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People Who Help Us

We found out about people who work in the emergency services and how they help lots of people. We have enjoyed visits from the police, fire service, a paramedic and nurse. We have loved hearing them talk about their jobs and learnt lots of new skills. We have practised putting on bandages, using a hose to put out fires and sat inside a police car. After our visits we enjoyed becoming doctors, nurses, firemen and women and working in our own police station in our class. We have made warrant cards, wanted posters and looked after our bears in our hospital.

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London

We have been enjoyed learning about London and Paddington Bear. We drew maps of London and wrote about places you could visit. We then found out about some of the famous Landmarks in London. We have learnt about the Tower of London and listened to the Queen talk about how to wear a crown. We made our own crowns, so we could be Kings and Queens for the day. We learnt about Big Ben and found out lots of interesting facts, we also learnt about the time and used our clocks. We designed our own bridges along our River Thames. We have enjoyed lots of lovely Paddington Bear stories. We wrote descriptions of Paddington Bear, enjoyed making our own marmalade sandwiches and helped Paddington plan a day out for Aunt Lucy.

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Maths Workshop

This term we invited our parents into our classes. They came in and joined our maths lessons. We practised our number formation, played games, read number stories and used our problem solving skills. We really impressed our Mums and Dads with our mathematical skills and they enjoyed being part of our class for a morning.

Thank you to all the parents who joined us.

We have added the handouts to our website, for you to access them.

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Maths in Foundation Stage

This half term we have been working on using our addition and subtraction skills. We have developed our skills to record the number problems. We can use different strategies to solve our problems, we use number lines, objects and are starting to develop our mental recall skills.


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Pancake Week

Alongside our other work we also enjoyed our special Pancake Day week. We ate delicious pancakes and wrote instructions to help our teachers make pancakes. We created a bar chart to show our favourite topping. Chocolate spread was very popular!


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Winter

We started this term with our learning about winter. We talked about seasonal changes and the environment around us. We explored ice and described how it felt. We made winter houses and painted winter skies, using different shades of blue. We enjoyed a winter walk on the field and shared a winter story, with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit to warm us up.

Gardening Day

Gardening Day

On gardening day we had lots of jobs to do in the garden. We washed the toys, swept up leaves and planted flowers in the flower pots. We made the birds some special bird seed toast to take home. Our very special job was to create a fairy garden for our school fairies to live in. We made decorations and set up their new home.

We wanted to get to know more children in our school, so we decided to set them a special challenge. In Foundation Stage we decorated pebbles and then hid them around our playground. We asked the children in years 1-6 to find the pebbles and bring them back to us. It was a great way to learn lots of new names and make some new friends. We then took the pebbles outside to make our special starting school garden together.

Hope/Middleton First Lunch

First Lunch

Mrs Hope / Middleton's class enjoying their first lunch.

Year 5 came to read

Year 5 Visit

Children from year 5 came to visit. We had a great time sharing our books with them.


Beach Party!

As part of their end of term celebrations, Foundation pupils enjoyed a 'Beach Party'!

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Afternoon Tea!

It was Afternoon Tea time for Foundation pupils to celebrate their time in Foundation before moving on to Year 1!

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The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch!

Foundation pupils enjoyed a Lighthouse Keepers picnic Lunch!As they had been reading the story, the children were asked to bring in a lunch that was sea or fish themed for their topic!

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Writing to The Queen!

As part of their London topic, Miss Newman's Class wrote letters to the Queen and drew lots of pictures for her. Miss Newman sent the work to the palace and this week, they received a reply!

Fluteability Workshops!

Pupils in Foundation and Years 1,2,3 and 6 participated in Fluteability Workshops! More information and photos can be viewed here!

Garden Parties!

Parents of children in Mrs Hope/Mrs Middleton's Class were invited to share lots of activities with their children during their Garden Party afternoon! They Shared work books, made bird seed feeders, decorated the Foundation garden fences with hanging sticks and wool, watered the plants, painted pebbles for their garden area and enjoyed drinks and biscuits!

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Mrs Douglas' Class!

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Mrs Hope/Mrs Middleton's Class!

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Miss Newman's Class!

Fairytale Day!

Foundation set their Fairytale Day around the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children found a big mess of flour in their classrooms with a message saying that the Gingerbread Man had taken our ingredients to make biscuits. The children made 'Wanted' posters to find him. They also drew The Gingerbread Man and houses, and made a bridge to get the Gingerbread Man across the river. Outside they built dens, put on shows in the music area, made an obstacle course to travel around and used the Gingerbread Man's mud cafe. The children (and staff) looked fabulous dressed up as their favourite characters. The children also decorated gingerbread men with a parent which they shared as their special snack at the end of the week. The children all had a fantastic day and were superstars!



