This is one of the videos I have had requested be put on the website from our phonics and early reading workshop today. I hope it helps parents and carers to see how I support teaching phonics. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Alps class have finished their O' Keefe artwork and I am sure you will agree it was fantastic! I would like to thank all the parents who came to the phonics workshop this afternoon and for the lovely comments. If anyone has any questions about how phonics and early reading is taught please come and see me. This afternoon Alps class also discussed internet safety and the need to talk to a parent or carer if icons appear on their screens or if a stranger wants to talk to them on their computer. We then looked at how the internet is used in a positive way and had fun with interactive games. If any parent would like to discuss internet safety please don't hesitate to come and see me too. Finally have a wonderful half term, have lots of fun and see you all on Tuesday 29th October.
Sewing, weaving, ukulele band practice and Georgia O'Keefe art has all been taking place in Alps class in the last 2 days. The children have worked so hard on their art, music and craft while also practising their Harvest festival song for Friday. We are very excited!
The reception children have been really enjoying colour mixing autumn colours in our school garden and making beautiful autumn pictures. Well done!
To support our learning about vehicles and transport I am very grateful to Mr Pagliero for taking time out of his busy scheduled to talk to us about being a taxi driver. The children found it fascinating and learned so much. Thank you!
This week we have enjoyed a wonderful service about Saint Francis, been learning how to clap in time to a rhythm and been testing our predictions in science on what surface a road should be made out of. Lots of fun!
The children have been recreating works linked to Autumn by David Hockney. We have been experimenting with pastels and perspective whilst drawing. I am very proud of all of my year 1's!
Welcome to the new school year in Alps class! We have had a wonderful time getting to know each other and have begun our work on vehicles and transport with an amazing visit from Captain Pearson. He discussed his fantastic job as a pilot and thrilled the children with his information and props. I want to say a huge thank you to him for all the extra support he has given this class. The children have also been working hard on their early reading and writing, as well as some wonderful art work. Well done Alps I am proud of you!
Transition day was a huge success! The children who are starting school in September joined their older friends and heard stories, sung songs, painted their portraits and made friendship hands for our tree. I had a lovely time. Can you spot your face?
We have been enjoying learning about 'The Scream' by Munch. Alps class really loved drawing this work, acting out the picture and learning about how to deal with emotions, worries and anxieties. They are wonderful Alps class!
The children had great fun creating an exciting stall for our Summer Garden Party. The children iced cakes, designed signs and sold their products on the stall. Well done Alps class.
Alps class enjoyed combining all the art skills they have been learning over the last half term by creating an abstract portrait using oil pastels, pencil and charcoal. The effect is fantastic and we cannot wait to show you!
Several parents have spoken to me recently about their child having bad dreams. Alps class have therefore been making dream catchers to help the bad dreams go away. It was great fun with lots of threading, sewing, cutting and sticking. The children were all so excited and I hope they go someway to helping your child sleep at night.
I had a wonderful time teaching the class a ukulele lesson this week. Every child enjoyed learning the chords of C and F. The children helped each other and showed a wonderful Christian spirit.
A pirate set us a treasure hunt this week and we had to solve the clues and puzzles using our compass knowledge and maps. We even had to build bridges from East to West. We had great fun!
We have been continuing learning about abstract art by creating our own portraits in the style of Picasso. We had lots of giggles and fun as we used a mirror to draw and oil pastel our portraits. We have created some more wonderful pictures. Please come and see them!
Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely half term. Alps class would like to wish a Happy Eid to all our Muslim friends. We celebrated Eid by learning all about this special day, making Eid cards and lanterns and colouring rice to create beautiful Henna designs. The children had a fantastic day learning about this wonderful festival.
