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What Sparrows have been learning?

30.09.22 - We've had a harvest filled week with a sunflower theme. We have made, drawn and painted sunflowers, picked seeds out of the sunflower heads, sang songs about them, measured them and much more. Year 1's have been writing instructions to grow sunflowers and making guardian angels to protect them. Our favourite part was making and eating apple crumble made from the apples that have fallen from the trees on the school field.

We have all been learning about the number 3 and triangles. Year 1's have been ordering numbers. Reception have been learning the Oxford Reading Tree character names, we have been sharing stories about them and they have received their first books.

Next week we have our trip to see the Earth and we will be basing our learning on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

23.09.22—A shorter week this week but we have packed it full of Bear Hunt fun. We have really enjoyed learning to retell this story with actions, made binoculars for bear hunting, cut the swishy, swashy spaghetti grass, mark make in the snow, counted bears into caves, moved over, under and through our obstacle course and lots more.

The Year 1’s have been making maps for the Bear Hunt and for their own hunt story creations. They have been going over the phase 3 phonic sounds. We have all been learning about the parables that Jesus told and the important messages these give us.

16.09.22 - It's been a great second week in school with the children seeming like they have always been here. Thank you to everyone who came along to the meetings this week. We have been celebrating all things Paddington this week which seems fitting with the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Year 1's have been writing postcards and building on their number knowledge. We have among other things been making paper bag and model Paddington's, making tea parties for him and The Queen and looking after the teddies (and one another) in the hospital

09.09.22 - The Sparrows new and old have settled in wonderfully. We have been learning about our emotions using the book 'Colour Monster' and learning the story of 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear'. The children have loved exploring their surroundings and seemed to have enjoyed themselves. We had a very sad end to the week with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II leaving us and so we have spent some time thinking about this as the bells rang out at church and by making some crafts to display.

Sport's Day

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Sport's Day

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Sport's Day

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08.07.22 - The children have all shown their creative sides this week whether through art, crafts, song, dance, stories or shows. We have made clay models, a giant giraffe, milk carton Elmers, crocodile puppets and much more. The children have been following instructions to sketch cartoon animals, they have created pastel pictures of Bluebell Woods and represented the story of 'The Lost Sheep' through art.

Next week on Wednesday afternoon we have Sports Day and we hope to see as many of you as possible.

01.07.22 - We have tried to base ourselves outside on the field this week but the weather has limited us somewhat. However, when we had chance to be outside we have made shapes with sticks, nature bracelets and nature suncatchers. We have been writing postcards about what we have seen on our African safari, telling the time and playing What's the time Mr Wolf and learning all about Judaism and enjoying a Shabbat experience together.

24.06.22 - The week has flown by as we have been learning all about Africa and in particular Kenya. We have enjoyed the stories of Handa's Hen, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain and Lila and the Secret of Rain and looked at the animals, climate, houses and landscape. We have been finding and drawing different ways to make 3,4 and 5. We have made rain sticks and African jewellery. Next week we are hoping to be based on the field for our learning.

Wow what an amazing afternoon we spent with Zara and her African animals. We enjoyed meeting Jabba the meerkat, Mrs Boo the owl, Twiggy, King the boa, Skittles the chameleon and lots more of Zara's animals. Here are just a few of the photographs.

16.06.22 - The children have been writing and solving African animal riddles this week. We have been balancing monkeys, practising our letter formation, we enjoyed looking at the books in the Book Fair, we have been doing lots of subtraction and we have been welcoming the new reception children for September on their visits.

10.06.22 - It's been a great week back after the break. The highlight has obviously been our amazing visit to Conkers. The children loved the activity trail, barefoot walk, tunnels, adventure playground, train, bus and their lunchboxes. We hope you have enjoyed the photographs and film clips. We have also started our African Animal theme and this week we have been writing our own version of Dear Zoo. We have been adding, Year 1's have been ordering two digit numbers and we have done lots of sentence writing.

Next week we have the Animal Magic people bringing in some African Animals for us to learn about and hold. We also have the Book Sale on Monday and the Summer Fayre on Friday after school.

27.05.22 - We have been celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this week and we hope you were lucky enough to see our 1950's dance on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you for all the costumes, the children all looked amazing! We have found out lots about the Queen, learnt the national anthem, made playdough Union Jacks, paper plate queens, enjoyed some old style games like tiddlywinks, snap and skipping and have been using and finding out about money. 

21.05.22 - We have been trying to capture the Evil Pea this week. The children have been deciding which vegetables will sink or float, they have made Potato Heads, Year 1's have made their own Supertato photo stories, we have estimated how many brussels have been trapped by the Evil Pea, completed some squish subtraction number sentences and written speech bubbles for the Supertato characters.

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our plant sale and made it such a great success.

13.05.22 - We have had a fruity time this week and based lots of our learning on the book Handa's Surprise. We have made 3D fruit, fruit prints, fruit cocktails in the water tray and fruit kebabs. The children have even retold the story with different animals and fruits.

We have been doubling numbers and adding with our ball adding machine. The Year 1's have been finding halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. In music we have all been learning about pitch and making our own superhero theme tunes. 

06.05.22 - We have been basing our learning around trees this week and explored the trees on the field and tried to identify them on Monday. We have painted and made cardboard trees, we have made bead and playdough blossom trees, we have made trees to balance animals in and written about what we might see in a tree. Year 1's have been making fact sheets all about trees.

We have been ordering and comparing numbers and the Year 1's have been doubling and making equal groups in numeracy. In phonics we are continuing to recap sounds from Phase 3 and 5.