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Maths Workshops for Parents next week, all at 2.15: Goldfinches on 23rd, Kingfishers on 24th. School Disco this Friday - 6 - 7.30 pm

Touch screen Chromebooks and tablets ensure our children have access to the latest technology.Our children enjoy exploring and learning in the countryside with our Forest School.At St Mary's we combine modern facilities and teaching whilst retaining traditional values.“There is a strong sense of nurture which leads to the provision of warm pastoral care”. Ofsted 2016.“Standards are consistently good and on track to become outstanding”. Ofsted 2016“Pupils behave extremely well. Their conduct is outstanding”. Ofsted 2016.

GoldfincH Class News 2018/19

Welcome to Goldfinch Class. This half term our learning will be through the theme 'Outer Space and Chinese New Year.'  Remember to log on to the VLE and click on 'learning' for activities linked to Outer Space that you can do at home.

Week Beginning 14th January

We had great fun this week making up our own creatures that might live in outer space. We made some space rocket pictures. All of our pictures were made out of 2D shapes. When we had finished, we shared our work with our friends and teachers and talked about the different shapes we had used.

We listened to the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and drew pictures and wrote labels on a story mountain to be able to retell the story. Next week we will use our story mountains to write the story in our own words.

Week Beginning Thursday 3rd January

Happy New Year Everybody and welcome to the Spring term. We hope everyone is well rested and ready for learning. 

On Thursday we caught up with news and talked and wrote about our Christmas holidays. We also made some New Year's resolutions. They are displayed in the classroom.

On Friday we began our brand new theme, Outer Space. Mrs Bridges read a little about astronauts from an information book and then we watched some great video clips about life in space in a space station. Then we had great fun role-playing a trip into space.

After that, we enjoyed learning more about space from posters, information books, video clips and activities on the chromebooks. Some of us drew pictures while others talked about their learning. A busy start to the term!

Week Beginning 3rd December

Christmas is around the corner and we have been busy with decoration making in the classroom. We have made repeating pattern paper chains and practised our cutting and sticking skills while creating some wonderful Christmas stockings.

We have also made some Christmas cards which we are rather proud of. We took great care when making these because they are for very important people at home!

And finally, a huge well done to all children for your wonderful nativity performance, 'A Miracle In Town.' You used your fantastic speaking voices and remembered all your words, you sang beautifully and you remembered where you needed to be during the different parts of the play. You are superstars and your teachers are very proud of you all.

Week Beginning 19th November

This week we have been learning through activities linked to Winter. We have made fabulous sparkly snowflakes and enjoyed writing our own winter poems.

We have had fun making ice shapes and watching what happens when we handle and play with them.

With the weather turning cold, our winter activities seem especially appropriate!

Last week of rehearsals for our nativity performance next week, Goldfinch Class. Remember to practise your words and learn them off by heart speaking them with a big loud teacher voice!

Week Beginning 5th November

We began the week learning about the story of Diwali and we enjoyed making our own rangoli mats and clay diva lamp  holders.

We have also been learning about Remembrance Day and we made our own poppy wreath which we will use during our worship on Friday.

We have been using our knowledge of letter sounds in our own writing, labelling Autumn pictures.

Week Beginning 15th October

On Monday we attended our first St Mary's Church Service. Goldfinch Class performed a fantastic rendition of the harvest song 'Big Red Combine Harvester.' The children sang confidently, loudly and with smiles on their faces. Well done everyone!

    

Our learning has been linked to birthday parties this week. We have talked about how we celebrate birthday parties and we have made invitations, birthday cards and written party lists. We have used a balance to balance and compare the weight of presents and we have even printed our own wrapping paper.

On Friday afternoon we held our our own birthday party for one of our class toys, Jake the dog. Some of us wore party crowns that we had made and we enjoyed playing party games. We sang happy birthday to Jake and we celebrated with special party food - fruit kebabs that we had created earlier.

We hope everyone enjoys a super half term break and we shall see you again soon!

Week Beginning 1st October

This week we have enjoyed using our senses to explore. We made some wonderful gingerbread biscuits - they tasted delicious! 

We also used our different senses to explore items in boxes and we decided which sense might be best to use.

We enjoyed a super visit from the Lifebus. We learnt about how our bodies work and what we have to do to keep them fit and healthy. We had fun learning actions, pressing buttons to make a model body light up, singing and dancing.

Week Beginning 17th September

Now we are settled properly into school and it has been a joy this week to see everyone coming into the classroom by themselves with smiles on their faces. Well done Goldfinches!

We have been finding out what we can do this week - we have tried name writing, drawing pictures, identifying shapes and numbers, climbing and hopping and practising our cutting and sticking skills.

