Welcome to The Terrific Tigers
We have two brand new rainbow challenges this week...
Can you put the correct number of objects on the hedgehogs tummies?
Can you write a word to describe an Autumn leaf?
We have also kept out red rainbow challenge which was to read a book independently in our reading area.
On Friday our maths took us on a woodland adventure.
We had three maths tasks to complete.
Our first task was to find a number hidden in the wodland area and match the correct number of sticks to the number. It was so much fun!
Our second maths task was to make numbers using sticks
Our third task was to make an Autum Leaf Hedgehod. We had to count how many leaves we used.
This is our beautiful Autumn maths display.
This week we have been exploring colour mixing.
We have mixed colours using a paint brush and painted some beautiful Autumn leaves.
We are so impressed with how independent our children have been.
We have enjoyed exploring our Autumn investigation station full of exciting objects.
We have used tweezers to help our fine motor skills and also magnifying glasses to see the objects clearer. Some children have been counting how many conkers they could find and also describing the texture of the holly leaves.
On Wednesday we have started explore clay.
We have made some self portraits using lots of different tools.
First we had to squeeze and squash the clay into a ball, and then we rolled the clay with rolling pins. We then cut out the shape of our face and used our hands to manipulate the clay to make the different features on our face.
Here are some of our clay portraits, we think they look wonderful.
Happy Monday everyone, welcome back to a brand new week!
This week our learning is taking us on lots of Autumn adventures.
Thank you to those children and families who have brought Autumn objects in for our investigation station. We are hoping to create a beautiful Autumn tray outside for our Tigers to explore.
This morning in our Literacy session we are listening for the initial sounds in words that describle Autumn leaves. We have had some fantastic words already such as crispy, yellow, crunchy and spikey.
Rainbow challenges this week are...
Can you label the body parts or identify the initial sounds
Can you put the leaves in number order from 1-5 or 1-10 or even 1-20
A very windy Autumn walk
On Tuesday afternoon we went on an Autumn walk around our school grounds.
Before we went we talked about our senses and how we could use these whilst out on our Autumn walk.
We thought carefully about what we could hear, see, smell and touch. We didn't explore our taste sense but we will be doing this later on in our learning.
Our children really enjoyed exploring for signs of Autumn, and we managed to collect lots of beautiful natural objects.
Just to remind you that tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd October) is our Early Essence parents meeting at 3.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you.
Welcome back to a new week in the Tigers Class
This week we have lots of exciting learning planned including our new Rainbow Challenges.
Our Rainbow Challenges this week are...
Can you build a tower, and count how many bricks you have used?
Can you read a book independently?
This morning we have already had a fantastic morning in our Read Write Inc session. We have recapped all our previously learnt sounds, and some of our Tigers are showing amazing fred talk skills, blending the sounds we have learnt to read words such as at, it, pin, sit.
This morning in our Literacy lesson we are learning to identify the initial sounds in different parts of our bodies.
Jamie was a fantastic help for Mrs Jagger who drew around his body so we could label his body parts.
Today this little Tiger amazed us by beginning to blend oral sounds and saying words. He could tell me J-a-ck says Jack, T-e-d says Ted, b-a-m says bam, s-n-ow says snow and h-e-l-p says help. Keep up this amazing work, we are super proud of you :-)
Today Phoebe told us all about her exciting weekend with Toby Tiger, our class pet. She told us about the christening she went to and that Toby went dancing with her (we made Toby show us his good toes and naughty toes!) Phoebe then told us that she had drawn Toby all by herself and that Toby had to sit still. It is such an amazing picture that we are going to put it up in our Art Gallery in our classroom but we wanted to share it with you all too. Well done Phoebe!
Toby is now on the look out for who he wants to go home with next weekend.
Look out in the Barnsley Chronicle for the "First Class" edition.
If you would like a copy of the photograph you can purchace these for £5.
Please see Miss Newton at the school office.
