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Welcome to Woodpecker and Kestrel Class

Welcome to our class page. We are two Foundation classes with 30 children in each. Our class teachers are called Mrs Dowrick – Kessell (Woodpecker) and Miss Mitchell (Kestrel). We have lots of different teaching assistants who help us with our learning. They are called Mrs Riseborough, Mrs Eglinton and Miss Woolley. We hope that you enjoy looking at pictures of all the different things we are learning this year. 

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Kestrel Class Photo

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Learning Journey 2014 - 2015 

Sports Day

On Sports Day the children all had a great time joining with the different events. There were running races, relay races and activities where they had to practise their balancing. We are very proud of all the children and their efforts during the day.  

Our Writing 

Woodpecker and Kestrel have been practicing their writing through Read Write Inc, morning books, busy books and whiteboards. We have worked really hard at rewriting stories that we know and have made booklet for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Our Mini - beast Topic

This term we are looking at lots of different types of mini - beasts. The children went on a mini - beasts hunt and used a checklist to record their findings. They wanted to build their own mini - beast models but first we planned our creations. The children drew their designs and recorded what materials they needed. We made our models from the junk modelling materials and then displayed them throughout our classrooms. All the children have talked or wrote about their  models. 

 

Mini - Beast clips (Beetles)

 

St George's Day 

On the 23rd April Woodpecker and Kestrel celebrated St George's Day. They painted the St George's Flag and made their own shields. In the morning Mrs Riseborough cooked scones with all of the children and then after lunch the children added cream, jam or strawberries to their scone. We watched a video on Cbeebies to show us how to prepare for St George's Day. 

 

Prepare for St George's Day.

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Balanceability

The children had a six week course which lasted 45 minutes per session. Roy and Karen taught the children to balance, walk alongside and eventually ride a pedal bike. Some children achieved level one and some achieved level 2. The children really enjoyed the sessions and their parents were able to watch their final session. They all received a certificate to go into their learning journeys. The children and parents were all very proud of their achievements. 

Dinosaurs

This term we are looking at Dinosaurs. A dinosaur come into our classroom but we do not know where it went; we tried to follow the footprint but they had vanished! We went on a hunt around the school to look for different clues. In the book tower we have been looking at non - fiction books all about different types of dinosaurs. The role play area has been changed into a Dinosaur Cave where we can investigate lots of dinosaurs. We looked at 3D Dinosaurs on the National History Museum's website.

Click on the link to explore - National History Museum 

Our Assembly!

We practised very hard ready for our assembly. We sang 'Happy Days', '1 2 3 It's Good to be me and 'Gung Hay Fat Choy'. We also told the story of Hairy Maclary using a story map and actions to help us. We showed the other the children the songs we use to remind us of the months of the years and days of the week. We finished our assembly by dancing to Elvis! 

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Hairy Maclary 

We have been learning Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd. In our assembly we are going to perform the story to all of our parents. We need to make sure that we practice lots and lots!

 

Look at the link below to read the interactive Hairy Maclary story:

Interactive Hairy Maclary

 

We used pictures to help us retell the story. Below is the PowerPoint for Hairy Maclary. 

 

Chinese New Year

This week it was Chinese New Year. We tried some egg fried rice, noodles and prawn crackers. They were yummy! Miss Rowe taught us Gung Hay Fat Choy which is Chinese New Year song. We also looked at Willow plate designs and created our own versions. 

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Snow!

It has been very cold this week and we had snow! We all went outside and had a snow ball fight. Mrs Riseborough and Kestrel worked very hard at making a mini snowman and Woodpecker decided to make some snow angels. When we got back to the classroom we all had a hot chocolate to warm us up. We really enjoyed our day in the snow. 

Our Changing Outdoor Area

This year we have been working really hard at making our outdoor area look colourful and attractive. We are really proud of how the it looks now. We have put some photos in the documents below. 

