‘Born in a Barn’ Bonanza!


What a wonderful finale to a busy Christmas term! The children have all worked exceptionally hard; learning lines, songs and dances. They have impressed us all with their performance and star quality! Our show certainly dazzled and shone with plenty of gold medallions and neon glowing halos. We could have given every child a halo for their outstanding efforts individually. We are sure that you enjoyed it as much as we did too!


Reception have completed our Space topic and I wonder how many of the children are now aspiring astronauts?

In Year 1 we are now expert puppet-makers, having completed finger, hand and sock puppets. We have had great fun writing scripts for our puppet shows and performing them to be recorded on iPads.

In Year 2 we finished learning how to write a set of instructions effectively. The highlight of our learning was writing instructions for how to make jelly, making it and then finally eating it! Wobble wobble!

We wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Miss A, Mrs T and Miss P.





It’s behind you!

This week Year 1 have been exploring, shape, pattern and position in many different ways. We were amazed to be able to find so many 2D shapes around the school; circles on the doors and floor, rectangles on the walls. triangles on displays and squares on windows! Keep looking, Year 1. I wonder what others places you will spot them?

We made patterns and pictures using shapes and got much better at being able to talk about their corners, curved and straight edges, and knowing how some were the same and some were different. We also learned that it did not matter which way the shapes were turned, they stayed the same shape.


On Friday we were treated to a wonderful insight into the history of pantomime. We are now already with our boos and cheers for our visit to the theatre on the last day of term.


Penny for the Guy

The new term got off to a exciting start as we learned about fireworks and the history of bonfire night. We made chalk pictures with added sparkle, and learned how to use capital letters to make our words LOUD!

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We also began learning about money and how the different coins actually do matter when paying the shopkeeper. The children quickly learned to add the coins rather than simply count them.



Finally, a quick apology as I completely forgot to write a blog after our trip to The Vine last term. Here are a few pictures of the fun we had, counting, comparing and measuring the trees… yes, we are looking between our legs to help us calculate the height of the tallest tree. Here’s the mathematical explanation:

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The great Storm

We have been reading a book called Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert in which a character made from autumn leaves is blown, by the gentle breeze, on an interesting journey. We used our class autumn leaf collection to make a family for Leaf Man. Many children are now making leaf pets to add to the family!

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We then continued our learning about The Great Storm of 1987 by having a special visitor come to talk to us. To enhance our learning in history this term, Mr Oatley has kindly allowed us to borrow his collection of newspapers from the time of the storm, and some books to help us find out more. He came to find out what we have learned and to share his own memories. It was great to add to our first-hand accounts, as so many of the staff at St Johns are too young to have any! Mr Oatley, thank you for sharing your books, newspapers and time with class 1.


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Maths magic

Year 1 got to grips this week with knowing by heart, pairs of numbers that make 5 and 10.

We played what seemed to be a magical game, where I could work out the number on my forehead by looking at the number that everyone else was showing me on their fingers. At first it seemed like magic, until the children realised that I was using my number bonds!

They were keen to have a try themselves…

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We also continued our learning about the work of artist, Luiza Vizoli.  We used pastels to draw winter trees, then brightened them up by adding collage leaves, or as the children thought, baubles! Finally we added fingerprint snow to make then really wintery.  We think Luiza would be pleased with the creations that she inspired.


Autumn is coming

With a distinct change in the weather this week, Year One began exploring the wonders that autumn brings.  Our story, The Lost Acorns gave us a great opportunity to focus on writing words with the ‘or’ sound and to write messages to the squirrel to help him remember his acorn hiding places. The children have been busily collecting acorns for us to use in class – did you know that the bottom part is called a cupule?


We have been learning in class about odd, even, pairs and counting in twos, so I was pleased when the children suggested that a new Rainbow Challenge could be to count our acorns in twos. To challenge the children further, I asked whether they could take two away each time and count backwards… not so simple they discovered!



Rainbow challenges

Year 1 were introduced to a new way to earn house points this week and to have their name proudly displayed on our congratulatory rainbow reward chart. Rainbow challenges began to pop up around the classroom for the children to choose after they had completed work or during the odd, spare minutes. The children were encouraged to complete the challenges as creatively as they liked – it was wonderful to see them employing all their independent learning skills developed during their time in Reception.

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story makers

This week we began exploring the world of Percy the Park Keeper. On Monday morning we found a basket in our classroom containing a sad looking hedgehog, and a piece of a tree. We all wondered what the hedgehog’s story might be… had he climbed a tree and got stuck? Maybe the tree had fallen on him? Or perhaps he lived under the roots of the tree. We talked about lots of things that the hedgehog might tell us if he could talk, and began to create our own stories.

The children were challenged to express their ideas in a way of their choosing. By the end of the session we had an assortment of models, puppets, pictures, story maps and storybooks, such creative children! It was great fun telling our stories and seeing how they interwove with each others.

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Another lovely morning at Forest School!


A warm welcome to Year 1

The warm weather this week was an added bonus to being back at school. My lovely new class were able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor learning in the sunshine. Whether at Forest School for the first time, or at school learning about trees and the weather, we were all able to take our learning into the fresh air.

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It has been lovely to have an insight into all your lovely holiday adventures. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking through the children’s scrapbooks, pictures, folder, photos and collections. Well done to all those children who have given me theirs, I have been lucky enough to receive work from 25 children, maybe the others still have it at home or lurking in a bag? A few will be carefully chosen to receive a special mention (and maybe a small treat) for their effort and creativity.


A little request: If your child has school dinners, please be aware that we are unable to cut up their meals for them – there are simply too many platefuls! Therefore, if you are still in the habit of cutting your child’s meal up for them, please help them to do it themselves! I look forward to having to cut up fewer roast potatoes and sausages in the coming weeks!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Temp

Strawberry Day

What a wonderful start to our week we had! The children arrived on Monday morning to find the classroom festooned with strawberry bunting and the tables set up for some yummy activities.

Throughout the morning every child had the opportunity to make a strawberry jam sandwich, following my very precise written instructions such as: ‘scoop a small splat of strawberry jam onto your spoon’. They also decorated a fairy cake and made a paper plate strawberry hat to wear later in the day.

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When not in the classroom preparing delicious delights, the children excitedly set off in the mini bus to Stonepitts farm to pick our own fruit. Met by Mrs Clews, the strawberry farmer, we had a brief session learning about how her strawberries are grown traditionally on the farm. It was great to share with her our learning about the seasons and how plants grow.

We were then each given an empty punnet and set off to find the biggest, juicest strawberry patch we had ever seen! It did not take us long to fill our boxes as the fruit were so plentiful and enormous! We were allowed to taste a few and all agreed that they were better than any we had tasted from the supermarket.

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In the afternoon we sat in the sunshine to have our strawberry tea party, accompanied by strawberry squash of course. The smiles of the parents at home-time, when we presented them with our punnets of strawberries was a great end to a splendid day.

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