"Pupils behave well. They play happily together and consider each other’s needs very well.""Parents are right to be pleased with the quality of teaching at the school.""Pupils learn well because the work they do provides good levels of challenge and helps them learn new skills.""There is a happy and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms.""The curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.""Pupils get off to a good start in early years."

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W/C 13th January

Mrs Wizard, Mrs Musson, Mrs Crouch and Mrs Barnett

This week we have continued jetting off to China. Because it is such a long haul flight we have started serving refreshments on route. When we got to China we found out about Chinese New Year and have been learning the story of the Jade Emperors challenge to the animals to name each year.
We have worked with Mrs Crouch to make a dragon! Have a look at the photos.  We are hoping to use the dragon to create our own dragon dances when it stops raining. 
In mathematics we have been deepening our learning about number bonds to 5. We have been learning about the whole of 5 and how it can be split into 2 different parts. We have found lots of ways to show this. 
In PE we continued to work on our ball skills, along with practising our aim and working as a team. 
We have been working together to write out our boarding passes for our flight to China and then had a go at laminating them! We noticed the difference in the sheets before they went into the machine and afterwards and tried to work out what had happened. 
In music we have listened to Beyond the sea by Robbie Williams, discussing if we like it and why, listening to the beat and moving to it. 
As well as all this we have continued with daily phonics and kinetic letters, ensuring we take every opportunity to work on our strength! 

W/C 6th January

Mrs Wizard, Mrs Musson, Mrs Crouch and Mrs Barnett

It has been a fantastic start to the New Year and the Wrens have settled back into routines really well. We have barely been in the classroom as we have been jetting off to different parts of the world in our new airplane! We have been learning about checking in at an airport, going through security, getting on the plane and most importantly listening to the safety briefing once on the plane. We have been thinking about what to pack for our trips and used our phonics to make lists of things to take on holiday.
In mathematics we have been learning about number bonds to 5 and have been investigating different ways to make 5. 
On Thursday we landed in China and have began to learn key facts about this country. We will continue to investigate over the next few weeks but so far we have looked at Chinese music and dances, creating our own outside. We have also started to have a go at writing Chinese numbers using chopsticks to make marks in rice. We have looked at the Great Wall of China and talked briefly about Chinese New Year. 
In PE we looked at ways we can control a ball and in music we have practiced listening and identifying rhythms, different instruments and the structure of pieces of music. We have talked about whether or not we like a piece of music and discussed why. 

 

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W/C 16th December

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy

Happy Christmas!

In Wrens this week we have been busy getting ourselves in the Christmas mood! On Monday we made cards and then used our best Kinetic Letters formation to add a message inside.

On Tuesday we took part in the Christmas Church service where we sang the title song from our smash hit production of Miracle in Town! We then shared a delicious Christmas lunch with the rest of the school whilst proudly wearing our Christmas crowns. On Thursday we played a variety of Christmas games in P.E, including a festive version of musical statues. We then continued the party into Friday with more games and a dance competition, all whilst sporting our finest Christmas wear!  We were shattered by the end of Friday and are very much looking forward to our Christmas break!

All the staff in Wrens would like to say a massive thank you for the very generous presents, we are overwhelmed with your kindness. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Lastly, I (Mrs Russell!) would like to say how much I have loved teaching the Wrens this term and what a privilege it has been to get to know them. I am looking forward to hearing how well they get on over the coming year and I wish them all the best as they continue their journey in Reception. .

Happy Christmas!

 

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W/C 9th December

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy

Crafty Christmas

In Wrens this week we have been busy getting ready for Christmas.

The children used their phonic knowledge to write letters to Santa and make cards for their friends and family. They wrapped presents for each other in Santa's workshop and made a train track to take Santa to the North pole. They used pipe-cleaners, beads and ribbons to create wreath decorations, made paper chains and enjoyed using the Christmas paint stampers. We also experimented with coloured chalks to create artwork inspired by the Northern Lights.

In maths we focused on finding one more than a given number and explored what happened when we added one more to a group of objects.

In Phonics we have been practising our blending skills to read a range of CVC words and in Kinetic letters we learnt how to form the letters y, g, f and j.

In P.E the children worked together as a class to play a range of parachute games. They took it in turns to sit in the middle of the parachute and be spun around by their friends, even Mrs Murphy and Mrs Russell had a turn!