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...and watch a video here!

FTaleDayVid.mp4


Spring Term (second half)!

Foundation pupils have been learning about Julia Donaldson stories - The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom and Stickman. They met the Gruffalo, wrote magic potions outside, learnt about number bonds to 10, enjoyed maths mornings with our Mums and Dads and made magic jelly! They also enjoyed lots of work for their Resilient Reader day including reading with their Year 5 friends, writing book reviews and dressing up. There were also enjoyable snow days! To finish off the half term they celebrated Easter, tasted lots of chocolate and talked about their favourite chocolate!

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Miss Newman's Class!


Maths Workshops!

Foundation parents were invited to join the Maths workshops which were postponed due to the snow but then went ahead just before Easter! After getting an overview of how maths was taught at Plumberow, parents joined their children in the classroom for first hand experience!


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Miss Newman's Class!

Thorndon Park

Foundation had a lovely day with lots of fun activities ( which helped keep them warm!), when they spent the day at Thorndon Park! They went on a Gruffalo hunt during the morning and found the Gruffalo, owl, fox and snake. They also made a house for a mouse to hide him from the Gruffalo. After lunch they made broomsticks, a giant cauldron and a magic potion using items found in the woods. The children were superstars and had 'the best day ever!

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Miss Newman's Class!

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Mrs Douglas' Class!


Resilient Reader!

Plumberow were visited by 'The Resilient Reader'!! Following a Parents' Meeting, KS1 pupils attended a fun filled assembly (photos of which can be viewed here)! There were also lots of reading based activities happening in classrooms, lots of book sharing and some absolutely FANTASTIC costumes! Everyone had a great day (including the staff!!) Thank you for your continued support in helping to make Powerful Learners of the pupils at Plumberow!

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Spring Term! (first half!)

Foundation have been working very hard during the first half of the Spring Term! They have been learning about London. They drew maps of London and learnt lots of facts focusing on Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Big Ben and London Bridge. They made palace soldiers for Buckingham palace, decorated and made crowns for the Tower of London, learnt how to tell the time as part of learning about Big Ben, and then helped Paddington Bear plan a trip for when Aunt Lucy comes to visit him from Peru! The children really enjoyed the topic and enjoyed sharing their facts at home. Miss Newman's Class also decided to write letters to the Queen after they found out she shares her name with Elizabeth in the class! The children wrote letters to invite The Queen to their houses or parties and they then sent them to the Palace (they are hoping for a letter back!) They also made Paddington's favourite snack by following instructions - sandwiches! They have also learnt about solving addition and subtraction problems as well as exploring the snow and ice and making winter houses!! Busy, busy, busy!

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Miss Newman's Class!


Letters to Santa!

Foundation pupils finally got to post their letters to Santa which was

cancelled at the beginning of the week because of the weather!

A VERY important job, executed to perfection!

Mrs Middleton's Class!

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Miss Newman's Class!

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Panto 2017!

The Panto came to Plumberow (Oh yes it did!) and Pupils in Foundation and Years 1&2 enjoyed watching and taking part in Beauty & The Beast, performed by (only) 2 members of The Blue Box Entertainment theatre group!

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Christmas Lunch 2017!

Foundation pupils were the first to enjoy Christmas Lunch at Plumberow this year!

A delicious lunch followed by some fantastic singing and dancing!

All looking very festive in their Christmas Hats!

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'A Little Bird Told Me!'

The Foundation Christmas Performance in 2017 was 'A Little Bird Told Me'! The pupils worked really hard to perform for family and friends in 2 spectacular performances! They also 'posed' for the annual Echo Christmas Nativity supplement! Well Done to you all!

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Picnics!!

It was picnic time in Foundation! First, Teddies joined pupils in class, helping the pupils with maths and phonics! Their reward was to join their owners at a Teddy Bear's Picnic!

Then, as part of their Children in Need celebrations, the children at Jelly Beans joined Foundation pupils at their Pudsey Picnic where they all enjoyed lots of goodies including Pudsey themed iced biscuits that the Foundation children had decorated!

Miss Newman's Class!

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Mrs Middleton's Class!

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Mrs Douglas' Class!

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Gardening Day!

Foundation pupils have been VERY busy! They had a Gardening Day...

cleaning and tidying their garden areas as well as lots more gardening activities!

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Autumn Term 2017! Mrs Middleton's Class!

A very busy start for our new Foundation pupils! Over the last few weeks they have taken part in drama workshops, a phonics hunt in the sand and making some 'junk' models!

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