Classes 2016-2017 -

Hewish Busy Bees 2016-17

 

‘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)

Term 6 – Week 5

Monday 10th July – Multi-sports – Please can all children have a full PE kit in school on this day. Thank you.

Tuesday 11th July – Look @ Learning Day – 9.00 am – 11.30 am and 1.15 pm – 3.00 pm – Looking forward to seeing you!

It has been an amazing week of learning!

On Tuesday, the Busy Bees ended their learning theme ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’ by evaluating their ships with the help of Captain Whitebeard. This was great fun! Captain Whitebeard was so impressed by the way the children had co-operated and problem solved together to build such amazing ships that all floated and by their wide knowledge and vocabulary relating to ship design. Well done Busy Bees!

  

The children have also been super scientists this week finding out how fish, octopuses and squid survive under water. They all had great thoughts and ideas of how this happens. The children made great links between how fish and humans breath. Super science Busy Bees!

The children observed different types of fish, an octopus and some squid. They examined them and drew and labelled scientific diagrams.

         

    

Have a great weekend!

Term 6 – Week 4

Tuesday 4th July – Pirate Day

We will be celebrating the end of our learning theme ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’ by dressing as pirates and having a day of pirate themed fun. Please could your child wear their pirate outfit to school on this day. Many thanks.

The Busy Bees have been as busy as ever consolidating previous learning and exploring new and exciting concepts.

The children have continued to work towards completing Captain Whitebeard’s challenge of designing and building a ship that floats. They reflected on all they have learned so far about materials, boat design, floating and sinking and joining to create their final designs. The children amazed us with their thinking and knowledge! They have created some fantastic designs which look like real blue prints.

      

In phonics this week, the children have been learning to read and write sentences using the phonemes (sounds) /igh/ as in high, /ea/ as in tea, /ee/ as in see, /ch/ as in chip and /th/ as in thin. They have been practising the red words some, come, said, when and have. Please continue to hear your child read regularly (at least 3 times per week) but preferably more than this. Also, take all opportunities to encourage them to write such as when you are playing together, when you go shopping or go on a family outing. It really will make a difference to  your child’s progress. Thank you for your support.

Have a great weekend. Hope to see you at West Wick on Saturday!

Term 6 – Week 3

It has been another great week of learning for the Busy Bees. In phonics, the children have been learning to read and write sentences using the phonemes (sounds) /u_e/ as in brute, /oi/ as in coin, /ay/ as in play, /a_e/ as in cake and /o_e/ as in home. Please continue to hear your child read regularly (at least 3 times per week) but preferably more than this. It really will support your child’s progress. Thank you for your support.

In maths, we are learning to count in tens and twos by marching to songs and using human number lines! Please practise this at home or when out and about it is lots of fun! We have also been  investigating the properties of 3D shapes by talking about how many faces, corners (vertices) and edges they have.

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!

         

Please continue to bring in junk modelling materials as we will need a good supply of these over the next week. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 6 – Week 2

This week, the Busy Bees earned their class treat. The children came up with ideas for what the treat should be and then voted for their favourite idea. The winning idea with 10 votes was to learn with the Year 6 Crew using the laptops. Thank you very much to the Year 6 Crew for their kindness and patience when learning with the Busy Bees. We all had lots of fun!

In phonics this week, we have been learning to read and write words and sentences using the phonemes /ir/ as in bird, /ear/ as in hear, /ire/ as in fire and /are/ as in share. We have also learnt the red words have. there and said. Please continue to read regularly with your child and encourage them to write the sounds and red words they have learnt when they are playing or when helping you to write things such as shopping lists, birthday cards or letters. This really will help your child to make progress. Thank you for your support.

Home Learning

Our ‘talk for writing’ text this term is ‘The Rainbow Fish’. The children have been learning the story using a story map and actions and we have put a copy of the story map and script in their book bag. This is a really fun way to learn stories and we hope you enjoy listening to your child and joining in!

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Have a lovely weekend!

Term 6 – Week 1

Welcome back Busy Bees! We hope everyone had a good break.

We began our week by reading our new ‘talk for writing’ text ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. To deepen the children’s understanding of the text they ‘hot seated’ some of the characters and discussed what messages the story conveys. The children used open-ended resources and painting to create their own rainbow fish. They have also put actions to a story map to help them to learn the story off by heart and a copy of this will be coming home next week.

    

In maths, the children continued to develop their knowledge of space, shape and measure by investigating capacity. The Busy Bees received a letter from Finley Fish which contained a problem for them to solve. He wanted to know which container would hold the most water and be the most suitable for him to go on holiday in! The children discussed how they would find out the capacity of the containers and set to work to solve the problem! This involved some critical thinking about what non-standard units of measure they should use such as bucket, scoop, cup, yoghurt pot or tea spoon and whether using different non-standard units would give them the same or different answers.

  

The Busy Bees have also continued to work on Captain Whitebeard’s challenge by investigating ways of joining. Masking tape, Cellotape, parcel tape, glue, hole punches, string, wool, split pins, staplers, straws, plasticine, pins and nails were just some of the things they experimented with. The children really enjoyed having their first go at wood work. They amazed us with their ideas for drawing up a risk assessment to use the tools safely and all of them used a range of tools very effectively.

  ‘I used a hole punch, paper and string to join and make a message for my family.’

  ‘I’ve joined straws with tape to make a fishing rod and I caught a shark. This is the shark!

      

Term 5 – Week 5

This week, the Busy Bees have had lots of fun in the sun!

On Monday, the children looked at the photographs and observational drawings from our trip to Uphill Boatyard. They looked closely at shape of the boats and discussed their ideas about boat design. The children then worked on a large scale in the garden using wooden blocks to mark out a ship design. Inside, they worked on a small scale to make plasticine models of ships and they drew their first draft of their ship design for Captain Whitebeard incorporating what they had learnt at the boatyard.

