Classes 2015-2016 Archives -

Hewish Busy Bees

‘To learn and relearn with the children is our line of work. We proceed in such a way that the children are not shaped by the experience, but are the ones who give shape to it.’

(Malaguzzi, 1997:86)

‘…play is enjoyable, but it is also intellectually and emotionally challenging.  …when play fades away, so does learning of the deepest kind.’

(Bruce ,2001:1)

BUSY BEES 2016/17

 

Term 1 – Week 1

Welcome!

We would like to welcome the new Busy Bees and their families to St. Anne’s. We are looking forward to meeting you all and embarking on our exciting learning journey!

Best wishes from all the staff at St. Anne’s

Term 1 – Week 2

It has been lovely to meet all the new Busy Bees this week. The children are settling really well into school and have enjoyed meeting some of their classmates and making new friends.

The Busy Bees have been enthusiastically learning both inside and outside. We have had some fantastic building in both the indoor and outdoor role play areas and very enthusiastic movers during our ‘wake up shake up’ to the Bob the Builder song. Please ask your child to show you some of their moves! Other popular activities have been craft, painting, the pirate ship and the play house.

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Ne xt Week

Next week, the children will be staying for lunch so the sessions times will be…

Arrival between 8.30 am and 8.45 am

School will end at 1.15 pm

Term 6 – Week 7

We have had a really wonderful final week of term! On Tuesday, the Busy Bees set up their enterprise stall to sell their pom pom pets and sandcastle flags. They made a very healthy profit of £45.50! In September, the children will use the money raised to buy a class resource.

On Wednesday, we had lots of fun at our end of term party. The children looked fantastic in their fancy dress costumes. We played party games and had some tasty treats.

Moving On!

Thank you Busy Bees for such a fun-packed and enjoyable year! It has been a real pleasure to watch you all grow and develop since September. You are a very special group of children who have continually amazed us with your creative ideas, problem solving skills and real love of learning! We know you are going to enjoy all the learning opportunities in Year One.

With all best wishes from the Busy Bee Team.

Thank you so much!

We would like to thank the families and friends of the children for all your help and support this year. We would also like to say a very big thank you for all the beautiful cards and gifts. It was extremely kind and generous of everyone. We hope you have a great summer break and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

Term 6 – Week 6

  

It has been a very hectic and exciting week for the Busy Bees. Production of the pom pom pets has been in full swing and the children have made some fantastic creations! To advertise our pets we have created some super posters and even composed and performed our own jingle! Please find details about the enterprise event below.

 

The Busy Bee Pet Company 

SALE!

POM POM PETS JUST £1!

 

As part of enterprise week we will be selling our pom pom pets and sandcastle flags on Tuseday 19th July from 2.00 pm. Our decorated stall will be located on the school field or in the classroom if the weather is wet.

If you are able to come along to our sale you will be able to collect your child from the stall and take them around the enterprise fair. You will then be able to leave school with your child/ren early (please sign Busy Bees out with Mrs Binns first). If you are not able to come along school staff will take your child around the stalls. Please could they bring a small amount of money to spend. Pom pom pets cost £1 and sandcastle flags  cost 50p.

Thank you for your support

Term 6 – Week 5

We have had an exciting week of learning! Following the launch of our enterprise challenge the Busy Bees have decided  what they are going to sell and production has begun! We have started to make bunting and posters for our stall to make it very appealing to shoppers! The children have been using their maths skills to subtract the cost of the resources we need from the £20 that Mrs Burge has given us. If anyone has any spare wool (animal colours if possible) we would be very grateful for donations.

This week, the children  took part in a multi-sports challenge. They showed fantastic team work as they completed 9 different sporting activities!

            

This week, the children have also enjoyed using their new water pump. They have collected their own water to add to their delicious mud kitchen recipes! We want to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Davison for making this fantastic resource for the Busy Bees.

    

Have a great weekend!

Term 6 – Week 4

The Busy Bees have had another super week of learning! We have continued to learn the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and we can now tell it beautifully with words and actions. The children have already innovated the story by thinking of their own characters and settings and this week we prepared to write our own stories by learning about adjectives. The children built up a fantastic word wall of adjectives to describe shells and fish. To support their learning further the children examined and made observational drawings of real fish.

      

More about last week!

Last week, the children completed their challenge set by Captain Whitebeard to design and build a pirate ship that floats. The children cooperated and worked together as crews in their learning groups. It was so wonderful to see them using all the knowledge and understanding they had gained throughout this term’s learning journey. Once the ships were ready to sail we tested them in the water tray to see if they floated and if they stood up to storm force conditions! The groups watched each other to evaluate the designs and gave constructive feedback on what they thought each group had done well and suggested how they could make their designs even better. One of the biggest learning outcomes for each group was that cardboard (no matter how thick) is not a good material for ship building! It has been wonderful to see the children using what they have learnt from this critical skills exercise to change their ideas and modify their designs when building their own individual ships this week.

   

    

Term 6 – Week 3

What an amazing trip we had on Tuesday! On our arrival at the docks in Bristol we were met by Captain Whitebeard who invited us to sail with him on his pirate ship.

    

      

     

    

      

      

Our trip was an amazing learning experience for the children. Thank you very much to everyone who came with us and made it such a special day.

Have a great week end!

