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W/B 18/07/22

The Gruffalos have had the best week this week because we have been to the butterfly house on our school trip. When we were there, we got to go inside the butterfly house and see lots of butterflies, snakes, bats, alligators, birds and insects. We also saw bright coloured parrots, porcupines and meerkats. We loved going on the dinosaur trail which squirted water out at us (I think this was our favourite part).


We also loved playing on the play park, I am very impressed and proud of our F2’s for how impeccable their behavior and attitude was whilst out at the park. They showed all the staff, members of the public and other schools how amazing St Andrew’s children are. Well done everyone.

Week Beg:  11/07/22

Well what another busy week we have had in the Gruffalos class! On Wednesday we visited our new classes and we all had a wonderful time. I was so proud of you all for showing your new teachers just how ready for year 1 you all are!

We have enjoyed reading the story One year with Kipper and sharing lots of memories from our year together in the Ladybirds. In continuous provision we have spent time using mirrors to create self portraits on the creative table and comparing them to portraits that we drew back in September. In the investigation cube we have used an I -pad to take photographs of our friends and then draw them from the photo we had captured.

On the writing table we have been busy writing letters and creating fact files for our new teachers, telling them all about us.

In maths we have continued to consolidate our understanding of taking numbers away and combining two groups, we used Kipper’s toy box to add and take away toys to find new totals. We then worked hard to write the number sentences onto whiteboards focusing on our number formation.

W/B 04/07/2022

This week we have been really busy finding out how we can help take care of our planet through sharing the story Clean Up! In our continuous provision we have been designing posters showing how and what can be recycled. We have loved junk box modelling on the creative table, creating some wonderful models all made from recyclable materials. In the sand tray we have been using tweezers to collect rubbish and learn about the importance of keeping our beaches litter free. In the water tray we have enjoyed exploring plastic bottles, filling and emptying them and talking about keeping plastic bottles out of the sea. On the carpet we have been sorting recyclable materials into groups of different materials, we had a big pile of plastic and a big pile of cardboard!

In our writing groups we have been writing about our memories and favourite things from this year, there was so much to think and write about.

In maths we have been focusing on our number formation, working hard to form our numbers correctly in both addition and subtraction number sentences.


Next week we will be sharing the story, One year with Kipper.

Wk Beg: 27/06/22

It has been another great week in the Gruffalos, we are absolutely loving our topic and are getting so much out of it. We have shared the story of the rainbow fish as well as other familiar stories about creatures that live under the sea, we practically enjoyed |Fidgety fish and friends. In the water tray we have explored glittery blue water with fish and nets. In the sand we have re told the story of the Rainbow fish with character puppets and on the creative table we have been busy sponge painting and collaging pictures of the Rainbow fish. We also enjoyed watching clips from blue plant and researching some of the fascinating creatures we saw including sharks and angel fish!

In our writing groups we have done a fantastic job of writing the story of the Rainbow fish in our own words as well as thinking of our own animals and own settings for stories.

In maths we have been consolidating our skills with the composition of numbers 1 -10. We have used the 10s frames to find different ways of making numbers to 10.

Next week we will be sharing the book Clean Up.   

W/B: 20.6.2022

It has been another very busy and hot week in the Gruffalos! We really enjoyed sports day on Tuesday, it was so much fun and we all did such a good job in our races, well done everyone!


In topic we have continued to explore our topic big wide world and this week have explored the non fiction book water, we have learnt that water is everywhere and helps us to live every single day. On the creative table we have been using water to create bubble pictures, it was very messy but a lot of fun! In the water tray we have explored the concept of capacity looking at different sized and shaped fillers and containers, finding out how much water can be held in each of them and making predictions and comparisons between them all.


In our writing groups we have been talking and writing about places that are special to us, we wrote about our houses, gardens, the beach and the park! On the writing table we have been thinking about keeping safe in water and have written ways to keep ourselves safe when playing in our paddling pools and swimming in the sea.


In maths we have continued to look at odds and evens and we have got so good at spotting the pattern with these numbers. The numicon really helped use to see this and we were able to identify odd and even numbers all the way up to 20!


Next week we will be sharing the story of the Rainbow Fish.

W/B: 06/06/22

What an amazing start to our new topic, Big Wide World! We have learnt so much already this week and have really enjoyed exploring a giant map together on the carpet, we learnt about the 7 continents of the world, the many countries within them, as well as the oceans! We used a compass to help us describe where we live and compared the size of England to other countries in the world. We learnt a song to help us remember the names of all the continents and the link is below!


In our writing groups we have been writing descriptions about where we live and, we used google earth to look closely at our local communities and help us to write in lots of detail.


In maths we have been looking at doubling and sharing. We used 10s frames, numicon, spots on ladybirds and our fingers to help us learn our double facts to 10.  


Next week we will be sharing the story Walk this World.