    

The children have continued to work towards completing Captain Whitebeard’s challenge by investigating the properties of materials. The children had a wide range of materials to explore at their testing stations. They then collaborated together to design and build a den using materials that would be waterproof and keep them dry! The children had to think hard about their choices of materials as their den was tested with the hose! The children told us this was really fun learning!

     

Have a lovely break Busy Bees!

Term 5 – Week 4

This week, the children thought about the story Captain Whitebeard told them about when he was left on a desert island by his mutinous crew! The Busy Bees looked at images of different types of island and listened to music to support them to imagine being marooned.They then wrote a message in a bottle to call for help.

We have also been thinking about keeping ourselves healthy this week. The children had lots of great ideas such as drinking lots of water, going to bed early, washing their hands before eating food, doing lots of exercise and eating lots of fruit and vegetables. The Busy Bees enjoyed tasting a variety of exotic fruits such as pineapple, mango, avocado, coconut and passion fruit. They thought of lots of adjectives to describe their colour, texture and taste.

    

On Friday, we had a great trip  to Uphill Boatyard to look at boats out of the water.  The children took photographs and made observational drawings to support their understanding of boat design. They looked carefully at the shape of the hulls and thought about how certain shapes can help boats to float and stay upright in the water. The children amazed us with their developing vocabulary and knowledge of the purpose of different parts of a boat or ship. We also saw some beautiful ducklings and some very tiny jellyfish!

    

This has been a super week of learning. Well done Busy Bees!

Term 5 – Week3

This week, to support them to complete Captain Whitebeard’s challenge the Busy Bees have used non-fiction books to find out about pirate ships. They learnt the names and purpose of different parts of a ship and drew labelled diagrams. Some of the children created fantastic paintings using watercolours.

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On Wednesday, the Busy Bees heard that pirates had been spotted in Hewish! The children wasted no time in planning, designing and building pirate traps to protect our ‘you-know-what’. The children developed their collaboration and communications skills by listening to each other, exchanging ideas and working together to create their imaginative traps.

In maths, the children have been creating number stories and representing them by using counters and writing number sentences.

In phonics, the children have been reading and writing sentences using all the sounds and sight words they have learnt so far.

Home Learning

Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible. We have also sent home letter formation sheets and formation rhymes to enable you to support your child to develop their handwriting.

Uphill Boatyard

On Friday 19th May 2017, we will be taking the children on a  visit  to Uphill Boatyard to take photographs and make detailed drawings of boats out of the water. This will be a morning visit and we will be back to school in time for lunch. We have sent home a letter giving information about this trip in your child’s book bag.

PE Kit

Please can all children have a PE kit in school.

Can you help?

We are collecting boxes, bottles and containers of different sizes to support our learning. We would be grateful if you could send some into school with your child.

Have a great weekend!

Term 5 – Week 2

Following our adventures last week, we have begun to work towards completing Captain Whitebeard’s challenge by learning about life on a pirate ship. The Busy Bees were somewhat shocked to learn that pirates often had to eat hardtack biscuits that contained weevils! They were not sure if they liked the sound of eating biscuits with bugs in! The children really enjoyed making their own hardtack biscuits and substituted weevils for currants luckily!

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In English this week, the children have been writing recounts about their treasure hunt at Sand Bay. First, we learnt our recount really well by using words and actions, story maps and drama. This enabled the children to develop oral fluency which supported them when they wrote their recounts down.

Trip to Uphill Boatyard – Friday 19th May 2017

We are planning to take the children to Uphill Boatyard to look at boats out of the water. This will deepen their understanding of how boats are designed. We are looking for helpers for the trip. It will be from 9.00 am until around 11.30 am. If you can help please let Mrs Binns know as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Have a lovely weekend!

Term 5 – Week 1

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a wonderful break.

Well, what an exciting first week back for the Busy Bees! First, the children came back to school ready and excited to get going with our new learning theme ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’ Then, the children discovered that our treasure had been stolen by no other than Captain James Whitebeard! We wasted no time in rushing to Sand Bay to dig it up and reclaim it. To ensure it’s safety the children built a pirate den and surrounded it  with  pirate traps and warning signs written on pebbles with charcoal. They were then ready for an authentic pirate lunch at the café!

    

 

On returning to the beach, they were visited by none other than the fierce Captain Whitebeard himself! At first, he was angry and wanted the treasure back but as they got to know his sad tale the children decided that they could actually be friends with him!Therefore, he enlisted their help in the form of a learning challenge. He asked the children if they could design and build  him a ship that floats to enable him to once again sail the seven seas! The children have accepted his challenge and have returned to school ready to learn all they can about ship design. Let the learning begin!

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The children had a really fantastic day. We would like to thank all our helpers for making this wonderful learning experience possible.

Have a great weekend and watch out for pirates!!

Term 4 – Week 7

SAND BAY

Please check you child’s book bag for a reminder letter about our pirate treasure hunt which will be happening on TUESDAY 25TH APRIL 2017. If you have not yet completed ‘Parentpay’ please do so as soon as possible.

On the day, the children will need to come to school dressed in a pirate outfit. They will also need warm layers of clothing as the weather can be very changeable at the beach. Please apply sunblock to your child before school on the morning of the trip if this is appropriate. The children will not need book bags on the day or a water bottle as we will have water and cups with us. All the children will be having a pirate lunch at the local café. If you have any questions about the trip please ask the EYFS team.

What a fantastic term of learning!

It has been a fantastic term of learning with the children. They have been such highly motivated and enthusiastic learners. Our banquet was a wonderful celebration of all the things that the children have learnt. When capturing the children’s thoughts this week, many of them  commented ‘I liked learning all of it!’ This is always lovely to hear!

In RE, the children have learnt why Easter is so important to Christians through listening to the Easter story and discussing the key events. To support their understanding further they acted out Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

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The eggs have hatched! 

