A Small School with a Big Heart, guiding our children to becoming kind and courageous citizens.
Wednesday 19th January
We have been learning all about being safe pedestrians. Today we walked up to the village shop, remembering the Green Cross Code:
Walking across the roads when it was safe to do so.
Our governor is a volunteer at the community-run shop and helped us as we chose and paid for healthy food to take back to school for tomorrow's snack time.
Friday 14th January
Lots of fun with our learning in Fox Class this week. From Forest School adventures to learning about our village shop, past and present, and creating our own!
Friday 7th January 2022
A wonderful first week back!
We have had lots of fun with our new topic:
Where will we Explore? ...Near or Far?
Thursday 15th December 2021
We read the Emperor's Egg and learnt lots of facts about penguins. Then we made a Antarctic scene and our own penguins.
In Maths, we looked at sequencing our days, and looking at 1 more and 1 less.
Christmas crafts galore using paper plates! Snowmen, Christmas Trees, baubles and tree decorations!
Friday 10th December 2021
A sky full of stars in our Nativity and a fun P.E. session today playing team games and dodgeball.
6th December 2021
A super start to the week, carrying on with our Phase 3 Phonics, ai, ee and igh. We have been practising our play and dance too and started weaving for our Christmas cards.
Friday 3rd December 2021
We enjoyed our indoor team games session from First Touch today, as well as finding out about two more children's treasures! We learnt about Hannukah using a spinner toy and also lots about wildlife and treasures from another children's box. Thank you for bringing these in each week. We really enjoy learning from each other's special treasures.
In Maths we looked at different ways of making 5, practically and then using a 5s frame, and in Phonics we have looked at the digraphs sh, ch, th and ng this week.
Tuesday 30th November 2021
We had an amazing day on our first trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum, taking part in a "Christmas From the Past" workshop. We made our own Christmas Pudding in a 16th Century Cottage, took part in crafts in the barn and listened to a Victorian story session, looking at old toys.
Friday 26th November 2021
Our P.E. session today was Dodgeball, including throwing the balls at a moving target! We had great fun and listened so carefully too. I am so proud of how the children are getting changed all by themselves too.
In Phonics we learnt the digraph "qu" and also enjoyed starting to make our own "I can..." books, using our Phonics to write captions for actions that we could do.
We are really enjoying practising our Christmas play too and are looking forward to performing to you all.
Wednesday 24th November 2021
This week we continued with our Phase 3 Phonics, looking at y and z / zz as well as the tricky words "he" and "she." We painted pictures of bears, finding out more facts about them. In Maths we looked at numbers 4 and 5, explaining how we know that it was a 4 or 5 on the 5s frame, as well as sorting collections of objects into a set of 4 or 5.
Having the pantomime of Cinderella coming to visit was such a treat and we loved singing, clapping and dancing along.
Friday 19th November 2021
We enjoyed investigating floating and sinking yesterday, making predictions and thinking about why an object might float or sink. We also looked at making and representing 5, and used a 5s Frame, explaining how we knew it showed 5.
We had fun playing Dodgeball in P.E. and loved looking at books on our Book Bees!
Wednesday 17th November 2021
This week we have started Phase 3 of our Phonics, learning more sounds and using them to continue to read and write captions.
We are enjoying continuing our work on bears and their habitats and in Maths we are looking at ways of representing 4 and 5, making collections of 4 and 5, but also identifying and explaining why something is not 4 or not 5.
We also cleaned out our new stick insects and made sure that they were happy, having fresh leaves in their new home and looked at some amazing Red Kites flying overhead which sparked an interest in bird watching.
Friday 12th November 2021
What a great week we have had! In Maths, we have been continuing with describing, sorting and comparing amounts of triangles and circles, explaining our answers in full sentences. We also looked at the artist Kadinsky's work and made our own shape pictures. We moved on yesterday to using positional language, such as in, on, in between, behind and in front to describe where a teddy was hiding.
