Busy in the sun!


Class one have had a busy few weeks learning about dinosaurs, digging and more recently learning about minibeasts.

We have played in our dinosaur jungle:


We have been digging for minibeasts:

We made ladybird biscuits:

We’ve been been explorers in our reading den:

Reception have learnt about doubling using ladybirds in maths:

We made some beautiful music!

We watched the older children launch rockets:

We learnt to tell the time:

We have done lots of role play:

We’ve practiced forming our letters and numbers:

…and we have shared lots of stories!

…and have done lots of investigating.

We have been so busy the term has flown by and the children have learnt so much, they’ve worked really hard and are a fantastic class! ☺




Traditional Tales and… We’re going on a bear hunt…

…we’re going to catch a big one!  What a beautiful day, we’re not scared!

This half term we have been learning about Traditional Tales; we have had lots of fun with Jack and the Beanstalk!

We have been counting leaves…

We have been planting magic beans…

We even made some beanstalk cakes!


We made a beanstalk:

We acted out the story:


…and we measured the beanstalk and beans:



This week we have also included a more recent classic children’s favourite and went on our very own bear hunt this afternoon…


We actually found a real live bear hiding in her cave!


We also found some time to be scientists and carry out our very own science experiment to find out how plants take up water.  We added different colour food colourings to some water and then put our white tulips in the pots of different coloured water.  We were all very excited, (children and adults!)


We were surprised (and excited!) at how quickly the white petals started to show signs of red and blue from the food colouring.

… and by the next morning the results were amazing!


We could even see that the colour had been taken up into the leaves.

A very busy few weeks of learning and fun! 🙂     Continue reading

Construction Club!

Today saw the first session of Construction Club at lunchtime!  The children all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  It was lovely to see some of the children from classes 1 and 2 working alongside and helping each other.

We built cars, rockets, an ambulance, a fire engine, a ramp and of course a Peugeot 208! (Hope I got that right! 😉  )

The children had the opportunity to socialise in a relaxed setting, practice taking turns and sharing, use their imagination and of course improve their fine motor control!  😉

Here are just a few pictures from today’s club. Looking forward to next week already! 🙂

Welcome back!

The children have come back to school full of energy and ready to learn.  This term we are learning our traditional stories and having fun retelling the stories.  We have read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs and next week we will be reading Jack and the Beanstalk.

Reception have been busy using their phonics and writing wanted posters to catch the big bad wolf!

We have been playing schools and making music.

Reception have been doing sums and writing them down.



Inspiration and Energy!

Classes one and two came together yesterday morning to complete their circuit with Olympic athlete Rob Mitchell.  The children all worked really hard and rose to the challenge of completing a range of different exercises for one minute on each station. It was a really fun, high energy session, with all staff joining in alongside the children.


We then joined together as a whole school later in the morning for an inspirational talk from Rob.

The children were inspired to think about keeping healthy by exercising and eating well, but also by trying to be positive, happy people, by being the best versions of themselves that they can be.  They were asked to think about always trying their best and trying to make their parents proud.  A very good, very positive message to be sharing with our children to ensure good health in all aspects of their lives.

Of course, as they listened to Rob tell his entertaining story about how he discovered he was good at jumping, they were also inspired to think that maybe, just maybe, they’ll become Olympic athletes themselves one day!  Dream big! 🙂

A big well done to all of the children for their efforts during the circuit and in raising money, and also a huge thank you to Rob for his time, energy and inspiration! 🙂

Awe and Wonder!

Class 1, Nursery and Reception children, had a fantastic day in Ilfracombe today as part of our learning about Under the Sea!  We visited Ilfracombe Aquarium and saw the range of different fish from source rivers on Exmoor to the fish in the harbour and the sea itself.  I think it’s true to say that both children and adults were completely mesmerised by the fish that we saw and that every single one of us learnt something new today.

We also visited the RNLI lifeboat station and got to stand in one of the lifeboats.  We finished off our day with an ice cream and a play on the beach in the sunshine, perfect!

Lots of learning, lots of fun, lots of smiles and laughter, lots of real life experiences and lots of photos to share; the looks on the children’s faces say it all.  We were all in awe and inspired by all that we saw.

As always the children behaved impeccably and the Class 1 team are incredibly proud of you all.  We would also like to say a huge thank you to our parents for coming with us and making the entire day possible, we could not have done it without you.  We hope you enjoyed the day every bit as much as we did,  thank you. 🙂   Thanks also to the team at Ilfracombe Aquarium and the staff at the Lifeboat Station.


Looking after our world!

Class 1 have been very busy over the past couple of weeks!  From learning about Under the Sea, we then learnt about pirates and had fun walking the plank – of course this was improving our balance and coordination too!

We then started thinking about our wonderful world and what we can do to help look after it.  We learnt about recycling and how we sort our rubbish:

In the words of Bob the Builder – Reduce!  Reuse!  Recycle!  This led nicely into children building outside and enjoying the dry weather whilst working together to get the job done! 😉  We really have seen some excellent teamwork in using resources for building.

We have also kept busy learning new sounds and finding objects that begin with those sounds.  We’ve all had a go at writing those letters in the precursive style, reception in their handwriting books and Nursery on the Interactive Whiteboard.

… and last, but not least, we’ve been busy in maths learning the names and properties of both 2D and 3D shapes, practicing our counting and learning about estimating and then how we check how many we actually have by counting!


Busy, busy!  Lots of learning, lots of teamwork, lots of progress and importantly, lots of fun!

The Class 1 Team 🙂

Class 1 – Happy Half Term!

What a busy half term we’ve had and it has flown by!

We have been under the sea, we’ve learnt about Chinese New Year, learnt about winter and looking after the animals, we’ve made fat balls for the birds, we’ve made soup, spring rolls and piggy biscuits!

We’ve been reading, singing, counting, rhyming, writing, painting, learning new sounds and lots more.   Here are just a few photos to give you an idea of some of the fun and learning that we’ve been doing.


Building houses.

Making soup.

“I’m making an aquarium.”


Ordering numbers.

Making shapes.

Grouping and naming numbers.

Using scissors.

Learning new sounds and writing.

Making dragons!

Making patterns.


Matching numbers.

Making fat balls.

Exploring ice.


Wishing you all a lovely half term from the class one team. ☺


Climbing club!

Can’t let a week pass without a few pictures from climbing club! ☺

As usual the children were amazing.  We had another two children join us who hadn’t been before and just like all the others, they were doing brilliantly by the end of the session.

Of course we also had a mum do a quick climb because whatever dads can do, so can the  mums! 😉

The children showed courage, determination, problem solving skills, kindness, support of their friends (and Mrs Hancock on the auto belay!) and all whilst getting some exercise and building up their strength and coordination.  We love climbing, can you tell?!  See you after half term, enjoy the holidays!