Bristol Standard 2015 

Time to Talk

 

We have three Time to Talk groups, two Spirals and one Colourful Semantics group, these groups support children with EAL, SEN, summer born and universal free school meals. This helps to build children’s confidence and self esteem. Our Colourful Semantics group supports children with oral sentence structure and builds their vocabulary. Children need Time to Talk as they need to feel safe in small social situations. These children benefit from this through targeting their individual needs that have been identified through speech and language assessment. It allows them to thrive and build relationships with staff and children. 

 

 

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Winter Poems

 

I touched green wet moss it was like a soft, cold, wet cat teddy.

My wellies got stuck in the squishy, squelchy mud it was like a slippery slide.

We walked along the lined metal train track it feels hard and uncomfortable.

We stomped through the deep small tunnel it was dark like a cave.

The woods were full of naked trees surrounded by sticks and leaves.

I spotted a gigantic muddy puddle as big as a room.

 

Written by Woodpecker 

 

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Our Winter Walk

Long muddy train tracks

Lots of naked trees

A dark and gloomy tunnel

Lots and lots of leaves

Muddy puddles on the ground

We wore wellies on our feet

Back to school we went to find a seat

 

Written by Kestrel

The Big School Birdwatch 

We have been looking at birds this term and have taken part in the Big School Birdwatch. Click on the link to find out some more information. 

 

The Big School Birdwatch

 

Our walk to the shop

This week we have been writing shopping lists to get ready for our visit to the shop. We went walked to Southway shops to buy the ingredients to make fat balls for the birds; this is to encourage the birds to come into our outside area. Our homework was to make bird boxes and we have been thinking carefully about their design. 

Dance Festival 2015

The children from the dance and cheerleading clubs went up to Sir John Hunt for the Dance Festival. They performed different routines in front of the other schools and lots of parents. Well done to all the children who took part and a huge thank you to the parents who came along. 

 

Herald - Dance Festival 2014 

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Our Winter Walk 

We went on a winter walk to the woods. We walked around the train tracks and through the tunnel - it was very dark! The children were all wrapped up in lots of warm clothes and we had wellies on, to keep our feet dry. We are looking forward to going on lots more walks. 
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Pennywell Farm at Christmas 

We went to Pennywell Farm for a Christmas trip. We performed the Nativity with real animals, while some of the us sang in the choir. There were lots of different animals at the farm including some of Father Christmas' reindeer! 

Decorations Day 2014 

On decorations day we tried lots of different craft activities. We made some snowflakes, snowmen and decorated stockings. All the decorations that we made were put onto our Christmas tree - it is very full! We really enjoyed our families coming into school for the morning. 

Children in Need 2014

The theme for Children in Need this year was heroes. We dress up as lots of different people such as nurses, soldiers and different superheroes. We helped the school raise over £360 for Children in Need.  

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Dough Disco

Dough Disco improves children's fine motor skills which improves their handwriting and scissor control. The children squeeze the dough to the rhythm of the music. They roll the dough into a ball, roll it into a sausage and use Tommy Thumb, Peter Pointer, Toby Tall, Ruby Ring and Baby Small and make their fingers dance in the dough.
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Visitors 

Story Telling with Ginny 

Ginny came into visit Woodpecker and Kestrel to tell us some stories. She brought in different props to help bring the stories alive. We really enjoyed her visit and we have now made some of our own story props. 

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The Life Caravan

Harold the Giraffe came to visit us from Plymouth's Life Caravan. We learnt all about our bodies and what we need to stay healthy. We had to help Harold clean his face, brush his teeth and comb his hair. We enjoyed his visit. 

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The Firemen

The Firemen came to visit us before half term. We talked about how to stay safe around fire and what we should do if we find a fire. They showed us the different tools that they need and we all got to spray the water from the hose.

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Hot Chocolate Story Time Evening

Some of the children came back to school in the evening for a hot chocolate and to hear a story. We listened to 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear' with our torches for light! 

We have spent lots of time learning outside

Rhyme Challenge

For our Rhyme Challenge we learnt four rhymes and a dance to share with our families. After our performance we held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support, selling lots of different cakes. We raised £174 in total!

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