In Literacy, we have enjoyed ordering pictures from the story Bear Hunt, as well as retelling and acting out the story. We will also do some hot seating today, asking questions to the bear about what he was thinking and feeling during the story.
Phonics was Phase 2 recap all week, then we will move onto Phase 3 next week.
We started to look at different types of bears, comparing their features, diet and habitats. We will continue this next week. What is your favourite type of bear?
We also thought about Remembrance Day yesterday, reflecting on all the brave people who have kept us safe in the past and still do today. We watched the "Poppies" animation telling the story of war and hope in a very child centred way and printing beautiful poppy paintings, using bottle lids and our fingers.
Monday 8th November 2021
"We are Going on a Bear Hunt" this week by Michael Rosen, so we have enjoyed joining in with the retelling of this.
In Maths we looked at triangles and circles, sorting them and explaining why they are triangles or circles and why. Are there more triangles or circles? How do you know?
We also looked carefully at different types of real bears and used charcoal to sketch them.
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th November 2021
We have had an exciting few days learning about Bonfire Night and firework safety. We enjoyed making splatter paintings and had a great PE sessions, developing our balance, jumping and coordination skills.
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
We enjoyed finding out more about diwali today, making clay divas and Rangoli patterns on the playground.
Also we had great visit from a parent who brought in two chicks for us all to looks at, stroke and ask questions about. We even got to name one using a democratic vote.
Another kind parent donated us some new stick insects, which we enjoyed finding out about and learning how to care for. We hope our new class pets will be very happy with us!
Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd November 2021
What a couple of busy days back after half term. The children have all settled back so well. We started off our work on Celebrations by reading a story called Little Glow. We then found out more about Diwali and enjoyed having our special visitors telling us the story of Rama and Sita in assembly. We enjoyed drawing around our hands and making Mendi patterns.
In Maths, we have been looking at comparing 1 , 2 and 3 and subitising by playing snap. Subitising is when you are able to look at a group of objects and realise how many there are without counting. This only works with small groups of numbers, usually 5 or fewer.
We are also excited about our keyword rings, which are going home this week.
Friday 22nd October 2021
We have had a busy week preparing for our Harvest Festival, and I am so proud of all of the children. It is hard to believe that they have only been in school for half a term, as they have settled so well and learnt so much already!
"U, r and h" were the remaining sounds that we covered this week. In Literacy, following on from our text "The Train Ride," after predicting what might happen next in the story, we used our own writing and mark making to describe what we saw on our imaginary train ride.
In Maths, we continued with 1, 2 and 3, looking at explaining what is 2 and not 2, 3 and not 3.
We also looked at trains from the past and present and painted pictures of them, noticing the differences.
Monday 18th October 2021
In Phonics today we looked at "e," as well and the tricky words no, go to, the and I.
In Maths we looked at 1, and not 1, making collections of 1, explaining why other numbers of collections are "not 1" and drawing our own pictures of collections of 1 too.
Friday 15th October 2021
We looked at "ck" in Phonics today and revisited repeating patterns in Maths. After our P.E. session, we also enjoyed listening to two children tell us about their treasure boxes and finished the day with an assembly celebrating our Harvest crafts.
It was such a privilege to be able to speak to your during our Zoom parents' meetings this week, and thank you all of your amazing support.
Thursday 14th October 2021
In Maths, we looked at identifying mistakes in two step patterns, and correcting them today. Can you spot any mistakes? How do you know that object shouldn't come next? Using our language and problem solving skills, we explained our answers in full sentences. We used vocabulary such as pattern, before, after and repeating. We also used vegetables and fruit to print a two step pattern.
For English, we ordered pictures from the story Duck in the Truck and worked together in a group, using collaboration skills to do this.
Phonics is "k" today and we looked at the tricky words "no" and "go".