Term 6 – Week 2

This week. the Busy Bees have completed their designs for their pirate ships. The children looked at real blueprints to support their ideas and took their time to include as many details as possible.

In English, the children have begun to learn our new ‘talk-for-writing’ story ‘The Rainbow Fish’.  After hearing the story they hot seated the main characters to develop a deeper understanding of the story. Next, the children used a story map to help them to learn the story, so that they can repeat it from memory.  We have sent home a copy of the story map and script so that you can support them with this. Following this, the children innovated the story by drawing and writing about their own characters. Some of the super ideas included ‘the rainbow turtle and the wise old starfish’ and ‘the rainbow dragon and the wise old shark’.

In maths, the children have been solving simple sharing problems. We read the story of ‘The Doorbell Rang’ and shared out 12 playdough cookies between different numbers of people to find out how many each person would get.

                      

On Tuesday, we will be going on our trip to Bristol to sail on the Matthew wearing our pirate outfits! We will be telling the children that we have sent our best pirate ship design to Captain Whitebeard. When we arrive at the Matthew he will be there to greet the children and tell them that he was very pleased with their design and he has used it to build his new ship. He will then invite them to sail on it with him!

Please ensure that your child is wearing all day sun cream and that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. They will need to bring a water bottle to school, but they can leave their book bag at home. A packed lunch will be provided by the school kitchen. We are all really looking forward to this exciting day!

THANK YOU!

Our Reception garden is looking lovely. I would like to say a very big thank you to Mrs Fealey,  Lorraine (Amelie’s Grandma) and Mr and Mrs Davison for all their support and hard work.

Also, thank you to Mrs Youhill for supporting the children to learn to sew. The bookmarks that the children made are beautiful and they are extremely proud of them.

Boxes and tubes etc – if you have any unwanted boxes or tubes we would love to use them for boat building next week! Thank you.

GOOD LUCK ENGLAND! Let’s finish top of the group boys!

Have a great weekend!

Term 6 – Week 1

Welcome back Busy Bees!

This week, the Busy Bees have been super scientists! They have been investigating why some objects float and some objects sink. The children sorted objects into those which float or sink and used plasticine to make a shape that floats. The children really amazed us with their thinking and developing understanding of this challenging concept! Well done Busy Bees!

   

In maths this week, the children played addition and subtraction maths games to continue to develop their calculation skills.

Today, the children have enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday by taking part in lots of exciting activities with their parliament groups. The Busy Bees moved confidently around the school and really enjoyed learning with children from other year groups.

Our trip on the Matthew is on Tuesday 21st June. If you would like to help on the day please let one of the EYFS team know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

Boxes and tubes – if you have any unwanted boxes or tubes we would love to use them for boat building! Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend!

Come on England!!

Term 5 – Week 6

It has been a fantastic term of learning for the Busy Bees!

In maths this week, we have been exploring weighing. We used mathematical language to describe objects and we compared and ordered them from lightest to heaviest. We discussed questions such as ‘Are all small objects light?’ and ‘Are all big objects heavy?’ The children had some great ideas and were able to give reasons for their thinking.

   

Today, we had a super sports day! Thank you to everyone for your support. The children’s team work was fantastic and a lovely picnic in the sun was enjoyed by everyone!

                                                           

When we come back next term we will be going on our voyage on the Matthew! This is a great learning experience for the children. If you would like to help on the day (Tuesday 21st June) please let one of the EYFS team know. Many thanks.

Have a wonderful holiday! Let’s hope the sun stays shinning!

Term 5 – Week 5

It has been a great week of learning for the Busy Bees!

      

In maths this week, the children have been investigating doubling. With help from Lucy Ladybird, the children doubled numbers to 20 and wrote the corresponding number sentences.

       

    

The children have continued to work towards achieving Captain Whitebeard’s challenge. First, they investigated the properties of  materials. The Busy Bees took a scientific approach by using pipettes to test how waterproof the different materials were. Using what they had discovered they selected materials to build a waterproof den.

Today, the children developed their knowledge of boat design by visiting the boatyard at Uphill. They took photographs with the iPads and made sketches of the boats. We were also lucky enough to see some jellyfish!

Next week, we will be investigating floating and sinking and don’t forget our sports day on Thursday!

Have a great weekend!

CAN YOU HELP?

If anyone has any spare time to help us look after our Reception garden please contact Mrs Binns or Mrs Davison. Many thanks.

Term 5 – Week 4

This week, the Busy Bees have begun to think about the challenge set by Captain Whitebeard. They have been experimenting with different ways of joining  (essential knowledge if you are going to build a boat that floats) using split pins, different types of tape, glue, hole punches, wool, string, staplers and sewing. The children have also started to develop their woodwork skills. They used balsa wood to create windmills with moving parts.

       

                                                                                                 

We have continued to learn about life on a pirate ship by thinking about the different food pirates ate. The children learnt about hardtack biscuits and were fascinated by the fact that after many weeks at sea pirates ate their food in the dark so they could not see all the bugs (weevils) in them! The Busy Bees enjoyed baking their own biscuits in the school kitchen and learning about the importance of measuring ingredients accurately.  The children discussed the importance of eating healthy foods and other things they could do to keep their bodies healthy. The children then created posters to support their learning.

