Animal Magic – Ruby, Opal, Topaz and Garnet

Visit from Animal Magic

On Tuesday we had a visit from the ‘Animal Magic’ people.

They came with many different creatures and the children learned about each animal and where it was from.

During the morning the children had the opportunity to look a little closer at the animals and touch them for themselves.

They brought a parrot, rabbits, owl, mice, dog, guinea pigs, bearded lizard, snakes, hedgehogs and four meerkats.

Here are some photos of our brilliant morning.


We finished the morning of with a picnic lunch on the field.




Ruby Class Sports Days

Field Sports

On Tuesday Early Years and KS1 had their field events.

The children were supported by the year six team captains.

The children had to bounce and catch a ball as many times as possible in 30secs, throw bean bags into hoops, dribbled a ball around cones with a hockey stick and shoot at the football goal.

Sports Day races

Today Ruby, Opal and Topaz competed in several races.

They ran sprint, hurdles, relay and ended with egg and spoon.

All the children did really well and looked very smart in their team colours.

Ruby class News – Gardening and remote control cars.

Using Remote Controls

This week some of the children have had the opportunity to use a remote control car.

There is quite a skill in driving them in different directions, this helped the children to learn to use positional language.


This half term our topic has been ‘How does you garden grow’

The children have been learning about how plants grow from seeds and bulbs.

They will have planted a sunflower seed and taken home a seedling to grow on.

Many of the children brought in plants for our role play area, now that we are moving on from this topic we have planted the plants in the quad garden to enhance the area.

Many thanks to the parents and grandparents who helped us make this topic exciting.

Diamond class – Art and Writing

Observational drawing

This term the class have been doing observational drawing using natural resources.

Here are some of their pencil drawings of shells and starfish.

The Journey

As part of our creative writing we have been using the book ‘The Journey’.

The book is a series of illustrations, so through class discussion and imagination the class have been writing their own versions of the story.

This Week in Ruby Class

Gardening and Potions

Many thanks to our wonderful parents and grand parents who have been visiting Garden Centres over the past few weeks.

We have had an array of pot plants and seed which are growing well.

The children have enjoyed talking to the class about their experiences.

The plants have been placed in our role play where the children can plant seeds into pots and sell items to their friends.

Before the Easter break the children helped to sow rocket into pots.

Today we picked some of the leaves and the children tried this with their snack.

Many enjoyed the peppery taste and came back for more!

Fridays Dell Visit

This week before we ventured out we read ‘Room on a broom’

We took some cauldrons and pans with wooden spoons down to dell to make potions.

They used grass cuttings, daisies and dandelions, sticks and mud.

The children worked in groups to mix their potions.

Dell visit for Ruby Class

Ruby Class Bark Rubbing

Today the children went out to the dell with wax crayons and tracing paper.

First we used our senses to feel the bark on the trees.

Then the children found stumps on the ground and trees to making rubbings.

Opal and Topaz Reception – Gardening

Planting for the Plant Sale

Reception have been busy planting seeds in pots this week.

They are hoping that the seeds grow in time for the Markyate Plant Sale where they will be sold.

The children have planted Pumpkins, Watermelon, Pepper, French Bean, Runner Bean, Tomatoes, Courgettes and Sunflowers.

They have also planted up some pots with Pansies and Viola to brighten up the playground.

Lets hope that the weather brings them the right mix to grow!

Ruby Class – Elmer the Elephant

The Story of Elmer the Elephant

Ruby class have been reading Elmer stories this week.

We have had many activities using the colour schemes of Elmer the Elephant.

The children have been learning how we can mix different colours using just red, yellow and blue.

Here are some of the paintings they have done mixing their own colours.

Year 2 Amber Class News

The World

Year two have been discovering all about the countries of the world.

In the class they have a lovely wall display showing cities and countries on the world map.

They have looked at  the UK and cities around the UK labelling where to find them.


Amber class have also looked at seeds and plants in different places of the world.

They have produced some lovely hand writing to explain about the differences. I particularly like one I read about the Japanese Maple.


Early Years Science Day 18th March

Science Experiments

On Monday Nursery and Reception got together for a science morning to explore different experiments.

Some were observation only, so the children tried to predict what might happen, others the children could be very much hands on and have a go themselves.

The children had a cup with soda water or lemonade which they placed a few raisins.

The children watched as the air in the carbonated drink caused the raisins to dance up and down in the liquid.

There were some gutter pipe with different liquids, the children poured them down to see how quickly they moved. They had Golden Syrup, Vegetable Oil and Orange paint.

We had a group making tunnels from natural materials and a tray with some gel they could explore.

Mrs Vaites made a sand volcano with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, powder paint and white vinegar.

Probably the children’s favourite was the mints in a coke bottle!! I think this may have been Mrs Vaites’ favourite too.