A MESSAGE FROM MISS CALLAGHAN
To my lovely class. I just want to write you a little note to tell you all how much I am going to miss you and how proud I am of each of you. At this very surreal moment in time it is hard enough being an adult trying to understand what is happening in the world right now let alone for young children but I am so proud of how sensible you are all being. For some of you I will still see your smiling faces each day but for most, our learning journey together will need to be on pause for a while to keep us all safe and healthy. I will be thinking of you and your families every day - please do tweet or email any learning you are doing as I would love to see what you are getting up too whilst you are at home!
I will see you all very soon.
Lots of love Miss Callaghan xx
Fantastic news! The phonics scheme we follow at St. John's are going to do daily phonics sessions LIVE. I reccommend Reception children to do the Set 2 sessions and Year 1 do the Set 3. Follow this link and it will take you to the YouTube channel. More information about times are given on the link below.
Ruth Miskin have also uploaded some of our home reading books onto the Oxford Owl. There is more information about how to access these through the link below also.
In the unfortunate cases where children are not able to attend school but are still well in themselves please help them to continue on their learning journey by completing the activities in the grid below. The activities in blue should be completed daily and those in orange are one off activities. We have also set a whole school 'Dippy' challenge too. You will also find below the Dippy Enquiry walk booklets for each Key Stage to support your child in completing their project. A new class specific grid will be uploaded each week by the class teacher in the event that children may have further time off school.
In Science this half-term we have been learning about materials. Our Science question is 'Which material would be best for the 3 little pigs to build a house?' We decided to investigate which materials would be waterproof and windproof. First we made our predictions and then tested the materials to give us our results. We found that rock and metal were the best materials as both were waterproof and windproof.
28th October 2019
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely break and are ready for another exciting half-term! Our topic this half-term is Secrets in the Garden. I can't wait to see the wonderful homework challenges you come up with this half-term. Nativity season is upon us... keep a look out in your reading records for parts and lines !
9th October 2019
The festival of Sukkot is a Jewish celebration. It occurs between September and October.
Jewish families build a shelter in their garden that they will have their meals and pray in for the week of Sukkot. It helps them remember the time when Jews were slaves in Egypt and Moses led them to freedom. A sukkah is a three sided shelter with an open roof to see heaven.
Look at our models of our sukkots.
9th October 2019
Explorers have been having fun playing musical instruments.Our favourite song at the moment is pat a cake, pat a cake
10th October 2019
Today children in Year 1 have been practising ordinal numbers. They worked together to place them in the correct order and we then chose objects to put in that order. We pretended they had had a race and talked about the position they came in. Miss. Callaghan asked us questions that we had to think carefully about and answer in our pairs.
9th October 2019
We LOVE doing dough disco each morning! Ask your children if they can show you their favourite disco moves - a class favourite is the 'Hulk Smash'!
8th October 2019
This week in HeartSmart we had the challenge to create our own Boris the robot! We used the resources in provision to come up with our own ideas! Some of us used the blocks, junk modelling and even playdough to make our Boris
23rd September 2019
Today in PE we were learning about different ways we can balance a beanbag on our bodies! We then looked at 2 different kind of throws; over-arm and under-arm! Here he are using our skills trying to throw the beanbags into the hoops!
20th September 2019
Today in Geography we were looking at where in the world dinosaurs lived. We learnt to sing some songs to help us remember the names of the continents and oceans. Miss. Callaghan then told us which continent the dinosaur lived and we matched the dinosaur to that continent. We didn't find any dinosaurs that lived in Africa, South America and Australia! Could you find some at home ready to share with us in class?
18th September 2019
Our Reception children loved their first Forest School session today!
18th September 2019
We could not believe what had happened when we arrived in school today! Our eggs has disappeared! Miss. Callaghan checked the cameras and we could not believe what we saw... there had been a dinosaur in our classroom! We think she had lost her eggs and came back to get them! We looked at the pictures and discussed the features of the dinosaur that we decided was a T-Rex. We came up with some fantastic adjectives such as white, pointy, sharp teeth, scaley skin and we even tried to use our word of the week 'ferocious' to describe how the dinosaur looked.
16th September 2019
This morning when we arrived in school some eggs had appeared! Where have they come from? Who might they belong too? The children discusses these questions and decided they thought they were from a dinosaur! We then used adjectives to describe how the eggs looked, felt and smelt! We did some fantastic pieces of writing about them!
4th September 2019
Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a fantastic, fun filled Summer holiday! I am so excited to see all of your smiling faces and hear about what you have been up to! This year in Explorers the teachers will be Miss. Callaghan, Mrs. Wales and Mrs. Witts. We are here to help you learn and keep you safe .
