Sea Turtles Blog (EYFS)
Welcome to the our blog! We hope to share all the wonderful things that we are learning about in EYFS.
Our Class Teacher is Miss Jones. Our teaching assistants are Ms Grieve and Mrs S. Smith will be helping with interventions across the year group.
Here is our exciting Curriculum Map 2020-21
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Welcome to 2021 and a new year. Sadly, we cannot be in school together, but learning goes on. This term we will celebrate remote learning on our blog page. Our topic this term is called "Where I live and People who help us.
Welcome to week 6
A great start to the week .
Thank you for the great work sent in on Monday and Tuesday. There has been lots of children reading and writing. It was fantastic to see children creating patterns and measuring. Thank you Isla for the wonderful picture of the icicles hanging from the railway bridge and Alfie singing his favourite song from Frozen.
A lovely start to a new week, thank you for the great photo sent in of you with your newly finished fire engine and your microphone, as I hear you love to sing.
Sea Turtles I look forward to sharing your fantastic learning this week. I am going to do skipping every day for my Personal Bests, during my break, keep on going everyone.
Time capsule by Joshua
Thank you Joshua and your family for sending in the pictures and words about your own time capsules. I hope you like your poster? I hear you are burying it this weekend. I look forward to seeing other time capsules. I wonder what others will include?
A busy week of learning.
Well done to all the Sea Turtles who have tried hard with learning this week. I hope you enjoyed learning your letter sounds, reading words and growing 6, 7 and 8 in maths.
I know from your parents that learning about the fire officers was interesting and you sent in some great pictures.
I know some of you are making time capsules. You are 4 and 5 in a time like none of us have known before and this will help you to remember the good things, not just those times when people feel sad. Being 4 and 5 is a special age, so if you haven't made a time capsule take a look at what Joshua put in. it will give you ideas.
Finally, well done to those who have been using Reading Eggs and Mathseeds this week. Rosalie and Skyla were top of Reading Eggs with 13 and 7 reads. For Mathseeds it was Rosalie, Niko, Skyla and Lolo with 5 or more. Charlie lead the way with Reading Eggspress ,reading 9 books. I know lots of you have been doing the RWI and White Rose Maths, so keep sending in your pictures. Here are some pictures of learning sent in on Friday. Enjoy your weekend Sea Turtles, it might even snow again!
Fabulous Friday and fire engines
This week we have been learning about fire officers, as People who help us.
This fabulous fire engine was made by the children who are in school. I am looking forward to seeing more! A big thank you to all at school.
Thank you for the fire engines that were sent in today, as we have been learning about fire officers, as People who help us.
With the pictures sent in today was a photograph of one of our Sea Turtles with his Time Capsule. It has been a massive year to begin school and start school. I hope this inspires other families to do the same.
Our Sea Turtles have been busy with their Personal Bests and getting out, to be active. Today we were learning to make pairs in Maths. Thanks for those who came to our assembly, it was great to play the phonics game, share news and listen to "Tha Sandwich" poem. I look forward to the next group on Thursday. If you haven't joined yet and would like to please email.
Welcome to February and a creative Monday.
Learning to count.
Thank you for the two great recordings of children learning tp count at home. I know everyone is trying so hard. I hope these encourage the families.
Today pictures sent in showed creativity with writing, making dice to count, baking scones and drawing. It is great to see families working together at this time to make the best learning opportunities. Thank ypu.
Week 4 Remote learning
Welcome to a new week. Well done the 12 children who used Reading Eggs and Mathseeds last week.
Fantastic Friday, to end Week 4
Well done Sea Turtles, you have been fantastic learners this week. Thank you for the pictures sent in of learning at home. It is great to see this future farmer, baking and lots of reading.
I look forward to seeing you in our class assemblies next week. Enjoy your weekends.
Wow! Sea Turtles you have been so busy today. it has been terrific to get your pictures, it might take a while, but well dome. Just a starter here is a message for everyone.
Fantastic learning today, here are photographs of busy Sea Turtles.
Today Sea Turtles have been learning about the police and we have had some officers on duty solving crimes, like the case of the missing biscuits.
Thanks for Mia's family for sharing the pictures of making her shaker and fantastic dancing that was sent in today.
Thank you for the pictures sent in today. You didn't miss the snow today, but a few are from the weekend, but we are sharing these today. There pictures of great writing, drawings of houses, counting in the shop, walks in the wood, ladybird counting in Maths and an police interview, of the toys. by Police officer Josh.
At the beginning pf the month these two films were sent in. Sorry for the delay in sharing, but the girls talk about their special friends, each other! A wonderful way to begin Wednesday, Thank you.
Today is music day. We are looking forward to your music and movement.
Thanks to Max and his mum for sharing. Yes it does sound like the rain.
Magnificent Monday (25th January)
P.E. and getting active
Thank you for the films sent of Xander joining in with P.E. and Mia getting active, running with the Nintendp. Also, here we celebrate learning today in the pictures below.
Thank you for your snowy pictures, they were brilliant. If you didn't send any there is still time. It was great to see Joshua's model of Watercreek Forest. Once again you can still make and send. using what you have to make one.
Here is Joshua's model of Watercreek Forest.
Thank you everyone who has sent in their snow pictures. It looks like you enjoyed being out in the snow. You been very creative with snowmen, angels and frogs. For some of you it was just playing. I hope you had a good time. Here are your photographs.
Models of Westbury and the area
Thank you for the models that have come in. The latest were the library by Natalia and Bolton Mill by Xander. There is still time to make a model, we are still looking for our school, a supermarkets or more houses. It can be very simple, using a box and pens. Keep building and we will make a virtual gallery before the end of term 1.
End of our school week. Thank you for this set of photographs that have been sent in.
This week we have had lots of reading and writing. But it was also great to see you using your skills, with measuring, making playdough and cakes. It was fantastic that children were making shakers for music, I hope this gives ideas to others. You have been amazing with your role-play, being doctors, nurses and vets, next week we will be learning about the police. It was wonderful to receive the photograph of Natalia's library and that she made it because she loves books. I am looking forward to seeing more of your learning.
Keep sending in the pictures and have a good weekend.
Yesterday, this fantastic picture of Josh with his homemade scales was sent in. It may give you ideas today. Thanks Josh and I look forward to seeing all your work today.
Well done to all the busy learners today. I was pleased to see lots of you using Reading Eggs and Mathseeds. I hope you took part in the Maths challenge, how many objects could fit in a box (or container). Both Isla and Xander sent in pictures and found more objects than me. I was pleased to see the progress that you are making with your writing. I was delighted to see children acting out the roles of doctors, as People who help us. Keep sending in your photographs.
Wonderful Wednesday (20th January)
The children working in school were playing together to role play their dream jobs. They shared their ideas and props to help them act like teachers, doctors, dog walkers, dogs and the police. Thank you for the picture.
Well done Alfie, a wonderful model of Westbury White Horse. Keep sending in your pictures everyone!
Thank you for the fantastic work sent in today. Today in our photographs we celebrate writing, measure and a brilliant model of Westbury White Horse, by Alfie.
Thank you for this great film, how to look after our pets. The children were asked their dream job, here we have a fine vet.
Tuesday's learning (19th January)
Today we have been measuring capacity. Thank you for these pictures showing measuring, comparing full to empty. Well done everyone. I know lots of families are busy with learning and you are doing a wonderful job.