On Friday we enjoyed a fantastic trip to see the show 'The Snail and the Whale' at Frensham Heights School. We had great fun travelling on the bus and watching and joining in with the performance. Thank you so much Frensham Heights School for inviting us to see the show and a massive thank you too must go to More House School and their wonderful drivers for driving us there and back in their minibuses.

Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th September

A huge welcome to all our new Goldfinches and their families. We hope you have enjoyed your first few days at school. We are so pleased to meet you all and look forward to playing and learning together. We have had a busy couple of days exploring the indoor and outdoor classrooms, learning a few school rules, finding out where to go at different times of the day - but of course we have also had lots of fun!

Today our brand new water tray arrived and we were so excited that we we began to use it straight away!

Week Beginning 7th January

Our space theme continues and we have enjoyed playing in our role-play rocket and Space station. The children have been enjoying travelling to all sorts of different planets that the space station crew have planned!

We have had great fun creating our own spaceships. We added a space themed background of our own choice and then used different tools to make our pictures. We were even able to animate our spaceships to make them move! We saved our work so that next week we can add sound effects. 

We thought about who else might be living in space on far away planets we haven't discovered yet and made our own alien masks to show our ideas.

Week Beginning 10th December

With Christmas so close, we thought we should help out Father Christmas and his elves by making some toys as presents to go in the sack! We used different building kits and talked about our models. Then we measured them using unifix cubes, taking care to start and finish our measuring in exactly the right places. We compared our toys and ordered them by length. 

We enjoyed a fabulous Christmas lunch on Wednesday in the hall with the whole school and all the teachers. Such good fun! and it really got us into the Christmas mood!

Week Beginning 29th November

We have enjoyed buying items from our Winter shop this week. We priced up woolly hats, scarves, gloves and different Christmas decorations. We were given 1ps and 2ps and had to count our the right amount to be able to buy our item of choice. We learnt that a 2p coin is worth the same as two 1p coins and needed two fingerpoints when counting up. Great fun had by all!

We looked at some different wintry paintings by famous artists and they inspired us to create our own. We worked on handling our paintbrushes correctly and making snowy pictures from our own imaginations.

Week Beginning 12th November

We have continued our learning about Autumn this week. We have talked about the different signs of Autumn that we can find outside and we made a special pictogram to show our favourites.

The children have been busy at home and school making some fabulous star decorations which will be used to decorate a Christmas tree at Frensham Garden Centre next week. Don't forget to visit and vote for your favourite tree!

We have begun to practise our Christmas Performance this week and the teachers are amazed at  just how brilliant the children have been both in terms of their behaviour while they wait for their turn and how confident they are on stage. Well done Goldfinches - we are looking forward to a spectacular show!

Week beginning 29th October

Welcome back to a new half term everyone. Our learning over the next few weeks is linked to the theme 'Autumn and Winter.' We have an Autumn interest table in the classroom which the children have enjoyed looking at. Please feel free to bring in items in from your own family walks outside to add to our table. 

Related image We have also been learning about Bonfire Night. We have listened to the story of Guy Fawkes and his friends to help us understand why we have fireworks and bonfires on 5th November. We learnt about how to stay safe on bonfire night. We have made firework pictures on the Chromebooks and we have also enjoyed making fabulous shape fireworks. We talked about our creations using everyday maths words such as sides, corners, long, short and the names of the shapes we used.

Week Beginning 8th October

Our learning this week has been linked to homes and families. The children have written their own shopping lists, counted features on pictures of houses and found matching numbers and made some marvellous junk models of houses and things you might find in the home.

We also enjoyed programming our beebots, pressing the buttons in sequence to send them backwards and forwards under bridges and tunnels that we created with our friends.

We have been practising our song for Harvest Festival and trying hard to remember all the words, all the actions and to sing with beautiful loud voices. We look forward to seeing our families at St Mary's Church on Monday at 9.30am to help us to celebrate harvest time.

Week Beginning 24th September

On Friday the children will be sent home with blue exercise books containing sounds and words to practise reading at home. This week our sounds are...

This week our learning has been linked to the body. We enjoyed singing songs about the body and we made repeating patterns of body sounds. We drew around one of the children and labelled the drawing with words for different body parts - you will find it on one of the display boards in the classroom. We have talked about and practised lots of actions that we can do with different parts of our bodies. We have also had great fun learning about height and using words like tall, taller and tallest, short, shorter and shortest while making towers of big bricks as tall as our friends.

Week Beginning 10th September

This week we have been settling down, finding out about the things we like to do in school and having fun together. We have enjoyed building with different construction kits and talked about our work.

We have had great fun playing and exploring magnets. We made some amazing discoveries!