"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."

Wrens 2020-21

Friday 23rd October

 First half term complete!

What a wonderful final week of our first half term as Wrens. Autumn has well and truly sprung, with pumpkins, colourful leaves and soggy days aplenty!

The children in Wrens have really got to grips with our key text and are happily retelling ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ with great enthusiasm. There have been story maps, role play and small world play all helping to cement an understanding of this classic story. If you would like to invite a tiger into your home follow these simple instructions.

  1. On your phone, go to google.com or open your Googleapp .
  2. Search for an animal, object, or place.
  3. If a 3Dresult is available, tap View in 3D .
  4. To interact with the 3Dresult in AR, tap View in your space.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

 It would be wonderful to see some of the adventures you get up to with your new house guest on Tapestry!

 In maths, we have explored 1 and zero and developed our mathematical language when we talk about these numbers and how they can be represented. This led us to explore circles as they have no corners and one curved edge. Wrens learned about the art of Kandinsky and Andy Goldsworthy and used these a s a springboard to create their own pieces both indoors and outdoors. What a creative lot!

 Congratulations to Max who is our first Star of the Week. Max always tries his best and is a very active learner and great friend.

 It has been a real pleasure to share the wonderful progress of your children during the parents evenings this week and we appreciate the time you gave over to this. The staff are very proud of how well the children have settled as well as how engaged they are in their learning adventure at Greens Norton. We hope they all have a fun and restful half term.

Friday 16th October

 

Patterns everywhere!

This week, we explored patterns inside and out. Our AB patterns could be found in the sand, the paint, between trees, in the water- in fact there were few places this week that weren't covered in patterns. We began by completing patterns, then copying them until we felt confident to make them ourselves. Some very clever Wrens were explaining how broken patterns could be fixed as well.

Our work on The Tiger Who Came To Tea continued well, with lots or retelling and role play. In our cafe, we had some very hungry tigers and customers this week!

In PE, Wrens are getting themselves ready more quickly and calmly. This week we have been lucky with the weather and have been building up our gross motor skills outside. This was extended on Friday when the class went outside to dig up the vegetables that Mrs. Marsh planted earlier in the year. There was some tasty chard, huge balls of beetroot and even some carrots. We might return to the vegetable beds next week to see what else we can discover. 

Today we took part in the first Zoom celebration assembly- which was wonderful as some of the stars of the Week were siblings of Wrens class members. The adults will have the tricky task of choosing our first Star of the Week next week. We always look for someone who has tried hard and pushed themselves in their learning. 

 

Friday 9th October

A busy, busy week!

 

This week's reading and writing has been a joy to see. All the adults are so proud of how Wrens are using the methods that have been taught so far. In the phonic sessions, children are asked to focus on a particular sound. It is becoming normal for children to refer back to the classroom frieze and this demonstrates that the children are using the tools around them and become more independent in their learning. Kinetic letters this week looked at the abracadabra family and the children have been linking the large movements taught throughout the week to smaller, more refined movements on whiteboards and paper. Good job Wrens! We have been sharing the story, 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' by Judith Kerr daily this week. The children are beginning to know it well. In the coming weeks, we will dig deeper into this story and use it as inspiration across other areas of learning. 

In maths we have been incredibly busy comparing a range of things- some which can be counted, some which need measuring and others that have to be measured in other ways such as using scales or pouring into containers. Towards the end of the week, we began to explore AB patterns such as red, blue, red, blue or heart, circle, heart, circle. The children are beginning to be able to talk about these with more confidence as well as being able to copy and continue them. Maybe, over the weekend, see what patterns you can create together at home and upload this to Tapestry. 

Our work on keeping ourselves and each other safe in these strange times continues. We have talked a lot about the importance of hand washing this week and everyone was able to explain to a partner why they thought it was important. We talked about how we are part of the bigger community of Greens Norton School because we all behave well and try to earn marbles for our team. The teams are named after colours and at the end of the week, the team with the most marbles wins. The team with the most weekly wins gets to choose a treat, such as a non-school uniform day for their team at the end of a term. As well as marbles, children earn stickers for working hard in their learning, especially when they have to really persevere at something tricky! This week, Holly, Thurston, Max and Lily received their bronze certificates for earning 25 merits for hard work and excellent learning in the classroom. Well done!