       

Next week, we will continue to complete Captain Whitebeard’s challenge by investigating the properties of different types of materials.

Have a great weekend!

 

Term 5 – Week 3

This week, the Busy Bee crew have been enjoying the sunshine and have been dressing up and making pirate dens in the garden.  There has been really imaginative role play and story telling. Some of the children decided to write down and illustrate their stories which they then read to the rest of the class.

Also this week, the children have made their own pirate passports; painted ships in bottles; practiced subtraction by ‘stealing’ treasure and learnt some fantastic new pirate songs. The Busy Bees have also been programmers this week.! They developed their knowledge of programming, positional language and map reading through using the Bee Bops.

Today, the children have been thinking about our church and school value of humility. They discussed situations when they have needed to ask for help and the things that might stop us asking for help. The children had really mature ideas about why it is really important to ask for help and who you can go to in different situations.

In PE, the children are enjoying learning how to play tag rugby. They are developing great teamwork and ball skills.

The highlight of the week though was a text from Captain Whitebeard who has asked the children to design and make a new pirate ship for him! The children were buzzing with ideas and we will begin this project next week by learning how to join different materials.  We have an exciting week ahead with lots of woodwork, sewing and creativity!

       

 

        

 

       

 

Term 5 – Week 2

This week, the Busy Bees have enjoyed recalling their fantastic pirate treasure hunt at Sand Bay through writing a recount. In maths, the children have been learning about subtraction through practical games and activities such as pirates hiding in a cave and stealing (subtracting)gold coins! They have also looked at the relationship between addition and subtraction.

      

There was great excitement in the classroom this week when pirates were reported to be in our area once again! The Busy Bees decided to take action to protect their ‘you-know-what’. They drew their amazing ideas for pirate traps and then worked together to build them in the garden.

    

     

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HELP NEEDED – We are looking for volunteers to help with gardening in our outside area. If you are able to help please speak to Mrs Binns.

Tubes and egg boxes wanted!

We are currently collecting tubes and egg boxes to support our creative learning. Thank you for your help.

Have a great weekend!

Term 5 – Week 1

What an amazing pirate treasure hunt!

                                                                                                                     

          

     

            

                          

            

                                                                            

Welcome back Busy Bees!

It has been really exciting starting our new learning theme ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’ It began with pirates being spotted in Weston and then a broken window at West Wick which we think was done by pirates trying to get in to steal the ‘you-know-what’. Then on Wednesday, we came into our classroom to find that a pirate flag had been hung in our role play area.

On Thursday, we arrived at school to discover that Captain Whitebeard had stolen our treasure and had left us clues as to where we could find it at Sand Bay. We set off to Sand Bay to retrieve our treasure and after successfully digging it up we built a den to keep it safe. We then went off to enjoy a pirate lunch!

After lunch, Captain Whitebeard suddenly appeared! At first, he wanted our treasure! However, after we told him it was the wrong choice to take things that don’t belong to you he made friends with us and we shared some of our treasure with him. He said he was off to Brissel to try and buy a new pirate ship. We look forward to hearing more about Captain Whitebeard’s adventures!

Thank you very much to all the volunteers that helped to make the day so exciting and special for the children!

Can you help? 

If anyone can spare some time to come in and hear the children read we would be very grateful. Many thanks.

Term 4 – Week 6

Quotes of the week:

‘My favourite thing was all of it!

‘My favourite thing  learning about castles was the knights because they fight the bad guys. I liked the dragon poem. I liked doing the actions.’

 

What an amazing term it has been for the Busy Bees! Through talking to the children about our learning theme and capturing their thoughts it is clear how much they have enjoyed their learning.

The medieval banquet was amazing and the children took the opportunity to demonstrate all they had learnt. Thank you to everyone for making it such a wonderful success and something both the children and adults will always remember!

On Wednesday, we celebrated ‘World Epilepsy Day’ by wearing something purple(for more information please go to www.thedaisygarland.org.uk). The children were very keen to discuss their ideas about how they could help others.

On Thursday, the Year 5 Crew came to visit us and help the Busy Bees develop their computer skills. The children enjoyed this immensely. Thank you for your kindness and patience Year 5 Crew!

  

Finally,  after all the waiting our chicks hatched! We had a total of 15 chicks of all different colours and sizes. The children were so excited and captivated by them. We have been so impressed by how caring the children have been. Well done Busy Bees!

    

     

Have a super half term and we look forward to welcoming the children back for our new learning theme ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’ We will be sending out more information on our learning journey after the holiday. If you would like to help on our trip to Sand Bay on Thursday 21st April please let one of the EYFS team know as soon as possible as we are still looking for volunteers. This will be a surprise trip for the children, so please could we ask you not to talk to them about it at the moment. Many thanks.

Happy Holiday!

Term 4 – Week 5

This week, the Busy Bees have learnt about the life cycle of a frog. They have completed life cycle diagrams and have written information sentences using their developing phonic knowledge.

In RE, the children have continued to learn about why Easter is such a special time for Christians. We have discussed the relationship between the events in the Easter story and the traditions of churches giving out palm crosses and holding Easter processions.

We will hopefully also have chicken eggs hatching in our classroom.! We have 20 eggs in the incubator and when we come back to school after Easter we hope the children will be able to watch chicks hatching and hold and care for them. For posters of the different stages of the life cycle of a chicken go to: www.communication4all.co.uk/Science 2/Life cycle of a chicken. The children have been learning the song ‘Spring Chicken’ and they performed it beautifully for the whole school in worship today! Well done Busy Bees!

