Week 10.12.18 Christmas!
Is That You Santa Claus?
Has anyone seen Santa? We are beginning to wonder where he is and what he might be doing.
A very big thank you to all our families who were able to join us this week for the Nativities. We celebrated around the campfire in Reception, with songs followed by hot chocolate and cookies. The Nurseries and Nest children had special visitors to help them tell the story of Christmas! The animals from the mobile farm came. Brackett the donkey, Rambo the sheep and Norman the turkey, as well as hens and two rats. We had a wonderful time and we hope all our families and friends did too.
The Nest children had so much fun in PE this week! They went to the sports hall with CK. They worked on their ball skills, throwing, catching and kicking. Deshawn shot a basket! What a talent.
This week, we enjoyed a visit by teachers from Sweden. They spent time in our classrooms and joined in with our activities. We have been busy making gingerbread biscuits for the Christmas trees. We sent a small tree to Christ Church for their special tree displays over Christmas.
week: 19.11.18. The Queen’s Trees
This term, we were excited to receive trees from the Woodland Trust, as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project. The aim is to plant as many trees as possible and Short Woodies were up for the challenge of helping. Toby is the Early Years Eco Warrior and he joined children from across school to help them plant. The trees are now in Forest School and we will check on them regularly to ensure they are growing well.
Week12.11.18 Squirrel School visitors-
We were joined by student teachers from the Netherlands and our Early Years governor, Chris Marsh.
The student teachers and Chris saw children in Class One busy at Squirrel School, preparing a healthy soup for Red Riding Hood’s granny, to help her get better. Others were using woodwork tools to create a trap, to try and catch the wolf. Some brave children made clay signs in the woods, to warn people of the danger of possibly meeting the wolf in there. The children talked about their activities and really impressed everyone.
Little Red Riding Hood. Detectives
This week, We have enjoyed sharing the story of Little Red Riding Hood. He heard that she might be in the Squirrel School woods, so we went to investigate. Class 2 and class 3 detectives bravely explored. They found lots of clues! Walking through the meadow, they found little strands of red fabric which they thought had come from Red Riding Hood's cloak. Over the bridge and into the woods, Little Red's dress was discovered, along with her basket and cloak. After that, Granny's glasses, knitting needles and nightcap. We hoped they were ok.
Children In Need Day
Thank you to everyone for supporting this fantastic charity today. The children looked great in their spots and had lots of fun.
05.11.18 Bonfires and Fireworks
This week we were very excited about bonfire night. We went to Squirrel School and learned how to be safe around fire. We built bonfire piles carefully with logs. We also found out how to use a steel and flint with our class teacher, so that we could create a spark to get a campfire going. We will be making campfires at Squirrel School throughout the year, to cook on and keep us warm on chilly days.
We enjoyed our science investigation this week. We made fireworks in a jar! We explored water, oil and food colouring and discovered that as the oil sat on top of the water, it allowed the colours to drop through and bounce back up. It looked just like fireworks! You could try this at home too. You just need water, cooking oil and food colouring.
Diwali - The festival of light
This week is very special for one of our Reception friends who is Hindu and celebrates Diwali. We wanted to find out about it. We listened to a story about Rama and Sita. You can read it here.
Once upon a time there was a great warrior, Prince Rama, who had a beautiful wife named Sita.
There was also a terrible demon king, Ravana. He had twenty arms and ten heads, and was feared throughout the land. He wanted to make Sita his wife, and one day he kidnapped her and took her away in his chariot. Clever Sita left a trail of her jewellery for Rama to follow.
Rama followed the trail of glittering jewellery until he met the monkey king, Hanuman, who became his friend and agreed to help find Sita. Messages were sent to all the monkeys in the world, and through them to all the bears, who set out to find Sita.
After a very long search, Hanuman found Sita imprisoned on an island. Rama's army of monkeys and bears couldn't reach the island, so they began to build a bridge. Soon all the animals of the world, large and small, came to help. When the bridge was built, they rushed across it and fought a mighty battle.
When Rama killed the evil Ravana with a magic arrow, the whole world rejoiced. Rama and Sita began their long journey back to their land, and everybody lit oil lamps to guide them on their way and welcome them back.
Ever since, people light lamps at Diwali to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil.
We made Diwali lamps called Divas. We explored light, using the overhead projector, coloured perspex and candles. We retold the story of Rama and Sita with small world forests and characters.
Families often celebrate Diwali with fireworks. We also recently enjoyed fireworks on bonfire night. As the days get shorter and there are fewer daylight hours- light takes on a special magic.
Week 22.10.18 Halloween
This week, our community support officer, Lynne, came in to talk to us about Halloween. She chatted about trick or treating and gave us some tips!
Make sure you only go out with an adult, and stay with them.
Don't talk to strangers.
Wear something bright, like a glow band, so that cars can see you in the dark.
Make sure you are polite, walk carefully up paths, make sure you don't run across gardens, people are caring for their plants.
If someone has a special poster in their window saying, 'No trick or treat,' please don't visit that house. An elderly or disabled person may live there.
Top tip: CSO Lynne said that the Community support officers and police will be out and about. Say hello, they may have treats in their cars!
We had the best time at the Halloween disco!
