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 with Mrs Mulcahy joining us on a Wednesday afternoon. 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.
Fri 24 Sep
Harvest Festival in church
Tue 9 Nov
Thu 11 Nov
Fri 10 Dec
Tue 14 Dec
Tue 14 Dec
Carol service in church
Fri 17 Dec
Final assembly with parent celebration assembly
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Chocolate Crispie Cakes
This week in our Friday cooking session Nightingales made chocolate crispy cakes, following on from Elliot's suggestion last week. Our focus was looking at changes as we observed what happened to the ingredients when they were heated in the microwave then set again in the fridge. Children particularly enjoyed breaking the chocolate up with a hammer!
We will be sharing our crispy cakes at snack time on Monday after our fruit. We will use this opportunity to practise counting to ensure we have enough cakes for everyone.
Nightingales Autumn walk
In science Year 1 have been learning about the changing seasons. On Thursday we all went for a walk around the field with our spotters sheets and i-pads to look for signs of autumn. We found everything on our list and took some items back to the classroom to look at further.
Foundation stage have been enjoying exploring all the items we brought back and have been using the autumn leaves as inspiration for their paintings.
Nightingales first cooking session
On Friday 15th September we had our first cooking session in Nightingales Class. Everyone was very excited to make chocolate chip fairy cakes which children took home to eat at the end of the day.
Cooking gives us lots of opportunities to talk about a range of topics, today we focused on the importance of washing hands before we cook to stop the spread of germs. Children also enjoyed using the scales to weigh ingredients and were learning about taking turns and sharing.
Where possible we include children's ideas and interests in planning. Elliot suggested we could make chocolate crispie cakes next week.
Exploring forest school
We had a lovely afternoon at Forest School. Beforehand, some of the children had been excited and others had been a little wary - but by 3 o'clock everyone was smiling, having enjoyed their afternoon.
After a chat around the fire, the children went off to explore...some climbed trees, others tried their hand at starting small shell fires with a flint and steel, they played in the mud kitchen, went on the swing or had a go at cutting a tree cookie with a bow saw.
At the end of the afternoon, we all came together around the fire to roast marshmallows - at their request - and make s'mores!
Our first week in Foundation Stage
I hope the children have been going home with lots to talk about, sharing their new experiences and friends. I know not all children can be forthcoming about what they have been doing in school, so here are some photographs so you can see what they have been up to; I hope sharing these at home will encourage children to talk about their activities with parents.