Bears Blog (Resource Base)
Welcome to our blog! We hope to share all the wonderful things we are learning about in school.
We are very special! We do not spend all of our time in this class - our teachers make sure we are with our friends for lots of activities in our mainstream classes.
The adults in Bears are Mr Mould, Mrs Watts, Mrs Bowyer, Mrs Mould, Mrs Buckland, Miss Dumbrell and Ms. New. They are always happy to talk to mums and dads. They use Makaton signs to help us understand and help us with things we find difficult. Miss Dumbrell, Miss Doel and Mrs Evans also help us at lunchtime.
In Bears, we have children from FS, Y1 and Y2 .
Here are our exciting CURRICULUM MAPS for each year group.
Our classroom is bright and colourful. We have a sensory room, which is great for quiet time and a role play area. We sometimes bring our friends from our mainstream classes to share our special places.
Outside we have a covered play area which keeps us safe. We have sand, water play and sometimes the bikes to play with. Some of us go horse riding once a week which is great fun. Please come and see us, we might even let you go in our sensory room!
Our Year One children went on the train to visit Warminster Park and became park keepers for the day. Despite the rain, the children took part in planting and enjoyed exploring the park, looking for signs of Autumn.
Term 4 February 2020
What a strange week! We hope you have all had a lovely time learning from home. It has been very quiet in school without you all here!
We hope that you are all safe and well. We have seen some lovely photos of you working from home, well done. Keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing some more pictures of your learning next week. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the mainstream class pages as there are some links to different activities on there which may be of interest to you.
Stay safe and enjoy the lovely weather.
Fantastic trips to the SS Great Britain and Caenhill Countryside Centre completed yet another busy week in the Bears.
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about beat and rhythm in our music sessions and have been using instruments to play along to a given beat or rhythm. We had great fun talking about the different sounds we could make and creating music together. In our gardening session this week, we planted sunflower seeds. We have been watering them over the week and are eagerly awaiting to see if they will grow. We have also taken part in a running challenge for Sports Relief this week and had great fun running with our friends. We had to run several times around the playground. It was very tiring! Please take a look at the slideshow below to see some of the fun we have been having in class.
We finished the week with our school trips. Class 5 went to the SS Great Britain whilst Class 6 went to Caenhill Countryside Centre. Both classes had a great time and learned lots of new things. Class 5 took a tour on the ship and were able to make comparisons between life on the ship for first class and steerage passengers. We found out that they kept animals on the upper deck to provide them with milk and fresh meat and that only first class passengers were entitled to drink the milk. We also got to look into the cabins that people would have slept in. The bunks in steerage were very small and would have been rather cramped. The bunks in first class were not much bigger but were definitely better than those in steerage. We had a look in the engine room and found out that it would have been a very hot, noisy and smelly place to work. We also got to look at the underneath of the boat and we were allowed to touch the huge propeller and rudder. Please take a look at the photos below.
Class 6 enjoyed taking in part in various different activities at Caenhill Countryside Centre including planting hazel trees and feeding the lambs, pigs and cows. The children got to handle many of the animals, most of which roamed freely around the farm in between the children! Photographs will follow shortly.
It has been another busy week in the Bears.
At the beginning of the week, some eggs and an incubator arrived in Starfish and Sea turtle classes and the children in Class 6 have been closely monitoring the progress of the eggs over the course of the week. The children are very excited to announce that many of them have now hatched and they have all been able to have a little cuddle with them!
The children in Class 5 were lucky enough to meet them too!
In addition to meeting our new chick friends, the children in Class 5 have been busy making grass heads, cooking tasty Yogurt Bites, making finger puppets to help them create their own stories with their friends and making a calming bottle for when they are feeling a little annoyed. It has been lovely to see the children helping each other with the different activities and using their manners when they need something that they don't have near to them.
Welcome back to Term 4. It has been a busy but enjoyable week in the Bears.
