Walk The Plank!
Friday 6th July 2018
This week we read the book Grandad's Island. At the end of the story Syd receives a postcard from his Grandad and this inspired us to create our own postcards. The children designed the front, taking inspiration from special places they had visited. They then decided who would receive their postcard and wrote a message on the back. It was lovely to hear the children talk about their experiences and share their memories of holidays and days out.
The children were set a challenge this week to work in teams to design and build a pirate assault course for another group. We were so impressed with the teamwork and the co-operation skills they displayed. The teams also wrote instructions detailing how to complete the course.
On Thursday the children were given maths challenges to complete independently. The challenges included addition and subtraction puzzles and doubling and halving problems. The children were able to use a range of maths equipment to support their working out.
Friday 29th June 2018
For the next few weeks we will be focusing on pirates! This week we read The Treasure of Pirate Frank and the children were inspired to create their own treasure maps. They added lots of detailed features and then used positional language to explain to someone else how to reach the treasure. I was impressed with the imaginative features they included and some children even labelled their maps.
We were challenging ourselves in our maths work this week as we investigated the concept of doubling. The children used a range of equipment including dice, dominoes and Numicon to find doubles. They also completed an activity where they needed to find one more and one less than a given number. I was impressed with the perseverance and determination they showed in their maths challenges this week.
Congratulation to Leo and Luie who were both very deserving Stars of the Week.
Sun 24th June 2018
Our focus book for this week was Commotion in the Ocean. The children produced some lovely sea-creature descriptions based on the book and once again I was pleased with the quality of their writing and the descriptive language used. We were also thinking about weighing this week and the children used a bucket balance to compare the weights of various sea-creatures and then recorded their findings.
The children are working on being increasingly independent in preparation for Year 1 and were challenged to complete two independent jobs this week. One of the jbs was to design their own sea-creature and I loved the imaginative and innovative creatures that they produced! All of the children managed to complete their jobs and I was proud of their attitude and motivation towards the tasks.
On Friday Wrens enjoyed their first ever sports day. I was so proud of the effort and perseverance they displayed throughout the afternoon. Well done Wrens!
Our star of the week this week was Miller. Well done and keep up the hard work!
Sharing is Caring!
Sun 17th June 2018
This week in Wrens we have been reading Sharing a Shell and Rainbow Fish. We thought about what it means to be a good friend and created a large-scale rainbow fish with pledges on the scales. On each scale we wrote about the things that we were going to do to be a good friend. The children also wrote a description of Rainbow Fish and I was so impressed with the quality of their writing and the imaginative language that they used. On Wednesday we had a sharing picnic and we had to work out how to divide the food up equally between us all. The children then worked in groups to solve halving and sharing problems using cookies!
On Thursday the children were really lucky to take part in a rugby taster session led by coaches from Northampton Saints. I was very impressed with the skills they displayed and their enthusiasm.
Next week we will be reading Commotion in the Ocean and writing descriptions of various sea creatures. We are also looking forward to Sports Day.
An Active Week in Wrens!
Sun 26th May 2018
What a busy week Wrens have had! As part of our Active Child week the children participated in various sporting sessions and activities. On Wednesday the children took part in our Lapathon to help raise money for our all-weather running track. They made me so proud with their determination and perserverance and they managed to complete 298 laps between them. On Thursday the children were treated to a cricket taster session and they enjoyed trying a new sport and learning lots of new skills.
This week our focus book was The Elves and the Shoemaker. We designed shoes, solved money problems, washed elf clothes and even polished shoes! On Tuesday the children were excited to recieve a letter from the elves asking them to write shopping lists for shoe-making supplies.
Well done to Jake who was our star of the week this week.
What a yummy week!
Sat 5th May 2018
This week we were looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man and all the activities were based
The children chose a character from
Next week our focus book is Jack and the Beanstalk.
Well done to Lucie who was our star of the week this week in Wrens.
Sat 24th March 2018
This week Wrens have been showing off their sporting prowess and upped their activity levels in aid of Sports Relief. On Thursday the children donned their active wear to help raise money for a good cause. We started the day off with a run around the field
Congratulations to Alex who was our star of the week on Friday.
Wrens World Book Day
Sun 11th March 2018
Wrens had a fabulous World Book Day. They enjoyed aactivities themed around the book Aliens Love Underpants and took part in paired reading in the afternoon.
