Friday, 15 December 2017

"When it gets very cold it turns to icy"

This week in nursery we had lots of fun exploring different concepts around winter! We were especially excited about real snow! The week before we had frozen our dinosaurs outside when the weather got very cold so we knew what happened and how it happened when it snowed! We spoke about how when it is very cold water turns to ice. we also discovered that when we pick snow up because of our warm hands it melts and turns back into water!
We also had our nativity! It has been a very busy week! We were so excited to show our grown ups all of our hard work this term we shone like the stars we are!

We also had lots of fun designing our own Christmas trees using different resources such as buttons, tinsel and beads. We made our trees unique and were very proud of them.
Throughout the week our parents had been very kind and donated some food for our Christmas party. We had so much to share! We enjoyed sitting around the big table with reception sharing good manners and discussing our favourite foods.
We also had winter craft morning where we made lots of different crafts with our grown us. We made; snowmen, play dough, reindeer food, marshmallow snowmen, chocolate reindeer, snowflakes, wreaths and new year cards! it was a fantastic morning filled with fun! Thank you for everyone who came along to join in with us!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Exciting Exploring

This week in nursery we had lots of fun exploring different ways to make marks. We were really interested in the magnetic letters and we spent a long time matching letters to sounds we knew! We also explored our community this week. We were discussing with our friends where we lived and whether we lived in a flat or a house. From this we explored our community to see the different things we could see and hear around our school.
We have also been practicing for our nativity this week. We are all brilliant at our songs and know nearly all of them! We sang them merrily ad we all worked as a team putting our Christmas tree up. We spoke about how some families do not celebrate Christmas and what other traditions there are. Some children suggested that it is still ok to join in with other people celebrations. We liked this idea.

We also worked hard as a team setting up a Santa's workshop in the role play. We sourced different resources such as tinsel and wrapping paper to put inside our workshop. We spoke about what work would be happening in the work shop and got excited about presents. We can't wait to come in on Monday and see what you all can create in the workshop!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Finding our way to Forest School using our compasses

In Geography we have been learning about maps and directions. We used compasses to find our way to Forest School. The children used the language of North, South, East and West to describe what direction they were going in.

Comparing heights at Forest School

Some of the children were showing how strong they were by lifting the long branches. They began to compare the different heights to work out which was the 'tallest'. Hannah reminded the children that they all needed to have 'the branches on the floor so that it is fair'.

Confident climbers at Forest School

Martin began to climb and we were very impressed by his skills. Some of joined in climbing too. We made sure that we chose branches and trunks that were strong enough and wouldn't break!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Smelly cocktails at Forest School

We continued our learning about the senses following our science lesson. There were some very stinky mixtures!

Minutes 24th November

We were extremely busy in today's meeting creating posters telling our community to stop dropping rubbish! Year 1 and 2 school councilors were both horrified by the amount of litter which is along Broadmead Avenue. Our value of respect is something we would like everyone to have for our locality.
If anyone else would like to design a poster at home you can bring it in and hand it to your class councilor.
Can anybody else suggest how we can stop people from littering?
We also discussed the government's decision to remove the bill which protects animal rights and says that they have feelings. We need to speak up for the animals. What can we do to make the government realize that this is unacceptable?

Saturday, 25 November 2017

"Run run as fast as you can!"

This week in nursery we were learning all about the gingerbread man!! Last week we read the story and we couldn't get enough of it. This week we story mapped our story and learnt it all of by heart. We are very good at telling the story and get very excited when we sing "run run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man!" We did lots of learning including; creating our own felt gingerbread men, baking gingerbread men, painting a giant gingerbread man and doing gingerbread man puzzles!
 However when we baked our gingerbread man we noticed that one of them had gone missing!! The next day we discovered a note from the gingerbread man explaining that he had ran away and is hiding in our school somewhere. We suggested making picture so people know what he looks like we have worked hard creating posters. We still haven't found him yet though so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, 17 November 2017

"£30 please!"

This week in nursery we had decided we wanted a hairdressing salon! So we created the salon all together and thought of lots of different bits that needed to go in there. We had so much fun styling the dolls hair and using bobbles, head bands, rollers and hairdryers. We were very particular about our prices, it was £30 for a trim! We were very posh. We also had a few sneaky customers who left without paying so decided to put our prices even higher!

 We also really enjoyed when reception came over to do their phonics this week, we enjoyed listening to their lesson on the carpet. Some of us decided to join in and sit with them! We even attempted to write the sounds in our jotters copying reception! We had two birthdays this week and we were very lucky as they were very kind children and bought in cake and chocolates yummy!