We now start each day sitting up to the table together to eat toast. It has been lovely to see the children using their manners and helping one another to set the table, pass round the toast, butter and cut the bread, pour water for everyone, clear over the table and wash and dry up. It has also been lovely listening to them chat together about things they have done or seen; taking turns in a group conversation.
On Tuesday, the children ate pancakes with their favourite toppings. They were given a small selection of toppings to choose from and were encouraged to independently spread their toppings over their pancakes, roll then up and cut them ready to eat. The children all agreed that the pancakes were delicious!
The focus for the week across both classrooms has been 'sharing and turn taking'. We have shared social stories and carried out role-play to help the children think about ways in which they can share the resources in the classroom. The children have been trying really hard to achieve this and there have been lots of great examples across the week. In addition, the children have been taking part in various different activities ranging from Superstars (with their mainstream classes), creating their own pop-art pictures, fruit tasting and playing games together. All-in-all, a tiring but enjoyable week.
Term 3 January 2020
Our Year One children have been very busy this week making lots of delicious treats from around the UK. They have been practising their measuring skills and have made scones from England, shortbread from Scotland and cheese and leek muffins from Wales. On Monday, they will be making soda bread from Ireland.
Our Year Two children have been having fun with shapes this week. They have studied 2D and 3D shapes and have used straws and blu-tac to make their own 2D and 3D shapes. They have also played games of 'Guess my shape' and 'What's in the bag?'
The Reception children have been just as busy learning their phonemes, practising their handwriting and orally blending and segmenting CVC words. They have also been busy taking part in our dough and finger gym activities. Dough gym consists of manipulating playdough to music to help build muscles in the arms, hands and fingers. Finger gym includes activities such as threading beads, using tweezers to pick up pom poms, drawing, colouring and cutting to help with pincer grip and muscle development.
In Reception this week we have looking at maps and we have been busy drawing some of our own. We began by looking at the different places you find in Westbury such as the swimming pool, our school, the library, shops and houses. We then talked about other things you find on a map such as roads, green spaces etc. The children were really keen to draw some maps of their own and were having lots of interesting discussions as they did so.
In Year One we have been trying really hard with our maths. We have been using bar models, tens frames and part/whole models to help us add and subtract, find related facts and interpret information. We have also told our own number stories and represented these practically using the different models mentioned above.
In Year 2, we have been busy learning about 2D shapes. We have made and named 2D shapes on a geo-board and have looked for lines of symmetry. We have also been busy learning about Chinese New Year, pandas and China. We made puppets to help us retell the story of the Chinese New Year and we have started to make our own panda hand puppets. We look forward to sharing our lovely work with you at the exhibition.
After another busy week learning about Westbury, the UK and the wider world, the children enjoyed the chance to take part in a dance workshop related to their current topic. They had a great time learning the different routines on Friday and listened well to the dance teacher.
In addition to the dance workshops, our Reception children have been busy creating collages of their homes, our Year One children have been exploring different landmarks around the UK from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and our Year Two children have been comparing the UK to China. It has been a very interesting week for us all!
Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all! This term the children, from Reception to Year 2, will be learning about some aspect of the world around them.
The Reception children started their topic about Westbury and the local environment by going on a walk around the local area looking at houses and talking about things they might see such as traffic lights, post boxes and the White Horse. When we got back to school the children started making simple maps using chalk. They talked about where we had gone and which direction to go.
In Year One, the children recapped their work on seasons and specifically looked at winter. They discussed how the different seasons might impact on the plants, animals and on ourselves. We found out that in the winter the days are shorter and the nights are longer, that some animals hibernate (go into a deep sleep) and that we wear much warmer clothes such as coats, gloves, scarves and hats to keep the cold out. Next week they will be starting their topic about the UK.
Our Year Two children have been busy learning about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans that make up planet Earth. They have been using an atlas to help them locate and label the different continents/oceans on a map and talking about what those different places might be like.
