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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.
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!
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!
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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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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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'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!
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!
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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