We have had a fantastic first week back! It has been great to meet familiar children and welcome new children to the team.
We had a great time rolling down the hill during our first forest school time!
Reception had a great time with Adam Bushnell. We retold a story together thinking about the different animals and what actions and voices they might use. We were then lucky enough to get to meet Jet the tortoise. He had a great time seeing all of the superhero animals we could create!
In forest school, we used natural materials to make pictures of ourselves. Can you guess who everyone is?
As part of our 'All about me' topic we have painted pictures of ourselves and thought about how we are all unique.
This week saw us have our first Commando Joe's lesson. This is an opportunity for us to work as a team, think about how we would solve problems and build up our resilience to keep trying even when things go wrong.
This week we have focused on the story Elmer! We have read the story together and read different stories that Elmer is in too. We have had a great time using blue, yellow and red paint to make new colours.
We used inkpen mushrooms to paint leaf pictures in forest school!
Commando Joe's was all about using our phonics to help us spell different words.
Following the success of the black book challenge, to go on an Autumn hunt at home, we decided to have our own hunt during forest school. We discussed what we thought we might find and then off we went!
Reception had a fantastic time getting to hear all about the important job Pegswood fire station have. They talked about staying safe around fire especially during Bonfire night which will soon be upon us. We were then lucky enough to be able to see the fire engine and all of the special equipment we need. Everyone had a great time!
We had a great time dressing in our Halloween costumes and showing them off to our PTA members, who looked very different!
This week we have focused on the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. We have been thinking about who we would take with us on our own brooms. We have really enjoyed this book and we are looking forward to making changes to the story next week!
This week we have thought about remembrance day. We discussed why we wear poppies, what do they symbolise and also discussed which day remembrance day takes place. On the 11th November we stopped and completed a 1 minute silence to remember everyone who has fought to keep us safe. We also made our own poppy sun catchers.
As part of Forest school this week we re-read the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and thought about making our own magic wands. We collected our materials and then got to work. I am pleased to say we all managed to make a magic wand and even put spells on each other!
This week in forest school it was all about making the most of the wonderful Autumn leaves we have on the school field. We had lots of fun playing in them. We also tried to make the first letter of our names using the leaves!
This week we have read and re-read the story We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen. We then decided we would tell the story using actions as we know it so well. Here we are in action!
This week we received a special letter from Santa, on Wednesday we came into class and found a letter and a box of goodies. We read the letter and realised Santa wanted us to write a Christmas list and send it to him. We set to work and completed this and then walked along to the Belsay shop to post them. We all had a great time and were fantastic at being safe!
We had a great time in the frosty weather, lots of us tried to make snow angels. We are hoping more snow will arrive soon!
We worked together to put the Christmas tree up. I am sure you will agree it looks magnificent!
This week in Reception we have thought about the story of Christmas. The children have also enjoyed reading a whole host of Christmas books and many are making their way home with some of the children.
We all had a great time on Wednesday. As if by magic our table cloth we decorated ended up in the hall. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and it was delicious. Thank you Mrs Hayes!
We had a great time during our Christmas performance! To celebrate we had a Christmas party. There was lots of dancing and singing to be had! Everyone was magnificent.
This half term we start our topic of traditional tales. The first story we have focused on has been Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have thought about the characters in the story and how they would have felt.
This week in Commando Joe's it was all about making a bed for Goldilocks! We had to work as a team and make sure we could make one that wasn't too hard and wasn't too soft but one that was just right!
We have also had lots of independent writing from the children this week, they have been using their phonic knowledge to help with their writing.
We have finalised our work on the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Commando Joe’s involved building a bridge but everytime the troll asked “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?” We had to work as a team to hide from the troll. It was great to see the team work.
Our Numeracy focus this week has been all about symmetry, what better way to do this than to paint half of butterfly, double it and see it look exactly the same on both sides!
What a week we have, we have focused on our reading this week and how we can use it to read words in a story. We have then applied this knowledge to our writing and completed lots of jobs that required us to use our phonics skills. This focus task required the children to choose a ball, read the word and then write a rhyming word. Everyone gave it a good go and I was really impressed. Well done Reception!
This week in forest school we continued to work on the skill of whittling. A tricky task for some people, but with perseverance and determination we all managed to successfully make a magic wand. We thought about keeping ourselves and others safe. This required us to make sure we had lots of space around us.
A lot of exploring in the water tray has occurred this week, the children have enjoyed experimenting with the water and seeing what happens when they overflow a container.
Dinosaur explorers at the ready!
The children had a great time with the paint they enjoyed exploring what happens when we mix together different colours!
We have completed an experiment to see which drinks are the best for our teeth. We used pop, water and juice to see what would happen to the eggs/teeth. We made predictions about what might happen, set up the experiment and left it for one week. We then checked to see what had changed. We then made our conclusion that water is the best for our teeth compared to pop and juice. We also would like to test what would happen if we used orange and apple juice rather than blackcurrant.
We have had a great time in the invention shed this week. We took on the role of sorting out additional items that needed sorting and then we were able to plan what we would like to make. We had a whole range of creative ideas. Some children made binoculars, some made a seesaw for the gingerbread man and we even had a dinosaur. It was great to see the children so busy in the Invention shed and some children even chose to bring items back to the classroom to continue their creations.
We have had a great time this week making use of our amazing space café. We have been busy taking orders, preparing the space food and making sure we have some happy customers.
Reception transformed themselves into Aliens! They spent time making their own alien mask and then putting it to good use pretending to be a real alien!
What a great time we had on World Book Day dressing up as our favourite character from our favourite book! Can you guess the books?
Linking with our story 'Whatever next' by Jill Murphy we thought about a trip to the moon. We planned what and who we would like to take with us, we made a plan of the rocket we would like to travel in and then we got to work making the rocket ensuring it was big enough for everyone to fit on. A lot of hard work and team work was shown during this activity with great success for all.
This week we have continued with our big question 'What would happen if we planted a seed from Earth on Mars? We decided to plant seeds in lots of different places that 'might be like' Mars.
This half term we are focusing on the topic of 'The World'. This week we have looked at different animals from around the world and made links with our class story The Ugly Five. We have thought about what it would be like to live in Africa! We completed our own art work to show a African sunset.
This half term will see us continue to work on fire safety during our forest school sessions. This week we collected the equipment, set up the fire pit thinking about how to keep everyone safe, and then we took turns to attempt to light a fire. A really tricky task which requires great perseverance and patience! Well done to Thea, Olive and Bee for successfully lighting a fire. Well done to the whole of Team Reception nobody gave up even when it was really difficult!
We had a great time in music. We sang some of the songs Mrs Wigham has taught us. We then chose our Mr moon song to sing and play our instrument to. It was fantastic to see everyone having a go and performing to an audience.
We had a great time during transition time this week with the current year 1 children. It was great to be able to meet with new friends and spend time together.
It has been very bubbly and very busy in the water tray this week! Everyone had a great time!
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
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2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
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6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
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7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
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Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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