Sat 27th January 2018
This week in Wrens we have been busy writing about our favourite planets. I was really impressed with how much knowledge the children have about the solar system; they are putting the grown-ups to shame! I was also pleased to see how much of a positive impact our Kinetic Letters sessions are having on the children's handwriting.
On Tuesday the children enjoyed another Pacesetters session; this week the focus was on throwing. They learnt how to do an underarm throw and an overhead throw; their skills are really improving with Miss Stubbs fantastic teaching.
Well done to Emma who was our star of the week this week.
Wrens blast off!
Thu 11th January 2018
The new term got off to an exciting start with a visit from Atomic Tom. The children learnt about the structure of atoms in different materials by pretending to be atoms! They loved making slime from 3 simple ingredients and talking about the changes they observed.
The children have already fully immersed themselves in our Space topic. They have created their own planets using marbling inks and decorated stars to add to our space station role-play. They have been thinking about what they would take on a journey to space and have ordered numbered rockets and aliens to 20. We are looking forward to expanding our knowledge in the next few weeks!
Our star of the week this week is Beau, she has worked her socks off recently!
Snow and prickly hay!
Sun 17th December 2017
We have enjoyed another busy week in Wrens. The children were very excited about the snow and on Wednesday we went out to play and explore in it. The children displayed brilliant teamwork when building their snow creations and we enjoyed a hot chocolate afterwards to warm up!
I was so proud of Wrens this week as we put on our nativity Prickly Hay. The children were amazing and sung their hearts out. They managed to put on four brilliant performances and kept smiling throughout. I decided to make them all star of the week for their fabulous efforts. Well done Wrens!
A spot-acular week in Wrens.
Mon 20th November 2017
This week in Wrens we have been talking about how to lift each other up using kind words and actions. I was so proud of all the lovely things that the children said about each other during our circle time activities.
On Friday we had great fun doing lots of exciting things for Children in Need. The children enjoyed making (and eating!) spotty biscuits; We played parachute games in P.E using balloons and coloured balls and the children also used their coin donations to create a picture of a flower.
Well done to our star of the week Dougie! Dougie is such a kind friend and is an absolute star.
A fabulous week in Wrens
Sat 4th November 2017
\During this week before bonfire night Wrens took part in lots of firework themed activities. They enjoyed making firework pictures with chalk and black paper, used 2D shapes to create rocket pictures and used a variety of instruments to make firework music. We even watched our own firework display with glow stick sparklers!
Wrens' busy week
Sat 7th October 2017
Our focus this week in Wrens was on faces and bodies. We talked about facial features and body parts and considered similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends. We used various media and materials to create representations of faces; including paint, play dough and natural objects. We each made a paper plate version of ourselves, even Mrs Russell had a go!
We also talked a lot about feelings and emotions this week and what makes us happy, sad, grumpy and excited. We discussed what we can do to help our friends if they are feeling lonely or sad and what we could do to make ourselves feel better when we experience these emotions.
Next week the focus will be on friends and family.
Wrens this week
Fri 29th September 2017
This week in Wrens we made the most of the Autumn weather and went on a walk around the school grounds. We were very excited to get our wellies on and go exploring! We decided to take buckets and magnifying glasses with us and these came in very handy for investigating and collecting. We found some beautiful autumnal leaves, shiny conkers and even a few apples! We also spotted some creepy crawlies! We brought our treasures back to our outdoor area and have been using them in our play.
A Royal Week!
Sun 20th May 2018
This week we have been learning about Jack and the Beanstalk and all of our activities have been based around the story. The children have been solving subtraction problems with the help of golden eggs. They have also been writing about what they would want to find if they climbed to the top of a beanstalk. I was impressed with the imaginative ideas that they came up with! On Thursday we kicked off our royal wedding celebrations with a royal picnic. The children made crowns and decorated flags and we were lucky to have the sun shining for us.
Next week we will be focussing on The Elves and the Shoemaker.
Well done to Teddy who was our star of the week this week.
First week back
Sun 22nd April 2018
This week in Wrens our focus has been on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been busy making porridge, building houses for the bears and completing addition problems using compare bears.
On Tuesday we had a mysterious visitor who left porridge all over the classroom floor and broke a chair! After lots of investigation we concluded that it must have been Goldilocks herself! We talked about the choices that Goldilocks made and how her actions affected the bears. We discussed what she could do to make it up to them. On Friday we received a letter from Goldilocks apologising for her behaviour. Next week our focus book will be The Three Little Pigs.
