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.




Ruby Class Red Nose Day and Gardening

A Busy Day

Today our children joined in with Red Nose Day activities.

All the children dressed in red and many had purchased red noses to wear.

This morning we took part in the Dance-a-thon, practising their dance moves.

As part of our activities today we spent time outside planting sunflower seeds to sell at the plant sale later this spring. The children have enjoyed planting bulbs and many are now in full bloom in the quad for them to see. Today we planted some more pots and tubs with freesia and irises with the help of one of our mums.

The class will be looking after them in the coming weeks for with sunshine and water we hope they will grow quickly.

This week we have had World Maths Day and our children enjoyed many different counting activites and looking for shapes in our classroom.

Red Nose Day – School Council Assembly

Red Nose Day

Well done to everyone all dressed in their red today.

All day the classes have been joining a Dance-a-thon.

The school council held an assembly today to explain to the children why we have Red Nose Day and what the money raised will be supporting. They finished off the assembly singing ‘Put a Nose on it’

We raised approximately £194 with donations from the £1 dressing up day.

World Book Day – Pyjamas and Books

World Book Day Activities

It would not be a World Book day without some fort of dressing up so this year we chose to come to school and read our books in our pyjamas. The children came in many varied outfits and looked splendid in assembly.

Local Author Suzan Moule

Local author Suzan Moule came to talk to and read with Early Years and KS1

We started the day with an assemble about the value of books and reading.

This was followed by small groups sharing the experience of’ Woody’s Park’ her children’s book based on the adventures of Woody the dog and his friends in the park.

Later in the morning Suzan talked to years 4,5 and 6 about ‘The Author’s writing journey’

Hopefully she will inspire some of our pupils to have a go at writing their own stories and who knows may become an author themselves one day.

Local Publisher Mr Richard Barker

Also during the day Mr Richard Barker, who works for a publishing firm came to talk about

‘The Life of a book’.

How does the original story go from a rough draft to a finished book?

Richard spent time with the KS2 classes explaining the process.

Many thanks to both our visitors for their support of our World Book day activities.

World Book Day – Ruby Class

World Book Day visitor

Ruby class looked brilliant in their pyjamas and onesies

We were able to share some of the childrens’ books with them during our class carpet time.

The children enjoyed listening to our local author Suzan Moule read her childrens book ‘Woody’s Park’.

As part our topic this week we have been reading ‘The Tiger came to tea’

The children made mask from different types of collage which we have displayed.


Our roleplay has been based around the book and the children have been acting out the story with props.




Opal and Topaz – Weather Instruments

Learning about the weather.

The class have been working together to make some weather instruments to measure wind direction and rainfall.

The children worked in small groups with some instructions to make their instruments.

They used paper cups, straws and plastic bottles to complete them.

When they had finished they took them up to the raised beds to see how they worked.


Ruby Class – All things Pirate

Pirate Activities

The class has made a good start to the term with the launch of our new topic Wet & Wild.

We have started with ‘The Night Pirates’ book and have created a role play boat with pirate costumes.

Many of the children have brought in their own Pirate stories which we have enjoyed sharing with everyone.

The children have made their own treasure maps and they can all tell you that ‘X marks the spot!’

We have made treasure and talked about what we might need.

Many thanks to those parents who have sent items to support the childrens’ learning.

This week some of the children made boats with cartons and trays kindly sent in. They needed to make a flag and attach it their boat. Today they had the chance to see if they floated.

Check out tapestry to see how this went.