Terms 5 and 6 – Our learning theme will be ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’. We will start the term with a treasure hunt at Sandbay on Thursday 21st April 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to help on the day please speak to one of the EYFS team. This will be a surprise trip for the children, so please could we ask you not to talk to them about it at the moment. Many thanks.

The children finished the week with an exciting egg hunt in the Reception garden! All the Busy Bees received a colourful chick and a chocolate egg!

Have a wonderful Easter!

Term 4 – Week 4

This week, the Busy Bees have continued to learn about life cycles. They have studied the life cycle of a butterfly and used their developing phonic knowledge to write information sentences. We have 2 caterpillars in our classroom and the children are observing them closely in order to document any changes.

We will hopefully also have chicken eggs hatching in our classroom.! We have 20 eggs in the incubator and when we come back to school after Easter we hope the children will be able to watch chicks hatching and hold and care for them. For posters of the different stages of the life cycle of a chicken go to: www.communication4all.co.uk/Science 2/Life cycle of a chicken

In RE, we have been learning about the Easter story. We have been focusing on  why Easter is such a special time for Christians. The children acted out Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and learnt that he rode on a donkey to signify leadership and demonstrate humility.

Today, we took part in Sports Relief by walking  half a mile around the field and playground. We also explored the importance of participating in Sports Relief Day during Worship. The children looked great in their sport’s clothes and were very keen to take part in sporting activities!

Today, we also worked  together with the Year One Crew to celebrate Schools’ Autism Awareness Week (14th -18th March). We celebrated how our differences make us unique and precious. http://www.autism.ord,uk/

Our class treat this week was to have fun with Year One! The Year One Crew came to visit us and we had fun playing and learning together.

Terms 5 and 6 – Our learning theme will be ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’. We will start the term with a treasure hunt at Sand Bay on Thursday 21st April 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to help on the day please speak to one of the EYFS team. This will be a surprise trip for the children, so please could we ask you not to talk to them about it at the moment. Many thanks.

Have a great weekend Busy Bees!

                     

Term 4 – Week 3

It has been a wonderful week of learning for the Busy Bees at Hewish and West Wick!

On Tuesday, the children really enjoyed travelling on the minibus to spend the day rehearsing at West Wick and learning with their fellow Busy Bees.

On Wednesday, the children gave a wonderful performance of understanding of their current learning theme through their medieval banquet! They were very excited to see Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and our surprise guest Orlaf the snowman! Thank you to everyone for supporting the children throughout the term with their learning and preparations for the banquet. The children have worked incredibly hard and I am sure you will agree this really showed in their performances. We felt immensely proud of all the children and we know you did too. Please go to our Facebook page for photographs of the event.

On Thursday, we read ‘The Story of Noah: Genesis 6-9’ and the children wrote prayers to give thanks to God for all the beautiful things in the world.

On Friday, the children were ‘Pattern Detectives’ identifying, continuing and creating patterns. The children particularly enjoyed creating patterns with musical instruments and playing their patterns to each other.

As we begin to move towards Easter we have started to think about new birth and Spring. On Monday, we put some eggs into the incubator ready to hatch at Easter time.  We look forward to learning more about this process next week.

Amazing learning this week Busy Bees!

            

Term 4 – Week 2

It has been a fantastic week of learning for the Busy Bees! We began our week by writing invitations to our banquet which will be held at the West Wick campus on Wednesday 9th March. Please arrive at 1.15 pm for a 1.30 pm start. You will need to take your child to West Wick on Wednesday morning (children can arrive from 8.20 am for an 8.30 am register) and collect your child from West Wick at 3.00 pm. Please can all costumes be in school by Monday 7th March so that we can do a full dress rehearsal. We know that you are going to really enjoy this exciting occasion!

On Wednesday, it was World ‘Maths Day’ and the Busy Bees had great fun investigating the number 10. The children read the story ‘One is a Snail and Ten is a Crab’ and took part in lots of activities including ways of making ten and counting in tens. They also had lots of fun counting legs to find out how many altogether!

On Thursday, it was ‘World Book Day’ and the children came dressed as their favourite book character. They all looked amazing! Thank you so much for your support. We had a great time sharing our favourite books and saying what made them special to us. We also thought about the stories Jesus told and we read and acted out the parable of ‘The Good Samaritan’. The children thought very deeply about what message the story was telling us.

What an amazing week! Well done Busy Bees! Have a great weekend!

     

     

Term 4 – Week 1

Welcome back Busy Bees!  We started the week with our visit to Puxton Park to meet Falconer Gary who told us all about the role of a falconer in a castle.  We met and held lots of beautiful birds of prey and were given lots of information about the birds and who would have flown them in a castle.  Gary was so impressed with the children’s listening and their questions about the birds that he has asked them to make an information book.

             

               

Back in school the Busy Bees all recalled lots of information and used their writing and drawing skills to start making the information book.  We would like to say a big ‘thank you!’ to everyone that helped on the day and made this fantastic visit possible.

Preparations for the banquet are well underway, and we are very much looking forward to hosting it. However, because of restrictions with space we would ask that only two family members per child attend the banquet, and if you can make alternative arrangements for younger children it would be appreciated.

