Mrs Tesoriere, Mrs Curtis and Mrs Hill would like to welcome you to our class page. We are looking forward to sharing all our fun and learning with you via this page, we will also add any useful information you may need to know.
PE sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Buddy Time and Golden Time: Fridays
Keep an eye out for individual updates on the seesaw app.
Molly and Harvey
James and his dog Molly came to visit us and to tell us all about the important job they do. Not only does Molly find people if they are lost but she also comforts people who are in need of it. James told us that Molly travels all over the world. When she works in countries that are very hot she has to wear boots to protect her feet. He also told us that all her training is based around games of hide and seek. She responds very well to treats and she loves cuddles and in particular she loves cuddles with children. We saw films of her running, jumping out of cars and into huge pools. We have to say we absolutely fell in love with Molly.
Harvey and Molly in our classroom
Victoria introduced us to Harvey, he is going to be our school therapy dog. He is soft and gentle and we can't wait to spend time with him. We thought of some questions to ask Victoria and James when they came to visit us. We found out that: Molly can jump as high as a car and Harvey can jump a little; Molly and Harvey can both run faster than us; they can fetch as far as we can throw; they both like to catch balls but Harvey likes to carry his favourite teddy; Molly can count very high; Molly loves dog treats and Harvey loves cheese and their favourite places are Molly- where ever there are children and Harvey going for walks by Holcombe old church.
Christmas Party with our buddies
We have had such a lovely time today, celebrating Christmas, we had house morning, where we watched Arthur Christmas and completed Christmas colouring whilst singing carols and then we had a session in the hall dancing to the disco-Diversity have nothing on us!
In the afternoon we got to celebrate our Christmas birthdays and then us buddies had a party together. The older buddies had designed games for us to play, which we took turns to play. We then played with the parachute to create a snow storm and to end it all we played musical animals.
How much mire fun could you have celebrating Christmas with special friends?
Buddy Christmas Stories
We think we have the kindest buddies ever, they have been authors and wrote Christmas stories for us. They then read us the stories - they were amazing. We are very proud of our buddies.
We had a lovely sociable time with our class mates, eating Christmas lunch around the tables. We had roast turkey with all the trimmings and a good chance to have fun chatting to our friends. We even got to pull crackers- which was an experience for some of us!
Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church
We had a wonderful morning singing carols and watching a Christmas service performed by Year 3 and Year 4 children. It was based on acrostic poem about Christmas and everything was based on traditions and facts associated with Christmas.
Mrs Tesoriere was so proud of our behaviour and of how respectful we were- not to mention our singing.
We have been learning about voting as it is election day. We decided to construct our own election; voting on what we would like to do as a treat in the last day of term. The options were: Making Christmas decorations; Standing out in the rain; having a Christmas party with our buddies. Mrs Tesoriere told us that we were only allowed to vote once so we had to carefully think about what we wanted and it is a secret vote. We had to write a cross on a post-it-note and then post it in the pot for the treat we wanted. We then counted the voted together and asked our special person to check there wasn't any cheating.
Our Nativity - Everyone Loves a Baby!
A huge well done to all the children in Owl Class for their amazing nativity. Every child took part, every child got on stage and every child said something- quite an achievement for 27 four and five year olds! We have been practising using louder voices so that the audience could hear and practised moving our mouths widely so that we were able to speak clearly. Our dancing was great and we knew all the words and actions to the songs.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the adults who provided costumes, to everyone who came to watch us and to Mr Bevis who did a brilliant job in introducing us and praising us for our achievements.
Owl Class Inspire Morning
A huge thank you to you all the adults who attended our inspire morning and for taking part d for helping to make it so successful. We had such great fun and the children described it as amazing, awesome, fantastic and brilliant.
It was based on showing how we cover the seven areas of the EYFS through fun activities and using books as a stimulus.
This activity concentrated on moving and handling. The children were asked to use modelling materials to design and make a snowflake for Sam.
For this activity the children were asked to see which paper would be the best for Santa to use when wrapping presents. The children had to see if the paper would protect the parcel inside and if it would keep the contents a secret. The children decided that tracing paper was definitely the worst.
In class, the children have been enjoying making patterns- especially repeating patterns. The children had an opportunity to show the adults how clever they are by making paper chains to decorate for Christmas.
We explored different materials and using our imagination and creativity when we made models of Christmas characters. We looked at books like Sssh it's Christmas - for Father Christmas, The Snowman- for snowmen, That's Not My Angel- for angels and The Littlest Christmas Tree- for Christmas trees, amongst other books.
Jolly Christmas Postman
We were thinking about how hard the Jolly Postman had been working and how he deserved a little treat to say thank you. This made us think about our relationships so we made biscuits we had one ourselves and gave one to someone we care about. The following day we talked about what we had done to make the biscuits we tasted them to say how they tasted and then we said who we were going to give to. This covers the area of communication and language focusing on tenses.
Eric the Reindeer
We decorated gift tags and baubles with our fingerprints and turned them into reindeer.
We have been looking at lots of different nativity books - we would recommend The Guinea-Pig Nativity. We then used kids doodle to create our own nativity scenes. We also reviewed a couple of other Christmas Apps. Santa's Photo-both seemed to be a popular app.
