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Wednesday 15th January, Woodpeckers and Kingfishers to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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.


Welcome to Goldfinch Class News Page. This half term our learning will be linked to the theme 'Outer Space.'  Remember to look on the VLE for activities that you could try at home.

Week Beginning 6th January 2020

Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you all. We hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed the holidays. This half term we look forward to learning through the theme of Outer Space. 

We have measured paper space rockets, role-played a visit to space and drawn some super space pictures. We have loved watching video clips and looking at pictures and books to help us with our learning. Everyone is very excited by our new theme!

We have a fantastic new role-play area and we have enjoyed pretending to be astronauts in the space station and rocket!

Week Beginning 9th December

Well done Goldfinches on a wonderful performance of our Christmas Nativity Play 'Christmas Counts.' You remembered your words and spoke with beautiful loud voices, you sang the songs with great gusto and you looked spectacular in your costumes. Your teachers are very proud of you all. 

This week we have been thinking about Christmas. We have made beautiful Christmas tree cards, layering tissue, printing snowflakes and writing messages inside.

We read instructions together and followed them to make super Christmas stocking decorations. We tried especially hard to cut along the lines without wobbles!

We have been thinking about everyday language linked to time - yesterday, today, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening. We drew pictures of what we do in our own homes on Christmas Day to show our understanding.

Week Beginning 25th November

We have begun to think about Winter this week which has been especially appropriate because the weather was particularly wintry on Friday! We have enjoyed handling and talking about ice, making close observations and describing how ice feels and how and why it changes.

We have been learning to find totals by counting how many there are altogether. We made different groups of snowmen and cotton wool 'snowballs' and counted them all up, taking care to give each a finger-point so that our counting was accurate!

Rehearsals for our Christmas Nativity play continue and the children have been working hard at learning and remembering all their lines as well as acting and singing! Parents, please help your children to use their loudest voices as they practise at home.

Week Beginning 11th November

This week we have been learning about Remembrance and Diwali.

Image result for poppyWe have thought about the ways soldiers are remembered and have made our own paper poppy wreath. We attended the school service on the green in front of the memorial to show care and respect.

We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and watched video clips to find out about Diwali and the ways it is celebrated. We have created mehndi hand patterns and rangoli mats. We were really excited to create our own diva light holders. We rolled and shaped clay and then used tools to create patterns and added beads for decoration. We put tealights into our holders to complete our work.

Week Beginning 21st October

We have been thinking about birthday celebrations this week. We have written party invitations, food lists, printed wrapping paper made party food and even held a party with fun games for one of our class toys.

We have also been learning words linked to measuring weight - heavy, heavier than, heaviest, light, lighter than, lightest. We used a balance to compare the weights of different birthday presents and talked about what our learning and exploring. Then we tried  to balance our presents against some counting toys.

Week Beginning 7th October

This week we have been learning about harvest time. At our harvest festival on Friday at St Mary's church, we sang our 'Down, Down to the Allotment' song. Goldfinches sang beautifully - loudly and clearly. Super job children - your teachers are proud of you.

We have enjoyed exploring using our senses again this week. We tried hard to use different describing words as we tried out the different baskets, bags and boxes.

Week Beginning 23rd September

We have been playing and exploring with magnets this week. We tried to talk about what we saw - our observations - and explain why we think sometimes the magnets seemed to stick together or attach to other items. Some children noticed that lots of the things they explored were made of metal and wondered if that might have something to do with it!

We have enjoyed using the chromebooks to add labels to a picture of the body. The touchpad can be tricky to drag and drop with - what an achievement to complete the activity by yourself and put all the labels in the right place!

We also labelled real people - the children. Volunteers stood while their friends added labels for different body parts in all the right places.

Week Beginning 9th September

We would like to say a big hello and welcome to St Mary's School to all our new children and their families. There will be lots to learn for everyone but we are going to have great fun doing it! 

This week the children have been settling into their new classroom, learning the names of their teachers, making new friends, trying out different activities and getting used to the new rules and routines of school.  A super start to life in Goldfinch Class - well done children!

