Hewish Busy Bees 2017-18

‘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)

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Busy Bee Class 2017/2018

Term 1 – Week 3

Well done Busy Bees for completing your first full-time week of school!

It has been a fun-packed week of learning for the Busy Bees! In English, we have begun to learn our ‘talk for writing’ text ‘The Three Little Pigs’. To support the children to learn the story really well they have acted it out with their friends, drawn the events of the story thinking about putting them in the right order and taken part in ‘hot seating’ the characters to find out how they felt about the events in the story. The children will soon be bringing a story map home to retell the story to you all using words and actions. We hope you will join in with them!

In phonics, the children have continued to break down simple words using ‘toy talk’. This means that the children use their ‘robot arms’ to segment (break down) words such as cat or dog into single sounds, for example, c/a/t  and d/o/g.  They have also been tuning into and identifying different sounds and listening out for rhyming words.

In maths, the children have been learning all about the numbers 1 – 5. They have been thinking about all the different ways these numbers can be represented, for example, using objects, pictures, symbols and words. The children have also watched ‘Numberblocks’ to support their understanding. Please see the school website for more information about ‘mastery maths’ and how mathematics is taught at St. Anne’s.

We had our first PE lesson this week. The children just changed their socks and shoes and enjoyed exploring moving around the hall in different ways. Please continue to support your child to become as independent as possible when getting dressed and undressed. It really helps us if their uniform is fully named. Many thanks.

The children are continuing to build friendships within their own crew and with other adults and children around the school. They have also amazed us with their creativity when designing and building homes for the three little pigs!


Water bottles

As we are a ‘Healthy School’ please can we ask that children only have water in their water bottle. They can bring juice or squash to have with their lunch. Thank you for your support.

We look forward to seeing the children on Monday. Have a super weekend!


Term 1 – Week 2

The Busy Bees have settled well into school life. They are getting to know each other and the classroom and school routines. They  enjoyed staying to eat their lunch and having an opportunity to meet the other children and staff in the school.

This week, the children have learnt through their play together and we have begun making observations of their learning. The Tapestry online learning diaries will be going live very soon. You will receive an email which will enable to you set up an account and password for your child.

The children have told us how much they are enjoying their first reading books! It have been lovely to read your comments in their partnership books. Thank you for your support.

We look forward to seeing the children on Monday for their first full day in school. Have a great weekend!

Term 1 – Week 1

Welcome  Busy Bees!

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

Well Done Busy Bees!

It has been a fun packed week welcoming the Busy Bees to St. Anne’s. It was really lovely to meet so many families and children on home visits this week. Thank you for making Mrs Davison and I so welcome.

The children have enjoyed meeting their new classmates and finding out about some of the things they will be learning at school. Next week the children will be staying for lunch and going home at 1.15pm.

Have a great weekend!