Friday 2nd October

A final disgusting sandwich for all!

This week has been our final one based on ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’. Thank you all the parents who have shared their experiences of their children’s retelling at home. What a good job Wrens have done at internalising such a long and involved text! Please do feel free to share this learning on Tapestry with the staff as it’s wonderful to read. We created our own disgusting sandwiches and characters and thoroughly embraced the ‘yuck factor’ as we covered them in sand, feathers, pretend and other unmentionables!

In phonics, we continue to learn and practise daily. Wrens are becoming much more confident when hearing and using ‘Fred talk’ and using ‘Fred fingers’ for spelling.

Our kinetic letter family this week has been the Abracadabra family. By learning the large movements first, Wrens are learning to internalise the movements that create the shape of a letter. Strong body positions help Wrens to create these movements and prepare for longer writing sessions later. Pencil control continues to be very important and all the children have had time with an adult this week to work on this.

Sorting has been the name of the game in maths and children have been sorting a variety of different objects- giving reasons for why they placed an object within a group. This was applied later in the week in forest skills as we sorted the natural treasures we found on our outside adventures. 

Friday 25th September

 

Autumn has arrived!

Any learning outside has needed us to wrap up in layers towards the end of the week as the temperature dropped off dramatically! It hasn't Wrens though. Outside, we have explored colour mixing, matching, counting, balancing and writing to name just a few things. Our weekly trip to the woods helped Wrens to test our memory skills with a game of 'what's missing?' and some very energetic games of 'seek and go find'.

The return of hot dinners has been very welcome with lots of Wrens tucking in to some tasty choices. Dining room behaviour has been really good and all the staff have been so proud of how the children have settled in to enjoy these times.

In phonics we have t, i, n and p. The children are practising these continually throughout the day and really making progress. Pencil hold has also been a focus this week and will continue throughout the next weeks and months as Wrens continue their writing journey. 

In maths, Wrens have explored matching and counting and have been asked to explain how or why things match (or don't!). These early mathematical skills are developing well and the class have been using colour, size, amount and shape to explain matches before counting.  

 

Friday 18th September

Now we are full time!

This week we have all been working so hard- do not be surprised if there are some very tired children this weekend!

In phonics we have learnt about m, a, s and d and begun to have a go at writing the letters to represent the sounds. Lots of the week has been spent building up the strength in our bodies. Please refer to the information we sent home earlier this week. This essential strength is the cornerstone of writing and we practise it daily at school. Please continue to support us at home as we support Wrens on their journey to be excellent writers. 

In maths we have incorporated a little counting into our cafe when we started ordering different numbers of cakes. There was lots of great ideas about how and why it is important to count. 

The learning outside the classroom has been wonderful. Wrens explored the track on bikes and scooters and challenged themselves with many different assault courses of their own creation. We noticed lots of different differences in our school grounds as the trees begin to change colour and produce nuts and seeds. It's a great time to get out and explore these as we found sycamore keys, hazel nuts, cherry stones, acorns and conkers just on our short walk. 

Next week will bring lots more exciting learning- so we hope the wonderful Wrens get lots of rest ready for another week.  

 

Friday 11th September

Our first 5 days

What a wonderful start we have had to our time in school. All the staff have been very impressed with the way the new Wrens class has started their journey at Greens Norton Primary School. 

These 5 days have all been about getting to know each other, making new friends and learning the routines and the Wrens have been brilliant! With the support offered at home, the children are confident to make new relationships with both adults and children and are SO ready to learn. Throughout the half days, the children have been learning indoors and outdoors and showing the adults at school what they know already. It has been a pleasure to get to know these new, eager faces and all the staff are excited about the full days next week.