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

Welcome back Kingfishers and Goldfinches, it's lovely to have you here. Woodpeckers, we miss you but enjoy Miss Gibson's wonderful online learning page.

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.

Woodpecker CLASS News 2019/20

  Our new topic is The Great Fire of London.

Week beginning 9th March 

This week we used all the information that we have learned about The Great Fire of London to write our own newspapers. 

In our maths we have investigated weight measures. We estimated and measured weights using scales and later in the week we solved problems about different weights.

In science we learned more about why certain objects are made from different materials. 

 

Week beginning 24th February

This week we started our new topic and discovered lots of information about The Great Fire of London. We created fire backgrounds by blending the colours red, orange and yellow. Then we made houses out of newspapers and black paper to show what they would have looked like in 1666.

Week beginning 3rd February 

This week Woodpeckers enjoyed a visit from Mrs Dodgson who delivered our Godly Play session about The Creation. After listening to the story and expressing their thoughts, Woodpeckers reflected through some creative tasks.

In art this week we created a lighthouse picture in the style of Van Gogh using careful paint strokes.

On Thursday evening Woodpeckers joined Kingfishers and Goldfinches for a fun Bedtime Story evening listening to stories and enjoying hot chocolate and biscuits.

Week beginning 20th January

 Woodpeckers Group 2 at Forest School.

Woodpeckers enjoyed their visit to Forest School this week where they demonstrated excellent listening skills. the children painted stones and enjoyed their free time exploring their surroundings.

In art this week we created a ship to sail on our seascapes.

 

In our English work we have been busy researching information about Nelson using the Chrome Books.

 

Week beginning 6th January 

This week we celebrated Epiphany by selecting our Epiphany King and eating Epiphany cakes.

In our English work we learned to change a story by swapping key parts of The Papaya That Spoke Story.

 

Week beginning 9th December

This week we visited St Mary's Church where Rev Jane explained the features and colours of the church. We looked at many of the stained glass windows and heard the stories that the windows tell. After that we expressed our feelings and thoughts through some art activities. 

Week beginning 25th November

What a busy week we have had!

On Monday we were visited by PC who spoke to us about the role of the police. We really enjoyed looking at the police car and learning about how the police use it to help people.

On Monday afternoon we were visited by Signposts who told us The Christmas Story and the meaning of Advent.

On Wednesday we presented our learning at our family assembly. We surprised our audience with our recorder playing. Then we told the story of why we remember Guy Fawkes. We also sang our favourite song from the Joseph show.

Week beginning 11th November

This week started with our Remembrance Service. We gathered on the green by the Memorial Statue where Rev Jane spoke to us about the past and from More House played The Last Post.

We wrote our own newspaper reports about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot. We tried to include lots of details and the connectives and conjunctions that we have been learning about.

Week beginning 21st October

This week we learned more about 2D and 3D shapes. We

                                         discovered that                                                                 2D shapes have sides and vertices and                            3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices.

We enjoyed following instructions to make the 2D shapes on peg boards.

Week beginning 7th October

This week we wrote our own stories by choosing different characters and events. 

On Wednesday we helped to take visitors around our wonderful school to tell them all about what we learn and how we learn it.

On Friday we celebrated Harvest at St Mary's Church with Kingfishers and Goldfinches. We presented The Little Red Hen and everyone remembered their words and spoke confidently.

 

Week beginning 23rd September

This week we learned how to dribble the ball in hockey and enjoyed our gymnastic session with Tom where we learned to use our shapes on the apparatus.

In maths we learned more about subtraction. We learned to subtract single digits and multiples of 10 from 2 digit numbers. At the end of the week we played a race game with our learning partners.

Week beginning 9th September

This week we have been settling into our new classroom and learning our new routines. We have already been busy writing poems by identifying and using patterns. 

In maths we have been learning more about place value and representing 2 digit numbers in different ways.

On Thursday we enjoyed our first gymnastics lesson with Tom. We learned the 5 shapes of gymnastics and used them to play a balancing game.