We have had so many compliments about our fabulous Treasure Box display that we wanted to thank you for all the hard work and effort that went in to each and every one. The children spoke so well about their 'treasures' and have been learning how to ask questions about the things in each others' boxes. Not one child shied away from talking in front of the class and it was lovely to see the children talk about things that are familiar to them.
Well done Tigers!
The Rainbow Challenge
In our classroom we have introduced the rainbow challenges to our Tigers.
Each week we will have a different number of independent challenges that children can choose to complete during their independently learning time. If they complete a challenge successfully they earn lollipop sticks for their Rainbow holder.
At the end of our school week the children who have successfully completed all rainbow challenges, get a dip in our "special box"
Look out this week to see if your child comes home with an
"I completed the rainbow challenges" sticker.
Our challenges this week are..
Welcome back to a brand new week in the Tigers class.
This week we have lots of lovely learning planned, including more new sounds, some exciting number work and 2 brand new challenges to complete during our independent learning time!
Reading at home
Can we please ask that you continue to read with your children little and often and comment in their planner. When your child reads with an adult at home they do recieve smiles.
Please look out for a pink slip that will be coming home with your child this week in their planner. On this slip are many ways you can support your child's reading at home.
Thank you for your continued support.
One of our super stars was so proud today when he came into school wearing a medal! He received this medal when he completed the Library Reading Challenge over the summer. Well done, we are so proud of you.
Rainy day fun!
We had such fun today outside. We explored the puddles which were forming and we watched them get deeper and deeper, measuring how deep they were with sticks.
We also rolled balls down ramps and tried to hit targets but the balls had letters on and we had to say the sounds before we rolled them. It was very difficult to remember all the sounds but we helped each other if we were struggling. We also had to remember to wait our turn and not push in!
We took an Ipad outside and had fun taking some selfies.
We have started our Phonics sessions today (Tuesday) in The Terrific Tigers. We follow Read Write Inc and have started today with 'm'. Please find below a document (similar to the one we sent in your parent information packs in July) which shows the picture for each letter with the accompanying rhyme. For example, today with 'm' we said ''down Maisy mountain mountain'' as we wrote each letter. We will work through the sounds in order so you are able to keep track of what sounds will come next for your child.
A polite request
Please can you check inside all of the cardigans you have at home as we have several which have gone missing. They are all clearly named so we are trying to locate them. Many thanks.
A Quick Plea
If anyone has any boxes suitable for junk modelling then please can you send them into school next week for our Creative Area? Cereal boxes, tea bag boxes etc and cardboard tubes are the type of thing we are asking for.
Mrs Jagger and Miss Addy
Today we had great fun exploring our outdoor area. We worked together to make obstacle courses and we had to make sure that we didn't fall in the lava! Even Mrs Jagger had a go!
We explored the sand pits, the water tray and the large open ended resources. Look at our huge smiles as we are enjoying learning through play.
Our first day at Summerfields
We have had a super start to life at Summerfields. Today we learnt our class rules, played out, had a yummy lunch and did some independent learning with our friends in Provision. The Chronicle photographer came as well this afternoon. What a busy day! There were lots of tired Tigers at home time and we are already looking forward to Monday.
Today Eadie brought in a treasure map she had made at home. It inspired some of us to make our own treasure maps on large paper. The children (and I) talked about what we were drawing and we worked together well. We added sharks to the water around the island and drew trails so people knew where to go to find the treasure. We might even add some more to it this afternoon!
Today some of the boys decided to get busy with the tyres and made a tyre tunnel. They worked so well together moving the tyres up the ramp and placing them in a line. They then took turns to crawl through and their faces whe they came out were a picture! Well done boys, some great team work.
To all our lovely parents, children and carers in F2.
Please join us on Tuesday 24th July at 1.15pm for our whole school Teddy Bears Picnic.
We would love our F2 children to bring a teddy of their choice to school that day to join them at the picnic.
Everyone is welcome.
Parents will be invited in at 1.15pm where you can collect your child from our classroom door and join everyone on the field for music and games.
Please bring along a picnic blanket, and some picnic treats of your own if you wish.
