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Welcome to Buccaneers!

In our class we have 20 children in Foundation Stage. Our teacher is Mrs Johnson; Miss Hill is our teaching assistant everyday. 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 practise 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.

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Butterfly Education and Awareness Day (BEAD) was on 4th June, so this week we have focussed on the theme of butterflies - with some bamboo bubble blowers thrown in for good measure!

We talked about types of butterflies that we have seen around this year - from the Holly Blue to the Orange Tip - and the children had a hunt that they could go on.  They were very keen to make butterfly feeders which can be soaked in ‘nectar’ (2tsps of sugar mixed with 1/4 cup of water) and hung in gardens for the butterflies.  Nature pictures, mud paint butterflies (with talk of symmetry!) and decorations were also popular.

Snack this week was crumpets and strawberry jam for the Buccaneers, and rhubarb crumble and nettle cordial for Hurricanes…the nettle cordial had mixed reviews; some loved it - but some did not!!

Word of the Week

This week we are starting our new topic Bugs, Beasts and Our Beautiful World. We are starting off by looking at the smallest of creatures, minibeasts. Today we read the story Superworm and we looked at how all the tiny creatures came to Superworm's rescue. We are going to be looking at how these tiny insects are so important in the natural world and we will be learning more about what they do.

I have really enjoyed looking at your pictures of enormous things from the half term challenge and the children have been talking to me about what enormous things they found. So I thought it would be fun to look for tiny 'minute' things this week, in contrast to the enormous things you all found. I have given you the word 'minute' this week, can you think of any other words that describe something really small? 

I look forward to seeing what minute things you find this week!

Word of the week challenge!

This week we have been looking at the story of The Enormous Turnip. The children have been writing their own stories about different enormous fruit and vegetables. We've had enormous strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, and peppers! 

The children have been thinking about different words they can use to describe really big objects so this gave me the idea of setting a word of the week half term challenge.

Can the children find something enormous and use a word to describe how big it is? It could be anything, you might see something whilst out and about or you might find  a gigantic piece of fruit or veg whilst out shopping! 

House points for all pictures sent in and maybe some more on offer for the biggest object and best use of vocabulary.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing your pictures.

Mrs J 

Starting the celebrations 

Today we talked about the upcoming jubilee and what we were celebrating.  The children have been learning about this in class so it was lovely to listen to their explanations.

We made some jubilee themed crafts and started to make some Hapazome bunting.

For snack, we had honey drizzled drop scones with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries…a campfire snack fit for a queen!

Dandelion honey is a hit!

Well, considering lots of children said they weren’t going to eat dandelions (despite reading a book about how tasty and good they were), our homemade dandelion honey - was a hit!

We had lots of fun this week; sticky weed was stuck, frogs and tadpoles spotted, hedgehogs hammered (to mark hedgehog awareness week 1st – 7th May 2022) and bug hotels were created.  

We talked about a new game that we are going to try and play next session; big chief, little chief.

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