Next week it  is World Maths Day and World Book Day and we are really looking forward to celebrating these in class.  There is no homework this week but please practise a maths challenge with your child in preparation for World Maths Day.

Term 3 – Week 6

It is hard to believe that we are half way through the school year already!  It was wonderful to see so many of you at parents’ evening ~ we are very lucky to have such supportive parents.

This week, the Busy Bees have had great fun finding out ‘How many is one hundred?’ We have explored other big numbers and have been estimating groups of objects. Please check your child’s book bag for our half term maths challenge!

In Phonics, we have learnt the sounds ‘ear’ as in hear, ‘er’ as in mixer, ‘air’ as in hair  and the sight words ‘they’ and ‘all’. We have sent a couple of reading books home for your child to read and enjoy during the holiday.

On Tuesday 23rd February, we will be going to Puxton Park with the children to find out about the role of birds of prey in a castle. Thank you very much for all the offers of help.  Please could all parents helping on the day come to the classroom first thing in the morning where we will brief you before you make your way to the park.

If you are looking for things to do during the holiday on the 16th February 2016 the Backyard Cinema in Axbridge is showing ‘The Big Knights’, a film and activities.  There are showings at 11am and 1pm!

Have a lovely half term!

     

     

 

      

 

      

                    

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Term 3 – Week 5

     

   

This week the Busy Bees have had a surprise visitor ~ a real life archer!  He came in to show them his medieval bows and arrows and to teach them about life as an archer in a castle.  The children had the opportunity to look closely at his range of arrows and to handle his bows.  They then all had the chance to practice archery for themselves.  It was amazing to see how although they struggled at first with loading the arrows they persevered and after practising they could all fire the arrows. They then made their own bow and arrows from willow and we are planning an archery competition which will involve lots of adding up scores!

The children also had the opportunity to handle real chain mail and armor as well as finding out about the living conditions in a castle.  This ended in a fascinating comparison with life in the castle to our homes today. We were all extremely impressed with the children’s listening, thinking and questioning throughout the visit ~ what great learning skills Busy Bees.

Phonics this week we have focused on the sounds ‘ur’ as in purse, ‘ow’ as in cow’, ‘oi / oy’ as in soil and boy and ‘ear’ as in hear.  We have looked at the sight words are, you and my.  Maths has focused on subtraction of number.

In RE this week, we have listened to the story of ‘The Good Shepherd.’  We have spent some time thinking and reflecting on the stories we have learnt so far.

Congratulations  Busy Bees for filling the class jar with marbles! It was fun watching ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in our pajamas!

 

Bean Diary

Our beans have reached the ‘growing stage’ of the life cycle! We have continued to record any changes we observe.

          

 

Term 3 – Week 4

Bean Diary

‘Hey the beans have snapped!’

They are at the shoot bit of the life cycle!’

Last week the children planted different types of beans and they are hoping to grow their very own beanstalk. This week there has been a lot of excitement in the class as we have been observing closely for any changes. The children have continued to learn about the life cycle of a bean and are thrilled that their beans are at the ‘shoot’ stage of the life cycle! To support your child’s learning at home, please talk through the different stages of a bean’s life cycle and encourage them to name the different parts of a plant. For a really interesting video about the life cycle of a bean go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zystsbk  (bbc class clips – runner bean plants growing)

Wizards Group

 

Dragons Group

 

Castles Group

 

Witches Group

 

In phonics, the children have learnt the Phase 3 phonemes /igh/ /oa/ /ar/ /oo/ and sight words ’ was’ and ‘are’. Next week, we will be learning the phonemes /or/, /ow/, /ur/ and sight words ‘my’ and ‘you’ .

The children have also been maths wizards this week! They have been developing their understanding of calculation through practical addition games and activities. To support your child’s learning at home you could add 2 groups of objects(toys, teddies etc) together to find the total.

In RE, we thought about the question ‘What is a miracle?’  The children read the parable’Down Through the Roof’and then acted it out to support their understanding of the story. We then took time to be peaceful and reflective through taking part in ‘stilling’.

Term 3 – Week 3

This week the Busy Bees have been scientists! They have thought about what plants need to grow and used scientific language such as light, moisture, nutrients, roots, shoot, stem, flower, bean pod and life cycle. The children developed their observational skills through taking photographs and making detailed drawings and paintings of different types of bean. In groups, the children planted beans and we are hoping to grow our very own beanstalks! They were fascinated by a time lapse video of a bean growing and we talked about the different stages of a bean’s life cycle. We sang the following song to help us learn the life cycle of a bean:

I’m a Little Bean Song

(sung to tune of I’m a little teapot)

I’m a little bean small and round,

(curl up on the floor)

Bury me deep in the ground,

(sung in a very low deep voice)

Sprinkle on some water,

(acting out watering can)

Some sunshine too,

(hands out wide)

Watch me grow as tall as you.

(stretch to the sky)

     

    

In phonics this week, the children have learnt the sounds /ng/ as in strong, /ee/ as in cheese, /ai/ as in rain and /th/ as in this and that. We have also learnt the sight words /me/ and /be/.

Term 3 – Week 2

Quotes of the week: ‘I’m going to make mine even better!’ ‘Me too!’