This afternoon was music. Thank you for the great films from Xander and Josh had an idea to make shakers.
Good morning, I hope you are having a good Tuesday. This picture of some great work at home, wonderful sewing Ella and Isla has told how she made Garston Vets.
On Monday our learning in Maths was to compare weight. Thank you for the fantastic pictures that came in. On Tuesday it all about full and empty, get your cups out and enjoy your learning.
It was great to receive pictures of the first Westbury models. Well done for Garston vets, Westbury Station and the fire station.
How to build a fire station, thank you for this model.
Week 2 Remote learning
Well done to all of you out there, whether you have been learning at home or in the Key Worker group. I have enjoyed looking the many photographs sent in and seen the progress you are making. I know it is tough and you want to be back together with your friends and as teachers we fully understand.
This our pictures show lots of children doing their reading and writing, which is fantastic.
As well as some children doing P.E. and getting out and about.
I am looking forward to seeing your models of buildings around Westbury, although we know that these may take longer to do. Keep sending in your pictures. Take care.
Friday 15th January
Today we say a very happy 5th birthday to one of our Sea Turtles. Happy birthday Rosalie x
You all sing along or maybe even dance to this happy song.
Wednesday 13th January
Well done Sea Turtles for all the hard work over the last few days. The children who joined in with the P.E. showed a good try to balance, walk along and even jump over your tightropes. Lots of work showing RWI and Maths have been sent in. I was pleased to see more children finding out about where they live. The picture of "sshhh" in the Secret Garden was very clever. I look forward to seeing the maps that you make and your models of places around Westbury ( last year the chidren made the station, swimming pool, fire station and their houses). Finally, don't forget Reading Eggs and Mathseeds, it is updated daily.
Friday 8th January
The end of a busy week. Thanks to all the families who have sent in photographs of your children learning this week.
Wednesday 6th January
Thank you for the work that has been sent in this morning. Well done those who made and ordered the number cards this morning. Here are some of the pictures already sent in. I hope it gives others ideas.
Well done to those children who made the number cards and order 0 to 10. Thank you for the families who sent in these photographs.
Good morning Sea Turtles. I have got my skipping rope put for my daily skip. Can you get your skipping ropes out too?
Tuesday 5th January
We begin celebrating work in RWI and playing skittles in Maths.
Thank you for the wonderful pictures sent in from the Christmas holidays.
Autumn term 2
Happy Christmas to all the Sea Turtles and their families.
Thank you everyone for making Sea Turtles a special place to learn. This year has been different, singing for families online, but our Christmas dinner and party went ahead. Here are some pictures of learning around Christmas and our dinner together. I hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas. Look forward to seeing you in January.
Remember to ring the jingle bells on Christmas Eve, that you made and we hope you enjoy reading your books.
Well done all the children who took part in the Santa Dash today, running 10 (plus) laps of the playground. The children looked very festive and raised money for Save the Children. Thank you for all your support.
11.12.20 This year’s Christmas performance has had to be different at WIS as with many other schools far and wide but we have made it as special as we can and the children’s faces show just how much they have enjoyed singing the songs and doing the actions. Although we can’t all be together in the hall, we have managed to make it just as special but in a different way. Today, all the children thoroughly enjoyed watching each other’s Christmas performance videos during our virtual celebration assembly. We hope you enjoy watching them at home as much as we enjoyed making them for you. Plus the beauty of this is that you can watch them over and over again! Fantastic!
Learning in December
It was fantastic to give each child a skipping rope to take home this week. In school some of the children have been practising and having lots of fun.
Christmas is different this year, but we are learning songs to sing. Our recording of the FS2 performance of Christmas songs will go out on Friday.
In class the children have been putting the skills taught this term into practice. In RWI lots of us are now reading and making CVC words. In Maths this we have been exploring how to make 4 and 5, using resources in the classroom. Our Christams role-play is popular and the children have been busy writing lists for Santa. We continue to find out about woodland animals, this week thinking about hibernating creatures, some of us made homes for the toys.
Thank you families who continue to add to purple home learning books. The children really enjoy talking about them and it helps with their speaking, which is a big focus at teh moment. Good speaking and listening is so important in the Foundation Stage to develop writing and it builds up their self-esteem. So, once again thanks, the purple books coming in are wonderful.
Sea Turtles are in The Wiltshire Times.
This week our starting school appears in The Wiltshire Times. It was taken in our school library. The class were very excited to visit.
Learning together in Sea Turtles
This week our slide show of learning is all about working together. Sometimes learning is with an adult or other times it is independent. Our learning includes using the Puppet Theatre, being outside, a teacher in RWI or performing to the class. The first picture shows Rosie coming to our class and some of us read to her.
Learning in Sea Turtles, towards the end of November.
This week Sea Turtles have been learning about shapes in Maths, such as, circles and triangles ( using words straight and curved.). The children made pictures with shapes, like t rockets, birds and houses.
If you go down to the woods.
The Sea Turtles continue to learn about the woods. This week they learnt about nocturnal animals in the woods. The story of the week was Owl Babies and the children showing what they know with drawing, writing and using the puppet theatre.
The Sea Turtles made Shape monsters.
Number work in November
This week the sea Turtles have been learning to compare small quantities using words like more and less. We have been practising to order our number cards 0 to 6. These are activities that you could try at home. Here are some children with their cards.
Remembrance 11th November
Today we learnt about why people wear poppies, watching a special film from CBeebies.
Afterwards we made poppies through drawing and collage.
Purple Home Learning books
It was great tp see the home learning from this weekend. The pictures of Autumn walk, leaf collections, poppies., fireworks, name writing, Gruffalo, learning about space and helping at home were fantastic. If you have got a purple books at home please can you put them in their bags. Thanks. Monday 9th November.
We were pleased tp welcome the children after our break. I was pleased to see the home learning that had taken place. The children love sharing their purple books and it is a really boost to learning.
This term our topic is called "If you go down to the woods" and in normal circumstances we would have been visiting one together. If you get the opportunity to visit a local wood, such as Clanger Wood or Green Lane Wood, and answer some questions on the "Knowledge Organiser" that would a great help.
This week we have drawn pictures of woods and are starting to use the sounds we have learnt in our writing. If your child draws a picture, encourage them to write or talk about what they have drawn and scribe for them.
Learning at home
It has been good to hear about the learning that has happened this morning. Thank you for the photographs sent in of your work at home.
I was pleased to see that more children have used the Reading Eggs and Mathseeds .
I can see that the Reading Eggspress was popular, so I have added new books. Remember Oxford Owl is there for you too.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) we have a special event to link into as we are going to have a story session with an author.
I look forward to more photographs of home learning and times playing in your garden
Autumn Term 1 2020
Half term holiday
I hope that you are all able to have a happy and safe half term hoilday. Here are some ideas of things that you might be able to do at home.
If you can get out into the garden, go on a shape or colour hunt. CBeebies often has lots of ideas, the Podcast below could give you ideas. Perhaps you could build den for your toys or have help to make some little cakes. Or perhaps you like to draw pictures or creates with lego or junk. Remember to write your name. I look forward to seeing photographs or pictures in your Purple Book.
I made cakes during the holiday.