Term 2 2020
A busy week
This week our Year One children have been busy thinking about park designs. They have talked about and have drawn different park equipment and they have drawn their own park designs. These will be made into 3D models over the next couple of weeks.
In Year Two, the children have been thinking about how to keep themselves fit and healthy. They have drawn posters showing how to keep their bodies clean for example by brushing their teeth, having a bath, washing their hands etc. and they have discussed the impact that exercise has on their bodies. The children took part in various different exercises and then discussed how their heart rate had increased, their breathing had become more rapid, that they felt hot and their bodies felt a little tired.
Our Reception children have been busy in their mainstream classes making leaf pictures, playing outside with their friends and learning about the number 5. They have played in the role play area and have been improving their letter formation.
Our second trip of the year took our Reception children to the National Trust gardens at Stourhead. Despite a little drizzle the children enjoyed walking around the grounds finding a variety of leaves. They also had great fun climbing up the slippery slopes, walking through the dark tunnel, collecting natural objects from the woodland floor and splashing in the puddles.
Our Year Two children had the most fantastic day living the life of a Victorian School child. The children really embraced the role-play and threw themselves into everything they were asked to do. Girls spent the morning making lavender bags whilst the boys made candles. All the children had a go at using proper ink pens and Benjamin and Joshua were caught out by Miss Squire for stealing money and an apple and were punished. After lunch the children played on different sides of the lawn before saying prayers. We were really proud of all the children.
Welcome back to a new term in Bears class. This week our Reception and Year One children have been busy looking for signs of autumn. We have been looking at leaves and talking about how they are changing. We have written about seasonal changes, completed some fingerprint tree paintings and taken rubbings of the leaves. We have also created a display about the four seasons.
In Year Two we have started our topic about the Victorians. So far we have been introduced to Queen Victoria and have created a timeline of her life. We have also looked at the differences between rich and poor Victorians. In addition to our topic work, we have been talking about the fireworks that we saw on Tuesday and have made some lovely firework pictures. Please take a look at the pictures below.
Just a reminder that our Year Two children will be visiting Sevington School on Thursday 14th November and our Reception children will be visiting Stourhead and our Year One children will be visiting Warminster Park on Friday 15th November.
After another busy week of testing materials, making alien faces and painting portraits, we would like to invite our parents and carers in for our first parent events of the year. Please see below for times and dates.
Year 2 Bears (in Zebra class) - Monday 21st October at 2:00pm
Year 1 Bears (in Hedgehog class) - Tuesday 22nd October at 2:00pm
Reception Bears (in Starfish and Sea Turtles) - Wednesday 23rd October at 2:00pm
We look forward to seeing you there.
At the end of a busy week writing riddles, adding and subtracting using place value charts and number lines and learning about materials and their properties in Year 2; writing booklets about themselves, learning number bonds up to 10 and talking about their likes and dislikes in Year 1; learning to recognise and write more phonemes and letters, recognising the number 2 and painting portraits of themselves in Reception, the children were invited to watch a performance called 'Bird Show'. The children all joined in with the actors as they told their wonderful tale using puppets.
This week we have been talking about our feelings. We experience lots of different feelings such as anger, sadness, excitement, happiness, tiredness, worry and fright. .Sometimes we feel sad when people die or when our friends have to go home. We feel happy when we go out for special treats. (Written by one of the pupils.)
Out and about
The children in Bears have had an exciting and busy day on their school trips. Our Reception children enjoyed being out in the sunshine and looking at portraits in the art gallery before creating their own self portraits.
Our Year One children have had a fun-filled, space adventure at We the Curious where they visited the planetarium, made flying rockets of their own and explored the various science exhibits.
Our Year Two children went off to Haynes Motor Museum to complete their topic about the history of cars. They saw lots of very shiny cars from the past and present, made model cars both by themselves and as a team and played in the car themed play area.
They have all had a lovely day!
