A Small School with a Big Heart, guiding our children to becoming kind and courageous citizens.
Tuesday 18th January 2022
In Art this week we have been learning about creating monochrome artwork. The children created Scottish hill scenes and then carefully cut silhouettes of deer to put on them. The results were stunning, we hope you enjoy seeing them.
Thursday 13th January 2022
We are studying the concept of community this half term. Today we looked at our neighbourhood as a community. This includes people we know in our local houses, shops, schools, churches and parks. We had a lively discussion about how we could all be good neighbours. Through the medium of mime, groups of children presented different ways that we can be good neighbours.
We planted our cress seeds this week! We are hoping to help Scruff the dog with his problem of dying plants in his kennel. We sowed the seeds and some were placed in the dark inside our pretend kennel. The rest of the seeds have been placed near a sunny window. Do plants need light to germinate and grow? We will find out soon!
Tuesday 11th January 2022
Some super work this week in Maths. The children have been using arrays to help them learn their times tables. An array is a way of showing amounts in a diagram or picture. It is always rectangular and made up of rows and columns. In the pictures, the children were matching up the arrays with how many groups there were. They all worked really hard to try and grasp the concept.
Friday 7th January 2022
It was heart warming to see Deer Class so excited to be back at school for the start of the new term! We have had a busy week full of learning.
We have a new member of the class in Scruff, the dog, who has presented the children with a scientific problem to solve. He has been trying to grow a plant in his kennel, but unsuccessfully. We discussed why this might be and the children thought that perhaps there wasn't enough light. To test our theory, we will be growing some cress seeds in dark and light settings and recording our results. This week the class drew pictures of how we will set up the experiment. We will let you know what we discover!
Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile is our text for this half term. We researched Roald Dahl and were thrilled to find out that he spent much of his life in Great Missenden, not far away from Jordans! We have begun looking at Dahl's use of adjectives in his story. To find out the definitions we used a thesaurus. Knowing about alphabetical order is crucial to using a thesaurus or dictionary, so we have been practising this skill by ordering the months of the year alphabetically.
For our topic 'The Best of British' we learned to sing The National Anthem. Many of the children had heard this special song being sung before England's football matches and other sporting events. We know that it will be a big part of the Queen's jubilee celebrations this year too. The whole school enjoyed listening to us sing 'God Save the Queen' in assembly.
Thursday 16th December 2021
Our Science objective this week was to investigate how we could change the shape of some materials by squashing, bending, twisting or stretching them. We manipulated play dough, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, sponges, paper drinking straws and tea towels. We recorded our results in a table to show which actions affected the materials. Our hands-on learning was great fun!
Using different media, the children produced calendars for 2022 on the theme of seasons. We thought about how a tree changes its appearance throughout the year. We hope you enjoy putting up the calendars at home!
Tuesday 14th December 2021
This week the children have been focussing on Art and DT. They have sewed the most wonderful Christmas decorations. I was so impressed with their concentration and their skills, sewing with a sharp needle! They all took time and pride in their work and couldn't wait to hang it on their trees at home. We also made deer Christmas decorations using wooden discs that they had cut themselves earlier in the year at Forest school. Each deer was unique and I hope will remind them in years to come of their time in Deer Class.
Friday 3rd December 2021
We have a very special Advent calendar in class! The pockets are filled with messages of positivity to put smiles on our faces.The children came up with their own ideas for happy thoughts. Each day one child will open a message and read out the uplifting comment.
We looked at some social stories today to stimulate discussions around coping with losing. The children described the emotions they experience when they win games- joy, pride, happiness, excitement. We also talked about the feelings we might have when we lose- disappointment, sadness, jealousy and anger. It is important that we learn how to manage these feelings and be kind to each other.
Here we are playing noughts and crosses while practising kindness and understanding.
'Congratulations! You played well!'
'Let's play again. You might win next time!'
'That was a great game. I enjoyed it!'
Monday 29th November 2021
We had a fun lesson learning about Samuel Pepys diary and historical sources. We learnt that Samuel Pepys wrote his diary in a secret code that was only solved 150 years after the Great Fire. We talked about codes and that some people still use them today. We were very lucky that Mrs Delnevo came to our class to show us a special code she uses called shorthand. The children were fascinated to try to uncover what her messages meant!
Friday 26th November 2021
The Deer Class scientists were investigating materials again this week. Our objective was to consider the suitability of materials for certain purposes. We looked at a selection of plates made from china, plastic and paper. The children discussed and wrote about which ones would be best for a picnic, a young child and a restaurant. They had to qualify their choices with good reasons.