Week Beginning 13th January

We have continued with our space theme this week. We have made up our own funny space creatures and used shape vocabulary when we talked about them.

We read the story 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy together and then sequenced some pictures to help us to retell it in our own way. We drew pictures of our favourite parts of the story and wrote labels and captions to go with our drawings. We are getting better at holding our sentences in our heads and at sounding out to spell.

Week Beginning 16th December

We have been doing all things Christmas this week! We have measured tinsel and written our own present lists, working hard to identify sounds and write them down in order for words we want in our writing.

On Thursday, we enjoyed a super Christmas party. We dressed up in party clothes and played games in the hall with the rest of the school. When we came back to the classroom, some of our amazing mums had transformed the room into a fabulous tea-party room! We had snacks, drinks and even a visit from Father Christmas. Thank you everyone who made the party a success!

We wish all our families a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.

Week Beginning 2nd December 

This week we have listened to the story 'One Snowy Night' by Nick Butterworth, a tale all about a cold winter's night when Percy the Park-keeper has a few unexpected animal guests! We looked at the pictures and wrote our own sentences to tell different parts of the story.

We have also enjoyed making snowy pictures using paper shapes, black marker pens and white paint - the children worked hard and their final pictures look rather good!

Week Beginning 18th November

This week we have written our own Autumn Poems. We thought carefully about good words to describe signs of Autumn in our poems. We tried hard to sound out to spell the words we wanted to write and to form the matching letter shapes properly.

We have enjoyed making leaf rubbings and adding them to our poem display.

We have a table of natural items that you might find in Autumn. We have been looking closely with magnifying glasses and talking about our discoveries!

Numbers are really tricky to write so we have been practising writing them, helping each other on large sheets of paper. Super co-operative work!

And finally, we have begun to practise our Christmas Play. The children have been given their parts and their words have gone home in zippy bags. Please help the children to learn and practise their words at home. We have lots of songs to learn, but the children have been amazing and learnt them all in a very short space of time - Brilliant, Goldfinches!

Week Beginning 4th November

This week we have begun our brand new theme, Autumn and Winter. We began by finding out about bonfire night - we listened to the story of Guy Fawkes and talked about how we celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot with fireworks, a bonfire and perhaps a party with special food.

We made our own fireworks out of 2D shapes and talked about the shapes we used. We also wrote firework words trying hard to hear and write sounds in order for the words we wanted.

We have loved using pinecones to create our own Autumn creatures.

Can you find any signs of Autumn while you are outside with your families and friends on a walk or perhaps in your gardens?

Week Beginning 14th October

We have continued our theme 'Getting to Know You' thinking especially about our homes and families. We have looked at photos of our own homes and made models of items that you might find in a home using junk, glue and masking tape.

We have also had fun writing our own shopping lists. We drew pictures and tried hard to hear sounds in the words we wanted on our lists. We used sound cards, with help, to find the letter shapes to match the sounds and wrote these down.

Week Beginning 30th September

This week we have been thinking about our different senses and how we can use them to explore the world around us.

We have enjoyed making and tasting gingerbread.

In maths we had to use our sense of sight to sort by colour and shape.

We have written our own poems about our senses too!

We enjoyed a visit from the Lifebus on Friday where we learnt about different ways to help us to keep ourselves happy and healthy. We also met Harold the giraffe who helped us with our learning!

Week Beginning 16th September

What a busy week we have had! The children are trying so hard to remember everything and they are doing very well. We are especially proud of the way they are coming into the classroom by themselves, putting their zippy bags, water bottles and snack pots in all the right places AND hanging up their blue school bags on their pegs all by themselves. Brilliant!

We have had another gymnastics lesson with coach Tom this week, practising the shapes we learnt last week and thinking of different ways to travel.

We enjoyed drawing by ourselves - we could draw whatever we liked! Then we talked about our pictures with a grown-up. Some of our pictures are on display in the classroom.