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.
This week we have been thinking about Diwali in Class 1. We have learned about the story of Rama and Sita and how Diwali celebrates light conquering darkness. We made and decorated clay diva lamps to remember the lamps people lit to guide and welcome Rama and Sita home. Children also had a go at colouring rangoli patterns and made Diwali cards for their families. Thank you to Mr Chawlia who came in to talk to the class about how his family celebrate Diwali with fireworks and Indian sweets and gave us all a candle to put in our diva lamps.
Today we made three different types of Indian sweets, coconut burfi, cornflour halwa and oat and date ladoo. We also made a line of lights to follow like Rama and Sita.
If you would like to find out more about Diwali please have a look at this website:
It has lots of really good resources and activities to share with your child.
Brize Norton Airbase Visit
On Thursday Class 1 all boarded the mini bus and excitedly set off to the air base. To begin we explored a C17 and found out how many elephants could fit inside! Children were allowed to open and close the rear doors, change the light colour and explore the cockpit. We also found out all about the job of the load master who has to be very good at maths to make sure everything is balanced and secure when the planes fly.
We then watched a video of aircraft flying and parachuting their loads out whilst we ate our snack and coloured some pictures of planes. Next we learnt some more about the work engineers and pilots do and all had a go at flying a plane in the simulator, which was very realistic (and my favourite part of the whole trip).
After this we went to the departure lounge of the airport to have our lunch; from here we could see planes taking off and landing and even saw a chinook carrying a boat. Finally children had a play in the soft play area. At the end we were all tired out.
It really was a fantastic day out where we all learned a lot. A big thank you to Mrs Marshman for arranging the trip and all the staff and crew at the base who helped make the day so amazing.
(The answer is 25 elephants)
Class 1 came to Forest School and quickly disappeared with their own agendas. Some children went to the pond area to search for creatures - and they weren't disappointed. At one point, a frog hopped out of the pond and sat with them on the pallets!
Other children came to help with the fire, and were keen to help make some kindling. We started the fire early today as we wanted to heat it up for making baked apples - and to also make some charcoal. To make the charcoal, the children peeled the bark off some willow, then they cut the willow so that it would fit in the tin and then they watched it in the fire. When the tin stopped smoking, we took it out and put it to one side to cool. Once it was ready, we opened it up and had real pieces of charcoal that the children took off to draw and write with!
The children stuffed some apples with marshmallow and raisins and then wrapped them in foil. After baking them in the fire, the children noticed that the marshmallow had melted. Some of the children enjoyed their snack so much, that they had seconds...and thirds!
And today we went on a Grufflo hunt
We looked for signs of autumn as well as searching for all the characters from the story and retelling the tale as we went along.
Children have been enjoying a range of activities linked to all areas of the curriculum, including play dough, matching games, size ordering, colouring, exploring cave drawings and shadow puppets.