We were very active in our P.E.lesson today, practising our balancing skills and playing dodgeball. We were concentrating on the skills of aiming and playing together as a team. The inclement weather meant that our learning took place in the hall today, but we were able to have 10 minutes outside when the rain abated. The children enjoyed a drink of water afterwards!
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
It has been a busy couple of days for Deer Class. We started a new topic in maths on Money, we have been doing super diary writing on our class text, Vlad and the Great Fire of London and this afternoon we all thoroughly enjoyed watching the school pantomime Cinderella. The children all got involved in clapping, singing and having lots of fun. It feels like Christmas has started! We also had an exciting letter from St Paul's education department praising the children on their fantastic behaviour last week, I shared this with the class today and they were all very proud! I hope you enjoy seeing the certificate and a small selection of writing from last week.
Friday 19th November
Our trip to St Paul's Cathedral ignited the children's interest in Samuel Pepys. We have been finding out how important he is for historical information about The Great Fire of London. We will be writing our own diaries next week, in character as Boxton the rat (from our story, 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London'.) In order to write these diary entries,we will need to be familiar with the features of a diary. Armed with a checklist of diary features, we analysed Samuel's diary to identify them. Here are Deer Class hard at work!
Tuesday 16th November
There was great excitement on Monday on our school trip to St Paul's Cathedral. The coach journey was filled with a buzz of excited chatter and we spotted lots of different London landmarks out the window. When we arrived we were met by our guide and we began our workshop. The children got to see statues that had been in the Great Fire, role play as fire fighters using long hooks and leather buckets and admire the beauty of the cathedral itself. They also learnt about how St Paul's was built and about its architect, Sir Christopher Wren. We boarded the coach home exhausted but full of lots of new information. The children were all so delightful and well behaved throughout the trip, we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did!
Friday 12th November
As scientists, we have been exploring our surroundings for different materials. The children investigated the classroom and the playground for evidence of glass, plastic, paper, wood, stone, fabric and metal. They recorded their findings in a table. Next,we will be thinking about why certain materials are suitable for making particular items. We will consider durability, strength, comfort, transparency and weather resistance.
Tuesday 9th November 2021
This half term for DT the children will be evaluating a range of Christmas decorations in preparation for making their own one. They will explore colour, materials, texture and shape. Thinking carefully about each individual aspect. This week the children had the opportunity to practise their cutting skills. This is an important skill in any DT project and I was so impressed with the children's concentration and accuracy. I'm sure this will be evident in their final decorations.
Thursday 4th November
Deer Class really enjoy sharing their experiences and opinions with their friends. We were able to put our expressive skills to great use by discussing how to keep ourselves safe in various situations today. We looked at photographs of children in different situations and asked 'Is he/she safe?' Everyone agreed that having a trusted adult nearby was important. Safety equipment like cycling helmets and climbing harnesses also ensured safety. We all agreed that we should always ask our grown ups if we weren't sure.
Wednesday 2nd November
Our Science topic this half term is Materials and their Properties. For our first lesson we revised our knowledge of different materials by sorting objects into groups. The children had fun dividing the objects into wood, glass, paper, plastic, metal and fabric. We then made our own labelled drawings of everyday things that are made from these materials. We are looking forward to investigating this topic further by describing the properties of materials and how they are suitable for different purposes. Here are some photos of the Deer Scientists at work!
Tuesday 2nd November
We were very lucky to welcome some visitors into school this week. The family of one of the children in our class kindly came in to tell us the story of Diwali in our Monday assembly. The children sat enchanted listening to the the story and learnt all about Diwali. Diwali is a 5 day festival of lights celebrated in India and other countries with Hindu populations. The name Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps,” because during the festivities people light up their homes with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas or diwas. Today the children made some lamps and their very own diyas. They had a wonderful time reflecting on all they had learnt and creating beautiful clay pots.
Friday 22nd October
We were rewriting the story of The Snail and the Whale in English this week. The children's challenge was to use adventurous adjectives and a variety of sentence openers. They are becoming super authors and improving their writing skills! The photographs show how focussed they were on their work. Some of the class then read their stories out to practise oracy skills too!
