Saplings – FSR

Date: week starting the 26th June and 3rd July

We have been . . .

On Thursday we came into school to find that a magic beanstalk had grow in our classroom! To learn more about beanstalks, we decided to read Jack and the beanstalk and have made this a focus point for our learning. To find out what was living at the top of our beanstalk, we decided to write some letters and were amazed to find we had a giant living at the top!

The magic beanstalk has also inspired us in other aspects of our learning. Take a look at where it has taken us!

 

Making our own beanstalks in the creation station!

 

 

Working collaboratively to create story maps of Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Retelling the story using story maps and small world characters

We will also be writing our stories in the style of Jack and the Beanstalk and look forward to publishing our last piece of writing  in Reception!

 


Date: week starting the 19th June

We have been . . .

What a busy week! The teacher’s in FSR are incredibly proud of the children’s amazing performance of Supertato. The weeks of preparation and hard work have paid off and it was a real treat! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! The FSR team would also like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Draper for making the costumes…they were amazing!

 

Not only have the children been busy with their play, they also took part in their first sports day! Every Wednesday the children have been preparing for the day with Mr Davis and the PE team and the skills were clear to see. It was lovely to see the children move with such confidence and enjoy taking part in all of the events. To finish off the day, all the children took part in sprinting races and what a race they were. The children zoomed down the race track and it was great watching everyone give it their best.

 

 


Date: week starting the 12th June

We have been . . .

For our last topic of the year we will be looking at how different things can grow and change over time. To start off we have been reading the story of Jasper’s Beanstalk which shows us the steps of how to plant a seed. After reading the story the children all wanted to plant their own seeds so we decided to all plant some cress. After planting the seeds we made sure we watered them and kept them in the sun to help them grow. Take a look at how much they have grown!

Also this week, we have been very busy preparing for our class performances of Supertato. We have been learning the words to all the songs and have been practicing our lines. The teachers have put the stage up this week so we have been able to get used to what it will be like on the night. Only one week to go!

 


Date: week starting the 24th April

We have been . . .

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely break. We have had an exciting first week back at school. We have kicked off with our new topic ‘Superheroes’. The children are enjoying talking about their favourite superheroes and villains and we are looking forward to all the exciting learning ahead.

As part of our topic we are focussing on the story ‘Supertato’. This will be the basis of our learning over the next few weeks and will also be the focus for class performances.

To start our first week back we had a visit from a police officer. She came to talk to us about all the jobs she has to do…the most important one keeping us safe! Officer Andrews was also nice enough to let us try on her uniform.


Date: week starting the 3rd April

We have been . . .

We were very lucky to go on a school trip to Broughton Farm to see farmer James! He gave us a lovely tour of his farm and let us feed the goat’s their bottle of milk and also the cows and pigs. We also learnt about the food you can find on a farm like wheat, milk and eggs. Farmer James even let us use some of these  to make pancakes!


Hello everyone and welcome to Saplings page.  We will celebrate our learning here, showing and telling you what we have been doing.

Date: week starting the 27th March

We have been . . .

As you will already know by now, this week has been an extra special one with the delivery of our incubator from the Happy Chick Company. 11 fertalized eggs were delivered and placed into their incubator and by Friday morning, 11 little chicks had hatched! The children have really enjoyed watching the chicks hatch, dry themselves off and become fluffy little cheeping chicks!

I visited the chicks this weekend (they have been staying with Mrs Simons as she is a chicken expert with her own chickens at home) and they have already grown so much! They will return to school on Monday and remain with us until Friday. The children will be able to handle the chicks in small groups this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from the excitement of the chicks, we have also been watching our tadpoles grow even more. We also looked at the Life Cycle of a Frog and many of the children are experts at explaining this process.

This week saw the launch of ‘Reach for the Stars’. This is a fun reward system for children to promote the various learning experiences the children can engage with during COOL time. It is also an opportunity for the children to show us their own independent learning and receive a special coloured star as a reward. This runs over 2 weeks and children that receive both 5 stars and then 10 stars at the end of this time receive a special prize! The children have been so excited to show us their independent learning (writing various stories for us and number sentences) and also try different activities that every child has managed to receive at least one star this week!

Reminders:

  • Farm Trip – S3 and half of S1 will visit on Monday and S2 and the other half of S1 will visit on Tuesday. This is a half day trip and children will be back in school for lunch. Children are required to wear school uniform but need to bring wellies (unless they have some in school).
  • Parents’ Evening Monday 3rd April from 3:10pm. Please arrive promptly for your appointment to ensure they run on time. Unless your teacher has booked extra time for you, appointments are 10 minutes long. Your child’s learning journey will be available to look at before your appointment. The book fair will be in school during this time so please visit before/after your appointment.