Children will be provided with a packed lunch from school.
We are really looking forward to seeing you and hope you and your friends and family can join in the fun.
Once the picnic is over you are welcome to sign your child out and take them when you wish.
See you there!
This morning some of our children were awarded medals from Mr Walters for taking part in the 'World Cup Football Tournament'
The Winning country was Portugal and Isla, Libby and Zach were part of this team.
Our runners up were also given some lovely certificates.Poppy and Connor were part of the France football team.
We would like to thank Mr Walters for his super effort with the football tournament and also for organising such a lovely assembly this morning.We have had a super time.
Here are our winners...
Well done Class R, last week we got 100% attendance which means that on Friday we get a reward of wearing non uniform! Well done everybody :-)
Check out this amazing Dinosaur display created by Ira in his choosing time.
Ira persivered for such a long time to balance the dinosaur figures, to create a fantastic dinosaur display.
You have blown us away Ira well done.
Woodland Maths Measuring
This morning some of our children in F2 have been exploring the woodland area.
We had maths challenges to complete using unifix cubes.
Miss Addy read the challenges and we had to use cubes to measure different leaves and sticks. We had so much fun and the mathematical language we used was awesome!
Well done F2.
Just to remind you our Summer Fair is on Wednesday.
We would like to thank children and parents who have donated to our sweetie tombola.
There is still time to get your donations in for our class stall.
Thank you for your contiued support.
Best. Day. Ever.
Today we had a fabulous day at Boston Park Farm. We did so many things and has so much fun! We held a rabbit and a guinea pig and we fed goats, pigs, lambs alpacas and chickens. We also went on a tractor trailer ride and saw some horses in the fields and we went on a nature trail then made our treasures into beautiful nature crowns. Our children were an absolute credit to us all with their super behaviour and lovely manners and their huge smiles on their faces showed how much they were enjoying themselves!
We would like to say a massive thank you to the amazing staff there for making our visit so enjoyable.
Here are some photos from our day.
WE WILL BE THE HAPPY HIPPOS
On Thursday and Friday morning F2 went to visit Miss Wroe in their new classroom.
They found out that in September their class name will be the 'Happy Hippos'.
They had lots of fun making lovely wishes for their transition into Y1 and also had a brilliant game of Hungry Hippos during their PE learning.
Everyone came back to F2 with big smiles on their faces including Miss Wroe.
It was lovely for Mrs Jagger & Miss Addy to have them back in class for the next 2 weeks.
We intend to make it a fun and enjoyable one.
Chloe has had a very special letter delivered to her. In May she wrote a letter to Prince Harry and Meghan asking about her dress and showing them what she would like their cake to look like and this week she has received a reply. Chloe was very excited and so were we when she shared it with us in class!
Well done Chloe, we are very proud of you for doing all this extra writing.
Please can we remind you to complete the slip that was sent home on Friday regarding your childs packed lunch for our school trip. All slips should be returned by Wednesday 4th July.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the F2 team.
Thank you for your support
Road Safety Awareness
Over the last two days Kerry has been in to school to talk to every class about keeping safe in the car and when out walking.
Teddy (her little helper) told us some stories about keeping safe and that we need to listen for the click when we are putting on our seat belts. We learnt that when we are out walking we need to hold the hand of our grown up. We have also learnt that there are safe places to cross roads, such as pedestrian crossings or with a lollypop man or lady.
Thank you for coming in to talk to us, Kerry.
Congratulations to our children who have won some fantastic prizes from our Y6 Raffle.
Alister won a family fun swim at our local leisure centre
Ewan won a voucher for Eureka
Elise won a beautiful photo frame from our local florist Willow.
Well done super stars
F2 Elmer Art Exhibition
We would like to say a huge thank you to all F2 parents who came to our Art Exhibition, to celebrate your childs amazing Art Work. We hope you liked our clay tiles and display them somewhere nice.
Thank you also for your kind donations, we appreciate every single one of them.
F2 Children & Staff
The sun has got his hat on...