 

This week the Busy Bees have had lots of fun learning how to put on a banquet in their castle role play. They have laid the banquet table and prepared lots of delicious meals for their guest. Queen Elsa and Princess Anna sat on special thrones and presided over the festivities!

The children have begun to explore our ‘talk for writing’ text ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They acted out the story brilliantly using lots of great story language such as ‘once upon a time’ and ‘Finally, they all lived happily ever after!’ The children immersed themselves further in the story by hot seating characters and asking them questions. They also thought about what the giant might look like and drew and painted their ideas. In order to develop their learning, they created more than one draft of their ideas. They thought about what they had done well and how they could make their picture even better such as adding more detail or choosing colours for a specific purpose.

Through playful activities, the children have been finding ‘one more’ or ‘one less’ than a given number. They especially enjoyed pretending to be Jack and creeping into the Giant’s castle to steal one of his silver coins while he was asleep.

In RE this week, we read the story of ‘Jesus’ Special Friends’ and thought about what questions we had about the story. We then acted out the story together.

A great week of learning Busy Bees!

             

Term 3 – Week 1

We would like to welcome everyone back to St. Anne’s and take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year! It has been an exciting start to the new term with Princess Elsa from the film Frozen making a surprise appearance on Tuesday.  Elsa told the Busy Bees she was feeling bad about what she had done to Anna and how she wanted to do something special for her.  She asked the children what she could do and they suggested putting on a party.  Elsa explained that in castles they have banquets which are like a party and so we will be putting on a banquet!   Of course you will be invited and the date for the banquet will be Wednesday 9th March in the afternoon (TTBA). The children were captivated by the idea and are now extremely motivated to find out as much as they can about life in a castle. They all looked amazing in their costumes and we are very grateful for your support with this.

Also, thank you to everyone who attended our ‘Look at Learning Day’ on Wednesday. The children really enjoyed celebrating their successes with you.

In phonics this week, the children have learnt the phonemes /j/, /v/, /w/, /x/ and sight word /we/. Next week the children will be learning:

Phonemes:                                           Sight words:

/qu/ /sh/ /ch/ and /th/                              /he/ and /she/

To support your child’s learning at home please practise sight words with them. The ability to read sight words quickly and accurately enables children to read fluently and make rapid progress.

When writing with your child at home please say the following phrases as you write:

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer                ’down a wing, up a wing’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer       ‘down the arm and leg and repeat the other side’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer       ‘down his body curl and dot’

 

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer‘down up, down up’

 

Finally, the staff would like to say a very big thank you for all the beautiful cards and gifts; it was extremely kind of everyone.

     

Term 2 – Week 7

This week the Busy Bees were amazing in their nativity play and we felt extremely proud of them all. The church was full to bursting for both performances, and we would like to thank everyone for supporting the children and valuing their hard work.

On Wednesday, the children had a fun packed day at West Wick!They enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and danced and played party games.

     

     

   

Next term the question posed by the learning theme will be ‘If you lived in a castle who would you be?’ Therefore, on Tuesday 5th January 2016 we would like the children to come to school dressed as who they would like to be if they lived in a castle. This might be a knight of the realm, a court jester, a cook, an archer, falconer,  or a minstrel. They might even want to be a medieval dancer! We will expect them to be able to say why they have chosen this role as this will support their understanding throughout the next term. There will be a surprise visitor to school to launch the start of this very exciting learning theme!

On Wednesday 6th January 2016, we will be hosting a ‘Look at Learning Day’. This is an opportunity for you to look at  your child’s learning diary and celebrate their successes. You are welcome to come into school anytime from 8.45 am at West Wick and 9.00 am at Hewish until 11.45 am and from 1.15 pm until 3.00 pm at West Wick and 3.15 pm at Hewish. This is an opportunity to share your child’s learning, but if you are unable to make this there will be a parents evening in February where you can have a one-to-one appointment with your child’s class teacher. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

We have had a fantastic term with the children, and their enthusiasm and motivation for learning is outstanding! We would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Term 2 – Week 6

The Busy Bees have had a hectic week preparing for their Nativity plays. Rehearsals are going well, and we know you are going to really enjoy watching the children tell their stories of the first Christmas.

Next term the question posed by the learning theme will be ‘If you lived in a castle who would you be?’ Therefore, on Tuesday 5th January 2016 we would like the children to come to school dressed as who they would like to be if they lived in a castle. This might be a knight of the realm, a court jester, a cook, an archer, falconer,  or a minstrel. They might even want to be a medieval dancer! We will expect them to be able to say why they have chosen this role as this will support their understanding throughout the next term. There will be a surprise visitor to school to launch the start of this very exciting learning theme!

On Wednesday 6th January 2016, we will be hosting a ‘Look at Learning Day’. This is an opportunity for you to look at  your child’s learning diary and celebrate their successes. You are welcome to come into school anytime from 8.45 am at West Wick and 9.00 am at Hewish until 11.45 am and from 1.15 pm until 3.00 pm at West Wick and 3.15 pm at Hewish. This is an opportunity to share your child’s learning, but if you are unable to make this there will be a parents evening in February where you can have a one-to-one appointment with your child’s class teacher. If you have any questions please do not hestitate to ask.