Alps class finished the week by seeing how much our cress had grown. Throughout this term we have been learning lots about kindness and keeping our minds healthy. We have a 'bucketful of kindness' where the children have been rewarding each other kindness hearts and stars if they have been supported in any way. We are VERY proud to say our bucket is full and we are truly a class full of supportive and helpful children. I am very proud of you Alps class. Next half term the children will continue learning about pirates, especially famous ones from the past. We will be growing more plants and flowers and continuing art through portrait. The class will continue to Iearn daily phonics and work on our punctuation and extended sentences. In numeracy we will be looking closely at number bonds to 10 and 20 and numbers to 20 (reception) and 100 (year 1). I want to thank all parents once more for their continued support and I hope you all have a wonderful and happy half term. See you all very soon!
Alps class have been continuing our wonderful art work by visiting some wonderful abstract artists. We looked at Patrick Heron's 'Azalea Garden' and works by Jackson Pollock and created our own versions. We had the most fantastic time and have gained a super understanding of colour mixing and how art can be created in many different ways.
Alps class have finished the week off by writing pirate charters and sealing them with their print. We have made a class pirate map and used compasses to direct the Beebots. We enjoyed the sunny weather and drew some wonderful observational drawings of our late spring flowers and school gardens. Next week we will discover what a pirate has left us! It is sure to be another exciting week! Have a wonderful weekend Alps class.
I would like to thank all the parents and Reverend Sid who have read stories to Alps class this half term. The children have loved having different adults read (and sing) to them and promote a love of books. Please come and see me if you would like to read to the class. A BIG thank you in advance!
This week is mental Health Awareness Week. The children today have been learning how to breath calmly, discuss their feelings and how to cope with negative emotions. We learned how to do a 'mindful scribble' and played circle games involving feelings pictures. The children created a feelings bucket each and talked about how they can make their own and others lives happier. We had a fantastic day with calming techniques. If any parent would like to learn the techniques from today please don't hesitate to come and see me.
Interviews were held today to appoint the new crew for Captain Frost's ship. After a lengthy process I am proud to say all the year 1 children were successful!
I would like to wish our Muslim friends a happy Ramadan! Today Alps class were so lucky to open the next window of the Ramadan good deed calendar and it said to give hugs! We were very happy to have a hug filled day!
Alps class used their sketches to draw the flowers in the school garden in different media. The children studied pictures by Van Gogh and looked in detail at how the artist made the flowers look like they were blowing in the wind. We used these drawings to support our science topic of 'Growing' and had wonderful fun learning about germination. The drawings and concentration this week has been astounding. Please come into school to see your child's artwork on display.
Alps class have been using their wonderful art skills to make observational drawings of the flowers in our school garden. We have been learning how to improve each drawing. The children combined this with our science work on growing and labelled our sketches correctly. It was a wonderful and calm afternoon. Well done Alps class!
Our pirate topic is in full swing and the children have been really enjoying our new role play!
We had a wonderful time on Rockstar maths day!
The class was kidnapped by a famous pirate today called Anne Bonny! She made Alps class join pirate school! The children were taught to make maps, write ransom letters, walk the plank, sing pirate songs and got to question her about life as a real pirate. It was a wonderful day!
Welcome back to school Alps class and I hope you had a good break. We have been celebrating St George's Day today and have been making flags, shields and learning about the story of St George. We also did some St George's Day maths challenges and played in our new role play area. This term we are learning about pirates and I cannot wait for our learning to begin.
Thank you to all the parents that supported Alps class open afternoon. It was lovely to have you all see your children's hard work. I also wanted to say how proud I am of their church performance this morning and for all their hard work throughout this term. Have a wonderful Easter and remember to have lots of fun! See you next term for our topic on pirates!
Alps class have again blown me away with their art work today. We spent the majority of the day drawing, collaging and creating a class materpiece called 'Spring'. The children worked on their own individual daffodils and then worked in groups to collage the background. We placed our daffodils onto our canvas to create our finished piece. Please please come and admire our artwork which is on our door for all to see. Well done Alps class!
Alps class produced some wonderful observational drawings of a jug of flowers. I am incredibly proud of their hard work and the detail they put into their pictures. They are on display for you all to admire. Well done Alps class!
Alps class have been enjoying books and playing lots of reading games this week. They have really impressed me! We also read a letter written to the class from a paleontologist who has set us lots of challenges to complete in the next few weeks. It will be lots of fun!