This week we have a very hot and sunny weather forcast.
Please can you ensure your child had sun cream applied before school that will last the full school day, a sun hat and a water bottle.
We have had a considerable amount of children with the sickness bug in F2.
Please can we remind you that as part of our school policy children have to be off for 48 hours after their last period of sickness.
This stops the bug spreading to other children and staff in school.
Plese contact the school office if your child will be absent from school.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Please could we politly ask that children do not go on our outdoor trail area before and after school for safety reasons.
Elmer Clay Art
F2 are taking part in a whole school Art Exhibition to support Year 6.
We decided to base our Art work around the stories of Elmer the patchwork Elephant.
Elmer is a very cheeky Elephant that likes to play tricks on his friends.
As you will notice he is a very different Elephant to all the rest, he isnt Grey hes a multicoloured patchwork Elephant.
We have started making clay patchwork tiles that we will paint and display on a large picture of Elmer.
Here is some of our clay work in action, we had to carefully cut out the square using a cutter, then we used different tools to make different marks on the clay.
Our next step will be to paint our tiles in different colours.
Measuring using smelly socks
On Friday our maths work took us on a measuring adventure.
We used socks to measure each other and count how many socks tall we were.
We compared hights to see if we were taller or shorter than our friends.
We also measured Mrs Jagger and Miss Addy.
Our Butterfly release
Yesterday we said goodbye to our butterflies and released them into their natural world.
Zachs mum came to help us as she did such a good job at looking after the caterpillars over holidays.
We decided that the wildlife area would be a safe and protected environemnt for our butterflies to be released into.
We opened the butterfly house and all the butterflies made their way to the top and flew out to find a new home. Some of the butterflies landed on branches of trees and one flew to the ground to begin with before they grew in confidence and flew off.
It was a lovely experience and we would like to say a special thanks to Zach and his family for providing us with such a fantastic learning oportunity.
Our Sports Day is next Tuesday 19th June 2018 @ 1.30pm
Parents are welcome to come and watch out Sports Day.
Children are required to wear a coloured t.shirt, PE shorts and sesible trainers.
Please make sure your child is wearing sun cream and a sun hat is provided if we have hot weather.
Please find below a list of team colours for F2 children.
We are so lucky. Zach and his mummy have brought the butterfly house into school today an there are not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4 but 5 butterflies in there! Every caterpillar 'squeezed out of its cocoon' (Zach's words) and emerged as a butterfly. We need to keep them in the house for another couple of days and then we will release them.
Keep an eye out for photos of their exciting release!
We have caterpillar news!!
Eek! This is so exciting! Zach and his mummy have emailed us today with some news...
Day 23! We are buzzing with excitement. Our first Butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis.
I wonder what we should call it? I wonder when the others will emerge? What do you think?
Thank you again to Zach and his mummy for updating us with this wonderful news.
Zach and his mummy have sent us some updates on the caterpillars. We hope you are enjoying them as much as we are!
The caterpillars are all getting in place and starting the process to begin to harden into chrysalis.
We have four healthy caterpillars that have gone into the chrysalis stage and are hardening over the next couple of days.
Today we have moved the chrysalides over to the butterfly house. They may look like they are resting peacefully, but an amazing transformation is taking place inside!
Again, thank you so much to Zach and his mummy for these amazing photographs and explanations :-)
Caterpillars' Log Day 13
Zach and his mummy have sent us an update on the caterpillars as they are looking after them over the holidays...
The caterpillars have grown so much! One caterpillar has begun the transformation into chrysalis. Once they have stored enough energy, they climb to the top of the cup and attach themselves to the paper disc under the lid. There they will hang in a “J” shape, moult one last time, and harden into crysalides.
Thank you so much for sharing this Zach and mummy :-)
The children have enjoyed a music session today. They have been talking about the different musical instruments and trying to work out their names. Miss Addy taught them a song and they passed a beater around the circle, if the beater landed on them after the song they had to go and choose an instrument to make a sound with. They experimented with changing the speed and volume of the song.