The children have been very excited by the arrival of the chicks. They have been able to watch the chicks hatch out of the eggs and  had the chance to observe and handle them. This has been a great real life learning experience!

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Have  a wonderful half term break and we look forward to starting our exciting new learning theme ‘Can you be friends with a pirate?’ when the children return to school.

Breaking news!

The butterflies have just emerged out of their chrysalises in time for the children to see them before the holidays! The children examined the empty chrysalises and the beautiful butterflies.

    

Happy Easter!

Term 4 – Week 6

Sand Bay

We just need a couple more people to run this amazing day. If you can help on the day please let us know as soon as possible. Many thanks for your support.

Information for helpers coming on our Sand Bay trip

Please meet us at the beach opposite the bus terminal at (8.15 am if you are helping to bury the treasure or straight from school if you are dropping your child here first) ~ you will see a big pirate flag to mark the spot. Please bring a spade to help bury the treasure.  The risk assessment will be shared with you at the beach and your mobile phone numbers will be collected. You are welcome to order a lunch at the Sand Bay Tea Rooms or you can bring a packed lunch and a drink. The weather is always unpredictable and usually colder by the sea so please come with appropriate clothing.

Thank you for your help as without you we wouldn’t be able to give the children this wonderful experience.

Learning this week

In maths this week, the children have been learning about symmetry. They have created their own symmetrical patterns in many different ways including using painting, chalk, blocks, counters and pegs. They have also used mirrors to investigate lines of symmetry.

We have less than a week to go until we hope to have some chicks hatch in the classroom. The children investigated the different parts of an egg this week. We compared a hen’s egg and a goose’s egg and identified the similarities and differences. They felt the air inside a hen’s egg which caused great fascination! They also looked at the goose’s egg and made predictions about what might have laid the egg and what was inside! One great idea was –  ‘It is a swan’s egg because swans are white like the egg and there is a swan inside! Super science skills of predicting and conjecturing Busy Bees!

   

Have a great weekend!

Term 4 – Week 5

Sand Bay

We really are in danger of not having enough people to run this amazing day. If you can help on the day please let us know as soon as possible. Many thanks for your support.

It has been a great week of learning in Busy Bee class!

In maths, we have been learning to measure distance. The children had great fun measuring distances with lots of different objects and recording what they had found out. We then learnt how to compare distances with the help of some very fit caterpillars! The children independently played games to support the development of their mathematical vocabulary.

           

In phonics, the children are making great progress with their reading and writing. Please continue hear your child read as often as possible as this really does support their progress. Please use real life opportunities such as writing birthday cards or shopping lists to encourage your child to write the sounds and red words they have learnt.

The children have continued to learn about life cycles. One of our caterpillars has already made a chrysalis and the children have been drawing and writing about this. We will be candling the eggs soon to see if we can see any developing chicks inside, so fingers crossed! The children are really enjoying learning through these rich real life experiences.

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 4 – Week 4

What an amazing banquet it was! The children were fantastic and it was lovely for them to share their learning with so many of you. We were incredibly proud of all the Busy Bees from both sites. Thank you all for your support with banquet preparations and on the day itself. We are very lucky to have such wonderful children and supportive families to work in partnership with.

SAND BAY – Help Needed!

We are still very low on helpers for our trip. Please let us know if you can help. It really is a great day full of fun and learning. Many thanks.

The eggs are in!

There is great excitement and anticipation in both Busy Bee classes! The eggs went into the incubators on Tuesday and we are hoping for chicks in 18 days time!

     

This week, the children have again been super scientists and learnt about the life cycles of chickens and frogs. They have used real experiences, singing, drama, modelling, drawing, painting and writing to support their understanding. They found the frog spawn fascinating!

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 4 – Week 3

PLEASE RETURN (as soon as possible)THE SLIPS CONFIRMING THAT YOU WILL BE TAKING YOUR CHILD TO WEST WICK ON WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH 2017 – Thank you

It has been another great week preparing for our banquet. The children are doing really well and I know everyone will enjoy the occasion! The banquet will be held on Wednesday 15th March at 1.45pm in the hall at our West Wick campus. We will be going to West Wick for the day on Tuesday 14th March to rehearse with our partner Busy Bees. On this day, the children will arrive as usual at school and we will take the register. They will then travel to West Wick on the school minibus. Please could the children bring in the outfit that they wore to our WOW day in January to wear at the banquet. If their role in the banquet requires a different costume we will provide this for them.

We are really looking forward to sharing our learning with you!

SAND BAY

We are really low on helpers for our trip. If you can help us we would be really grateful. It is always such an amazing day and really fun to be a part of. Many thanks.

This week, the children have begun to learn about life cycles. We explored the life cycle of a butterfly and we have our own caterpillars in the classroom which we are watching with interest to identify any changes!

To support our understanding of the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle we learnt the following song to the tune of ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes.’

Egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly,

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and wings and legs and body and eyes,

egg caterpillar pupa, butterfly.

We have also looked at the life cycle of a bean. We were super scientists and dissected beans to see what was inside. We discussed how germination occurs and the children had lots of good thoughts and ideas about this. We drew  and labelled the life cycle in our books and acted it out with our friends.

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See you at the banquet! Have a lovely weekend.

Term 4 – Week 2

The Busy Bees have continued to prepare for their banquet this week by writing invitations to their families. The banquet will be held on Wednesday 15th March at 1.45pm in the hall at our West Wick campus. We will be going to West Wick for the day on Tuesday 14th March to rehearse with our partner Busy Bees. On this day, the children will arrive as usual at school and we will take the register. They will then travel to West Wick on the school minibus. Please could the children bring in the outfit that they wore to our WOW day in January to wear at the banquet. If their role in the banquet requires a different costume we will provide this for them.

In phonics, the children are learning to write labels, captions and simple sentences using the sounds and sight words they have learnt so far. You might like to support your child at home with their writing by encouraging them to write birthday cards, shopping lists, notes etc.