Newsflash!!!!!!!

Some children may have come home this week talking about eggs and chicks. A few parents asked this morning if we did indeed have eggs in school and the answer was of course…..YES!

On Tuesday we had an incubator delivered with 11 chicken eggs. We are pleased to announce that as of 6:30pm (Thursday) 6 beautiful little chicks have hatched! Hatching began at around 7:30am and our first baby named ‘Claude’ was born around 8:45am. 3 chicks followed after lunchtime which was witnessed by many of the children. The gasps of ‘ooooooh, look the baby is coming out of the egg’ and ‘oh it’s trying to hatch’ was simply magical!

Here are some photos of our amazing experience today…more to follow during the following days.

Claude has made it out!

It’s hard work breaking those shells!

Claude begins to hatch…

Claude. FSR’s first baby!

           


Date: week starting the 20th March

We have been . . .

We started this week with a delivery of frogspawn in a tank! This week we have been watching the tadpoles hatch and were quite surprised how much they have grown in a week. The children have used this opportunity to get writing again and have written rules for the tadpoles such as, ‘don’t bang on the tank’ and ‘don’t put your fingers in the water.’ We are looking forward to seeing what happens next with them.

On Tuesday this week, some of the children put their science ‘hats’ on and watched a chemical reaction when we exploded our volcano!! This is a really easy experiment to do at home and all you need to do is the following: in a plastic bottle add a few squirts of washing up liquid; then add 2 tbsps of bicarbonate of soda; add some red food colouring (to look like lava); when you have made the bottle look a little more volcano-like (pop a cone of brown paper around it), start adding some white vinegar and watch the volcano explode. Here is a link to watch a child-friendly guide to making your volcano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw8bkc-nR9U

You may have been lucky enough to taste some of your child’s biscuits that they brought home this week! A perfect opportunity to cover several areas of learning including Maths: measuring, Physical Development: mixing and molding the dough into biscuit shapes and Communication and Language: talking about what we did. The children were fantastic biscuit makers and really enjoyed making them! Here is the recipe if you would like to make them again at home…

100g butter,

50g sugar,

175g plain flour,

2 drops of vanilla essence,

few drops of water

chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together and make into biscuit shapes. Bake for approx 20 mins at 150 degrees.

 

               

Home challenges this week . . .

Please continue to read with your children at home; just reading one book every day with your child can make a huge difference to their learning and development. Encourage your child to try and read some words that they recognise or that they are able to sound out first. It doesn’t have to be a school reading book either; their favourite magazine, the football news in the paper…

At school we are on a ‘tricky word mission’ and are keen to learn as many words as we can! Encourage your child to make some flash cards at home for them to practice with (or use the pack your child came home with before half term). Our words for the next week are: I  no  go  to  the  me  he  she  we  be  my

Reminders . . .

Don’t forget to book your Parents’ Evening slot with your class teacher. This is being held on Monday 3rd April.

If you haven’t yet paid, our farm trip donation was due Friday 24th March. If you haven’t yet paid, please bring your £3.10 on Monday to ensure that our trip can still go ahead. If you are able to help on either morning, please speak with the class teacher.

Mrs Gavaghan will pop a list up by the end of the week to inform parents of when their child will be going to the farm (as this class will be split over the 2 sessions).

Calling all parents/carers:

We are always on the look out for things to enhance our learning environment and would be very grateful for any DONATIONS of the following:

  • old kitchen equipment, that you don’t use anymore, for our mud kitchen.
  • large pieces of material
  • chalk board paint
  • beanbags (please could we ask that these are from a smoke/pet free home due to allergies and carry the appropriate fire safety regs)
  • large pots for planting
  • wellies and waterproofs
  • IKEA kallax units

We recommend checking your little Sapling always has a spare pair of wellies at school, for when we go in the mud kitchen and exploring the forest.


Date: week starting the 27th February

We have been . . .

We came to school Monday to find a messy classroom and the egg missing! The tables and chairs had been knocked over, straw scattered all over the floor and the egg nowhere to be seen. This led the children to investigate the situation but the clues did not lead us to the egg or to whom had left the mess in our classroom. Luckily, our caretaker noticed some suspicious CCTV footage over the weekend and sent the video over to the teachers. We soon discovered that the culprit behind the messy classroom was in fact… A DINOSAUR!!

The children decided that we needed to find the dinosaur and also inform the other pupils in the school. After all, it is not everyday you encounter a dinosaur! We decided that it would be a good idea to make some posters to put up around the school so everyone could be aware that a dinosaur was roaming the grounds. This led to some beautiful descriptive language being used by the children and some detailed illustrations.