Congratulations to Oakley, for best costume, a fantastic batman and also to Henry class 3, for winning a prize for best dancer. A big ‘thank you’ to the PTA for organising this for us!
Week: 15.10.18 Feelings
The Promise Tree
This week we added our own copper leaves to the Short Wood promise tree. We gathered around with the whole school to sing ‘Power in me’. During our first term in school we have been learning what it means to have friends and be kind, try our best and feel happy. Everyone now understands what it means to be a true Short Woody. We will all continue to remember what the leaves mean throughout the year. Pop across to your class pages to see the photos!
Story telling: Hansel and Gretel
We have been reading the story of Hansel and Gretel. The characters all have their own story to tell, and we see so many different feelings.
Gretel: She’s the sister, she has beautiful brown hair. She’s feeling sad because of the witch. Gretel go’d in the oven but she was magic and tricked the witch and pushed her in the oven first.
Hansel: He is the brother. He’s a sad boy because they left him in the woods. The witch locks him up and feeds him because she will eat him.
Dad: He left the children. His face is sad and he has tears. He has a scratch on his nose and he has a hammer to kill the witch. He’s so naughty to leave the children, he’s older.
08.10.18 What happens when we eat?
This week we had some questions.
What happens to food when you put it in your mouth? What is taste? Does all food feel the same inside your mouth? What do we like/ not like? Why?
There were so many ideas and thoughts about this.
Toby said: Bite, chew, open your mouth up and down. Then the food goes down your throat. Crunch it eight times them swallow.
Ashton: When you swallow you push the food down.
Maqbool: Bite with your teeth, they go up and down. Your teeth are strong. They crunch food up and make it little.
Yosef told us: An orange has lots of cells and it attaches its cells to our body. When I eat the toast it is going to be soft like slime, squishy.
Riley: My gums were telling me the taste.
Avin: The food falls down my neck.
Kyle: It's going into my blood I think.
Eshaal: My tongue told my yoghurt was strawberry.
Betsy: The end of your mouth pushes the food into your tummy, then to your legs and then out of your bottom.
Week 01.10.18- What's inside?
Our Reception scientists have been very busy investigating this week. We wanted to explore what's inside pumpkins. What resilience and great use of tools! Everyone cut, sliced and hacked away at those tough pumpkins until we got inside them. It was very exciting to discover slimy fibrous strands and lots of seeds. Then we recorded our discoveries by painting what we saw.
That got us wondering - what's inside our bodies? We drew out our ideas. Next week, we will be finding out how our teeth break down food. We will also be tasting and thinking about the different textures of the food we eat.
What's inside our bodies?
These are some of our ideas...
Martha H: A body. It has blood all around. Bones everywhere! A brain in your head.
Alina: A tummy, a face talking. Fingers and legs.
Ehman: Blood inside our bodies. If you cut your hand and get a plaster you're better.
Archie: Our body has got bones. Lots of bones, right in our tummy and you feel them in your arms.
Maizey: A brain, like calm brain in your head. You can bleed all over you when you scratch. Blood is everywhere. There's a heartbeat.
Maqbool: Brain's in the head, it thinks. A heart, it helps him breathe and keep him alive. It makes a boom boom sound. Eat fish and rice to be healthy. Blood is just in all the time.
Mia: Bones everywhere, they are hard.
Week 8-13 October is Libraries week
This is a nation wide celebration of libraries. The theme this year is wellbeing. Libraries across the country will be showing how they are bringing people and communities together.
At Short Wood we would like to bring our school community together for special story times in our school library. This week, Mr. Shaw will read on Monday, Mrs. Doult on Tuesday and Mrs. Sergeant on Thursday.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Preparing for harvest.
Another busy week in Reception. We have been preparing for the harvest flower festival at Christ Church this weekend. A shed was built, flowers arranged and the church decorated! It looks beautiful. We hope you are able to visit, the church will be open this Saturday and Sunday.
The Reception children walked to the Regent Street Mosque this week. We went with some of the year 6 children. It was a beautiful sunny day and we saw lots of interesting things along the way.
When we got there, we took off our shoes and sat on a big red carpet. We found out about Hajj and how Eid is celebrated. Back at school, the children drew maps of the journey and wrote about the experience.
This is Maqbool's map.
'We lined up in a long line. We held hands with the big children.We went past the balloon sun, a little road, two trees and lots and lots and lots and lots of bushes. We saw two people doing their flowers. We went past some red, yellow and green traffic lights. I saw two butterflies and a snail. The snail was going to mosque too!'
First two weeks in school and nursery.
The children have settled in so well! They have been out and about, walking around the school grounds. They noticed that the apples were ready to pick. The Nest children collected Crab Apples at Squirrel School and the Nursery and Reception children picked apples from the trees by the poly tunnel.
The children washed, peeled and sliced their apples to make delicious crumbles. They decided how to prepare the apples and how to add the crumble mixture. Everyone enjoyed tasting their baking.
The Nest children are now getting ready to make Crab Apple jam.
The Reception children wrote about their experiences and created beautiful art work.
Reception classes 2018-2019
Family Transition Evening
In July we had a wonderful evening with our new families. We shared the activities we do in school and everyone joined in with sports, art, maths and forest school. It was great to spend time with everyone and we are really looking forward to seeing you in September!
Overall School: 95.1% - Every day counts!