Well done to Maisie who was our Star of the Week. Maisie is a really kind friend to her fellow Wrens and she gives 100% to her learning. Well done Maisie.

 

Wrens 2019-20

W/C 2nd December

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy

Christmas is coming!

This week we have been busy rehearsing for our Christmas play. The children have been singing their hearts out and learning their lines and they are very excited to perform it to the rest of the school on Monday and to their families on Tuesday afternoon. The children have also used the small world characters and puppets to retell the story of the very first Christmas.

This week the children enjoyed lots of Christmas crafts. We used pipe cleaners and coloured beads to make candy canes to sell at the Christmas fair .The children enjoyed choosing which colour beads to add to their candy cane, some children even created repeating patterns . The candy canes proved very popular at the fair and sold like hot cakes! We also painted Christmas trees and created paper snowflakes to decorate the Wrens classroom.

We finished off our animals topic by creating a giant tiger display by combining the children's paper animal patterns and  paint effect grass.

In Kinetic Letters the children learnt the Slider Family which includes the letters k,v,w,x and z. We are so impressed with the children's continued effort in Kinetic Letters and it is great to see the positive impact that the sessions are having on their writing.

Our star of the week this week was Jack , well done for all your hard work this term and for the kindness you show to your fellow Wrens.

 

 

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W/C 18th November

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy

Sorting it out!

This week we focused on sorting and comparing groups of objects. The children sorted objects into groups and compared the quantities using the words fewer, fewest, more, most and equal to. They counted the objects and wrote the numerals to represent the quantities. 

We continued learning about how to look after pets and the children used their phonic knowledge to write about what different pets need. We are so pleased at the progress the children are making in phonics and how they are applying what they have learnt to their reading and writing.

In Kinetic Letters we have moved onto the window cleaner family! This family teaches us how to correctly form the letters u, l, t and i.

In P.E we put all the movements together that we had practised last week to retell the story of Dear Zoo. We also practised skipping and hopping.

After reading the story of Noah's Ark the children enjoyed  building an ark with the large wooden blocks  to save the animals from the flood! They also used different media, including paint and pastels, to create representations of a variety of animals.

A big congratulations to Freddie who was our star of the week this week.

 

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W/C 11th November

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy

Dear Zoo...

For the next few weeks our focus book in Wrens is Dear Zoo. In the story the main character writes to the zoo to ask for a pet and they send a variety of animals, the majority of which have to be sent straight back!

We thought about which animals would be suitable as a pet and which would not! We learnt that having a pet is a big responsibility and we talked about what animals need to stay happy and healthy.

The children each wrote a letter to the Zoo and used their phonic skills to segment the sounds in the words they wanted to write.  They then wrapped up animals and wrote descriptive words on the boxes about the creatures inside. We promise that no animals were harmed during this activity!

In maths the children sorted animals according to their characteristics. They grouped them based on their colour, size and patterns.

In P.E we created movements to represent the different animals in the story: an elephant, giraffe, lion, camel, snake, monkey, frog and puppy.

On Friday it was Children in Need and Wrens enjoyed some Pudsey themed activities. They also learnt about where the money they raise goes to.

Well done to Jaymi-Rose who was our Star of the Week on Friday. We are all really proud of your hard work and how focussed you are on your learning.

Wrens 2019-20

W/C 2nd November

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy

A full first week back!

Wrens classroom was taken over by animals this week! The children sorted the animals into wild, farm animals and pets. Some of the children described how they had been to a zoo or a safari park and they quickly set about building enclosures to stop the lions eating the other animals!

The children talked about the pets they have at home and trips they had made to the vets. They set up a vets surgery in the story corner and gave medical treatment to a variety of poorly pets! Next week we will be reading Dear Zoo and will be writing letters to the zoo to ask for a pet. We will be labelling animals and sorting them according to their characteristics.

This week we also celebrated Bonfire Night. The children used a variety of media and materials to create firework art and in maths they used 2D shapes to make rockets. In P.E we used the pom poms and ribbons to help us create movements inspired by fireworks. 

Outside the children built a dark den and explored light and dark using the torches and glow sticks.

On Friday the children attended the Remembrance assembly lead by the Royal British Legion. We were so proud of the respect they showed during the service. Afterwards some of the children made poppies to 'remember the soldiers'.