W/B: 23/5/2022

What a crazy, fantastic, busy week we have had this week. We started the week off by learning all about people who help us. We had the most special visit from Nottinghamshire Fire rescue, where they brought the fire engine. The fire fighters explained all about the fire engine and what we had to do inscase there was a fire. We even got to spray the hose! On Tuesday we all looked fabulous dressing up as what we want to be when we grow up! It was amazing to see everyone in their clothes looking so smart. 


We have also had the best time celebrating the queens jubilee. We have been busy in class making paper chain bunting, crowns, book marks and flags. We love creating our crowns for the crown parade and really enojyed walking around the field for our parents and families. On Friday we had the best lunch time, as a school we sat outside in the playground, on tables for a street party picnic. We decorated our own party bags and loved our picnic food. 


Well done for  great half term. You have all worked so hard and desrve a week off. See you after the half term holidays. 

W/B: 16/05/22

This week we have really enjoyed sharing the non fiction book about shadows and reflections and have been lucky enough to spend time outside exploring shadows and reflections in the sunshine. In our continuous provision we have explored matching objects to their shadows in the sand try, looking at our reflections using spoons in the water tray and making our own shadow puppets on the creative table.


In our writing groups we have been writing sun safety posters. The children were brilliant at telling me lots of different ways to enjoy the sun and how to keep themselves safe. We spent time discussing how important this is and wrote about remembering to put a sun hat on, drink plenty of water and apply lots of sun cream.


In maths we have been looking at subtraction from 20, using first, then and now boards to help us understand the concept of taking numbers away. The children blew me away with how confident they have become using 10s frames to find the answer.


Next week, we will start the week by looking at the world of work and finish the half term celebrating the Queens platinum jubilee.

W/B: 9/05/2022

What a fantanstic week we have had this week learning all about 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. We have loved reading this story and exploring our continuous provision. We have been busy creating paper chain caterpillars, printing the hungry caterpillar with sponges anbd writing the days of the week along with the story on the writing table. We are very excited about the arrival of caterpillars, so we can watch them turn into butterflies. 


In Literacy this week we have been writing poems all about minibeasts after going on a minibeast hunt around our outside area. We learnt that 1 in 4 animals on the planet are beetles. In Maths we have been looking at the concept of first, then and now. The children did really well telling Maths stories using this language. 


Next week we will be reading the non-fiction book 'Shadows and Reflections'.

Wk beginning: 02/04/22

It has been a short but very brilliant week in the Gruffalos. We have really enjoyed the story My butterfly Bouquet and have learnt all about the life cycle of a butterfly. We watched the most amazing video, which showed us each of the stages of the life cycle. The link is below if you would like to watch it at home!


On the creative table we have made some fantastic butterfly pictures, we talked about how the wings on a butterfly are symmetrical and we worked really hard to re create this using our hand prints.

In our writing groups we have worked hard to sequence picture cards of the life cycle of a butterfly and have written a sentence to go with each of them.


In maths we have been looking at spatial reasoning. We have loved using the geoboards and elastic bands to create different shapes. We used the numicon like jigsaw pieces, turning, spinning and rotating them to fit together to create pictures.


Next week we will be sharing the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Week beginning: 25/4/22


It has been a very busy week in the Gruffalos class learning our topic Sunshine and Sunflowers.

In the curiosity cube we have been carefully observing how flowers absorb water to help them grow. We turned the water in the bottom of the jug bright blue and  watched it travel from the roots all the way to the tip of the petals. On the creative table we have been re creating the Van Gough sunflowers picture and they look amazing on the wall!

In our writing groups we have been writing a diary of a seed and using our phonic knowledge to spell lots of words, we have also been trying really hard to remember our finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

In maths we have been continuing to look at numbers to 20. We have built towers to 10 using cubes and then found how many ones we needed to add to our towers to make teen numbers. We were brilliant at spotting the missing numbers in our number line to 20, so good that we had to find up to three missing numbers at a time!


Next week we will be sharing the story the story ‘Butterfly Bouquet.’

Week Beginning 18/04/2022


Well done Gruffalos for a great first week back. We have loved being back at school and stuck in to our new topic, 'Sunshine and Sunflowers'. We have really enjoyed reading our story of the week, 'Errols Garden', learning all about roof top gardens in apartments and everyone in the community coming together to create a beautiful garden. We have enjoyed digging and planting seeds in our continuous provison areas around the classroom. We have completed and labeled parts of a flower and written up the stages of planting a seed. 


In our Maths this week we have been busy learning all about the numbers 10-20, thinking about teen numbers and what it means to be a teen number. We have used different resources to help us count out and recognise teen numbers, such as, Numicon, counting beads, flash cards and cubes. 


Next week we look forward to reading the story 'A Tiny Seed' and playing in our Garden Centre role play area.