Forest Friday 7.10.16

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The children had a wonderful time on Forest Friday.  Lots of children wanted to explore different habitats and try to locate minibeasts.  We even had a visit from the school hens who couldn’t believe their luck when they found the children were digging up worms and finding slugs under logs.  Yum yum!

A seagull in the hotseat


Those pesky seagulls have been stealing Mr Grinling’s sandwiches from the basket.  The children have made paper-plate seagull hats to use in their role play.  One brave volunteer in the photograph offered to sit in the ‘hotseat’ and answer questions based on what happened in the story.  Hotseating is a drama technique used to explore characters further and try to understand their viewpoint.


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We’ve encouraged children to use a range of materials to make their own lighthouses.  Some have used coloured card whilst others have been painting cardboard tubes!


Yummy Sandwiches

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Pupils in Year 1 have been making sandwiches for Mr Grinling.  They’ve written a simple list of instructions on how to make the perfect sandwich.

Addition Machine

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Mrs Searle is always looking for new ways to encourage children to practise their number skills and she enlisted her husband to create a calculation machine.  Lots of children have had the opportunity to practise finding the total of two groups.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed re-enacting the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.  We painted our own cardboard lighthouse and sent baskets of sandwiches to Mr Grinling.

Runswick Bay 29.09.16

The password is blueribbon

Runswick Bay 29.09.16 from Tony Whiteley on Vimeo.

KIRFs – Key Instant Recall Facts

It’s very important from a young age that children develop an instant recall of number facts.  Learning number bonds gives children the foundations on which they can learn related facts (e.g. if you know 7 + 3 = 10 then 70 + 30 = 100 or 17 + 3 = 20).   Here’s a website we’ve used as a quick starter in our maths lessons:


Mathematics – Finding the Total

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This week we are developing our addition skills.  The children have been rolling two dice and using fish work out how many altogether.