Term 3 fun and learning

Learning about ourselves and how amazing we really are, has been really engaging for the children. When I asked them which bits they enjoyed most, unanimously they agreed that our taste and smell experiments were the best! They also enjoyed getting messy with paint and creating their own superhero characters.

Our pointillism portraits, inspired by the work of George Seurat, were created entirely with our fingers, not a paint brush in sight!


We tasted crisps and used all of our senses to try to determine what they were. We were surprised how much they varied in colour, texture, crunch and smell, as well of course in taste.


Most of us agreed that mustard was not a scent we would like to have in  a perfume… the top three smells were chocolate, vanilla and orange, the class prefered a tasty smelling perfume it seems!


We tricked our eyes with optical illusions, we never did agree on how many legs this elephant has!


Our final two weeks of term included Book Week. I loved meeting the children’s toy superheroes made for homework, and the comic strip style stories they created were fabulous. We even made photo stories with speech bubbles and clip art sound effects using the ipads.


A busy term with lots of learning. Well done Year1.

Amazing Me!

Term 3 began with such excitement as we had a science morning on the very first day. Organised by Mrs Casewell and Mrs Quirk, everyone in the school investigated making tin foil boats and finding out how many pennies they could carry. After experimenting and improving our boats, Lenny had the winning boat in our class… carrying over 100 coins!IMG_2035

Our new topic, Amazing Me! is now in full swing. We started by thinking about what superheroes are like, and decided what talent we would have if we could be a superhero. We designed our costumes, and then voted for which costume was our favourite.

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Elizabete was chosen to be our superhero on the wall, her costume was fantastic! Our learning about superheroes and talents will continue by learning about real-life superheroes; Florence Nightingale and Louie Braille. In science, we will be finding out about our senses and how we use them to find out about the world around us. We have lots of interesting experiments to do involving listening, looking, smelling, touching and tasting.


Creating portraits is the focus of our art this term. We are learning about pointillism as used by George Seurat and will be creating our own portrait gallery. We will also be looking at the clever work of Guisepe Archimboldo later in the term.

So, a busy term ahead!

‘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!