The children had a wonderful time on Shrove Tuesday making and eating pancakes. We wrote and followed the instructions for our recipe and enjoyed choosing different toppings for our pancakes. We had a lovely time understanding why Christians have Shrove Tuesday and what the meaning of Lent is.
Happy St. David's Day! The children have had great fun learning about St David and writing about the national day of Wales. We have talked about the wonderful beaches, scenery and welsh culture. We even mastered saying hello in Welsh. Thank you Alps class for a great week.
The children have been on a senses walk around our school and identifying things we can touch, taste, smell, see and hear. Potty Joy came to visit us and we had great fun using our bodies to make fossils in clay! We have been working in tens and ones in numeracy and writing about our 'Dinosaur Hunt' throughout the week.
Welcome back after a lovely half term. The children have been 'Going on a Dinosaur Hunt' and created the whole story themselves outside. We re-enacted it and found the dinosaur in the cave at the end. The children have been having a wonderful time.
Have a wonderful half term Alps class! Thank you to all the children for their hard work this half term. I am proud of every single one of you. A big thank you to all the parents and carers for their continued support. Enjoy the break and see you all in 10 sleeps!
Alps class had a wonderful bible lesson from Reverend Nigel this morning. The children read 'Jonah and the Whale' and the importance of following our Christian values. The children shared prayers together. I want to thank Reverend Nigel for the time he spent with the children who all thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
Happy Chinese New Year! Alps class have been learning about the celebration and the reason it is the year of the pig. We have been reading about the race the 12 animals had and how the rat won! We have had some wonderful craft activities but our favourite was making Chinese lanterns which we tried hard to write Chinese writing on. We also had a great time with the glitter! Happy New Year everyone!
'Potty Joy' has been visiting Alps class every Friday afternoon this term and the children have been learning so much from her about sculpture and clay. They were very excited today to see their finished dinosaurs that they designed and made themselves. I am very proud of all of them. Can you see your dinosaur in the pictures? Next week the children will be creating volcanoes from clay. We are very excited!
Alps class had an egg-citing (sorry!) start to the week with a visit from some chickens! The children have been learning about which animals come from eggs and the visit helped our topic work. We discovered how a baby chick grows inside an egg and what yummy food uses eggs too. The children also had a STEM challenge all afternoon. The garden paths had turned into lava from an erupting volcano and we had to help the dinosaurs cross by working in groups to make stable bridges. The children were fantastic and the results were amazing. Well done Alps class!
It is Australia Day today! Alps class have been celebrating Australia Day with an amazing amount of fun activities. I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Bray for coming into the class and talking about living and working in Australia. Alps class were treated to 3 amazing videos from their family and friends who sent personal messages to Alps class and showed them around their beaches, school and favourite places. It was very touching and I am extremely grateful. The children have spent the day learning about Australian animals, looking about maps and learning about their flag and anthem. We have made aboriginal art work and have even been cooking Anzac biscuits. A fantastic day. Happy Australia Day everyone!
Alps class have enjoyed another dinosaur filled week. They have been measuring dinosaur footprints, ordering bones by length, looking at fossils and creating them in playdough. The children have been making their own dinosaurs in continuous provision and making mud fossils in the mud kitchen. We had a wonderful visit from Reverend Sid who taught us about Noah and supported our maths learning. The children have been learning about Lyme Regis, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and have loved learning new dinosaur names. A fun packed week!
Spring 2019 Newsletter
Welcome back to an exciting new term! The children have already been fully involved in our topic of 'Dinosaurs'. They have been palaeontologists in our new role play area searching for fossils and bones. In science we are trying to find out what classification a dinosaur is so we began investigating mini-beasts. The children went on a bug hunt around the school and found many mini beasts under rocks, leaves and in bushes. Miss Edwards and Miss Williams joined us today. Miss Williams is from our teaching school and will be staying for the spring term. Miss Edwards is our new teaching assistant and is replacing Mrs Jones. We are really excited to have them with us!
