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ST MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND (Aided) Infant School

St Mary's is open to children of critical workers. Daily work and updates are on the VLE for everyone learning from home. Keep sending in your photos!

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."Alongside a strong curriculum, the school blends in the fun rituals of village life". Ofsted 2019.“Pupils love their small friendly school. They are confident and eager to learn, polite and want to please”. Ofsted 2019."Leaders ensure that the most able pupils are stretched well". Ofsted 2019.“Pupils rise to the high expectations that adults have for them”. Ofsted 2019.

 Goldfinch Class news 2020/21

  Welcome to Goldfinch Class newspage. Here you will find photos and information about the learning activities that the children have enjoyed each week. This half term our learning will be linked to the theme 'Outer Space.'  

SPRING TERM (2)

We are excited to be able to welcome the children back to school from Monday 8th March. Parents, until then please continue to log in to the VLE and select  Goldfinch Class Learning Site for materials to support with home learning. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Week Beginning 8th February

This week we have been busy learning all about Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the ox. We have learnt all about the celebrations that take place during the festival and have taken part in some traditions ourselves. We particularly enjoyed trying some Chinese food, writing our names in Chinese and creating our own parade.

We also worked hard to make some super paper dragon decorations - brilliant job Goldfinches!

Week Beginning 1st February

During our last week of outer space learning, we have enjoyed making our own blow rockets. We followed carefully the instructions for making our rockets and then we used a straw to blow air into them....and up they went! We discovered that the harder we blew, the further the rockets travelled.

We had fun sorting items of different sorts of materials on to our super sorting robot.

We also enjoyed playing one more and one less games. I wonder who won this game?

Week Beginning 18th January

This week we have enjoyed learning linked to rockets and spaceships. We have created models using building kits and measured the different lengths of paper rockets using unifix as our units of measure. We also made our own animated pictures of rockets and gave them sound effects.

We wrote our own space poems, each line beginning with a repeated phrase. Good work, well done Goldfinches. Find them in the gallery below.

Week Beginning 4th January

Happy New Year to you all!

It has been a quiet week in class, but we have enjoyed our first week of our new theme 'Outer Space.' We have role-played going to space and used books and online sites to find out about space. We have enjoyed playing space games on our chrome books and had a go at our own writing about space. We listened to the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and made story mountains to show the key events to help us retell the story. We have loved playing with the wooden rocket, making up our own adventures for the astronauts and space creatures.

Week Beginning 7th December

Our learning linked to Winter and Christmas has continued this week. The children had great fun measuring different pieces of tinsel using unifix to find out how long they were.

On Wednesday we took part in an advent pause day. We listened to Rev Jane via video link talking about the meaning of Advent and Christmas and we enjoyed making Christingles and calendars with candle 'windows.'

Some lovely Christmas cards have been made. Watch out for these coming home in book bags very soon!

We listened to the story, One Snowy Night and wrote our own sentences to retell our favourite parts of the story. We tried hard to hold the sentences in our heads and sounded out to spell. Super effort everyone!

Week Beginning 23rd November

We have enjoyed learning about the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, this week. We have coloured mehndi hand patterns, we have listened to the story of Rama and Sita and watched videos about how Diwali is celebrated. We talked about our learning and wrote our own sentences about what people do during their Diwali celebrations.

We made beautiful diva holders and painted rangoli patterns.

We completed our learning about Diwali this week with a fantastic dance workshop - great fun!

Week Beginning 9th November

This week we learnt about Remembrance. We watched video clips and talked about the different ways we remember soldiers who have died such as wearing poppies, visiting monuments and holding a silence. We held our own silence at 11 o'clock on Wednesday morning and made our own poppy wreath. We printed poppies and talked about our own special memories.

We have continued our learning about Autumn and have enjoyed exploring, handling and talking about the signs of Autumn that Mrs Bridges found on her walks. An Autumn Interest Table has been set up in the classroom and we look forward to adding to it over the next couple of weeks.

Week Beginning 19th October

We have enjoyed learning activities linked to birthdays this week. We listened to the story 'Kipper's Birthday' and were inspired to make our own party food - jam sandwiches! Yum-yum!