This week we started to learn the gingerbread man story so for next week we decided to turn role play into the gingerbread mans bakery! We used our clever thinking skills to come up with different ideas for our role play and spent the morning helping our teachers bring our vision to life! We can't wait to get in there on Monday!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Minutes 14th November 2017

Minutes 14th November 2017
It went well greeting the visitors we felt that we made them very welcome. Year 5 wanted maths to be before break and english after. We all wanted posters for different things (only important notices). We also suggested to have a goodie raffle where we pick any goodies. Year 5 wants to run a golden mile for about 5 minutes. Jamie wants a plant entertainment area where children can have fun watering the plants. We might be able to plant poppies for Remembrance Day and we can put a protective fence to protect the plants from being destroyed. We might be able to hold a football charity club to help children in need around the world. We obviously need cameras for wasting water in the toilets (would this be cost effective?). We need to stop dropping litter all over the school and all over the community. When are we going to have a talent show? We always need to switch the lights off when we leave the class.
Next week we shall create posters to put up in our community to tell everyone to stop dropping litter.
If you would like to make a poster you can just give it to one of the school councillors before next week.

Minutes taken by Abdullah


Friday, 3 November 2017

Minutes 3rd November 2017

Today we discussed what we can do to make visitors feel really welcome when they look around our school. We decided that when the Head boy and Head girl conduct their tour we will be the ones to greet them when they come into our classroom. One of us will say "Welcome to Year ... we are learning about ...." the second school council will share our school motto and ask if they would like to hear a poem.

We found out that we are leading the assembly on Friday 8th December where we shall develop the schools understanding of recycling.

We discussed improvements to the secret garden and the gated strip area next to the school. We looked in catalogues to give us ideas about what we could put in that space. We are thinking to have the secret garden as a story area and the strip to have planters or sculptures.  We will ask the Friends of Eastfield if they have funds for us to purchase some things.

Seynab asked if we could raise money for poor children. We saw that Save the Children are holding a 'Christmas Jumper day' ours will be in Wednesday 20th December. Where everyone can pay a donation to wear a fun sweater.

Do you have any ideas for the secret garden?
Could anyone make a sculpture for the strip area?
Are you looking forward to the Christmas Jumper day?

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Minutes 13th October

On achieving your Eco-Schools Bronze Award
Well done you did it! Hopefully the first 3 steps on your Eco-Schools journey to Green Flag have gone well; you now have an active Eco-Committee, Environmental Review, Action Plan for topic projects and probably much more!

We will now begin working towards our Silver award. During the evaluation of our bronze award we felt that not everyone in the school really understands recycling so we would like to plan a whole school assembly around the importance of recycling. We shall ask Mrs Hamilton when we could do this.
We will also look through come catalogues to create an order to improve the secret garden and the gated space along the wall.
During your class council meetings please:
Share what you already know about recycling.
Discuss what you would like in both of those spaces.
Please comment below.


Friday, 6 October 2017

School Council Minutes 6th October 2017

In today's school council meeting the children were presented with their school council badges which they are now wearing very proudly. This will help everybody know exactly who the school councilors are so you can share your thoughts and ideas with them to contribute towards our meetings further.

We then looked back over our Environmental review and looked at the comments that Year 3 had left. We agreed with their ideas so have decided to tackle the issue of electricity being wasted and improve the amount of recycling. We spoke to our caretaker Vic who was really helpful and supportive of our ideas. He has said that he has to read and record the meter readings on the 1st of every month and has asked some of the school councilors to support him with this so that we can keep a track on how much electricity is being used and see if the amount reduces following our campaign to reduce wasted electricity. He also said that we can have extra bins in the classroom so there will be one that is just for paper and cardboard so that this can be kept separately and be sent to be recycled instead of joining all the other rubbish on the landfill site. He also supported out idea of having a compost bin to collect the fruit peelings. We decided that we should trial this initially on the playground. Vic said that he will support the school councilors to empty the bins into the compost heap in the school garden on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If this is successful we will look at having more opportunities to compost waste around the school. Thank you Vic for helping us to make a positive impact.
We completed the Changemaker application form and showed our agreement to the values by signing the form. This will be emailed to the University of Northampton and displayed on our school council noticeboard. We will shortly begin the application for our next award.
We then listened to some questions from each of the classrooms but would really like all questions and comments to be added at the bottom of our minutes so we can keep track of them all.
Please comment below with your thoughts and suggestions for how we can reduce the amount of electricity we use.


Conkers, conkers and more conkers!

This week in nursery we went on a conker hunt! We walked to our local park with some big bags, we collected hundreds! We walked to the park holding onto our magic rope, we stopped at the roads and remembered our safety looking left and right, listening and looking again before crossing. We were so excited when we got to the conker tree we let go of the rope and explored them, some of us found sticks and leaves too and had fin comparing all of the different things. We also looked at the hard spikey things that were on the floor and discovered these were conker shells! We carried our big bags full of conkers back to nursery and explored them further, we painted them, we rolled them, we counted them and we sorted them.