Another busy week in Bears
Our Reception children have been busy learning some of the first sounds from RWI. They had fun thinking of words which started with the different sounds learned, wrote the letters in the air, made them out of playdough and had a really good go at writing them. The sounds introduced this week were s, a, m, d and t.
In Year 1, the children have been busy with their number work; counting objects accurately by pointing to each one as they say the number and comparing numbers to see which group has more or less. They have also been busy finding out about space and have made their own rockets out of junk modelling.
In Year 2, the children have been busy learning about cars and how they have changed over time. Some of the children have also been busy writing character descriptions using interesting adjectives whilst others have been busy counting and ordering numbers or partitioning 2-digit numbers into tens and ones.
Hello and welcome back for those who are returning to us and a warm welcome to those who have joined us for the first time this year. The children have quickly settled into the classroom routines and have all been busy getting to know their new teachers, mainstream classes and class animals.
Our Reception children have explored the classroom this week and have been getting to know one another. They have played alongside each other really well and have been showing good listening, sharing and turn-taking. A great start to the year!
Our Year 1 and 2 children have also been busy in their mainstream classes, learning about their class animals and writing sentences and fact files about them.
This afternoon, the Year 2 children were introduced to their new topic on 'Transport' by washing the cars for different members of staff. They had a great time and were able to get a really good look at the different components of the car in preparation for next week.
Longleat - Kidsout
Please see below photos from Boscombe beach.
Welcome back to the final term of the academic year. A week has already passed and the children have settled back into their school routines. The school trips introducing our new topics have taken place and photos will follow. In the meantime however, don't forget to look at your child's mainstream class blog for lots of pictures. Everybody seems to have had a lovely time, albeit rather wet in Bristol. The sun shone in Boscombe after a very wet journey down, and the children loved paddling in the choppy sea. So, lots of fun already had by many and lots more fun and learning to come, leading up to the long summer break.
Hope you all have a super half-term week. Please enjoy some photos below showing the Bears class completing a number of different activities.
Well done Westbury Infant School for raising £1300.00 for the NSPCC. We are all very proud of you and thank each and everyone of you for taking part.
Welcome back to term 5, a short, but very busy term. All the children have now been on a trip to introduce their topic. Year R went to Aldi, Year 1 to Warminster park and Year 2 to The Matthew and M Shed in Bristol. Please look at the hedgehogs blog for the Warminster park photos. Enjoy the Year 2 photos below.
No photos this week, but a sincere Happy Easter to all the Bears and their families. I hope you all have a well deserved rest and have some Easter treats along the way. Take lots of care during the Easter break and we will look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday 23rd April, when our exciting new topics will begin. Hopefully the sun will shine throughout the holiday and for the new term 5.
A very busy week.
I hope you have all enjoyed the wonderful Mother's Day assemblies. The Bears worked really hard on their different art work and learning their special songs. Have a great day on Sunday and hopefully you will be treated to a very special time.
The daily curriculum has continued as usual and the Bears are trying really hard in their English, maths and topic work. Please enjoy some photos of some of the Bears working on their maths activities.
World Book Day 7th March 2019
Last week was a very busy week for the Bears class, and our Blog had pictures of the Reception children making and tasting pancakes. Although a little late, please now enjoy some pictures from our very interesting World Book Day, when the children had a visit from an author, completed a workshop with him and had lots of different activities going on in the mainstream classes. There was also lots of amazing costumes, so well done Bears for dressing up in a costume of your favourite book character and for participating so well in the days events.
This week has seen pancake day, and all the children, across all the year groups have had the opportunity to follow a basic recipe and cook a pancake. They then tasted their wares. Please see the Reception class Bears photos below.
Welcome back to all the Bears, we hope everyone had a lovely break from school and are now raring to go with their new topics. The topics are:
Reception - Let's Play
Year One - Superheroes
Year Two - Grow Your Own
This week the children have been introduced to their topics and everyone has taken part in introductory trips or special days.
