History - Our Family Tree
The children have really enjoyed learning about life for their parents, grandparents and great grandparents when they were children. We have been talking about prime ministers (Boris Johnson, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill), pioneers of technology (Tim Berners Lee, Neil Armstrong) and have looked as photos of the Queen at different ages of her life.
We have hired a box of old toys from Abington Museum and the children have had great fun playing with them. I was really surprised by how they persevered to get the toys to work.
If you have any elderly relatives maybe your child could ask them what toys they played with when they were little.
Everyone should now have access to Tapestry, the online learning journal. Please activate your account so you can see the observations that we make on the children. Please remember to upload your own observations / comments on the children as it helps us to build a big picture of your childs learning and development.
If you need any help using Tapestry please do not hesitate to speak to me.
Peace At Last
The reception children did really well to re-tell the story of Peace at Last by Jill Murphy,using the text map to help them.
Well done everyone.
What a treat for our first full day at school! The reception children sat with their buddies to watch Treasure Island. Everyone enjoyed the show, especially when the pirates came to shake their hands at the end.
Well done to the year 1 children who sat so beautifully at the front.
Welcome to Elm Class.
We are really looking forward to a fun filled year of learning and adventures.
Our first topic is "Our Family Tree" where we will be learning about our family and what life was like for our grandparents and great grandparents. If you have any old artefacts at home that you could bring in to share with the children that would be great e.g. old phones with the spin dial, old cameras, toys, photos etc.
New Year 2019-2020
Farewell Finland Class
What fantastic progress all the children have made this year. We've learnt a lot together, a few ups and downs along the way, but plenty of fun and smiles. The photos and videos will remain on the website as a reminder of all the fun we shared together.
Have a fantastic summer and we will see you all in September.
Mrs Chapman, Mrs Mistry and Mrs Austin
Outdoor Learning Fire
The children made a sweet bread dough to cook over the fire. They rolled the dough into a sausage shape, twisted it around their stick and then cooked it over the fire. Once cooked, they dipped it into some jam. The children remembered the rules of the fire, making sure they walked around the fire circle and listening carefully to the instructions.
Thank you to everyone who was able to help us. We really appreciate it.
Well done Finland Class.
Outdoor Learning Fire - Tuesday 9th July
Any helpers are welcome from 1:15 pm. This is our last outdoor learning session of the year.
Sports Day Video
Please click News and Events - PE and Sports to watch a video of what the whole school gets up to on sports day.
Sports Day - Thursday 4th July
Children to come to school wearing PE kit, suntan lotion applied, sun hat and a water bottle.
They do not need to bring book bags with them.
We will be having a collection for Race for Life Cancer charity. All are welcome on the field from 1pm to cheer the children on and take part in the Race for Life.
Summer Fayre - Country Dancing
Please come to school for 5:30 on Friday afternoon and bring your child to Spain classroom. The children have been working really hard learning the dances and can't wait to perform for you!
Summer Term Diary Dates
A jam packed half term, more details of each event will follow nearer the time.
27th June - Sponsored marathon - Finland class running at 11:00 am
28th June - Summer Fayre - Children country dancing at 5:30pm
3rd July - School trip - Stanwick Lakes - any parent help greatly appreciated
4th July - Sports Day - parents invited to watch from 1pm
9th July - Outdoor Learning Fire - Any parent help greatly appreciated from 1:30pm
16th July - Splash Day
19th July - FOGDS summer disco pm
22nd July - Wheels Day
24th July - Break up from School
Trip to Stanwick Lakes
As part of our All at Sea topic, we are taking the children on a trip to Stanwick Lakes on Wednesday
3rd July. We will be leaving school at 9:15 and returning at 3:15pm. The children will spend the
morning on an adventure walk, on the zip wire, tyre swings and looking at the birds from the bird
hide. After lunch we will play in the adventure playground and the children will be able to play in
Children need to come to school wearing sensible clothes and shoes for a day in the park. Please
ensure you have applied suntan lotion to your child on the morning of the trip.
Children need to bring the following items with them, which all must be named:
Packed lunch, including drink
Plenty of water to drink
A change of clothes (including socks, underwear and shoes)
Beach shoes to wear in the water (crocs )
Bucket and spade if they have one (named)
The cost of the trip will be £12 per child, which covers the cost of the coach and a mini milk ice
cream (Any allergy issues please let us know). You need to pay for this using the online payment
system. If you need any help with this please call into the office where they will be happy to help
you. We need parent helpers to support us with this trip. If you are able to help please fill in the slip
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Jo Chapman
New Topic - All At Sea - a topic linked to pirates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).