Monthly Archives: September 2018

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This week we have been learning about the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children heard many different versions of the traditional story and are now confident in retelling the story whilst playing in the ‘Three Bear’s Cottage’ (the role play area).

As would be expected, we have gone porridge crazy; not only eating lots of it but playing with and exploring the texture of dry and wet porridge outside in the play trays. Some children who would not have eaten porridge at home, have enjoyed eating it so much that they have requested it for breakfast.

Other exciting activities linked to the story have been painting pictures for the bears on different sizes paper; making and using porridge play dough; making ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ puppets for the small world; and playing ‘bear’ hide and seek.

The foundation children have been talking about keeping themselves safe with a discussion about road safety. They have talked about how Goldilocks should not have wandered off exploring on her own and about how she may have crossed the road without an adult’s help. Perhaps you could reinforce at home the need for children to hold an adults’ hand when crossing the road and talk about the best places to use when crossing, such as a zebra crossing or at the pedestrian crossing.

Communication in Print

Each week the children will be learning 2 or 3 ‘Communication in Print’ signs related to our theme and story. Your child will see the pictures on the class wall and will practice the action associated with it daily.

This week we have learnt:


  • We are still collecting £3 cooking donations and boxes of tissues. Please pass these on to your class teacher. A big than you to everyone who has paid so far!
  • We would also like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you bring them into school for the children to make models with. Thank you.
  • Reception parents… This week we have started learning Phase 2 of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and have made some videos for you to watch to support your child’s learning at home. Click here to watch the videos.

Foggy Foggy Forest!

We have had a great week in Year 1, learning the story of the Foggy Foggy Forest! All sorts of strange creatures appear as shadows through the trees….. ask your child which is their favourite! Miss Westlake likes ‘Goldilocks eating chocs’ best, Mrs Johnson is a fan of the ‘Ogre doing yoga’ and Mrs Mabin loves the ‘Unicorn playing a horn’! The children have had fun dressing up and playing in our Foggy Foggy Forest role-play area and have also made their own shadow characters on sticks.

In Maths, we have been looking at grouping and sorting objects in different ways, as well as finding several different methods of representing the same number.

Next week, we will be counting forwards and backwards, looking at number words and number formation, having a go at writing our own ‘Foggy Foggy Forest’ story and beginning to look at seasonal change.

The children have adapted really well to the new routines in Year 1 and it has been lovely to enjoy the beautiful Autumn sunshine this week. Photographs will appear on our blog, once all the data protection forms have been returned.

Reminder please that we’d love some cooking money and some tissues, if you haven’t donated already. Also, could library books be returned by Monday and homework books on a Thursday. Many thanks.

Have a lovely weekend – The Year 1 Team

Becoming Authors!

The children have been really busy this week writing their own stories about a chosen character. A wide variety of interesting toys have been filling the classrooms to inspire the children’s imaginations! They have become authors.

In our topic this week we have been comparing South America with Europe and talking about human and physical features. The children were able to label pictures with human and physical features and talk about the climate in South America.

The weather is getting cooler but we will still be going outside for PE. Please make sure your child has named, warm jogging bottoms or black leggings and suitable trainers. Thank you.

Year 4 – Week 4

What a lovely week we have had! The children have been enthused by our Roman’s topic which has crossed into most other curriculum areas, including Maths. They have revisited Roman numerals this week and have deepened their understanding by trying different number problems. In English we have finished our fiction unit and we will be learning about writing newspaper reports about Roman invasions over the next couple of weeks.

4RW spent Wednesday exploring the Roman remains in Exeter with a red coat tour guide who taught all the children, (and adults),  lots of interesting facts about the Roman’s occupation of our fine city. They thoroughly enjoyed visiting the RAMM, delving deep into the history of our planet. They were particularly impressed by the mosaic which had been recovered from beneath the entrance to the Cathedral in the centre of town. The children’s behaviour was fantastic and was even remarked upon by passers by. We are very proud of you all.

4ST and 4MW are eagerly anticipating their trip on Wednesday 3rd October. We hope the weather is as nice. Please remember to bring a packed lunch, and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget a coat either. Please make sure that all permission slips are returned very soon.

In our PSHE lessons the children have been discussing and sharing ideas about the roles and responsibilities of people within our school. We discussed the importance of the different roles and they decided that all roles are equally important and help to make the school as great as it is.