Calling all parents/carers:

We are always on the look out for things to enhance our learning environment and would be very grateful for any DONATIONS of the following:

  • old kitchen equipment, that you don’t use anymore, for our mud kitchen.
  • large pieces of material
  • chalk board paint
  • beanbags (please could we ask that these are from a smoke/pet free home due to allergies and carry the appropriate fire safety regs)
  • large pots for planting
  • wellies and waterproofs
  • IKEA kallax units

We recommend checking your little Sapling always has a spare pair of wellies at school, for when we go in the mud kitchen and exploring the forest.

Pictures of us learning……..

 

 


Date: week starting the 20th February

We have been . . .

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a restful and fun filled half term break. The time in reception has gone so fast and your children have already completed half of their year with us! You will have noticed your children came home with a selection of red (tricky) words in half term. Many of the children requested some ‘holiday homework’ and we thought these words would help with their learning when they returned to school. We have already noticed many of the children are remembering these words so well done to those that have been practicing. The red words are words that cannot be decoded and just need to be memorised. The children really enjoy practicing these words so keep up the good work. We will be sending more red words home as the term continues.

This week we returned to school to find a mysterious egg! The children have been very busy discussing where the egg has come from, what could be inside the egg and when it may hatch…We will update you when we know more. This has really helped enhance their imaginations and has helped to produce some lovely writing.

In Maths we have been adding one more to numbers to 20 and also adding two single digit numbers together. Of course in FSR we have to get the paint out as much as possible and the children have enjoyed making fingerprints; adding them together and making number sentences.

World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March

Children are welcome to come to school dressed up as a character from their favourite book! Popular choices are usually characters from the books by Julia Donaldson (Room on the Broom, Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle) or traditional tales (Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs). Costumes don’t need to be shop bought and you can find some great home made ideas online. Pinterest is a great place to look! Further information to follow on Monday.

Calling all parents/carers:

We are always on the look out for things to enhance our learning environment and would be very grateful for any DONATIONS of the following:

  • old kitchen equipment, that you don’t use anymore, for our mud kitchen.
  • large pieces of material
  • chalk board paint
  • beanbags (please could we ask that these are from a smoke/pet free home due to allergies and carry the appropriate fire safety regs)
  • large pots for planting
  • wellies and waterproofs
  • IKEA kallax units

We recommend checking your little Sapling always has a spare pair of wellies at school, for when we go in the mud kitchen and exploring the forest.

Pictures of us learning……..


Date: week starting the 30th January

We have been . . .

This week we had a visit from creatures great and small! Our reptile man came all the way from Birmingham and brought a selection of mini beasts and reptiles for us to see and touch! Many of us were so brave; even the grown-ups! This visit inspired lots of wonderful non-fiction writing from the children who wrote some wonderful information pages about their chosen animal. We also produced some collaborative artwork using fine watercolour painting and collage.

Some of the children asked why chocolate pizza was never on the dinner menu. The grown-ups suggested they could perhaps write to the kitchen and ask. In response, we were surprised on Friday with…chocolate pizzas! A massive thank you to Donna and her team for supporting our children with their learning; writing for a purpose.

Calling all parents/carers: We would be very grateful for any DONATIONS of old kitchen equipment, that you don’t use anymore, for our mud kitchen. We also recommend checking your little Sapling always has a spare pair of wellies at school, for when we go in the mud kitchen and exploring the forest.

Pictures of us learning……..

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Date: week starting the 16th January

We have been . . .

This week we have been exploring our new ‘Mud Kitchen’ in our outdoor learning area. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting muddy while creating weird and wonderful concoctions! After reading the fabulous ‘Room on a Broom’, by Julia Donaldson, in our Literacy lessons, we’ve been getting very excited about creating witch and wizard potions! We’re also improving our understanding of rhyme.
In maths we’ve been comparing shapes, sorting them according to their properties.

Home challenges this week . . .

How many things in your home rhyme with ‘cat’?

Calling all parents/carers: We would be very grateful for any DONATIONS of old kitchen equipment, that you don’t use anymore, for our mud kitchen. We also recommend checking your little Sapling always has a spare pair of wellies at school, for when we go in the mud kitchen and exploring the forest.

Pictures of us learning……..

 

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Date: week starting the 9th January 2017

We have been…

This week we have been learning how to measure length. We’ve been comparing various objects on how LONG or SHORT they are. We have even compared our heights by measuring our body lengths with (clean of course) socks!
In Reception, we’ve also been turning ‘all magical’, reading wizard poetry. We’ve been getting creative making magic capes and wands!