We made our own party plans and held our own mini-party on Thursday afternoon with dancing and games.

Squirrels really enjoyed their last outdoor learning session for this half term! We worked together on the school field to create a bug hotel. We added lots of old piping, crates, tiles and bricks to create homes for our local bugs. We then placed lots of natural objects such as leaves, twigs and moss in between to make it dark and damp for our visitors. We hope that they enjoy their stay!

Whilst Squirrels were busy on the field, Foxes were putting all of the gymnastic skills that they have learnt this half term into practise. The children have learnt to use the space around them safely, travel in different ways and to make shapes with their bodies. Can you spot a star shape, tuck shape and pencil shape? Great work Foxes!

Goldfinch Class have had a super half term learning lots of new football skills with Coach Ben.  Look at our footballers go! Dribbling the ball like professionals! 

Week Beginning 5th October

We have enjoyed learning about harvest time this week and held our own small harvest festival service in the classroom. We sang songs, watched a short film about harvest, listened to a harvest festival story, said our prayers and presented our harvest gifts by putting them on our class prayer table. A short film of photos and the children singing can be found on the home page of our learning site - log in to the VLE to watch it with your families.

We have enjoyed writing our own favourite food shopping lists. Doughnuts seem very popular amongst Goldfinch Class!

We have been learning to program the beebots and enjoyed sending them backwards and forwards to our partners. We had to remember to clear the memory of each beebot first to make sure that our programs would work properly. Great fun and lots of enthusiasm from everyone.

In outdoor learning this week we have been making cheery leaf faces. We collected autumn leaves and then stuck them to paper plates. Then we added faces to the middle of the plate. Don't they look cheery!

Week Beginning 21st September

This week we have talked about the different parts of the body and how we use them. We have made pictures of ourselves and added labels. We even added paper labels to each other!

We used the tablet computers to add labels too. We had to concentrate hard to drag and drop the labels into exactly the right places.

We wrote sentences to show the different things we can do with our bodies. We tried really hard to copy the words 'I can' and then listened out for sounds in the words that we wanted to write and used a sound card to help us to remember how to write them down.

Week Beginning 7th September

A huge welcome to our new Goldfinches and their families from the teaching team: Mrs Bridges, Mrs Morgan, Mrs Holmes and Ms Lankester. We have many fun learning activities, challenges and experiences planned and can't wait to get to know you all. Each week our page will be updated with photos and explanations about what the children have been up to. We hope you enjoy reading our news and check in regularly!

This half term our learning activities will be linked to the theme 'Getting To Know You.' The children have been enjoying making pictures of their faces painting paper plates and adding features with different collage materials. 

They have also enjoyed exploring the different areas of the classroom and familiarising themselves with school routines.

A super start to school. Well done Goldfinch Class.

Week Beginning 22nd February

We have a brand new theme for this half term - People Who Help Us - and we began with learning linked to the role of teachers this week. We have enjoyed playing in our role-play school, we have explored pushes and pulls in the classroom and we have painted super portraits of the people who each us in our school.

We also made our own posters to show some different school rules. We tried to hard to remember to leave finger spaces between our words and to sound out to spell. Some of us even included some correct spellings of the high frequency words we have been learning - super work!

Week Beginning 25th January

What a surprise we had when it snowed on the weekend. We had great fun playing in and shovelling up the snow together in the playground at school on Monday to make one enormous pile!

This week we have enjoyed making colourful masks of alien creatures. We have also had fun designing and drawing our own imaginary worlds with captions and labels.

We have also been learning about pairs of numbers that add up to 10 (number bonds.) We used numicon to find these numbers and recorded our learning on paper. We enjoyed making our numicon work into space rockets!

Week Beginning 11th January

We decided it would be fun to get some fresh air today so we put on our wellies and went exploring in the woods!

The children made journey sticks by collecting natural objects along the way and adding them to their stick. The objects can then be looked back at to remind us of our journey.

Whilst we were in the woods we did some den building. The children showed great communication and cooperation skills, working together to carry sticks and construct our den.