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the children and parents in Alps class for a wonderful Autumn term together. We have had a brilliant time and have thoroughly enjoyed the topic of Superheroes. In the new term the children will be learning about Dinosaurs and will have some great fun! It is with huge sadness that the class said goodbye to Mrs Jones today. The children adore having her as our teaching assistant and we will miss her very much. Have a wonderful Christmas Alps class and a Happy New Year. See you all in January for more wonderful adventures together. I will miss you all over the holiday.
The children had a French multi cultural themed day today. They learnt all about how Christmas is celebrated in France and took part in a variety of activities which included making cards, door hangings, decorating chocolate logs and making houses for the nativity scene the whole school is creating. The children had a wonderful time and even learnt how to sing Jingle Bells in french during assembly. Joyeux Noel!
Alps class had an amazing time today when the fire service came to visit us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wayne, Greg, Peter and all the firefighters who spent all morning with not just our class, but the school, to talk about fire safety. They really brought our topic of 'real life superheroes' alive for us. The fire service taught our children that in a fire they should 'Get Out, Get the Fire Brigade Out and Stay Out'. They talked about the importance of smoke alarms and testing them regularly. The children also learnt about keeping low in a smokey room and feeling the door for heat. If the door feels hot don't open it but escape through a window by shouting Fire! The fire brigade would like to remind all parents to check for escape routes, check fire alarms and have their door keys by doors to escape easily. Thank you once more to our wonderful fire service.
Alps class have been very busy with nativity rehearsals. The nativity will be on Thursday 13th December at 10am and 1pm in the village hall. Please can we have any costume items in asap. Thank you. The children have also been preparing for the Christmas Fair by icing and decorating biscuits to sell. They have been very busy!
The children have been continuing to learn about our real life superheroes with a wonderful visit from heart surgeon Dr Sheikh. The children got to learn about how to keep their hearts healthy, the four chambers of the heart, how the blood is pumped around the body and how to live healthy lives. Dr Sheikh brought models of the heart, examples of blood that contains cholesterol and every child got to listen to each others hearts beating. I would like to say a HUGE thank you for the time Dr Sheikh took to teach Alps class about being a heart surgeon and we think he is a real life superhero!
The children were very excited to have real life superheroes visit our class today! They sat in the police vehicle, heard the siren, made the lights flash and even went in handcuffs! The children had written a wonderful set of questions to ask the officers and learnt a lot about the work they do. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to PC Justin Willis and PCSO Karen Capey for taking the time to visit Alps class today. We really do appreciate it.
The reception children have had a great time during continuous provision today. They have been matching numerals to their numicon, counting and writing numbers independently and writing speech bubbles for the superheroes on our writing table. Well done Alps!
In PE today we were learning different yoga positions and how to join them together. The children did really well. Maybe they could demonstrate some to you all at home?
I would like to thank all the parents who came to the maths open morning today and joined in with our part-part-whole learning. The children thoroughly enjoyed having you in class. I am sorry I did not take more photographs! The children have been continuing with our nativity rehearsals and our split diagraph work in sounds and letters. In church this week Reverend Sid gave the children a wonderful powerpoint presentation on the meaning of Advent and the significance of each of the 5 candles being lit. Have a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday.
Welcome back to another exciting week. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. This week the children will be continuing with our topic on 'real life superheroes' by looking at the amazing work our fire brigade did in helping to put out the Royal Clarence Hotel fire two years ago. We will be working on reading and writing simple cvc words in reception and split diagraphs in year 1. The children will begin work on the nativity and have already begun learning the songs for our nativity performance next month. We have been trying on costumes and your child's part will be given out to them this week. It is very exciting!
It is Children In Need Day. The children look fantastic in their pyjamas!
Alps class finished our Diva Lamps for our Diwali celebrations. The children really enjoyed painting and decorating the clay they had made the previous week. We have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful festival of light.