I wonder if any Sea Turtles have been baking. If you have or been creative in aoither way like painting or making a model.
I would love to see your pictures. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will see you in November, Miss Jones.
End of term 1
Wow, the children have now been in school for 1 term. They have been amazing, in what has been quite a different experience of starting school in recent years.
I have a added new activities to the Reading Eggs and Mathseeds. Also, there are lots of ebooks on Oxford Owl. Our topic next term is If you go down to the woods today. Some of the stories that we will read include The Gruffalo, Where's my teddy and Goldilocks.
Have a happy break, stay safe and I look forward to hearing your news in November.
Almost the end of term 1
Thank you to all the parents who joined in with the parents consultations this week. It was good to share how the children have settled in at school, learning the routines and news of their progress. I am pleased that so many are using the phonics cards that we have given out to you.
This week in school we have been busy making repeating patterns. The children were challenged to make more complex patterns or spots the "mistakes" that I m ade, then putting them right. Repeating patterns were made with counting toys, beads and lots of leaves.
The children spoke about the food they like to eat and did a picture, which will go on display. Thinking of speaking, I continue to enjoy listening to the children as they share they the news in thier purple books. Thank you for your contimued support.
Learning in October
We were very pleased to give all the children a pack of Read, Write, Inc. cards this week. The children are very good at playing spot the sound. So far they have been taught m a s t d p n o c k g b i u h sh r, so they could practise finding these in the pack. We are beginning to read CVC or 3 letter words, so they could use the pack to make up words too. Please use them! In school the children make good progress when they practise at home. At school we have been playing a game of spot the letters in our outdoor area.
In school the children have been making sets with natural objects, as well our resources from class. If you are out for an Autumn walk, look for objects that you can use to make sets. Our focus was using the words same, more and fewer. Activities have been added to Mathseeds based on comparing sets, using the words more, fewer and the same.
Imaginative play has been a focus this week. You will see from what the children brought home, we made puppets and headdresses. The puppet theatre in class has been popular.
Sea Turtles, well done this week for winning the Gem challenge, by great listening and helping to tidy up. Keep it up!
Next week we are going to be thinking about favourite things.
Rosie comes to our class.
This week Sea Turtles welcomed Rosie the dog to their class. She joined just as the the class was singing "Give the dog a bone." The children were very calm with her.
In Maths the children have been matching and sorting. Lots of children could match and some could even sort in two ways. There were lots of things around to help us, like duplo, buttons, toy vegetables and Numicon. The children were challenged to explain how they sorted, whether it was by colour, size (height), shape or number. Maybe the children could find objects to sort at home, toys, sweets or coins. Well done everyone. The pictures are in the slideshow.
Here is some of our learning this week . We have been doing lots of sorting and matching in Maths.
Home learning and RWI
It has been great to share the childrens' Purple Home Learning books this week. They are now back in book bags for this weekend. The children were excited to share their news.
In class the children have now been taught the letter sounds m a s d t i n p g o c k u and b. Please use the green phonics books to practise reading these at home. You can play I spy or make up words by saying the sounds. e.g. s - a - t and say sat.
Writing in class
In class we have been talking and beginning to draw pictures or write about their favourite toys, using the pictures from our home visits. We are encouraging the children to use a sound card to find letters to write down on the paper and to write their own names.
Sorting and matching
This week we have been sorting and matching by colour, shape and size. You could practise at home, maybe sort coins, buttons, toys, etc.
More learning at school, towards the end of September
This week the children in Sea Turtles have been busy learning and continuing to get used to the rules. Our star learner received his head teachers award, via Zoom, and was very proud to sit in the special chair.
The teachers have been finding out what the children know, which has involved lots of counting and writing shopping list, to name but two experiences.
Proud to order her numbers., "I feel good."
We would hope that we will always be teaching in school, but just incase home learning packs went out, please take care of these. We are looking forward to sharing experiences from home in the purple books.
Learning at school
The new Sea Turtles have made a super start their in Westbury Infant School. This week (ending September 18th) they have been learning school routines, how we move quietly around the school and line up. It has been a time for the adults to get to know the children and to assess where they are in their learning.
Reading at home
I hope you were able to read your Meet the teacher and sign up for Oxford Owl Reading, if you haven't already. When we have completed first letter sounds assessments the children will take home reading books. Shortly you will receive Reading Egg log ins and that will be another way to read. Finally, keep sharing your own books with the children and Westbury Library is a wonderful place to get more books.
Welcome to the new Sea Turtles and their families. Your children have started on a special journey, which at Westbury Infant School we aim to make it as special as we can.
These photo galleries are some of the times in school and your first dinners in school. Outside learning has been popular. The teachers are proud of the team work in the class and how you are learning our school rules.
Staying for dinner
This week was our first time we stayed for dinner. The children were really great. They were great at trying new foods and were very calm in the hall. Afterwards they had time to play out before they went home. Next week we are at school until 3pm.
Well done Sea Turtles you have made a great start on your school journey. Over the coming weeks I will share your first days in school. To begin with we will be getting to know you and learning our school routines.
It was great to meet you last week on your door steps or in gardens. I am looking forward to seeing ou on Monday 7th September. We are ready to meet you and make your first day very special. However you are feeling we are here for you. Tale care, Miss Jones.
Hello Sea Turtles, my name is Squirt, after a creature in Finding Nemo. I am new to Sea Turtles too and I am your special friend. See you on Monday.
Singing Make a Wish Videos
Story Time with Miss Jones and Mrs Bayley
As teachers we love sharing stories, but when you receive one from the Sea Turtles, that is special. Thank you.
In July our classes have been mixed into Bubbles. It has been great to learn with other children. We have been do lots of craft and sport. We held a virtual sports day and have bave been learning to skip. We celebrated Mrs Phillips birthday too.
Learning in June
Hello everyone. I hope you are well. I thought I would give you a reminder that we have a Zoom story on Thursday 11th June for those doing home learning. There is also a Read, Write, Inc on You Tube every day.
I look forward to seeing more of you next week or at the end of the month. For those at home please send me your photos so we can share.
Here are a few pictures from the 2 "Bubbles" at school.
We did wax resist paintings of snail patterns, from Snail and the whale. Maybe the children can paint at home too.
We looked for mini beasts under logs. Maybe the children at home can go for a hunt in their garden. Look under logs or stones.
This is a snail trail picture. Draw a trail with loops, fill in the shapes with colours, paints or pens. (From The snail and the wahle)
See you at Zoom story Sea Turtles
June 2020 - Our learning goes on
It is good to see that learning goes on, at school and at home. Lots of new books have been added to Reading Eggspress for you to choose from. I know that Sophie and Emillie often read these. I have added some books that I hope you find funny.
You can practise your RWI, with a a daily lesson on YouTube, there are some we have done and new ones too.
Thank you for Junior for the pictures that you sent in, using your craft box.
Stay safe everyone.
Reading Eggspress, Zoom, gardens, birthdays, homemade dolls house and bikes. Friday round up.
I think I could write a diary from our encounters on Zoom this week, it has been so enjoyable to see you, I think Mrs Bayley would agree.