Monday 18th October 2021
We had a fantastic final Forest school of this term. As we went into the woods the rain began to sprinkle down on us. Undeterred by the weather the children worked in teams to build shelters. They were so creative and didn't just stick to the initial brief of keeping dry. Each shelter had a fire pit, seating area and some even had some leaf kebabs to pretend to eat! The children showed brilliant teamwork and we are very proud of what they achieved.
Friday 15th October
In computing this week,we continued to practise our coding skills. The children worked in pairs to give instructions to a transport program. They were then able to click on different vehicles to make them move left,right or upwards on the screen. It was so exciting to watch the animated scenes they created!
Mindfulness was the subject of our P.S.H.E. lesson. Having discussed the meaning of being mindful, we spent the afternoon engaging in calming, focussed activities. The aim was to live in the moment and banish all distracting thoughts. We listened to relaxing music while colouring, completing dot-to-dot pictures, mazes and jigsaw puzzles. Serenity ruled in Deer Class!
Tuesday 12th October
In our Art lesson this week we have been learning about the famous painter, Paul Cezanne. We created still life paintings of apples using crayons then blending the colours together using watercolour paints. The children took great care to produce wonderfully individual pieces of artwork thinking carefully about the depth of colours. The end results were beautiful and are proudly displayed in the classroom. Well done, Deer class!
Friday 8th October
Such a wonderful week for growing our brains and learning new skills!
In our PSHE lesson we were thinking about being grateful and how thankfulness helps our mental health. To be mindful of the wonderful people and things we have in our lives makes us happier. The children were keen to share their gratitude with each other. We were all smiling by the end of the discussion! We had a really useful talk about being grateful for things that we don't have any more, but have given us precious memories. It might be people who have died or pets that have passed way. Being grateful for wonderful memories is so important.
Here are some of the Thankfulness Posters the children made. You might find yourselves depicted!
Tuesday 5th October
In our Topic lessons we have been learning about the explorer Christopher Columbus. The class have learnt so much about him and today they discovered lots of new facts about his discoveries. In the lesson, the children played a board game where they had to decide if a fact was true or false then this determined where they moved on the board. The children had fun debating their answers and working out if they were right or not!
Friday 1st October
The word HABITAT was the focus of our Science learning this week. We learned about woodland, polar, ocean and desert habitats. The children really enjoyed discussing the topic and working together to categorise the animals into the correct habitats. We also found out how these animals have ADAPTED to cope with the temperature and conditions of their particular habitat. Look at our Science display wall!
Tuesday 28th September
This week we have been very busy in Deer Class. In English, the children have been planning an alternative ending for The Snail and the Whale. There have been so many imaginative ideas ranging from the snail being caught up in a tornado to the snail encountering an evil snail in a coral cave! We can't wait to read the finished stories later this week. In Maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards in 2's, 5's and 10's. We have even learnt two new songs to help us with this. Here is some of the fantastic vocabulary the children have come up ready to use in their stories.
Friday 24th September
We all had a super P.E. lesson with Coach Pearcey today. We warmed our bodies by playing 'bowls and domes'. In two teams we turned the cones over while the coach timed us.
The skill for this week was dribbling with a football. Look at how focussed we were!
Monday 20th September
This afternoon in Forest school we learnt lots of new things including how to safely use a bow saw! This was under the supervision of Mrs Finn and over the next few weeks everyone will get an opportunity to have a go. We were all so impressed by the how carefully they listened to the instructions. They were also given a challenge to try to balance on different things in the woods and it was wonderful to see them creating an obstacle course. They showed such determination not to fall off. Well done, Deer Class!
Friday 17th September
We had a great time in Deer Class experimenting with sentence starters this week. The challenge was not to open with the word 'the'.
What do you think of these sentences?
'Slowly, the waves rolled up to the shore.'
'Gently, the breeze blew through the palm trees.'
Monday 13th September
The children enjoyed their first Forest school lesson of the year today. We were lucky the weather was warm and we managed to avoid any rain. They had fun hunting bugs and there was great excitement when a cheeky green grasshopper was bouncing around our feet! It even crawled over someone's face! We even managed to get in some spelling practise using this week's spelling rule - we found lots of gnarled wood and knocked on some wooden stools. The class really enjoyed the afternoon and are already looking forward to next week's session.
7th September 2021
What a super first two days. The children have settled so well and are getting used to the new routine in school. They have enjoyed delicious new lunches and even had a picnic lunch outside today. In class we have been writing about our holidays and beginning place value in Maths. This afternoon they did some quiet reading and painted their initials, ready to display on the wall. It has been a sunny, happy start to term!