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.
Nightingales have been learning about 3D shapes this week. Year 1's have been using polydron to explore making shapes.
A map on a wrap
In our cooking activity today children made treasure island maps. As part of speaking and listening they then gave instructions to find their treasure.
Today the children from Foundation and Year 1 all set off to explore our local area some more. As part of the Neighbourhood Development Plan we have been talking about local facilities and amenities, but there are no shops in Brize Norton, so where should we go?
Thirty-three children and six adults caught the bus to Carterton, much to the driver and other passengers surprise. Once in Carterton Year 1's went into Robert Taylor's Estate Agents where the very kind people helped us find where we were on their map and trace our bus journey. They then spoke with us about the different types of houses we have in our area and gave every child a magazine to take home.
In the mean time Foundation children went in to Asda to do our shopping for cooking on Friday, will we be making wraps or maps? They will have to wait and see. (No, it won't be chocolate muffins with peppers and cheese Darcie!)
When Year 1 had finished in the estate agents we went for a look around at the different shops to see what we might find. There were lots of places if we wanted to eat, everything from pizzas to chinese, or cake and coffee. If we wanted to get our hair cut or nails polished we could do those things too. We could even get our bike fixed if we needed to. But where would I go for a new party dress and pair of shoes?
After they had paid for their shopping it was the Foundation children's turn to have a look in the estate agents and learn about different houses. We all then met back at the bus stop to catch the bus back to school in time for lunch.
Many thanks to the three parents who joined us on our trip, and also to the helpful staff in Robert Taylor's and Asda.
On Thursday we went out to the front of the school to do a traffic survey as part of our geography project, finding out about our local area and how we would like it to be improved; our work will be contributing to the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Each group went out for ten minutes. In total we counted 167 cars, 49 vans, 9 lorries, 1 motorbike, 1 bicycle and 2 tractors. We decided that the road outside our school is very busy. We will be thinking about the impact of this on the village, on our daily lives, and what changes we would like to see.
The Nightingales had fun searching the site for animal footprints and ticking them off their sheet; it was a great activity to get them moving, keeping warm and looking around at changes that had taken place since December.
The children loved making bark owls and bird feeders that we have put up around the site to mark the RSPB Bird watch; we will enjoy checking them and using our senses to help listen and look for birds over the coming weeks.
The apple-peeler-corer-slicing machine was a hit with the children, and they went on to prepare a delicious apple crumble that we cooked in the Dutch Oven over the fire; mmmmmm!!!