I am sure lots of you are reading books at home, but just wanted give a big shout out to Sophie who has been reading the books added to Reading Eggspress this week. She has had a very busy week, coming onto Zoom for a story and giving us an amazing tour around her fruit and vegetable garden. Following on we loved meeting the quails, first time on Zoom. Sophie, maybe your mum and dad could help you keep diary of how your garden grows for us. When we come back to school you need to be in gardening club, your knowledge is so great.
It was so good to see groups of children on Zoom. We sang happy birthday twice, once to Tyler's brother, who was 3 and then to Joey. Then to be shown the writing that Tyler is doing at home was amazing, you are so proud. Thanks to the others for listening so well to the stories, Skyler, Junior and Mylo, even though you had been at school.
We loved seeing the models that had been made and were being played with. Freddie's vehicle was very technical, Elliott's lego model was great, Winnie was good.
The house that Imogen made from boxes is fantastic, so much detail. What a great idea. Then, to see you riding on your bicycle around your garden, was brilliant
Finally, it was great to check in with the children at school. I am glad you have had a good week.
Please send me your pictures or work, log in with the Reading Eggs or Mathseeds. Keep reading your own books. Don't forget to look on our blog for stories. Enjoy being with your families and stay safe.
Hello everyone welcome to June,. Our topic this term is "The beach" and ideas can be found on the curriculum map. I know that for many going to the beach might feel a journey to far, even if it is virtual, so it would be great to see pictures from getting out and about.
I will look for stories at have a holiday or seaside theme. Keep up with Reading Eggs, Mathseeds and practise with your sounds.
If you are back in school the teachers are really pleqsed to see you. If you are at home Zoom stories will continue and I look forward to sharing your fantastic pictures on our blog.
Thanks Joey's family for the great photos of his fifth birthday. We enjoyed singing Happy birthday to Joey during our Zoom story.
Out and about where you live
I have been out and about where I live. I have seen goslings lambs and ducklings, all getting bigger now. What do you see when you go out? Miss Jones
End of May 2020
As May 2020 comes to an end I want to let you, my Sea Turtles know, I am still thinking of you. I look forward to seeing some of you next week, for others it will be a bit longer. But whether you are at school or home we will continue to help you with your learning. Our topic next term is If you go down to the seaside, that might be a bit tricky at the moment, so it can include out and about. Zoom stories will continue and I will contact families about this. I hope you enjoyed them in May.
I have enjoyed looking at the activities you have been up to in May. The VE Day bunting my Junior was very cheerful.
Thank you Skyler's mum for showing me "Thank you Baked Potato" and the cinema box was great. I always like to get writing, so thank you Romeo and Emillie. The photo of the baby chick was really sweet.
The emergency vehicles, big and small have been fabulous, it looks like great work with your families. Mylo, a great idea so you can drive around in yours.
Keep up with the Reading Eggs and Mathseeds. I am going to add new books to the library.
Keep sending me your pictures and stay in touch. Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine.
Miss Jones gets out and about
Hello Sea Turtles, I have been out and about this week. Here are some of things around me that I have seen. Zoom stories will come back next week. May 28th
Home learning May 29th
Thank you for the fantastic emergency vehicles sent in this week. They are fantastic.
Romeo's great fire engine.
Junior with his wonderful police car.
Mylo in his wonderful vehicle.
Here is Freddie's amazing police car.
Home learning May 18th
Our story for Zoom this week includes "Thank you Baked Potato". Email Miss Jones at email@example.com to join in on Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Plus, new books have been added to Reading Eggs.
Here are ideas for home learning this week.
A lovely fairy gardens from Sophie and great weaving with flowers from Romeo. Thank you for sharing.
Model Making Challenge
Thanks for this great fire engine from Romeo. I hope it gives ideas to others.
Your challenge is to make an emergency vehicle using junk and recycling. If you send a photo before the end of May we can make a gallery.
Sea Turtles Picture Gallery for May
Hello Sea Turtles, it is Friday already. This week I have enjoyed seeing the photographs that you have emailed in.
Thank you for the VE Day flags, robots,, cooking and cinema boxes.
Fantastic baking Tyler
Great Robot Milo
This was a great idea for a cinema time Skyler.
Hello Sea Turtles, today is VE Day 75, I wonder if you have red, white and blue on your house. I put up bunting and balloons. Some of my balloons have popped in the heat. I made a trifle, cake and scones. Some of this is for my neighbour who is 89 years old today. If you have pictures from today or some great work, email it to me.
Thank you Junior for the photograph of the VE bunting that have made.
If you were able to join us this morning for our Zoom time, it was great to see you.
If you couldn't make it or want to join a small group for a story email our team.
One story was 10 Little Dinosaurs and I said I would share a picture of a dinosaur cake I made.
Maybe you could make something from junk, cakes or even a drawing. I would love to see your work.
Rainbow pictures and Wish pictures
Hello Sea turtles. I am looking for pictures of things we wish for or your lovely rainbow pictures. I would love to share these. If you have any by Tuesday afternoon send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoom time with Sea Turtles Friday 24th April
Good morning, I am sorting out a Zoom time, where we can talk, sing songs and see our friends. If you are interested please send me an email at email@example.com, Miss Jones
s Jones April 20th
To my fantastic Sea Turtles,
Today we would have been back in school together, but we are still at home. I wanted to tell you that I am thinking about you. I am here to help you or your families, if you get in touch with the email. I know you will be missing your friends a lot. Maybe, you can draw pictures or take photos and we can share them here to show your friends. Today the weather is sunny, so I hope you can get outside.
Thanks for the pictures already sent in, keep sending, I will share. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Take care, Stay safe,
Thank you Sea Turtles for sending in photos. (April 21st)
The duck and her ducklings were walking by Skyer's window and she sent in this photograph. I love this, It gave me an idea to read another story.
(My niece makes up stories. She says there are sea crocodiles in fields where they walk, you could make up stories too).
We have a space scene using a felt kit. Well done.
Junior made a fantastic shop. A great way to do counting.
I baked some cheese scones this morning. Can you see what I put in?
Keep sending. Take care Miss Jones
Reading Eggs (April 16th)
Hello everyone. I hope you are having a good Easter holidays and are able to get outside in a garden to play.I can see that lots of you are using The Reading Eggs. Parents and Carers, if you do not have a password or have misplaced it, please contact email@example.comDon't forget Mathseeds. I can see that some children have been enjoying this.Take care, stay safe.Miss Jones
Baking at Easter and finding a bug hotel
I hope you are having a lovely holiday. At the weekend I decided to do some baking. I was inspired by seeing the rainbow all around to make a cake and write "hope" with colourful buttons My cake showed a sunrise and the Easter tomb. Then I baked scones and a put a cream tea (scones, cream with jam) and a cake for my elderly neighbour.Maybe you can bake and send me photos. I went for a walk and found a little garden, with a bug hotel. I will go back when it is warmer to see what I can find. If you find mini-beasts in your garden, let me know.April 14th
Easter Saturday, hello Sea Turtles
I have been sent work and letters from Sea Turtles, it was good to hear from Mylo, Sophie and Skyler this week. I was also, pleased to see Emillie, when we met outside.
There has been great learning. There has been learning about why it rains and has been exploring mixing colours. I loved seeing children watching my stories. Finally, the eggs, farm pictures and egg are brilliant.