In maths, the children explored pattern and became pattern detectives and pattern makers! The children copied, continued and created their own patterns using a wide variety of objects including shapes, musical instruments, cubes, buttons, counters, Numicon, numbers and dominoes. The children were challenged to achieve greater depth of understanding by looking for similarities and differences in patterns and creating patterns using 3 shapes and 3 colours or 4 shapes and 3 colours.

      

Spring is here!

Today, the children were learning to identify similarities, differences and change through finding out about the changing seasons. The Busy Bees went on observational walks to look for changes in the environment and identify signs of Spring. They used photographs to record their observations and then came back to the classroom and used the photographs to create pictures and models. The children showed fantastic attention to detail and produced some beautiful representations.

World Book Day

It was such a pleasure to share the children’s favourite books and see their abundant enthusiasm for reading! Thank you so much for your support in sending in their books with them.

       

Have a lovely weekend!

Term 4 – Week 1

The Busy Bees have returned to school refreshed and ready for learning! We have had a super week preparing to celebrate our learning about life in a castle with you at our banquet.  The banquet will be held on Wednesday 15th March at 1.45pm in the hall at our West Wick campus.

We will be going to West Wick for the day on Tuesday 14th March to rehearse with our partner Busy Bees. On this day, the children will arrive as usual at school and we will take the register. They will then travel to West Wick on the school minibus.

On the day of the banquet (Wednesday 15th March), the children will need to be taken to and collected from West Wick. A letter will shortly be coming home explaining all the arrangements including what will happen about lunches and school transport.

In maths this week, the children have been exploring, through practical activities, the concept that addition and subtraction are inverse operations. We also enlisted the help of the Numberblocks! Numberblocks episodes can be found on the ceebeebies website and support children’s understanding of counting and calculation. To support your child’s fluency in number please practise recognising numbers to 20 and beyond and counting up and back to 20 and beyond. We have also been counting in 10’s this week and looking for patterns and relationships between numbers.

Mastery Maths in action!

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The children used the bar model to deepen their understanding of 5. Here we can see how our lovely Busy Bee has gone from decomposing a tower of 5 cubes (the concrete) into 4 parts to making a pictorial representation of the 4 parts using the bar model  ( the pictorial) and then moved to representing what he has done practically in number sentences (the abstract). Amazing learning Busy Bees!

To view our school’s commitment to a mastery approach to teaching maths please see the curriculum section on this website.

Thank you for sending in sticks this week. The children had a lot of fun learning with Stickman! As always, they amazed us with their imagination and creative ideas.

Developing Reading and Writing

Please keep reading regularly with your child as it really does support their learning. It is wonderful to see how much progress they have all made and we love hearing them read and explore books during guided reading sessions.

To support your child at home please practise letter names with them. This can be done through play, alphabet songs and games.

Have a lovely weekend!

Term 3 – Week 6

We have had an exciting last week of term! On Tuesday, we had a fabulous trip to Puxton Park to see a bird of prey display and find out about their role in castle life long ago. Thank you very much to all the helpers for your support on the day.

 

Tuesday, was also ‘National Safer Internet Day’. The children discussed the power of images and photographs that are displayed on the internet and how they can make people feel. They learnt about how they can keep themselves safe online and had great fun learning on the laptops with some of the Year 3 crew.

Today, the Busy Bees had great fun playing wheelchair basketball. This was a fantastic experience for the children which they all enjoyed.

It was really lovely to see so many of you at the Learning Review Meetings this week. I really love the opportunity to talk to you about your child’s progress.

Have a wonderful break!

Term 3 – Week 5

It has been a fabulous week of learning! The Busy Bees began their week by learning about how some Chinese people, all over the world, celebrate New Year. Through listening attentively to each other, exchanging ideas and negotiating the children were able to collaborate to create the most amazing dragons! They then found out about Chinese dragon dancing and why this is a very important element in Chinese celebrations.

We also had a new arrival in the classroom this week. Drago the dragon hatched in our classroom over night! We are hoping to persuade Mrs Dadds to let us keep him! Drago disappeared on Thursday, so the Busy Bees went on a dragon hunt to find him. The children innovated the ‘ We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ story to create their own ‘We’re going on a Dragon Hunt.’ They amazed us with their creative ideas for new settings and descriptive sounds.

We have continued to find out about life in a medieval castle through learning about the role of archers. The children had a chance to see an authentic medieval long bow, quiver and arrows and  have an archery lesson in the Reception garden. They were really excited and motivated to find out as much as they could and learn how to fire arrows accurately so that they hit the target!

                 

The Busy Bees have been ‘super scientists’ this week. They wore their lab coats and carefully observed and documented, with labelled diagrams and simple sentences, the changes that had occurred in the beans they planted last week.

             

A great week of learning Busy Bees! Have a great weekend.

Term 3 – Week 4

The children have continued to learn about life in a castle by finding out about court minstrels and jesters. They watched medieval instruments being played and thought about the sounds that the different instruments made. The children used what they had learnt to create their own instruments, and then played them along to a piece of medieval music.

The Busy Bees have been amazing storytellers this week! They have innovated the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ by changing two of the main characters. Some of their ideas included…

‘Spiderman and the Beanstalk’

‘Red Riding Hood and the Beanstalk’

‘Jill and the Beanstalk’

In phonics this week, we have learnt the sounds /ur/ as in burn, /er/ as in mixer, /oi/ as in coin, /ow/ as in cow and /or/ as in corn. Please encourage your child to read and write all the sounds and red words they have learnt so far.

In maths, the children have been learning to combine two groups of objects and find the total by counting them starting from one or by counting on. They have recorded their calculations using drawings and number sentences. The Busy Bees also completed a class count to 100 in tens and ones.

A great week of learning. Well done everyone!