The reception children have had a visit to the Egg theatre in bath and watched Muckers. All the Bears were really well behaved and enjoyed the coach journey, lunch time and the actual play. There are no photographs as we were asked not to take photos within the auditorium.
Year One had a fantastic 'Superhero' day at school, with great costumes and fun activities.
Year Two enjoyed a variety of workshops and an interesting walk to the 'Sunken Garden' in the Churchyard.
See photos below, but don't forget to also look on your child's mainstream class blog.
The Year One children have been cooking Pizzas in preparation for the Around the World Exhibition. Their topic has been all about Italy and the culmination of their learning was 'How to make a Pizza' during an afternoon of cooking. Great fun was had by the three boys, and they worked hard on creating a tasty pizza. Please enjoy the photos below.
In PSHE, we were thinking about people that care for us at different times. We thought about who does this important role in school, at home and in the outside world. Lots of discussion and ideas were then recorded on sugar paper - we certainly thought of lots of examples.
Year Two children have been learning all about China and this week they have focused on learning about Chinese food. The children have tasted a range of foods - Prawn crackers, Seaweed, Rice noodles and Egg noodles. Well done to all the children for having a taste of these unusual foods - enjoy the photos below.
All the Bears class have been thinking about Winter and discussing the different signs of the season. Please enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures we have made.
The children had lots of fun learning a new dance. Each Year group were able to perform a dance from the country they are learning about. Everyone had fun and were able to move to the music.
Welcome back Bears to a brand new year at Westbury Infant School, 2019.
Happy New Year to you all!!
All the children have returned to school happy and healthy and it seems that everyone had a lovely Christmas and a well deserved break from school. Now we are all ready to start a new topic - All Around the World.
Reception are learning about Great Britain.
Year 1 are learning about Italy.
Year 2 are learning about China.
The children from Bears class will continue to join their mainstream class for topic and for other learning when it is appropriate. They are always supported by the RB TA's or teacher and have already produced some good work.
Today the children have had a great introduction to the topic with different dance sessions relating to their particular country. Everyone joined in with enthusiasm and hopefully this has stimulated their desire to learn more about the different places in our world.
Don't forget to look on your child's mainstream class blog to see pictures or video of the dance sessions, and pictures will follow on our own blog too.
I hope your children enjoy their new topic and maybe they could even do a little research of their own.
Please enjoy some Christmas photos. I'm sure you agree they look 'very sweet'.
Christmas plays are in full swing!
The children are now fully engrossed in practising and performing their Christmas plays (photos to follow). The Reception children are performing Busy, Busy Bethlehem, the Year One children are doing A Little Bird Told Me and Year Two are performing Lights, Camel, Action. I hope you are able to come and see at least one of your child's performances.
The RB children have also been completing lots of Christmas artwork in preparation for the BIG day look out for their decorations, tags or biscuits (depending on your child's year group) in the Christmas Market. They have particularly enjoyed taking part in role play activities, dressing up as elves, Father Christmas and reindeer.
The Bears visit We the Curious
Please enjoy the photos from our recent visit to Bristol.
Sorry for the lack of pictures and new entries. There have been a few problems on the Bears Blog, but hopefully these will be sorted shortly.
The children have been working well, since the last posting. They are joining their mainstream classes to complete a variety of topic work, but also for practising the Christmas play songs. All the children have now been assigned a part in the various plays and they will be practising them from next week. Posters are now in the windows to let you know when the plays take place.
Remembrance picture restored
All the children created a piece of poppy artwork to commemorate Remembrance Day on the 11th November.
Welcome back to term 2.
The children have returned to school full of excitement and enthusiasm. We have already been on our school trips for this term - Reception went to Brokerswood, Year One went to the Fire Station in Trowbridge and the Year Two children went to We the Curious in Bristol (look out for pictures over the coming weeks). All the children were well behaved and did their school proud!
