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In our class we have 18 children in Foundation Stage plus 9 children in Year 1. Our teacher is Mrs Winter; our main teaching assistant is Mrs Johnson, though we also have support from Miss Hill. On Monday afternoons we have Forest School with Mrs Rae. Please look about on this page to see what we have been doing!

Adults in our class update

Mrs Winter is currently absent following hip replacement surgery; during this time Mrs Sinclair will be teaching and leading the class. Mrs Winter and Mrs Sinclair are working together to ensure continuity for the children. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs Johnson is enrolled on a two year course of study to become a teacher. As part of her course she is required to gain experience in a range of schools and settings as well as taking some responsibility for planning and teaching. 

Class events

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Carterton Travel Agents Visit

Today Class 1 caught the bus to Carterton to visit the travel agents to find out more about where people go on holidays and how to book a holiday.  Staff were very friendly and helpful, showing the children holiday brochures and talking with them about how they do their jobs. 

Children all behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school, even when we had to wait in the wind and rain to catch the bus back to school.  Luckily  the diggers demolishing the old petrol station opposite the bus stop provided some additional entertainment.

Following our trips to both the air base and travel agents we will be setting up our role play areas so children can explore their learning through play, with a travel agents to book holidays, an airport and our aeroplane in the garden. If any parents have any small, children's suitcases they would be prepared to lend us this would add another dimension to the play. 

Homework this week will be to talk at home about places the children have been on holiday.  I am planning to display a map in our investigation area and add markers to show where in the world we have been.  If you have any photographs of your children on holiday in a place of interest that could be added to our board we would welcome these.


This week we have been thinking about Diwali in Class 1.  We have learned about the story of Rama and Sita and how Diwali celebrates light conquering darkness.  We made and decorated clay diva lamps to remember the lamps people lit to guide and welcome Rama and Sita home.  Children also had a go at colouring rangoli patterns and made Diwali cards for their families.  Thank you to Mr Chawlia who came in to talk to the class about how his family celebrate Diwali with fireworks and Indian sweets and gave us all a candle to put in our diva lamps. 

Today we made three different types of Indian sweets, coconut burfi, cornflour halwa and oat and date ladoo. We also made a line of lights to follow like Rama and Sita. 

If you would like to find out more about Diwali please have a look at this website: 


It has lots of really good resources and activities to share with your child.

Brize Norton Airbase Visit

On Thursday Class 1 all boarded the mini bus and excitedly set off to the air base. To begin we explored a C17 and found out how many elephants could fit inside!  Children were allowed to open and close the rear doors, change the light colour and explore the cockpit. We also found out all about the job of the load master who has to be very good at maths to make sure everything is balanced and secure when the planes fly.  

We then watched a video of aircraft flying and parachuting their loads out whilst we ate our snack and coloured some pictures of planes. Next we learnt some more about the work engineers and pilots do and all had a go at flying a plane in the simulator, which was very realistic (and my favourite part of the whole trip).  

After this we went to the departure lounge of the airport to have our lunch; from here we could see planes taking off and landing and even saw a chinook carrying a boat. Finally children had a play in the soft play area. At the end we were all tired out.

It really was a fantastic day out where we all learned a lot. A big thank you to Mrs Marshman for arranging the trip and all the staff and crew at the base who helped make the day so amazing.

(The answer is 25 elephants)

Making charcoal

Class 1 came to Forest School and quickly disappeared with their own agendas.  Some children went to the pond area to search for creatures - and they weren't disappointed. At one point, a frog hopped out of the pond and sat with them on the pallets!  

Other children came to help with the fire, and were keen to help make some kindling. We started the fire early today as we wanted to heat it up for making baked apples - and to also make some charcoal.  To make the charcoal, the children peeled the bark off some willow, then they cut the willow so that it would fit in the tin and then they watched it in the fire.  When the tin stopped smoking, we took it out and put it to one side to cool.  Once it was ready, we opened it up and had real pieces of charcoal that the children took off to draw and write with!

The children stuffed some apples with marshmallow and raisins and then wrapped them in foil.  After baking them in the fire, the children noticed that the marshmallow had melted.  Some of the children enjoyed their snack so much, that they had seconds...and thirds!

And today we went on a Grufflo hunt

We looked for signs of autumn as well as searching for all the characters from the story and retelling the tale as we went along.

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