This morning I went for a walk and I saw a heron on the canal. Happy Easter everyone.Look forward to hearing from you. I love Easter pictures. Miss Jones
Good morning Sea Turtles (April 9th)
It was good to hear from Skyler, your fantastic work will appear here soon. Thank you Sophie for your mum's message on our facebook page. I love reading stories to you, there are lots more exciting ones to come.I like taking photographs. Last night when you had gone to bed I went out and took a picture of moon. My friend thought it looked like popcorn or maybe a magic penny.I wonder what you think?
Good afternoon Sea Turtles. (April 7th)
As we are at the end of our farm topic, I have borrowed some information from Mr Brewers's Starfish page.
Mr Davies has been looking after some of our chicks and they are now 5 weeks old. The plan is to build a chick coop. The plans are being put into place.
Our next topic is People who help us and we have been thinking of exciting learning opportunities that you can do at home. These are shown on the home learning page. Keep sending in your photographs.
April 7thGood morning Sea Turtles,
Yesterday I got a fantastic picture of work done at home. Here is her work, along with others from the last couple of weeks. Keep sending.
I hope you enjoy the sunny day.
Bye for now,
Hello Sea Turtles, I went for a walk this evening, maybe when you were having a bedtime story. As it gets dark the moon comes up. Well I took a photo of the moon, looking down on all of us. I think tomorrow will be a lovely day, I hope you can get outside to play. (April 6th)
I would love to know which stories you are enjoying, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can share the favourites.
Happy Friday Sea Turtles
Wow, Sea Turtles Friday is here. Did you do exercise with Joe Wicks. I had to miss it today, because I have been too many runs around where I live and have a sore leg. But, I am glad I have been out to see the sheep in the fields.
I have been filming stories at home and school, these will be on our page over the coming weeks. Keep up with your Reading Eggs and Mathseeds. I want to share for good work.
I would love to see the photographs of the great things you are doing at home.
Remember my email email@example.com Stay safe,Miss Jones
Hello Sea Turtles
This is a message to ask how you are doing. When I go into the school building it is very quiet without you.
I hope you are enjoying your time at home and busy doing some home learning. I often look at the Reading Eggs and Mathseeds to see how you are getting on. I have put more lessons on for you. I can see that one of has earned a Silver Certifcate, well done Romeo. It would be great to give out more rewards. If the passwords are lost, please contact me, via the email.
Remember to send in your work and we can celebrate this.
Learning at home
Good morning Sea Turtles Friday 26th March
It is wonderful to see what you have been doing. Here is something I did. I went for a walk and found sheep, flowers and a robin singing.
I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine. How about making something, maybe a den, where you can play or read. You could play a game. I would love to see your pictures.
I have seen that some more have completed your Reading Eggs or MathSeeds, for those children I have added more. There is plenty of time to do them.
t was great to see Imogen, Lisa and Sykler doing their home learning, in the new gallery.
Well done all the children who have started their Reading Eggs. Wow, Sophie you have been very busy!
Tuesday 24th March PM
Good morning, I have just done the Joe Wicks workout. I liked the basket ball, hooks and kangeroos. Which exercises did you enjoy?
I have added some activities to the Mathseeds, to do over the coming week. I will be trying them out too, to see how we go.
Well done Romeo, Emillie and Issac, out in the lead with the number of reads using Reading Eggs. It is great to see others have started also.
I hope you have had a good first day at home. In your pack you were all given pencils.
I know we all love "Come Outside" with Pippin the dog. Miss Jones has found this episode that show how pencils are made. Click the links below
I hope you are using your pencil, practise writing your letters.
Click on the link below to join in with counting songs.
Good morning Sea Turtles, here is the first day of learning at home. Make a start with your learning packs, but today is sunny, so I hope you can get out in your gardens.
Good morning everyone. I am glad we were able to send you out learning packs and Easter Egg. I hope to use our blog to give more ideas for learning and hope to film stories. Remember your Reading Eggs.
Now we are learning at home we need to stay fit and healthy. Here is our first link to P.E. at home with Joe Wicks. Get moving.
Term 4 2020
Welcome back to term 4
Farm visit to Caenhill Countryside Centre
On Friday we had a great time at Caenhill Countryside Centre, with the freedom to find out about the animals. During our visit we went on a woodland walk, where some of us planted trees. and returned to pot seeds. There was great excitement when we went into the barn to find the animals.
The excitement as our eggs hatch
With care we handled the chicks. We are enjoying taking care of the eight chicks.
This was a special week, as we received our "Living Eggs". By Tuesday they were beginning to hatch out. We have had 8 baby chicks hatch. It has been good to watch, care for and hold them. We will be keeping the chicks until the end of next week and then they will go to new homes, as we go off to visit a real farm.
The children have had a busy and fantastic first week back. We have introduced our new topic about the "farm", but have been celebrating Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.
Thanks to all those who came to the Parent's consultation evening, by sharing the children's learning and ways to support them, it really makes a difference.
We hope you like our pictures of pancake related activities and amazing model building of a car ferry, with our wooden bricks.
All around the World Exhibition
Thank you to everyone who came to visit our "All around the world exhibition" The children worked hard, with families, and we were pleased to show these off. The children have been busy learning in class and it was great to share this. The following day we revisited the hall again, to celebrate the learning across the school.
We made Wiltshire Lardy Cakes, with local butter, made in Westbury.
Models of the buildings and features of WestburyWow, the models that have been brought in showing features of Westbury have been wonderful. The children have been so busy we have been able to set out Westbury in the hall. On Thursday the models will be on display in The around the world exhibition.
Here are a few of the models, as a taster and one built with our bricks.
Reading workshops February 4th 2020
Read, Write, Incs. assessments have been taking place this week and is fantastic to see that the children have been making progress. If parents and carers would like to find out more about early reading skills and how Read, Write Inc, is taught there are workshops on Tuesday 4th February at 9 am and 2:30 pm.
Comparing numbers in Maths, week 4
This week in Maths we have been comparing numbers up to 10. We have been learning to describe in sentences, using words such as more and less.
Making maps of our local area, week 3.
We have been using Google Earth to compare Bath with Westbury. We made simple maps, by printing and writing labels.
In Maths we compared how we came to school on Friday, by making a simple pictogram on the computer.
Another busy week in Sea Turtles. Many of us have been working on the collages of our homes and features of Westbury. Our art work will be on display at the All around the World Exhibition, in February.
In RWI we are continuing to read CVC words and simple sentences. Lots of us can now read these three letter words. Keep reading at home, this makes a big difference.
Our visit to the library, on Friday, was fantastic. We had looked at our route on Google Earth and spotted features on our route. At the library we had stories on the theme of homes, including A Squash and a squeeze and Goldilocks and the three bears. The library has amazing books and we enjoyed reading some of these with our friends. Next week we will give out forms and encourage you to join, if you are not a member.
In Maths we have been focusing on counting 9 and 10, accurately. We have been learning to talk about 9 and 10, using words such as more, less and asking how do you know? We we have been counting in a variety of ways, including a 10 bus, outside, building towers, counting coins and bears on a ten bus.
Next week we are learning more about Westbury, as a town, making maps, block printing, making house/shop books and writing labels.
Welcome to a new year and a new term. It was great to see all of Sea Turtles back this week. You will have been given a knowledge organiser today, which gives you information about what we are learning this term.