Next Week – Friday 3rd February NSPCC Number  Day

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 3 – Week 3

This week, the Busy Bees have been excited and highly motivated learners. We have continued to learn about life in a castle by finding out about the sport of jousting! The children watched video clips from Warwick Castle and then had the opportunity to take on the role of jousting knights and develop their own jousting skills!

We have continued to use a story map to retell the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, We have learnt about the importance of sequencing the key events in a story and the children created their own story maps to demonstrate this. We have sent home a copy of the story map so that you can have fun retelling the story with them.

In phonics this week, we have learnt the sounds /ee/ as in see, /igh/ as in high, /oa/ as in goat, /ar/ as in car and /oo/ which can been a long vowel sound such as in moon or short vowel sound as in look. We are continuing to learn the red words /me/, /be/, /he/, /we/ and /she/.

In RE, the children have considered the question ‘Why do Christians pray?’ They wrote simple prayers based around what they would like to say thank you for.

We had our second gymnastics lesson this week and the children absolutely love it! They show courage and confidence when using the apparatus. They are also developing their listening skills and the ability to follow instructions accurately in order to develop their skills and stay safe.

Trip to Puxton on Tuesday 7th February 2017 9 am – 12 noon. We are looking for helpers for our trip to Puxton. It is a really lovely experience for the children as they get to ride on the minibus and discover how birds of prey were used in a medieval castle. They also have the opportunity to get really close to these amazing birds! If you can help on the day please see Mrs Binns as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Finally, can we make a polite request that the children only bring water in their water bottles.  The children can bring juice to have with their lunch but water only for the classroom. This is in line with our healthy schools policy.   Thank you for your support.

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 3 – Week 2

It has been a great week of learning in the Busy Bee classroom. We have begun learning our key text ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children have been identifying the main characters through activities such as ‘hot seating’ and role play. Together we made a story map to support us to retell the story and put the key events in the right order.

In phonics this week, the children have learnt the digraphs /ch/ as in chip,  /th/ this can be a soft or loud sound as in thin (soft) or that (loud), /ng/ as in ring, /nk/ as in pink and /ai/ as in rain. We have also introduced the children to some new red words /he/ and /she/. Please practise these with your child at home as this will lead to them developing fluency in their reading and writing.

In maths, we have been looking at how numbers are made up of other numbers. For example, we told the story of 5 teddies that are moving house. They have to be packed into 2 boxes to go on the removal lorry. How many ways can we pack the teddies? The children looked at all the different ways such as 1 and 4, 5 and 0, 3 and 2, 4 and 1, 0 and 5 and 2 and 3. Each time we carefully checked that there were still only 5 teddies. When we deconstruct (break up) the numbers  we tell the children that they are calculating. We use the language ‘part, part, whole’. For example,  if we packed 1 teddy in a box and 4 teddies in the other box we would say, ‘one is the part, four is the part, five is the whole’.

Trip to Puxton on Tuesday 7th February 2017 9 am – 12 noon. We are looking for helpers for our trip to Puxton. It is a really lovely experience for the children as they get to ride on the minibus and discover how birds of prey were used in a medieval castle. They also have the opportunity to get really close to these amazing birds! If you can help on the day please see Mrs Binns as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Term 3 – Week 1

Happy New Year! We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for all the beautiful cards and gifts.

We began our new learning theme ‘If you lived in a castle…who would you be?’ with an exciting surprise visitor!

It was lovely to welcome back the Busy Bees this week. The children have been very excited and enthusiastic about our new learning theme. On Thursday, everyone looked fantastic in their costumes and all the children were able to talk about who they would like to be and why. When Queen Elsa arrived she asked the children for their help as she had heard that they were very good at solving problems! In order to say sorry to Princess Anna the children and Queen Elsa decided that they will put on a special banquet for her and all their special people. This has motivated the Busy Bees to learn as much as they can about life in a castle. Let the learning begin!

In phonics this week, we have learnt the phonemes /qu/ as in queen and /sh/ as in ship. Please continue to read with your child as often as possible as this really will support their progress. Please find enclosed in your child’s book bag a letter formation sheet together with the letter formation rhymes that we use in school. You can use these sheets to support your child to  form the letters of their name and to practise writing the sounds and sight words they have learnt so far.

Have a great weekend!

Term 2 – Week 7

It has been a wonderful term. The children have been such amazing and enthusiastic learners! They constantly surprise us with their ideas and creativity.

The children have worked very hard at learning the phonemes and sight words during phonic lessons and it is a joy to hear them reading. We have changed the reading books today. Please find a little time to hear your child read over the holidays and keep practising the sounds and sight words with them. It really will support their learning when they return to school after the holidays.

I am sure you will all agree that the Nativity performances were wonderful. We can not tell you how proud we felt of them all! There are lots of lovely photographs on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Thank you to everyone for making it such a special occasion.

REMINDER FOR TERM 3

We will be launching our new learning theme, ‘If you lived in a castle who would you be?’, with a ‘WOW’ day on Thursday 5th January 2017. Please could your child come to school dressed as someone who would have lived in a castle. They might like to be a knight, princess, cook, medieval dancer, archer or jester. We will be having a special visitor on the day to set us a learning challenge!

Finally, we would like to wish all our children and families a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Term 2 – Weeks 5 and 6

Christmas has arrived in the Busy Bee classroom!

The children have had lots of fun in the Christmas shop. They have been developing their maths skills through using real money to buy and sell items. Many letters to Santa have been written and the tree has been decorated in many different and creative ways!

To support your child’s maths development at home you might like to play a game using a dice and pennies. Each player takes turns to throw the dice and count the corresponding number of pennies out from the middle. You can decide if the winner is the person with more or fewer pennies after 6 turns each.

In phonics, the children have learnt the sounds /v/as in van, /w/ as in water, /x/ as in box and /z/ as in zebra. Please continue to support your child to learn the sight words /to/ /no/ /go/ /into/ /the/ and /I/. Being able to read these sight words easily will really support your child to develop reading fluency and make rapid progress. If your child can read these words why not  practise writing them.