This week we have labelled a picture of an astronaut and investigated materials using magnets. In maths we made rockets for astronauts using 3D shapes. We described our rockets and the shapes we used using maths words such as faces, points, edges, flat, curved, and straight and we tried to remember the names of the 3D shapes we had learnt.

We have loved playing in our new role-play space station and rocket and had fun with our small world space toys too.

Week Beginning 14th December

It's been a week thinking all about Christmas! We have made saltdough star decorations, made Christmas party hats and talked about and recorded on paper all the things we do on Christmas day and when we do them - morning, afternoon or evening.

On Thursday we enjoyed a fantastic Christmas lunch. We wore our Christmas party hats and listened to Christmas music while we ate.

We also sang carols around the Christmas tree along with the rest of the school. Fantastic singing from all!

On Friday we enjoyed a fantastic Christmas party with lots of games, dancing and party food. We were so excited and felt very lucky to receive an online visit from Father Christmas too!

Early in the week the children performed their Christmas Nativity play which was filmed so that families can enjoy watching at home. The film is currently available to watch on the class learning site. Super singing, super acting. Well done Goldfinches.

We wish all the children in Goldfinch Class and their families a very happy Christmas and we shall see you all bright eyed and refreshed next term. 

Week Beginning 30th November

This week our learning has been linked to Winter. We have made snowy pictures, begun Christmas decorations to hang on the school tree and written captions for wintry pictures.

We had great fun playing with and exploring what happens to ice shapes. We made close observations and tried to describe and explain any changes that we could see when the ice began to melt.

We have continued to rehearse our Christmas Play. The singing is sounding amazing! Good work everyone. Keep practising your lines at home please using your big on-stage voices!

Week Beginning 16th November

Our Autumn theme continues and we have enjoyed making leaf rubbings on the art table and Autumn pictures on the computer. On Thursday we read an Autumn poem which inspired us to write our own. We thought about our favourite signs of Autumn and each wrote a line. We tried hard to include good describing words to make our poems interesting. Mrs Bridges thought our poems were so good, she put them up on display!

Week Beginning 2nd November

Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you had a restful half term break and are ready for new learning. This half term's activities will be linked to the theme 'Autumn and Winter.' As well as learning about the signs of the seasons, we will also be finding out about and celebrating Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali and of course Christmas!

 

This week we listened to the story of 'The Gunpowder Plot' and talked about the ways we remember and celebrate on Bonfire Night. We made our own paper shape fireworks and talked to the grown ups abut the shapes we used.

We thought of lots of different firework words and wrote them down on explosions! 

We had great fun making autumn pine cone creatures. I wonder if you can find any living in the trees near you?!

Week Beginning 12th October

In outdoor learning this week we made magic potions using natural items that we found on the field. We mixed the potions with a magic wand and decided on the spell that the potion would make. One potion could even make you invisible!

We have been thinking about our homes and our families this week. We have enjoyed sharing and chatting about photos of our families with our friends. We have made drawings of our homes and labelled them, working hard to listen out for sounds in words and writing these down.

We loved making pictures of houses from paper shapes. We talked about our pictures with Mrs Bridges naming and counting all the features we had included. Then we drew things in the gardens of our houses and counted them all to find how many altogether and wrote the number on the doors.

Week Beginning 28th September

This week we have been learning how we explore using our senses. We enjoyed different activities to test each of our senses and used lots of words to help to describe the things we explored.

We had fun writing our own poems about the different senses. We worked as a group, each of us writing a line for the poem - some great ideas!

We found different ways to sort the same items in our maths learning and we explained to Mrs Bridges how we sorted. Super work Goldfinch Class!

Week Beginning 14th September

The children are now well and truly settled. Rules have been shared and we are working really hard to stay on the sunshine. Everyone is much more confident about being in school, where everything is and the regular things that happen everyday. Well done Goldfinch Class.

This week we have been finding out the sorts of things we know and what we can do. We have enjoyed working with numbers and talking about the ones we recognise.

We have learnt how to print with printing sponges and took great care not to muddle the colours!

It was great fun exploring and playing with magnets. We talked about what we could do and see and then thought about why the things we spotted were happening.

The teachers look forward to meeting this years parents of Goldfinch Class next Wednesday at 4pm online.