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.
Week Beginning 8.5.20
This week we will be learning more about keeping ourselves clean. We will be concentrating on cleaning out teeth. This is a very important thing to do especially now that the dentists are closed, now you must make sure you clean your teeth at least twice a day. We will also be concentrating on another sense- last week it was hearing, this week it is sight.
This Week's Challenge
For our challenge this week we are going to travel all the way to New York, where we will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Explore the art by clicking on the red or yellow dots on the map. There are pictures, videos, information and suggestions for things to do. Try out the time machine to discover art from around the world at different times in history - just jump in the time machine, choose when and where to go and press the red button!
You can also visit areas of the museum with these 360 videos.
Share your discoveries on the blog with your friends. We would love to see your favourites, and any of the activities you choose to do.
Week Beginning 1st June 2020
I hope you have all had a lovely half term break in the glorious sunshine. For the next few weeks we are going to be leaning about ourselves and other animals. As part of this, we will be learning about growing, changes, self care and our senses. This wee k we will be learning about the importance of keeping clean and the first of our 5 senses the sense of hearing.
Half Term Week
I am sure you are having a lovely time at home enjoying the sun. If however, you are getting a little bored you could always look back at any learning you might have missed. Especially if you have got your paddling pools out there is some science investigations based around water . I have tried them out with mu family this week, see if you can.
This week's Challenge and Half Term
I always knew the Owls are a very kind class but, this week they have demonstrated just how kind they are. They have been completing tasks such as watering plants, hoovering for their parents, drawing pictures for loved ones, giving flowers and socially distancing , baking food for people, taking food for people we care about and making a film for our buddies. There are many more acts of kindness that have be shown even saying kind and supportive words- sometimes that is all it takes to make someone's day. Some of the staff at Bishop Henderson have done their bit too and we have collected food to take to the food bank. When I have gathered it altogether, after this half term I will take a photo and share it with you. Thank you Owls and your families for all your acts of kindness big and small, they are very much welcomed and you should be very proud.
It is now half term and with all your acts of kindness and hard work I think you deserve a rest so I won't be posting any work for this week but I will check SeeSaw just in case you need to send me a message and I will check Bug Club in case you need new books- it is always nice to read in the holidays. Take care, stay safe and I will be in contact Friday, when I post some more work.
This week's Challenge
To help mark this week's Mental Health Week, we are focusing on the theme of kindness. It is very important to think about our well being and that of others and, one excellent way of doing that is through doing something kind for someone. Not only does it make that person feel happy but, it also makes the person completing the act of kindness happy. It can be a little thing such as giving someone a smile to performing a little task or helping someone in need. I have posted a video on SeeSaw about an act of kindness that I have experienced recently. I would love to hear about any acts of kindness you have done this week. you could even attempt the 7 day kindness challenge.
Week beginning 18.5.20
This is a completely different version of Stone Soup and a more modern version. Watch the link and see what you think.
This week's challenge
Florence Nightingale is a significant role model in history. She is famously known for being a nurse and for helping wounded soldiers in the war. She changed people’s opinions of nurses and made hospitals better at caring for others. It would be her 200th birthday on the Tuesday 12th May. Seeing as we are supporting the NHS at this time, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate her birthday and learn more about her.
Have a look at the link below. This a 360 degree tour of the house that Florence Nightingale once lived in. See if you can notice the differences between our houses and hers.
Once you have explored her home, here is a booklet of activities you could complete. There are some interesting facts and lots of different tasks in here. You do not have to do them all just complete your favourite activities!
See if you can find out what Florence had as a pet:
Please post any activities you do on the blog so that we can share what we have all learned.
Week Beginning 11th May
I hope everyone is well and feel relaxed and happy after the bank holiday weekend and all the VE Day celebrations that took place. I have prepared some more activities for you to take a look at. They are still based around a traditional story, Stone Soup. This is a less well known traditional tale but it is told all around the world. There aren't many activities on Twinkl and none on Espresso but they are still worth looking at for other activities. I have also included some science experiments for you to try. Have fun and enjoy your learning.
Celebrate VE Day together
This is an invitation to you and your families, if you are unable to read the details the venue is your won home and only with the people you live with and the time is midday.
Hope you are able to join us!
Week Beginning 4.5.20
This week's work is based around the traditional tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. There are different activities for you to try. I hope you have fun doing it. Remember to read your Bug Club books and I will add more when you are running low - I have already had to do that for someone! Don't forget the daily phonic lessons as they will really help you when you are in year 1. There are other activities that you may enjoy on www.discoveryeducation.co.uk. on the top right hand corner click on the padlock, click on Espresso and then put in the password etc I gave you on seesaw last week. I can't publish it on here as it is only allowed to be shared with our school, as we pay a subscription.
Also look out for this week's challenge as it will be based on VE Day celebrations.
Hope you and your families are all well and remember we will all be together again !
