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.
Herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?
We made vegetable dinosaurs which we ate at snack time. Ask your child how palaeontologists know what dinosaurs ate and how their teeth differed.
Something strange appeared in our water tray this week. Will they have hatched by Monday? Children have enjoyed trying to help the dinosaurs out of the eggs.
Stick Man and Sticky Marshmallows!
It was chilly start to the year and the children were glad of the warmth of the fire and their roasted Marshmallow snack!
Many of the children had seen the animation of Stick man on Christmas Day, so we had a go at making our own 'Stick Family'. Those that chose to, searched for an appropriate stick, whittled a face, tied arms on (a bit fiddly!) and drew a face using our home-made charcoal.
Other children played imaginatively in the stick den, explored for bugs - and sticks (!) using the ID sheets, and generally had fun!
I think some of the children are hoping to dig for dinosaurs at some point over then next few weeks, as they have been talking about this in class...I wonder what they will find!
Class 1 Parent Workshop
A big thank you to all those parents who were able to join us this morning for our first sharing assembly and parent workshop. We hope you enjoyed seeing what your children have been learning this term, we have all enjoyed our aeroplane topic.
Children had a fabulous morning making junk model aeroplanes with their grown up helpers, I hope the grown ups enjoyed it too (there was just a little competitiveness). The children selected to hang their aeroplanes up in the classroom, so please have a look when you come in (and mind your heads).
Carterton Travel Agents Visit
Today Class 1 caught the bus to Carterton to visit the travel agents to find out more about where people go on holidays and how to book a holiday. Staff were very friendly and helpful, showing the children holiday brochures and talking with them about how they do their jobs.
Children all behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school, even when we had to wait in the wind and rain to catch the bus back to school. Luckily the diggers demolishing the old petrol station opposite the bus stop provided some additional entertainment.
Following our trips to both the air base and travel agents we will be setting up our role play areas so children can explore their learning through play, with a travel agents to book holidays, an airport and our aeroplane in the garden. If any parents have any small, children's suitcases they would be prepared to lend us this would add another dimension to the play.
Homework this week will be to talk at home about places the children have been on holiday. I am planning to display a map in our investigation area and add markers to show where in the world we have been. If you have any photographs of your children on holiday in a place of interest that could be added to our board we would welcome these.