Our learning, Westbury, where we live, gives the children the opportunities to learn about the area around the school. We began with Google Earth, coming down from space and landing on our school. Children were interested to find their houses and helped Miss Jones by giving directions to get around the roads. We have been building houses, using boxes and painting houses. Today we went on our first explorer walk, around the local area and returned to school to draw roads and places of interest on the playground, with chalk. In the coming weeks we will finding out more places in the area and an exciting project to do at home will be launched next week.
Please bring in food boxes which the children can use for junk models.
Our photos show some of our learning, building houses, painting and drawing on the playground.
January 2020 Learning through physical activities
This week we have been developing our physical skills.
In the outdoor area we opened up the digging area. With Wellington boots and our all in ones, the children could develop their strength through digging.
On Friday we had a Dance Workshop, based on Morris Dancing. The children were able to copy moves, skipping and turning.
Counting in Maths (January 16th)
This week we have been practising counting numbers 6 to 8. We enjoyed counting with dice, small toys and bears.
Learning in the first week back
This week we have been learning about number bonds of 5, finding lots of ways to explore this in maths.
This we have been using rollers in the builders tray. It was fun to use the flour and shaving foam. Using the rollers will make us stronger and develop our writing skills.
Term 2 2019
The Wriggly Nativity
Thank you every one who came to watch our Nativity play, The Wriggly Nativity. The children were amazing, singing their songs with big smiles. Every one looked fantastic and all the adults were very proud.
In the first week of December we have been practising our Nativity play, A Wiggly Nativity. We have been singing, trying on our costumes and going on the stage. We look forward to performing our play this coming week.
Our learning has continued in the class and outside. As well as Read, Write, Inc. we used the story of Stickman, as we learnt about the woods. We collected sticks to make stickmen, made pictures and labelled these using our letter sounds.
Reading, writing and counting.
This week we have been doing follow up work from our visit to Stourhead. We enjoyed looking at the photographs, talking and writing about our visit.
We have been busy learning to build words and write our letters.
In Maths we have been learning all about 5 and 6, learning to roll dice and recognise the spots without having to count. We have been thinking about 5 and 6 as a whole number and then split 5 or 6 objects in to two parts. We enjoyed playing games to do this.
Some of us enjoyed the messy play, hunting for dice and numbers in the icing (of our big green cake).
School visit, exploring Stourhead and collecting leaves
On Friday 15th November Sea Turtles and Starfish went to Stourhead (National Trust) to explore the woodland. Although the weather was damp the children enjoyed being out in the Autumn leaves, It was exciting to go through the "cave" and climb up through the leaves. Lots of children collected leaves and natural objects from the woodland floor, which will be investigated next week.
Thank you the adults who came with us and helped look after the children.
Exploring around our school grounds.
This week we began our topic of If you go down to the woods today, exploring in our school grounds. It was exciting to play in the leaves, watch them fall and explore the leaves on the ground. If you go out on a walk and find natural objects that could go on our Nature Table next term, we would be love you to collect and bring in them. (Different coloured leaves, acorns, pine cones etc)
Exploring the falling leaves in our school grounds.
Today we went out into our school grounds and explored Autumn. We threw the leaves, watched them fall and collected different colours or sizes.
Term 1 2019
Thank you for all the families who came to our "Marvellous Me" event at the end of term. The children have worked hard and their self-portraits were fanatastic.
Learning about shapes
During our Maths lessons we have been out and about looking for named shapes in our school grounds. We took 2D shapes with us and matched these up with ones around the playground. Later we went into the nature area and created our own shapes using the natural materials. There were great ideas, making circles with apples, creating a house and using sticks to make triangles. Lots of children enjoyed finding long sticks.
Keep looking for shapes, you could collects sticks and leaves to make your own shapes and take some photographs.
Towards the end of term 1
On Wednesday 23rd October Parents and Carers are invited to our Marvellous Me Event. We will be having an exhibition of self-portrait and this week the children have been finsihing their creations.
The Bird Show
On Friday afternoon we were invited to Westbury Junior School to watch a fantastic play called The Bird Show. The children sat and watched this funny story, with an important message, often joining with the actions.
Henry Heron and Sally Sparrow had lost their homes due to changes in the environment and now live on a rubbish dump. The story was how they had to survive, against the gulls. It was a reminder that we should look after the place where we live, think about what we throw away and how we should care for our creatures.
Well done, great learning this week.
This week we have been thinking a lot about good learning behaviour. The children won 120 "Gems" and therfore, beat the adults, who had 50. Two boys earned their place on the top table in the dinner hall, for good manners.
Writing in our play has been a focus and children have been busy on the phones, in the role-play. Other children prefer to be outside, where there has been a number target game, writing and building.
Eight children completed 5 reads last week, remember to fill in your white diaries, as I know more of you are reading.
On Monday 14th October it will be our turn for the cake sale, so if you can please help by baking.
Super counting in Mathematics
The children this week have been very busy counting and playing number games. Our special number was Zero and the children learnt about an empty set. They filled containers and then took away, until they were empty. Everyone played ladybird dominoes and looked for the bug with no spots. In our outdoor area even more counting took place with the big dominoes. Counting songs are always popular and help the children to become even better mathematicians.
Victoria Art Gallery and picnic, in Bath
Friday 20th September
The children took part in a busy and enjoyable first school visit today. At the Victoria Art Gallery we talked about portraits on the walls, some children dressed up to match them. Everyone made self-portraits in the style of Kings and Queens, with crowns. Afterwards we went to eat our picnic by the Abbey, but it was good to finish at The Parade Gardens, where the children could play. It was a great day to enhance our "Marvellous Me" topic. Friday 13th September. Thanks to everyone who helped.
Playing in park.
Well done to the Sea Turtles, this week was their first full week in school. As as class they began learning Read, Write, Inc, learning the sounds m, a ,s and t. For Maths counting songs have been popular.
The teachers have been very busy getting to know the children, so it has been fantastic to do our own learning inside and out. We have been busy using mirrors to look at our faces and the features that make us unique. Remember to send in family photos next week for our "Marvellous Me" activities.
Next week we will be going on our first school trip to Victoria Art Gallery, in Bath. This is a regular visit we make and I am sure it will be a special experience for all the children.
Here are some photographs from the week.
Welcome to our new Sea Turtles. The children were brilliant this week, it was a big week for them.
Please check your book bags for reading books. You can note down when you have read the book given in class or shared a book from the library. Children can change these each day, but we will be checking diaries each Monday and Thursday.
Celebrating August birthdays , some of us turned 4 years old.
More photographs of our first days in school will follow very soon!
Homework - E Safety Day
Today learnt about Smartie the Penguin and how he stayed safe playing with his tablet.
He learnt to ask a grown up if something strange popped up on his game.
Make your own poster or take a photo of you playing safely on-line.
"Before you click... stop think ... and Tell someone!" says Smartie
Look out for some posters, appearing here soon.
Making boats to rescue people at sea.
On Monday Heather from the Maritime and Coastguard agency taught us about how boats and people are kept safe at sea. Some of us chose to make our own boats, even one included a winch and a duplo man to rescue people at sea. Great ideas.
Teddy Bears Picnic
Today we welcomed in some of our new starters to join in with a Teddy Bears Picnic.
It was great to see so many families. We enjoyed eating, playing with the parachute and listening to a story. Thanks to our Sea Turtles and Starfish for being fantastic with the new children.