 

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W/C 21st October 

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Meddings

A fantastic first term!

Wrens have completed their first half-term and what a busy term they have had! We are all so proud of how amazingly well they have settled in and how resilient they have proved themselves to be. 

This week we completed our focus on We're Going on a Bear Hunt.  We adapted our story maps and created new characters, settings and events based on the style of the original text. The children created cosy reading caves outside and enjoyed snuggling up with a teddy to share a book!

In Phonics we learnt y and z and have nearly completed the first set of sounds! After October Half-term we will be sending reading books home with the children and will hold a meeting to give you more information about how we teach reading at Greens Norton.

In Maths the children sponge-painted repeating patterns and used Numicon to recreate familiar pictures and patterns. They enjoyed sorting a range of objects by size, colour and shape and could talk about the reasoning behind their groupings.

On Friday we learnt about the festival of Diwali and enjoyed creating rangoli patterns using a variety of materials and making playdough diva lamps. We watched the story of Rama and Sita and learnt how Hindus prepare for and celebrate Diwali.

We couldn't pick just one Star of the Week for Friday so decided that the whole class should receive the honour for their hard work this term. Once again, we are so proud of the children for the amazing start they have made in Reception. Well done Wrens! Have a fantastic Half-term holiday.

 

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W/C 14th October 

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Meddings

Busy Wrens!

Wrens continued their focus on We're Going on A Bear Hunt this week. The children created their own story maps and used a combination of pictures and words to re-tell the story. Some children worked together to create their story maps. The children are now using the sounds they have learnt in phonics to begin to write simple words.

In maths we have been focusing on number 6 this week and we will continue to explore this number next week using dice games and dominoes. The children have also enjoyed playing maths games on the whiteboard.

The children have been busy painting bears and making shape bears using circles and triangles. They have used the large wooden blocks and material to build a cosy cave for the bear!

We had another lovely reading buddies session with Kingfishers on Thursday. It's so nice to see how much both classes enjoy spending time together with a good book! 

Next week we will be adapting our story maps and we will also be learning about Diwali.

 

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W/C 7th October 

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Meddings

Working hard in Wrens!

This week we have immersed ourselves in the story of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and the children are now able to recite it pretty much word for word! They have used small world characters and large scale props to retell the story and we created a story map using pictures to help us remember the text. Next week we will be making our own versions of the story map and adding our own characters.

In P.E we recreated the story using movements to show how the characters overcame the obstacles they faced on their journey to find the bear.

In Maths we continued to explore the number 5. We experimented with how we could represent it on the five and ten frames and the children were challenged to collect sets of 5 objects. Next week we will focusing on number 6 and we will begin to sort objects using different criteria.

In Phonics this week children learnt u, b, f, e, l and are doing really well with their blending. In Kinetic Letters sessions we have been focusing on getting our 'three friends' working together to enable us to hold a pencil correctly. We are also continuing to practice our animal positions-Lizard, Lion, Gorilla, Meerkat and Penguin to help our bodies become stronger.

On Thursday the children enjoyed their first buddy reading session with Kingfishers.

Well done to Lucia who was our first Star of the Week!

 

 

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W/C 30th September

Mrs Russell, Mrs Wizard, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Meddings

Another busy week in Wrens!

This week in Phonics the children learnt p, g, o, c and k .  They are beginning to blend the sounds they know to read some words. In Kinetic letters we have been practising our pencil hold and have been strengthening our holding fingers with a variety of fine motor activities.

This week we read Jack and the Beanstalk. The children were able to talk about the characters and we created a story map to help us recall the main events.  The children enjoyed joining in with the words and actions! 

In maths the children used the five frames and ten frames to represent the numbers 4 and 5 in different ways. They also ordered numbered leaves to 10 and matched gold coins to each leaf. The children made beanstalks using the large coloured blocks, some children even created repeating patterns!

In the outdoor area the children looked closely at leaves using the magnifying glasses and enjoyed doing observational drawings of them. They used the cardboard tubes to create chutes for conkers.

On Friday Wrens went to their first ever assembly! They made us all very proud with how well they sat and listened to Mrs Marsh.

Next week we will be reading We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We will also be choosing our first Star of the Week!