Wednesday 13th October 2021
As well as learning about "c" in Phonics today, we looked at the word "the," putting an action to it to help it stay n our memory. As part of our work on Autumn, we made our own clay hedgehogs, using our fingers as pincers to make the spines. This also practised the pincer grip needed for writing.
We read Duck in the Truck and made predictions about the story in small groups, and had lots of time for exploring our outdoor environment too. We enjoyed playing in the mud kitchen, using lots of rich language as we "cooked" and had to transport the blue water from the water tray into the trough below without loosing any! Great team work and problem solving skills foxes!
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th October 2021
We looked at "g" and "o" in Phonics, and enjoyed going into the woods to find objects for our two step repeating patterns.
Friday 8th October 2021
Another great day today! We had a great day, for our P.E. session we played a great warm up game, running around the circle when our number was called, and then built towers with our partner to then knock over with our football! We finished the session with shooting at the goal.
For Phonics, we recapped the sounds that we have learnt so far, read some CVC words and matched them to pictures and then learnt the word "I".
We finished the day with Maths, reading Dear Zoo, and then talking about which toy animal is best suited the which sized box and why. The snake was long, so it goes in the long box, the dog was big, so it went in the big box and the lizard was small, so it went in the small box.
Thursday 8th October 2021
We looked at shorter (than) / longer (than) in Maths today, using pieces of ribbon. We talked about laying the pieces of ribbon down, making sure and both pieces were at the start line to check it was a fair comparison. Which animal had a shorter distance to run?
In Phonics, "d" today. We practised writing all of the letters that we have covered so far and continued with our blending and segmenting games.
Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th October 2021
We continued to look at Stone Soup, ordering pictures from the story and talking about which came at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
In Maths, we looked at comparing the height of towers, using language such as taller, taller than, shorter and shorter than. We started to use 5s frames to show the amounts of cubes in each tower.
We also made some Autumn hedgehog pictures by cutting up leaves to make the spines.
There was also lots of time for child initiated play, some set up their own classroom and others made a pot for posting pasta through the small hole in the top, a great fine motor activity to encourage the tripod grip!
Monday 5th October 2021
Today we started our work on the book Stone Soup. We made predictions about what could happen next in the story. There are no right or wrong answers, this just helps with imagination and understanding how stories work.
In Maths we looked at matching the big bowls to the big teddies, and the small bowls to the small teddies, then giving them the right amount of pasta! Big teddies like lots of pasta! We then moved on to comparing two amounts of pasta, which bowl had more, which had fewer. We also looked at explaining our answers. How do you know that one has more?
"i" in phonics, we really enjoyed practising writing "i" with black ink!
Friday 1st October 2021
A great start to the day with getting changed for PE inside our own spaced out hoop again in the hall. The children are getting so independent, and any help practising getting dressed and undressed by themselves at home would be great too.
We enjoyed our warm ups and practised our relay races and kicking skills today, scoring lots of goals in the nets.
As part of our Maths on matching and sorting, we pegged up all of my socks onto a line today in matching pairs, using our funky fingers to work the pegs.
The children are doing so well and must be tired, so have a lovely restful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Thursday 30th September 2021
Today in Maths, we drew around different sizes of lids, then put them all back into the middle and tried to match them up to the circles that we had drawn. We then talked about the sizes of the shapes, which one was big, bigger, the biggest, small or the smallest.
In Phonics, we learnt about "p," painting pink pigs, mixing the colours ourselves. We practised forming the letter on our whiteboards, as well as reading and writing some of the words than we can now make with the sounds that we have covered so far, such as at, as, pat, tap and sat.
We also used pastels to draw some of the beautiful findings from our Autumn interest table, using a magnifying glass to look carefully at the detail.
Wednesday 29th September 2021
Today we looked at "t" in phonics and played eye spy, looking for words which start with "t." We also talked about matching pairs in Maths, and what it meant to match, to be the same. We then matched buttons and then thought of other criteria to sort them by, colour, size and shape.