Today we learnt about special people who keep us safe at sea
Today we had a visitor from the Coastguard and Maritime Agency. Heather told us about the people who keep us safe at sea. We were reminded how to stay safe on the beach, going between the yellow and red flags. We find out about ringing 999 for the coastguard if somebody is in danger at sea. We were given lots of goodies, including a special bear.
The sun came out, but our learning goes on ... outside!
A great end to our week. The lighthouses from home were taken to show off in our celebration assembly. We looked at the weather forecast and then made a pictogram to find out the most popular weather in the class, it was sow followed by the sun.
We revisited our healthy eating and sorting food and drink to good and not so good choices, giving reasons. We reminded ourselves that we can eat our favourites chocolates and chips, but not too many.
Lots of us enjpyed learning outside, whether it was counting, using the waterbeads, sand or bikes, which were shared by writing a list and using a timer.
Wow, we have been so busy, all this after our Read, Write, Inc.
Next week we are going to have a visitor to talk about the special people who keep us safe at sea, as she works for The Coastgaard and Maritime Agency.
This week we have been bringing in our lighthouse made at home. They are fantastic.
More will appear our our blog over the coming days.
Counting on and finding pairs of ten
This week in Maths we have been learning to count on. Outside we used dice to subitise numbers and count on. After using the playdough to make 10 tree, we used these to find the number bonds.
This week a lot of learning has taken outside. We have explored ways to make bubbles, used ramps and created obatacle courses. For our Gem Challenge our prize was to use the parqachute.
Our story this week has been The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We have been busy writing about Mr Grinling and the seagulls and making our own lighthouses. Lots of us our making lighthouses at home, so look our next week for more photographs.
Pebbles around a hole
This term our artist is Andrew Goldsworthy. This week we have created big and small artwork using pebbles and other seaside objects inspired by his work.
Counting on and adding up totals
We have been busy learning to count on with a number track, looking for numbers and adding to find totals. All of this helps us to be good learners.
Learning to read
Everyday we read in school. In Read, Write, Inc. we read together. Practising reading our sounds helps us to read.
In our outdoor area this week we are making our own obstacle courses. We will learn to time ourselves, count, take turns and enjoy being active.
We are creating pictures using natural objects. Our pictures of the seaside are made using shells, pebbles and gems. Once we have created our picture we take a photo before it is taken apart. Our pictures are amazing!
Learning in June
Following our visit to Boscombe last week we have been busy learning more about the seaside. We have enjoyed using Magic Grandad to explore more activities that take place on the beach and how we can travel there. Next week our stories are The lighthouse keeper's lunch and Portland Bill.
In Mathematics we have been counting objects, recognising numerals up to 20 and beyond. Outdoors the water play, with bubbles and magnets were of interest to many.
We are hoping to set up obstacle course this week and include ribbons to dance with.
We hope you had a happy Father's Day, the cards you made were fantastic. Our next art is creating a seaside collage. Together, we are creating Pebbles around a hole. inspiredby Andrew Goldsworthy.
We look forward to seeing the lighthouses that you make at home.
Keep reading at home.
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!
Today Sea Turtles and Starfish went to Boscombe for the start of our topic. After watching it rain all the way down to the coast, this stopped as we arrived and we had a wonderful day. The life guards gave us a safety talk, some of paddled in the sea and other played on the beach. Everyone enjoyed an ice pop and we walked up the pier.
We had a fantastic day exploring on the beach and jumping the waves. Thanks to everyone who was involved today. We hope you like our pictures.
Food Glorious Food, end of term event
Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to school this afternoon and took part in out "egg -cellent event." It was great to see so many families working together to make a container for an egg, to protect it from it's drop. The children have been busy this term learning about healthy food and where it comes from. We hope you like the pictures of the children learning.
Healthy Breakfast week, learning about shape and the revealing of our new celebration tree.
This week we were learning about eating a healthy breakfast. Lots of us could talk about why breakfast is good for us. Our foody story was the Magic Porridge Pot. On Friday we had porridge to try. Then we made scrambled egg on muffins.
In Maths we continued to explore measure, making a long road using boxes for vehicles, filling and pouring in the water tray and weighing in the sand. On Thursday we listened to the Blue Balloon and went on a blue shape hunt around the trim trail.
Our new school celebration tree was revealed this week. It has been painted by Mrs Rylands and everyone was in awe as it was revealed in assembly.
Learning about shapes
This week we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We are using them to make models and describe their properties.
Measuring in Maths
Here are photographs of us learning to measure weight. During the week we were busy comparing heavy and light. The watermelon was heavy, it was also great to taste.
We had a variety of items of food to compare and began to use the scales. Many of us were able to say why the scales went down. Some of us measured with the beads.
Next week we will keep the scales out in our continuous provision to explore more.
The cress that we planted had grown so tall it was time to cut it. We cut our cress and made some healthy cheese and cress sandwiches. We enjoyed eating these together.
This week we are learning about breakfast and our story will be The Magic Porridge Pot. It will be a time to taste more food!
Friday 3rd May
Well done to everyone for completing the Colour Run for the NSPCC. We had lots of fun running with each other. Now we need to remember to bring our forms back!
Thursday 2nd May
Today we have enjoyed looking at the art of Vincent Van Gogh. As a class we looked at Mackerel and Sea Bass, from the fishmonger. Our sketches of the fish were wonderful, we went on to use pastels to include colour and detail. Look out for our work on this page.
On Friday 26th April we began our topic of Food Glorious Food with a shopping and cookery day. We started by choosing our ingredients to buy and writing a shopping list.
In Aldi we selected and brought the items to make cheese pizzas and fruit salads.
Back at school we made our pizzas and fruit salads, then ate them together.
In the coming weeks we will be learning more about where food comes from, we will taste food, cook and learn more about healthy eating.
Visit to the Egg Theatre in Bath
On Friday 22nd March we enjoyed a visit to the Egg Theatre to watch the "How to catch a star" based on the story by Oliver Jeffers. When we left lots of us said how we loved it. The production with the puppet and star made us go Wow!
On the way to the theatre we walk through the city looking for shapes. It was fantastic to tap, clap and dance with the busker and then have the Wheels on the bus played by the next man. Before we went into the theatre we ate our lunch high up in the building, overlooking Bath.
Learning in the outdoor area
We have been busy with our independent learning. On the theme of Let's Play, we are working well with our friends. The big blocks continue to be popular to build amazing castles. Also, some boys came up with the idea of having a pancake race, which led to an obstacle course. Balls and ramps are fantastic for rolling, water play and counting games.
Our artist this term is Kandinsky and we have started exploring this work with painting at the creative table.
Red Nose Day in Sea Turtles
Thank you everyone who gave towards Comic Relief. We enjoyed coming to school in our own clothes and icing funny face biscuits. Here are some photographs from our day.
A snapshot of our learning so far in March.
Wow, March is turning out to be a busy month for learning. Our topic is called "Let's play" and we have been very active. Our photos include Pancake races, our author visit and theatre workshop. Also, some fantastic number stories, (dinosasurs at the park) and a story map for the Gingerbread Man.