The Santa Trap
Bradley is a very naughty boy and wants to put Santa in a trap, we decided that we would try to trap him before he manages to trap Santa. This was something new to us so it helped us with his self confidence.
Our buddies in Kestrel Class are preparing to be children's authors and are going to write a story for children. As part of their research they came to our class and shared some of our favourite stories with us and asked us some questions about the types of books we like and why.
Mr Pod and Mr Piccalilli Paintings
We have been reading the story of Mr Pod and Mr Piccalilli. We have been answering the question 'What makes a good friend?' and we have been discovering how friends can enjoy different things but still be good friends as well as completing lots of different activities based around the story. We have been exploring Nick Sharratt's illustrations and creating our own for Mr Pod and his cat Todd and Mr Piccalilli and his cat Millie.
Days of the Week
We have been learning about the days of the week. We have learnt a song, how to sign the days of the week, to recognise the days and to order them.
BUDDY CAR WASH
We worked our socks off today and made some money to buy some resources for the buddies to share. We wrote health and safety checklists, receipts for money paid and helped our teachers to write risk assessments and guidelines on how to clean cars. Despite there being a chill in the air we persevered and did a very good job, with lots of satisfied customers. The best thing was we raised just over £130.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us by getting their vehicle cleaned.
Class Visit to Victoria Park, Bath
We had a great visit to Victoria Park in Bath. The fun started before we had even left the school grounds because for many of us it was the first time travelling on a coach. Once we had mastered the, not so small, feat of ensuring all the seat belts were fastened safely we started our adventure. The visit was divided into two parts but the whole day was covering the school values of fun, friendship and learning. In the morning we walked around the park, focusing on the Botanical Gardens and again looking at the beauty of our world and how it is important that we all take a part in caring for it. Followed by working on our friendship skills and our ability to have fun whilst approaching new experiences in the adventure park area.
Buddy Fun -Art With Nature
We worked with our buddies to explore the school environment looking for signs of Autumn. We found lots of berries, beautifully coloured and shaped autumn leaves. beech fruit shells and acorns. We selected leaves that we thought were of interest and took them back to class where we laid them out on paper and made some fantastic creations.
Mellow Yellow Day
Thank you to all the parents who paid a pound for the children to come to school wearing yellow. We talked about how we all feel sad from time to time and that it is ok to feel sad. It is important to think of ways that we can try to make ourselves feel better and to be aware of other people feeling sad. We thought of different things we can do to help ourselves and also wrote examples of when people have been kind to us to make us feel better and we put them on post-it-notes and we are going to collect them over the next couple of weeks. Mrs Tesoriere said she felt very happy when Maddison said she was doing good cutting, Ruby said she felt happy when Travis rubbed her back when she was sad, Kaiden said he felt happy when Sonny gave him a high 5 for good colouring.
Arts Week and Cake Sale
Thank you to all the adults that came to view our work in arts week and to buy our cakes from our sale. We will inform you later as to how we spent the money. Our art work was based on the movement of and in water; paying particular interest to the artist Tiffany Bud.
Our morning with Angali
We started our session with Angali by talking a little bit about India. She told us all about the different animals you can find there and about how cheeky the monkeys are now. She explained that they break into houses and steal things but it is only because their homes have been destroyed. She then taught us how to represent different animals using hand gestures. She showed us camel, deer. crab, fish, lion, snake and elephant. Can you guess which ones we are showing?
Angali then told us about traditional Indian clothing. We looked at how long a short sari is and she demonstrated how to wear one, a school uniform sari an she also showed us some traditional clothes including turbans.
Traditional Indian Dancing
As part of arts week, we have welcomed a very talented dancer all the way from India. She performs lots of different types of dancing including story telling, traditional folk dancing and Bollywood dancing. We are working with her in groups and hopefully we will be able to share the results with you in our displays on Friday.
The vicar of our local church in Coleford is Clarissa. She came into class today to introduce herself and explain to us about her job. She explained that she performs Christenings, weddings and funerals. She also explained that she holds services in churches. She invited us to ask her questions; we thought of some very sensible questions and were able to find out that she lives in the vicarage, she has two cats called Jack and Jill and she became a vicar because she had the calling. We are now looking forward to joining her for our first worship with her on Wednesday.
Thank you to all the adults who joined us for a phonic session, to meet the PTA and to meet the buddies. Mrs Tesoriere greatly appreciated the support with the phonics and the PTA were delighted to see so many people willing to sign up to supply cakes and help out on the stall. The buddies had a great time playing the phonic games together and meeting the owl parents. Thank you all again for making it such a positive experience.
If you were unable to make it today please let me (Mrs Tesoriere) know and we can try to arrange an alternative time to discuss the phonics.
We have already made great friendships with our buddies. They have helped us to learn the Wake and Shake routine to Boogie Wonderland.
We have had great fun playing and getting to know each other.
We have also shared playtimes together ...
For the next two weeks, the buddies will be eating their lunches together. It is a great chance to have a chat together and our buddies are there to help us if we need it