Welcome to Badger Class!
Badger Class is our Reception and Year One class, where Mrs Smith and Mrs Hedges are the class teachers and Mrs Dyer is our teaching assistant.
This term our topic is 'Magic Carpet'. We will be travelling to different countries from around the world, one per continent, on our magic carpet, looking closely at each country, tasting food, listening to music and creating artwork linked to that country. We will also be learning to tell the story 'The Gingerbread Man' and looking at different versions of the story from different countries, as well as reading stories from other countries. We will be learning all about Easter and how it is celebrated by Christians.
Hello to all our lovely Badgers. I hope you're keeping well and enjoying the lovely sunshine, whilst keeping safe. On the Badger Learning page, you will find some new ideas for your home learning next week. These are only ideas that you may wish to use. Remember to keep the learning fun and for those children in Reception, please add photos to tapestry so we can keep in touch.
For Reception parents, I have included a list of EYFS goals on the learning page for your information.
Have a look at the learning we will be doing this year by following the link below.
To support your child's maths learning, please follow the links below to play some fun learning games.
Please keep practising your sight words. Year one - use the lists in your homework books. Reception use the HF words from the word packets.
We regularly support our phonic learning by playing games on the internet. The children may enjoy playing these at home. Children in reception have completed all of phase 3, can choose that as an option, or choose specific graphemes, if they have difficulty remembering these. Year 1 children can be practising Phase 5 phonics - the sounds we have learned are in homework books.
We had a fantastic day at Beaulieu yesterday, learning about different transport through the ages and all about old toys at the Palace House.
There are lots of photos from the trip in the Gallery.
We had great fun exploring what happened when we programmed the beebots.
We have been reading the story 'The Train Ride'. Today we went for our own journey around the school, pretending to be a train and predicting what we may see on our journey. We then went to different places and stopped our train, while sharing what we could see.
The Bridge project came to teach the children how different colours of Christmas, linked to themes of Christmas. We learned that red was for loving, gold was for giving and green was for living. During our second session, we learned that blue was for the sky and heaven, purple was for the king (Jesus) and white was for purity, like the snow.
Thank you so much to Mrs Harry, who came into our class to share the traditions surrounding Thanksgiving. We made pictures of turkeys, by drawing around our hands and drew pictures of the food we would like to eat. We also thought about those things that we are thankful for, which included our homes, the food we eat and of course our families.
We went for a walk around the village of Porton, observing different types of buildings. We spotted cottages, terraced houses, detached houses, bungalows, the doctors, the shop, the pub and lots more. Thank you to those parents who helped us on our walk.
This week we have been thinking about the number four and discussed the four sided shapes - squares and rectangles. We linked this to our topic of homes and created buildings out of wooden blocks, made large pictures out of mosaic tiles, some of which were houses and individual pictures of houses using squares, rectangles and triangles.
The Bridge Project came to school for a workshop on prayer. We worked in different groups to make thank you bracelets, sorry stones, prayer petals and pom pom prayers.
While most of us prefer it when it is not raining, the children in Badger Class have been making the most of their waterproofs and welly boots and having a great time in the mud kitchen and splashing in puddles.
Year one children have access to Professor Assessor to complete their maths homework. To access please follow the link below.
We had an amazing trip to Langford Lakes, learning about the insects by looking under logs and sweeping the plants. We also the examined the creatures we found, when we were pond dipping. After lunch we discussed hedgehogs, looked at birds in a hide and went on a nature walk, collecting as many different colours from the plants on our sticky boards.
Langford Lakes is a lovely place to visit and is free, so it might be nice to visit again with your children.
We have been thinking about distance and measured how far we could fly our paper aeroplanes.
The children have been making their own boats out of junk and problem solving to make them float.
A mystery egg arrived in a nest on our school field this week. We found out that the egg belonged to a dragon. We have had lots of fun looking after the egg and doing lots of dragon activities.
The story begins.....
This afternoon we enjoyed the lovely sunshine and went on the playground to play our runaround game. The children were each given a character from a Julia Donaldson book and then were read a made up story including the characters. Every time they heard their character, they had to run around the outside of the circle, while their friends chanted for the character.
Today we have been learning about staying safe when using the internet. We have talked about keeping some information private and using nicknames when using the internet. We thought about ways to make up our nicknames, combining our favourite colour with our favourite food or using our favourite TV or book character with our favourite colour.
There are some links to useful sites regarding internet safety on our parent information page - you can use the link below.
We went out early in the morning to observe the frost and notice the changes in the seasons.
We have been learning about staying safe when near roads. We used our own track to practise crossing the road, taking turns to be cars and pedestrians. We also coloured pictures and used the road maps with our cars.
Thank you to St Nicholas PTA for supplying our new set of waterproofs. We had great fun playing in the mud kitchen and not worrying about getting our uniforms dirty.
The children enjoyed using the large apparatus in our final PE session of 2018.
As a reward for filling our marble jar, we went for a welly walk around the school grounds. As we have been learning to tell the story 'Going for a Song', we told the story as we went to different areas.
We had lots of fun making Rice Krispie Cakes to sell at the cake sale after school.
Thank you also to all the Badger Class parents for providing the cakes for the sale.
A few highlights from Term 1.
The children have had a wonderful first term, settling well into school life, learning all our new rules and routines. We have made lots of new friends and enjoyed all the new experiences school has brought.
We went for a walk around the school grounds, looking for signs of Autumn. We collected different leaves and looked at all the different colours in the trees. We had great fun running through the leaves and throwing them in the air. If the children have any Autumn seeds, eg conkers or sycamore seeds, that they would like to share with their friends (and leave at school), then please bring them in.
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