Theatre Workshop - Monday 11th March
Thank you to Becky from The Playhouse in Salisbury, who came to work with us today. We took part in a theatre workshop. We were shown props, like a giant beanstalk from the pantomime. Looking through the coloured gels (plastic sheets), we could see how they change the colour of lights on the stage. Some of us dressed up in the costumes and we were allowed to put on a little fake blood.
World Book Day
Thursday was World Book and we came to school in wonderful costumes. Some of us brought the books to go with our costumes.
We were so fortunate because Mike Brownlow, the author of many books like "Ten little dinosaurs" came to school and did workshops with us. He also wrote "Ten Little Robots" and taught us how to draw one. In our photographs you can see our enthusiasm, when we showed him our pictures.
Today we enjoyed making pancakes.
Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. So, today we learnt about Shrove Tuesday and made our pancakes. We came up with some great spoken sentences to describe how these tasted.
"I like my pancake because it tastes yummy."
"I made a pancake and I put on chocolate sauce. It was sweet and smooth." said Ben.
Welcome to term 4 in Sea Turtles.
Can you believe that we are now half way through our year as Sea Turtles and we have learnt so much already. Our topic this term is called "Let's Play" which is creative, allowing us to create and retell stories. This week we began by visiting The Egg Theatre, in Bath. In the coming weeks a lady from The Playhouse will be visiting to do teach us more about being in the theatre. Our role-play this term is a story theatre and in Starfish it is a puppet theatre, which we can share with each other.
Also, remembering it was St David's Day, we created daffodils using playdough.
It is fun to learn from traditional stories, we have begun to make puppets and today listened to the story of the Runaway Pancake, just in time for Shrove Tuesday.
But Let's play also means creating, making music and playing games in P.E. Take a look at some of our learning this week.
In Maths we have been busy counting to ten and twenty, in a variety of ways.
All Around the World Exhibition
Wow, what a turn out for our exhibition. We had worked so hard to put our work together it was great to show our families. A big thanks to those who helped us make our castles. It was fun learning about The British Isles and getting all our postcards. We hope you like looking at some of the photos from the exhibition.
Getting ready for the All around the World Exhibition
This week some of us began working on our class castle for the exhibition next week. Others have been painting pictures of castles and we have been busy writing. Thank you for those people who have sent postcards to us from around the British Isles. We look forward to seeing lots of people at our exhibition on Thursday afternoon.
A day in the life of learning to read and write.
Look at how much progress we have made with learning to read and write since September, when we started school. These photographs were captured on Tuesday.
Learning to measure
This week in Sea Turtles we have been learning to measure in a number of different ways. We have learnt words such as capacity and others one to do with length. We have discovered how numbers are important when we measure.
It is a Snow Day - "Do you want to build a snowman?"
"Hello Sea Turtles,
I am looking out of my window and watching the snow come down.
I hope you are able to go out and explore the snow. I am going out to take photographs , which I will share on Monday. I look forward to seeing any pictures and hearing your news on Monday.
I love snowmen or snow angels! Get creative! You could even write in the snow!
If you are staying in the warm maybe you will be making your castle, reading books or drinking hot chocolate.
Take care and have fun and stay warm,
From Miss Jones
We have been writing labels and captions for our castles
This week we have been learning about castles and listening to the story of Jack and the beanstalk. We are learning to use our sounds to write label and captions.
Dance and music
Today we looked at pictures of waves and listened to music based on the sea. We used the Pom Poms to create wave movements.
Learning Maths in Sea Turtles
During January we have been busy learning about numbers and making patterns. Even when it is cold outside we love to be learning outside. The new shop is a popular place to be, using the dominoes or the number target games. We are learning to write our numbers down.
We are enjoying our school library
We have enjoyed using our school library to look at books. Some of us read in the tree house, while others found out about the British Isles, from information books.
On Friday 1st February we will be going to Westbury Library for a story.
Our first postcards have arrived from around the British Isles.
Thank you to those people who have been writing postcards from places around the British Isles. The first have arrived and we have shared them. We will looked for places in the atlas and will now find the places on Goggle Earth. We look forward to receiving more postcards.
Also, it was great to see the first castles come in to school, made by children at home. I hope you are enjoying making these with your families.
A big thank you to Mrs Caldwell, our Welsh visitor, who came in today to talk about the Wales. She showed the children Welsh costumes, daffodils and leeks. They enjoyed learning new words, in Welsh, and listening to a story.
Music, singing and playing instruments.
The Sea Turtles really loved music today. They were singing and playing the woodblocks to the beat of the Grand Old Duke of York. Then they did actions to Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes.
Welcome to a new year. We had a really busy time leading up to Christmas, thank you to all those who supported the events. Now we are into another busy term. The children have now started to begin the topic "All around the British Isles".
Sea Turtles began the topic in Westbury, with the help of Google Earth and then zoomed out to view the British Isles. We are now thinking of how we travel around the British Isles. On Friday the children took part in a dance workshop, in which they danced to Scottish music.
We would like to hear from people around the British Isles. If you have a family member who would be willing to send a postcard or a picture of where they live to the children we will talk about these places in class.
Learning in December
We are now busy learning about Christmas. We have been thinking about giving and enjoyed wrapping for our friends (as a game about including all). Our imaginations have been sparked, thinking about Santa Claus and we have enjoyed playing.
We have loved reading Christmas books in the book corner.
Outside we have been lucky to have new equipment to support our physical activities and imaginative play. This week we have been building with our new bricks and selling food in our outdoor shop.
Christmas counting was all about decorations on the Christmas tree.
Take a look at more photographs, including more from Busy, busy, Bethlehem.
Busy, busy, Bethlehem.
Well done to all the Sea Turtles for putting on our production of Busy, Busy, Bethlehem, our Christmas Nativity. I am sure that all the families who came to watch enjoyed it. The singing was fantastic. Thank you to all those who provided costumes for the children.
Here are some photographs from our Nativity.
This term our topic is called "If you go down to the woods today." On Friday 8th November our learning was taken to the woods, as our school trip was in Brokerswood.
Children in Need
Thank you to all the children for supporting Chilldren in Need. The dressing up and spots were fabulous. It was great to share why we were dressed up by looking at a special Powerpoint. The decorated biscuits looked fantastic.
During the day we discovered some of the tiny creatures that live in the wood. We all love working as a team to build shelters and then went on a walk to look for the Gruffalo. It was a fantastic day and a great way to find out about Autumn in the woods.
Wow! We have now been in school for a term and we are proud of how you have been learning. Some of our learning for the term can be seen in the slide show below.
Thank you to all people who came to our end of "Marvellous Me" topic event. The childrens' fruit kebabs were fantastic and it was great to be able to share the story of Kitchen Disco in our new library.
Sea Turtles had a busy week. We did a lot of learning about our Marvellous Me, thinking especially about our bodies. It was great to see children reading at home. This week we are looking forward to opening our new school library. Our book this week is called Handa's Surprise, by Eileen Browne.
Today (October 4th) we had a visit from Sue, the dental nurse. She told us how to keep our teeth clean. We should brush our teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes. We sorted the food that have lots of sugar and can make our teeth or gums bad.
This week we have been making sea turtles for our class display. We used blue and yellow to mix our green paint. Take a look at our fabulous work.
Visit to The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
On Friday we went to the gallery in Bath. It was great to be able to see the portraits on the walls and create our own pictures.
When Miss Jones asked us about the visit one of us said "it was cool!"