Week Beginning 27.4.20
I hope everyone continues to be safe and well. I have prepared some more ideas for learning for you. If you want to you can use them to make a timetable that suits you or you can just pick an activity to do when you want to do it. Remember to try to read every day and to keep practising you sounds and tricky words. If you haven't got a printer don't worry you don't have to print out the sheets you can either screen shot them and draw on them or you can copy them onto your own paper.
I hope you enjoy the activities I have suggested and I hope to see you all very soon.
Daily phonic lessons
As you are aware phonics is a very important part of the curriculum for Reception and Year 1 and with this in mind the Department of Education, along with letters and sounds, are producing Daily lessons. These lessons are starting tomorrow and might be an interesting watch. It suggests the children needed paper and writing materials for the lesson to practise some simple spellings.
Challenge of the Week:
As this week will be International Dance Day, we wanted to do something special to make you all smile and dance. Below you will find a video of familiar faces doing their own Wake & Shake. If you would like to, you could follow our version or you could have a go at making your own. You could pick your own song, that makes you happy, or use the same song as us 'Sunday Best'. If you would like to, you could post a picture of your best move to the blog or seesaw so that we can see. Please make sure you have your parents' permission before doing so.
As the photos are gong to be shared, please follow some safeguarding rules:
We hope that you have fun with this challenge and enjoy our wake & shake.
3 Little Pigs
Hello lovely Owls, see below for some ideas for learning this week. Have fun and don't forget to send me any photos you have. I am very pleased to have received some answers for the Longleat quiz- well done all of you that took part.
I am aware that we would normally be on our Easter Holiday break now and that you would probably, be spending time with your families going away or on day trips. As we are unable to do that this year, I thought I would try and bring exciting places to you. The first one is Longleat – you may have been there before but it is still an interesting tour of the safari. I have attached some questions- see if you can answer them during the tour or after. Send your answers to me via see saw and I will tell you how many you got right. Good luck
I have thought of a couple of activities you might enjoy doing at home over the Easter holidays. I hope you all have a good Easter and that the Easter bunny visits you.
Mrs Scott's NHS Easter Challenge.
You are invited to make an Easter picture to say thank you to all of our doctors and nurses and our National Health Service. We will send these on to our local NHS.
The picture can be drawn or painted. It should be bright and colourful and include:
An Easter egg
A drawing of you
A message saying something along the lines of -
Thank you to all of our nurses and doctors
Thank for looking after everyone
Thank you to everyone in the NHS
Please take a photo of the picture and put it on your class blog.
Ask one of your parents to email the picture to email@example.com with your name and class.
Put your picture in one of your windows.
From Mrs Scott
I have made mine and i have posted it on our class blog- I look forward to seeing yours too!
Accessing learning from home
All children have a home exercise book. This contains our school handwriting policy, spellings, and log in credentials. Owl Class children can access maths activities through CBeebies Number Blocks.
We wish everyone good health at this difficult time and hope that the content we put on here can help in some way.
Twinkl is an educational website offering resources for all subjects and all year groups. Twinkl are offering a free membership to everyone which parents are able to create. This allows you to access work sheets and presentations, should you wish to use them. Details of how to create an account are below:
Try these interactive maths games
and this one helps with number bonds and is with our superheroes theme
Please have a look at Go Noodle website . Owl Class are brilliant at Bananas, Bananas, Meatballs and the syllable dance. We have also been learning about Mindfullness with Rainbow Breathing and Balloon Breathing - this might come in handy for us all as time goes on. Keep an eye out for our class blog we are currently working on it and you should be issued with your child's log in very soon. I have also posted a phonic activity you might like on the Seesaw App. Stay Safe and I will be back in contact very soon
Please take advantage of the login for Espresso, we pay a subscription fee at school and they are very kindly allowing us to give a password so that our parents can access it. They have also asked us to ask you to only use it for your child.
World Book Day
A huge thank you to all the parents that supported us in our celebrations of World Book Day. The children seemed to have such fun making their models and were so very proud of them. The results were brilliant just take a look at all the talent we have in our class.
People Who Give a Service - Vets
Izzy the vet came to visit us to tell us all about her job. We thought of questions to ask her and she explained about all the different animals she has looked after from elephants to birds. She told us how we have to be very careful when we have pet dogs because a lot of her work is looking after dogs that have swallowed things they shouldn’t have. She showed us posters of the different animals she has looked after and she brought some cuddle toys to demonstrate different treatments. We looked at different x-rays and listened to our hearts with a stethoscope. She said we were very good at listening and we were very enthusiastic with our learning.
People Who Give Service- Parents
Mrs Bullock used to work in our school but she left to have a baby and now she is moving to Scotland to be with her husband, who works in the army. She brought her baby Imogen in to say goodbye to us and to give us an opportunity to ask any questions about Imogen and what it is like to be a mum. Mrs Bullock told us it was very hard work and she was very tired but that she thinks it is the best job. She told us that Amelia is being a very helpful big sister and that Imogen is a very happy baby who likes to sleep a lot. She told us that she is teething, just like Joe in the book we have been reading-Dogger.