Miss Addy then showed us her light up tambourine! We turned the lights off and it looked amazing!
Then we sang some songs to a familiar tune where we had to play and stop at the correct times. We had to follow the instructions really carefully and it sounded really good. We had lots of fun!
Next we had a huge piece of lycra and we sang a song about a frog bouncing on the lycra. We had to move the lycra to make the frog bounce and we had to see where the frog landed. It was very funny when the frog landed on Talon and he caught it!
Finally we sang the song 'The Grand Old Duke of York' and we took turns to play the drums keeping the beat of the song.
Caterpillars' Log - Day 8
There are 5 of us in our container. We have grown even more and we have got things that look like spikes coming out of our bodies. Some children have been looking at us very carefully and writing in their caterpillar diaries. Katie even showed her diary to Mrs Tabbner and came back with a special sticker!
We have started to made something that looks like a web and today we are all on our way to the top of the container. We think we may be getting ready for the next stage of our life.
Caterpillars' Log - Day 7
We are growing much bigger and we are eating the food that is in our container. Some of us are starting to climb up the side of the container but then we are crawling back down.
Children are looking at us all the time and so we keep dancing to make them smile.
We are so lucky in F2, Zach and his family have kindly donated some Caterpillars with all the equipment we need to see the Caterpillars grow and develop into beautiful butterflies.
We have put our Caterpillars on display in the classroom and our children are choosing to write a daily diary about how our Caterpillars are changing. Below is some of Katies beautiful diary writing.
We have read the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and also talked about the lifecycle of a butterfly.
Keep your eye out on our website for more Caterpillar news!
As part of our people who help us topic, we have been learning about keeping our bodies healthy. This morning together as a class we made a list of things we need to do in order to keep our bodies healthy. Mrs Jagger and Miss Addy were so impressed with the amount of information the children already knew.
We then tasted some different fruits and vegetables, and talked about where they came from, what they smelt like and what they felt like when we touched them.
We were happy that lots of children tried the vegetables and the fruits even if they thought they wasnt going to like them.
Overall the raspberries were an F2 favourite.
We have been busy baking for our grown ups on Friday. Have a look at the photos below which show us mixing, pouring, sharing, scooping and weighing. There was so much maths involved but it didn't feel like a maths lesson!
Just a reminder about our Stay and Play on Friday. There was a letter inside your child's boook bag with all the details on but if you need to know anything please just ask one of the EYFS team. We are looking forward to spending the morning with you.
Today we have walked to St.John's Church in Royston. The sun was shining so we had to make sure we had our sun hats on. We have learnt so much about our local church, did you know it was builllt in 1234 so it's a really easy year to remember! We looked at lots of the objects inside the church and we were able to ask lots of questions.
Thank you so much to the Church Wardens and to all of our parent helpers who accompanied us, we had a lovely afternoon.
Today we had a visit from Mr Thorpe who is a parent at our school but is also a Paramedic. He drives an ambulance and we were lucky enough to have him come in to our classroom to talk to us about the things he does to help people. We even got to look inside his ambulance and try on some helmets! He brought some of the different pieces of uniform he has to wear in different situations and Mrs Jagger showed us what they look like on. Mrs Jagger said that both pieces of uniform were very warm and it would be very difficult to do small jobs with those gloves on.
We also learnt that in the suit that needs ventilating the Paramedics are not allowed to kneel down in case they tear the suit so they have to crouch down. Another fascinating talk which the children listened very well to, some of the children have said they want to be Paramedics when they grow up.
Today we have had a super day of independent learning. Here are some photos showing the amazing learning that took place in our classroom. Mrs Tabbner was so pleased with us that everybody got a special sticker!
Today we have had another special visitor into Class R. Emma who is a first aid responder came in to talk to us about the work that she does and how she has to try and get to the casualy before the ambulance! Emma also showed us how to do some first aid. We learnt how to do compressions, put people in the recovery position and put a bandage on. We were very busy!
We learnt so much and would like to thank Emma again for giving up her time to come and teach us all about her job.