We also explored melons, we looked at the shape and colour and had a guess at what we thought was inside of them! Some of us thought lemon juice was inside! We hammered golf tees into them this was great fun showing off our strong hand muscles and then we noticed water was coming out! We were right there was juice inside! We made a mind map of everything we had discovered.

We also spoke a lot about play dough on Friday and how we wanted to create things with it. We then had a hunt in our kitchen and researched for a recipe online we found everything we needed and located the equipment we needed. We created our own play dough! We were especially good at the kneading part! I can't wait to learn loads more with you next week!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Forest School session 4

Today was a chilly Tuesday at Forest School! We found another caterpillar this week he was a big green, fat caterpillar instead of a hairy one like last week.
We also spent lots of time tying and knotting the ropes around the willow dome. Some of us used the ropes to play chasing games. It felt good to run in the wind!


Friday, 29 September 2017

We love learning!

This week in nursery we have explored lots of different ideas and materials! Some of us decided to try out sitting on different textures and sliding down the slide! We discovered the silk fabric was the best for sliding down really quickly!

We also turned our computer area into a café! We had lots of imaginative fun pretending to take orders through the phone and writing them down. Climbing was also a particular interest this week with lots of us interested in climbing on the boat and the climbing frame! I can't wait to see what we engage with next week!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Forest School session 3

Reception are so settled into Forest School now and they have so many ideas about what they would like to do! Last week I noticed that the children were highly engaged in wrapping and weaving the trees and sticks so we had some wool in autumnal colours. We had a lovely chat about Autumn on our way to Forest School and Freddie said "I love autumn because all the leaves change". We found some Autumnal objects including conkers and cones and these were used for collecting, counting and making into fishing rods!
The willow dome is looking fantastic with all the weaving and wrapping with wool and masking tape!
We also discovered a lovely looking spider which the children thought 'looked like a tarantula' and a very hairy caterpillar which we thought looked rather funky!


Saturday, 23 September 2017

We're detectives!

This week in nursery we discovered a crime! Someone had broken into our schools library and broken one of our chairs! We discovered this crime when somebody sent us pictures of a girl with blonde hair in our school eating porridge and lying in our beds!! So we started an investigation! We gathered all the things we thought we needed, clipboards and paper, magnifying glasses and iPod touches to capture our evidence through photographs!

We discovered that it was Goldilocks! All the evidence we found including a lock of blonde hair, a blue bow and a broken chair led us to believe that it was her! We also did lots of mark making this week, we found all of our writing jotters and decided to do lots of writing on them, we also enjoyed exploring the silky pens and creating a group picture together!

We all put our clever thinking brains together again  this week and drew up a mind map to decide what our role play area should be next week. We decided pirates was a good idea and spent our Friday afternoon creating a new pirate ship role play!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Forest School Session 2

Today we had lots of ideas about what we want to do at Forest School. Ethan suggested that we create potions and Freddie asked for more rope to help build dens. We went to the school garden and gathered herbs and flowers and then added them to the fire pit to create a big potion. We thought that it could be a birthday cake for David!
Lots of the children used the den building resources to create shelters and to 'fix' the trees too.
The children love using the ipad to record their time at Forest School so most of the photos that you see have been taken by the children!


Friday, 15 September 2017

We love the outdoors!

This week in nursery we explored our brand new outdoor equipment!!! We have musical chimes, a super cool obstacle course, a new water wall and drums! We loved exploring the different sounds we could make, the different ways we could climb and move on the obstacle course and questioning and exploring where the water was coming from and how!?

We also welcomed our new friends into their full time hours this week, they did so brilliantly settling into nursery and joining in with our routines!

We had also noticed something extra special about our new arch way in the garden, when the sun comes out it reflects colours onto our grass! We were amazed and told Miss brown lots of clever ideas about why this was happening, lots of us connected it to the sun which impressed Miss brown very much!!

Next week we can explore it all again and discover lots more!!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Minutes 14th September 2017

Today we took our second step towards achieving an eco-schools award. We completed an Environmental Review of the school. Please read through this in your class council meetings and discuss which area we need to improve on and what we could do to make a difference. Please write your answers in the comments. The School Council will decide and draw up and action plan next week.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Our first session at Forest School

We had a fabulous time at our Forest School today. We played a fire circle game and '1,2,3 where are you?' before exploring the site and resources. Some of the children made 'potions' so we shall have a go at making our own 'smelly cocktails'!