We were very interested to learn about the mines after we leant about our logo and our houses being named after local pits. We spotted lamps similar to ours and learnt they are called Davey lamps. We also learnt about an 8 year old boy sitting in the mine in pitch darkness opening the doors for the miners and carts. We learnt about the important job that the canaries played in keeping the miners safe. We couldn’t believe how scary it felt and we had a lot more space than the miners would have had. We were surprised that the miners wouldn’t have worn anything on their feet and that 12 year old boys would have pulled the coal in a cart using a guss and crook.
A Victorian Schoolroom and Lesson
We dressed up as Victorian children and had lessons like the children would have. We found out that it was very strict. Children had to sit up straight or they had to wear a wooden frame, they couldn’t fidget or they would have their fingers put in wooden holes and their hands tied behind their backs. They even wore a Dunce's hat if they answered questions wrongly and they would have to stand in the corner. If they were badly behaved the teacher would use the cane to hit the boys on their bottoms or the back of the legs and the girls across their hands. Mrs Curtis pretended she had been a naughty boy- she felt very sorry for herself!
Visiting a Victorian House
We learnt about how people lived in the Victorian times. We learnt that they didn’t have electricity and so life was so much harder. We were amazed that the Dads used to have to have a bath in such a small tin bath. We were also amused to find out that people used to use recycled newspaper instead of toilet paper. We also thought it was interesting that people had to beat their rugs. We were also intrigued about not being able to switch on a light
Shopping in a Victorian Shop
We visited the local Victorian shop to learn about how they used to shop. We learnt that there were some differences such as people didn’t help themselves they were served, the money looked very different and had Queen Victoria’s head instead of Queen Elizabeth the second’s. We also learnt about the medicine in jugs aand vinegar in the kegs. Bread and cakes were delivered by horse and cart and on bicycles. The soap smelt disgusting but there were some things that were the same such as Bovril, Cadbury’s chocolate and familiar biscuits. We even found a plate that was from Coleford to celebrate Queen Victoria's jubilee.
Fun in the Park
After the volunteers in the museum told us how very well-behaved and polite we were, Mrs Tesoriere told us we could go to the park to play and eat our picnics. We had a great time chatting and playing with our friends .
As a final treat we shared hot chocolate and biscuits when we returned to our classroom- what a wonderful day!
People Who Help Us
We are learning about Superheroes, real life superheroes and people who serve us. We have been learning that even Superheroes get it wrong sometimes or they find something difficult but what makes them super is that they persevere and never give up. We had some people visit us today and we had to ask them questions to gather clues so that we could guess what their jobs were. Mrs Tesoriere was so proud of how clever we were with thinking of questions. We found out they all helped people in one way or another.
These are just some of the questions we thought to ask (they could only answer yes or no)
A- Do you wear a uniform?
S- Do you wear a special badge?
J- Do you wear beautiful clothes?
T- Do you use a hose?
B- Do you use a hammer?
R - Do you use a ladder?
A- Do you drive a vehicle for your job?
M- Do you help people?
O- Do you use brushes?
B- Do you paint walls?
K- Do you use medicines?
We have been looking at different toys in the air. We have made paper aeroplanes, kites and now parachutes. Our buddies came with us to help us to make and investigate parachutes.
Visiting Holly Trinity Church
We have been learning about places that are special to us. We have been talking about how it is important to respect and care for other people's special places. As part of this learning, we took a visit to Holly Trinity Church with Clarissa, where she informed us about the important features of a church. We understood that this is a very special place for Christians.
Christening at Holy Trinity Church
While we visited Holy Trinity Church Clarissa told us about all the reasons why the church is special to Christians, we learnt that people use the church to pray, sing, worship, reflect, learn and celebrate ceremonies such as weddings and christenings. Clarissa showed us what would happen during a Christening. We had parents of the baby and 3 godparents . We learnt about the ceremony and the symbolism associated with them.
Chinese New Year
We have been learning about another festival, this time it is Chinese New Year. We have learnt about the zodiac story and the story of Nian, the monster. We then completed lots of different activities.
Chinese New Year with our Buddies
We shared our learning of Chinese New Year with our buddies. We told them about the monster Nian and how his story is linked with why fireworks, red lanterns and red envelopes are all used in the new year celebrations. We watched a short animation based on the story of Nian and then worked with our buddies to create art work together.
Thank you for all of your support in raising money for our sponsored silence to buy cushions and resources for our reading corners. The children in Owl Class managed to raise an amazing amount of money. We had a little practise on the Monday afternoon, Mrs Tesoriere had a sand timer and showed us how hard it would be to be quiet for a minute. We then made predictions about how long we thought we could be quiet for. We mostly predicted about 3 to 10 minutes and a few of us predicted 100 minutes. We all manged to be quiet for over 10 minutes and a few of us actually managed to be quiet for a whole hour!
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