In phonics this week, the children have continued to learn  the Phase 2 phonemes /l/ /ll/ /ss/ /j/ and sight word ‘into’. Next week, the children will be consolidating the Phase 2 phonemes they have learnt this term.

     

    

On Wednesday, the children enjoyed their first gymnastics lesson. They showed a high level of confidence and enthusiasm when using the equipment. Well done Busy Bees!

Term 2 – Week 5

Christmas has arrived in the Busy Bee Classrooms! This week the children have had fun playing in the Christmas shop and using real money to buy their goods. At snack time they used their addition skills to buy their fruit and milk.

            

            

The children have really enjoyed sharing their Christmas traditions with each other. It has been great to hear about all the lovely things families do at this special time of year. Thank you very much for your support with this. If your child has not yet manged to bring in their Christmas tradition please bring it in on Monday.

                    

 

 

On Thursday, the children had fun using their developing phonic knowledge to write Christmas lists and letters to Father Christmas. They thought hard about the order of sounds in words and which letter of the alphabet represented the sound they wanted to write. Fantastic writing Busy Bees!

To support your child’s learning at home, you might like to share writing opportunities such as writing Christmas cards, shopping lists or secret messages! Please celebrate their writing with them and we are always happy to share it with them in the classroom.

In phonics this week, the children have continued to learn  the Phase 2 phonemes /h/ /b/ /f/ /ff/ and sight word ‘the’. Next week the children will be learning the phonemes:

Phonemes                                                  sight word

/l/ /ll/ /ss/ /j/                                                 into

Please say the following phrases when writing with your child:

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer  ‘Down the laces to the heel, and round the toe’

 

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer   ‘Down the stem and draw the leaves’

 

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer    Down the head to the hooves’ and over his back’

 

Term 2 – Week 4

The Busy Bees began their week by having an encounter with an alien!The alien wanted a bed that fitted him so that he could have a good night’s sleep! The children came to his rescue by learning how to measure accurately and make him a comfy bed.

The Busy Bees also had lots of fun on Monday cooking chocolate muffins to take on a space picnic. We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Knowlson for coming in to cook with the children. They really enjoyed the experience and eating their delicious muffins!

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In phonics this week, the children have continued to learn  the Phase 2 phonemes /ck/e/u/r/ and sight word ‘go’. Next week the children will be learning the phonemes:

Phonemes                                                  sight word

/h/ /b/ /f/ /ff/                                                the

To support your child’s writing development please say the following phrases with them:

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer‘lift off the top and scoop out the egg’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer ‘down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer‘down his back then curl over his arm’

Term 2 – Week 3

             

This week the Busy Bees have continued to learn about space. The children have been retelling the story of ‘Whatever Next’ using a story map and actions. They are becoming expert storytellers using great expression to give excitement and drama to the story. The children have begun to innovate their stories by thinking of new settings and modes of transport.

In maths, the children have investigated the properties of 2D shapes.  They made their own shape pictures and talked about the shapes they had used and why they chose them. To support your child’s learning at home, you could help them to spot some of the many different shapes all around them in the environment and talk about how many sides or corners they have. The children also explored weight and ordered objects from heaviest to lightest.

                 

In RE, the children took part in stilling.  We asked the children to be still, reflect and be peaceful. The children sat beautifully for 1 minute (you could of heard a pin drop!). Well done Busy Bees!

In phonics this week, the children have continued to learn  the Phase 2 phonemes /g/ /o/ /c/ /k/ and sight word ‘I’. Next week the children will be learning the phonemes:

Phonemes                                                  sight word

/ck/ /e/ /u/ /r/                                                go

We are very excited to see your children starting to read and we would like to say a great big thank you to you all for supporting them with their reading at home.  Please don’t forget if you notice them doing things at home or if they talk about their learning to record it and send it in to share with us.   If you have any time to spare and would like to come in and hear the children read we would be extremely grateful!

When writing with your children please say the following phrases:

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer’round her face, down her hair and give her a curl’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer‘down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer‘curl round the Caterpillar’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer‘all around the orange’

 

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Fealey for helping the Busy Bees to plant bulbs. The children really enjoyed caring for their garden by weeding the raised beds and planting bulbs ready for the spring. We are looking forward to a wonderful display!

      

 

Term 2 – Week 2

Quotes of the week:

‘The moon is in space and stars. Space…everything is made of rock but not made of cheese!’

‘The moon is made out of rock. That rock is really solid and hard on the moon. Mars is in space. That’s really hot. It’s hotter than the sun. The sun is like a bit hot but I know Mars is a lot hotter! I know the planet Saturn. Saturn has things that go round and round it. Like a swimming ring when you go swimming! Mercury is cold; it’s furthest from the sun.’

This week the Busy Bees have excitedly begun to learn about space! They have read the story of ‘Whatever Next’ and hot seated characters from the story and acted out the story using lots of different props and a story map. They have made their own aliens and spaceships as well as looking at non-fiction books about space. We have been amazed by what the children already know about space!

In PE, the children continued to develop their dance skills by using their bodies to become aliens dancing on the moon!

On Monday, we learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The Busy Bees listened to a talk about how Hindu families celebrate Diwali from Aaliyah and her mum. The children then took part in lots of different activities with Year 1 and Year 2 to develop their understanding.