You may have already heard that we have a visitor in our classroom! Ely the elf has been keeping an eye on us all on behalf of Father Christmas. He is a very cheeky chap and has been up to all sorts of mischief!

   

Natvity

Our Nativity ‘Prickly Hay’ will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury on Tuesday 13th December 2017. The first performance will be at 1.30 pm and the second performance will be at 6.00 pm. The children have worked incredibly hard and we know you are going to really enjoy the performances. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Term 2 – Week 4

This week, the children marked coming to the end of our learning theme by completing a construction challenge! They worked cooperatively in groups to build a structure of their choice. They drew on everything they had learnt this term to help them.The children constantly amaze and surprise us with their creativity and willingness to learn as a crew. Well done Busy Bees!

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In phonics this week , we have learnt the sounds /ck/ as in duck, /e/ as in egg, /u/ as in umbrella and /r/ as in red. Next week, we will be learning the sounds /l/ /ll/, /f/ /ff/, /ss/ and /b/. Please continue to support your child to learn the 6 sight words to, no, go, I, into and the. Your support is vital in enabling the children to make rapid progress with their reading.

The children had a wonderful time this week learning to work with clay. We would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Fell and Miss Smith for giving up their time to support the children’s learning. The children have all made something very special for you which they will bring home at the end of term!

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Thank you for all the fantastic donations you have sent in this week for the Christmas Fair. Have a lovely weekend.

 

Term 2 – Week 3

This week, the Busy Bees have had fun innovating the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. First, they learnt the story and acted it out using actions. Then, they learnt how to identify the different settings in  stories. Next, the children collaborated in groups to create a new setting for the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children had fabulous ideas and were able to use great adjectives and sounds to describe and then draw their new setting. We then put the four new settings together and retold the story as a class. This was amazing! The bear hunt took us through space, a volcano, a jungle and a rainbow land. Great innovating Busy Bees!!!!

In math this week, we have continued to recognise and order numbers to 10, 20 and beyond. The children have been learning to match quantities to the corresponding numerals and how to estimate. The children have had lots of fun today estimating how many Smarties were in Pudsey’s jar!

In phonics this week, the children have learnt the sounds /g/ as in gate, /o/ as in octopus, /c/ as in cat and /k/ as in kit. We have also been learning the sight words ‘go’ and ‘no’. Please practise these sounds and sight words with your child as this will ensure they make progress with their reading.

When the children are learning to write the letters which represent the sounds we use rhymes to help them to remember the correct letter formation.

g – ‘Get ready line…around her face, down her hair and give her a curl.’

o – ‘Get ready line..all around the orange.’

c – ‘Get ready line…curl around the caterpillar.’

k – ‘Get ready line…down the kangaroo’s body…tail and leg.’

Next week, we will be learning the sounds /ck/ as in duck, /e/ as in egg, /u/ as in umbrella, /r/ as in robot and /h/ as in horse. We will also be learning the sight words ‘I’ and ‘into’.

The children have been very excited about their reading books! Please find this enclosed in your child’s book bag. At St. Anne’s, we have the expectation that children will read a minimum of at least 3 times per week. Regular practise really is the key to making good progress.  When you read with your child, please fill in a comment in their partnership book about how they did and what page they read up to. The front page of the reading book gives a really good guide to the sounds and words that the children will meet in the book. At the back there is information about how you can explore what is happening in the book and good questions to ask to support your child’s understanding of what they have read. Please could you remind your child to put their reading book and partnership book in the red basket in the cloakroom every morning. Many thanks.

NATIVITY!     Tuesday 13th December @ St. Andrew’s Church Congresbury

Performances 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm

We have sent home information with your child about our nativity play. In your child’s book bag you will find a letter telling you their role in the play and the costume they will need. There is also a reply slip to let us know if you will be picking your child up from the church on the day of the performance at 2.30 pm or whether they will need to come back to school on the bus to be picked up (or go home in their usual bus or taxi) at 3.15 pm.

The children really enjoyed being spotty today to raise money for Children in Need! Thank you to everyone for your support. Have a lovely weekend.

Term 2 – Week 2

This week, the Busy Bees received a letter asking for help. The Billy Goats Gruff were stuck in a meadow and could not get back to their home because the bridge had collapsed! They asked the Busy Bees to be engineers and design a bridge to help them cross the river. The children decided they needed to find out everything they could about bridges. They investigated different types of bridge design including, truss, swing, beam, arch, bascule and suspension to find out how they worked and what made them strong enough to carry people, cars, boats and trains. The children then used different materials including cardboard, straws, lolly sticks, string, sweets and cocktail sticks to construct bridges. They absolutely amazed us with their scientific thinking! Many of the children discovered, through trial and error, that triangles and square based pyramids can be key elements in constructing a strong bridge due to how the forces are distributed. Amazing learning Busy Bees!

               

      

 

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In phonics this week, we have learnt the sounds /i/ as in insect, /m/ as in mouse, /n/ as in nurse and /d/ as in dog. We have also learnt the ‘sight words’ /to/ and /the/.

When the children are learning to write the letters which represent the sounds we use rhymes to help them to remember the correct letter formation.

i – ‘Get ready line…down his body and a dot for the head.’

m – ‘Get ready line..Maisy, mountain, mountain.’

n – ‘Get ready line…down Nobby and over the net.’

d – ‘Get ready line…round the dinosaur’s bottom, up his tall neck and down to his feet.’

The sounds we will be learning next week will be /g/ as in gate, /o/ as in octopus, /c/ as in cat and /k/ as in kite. We will be learning the sight words ‘go’ and ‘no’.