Well done to Adele who was our star of the week on Friday.
Another busy week in Wrens
Sun 11th March 2018
This week in Wrens we have been focussing on creating repeating patterns with various coloured objects. I was really impressed with how varied and complex some of the patterns were. The children enjoyed using objects in the outdoor area such as cones, balls and coloured bricks to create their repeating patterns.
This week the children have also been thinking about what they would take on a journey to space and have packed a suitcase with all the essential items!
Well done to the children who
Sat 3rd February 2018
In Wrens this week we have been practising using tools safely and with control. On Monday the children decorated cakes, showing care and skill when using the tools to spread their icing and add their star sprinkles.
On Friday we used a variety of fruits to make rocket fruit kebabs. The children used the tools carefully and with control to chop their own fruit and add it onto their lolly stick. The children enjoyed their fruit kebab at snack time whilst we discussed healthy choices in relation to food and the importance of a balanced diet.
Outside, we have been sorting and collecting moon rock with different sized tweezers and tongs.
Well done to all of the Wrens who collected their bronze awards this week and to Arthur who is our star of the week.
Sat 20th January 2018
This week Wrens have been reading Whatever Next by Jill Murphy. We thought about the foods that we would take for a picnic on the moon. We tried to identify and write the initial sound of the items we put in the basket. We also constructed our own block rockets, counted the cubes and found the numeral to match. The children used cardboard tubes and a variety of other materials to make their own rockets; these will soon be adorning the ceiling of the Wrens classroom!
Well done to all of the children who got their bronze awards this week and to Rosie who was our Star of the Week.
Wedding in Wrens!
Sun 3rd December 2017
As part of our ongoing Festivals and Celebrations topic we focussed on Christian marriage this week. On Thursday we went to St Bartholomew's church for a 'wedding'; each child had a role in the service. We spent the week preparing by writing invitations, making placecards, creating corsages and preparing wedding favours. On Friday we held the wedding reception. The children enjoyed giving 'speeches' and dancing with each other.
Well done to Eleanor who was our bride in the wedding and also our star of the week!
Diwali in Wrens!
Sat 11th November 2017
This week we have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We began the week by creating diva pots using clay and then painting them in bright colours. We used a variety of materials to create Rangoli and mendhi patterns. We learnt the story of Rama and Sita and retold it using the puppets.
On Thursday we had our own Diwali celebration. We very carefully lit our diva lamps and ate a selection of Indian snacks; these went down very well!
We also had a very exciting delivery this week; our own set of wooden community blocks. A massive thank you to the P.T.A for funding these. The children were very excited unwrapping them and have already used them to create some fabulous constructions.
Well done to Logan, our star of the week!
Our week in Wrens
Sat 14th October 2017
This week in Wrens we have been busy creating our own story maps. We have taken the main ingredients from familiar traditional tales and put our own twist on them. The children have created and shared their story maps with the rest of the class. I am so pleased with their amazing story telling skills!
This week we have also been learning lots of new sounds in phonics. The children enjoyed using the new kinetic letter sand trays to practise writing the sounds.
In P.E we played games using our Kinetic letter animal positions. We are getting better at holding these positions and this will help us when we begin to write. Next week we will begin to learn how to hold a pencil effectively with the help of a catchy song!
Wrens first full week
Fri 29th September 2017
Wrens completed their first full week this week and I am so proud of them all as it can be very tiring (for both the children and the adults!) I was especially pleased with how fantastically well they did during our Harvest festival today. I'm sure you will agree that their performance of Dingle Dangle Scarecrow is worthy of a Grammy!
Wrens have been particularly good at working co-operatively with their new friends this week and have worked together to play games, build rockets and create vehicles.
Next week we will be thinking about where we live and our community and we will be going on an autumn walk around our school to see what we can find!
First week in Wrens!
Fri 15th September 2017
We have had a fantastic first week in Wrens! The children have settled into school life really quickly and have had a great first week.
Wrens have been exploring their classroom and the outdoor area, making new friends and learning new things. The children have especially enjpyed digging for treasure in the mud patch and looking out for pirates in the role-play shed! They have also enjoyed cooking in the Under the Sea cafe.
We are looking forward to our fun-filled full days next week!