Tuesday 28th September 2021
Today in phonics we focused on "a," ants on our arm! We enjoyed writing letters in the sand and printed with apples to make beautiful Autumn trees.
Monday 27th September 2021
We thought about the letter "s" today, cutting snake spirals to help our funky fingers and sorting pictures of things that begin with this sound. Can you remember the song about the snake in the grass?
What a beautiful Autumn discovery table, thanks to your wonderful findings!
24th September 2021
We did so well getting changed for P.E. We went into the hall and each had our own hoop, our island to keep our clothes safe from dropping into the water! I am so proud of all the children and with practise they will get even more independent at this.
For P.E. we played Cups and Saucers and Traffic Lights to warm up and then practised our dribbling skills.
Thursday 22nd September 2021
We took turns playing Simon Says and talked about all of our different body parts.
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
A huge thank you and well done to you, and all your children, for the amazing progress which they have made with how well they come in to school in the mornings. Thank you for taking on board and adopting a quick goodbye ritual and making the separation predictable and safe for them.
As teachers we are always topping up our professional development, and I was reminded on a course this week, a few things about anxiety, which could be applied to a range of situations, which I thought I would share.
The first reminder was that if we try and take away all the things that our child is finding hard or anxiety provoking we can make the problem worse, we are saying that things are so bad, that I must save you from them, which in turn induces more anxiety.
A second point is that the aim isn't to get rid of anxiety. We need to work on accepting the anxious feelings, rather than avoiding them. We talk about sitting with feelings, feeling the fear and doing it anyway!
As part of our class practise, we work through this with the children and the children gain a real sense of achievement from working through challenges.
Tuesday 22nd September 2021
We talked about what makes a house a home and panted pictures of our homes. The children thought of so many heart warming ideas.
"It has a lovely garden and nice friends."
"It's a fun house. A family house."
"When I see my house, it makes me happy."
"Warm, nice and cosy."
"It's a happy house. It has bedrooms where I sleep."
Monday 20th September 2021
Today we talked about and drew pictures of our families. What a super early Literacy activity! We also had lots of time to explore our own activities too.
Friday 17th September 2021
Genes Day and a great sport session, working on ball skills. We rolled the balls around our body and in a figure of 8, around our feet. Can you practise at home?
Thursday 16th September 2021
We went around the school and woods, going on a listening walk, carefully identifying the different sounds that we could hear.
Wednesday 15th September 2021
We practised our cutting skills today, and cut out bears to order by size. This helps build strong hand and finger muscles for writing.
Tuesday 14th September 2021
We read Kipper's Birthday, talked about when our birthdays are and how we celebrate them. Then we made cards for Kipper!
We used big tweezers during our Funky Fingers today to sort bears by colour, strengthening our finger and arms muscles. We also had lots of time for playing and building new friendships.
Monday 13th September 2021
To start the week, we painted self portraits, looking in a mirror and mixing our own colours to get the right tones.
Friday 10th September 2021
Another super start to the day! We enjoyed our First Touch sport session, playing Traffic Lights as a warm up, then practising throwing and catching tennis balls by ourselves.
A banana and milk for snack, followed by our playtime with the whole school. We listened to Beetle in the Bathroom and other stories. We are doing so well with our Chatter Books and had lots of exploring time to help make new friends.
Thursday 9th September 2021
Another super day. We enjoyed our favourite Pete the Cat story and song again, as well as Dog's Colourful Day, counting on our fingers, and another story about keeping clean. We drew a picture of ourselves at school and made a picture using transient art of our faces after looking at them in the mirror.
Wednesday 8th September 2021
What a wonderful first day. I am so proud of all of the children and how well they have done today. Lots of playing, making new friends and exploring our environment. Our first playtime on the big playground went so well, we loved using the climbing frame! We enjoyed reading and singing Pete the Cat, Rocking in his school shoes together and printed with paint, using our hands.