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.
Where the Wild Things are
On Monday Class 1 enjoyed an amazing dance workshop, led by West End Dance, exploring and adding actions to our story, Where the Wild Things are. As our focus for World Book Week children have been drawing story maps, creating their own Wild Thing characters, preparing themed healthy snacks and making dream catchers. We have all had fun getting into character as well as thinking about how the characters felt in different parts of the story.
Book Week Dance Workshops
We all had great fun in our dance workshops based on "Where the Wild Things Are" and "The BFG". Thank you very much to the School Association for paying for them!
Rain, rain go away!
Monday doesn't seem to offer us the best weather - but Class 1 doesn't let that dampen their spirits! Despite the rain, the mud kitchen kitchen will always need more water for recipes and to play with!!
The children cannot wait to get stuck into activities at Forest School quick enough; whether it is exploring the pond life, producing exciting menus, learning to use tools, having a go at lighting a small fire, making natural paintbrushes and creating pictures, looking for wildlife - or just hanging out for a chat by the fire!
However, on Monday 27th, the rain was playing havoc with our fire and watering our pancake batter down considerably; so, after managing to make a few pancakes, we finished our cooking indoors where the children were able to dry off and eat before their Book Week dance performance.
This week Class 1 have been enjoying finding out about Chinese New Year. We have been counting to 10 in Mandarin, making Chinese dragon puppets and writing our names in Chinese. Children all enjoyed chopping vegetables to make our Chinese stir fry and loved eating them with noodles at snack time.
This term Class 1 have chosen to learn about inventors. We are linking this to learning about famous inventors in history, including Leonardo Da Vinci and the Wright brothers. We have been exploring materials and children have experimented with different materials to make parachutes, which we have really enjoyed testing and can be seen displayed in the classroom.