Welcome to Buccaneers!
In our class we have 20 children in Foundation Stage. Our teacher is Mrs Johnson; our teaching assistants are Miss Hill in the mornings and Mrs Mulcahy in the afternoons. On Monday afternoons we have Forest School with Mrs Rae.
In the Buccaneers we love to learn! We have created a a learning environment that encourages the children to practice new skills, play with friends, explore and develop ideas and most importantly have fun. We have a fabulous garden which we use as much as we can. The children have a mud kitchen which they use to make wonderful creations, leaf soup, mud chilli and my favourite hot chocolate! We also have a great tyre sand pit, water area, bikes and gardening area which the children enjoy planting seeds, bulbs and watching their plants grow.
Children's social, emotional, physical and communication skills are are supported in conjunction with the teaching of reading, writing and maths. Our curriculum ensures that children's individual needs are met and they are given the best opportunity to develop and grow in a safe and inspiring environment. We support the children in developing the skills they need to build firm foundations that will help them as they progress on their learning journey.
We had a special time of remembrance in class today. At 11am we watched a short film called Poppies and the children sat beautifully throughout, I was really proud of how well they sat in silence and watched the film. We then had a chat about why we wear poppies each year.
The children then each made their own poppy for our poppy wreath.
Here is the link to the video we watched:
Wet and muddy
The weather is beginning to be increasingly damp as we head further into Autumn. Today we talked about Remembrance Day and the reasons for wearing a poppy; lots of children sawed a tree cookie and stuck on their own felt poppy. We also discussed Diwali - the festival of light - with lots of Buccaneers choosing to mould and decorate their own clay lamps.
We had a lovely first session back after half term - albeit a tad blustery and sometimes wet! But, it didn’t seem to bother the Buccaneers as they threaded leaves onto natural sparklers, created pinecone firework comets and created pictures of themselves using nature. There was even a noughts and crosses tournament happening in the rain!!
We warmed up by the fire with sticky ginger cake and custard before having a bit of a sing song!
Hopefully you all received a pot of pumpkin soup yesterday (with no spillages!). The children have had great fun scooping our seeds and chopping up the pumpkin ready to cook. I was so impressed with how well all the children used the knives carefully, they all listened to the instructions and were so well behaved. I think we have some future chefs in the Buccaneers!
Not sure all of the children were a fan of the soup but they were very excited to try it and all of them had a taste.
We have had some really lovely discussions about how things grow, why the pumpkin was full of seeds and also how slimy it was inside! We have saved some of the seeds and are going to plant them in the Spring so we have a our own Pumpkin Patch next Autumn - that's the plan anyway!
Our home corner had a bit of a make over on Friday afternoon. When the children came to school on Monday they had a brand new potion shop to play in.
In the shop kitchen there are lots of ingredients to choose from. We have fairy fingers, toad toes, rats tails, phoenix feathers and unicorn horn to name a few. The children can write out their own recipe for the potion chefs to create or they can order a surprise from the order desk! We have made sure they have safety goggles as you never know when something might go bang, pop or fizz!
A big thanks to Miss Hill for creating such a wonderful space for the children to enjoy.