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.
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!
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.
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.
Ruby, Opal and Topaz Christmas Performance
Well done to all our brilliant children on two excellent performances.
The children have worked really hard learning songs and lines.
The narrators were well rehearsed and told the story beautifully.
Many thanks to parents and for helping us make this years performance a great success.
Here are some pictures from the event.
Nursery and Reception having been reading the story Owl Babies.
Ruby Class have made owl pictures with torn paper and then talked about the story.
Topaz and Opal have made painted ‘lost mummy’ posters some with writing and used paper plates and cardboard tubes
to make their owls.
The children’s work has been displayed with their quotes from the story.
Phonics Evening 21st November
Thank you to the Parent that managed to attend our phonics evening.
The staff looked at the different phases of the Letters and Sounds scheme and some ways to support your child.
Information was displayed and staff were on hand to talk these ideas through with parents.
As promised you will find below the presentation and website links to help support phonics.
Phonics Workshop for Parents Nov 2018 final v2
Letters and Sounds
Articulation of sounds (you tube)
‘Geraldine the giraffe’ (Mr T phonics)