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Spring Term 

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018!  A brand new year and a new term. We hope you had a good Christmas. This term we shall be busy exploring our new topics, 'Did dragons exist?' We will start by reading 'Zog' another wonderful book by Julia Donaldson. We shall also be looking at 'Can you switch it on?' Exploring technology that we use in our everyday lives.

The children have been producing some wonderful work at home with their families which are on display in the creative area. Come and have a look at how creative they have been!

 

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We looked at adding two numbers together - part, part  into whole. The children have been practising their number work and counting. Fabulous calculations! 
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We looked at a mythical picture of a dragon and using the principles of DERIC discussed the scene. 

D - decoding the images ( making sense of the image )

E - explaining what we see

R - retrieving information by looking closely at the picture

I - Interpreting what the artist is trying to show us 

C - choosing what we think may be happening 

 

We then went on to write our own sentences about dragons, using some of the information we had discussed during the week.  We used our phonic knowledge to help us write our sentences, as well as using cursive writing! Well done. 

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We made some dragon food (looking remarkably similar to bird cake) from lard and seeds. It was a squidgy texture and made our hands feel really greasy. We squashed it all together and pressed it tightly into a pot. When the fat hardened again we hung the pots in the trees. We intend to keep a close eye on these to see if or when they are eaten and by who! 
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The eagerly awaited reopening of the woods finally arrived on Friday. For some of the children in the Early Years this was their first venture into Bluebell woods. We walked through the paths making careful observations of the environment. We tramped down into the Dingley Dell and then past the two wooden bivvys. Then back up the hill and over the ricketty, racketty bridge. It was a little wobbly but we were really brave and made it over to the other side. We found some interesting fungi, different shapes and colours. We looked carefully, but no touching! 

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This week we revisited the story Zog. The children have enjoyed exploring the dragon theme and have used it in all areas of learning. After singing the song 'Puff the Magic Dragon'  lots of the children came into school telling us that their Mums and Dad remembered singing it too! A song for a share session maybe!

Have a look at the wonderful paintings and drawings inspired by DRAGONS!

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There has been some fabulous counting this week. We used our snack oranges and counted the segments, most of them had 10, before we ate them! Using the play dough we made shells and counted each one. Each day Bluebell class count how many children, up to 20, are attending the session. We even counted the sausages sliding down the drain pipe! Using compare bears, we counted them, but also explored size and pattern as well. We have also been writing numbers and discussing how to put them the right way round. 

The children have been working hard on their handwriting, cursive letters and  composing sentences. We will be practicing every week so we can create our own sentences to give meanings to our wonderful pictures we are creating. Can you compose and write a sentence at home? 

 

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We have had some interesting weather this week!  The wind was extreme and we watched the trees blowing wildly in our garden. The rain was so heavy that the guttering could not cope - the children tried to catch the resulting waterfall in their buckets, but they had to be quick! When the sun shone through a wonderful rainbow appeared and the children discussed the different types of weather that produce this beautiful creation. 

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Week beginning 22nd January 2018

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This week we have looked at the next Zog book 'Zog and the flying doctors'. The children have really enjoyed Zog and were able to understand how the story leads on to the first story. We used DERIC questioning to talk about the story and predict what would happen next. 
This week we made flapjacks. Following on from our bird food last week, we used seeds in our flapjacks. The seedy flapjack is a healthier version using foods to give us slow releasing energy. The children enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together and observing how the ingredients changed. As you can see the children gave their flapjacks a big thumbs up!

Subtraction

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This week in maths we have had a huge focus on one less than a given number and subtraction. The children have been trying really hard and using different resources to support them. 

Outdoor learning

The children have continued to enjoy our outside area. Some of the children are gaining lots of independence putting their own muddy suits on to enable them to play in the mud. They have thoroughly enjoyed their builders shed and using the tools to fix and make a variety of things. 

Castle writing

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The children have been very keen to write about castles and knights on our lovely castle pieces of paper. They have been using their phonic knowledge and key words to support them writing their own sentences. 

Week beginning 29th January 2018

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This week we started Talk 4 Writing using the story 'That's not my dragon!'. We have thoroughly enjoyed making a story map and coming up with our own actions as a class to retell the story. The children quickly picked up the actions and were able to retell the story using our map. Some of the children went on to draw their own story map to help them retell the 'That's not my dragon!'. 

Technology

Running alongside our dragon topic our other topic is 'Can you switch it on?'. We have begun to talk about technology, how to use it, the benefits it has and whether it is battery powered or plugged in at the mains. We have been using lots of different technology equipment in all our areas of learning. 

Slime!

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The children have had lots of exciting things happening outside this week, they have been problem solving, building and investigating slime. We made slime with PVA glue, flour, glitter and coloured water in a tuff tray the children used their capacity skills and had lots of fun using their senses to describe the textures. 

Week beginning 5th February 2018

This week we have been working on the innovation stage of Talk4Writing. After reading 'That's not My Dragon', we wrote a new version. Each class worked together to decide an animal to write about. After this had been decided the children designed a page for the new story. 

A selection of which are below. 

Picture 1 Bluebell class we chose our favourite four animals
Picture 2 Then we voted with our feet
Picture 3 We each stood next to our chosen animal
Picture 4 It was a dog!
Picture 1 That's not my dog my fur is too soft!
Picture 2 That's not my dog ! His ears are too floppy!
Picture 3 That's not my dog! His teeth are too sharp!

New environment 

The staff have been working hard to enhance the Early years environment by providing the children independent access to the resources in all areas. All resources are placed on shelves as collections of items  to encourage the children to become independent learners.  They have been working hard to become independent at tidying up as well!


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