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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Sun, rain, hail, wind - but lots of smiles
This week we had a range of weathers thrown at us at Forest School - from sun to wind, rain and hail! Lots of children chose to build shelters - which later proved even more fun when the wind got up and the children jumped on top of them!
Some children chose to make mini beasts using clay; all of the children remembered that insects have a head, thorax and abdomen! We also talked about numbers of legs; insects having 6 and spiders having 8.
The pond was as popular as ever, with the children keen to see that the frogspawn they found last week had now hatched - and we have tadpoles swimming around!
Despite the weather, we had 'campfire ice cream' for snack - and popcorn!
Springtime at Forest School
Class 1 have enjoyed coming back to Forest School - spotting leaves as they start to appear on trees and flowers that are beginning to bloom. They have been learning a lot about animal and plant cycles in class so we have planted our potatoes, herbs, peas and some flowers to attract butterflies. We are hoping to release some butterflies into the site soon as some of our caterpillars in the classroom have started to build their chrysalis.
Some of the children made insects and spiders using pebbles, sticks and mud, whilst others made nettle soup and miniature gardens. Down at the pond, we spotted frogspawn and a bloodworm. To fit in with our theme, we cooked 'butterfly' pasta on the campfire!
We had such fun building dens with the children on Tuesday. They all had different ideas for what they wanted to do - and so many problems cropped up that needed solving; how can we make the sticks stand up? How can we make it waterproof?
Some of the children had a great idea of putting pebbles around the bottom of their den '...to make it stronger and keep the wolf out'!
We cooked popcorn on the fire and the children were able to invite friends to join them in their houses for a snack. Whilst they were eating, some of the dens received a visit from the 'big bad wolf'. When the wolf asked, 'Little pig, little pig may I come in?', the children replied, 'Not by the hair on our chin-chin-chins - we will not let you in!'
Problem solving, moving equipment around safely, team building, communication and imagination; just some of the skills used by the children at this session.
Following on from the 3 Little Pigs theme, Class 1 were keen to carry on with building houses outside; in particular, they asked to make mud castles - so we brought buckets, spades and sun to Forest School!! The children had great fun experimenting with mud and water.
Build-a-House Parent Workshop
Thank you to all those parents who came to our assembly on Friday, I hope you agree, your children are fantastic; they learned lots of interesting facts during our dinosaur topic and are now enjoying learning about the Three Little Pigs. If you were unable to attend our workshop please come in to our classroom and see their houses displayed (just a little competitiveness between a few Dads).