On Monday 12th of November the whole school had a Remembrance Assembly, led by Mrs Budge. It was lovely to see the children listening and responding in a respectful and understanding way, to a subject that is quite difficult for younger children to fully appreciate. Well done all of you. The children also made pictures and wreaths in commemoration of all the men and women who have fought in order for us to have better lives.
Today, Tuesday 13th November, the children have had their school photograph taken, so look out for the order form in the next couple of weeks.
Autumn Term 2
Monday 15th October
Happy Monday to everyone. Just a quick update to keep you informed.
The children across all 3 year groups have continued to work hard in both their mainstream class and in the Bears classroom. Displays are now completed, showcasing some of the lovely work they have completed and hopefully you will be able to see this work when you come to parents evening (Wednesday and Thursday of this week).
All the children are taking part in Read, Write, Inc. lessons after assembly and the Reception children are now getting very familiar with the daily format. Following morning break the children complete a maths session, before lunch time at 12. Afternoons are devoted to topic based learning, including PE, music, art and design and history and geography. Again, as you already know, some of this learning takes part in the Bears classroom and some with the children's mainstream peers.
This week is looking particularly exciting with the opening of our new library on Wednesday, I'll say no more as I wouldn't like to spoil the surprise.
See you all on either Wednesday or Thursday for parent consultations and have a lovely week.
Friday 19th October
This week saw the opening of our magnificent library and the children were thrilled to use it on Thursday and Friday. We owe a huge thank you to Mrs Rylands who has painted fabulous pictures of different fairy tales and well known stories around the room. We also need to say thank you to our caretaker, Anthony, for his incredible construction work, and also many thanks to Mrs Newbury and Mrs Budge for their hard work and vision.
If you haven't yet had the delight of visiting the library, please take a look as soon as you can - you will be amazed.
Please enjoy the slide show below.
Wednesday 24th October
Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to the 'end of topic' events this week. I think you will agree that the children have worked really hard this term and produced some very pleasing work.
We in the Bears class have especially enjoyed going into our mainstream classes to join in with the interesting work that has been going on. Thank you to all the mainstream teachers for their inventive topic ideas and their great activities. The Bears look forward to starting a new topic in November - see the website for the different year group topics.
And now I wish you all a very happy holiday from all the Resource Base staff. Stay safe, have fun and we'll see you again on Tuesday 6th November.
PS Don't forget that on Friday 9th November all the children will go on their next school trip. So there's lots to look forward to after the holiday is over.
Autumn Term 1
Welcome to Class 5 and 6, otherwise known as the Bears Class.
We hope you have all had a lovely summer break and feel ready and raring to go in this new academic year. All the Bears have returned to school happy and well, including the new Reception children, who have settled like the little superstars they are. The children are now attending school full time and have already had time in their mainstream classes.
We have lots to look forward to over the coming months, not least of all our school trips next Friday (21st). Reception children are going to Victoria Art Gallery and Museum in Bath, Year 1 children are going to Warleigh Farm near Bath and Year 2 children will visit Westbury White Horse. All these trips support the different topics in each year group.
We look forward to keeping you informed of all the different things we do in school, so visit our Blog regularly and enjoy.
Don't forget to also visit the Blogs of your child's mainstream class for more information and photographs.
Year 2 trip to Westbury White Horse
The children had a wonderful time on Westbury White Horse, despite a few showers here and there. The views are spectacular and the windy weather was exhilarating. The children drew some lovely pictures and went for some very interesting walks. When they returned to school the children's kites flew really well in the windy weather. I think they are all looking forward to the next trip already.
Year R trip to The Victoria Art Gallery
The Reception children had a lovely time in Bath on their very first school trip. The children travelled to Bath on the coach, and on arrival their first port of call was a walk around the gardens in the centre of the city. Following a lovely look around and a well deserved snack, they then spent time in Victoria Art Gallery, where they could look at and discuss the paintings and then make a picture portrait of their own. All the Bears were very well behaved and had an enjoyable time.