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!

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.

 

 

 

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.

Stable by Starlight – Nursery and Reception.

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.

 

 

 

Opal, Topaz and Ruby – Owl Babies

Owl Babies

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 – Nursery, Reception and Year 1

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

 

Phonics play

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Letters and Sounds

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Articulation of sounds (you tube)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

Busy Things

https://www.busythings.co.uk/families

‘Geraldine the giraffe’ (Mr T phonics)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw

Jolly phonics

https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/jolly-phonics/

 

Children In Need Book Sale

Book Sale

Many thanks to all those who donated books to our Children In Need Book Sale.

It was lovely to see the older children sharing books with Nursery and Reception.

We’ll let you know the total when it been counted.

Diwali Celebrations – Ruby, Opal, Topaz and Garnet

Celebrating Diwali

Many thanks to Mrs Mahammad, her sister and daughter for helping use to celebrate and learn about Diwali.

The adults were dressed up in traditional Sari’s of many different colours.

She told the children the story of Rama and Sita and how they got to the Temple to celebrate where they burn incense sticks and give thanks.

In the classrooms there were several different activities which the children could participate.

There was hand decorating, diva lamps to make, chalk patterns and patterns using natural materials.

There was also some different traditional foods to taste.

Harvest Festival Early Years and KS1

Harvest Celebrations

Many thanks to all who sent contributions for our Harvest Festival today.

All the classes have produced harvest themed work to either show or perform for our assembly.

Ruby Class have been busy making different themed prints using conkers, fir cones and a huge variety of vegetables provided by parents.

Ruby, Topaz and Opal (Rec) have been learning the story of “The Little Red Hen” and the song Dingle Dangle Scarecrow. Reception have been making hedgehog pictures from leaves.

Opal & Topaz Year 1 have been collecting leaves to fill bottles and designing posters.

Amber class recited a poem titled “Autumn Leaves”. Jade Class a poem called “Harvest” and Pearl class found a poem called “The Harvest Poem” which used a play on words.

The children all performed and sang several songs.

Well done to both children and staff.

 

Early Years Sports Day

Ruby, Opal and Topaz

Today saw the second part of our sports events.

This was the running track events which included a relay, hurdles, and an egg and spoon race.

The weather was just about right this morning and the children did a grand job of completing their races.

A big thank you to the Year 6 Amethyst Team Captains who supported some of our younger children.