In phonics this week, the children have continued to learn  the Phase 2 phonemes /i/ /n/ /m/ /d/ and sight word ‘no ’.  In your child’s book bag you will find a reading book for you to enjoy sharing with them. At the front of the book there is some important information that you need to know before reading the book and at the end of the book there are some comprehension questions to ask them.  These are as important as the sounding out of the words.  When you have read with your child please write in the journal how they got on, what page they read up to and share their successes with us.

Next week the children will be learning the phonemes:

Phonemes                                                  sight word

/g/ /o/ /c/ /k/                                                 I

To support your child’s letter formation please use the following rhymes when writing with them:

 

‘Down the insect’s body and a dot for the head.’

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer

‘Around his bottom, up his tall neck and down to this feet.’

 

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer

‘Maisy, mountain, mountain.’

 

Alphabet writing with Read, Write Inc, recommended by the Reading Whisperer

‘Down Nobby and over the net.’

 

 

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Term 2 – Week 1 

Quotes of the week – ‘The trees are beautiful…I like all the beautiful colours!’  ‘I don’t want to hibernate… you would miss Christmas!’

Welcome back Busy Bees and a really big thank you for all the beautiful autumn pictures you brought in to create our amazing gallery! We have used the theme of autumn to explore our school environment looking for signs of autumn and we have used our collections of leaves and sticks to make pictures and models. The children particularly enjoyed working together in pairs to create safe, dry and warm shelters for hibernating hedgehogs and door mice.

In PE, the children enjoyed their first dance lesson. They used their bodies to create the movements of autumn leaves floating on the wind. They learnt together in pairs to mirror each other’s movements and create a short dance sequence.

Our new ‘wake up shake up’ is ‘Firework’ by Katie Perry and the children enthusiastically put firework movements to the music. On Thursday, we celebrated Bonfire Night by creating firework pictures using paint, chalk, pastels and glitter!

Friendship has been the focus of our personal, social and emotional development this week. The children have taken part in lots of pair and group activities to develop their cooperation and negotiation skills.

In RE, we have built upon our knowledge of the story of Moses by learning about the Jewish festival of Passover. The children found out about the importance of the ‘Seder Plate’ and the symbolic significance of the food.

In phonics this week, the children have learnt the sounds ‘s’ as in sat, ‘a’ as in apple, ‘t’ as in tap, ‘p’ as in pig. Using these four sounds they have been reading and spelling simple words.  If you would like to support your child’s learning at home you could make a collection of objects that begin with these sounds and see if they can identify the initial sound of the objects.  To support your child to write the corresponding letters (graphemes) to the sounds (phonemes) please say the following with them as they write:

s – ‘slither down the snake’

a – ‘around the apple and down the leaf’

t -‘ down the tower…across the tower’

p – ‘down the plait back up and around the pirate’s face’

Next weekWeek 2 – Our new learning theme will be ‘Space’.

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Week 8

The Busy Bees had a fantastic day visiting West Wick. The children had fun getting to know their fellow Busy Bees and have formed firm friendships. Thank you to everyone at West Wick for making us so welcome!

 

The children also enjoyed completing their learning theme challenge of building a strong house for Alfie (the class dog). They took on the role of architects and designed their own houses using their knowledge of materials. The children built together in groups co-operating, taking turns and sharing ideas.

 

It  has been wonderful getting to know our new class and we are looking forward to next term. Congratulations Busy Bees for completing your first half term in school. Have a lovely break!

Week 8

Next week, we will be visiting the Busy Bees at West Wick to make friends and have fun playing together.

 

Week 7

This week the Busy Bees have continued to develop as storytellers through innovating the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children thought of new characters to replace the traditional ones. Their ideas included a big bad shark and three little fishes, a big bad troll and three little chickens and a horrible ogre and three little ducks!

Henry (the first little pig) visited our classroom this week! He needed the children’s help to create a repeating pattern for his winter scarf. The Busy Bees came to his aid through creating a wide range of repeating patterns.

On Thursday, the children investigated different types of bridges and designed and built their own bridges using play dough, straws, match sticks, spaghetti and cocktail sticks.

In PE, the children have continued to develop their understanding of the effects of exercise on their bodies. They had fun developing  their ball skills through partner work and games.

 

Week 6

This week the Busy Bees have had lots of fun continuing to learn about the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Our week began by thinking about how we stay safe in school, and we went on learning walks to find out about the different ways school keeps us safe. We have also looked at an alternative version of the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and thought about the similarities and differences between the two stories. To extend our learning further we investigated the different materials houses can be made from. We constructed with a range of materials including plastic, wood and clay.

 

 

 

 

The Busy Bees are now settled and coming happily into school. The children and staff are really enjoying learning in their amazing new classroom!

One of the most popular activities is the outdoor construction role play area where the children have the opportunity to build with real (light weight) bricks and mix their own cement in the mixer!

We have been getting to know each other through lots of fun community building activities such as ‘bug in a rug’ and parachute games. We have also been exploring the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and can now use words and actions to retell the story in a fun and engaging way.

Congratulations on a great start to your learning journey at St. Anne’s Busy Bees!

 

We want to extend a very warm welcome to the new Busy Bees and their families who will be starting school on Tuesday 8th September and Wednesday 9th September 2015!

All the staff at St. Anne’s are looking forward to meeting you and sharing in your learning journey.