Week beginning 10th February 

This week we learned more about computer safety during Safer Internet Day. We discussed what makes up our identities and how to keep them safe. We learned what information we can share online andwhat we need to keep private.

In our writing we watched a video clip of a Lighthouse story and later in the week we wrote a script to match the events.

Week beginning 27th January  

This week Woodpeckers experienced a fantastic Chinese Workshop to celebrate the Chinese new year. They listened to the information shared by Storm, Angela and Kate and enjoyed joining in with the drumming and dances.

Week beginning 13th January

Woodpeckers visit Portsmouth !

This week Woodpeckers enjoyed an interesting visit to Portsmouth Dockyard where they discovered information about Lord Nelson and HMS Victory. The day started with a workshop in the museum where the children dressed up as sailors and learned about life onboard by looking at some amazing artefacts. In the afternoon we looked around HMS Victory and discovered even more information and the spot where Nelson died.

Later in the week we wrote recounts about our visit including lots of information and details about our day.

In maths we have been learning to tell the time and we used our visit to think about the times of our day.

In art we created seascapes by ripping different shades of blue paper.

 

Week beginning 16th December

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

This week we enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch served by all our school grown helpers and we wore our Christmas tree hats.

On Thursday we held our Christmas party. We enjoyed party games with Kingfishers and Goldfinches in the hall. After that we enjoyed our tea and a special visit by Santa.

Week beginning 2nd December

On Wednesday Mrs Dodgson came to our class for Godly Play. She told us the Nativity story and afterwards we expressed our feelings and thoughts through activities in the hall.

Week beginning 18th November

This week we attended a workshop production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at  Highfield and Brookham School. It was a fantastic opportunity to sing as part of a choir. We made our teachers very proud by learning and joining in with the many songs.

" I liked it when we sang any dream will do."

"It was fun and exciting."

" I enjoyed being with lots of other children."

" I enjoyed everything, especially the bop-bop-shu-wah-doo-wah song."

" I liked the popstar singing."

Week beginning 4th November 

This week Woodpeckers have been very busy selling poppies around our school. We wondered why people wear poppies and learned about Remembrance Day. 

Clark and Mila represented St Mary's at the Farnham Remembrance Service and they told us all about what happened.

In maths we learned about place value and partitioned numbers in different ways.

In our english and history work we discovered information about the Gunpowder Plot and recalled the main points adding extra time connectives and conjunctions.

Week beginning 14th October

What a very busy week !

On Monday we worked with a local artist to create a sculpture for our library garden. We have been thinking about the use of plastics at school and in the world and what we can do to reduce the amount we use. We worked with Pippa to join plastic bottle tops together to make our artwork.

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This week we have been using the Chrome books to research information about our favourite pets. We asked lots of questions and used the information we discovered to write sentences with conjunctions.

In maths we learned more about length. We estimated and measured objects using metres and centimetres. In our science work we worked with our partners to measure and compare parts of our body.

This week we also enjoyed cooking jam tarts where we followed a simple recipe, worked safely and cut out our pastry shapes.

Week beginning 30th September

This week we have been learning more about money in our maths work. We learned to read and make amounts. On Friday we worked with our learning partners to reason and solve problems about money.

During the week members of last year's gardening club helped Mrs Morgan to bake a cake using some of the vegetables they grew during the summer. They also helped to serve the pieces to the rest of a delighted Woodpecker class. 

On Friday we visited the Life Bus where we learned all about the body and keeping ourselves safe and happy.

Week beginning 16th September 

This week we have enjoyed reading The Tunnel by Anthony Browne.

We used the text to learn how to use conjunctions and time connectives. At the end of the week we learned to retell the story remembering as much as we could.

Don't forget to visit our VLE page and do The Tunnel Quiz.

 

In maths we have been learning more about addition. We used our number facts to 10 and doubles to help us and we investigated how addition and subtraction facts are related.

In science this week we learned more about how animals grow and used our time connectives to describe the life cycle of the butterfly.

 

We have been thinking about why books are important to us and learned that the Bible is an important book for Christians.

Don't forget to bring a book that is important to you to school to show us.