We have been learning about real life superheroes and I am extremely grateful to Dr Esson for taking the time again to visit Alps class and teach them about the role of a surgeon. The children adored dressing up as surgeons, patients and nurses and learning how to stitch up wounds using bananas! The children learnt so much and had such a wonderful afternoon. Thank you Dr Esson. We think you are a real life superhero!
The children have been enjoying learning about our police and fire service and the real life superheroes that work there. They have been rescuing numbers from burning flames, been in the jail role play and writing fire acrostic poetry. The older children have been taking part in lots of paired maths games. This week we have been celebrating Diwali and have been drawing beautiful Henna designs and making clay candle holders.
Alps class have enjoyed a fun packed phonics and reading session today. We have been playing high frequency word bingo and the phoneme frame game. The children worked hard in their pairs or groups. We have also been busy learning the words and signs for our remembrance service song for Friday. We cannot wait to share it with you!
Superheroes are in charge of certain continents! The children have been learning about what a continent is and where in the world they are. We had lots of fun!
This half term our topic remains 'Superheroes' but our focus is on real life superheroes. This will include firefighters, the NHS, the police and the armed forces. We have been reading stories about firefighters and recreating them with costumes and props. We have then taken this into our continuous provision. The children have also been working hard on their tricky words and taking part in funky fingers each morning using the playdough. Finally the children have been learning about the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote. They have been sorting photographs of different occupations and finding out that lots of jobs were not available to anyone female in the past.
A big thank you to all the parents who came to Alps class open sharing afternoon. The children were really excited to show you all their hard work. Have a wonderful half term and I cannot wait to see you all on Tuesday 30th October.
The children absolutely loved our Harvest and Autumn work this afternoon and were amazed at what was inside a pumpkin. I think their faces say it all!
Today the children have enjoyed time reading and writing. They have especially loved having their Year 6 buddies read to them and share their love of stories and books.
In P.E lessons we have been playing lots of movement games and being the superheroes and the baddies! We have been learning to move into spaces and been practising our throwing and catching skills. The children have been trying so hard with getting changed especially those tricky buttons! Well done Alps.
The reception children have had great fun this week making superhero potions in the mud kitchen by following recipes and counting correctly. We have been using our fine motor skills to thread leaves and have been filling in the missing sounds on our chalkboards. Lots of fun!
The Harvest Festival is this week and the children have been busily rehearsing for the church service. They will be singing and signing a harvest song. We are looking forward to sharing it with you all.
Today was Healthy Eating Day. The children enjoyed learning about healthy foods and made a delicious snack for their play time. They had to cut up the fruits carefully themselves, spread the cream cheese and talk about the ways in which fruits and vegetables keep them healthy. I want to thank Dr Esson for coming to our class today and teaching the children about the importance of a healthy diet and how to keep their teeth clean. Dr Esson and Mrs Brushwell showed the children how to clean their teeth correctly and used mirrors to show the children how dirty their teeth had become after lunch. The children all brushed their teeth for 2 minutes and got to keep a toothbrush to take home. I am enormously grateful for the time Dr Esson gave to teach our children today.
We had a wonderful time on our Autumn walk collecting conkers and playing in the autumn leaves. Have a fantastic weekend Alps class. You have all worked really hard. See you for a magic Monday!
It was ICT superhero time! The year 1 children have been learning how to take selfies, send them to the printer and photocopy their image. They did a great job!
We need to make Herbert our Hedgehog a superhero outfit but what material should we use? The children had great fun testing out different materials on Herbert to find which ones are waterproof. Herbert stayed dry in rubber and plastic!
Alps have had a fantastic week! We have made superhero skyscraper pictures using our ipads, used nature to learn our sounds and letters, made magic superhero wands with our fine motor skills and have even been spiderman going over the 'laser' beams! The older children have enjoyed using multi link in their numeracy lessons and we have enjoyed outdoor music! A great week.
Alps class had a lovely Friday today. We had our buddies read with us and we had a fantastic art morning where we made our class display. I think it looks great! Can your child find their portrait?
The children have been learning about real life superheroes in history and we have been studying Martin Luther King. The children have worked incredibly hard and have produced amazing writing. The reception children have had great fun with the water pistols and have been shooting water at the superheroes around our outdoor provision that have the correct sounds on their tummy. Well done Alps!