The children have been very excited about bringing home a reading book! Please find this enclosed in your child’s book bag. At St. Anne’s, we have the expectation that children will read a minimum of at least 3 times per week. Regular practise really is the key to making good progress.  When you read with your child please fill in a comment in their partnership book about how they did and what page they read up to. The front page of the reading book gives a really good guide to the sounds and words that the children will meet in the book. At the back there is information about how you can explore what is happening in the book and good questions to ask to support your child’s understanding of what they have read. Please could you remind your child to put their reading book and partnership book in the red basket in the cloakroom every morning. Many thanks.

Autumn Interest Table

We would like to create an Autumn interest table full of signs of Autumn. It would be great if the children could bring in anything they have collected such as colourful leaves, conkers etc.

Thank you for your support.

Have a lovely weekend!

Term 2 – Week 1

It has been lovely to welcome everyone back to school this week. The Busy Bees have quickly settled into school routines and have had a fun and exciting week of learning.

On Tuesday morning, the children spent time talking to each other about what they had been doing over half term. They are really enjoying coming up the front of the class to share news and learning successes. Please keep sending in WOW certificates as we love to hear about what they have been doing outside of school.

In phonics, we have now begun to learn the simple speedy sounds. This week the children have learnt the sounds (phonemes) /s/ as in snake, /a/ as in apple, /t/ as in tin and /p/ as in pat. To support your child’s learning at home you could play games such as ‘I spy…’ to spot things beginning with these sounds. To help them to learn the letter names try playing ‘letter detectives’ and see if they can spot and name letters of the alphabet when they are out and about.

When the children are learning to write the letters which represent the sounds we use rhymes to help them to remember the correct letter formation. Please see the handwriting page on our website to support your child to write the letters.

s – ‘Get ready line… slither down the snake and off we go’

a -‘Get ready line… all around the apple and down the leaf’

t – ‘Get ready line… down the tower across the tower’

p – Get ready line… down his plait and around his head’

The sounds we will be learning next week will be /i/ as in ink, /n/ as in nut, /m/ as in mouse and /d/ as in drum. We will be learning the sight words ‘to’ and ‘the’. These sounds and sight words can also be found at the front of your child’s partnership book. Thank you to everyone who attended our workshop on maths and phonics it was lovely to see you all.

On Thursday, the children learnt  why some people celebrate Bonfire Night and had fun singing the ‘Firework’ song, making sparklers and creating firework pictures.

Today, we have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children were able to try on traditional costumes, create Rangoli and Mehndi patterns and explore real artefacts.

                                        

            

                                          

In maths, the children have been using the maths vocabulary more than, greater than, less than, fewer than, as they work towards being able to say the number that is one more or one less than a given number. Thank you to everyone for supporting us with the weekly maths challenges. These really do support your child to make progress in their learning.

If you are celebrating Bonfire Night this weekend have a fun and safe time.

Term 1- Week 8

It is hard to believe that the children have now completed their first half term. It was great to see so many of you at the learning review meetings and have the opportunity to discuss how the children are settling into school.

The Busy Bees began the week by telling their innovated stories of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using drama. They took turns to act out their stories in the story square and made their own storytelling crowns. They also continued to develop their pre-writing skills through ‘Write Dance’. The children  explored straight lines by pretending to move like robots and then transferred the movements on to paper.

      

In maths,  we have been learning about repeating patterns and the children have had the opportunity to make patterns with beads, shapes, colours, natural materials, cars, people and even with musical notes! As always the children have surprised us with their creativity and ideas for learning ~ perhaps you would like to collect things during the half term and make some patterns with the children that they could bring in to show us!

    

In PE, the children have continued to develop their football skills and enjoyed passing and dribbling games with their friends.

In RE, we have continued learning about the story of Moses.  The children have enjoyed listening to a song that tells the story.

Today, it was lovely to see the children dressed as farmers. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Burdge for coming in to talk to the children about life on a dairy farm. They listened attentively and asked some really great questions to learn even more.

    

       

With help from Tractor Ted, they have been learning about where different types of food come from. The children made jam and cheese sandwiches so they could have an afternoon picnic in the sunshine. We were very fortunate to have a visit from three calves called Kate, Eleanor and Isabel and look closely at a real tractor parked in our playground!

Reminder

We are holding a workshop entitled ‘How to support your child’s development in maths and phonics’ on Wednesday 2nd November, from 5.30-7pm @West Wick. We look forward to seeing you there.

Finally…

We wish you all a lovely restful break and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 1st November 2016!

Term 1 – Week 7

It has been a really lovely week of learning in Busy Bee class. The children are settling really well into school life. They are growing in confidence and now really enjoy sharing their learning successes and news with each other. Please continue to send in WOW certificates with your child. There are more  WOW sheets available in the cloakroom when you need them. If you have not already done so, could you please bring in the front page of your child’s learning diary which we gave out at the home visits. If you would like another sheet please just let us know.

This week, we have used Write Dance, a music and movement programme, to help develop fluent handwriting skills. First, the children move to the music and then they use a crayon in each hand to put the movements on to paper. The children got very excited as a volcano appeared on their paper!

         

In maths, the children have been learning about 2 dimensional (flat shapes) and 3 dimensional shapes. To support the children to learn the names and properties of the shapes, such as how many corners or sides they have, we have sung songs, constructed with them and used them to create pictures. Our home learning challenge this week focuses on looking for 3D shapes in the environment.

    

We have also continued to develop our number skills. We have been counting from a number other than 1 and stopping at another number for example, starting at 4 and stopping at 9. We have also been counting out up to 6 things from a larger set of objects.

In PE this week, the children have been developing their football skills. They had great fun learning to dribble the ball around cones! They are becoming very independent when changing for PE. Please continue to support your child with practising doing up buttons and putting on socks, tights and shoes. Many thanks.

     

Reminder – Just a quick reminder that next Friday (21st October 2016) is ‘Dress like a farmer day’. We have some fun things planned for our last day of term!

Have a great weekend!