Home challenges this week . . .

Get measuring! Whether it’s in the kitchen or around the house! How many footsteps do you do to cross the length of your bedroom? Who’s the tallest and shortest people in your family? What measuring equipment (scales, measuring jug, measuring tape etc…) can you find in your home?

Pictures of us learning…

 

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Date: week starting 14th November

We have been . . .

This week we were visited by a lady from Morrisons supermarket who brought a variety of tropical fruits from around the world for us to chop up an try. It was lots of fun and everybody tried something new!!!

We learnt the story of Handa’s Surprise which is about an African girl who takes some fruit to a friend but something unexpected happens on her journey.  We loved the story, did our own writing about it and made fruit kebabs to help us understand repeated patterns.


Home challenges this week . . .

Spot a variety of fruits at the supermarket – how many can you name?  Can you spell any of the names?


Pictures of us learning……..


Date: week starting 7th November


We have been . . .

Many of us have shown a keen interest in life under the sea since we started at Hill View so this week our teachers took us to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. It was very brave of them as we are so young but we were incredibly well behaved and had a fabulous time.  We saw LOADS including – sharks, a giant turtle, jelly fish, went through the clown fish tunnel, penguins and loads, loads more .  We all did some writing about our trip when we got back to school and impressed the teachers with how well we used our sounds!  We will be using our watercolours to make patterns on some fish for display over the next week or two.


Home challenges this week . . .

1 more and 1 less – counting anything…..sweets, peas on our fork, cheerios on our spoon, oranges in the fruit bowl, shoes by the door….and asking how many there would be if there was 1 more or 1 less.

Writing a postcard about the trip to the sea life centre, decorating the front with a picture of your favourite sea creature.

How quickly can you put your shoes, coat and hat on and can you do it up yourself?  Can you do it faster next time?


Pictures of us learning……..


Information…..

Next open session for parents to visit the children in classes and share their learning is on Wednesday 30th November.  Please arrive for 2.15pm.

Please aim to arrive at school for 8.45am each day.  Although the school day does not officially start until 8.55am, those 10 minutes are extremely valuable to the children having a settled start to each day.


Date: week starting 26th September


We have been . . .

We started our phonics lessons this week and it was extremely impressive how many children already had a fabulous grasp of their sounds.  Some children have even started learning some “diagraphs” (sounds made by two letters together).  The children have had a great time being teachers in the role play area and letting us know what their interests are so we can plan their learning around what they like.  A lot of children are showing a great interest in fish and the sea so we are planning a topic called “Under the Sea” and we are even investigating a trip to the sealife centre in Birmingham – watch this space!

The forest visits are still everyone’s favourite, including the teachers!!  We have also started our PE lessons with Mr Davies and Mr Rose.  We have enjoyed running around the hall following their instructions – we LOVED the lesson this week, driving our cars and learning about traffic lights – the parachute is also  brilliant fun! We will start changing into our PE kits in a week or so and it would be fabulous if we could have a few tries at home so we are used to it!


Home challenges this week . . .

Counting things in your house –  How many stairs and steps are there?  How many windows do you have? How many pairs of shoes do you have?  How many pieces of fruit are there in your house?

What can you find that begins with the letters you have been learning at schoo?l  So far everyone has learnt m, a, s, d, t, f, l, n, p, g, o, c and k.

Can you change into your PE kit in under 3 minutes?  Can you fold your clothes up and leave them in a pile?

 


Pictures of us learning……..


Information…..

Parents evenings will be held on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October.  Please look out for the letter and return the slip as soon as possible to guarantee your chosen time slot.


Date: week starting 12th September


We have been . . .

…..settling into our new school and having a lovely time!  Our teachers are learning about us and we are learning about each other.  We have painted our own portraits and begun to learn our new routines.  We have enjoyed eating lunch in the school hall alongside all the older children.


Home challenges this week . . .

What can you find in your house that is a circle or a sphere (ball) shape?  What can you find that is a triangle or a pyramid shape? What can you find that is a square or cube shape? What can you find that is a rectangle or cuboid shape?

Please take a picture of you reading your favourite book in your favourite place and send it into school next week.  If you would prefer to email it you can send it to the office but please put the class name in the subject line. office.2056@hill-view.oxon.sch.uk



Information…..

We will be holding our first drop in session in FSR on Wednesday 5th October 2016.  This is an opportunity for parents to drop into school from 2.15pm, have a look at the environment, look at your child’s learning and do an activity with them.  During this session visit parents will get the opportunity to sit with their child during storytime.  Parents will be asked to leave the classrooms at 2.45/50pm to wait outside so the children can do their usual home-time routines.

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