling into school so beautifully. Thank you to all the parents for helping your children have a great start by supporting them in the classroom and then leaving promptly. It has been a real pleasure to get to know all of the children and I think we are going to have a lot of fun this year.
I will start to add photos and videos to the website so please make sure you have returned your photo permission slip if you are happy for your child to appear on the class page of the website.
The 3 Little Pigs - Year 1
The year 1 children have been doing some fantastic work on the 3 little pigs. They worked in groups to retell the story. Listen to their brilliant stories below.
Finland Class 2018 - 2019
What an amazing year we had in Finland class. The children have been an absolute pleasure to teach and I am so proud of the progress they have all made. Thank you to all the parents for your support and encouregment throughout the year. We really couldn't do it without you.
The photos and videos will stay online as a reminder of the fun we had.
We had a brilliant afternoon, in the scorching heat, for our second campfire of the year.The children were fantastically well behaved in the fire circle whilst we lit the fire. They got to see a striker, but we were not brave enough this time to light the fire with it. The children then made sweet bread dough, lots of very sticky hands, which they then carefully wound around a stick and toasted over the fire. Delicious dipped in jam.
Thank you so much to the army of parent helpers who supported the children. We really couldn't do it without you.
With the birth of Prince Louis and an upcoming royal wedding we have been finding out about all things royal. The children have watched the Queen's Coronation, Prince William and Princess Katherine wedding and seen pictures of the royal baby. We have looked at the different flags waved at processions and the children have loved making their own flags, then finding out which county they belong to and trying to find the country on the map. As it links with the story of Cinderlla, we have looked closely at the golden coach and we had lots of fun making our own golden coach out of tin foil, gold paper and a little tikes car! After we had seen the royal procession we had a go at making our own - complete with crowns, capes, carriages, soldiers, marching music and horses (well, space hoppers, but it was as close as we could get to horses!) There is certainly a lot of future Kings and Queens in Finland class.
The children have been learning different words for evil today, linked to the Cinderella story (the evil stepmother) We had lots of role play to practice saying these words. Ask them if they can remember any of them?
Despicable, wicked, malevolent, evil, reprehensible, foul, vile, disgusting, horrid.
New Playground Equipment
Thanks to FOGDS, the children got to try out the new playground equipment today. I was amazed by how confident they all were balancing, climbing and sliding.
Outdoor Learning April 2018
We have been looking a lot at the teen numbers. The children were challenged to use the sticks to make the numbers and then collect the correct number of objects to go with the numbers.
The first hot day for outdoor learning this year. Lots of talk about keeping healthy in the heat by drinking water, finding shade.
The children also enjoyed tree climbing, potion making and den building. We finished with a rather random discussion about sharks!!!
A fantastic trip to the farm. The children saw a lamb being born (with a little help from Farmer James). They saw new born lambs with the ewes, ewes waiting to have their lambs and lots of farm machinery. They got to bottle feed some lambs. Be prepared to talk about the things that they have seen. There is a video of the lamb being born, as the children saw it. It is very graphic!
Thank you to everyone that helped us on the trip.
The children discovered a big footprint in the classroom this morning. We discussed who it might belong to and they decided it was the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. We have spent all day learning different words for big. See if the children can remember any of them?
Enormous, massive, gigantic, elephantine, monumental, stupendous, ginormous, colossal, gargantuan, huge, humungous, mighty, vast, epic, titanic.
Get Your Wellies On
Our new topic for this term is “Get Your Wellies On”. Looking at the changing seasons, weather and all things muddy! Our 2 stories to learn this half term are Little Red Riding Hood and Three Billy Goats Gruff.
We are hoping to have a trip to Irchester Country Park towards the end of the term.
A Cardboard Box
The children found a large cardboard box today and were very excited to make it into a train, a train rocket, a super fast train.
It was lovely to watch them working together to build the train, which included a funnel, an engine, a petrol spout, an ice breaker, go faster string, and real petrol (water).
Outdoor Learning – Write your name challenge.
The children were asked to write their name with a stick so that I could read it. They all found a stick of the correct size and started trying to write their name on the playground. They were making the correct movement with their sticks but not leaving any marks. The children came up with loads of great ideas to get their name on to the playground. They used sharp stones to scratch it in, made mud paint, used sticks to make the letters shapes, wrote their name in the mud. It took a lot of perseverance but we all got there in the end.
Den building continues to be popular, with the year 1 children taking the lead.
The children are also making the most of the windy days and love to see the scarves fly around the playground – we managed to get another one stuck on a tall tree!
Hey Ewe - Christmas Production.
The children were amazing in their first performance of Hey Ewe. They spoke, dance and sang like Hollywood superstars.
Please return your child back to school at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday evening. If you are not stopping to watch the show, the performance will be finished by 6:45 p.m
Due to the snow, we have moved the Monday dress rehearsal to Thursday at 10:30 a.m. You do not need a ticket to attend this performance so please come along and support the children if you are able to.
Finland Class - Performing Geniuses!!!
Amazing African Art
The children loved making their masks out of milk cartons. Fantastic work Finland class.
2 weeks in and the children are coping brilliantly with Outdoor Learning. They are learning the rules of the fire circle and today we looked at how to carry sticks safely. We carried sticks around the playground, compared lengths, tried to find sticks exactly 1m long and built a very small den. We all enjoyed a hot chocolate and a biscuit at the end.
Thank you to the parents that have been able to come and help. We really do appreciate it and couldn't do it without you.
Back to normal next week. Outdoor Learning will be at 1:15. Any helpers more than welcome.
Anti Bullying Week
We have been talking about bullying with the children and have come up with some ideas of what they could do if they felt that they were being bullied.
We have taught them to say "stop" in a firm voice whilst putting 2 hands up in front of them, and then to walk away and tell somebody.
The children enjoyed watching the pantomime Pinocchio in school today.
"Oh no they didn't!"
"Oh yes they did!"
Fabulous Foot Painting
Counting, in 1's, 5's and 10's. Who knew you could learn so much from foot painting!!
Andy Goldsworthy Art
An afternoon collecting perfect leaves to make some Andy Goldsworthy inspired art. He is an artist from Scotland who uses natural material to make art and sculptures, often using circles. The children had great fun finding different coloured leaves, sorting them and then placing them very carefully in a circle pattern.
Great work Finland Class.
First PE Session.
We did manage to do a little bit of PE. Although a lot of time was spent getting undressed and dressed again! (Afternoon children only in these photos).
McMillan Coffee Afternoon.
Everyone baked for the McMillan Coffee afternoon taking place this Friday. The children weighed, measured, stirred, melted and decorated their cakes.
Year 1 children also produced the most amazing recipe writing. I'm really proud of all of you.
We do hope you will be able to join us in the hall from 3p.m this Friday. All money raised goes to McMillan Cancer charity.