Term 1 – Week 6

What a week it has been in Busy Bee class! First, Mr Wolf tried to blow down the house belonging to the three little pigs. The Busy Bees came to their rescue by designing and building traps to catch him. The children worked together as a crew to build some amazingly creative wolf traps in the garden. Some of the traps came complete with dripping lava, magnets and trap doors!

       

Next, cheeky Mr Wolf left a footprint on our classroom ceiling. The Busy Bees (being Maths Wizards) decided to measure how long it was using different things around the classroom and their hands and feet. They also decided to measure lots of other things including each other! The children also used a hoop Venn diagram to sort short and long objects. They decided that objects that were the same length should be placed in the intersection of the hoops. Great maths thinking Busy Bees!

     

This week’s maths challenge will support your child‘s development in space, shape and measure. We hope you find it fun! Also, please keep recognising and ordering numbers to 10/20 or beyond and continue to count up to 10 or 20 and back down again. Blasting off when you get back down always proves a real hit!

On Wednesday, we became storytellers. The royal storyteller came to visit us from Storyland and asked us to innovate the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ with our own characters. The children were full of wonderful ideas for their new characters including gingerbread men, dinosaurs, chicks, foxes, bears and an evil Elsa! They were all keen to retell and act out their stories with their friends in our story square.

      

In RE this week, the children have been listening and responding to the first part of the story of Moses.

Today, the children received a letter from Mr Wolf asking for their help. His house had blown down and he needed them to use their building and architectural skills to build him a new one. The children wasted no time in constructing in the garden using bamboo canes, wool, material and clay.

         

Thank you for giving us such a fun-packed week of learning Busy Bees!

Finally, could we ask anyone that has not yet returned the front page of their child’s learning diary with information about your child and their interests  please bring it in as soon as possible. Many thanks.

Have a great weekend!

 Term 1 – Week 5

It has been a wonderful week of learning in the Busy Bee class. We have continued to retell the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using our story map and actions, drama and puppets. The children explored building with different kinds of bricks both inside and outside and thought about which was the best way to lay the bricks to create the strongest structure.

In maths, we have continued to focus on number and counting. We have been recognising and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond by playing lots of fun games such as ‘Number Hunt’ and ‘Fishing for Numbers’. In your child’s book bag (every Friday) you will find a fun number challenge which will support the learning we have started in class.  Please support your child to complete these challenges.  We have tried to make them quick and fun and we would really welcome looking at pictures or reading about how the children got on. Please feel free to send in observations of their learning in any form you like.

In phonics this week, we have continued to practise our ‘toy talk’ and we have played alliteration games which help the children to identify things which begin with the same sound such as book, bag, box, basket, bus etc.

Today, we had lots of fun making mud pies in our mud kitchen! We read the story of ‘Mud Pie Annie’ and made a list of our favourite mud pie ingredients. The children have demonstrated amazing creativity with their ideas and creations!

             

We have also been learning about what harvest time means to Christians and enthusiastically sang ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’. In worship, we had a visit from the Weston-Super-Mare Foodbank who told us about all the amazing work they do to support families in the area.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

Term 1 – Week 4

It has been a great week for the Busy Bees. They have had great fun making friends and learning together. The children have been enthusiastically retelling the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and have used a story map and actions to support them to learn the story off by heart. We have sent home a copy of the story map so that you can have fun retelling the story with them.

In phonics, we have started teaching early reading skills and have been doing lots of ‘toy talk’.  This is where we support the children to segment (break down) the sounds in words, for example, /p/ /i/ /g/ and then encourage them to say the word that the sounds make when blended together (/p/ /i/ /g/ pig).

In maths, the children have been counting groups of objects and we have been giving them lots of strategies for careful counting.   If you would like to support your child at home with their counting choose a collection of things they are interested in (cars, dolls, sweets etc) and ask them to put them carefully in a line.  Then encourage them to point or move one object at a time saying one number name for each object.  Remind them that the last number they say is how many are in the set. Please find a simple maths challenge card in your child’s book bag.

Today, the children have had great fun investigating mud! We read the book ‘Mud’ by Mary Lyn Ray and thought of lots of good adjectives to describe mud! The children cooked wonderful dishes in the mud kitchen by creatively combining natural materials. Some of them found painting large twigs very relaxing and a great way to develop their fine motor skills.

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As the weather is now moving from Summer to Autumn please could you make sure that your child brings a named coat to school every day as we do a great deal of our learning outside. Also, if you do have a spare pair of wellies that your child could keep in school please pop them on your child’s peg.

Well done Busy Bees for completing you first full week of school! Have a lovely weekend.

Term 1 – Week 3

It has been another great week of settling into school for the Busy Bees. The children are making friends and mastering school routines. They have adapted to staying for lunch brilliantly and had fun playing on the field and playground with the rest of the school. On Monday, some of the children went into Worship for the first time. They showed lots of interest in the Paralympics and sat and listened to both adults and other children really well.

This week, our learning has been focused around getting to know each other and our new environment. We have enjoyed ‘wake up shake up’ in the hall and played lots of community building games.

In English, we have been rhyming detectives! We have played lots of rhyming games and read lots of rhyming stories such as ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Duck in a Truck’ and ‘The Scarecrows’ Wedding’. To support your child/ren’s learning at home please play with rhyming words. For example, ask them if they can think of any other words that rhyme with cat, bat…, pig, jig…, dog, log…

We have also been developing our pre-writing skills through activities such as painting with cotton buds, threading, water and brushes, mark making in shaving foam and pasta challenge!

In maths, we have been counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 10, 20 and beyond. To help you support your child at home we will shortly be sending home some fun maths challenges.

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Next Week

Next week, the children will be in school for full days. The children can arrive at school between 8.30 am and 8.45 am and school will end at 3.15 pm.

Please could we ask that water bottles are not carried in book bags as this can lead to the children’s drawings and partnership books getting wet. Many thanks.

Have a really super weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

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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Next 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

Have a great weekend!

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