Welcome to another exciting week for Alps class. The children have been learning the sounds s, a, t, p and are now moving on to i, n, m and d. In year 1 they have been busy revising ch, sh, th, and ng. We are now concentrating on ai. The children worked hard on their materials work in science. We hare learning about man-made and natural materials in order to design and create the best superhero outfit later this term. We sorted objects today.
Statutory Spelling List- Years 1 & 2
Class Newsletter Autumn 2018
Welcome to the start of a new school year! I am really excited to have your children and I am looking forward to the exciting learning that will take place. We have spent the first few days forming our new friendships, learning where everything is in our beautiful school, going to church and assembly for the first time and meeting our buddies from the older classes. The year 1 children have been so supportive and loving towards their new friends and the new children have settled in so well. I am very proud of them all. Our first topic of the year will be superheroes! I am very excited about our new superhero capes and have already been rescued by many children from the 'baddies' while in our role play. Lots of children have taken a huge interest in our plants and growing table too. Many thanks to all the lovely parents who have bravely left their children at school for the first time. They have all had a wonderful time.
We have had a great time learning about Pop Art this afternoon. The children were inspired by Andy Warhol and created these masterpieces. Fantastic!
The summer garden party is on Friday and the children are very excited! This year Alps class are making friendship bracelets to help us with our fine motor skills and talk about new friendships that will happen in September. I am really proud of all their hard work and perseverance in making them!
The children in reception had a lovely afternoon with their friends from Little Dragons who will be joining them in Alps class in September. We had singing and signing time, story time and parachute games in the garden. Another transition afternoon will happen on Thursday afternoon. I would also like to thank all the parents of our new intake for their hospitality on our home visits last week.
Alps class have been looking at famous portraits and we concentrated on the Mona Lisa. We spent along time looking at our own faces in mirrors and celebrating how everyone has different coloured eyes, skin and hair. The children have begun to make some wonderful self portraits. We have also been listening to calm meditation music and practised some yoga movements to cool and calm down to during our hot summer weather.
The children have enjoyed tasting and making different foods from around Europe this week. They have made their own Italian pizzas and tried cuisine from France, Poland, Germany and Spain. I am proud of them all for trying at least one new food!
The children have really enjoyed growing fruit and vegetables this half term and have had some fantastic results. Their beans have grown so well and we have had beautiful strawberries grow outside in our tubs. We had a great afternoon treat of eating the strawberries as a class. We also had a lovely music session singing summer songs. Have a lovely weekend everyone and next week will be European week!
Alps class have been learning about Australia and New Zealand this week and have been focusing on the different animals and creatures that live there. We have had a wonderful art filled afternoon using paint and cotton buds to make pictures. Can you tell what they have painted?
Alps class had a fantastic school trip to Knightshayes National Trust Gardens and allotments today. I was extremely proud of their behaviour, manners and how they listened so well to the ladies who talked about seeds, herbs, plants and vegetables. We made seed heads out of tights, tasted different freshly picked herbs, identified various vegetables, fruits and herbs and saw wonderful willow weaved animals. After lunch we had lots of fun in the grounds. Thank you to the parents who helped and for the children of Alps class who made the trip so much fun!
Alps class have had a busy few days enjoying the sunny weather. The reception children joined with their new friends who will be in Alps class in September for a shared afternoon full of fun and parachute games. We have continued our growing topic and watering our herbs and strawberry plants. The year 1 children have been encouraged to read in places they find relaxing and enjoyed time reading in the trees and garden.
Welcome to Asian week! The children have had a wonderful time looking at traditional Chinese recipes and making a Chinese stir fry dish. They got to cut up all the ingredients, cook them in a wok and eat the stir fry! They had a fantastic time. We will be learning about the cultural differences between here and Asia, finding out which countries are in Asia and learning about their traditions.
Kye Kye Kule
We are very excited to let everyone hear our version of the African song 'Kye Kye Kule'.