We are going to spend our first week by settling into routine and understanding how to use the different areas of provision and then we are going to begin learning about dinosaurs as our topic this half-term is called Dinosaur Planet! I can't wait to learn lots of new things with you!
19th June 2019
Year 1 children have been practising naming and labelling the 5 oceans. All Explorers have enjoyed learning their names using this song on youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6BE4VcYngQ
12th June 2019
Today we went on a hunt around the classroom to collect clues about what our Science topic is this half-term. We collected body parts, food and exercise equipment! Can you guess what our topic is?
7th June 2019
Explorers children really enjoyed Pyjamarama day! They loved being in their pyjamas and getting nice and cosy in the dome sharing their books with their friends. Thank you for making the effort!
24th May 2019
Our Science topic this half-term has been focused around plants. Today we went on a walk around our school grounds to look for different types of trees. We collected some of the leaves from these trees and then brought them back to class. Miss. Callaghan then set us the task to identify if the leaf had come from an evergreen or deciduous tree.
23rd May 2019
Wow! There has been some fantastic homework tasks this half-term. Look at these amazing toys from the past that we have made!
22nd May 2019
To continue our learning around our topic Memory Box, today we had a visit from a baby called Cohen! He came into school as we have been learning about how things change from being a baby to growing old. We asked his mum lots of questions about how she cares for him. We sang him some nursery rhymes that is mum said he likes and gave him a cuddle.
16th May 2019
The children in Reception have been learning about sharing equally. They have been practising to take one object one at a time, taking turns. The children have also learnt that to share equally each group needs to have the same amount. If there are any left that will make the groups unfair, the children have learnt that we leave it out as it cannot be shared.
9th May 2019
To continue our learning about toys from the past, we worked together in groups to create a fact sheet to share with the rest of the class about the name of the toy, how it is used and what it is made from.
26th April 2019
Our Science topic this half-term is 'What came first the flower or the leaf?' Today we thought about the question 'what is a plant?' We discussed this with our partners and Miss. Callaghan wrote our suggestions on the board! We then talked about the difference between living and non-living things. We learnt that to live you need air, food, water and light. With our partners we worked together to sort pictures into the correct group; living, non-living or never lived.
25th April 2019
Today Miss. Callaghan introduced us to our new topic 'Memory Box'. Together we discussed about what we thought a memory was and what kind of things we might find inside of a memory box. Miss. Callaghan brought in her memory box and talked to us about some of her items. We loved looking (and laughing) at pictures of Miss. Callaghan when she was a little girl! We were very interested in why Miss. Callaghan didn't have the same hair anymore or looked the same so we talked about how we change when we grow up from being a baby to an adult.
24th April 2019
Year 1 have been practising multiplication by doing repeated addition and creating equal groups. Today we had a go at creating our own equal groups. We wrote the sums all by our selves!
23rd April 2019
Welcome back Explorers!. We hope you have all had a wonderful break and we cannot wait to hear about what you have been up too! I hope you are ready for a short but fun and busy half-term! This half-term our topic is 'Memory Box'. We are going to be learning all about toys from the past and present, looking at how toys have changed over time. We will be getting the opportunity to play with some toys from the Victorian times, how exciting! For English we will be reading text focused around memory. The 2 books we will be working around are called 'Elfa and the Box Of Memories' and 'Wilfred Gordon Mcdonald Partridge'. In Science our topic question this half-term is 'What came first the leaf or the flower?' We are going to be planting some of our own seeds and observing the changes over the next coming weeks, hopefully they will grow!
5th April 2019
How lucky are we! Whilst we were having our lunch the Easter bunny had been and left us all an egg. Thank you Easter bunny! Happy Easter!
Miss. Callaghan, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Wales wish you all a wonderful Easter. We cannot wait to hear all about your Easter holidays when you return to school. Enjoy your 2 weeks off!
5th April 2019
This week is Science Week! In Explorers class we chose to do some wonderful science around colour! We did an experiment with skittles and with some coloured water. The children were so enthused! If you take a look on our twitter page, we also made some lava lamps! Well done Explorers, you are super Scientists!
2nd April 2019
Today we went on holiday to Kenya! We got onto the areoplane and watched the health and safety video to make sure we knew what to do if there was to be an emergency. We looked out of our plane windows to see what we could see. Some of the children said they could see their house and when we were coming close to landing in Kenya they could see lots of African animals! Once we had landed we explored around the country taking pictures of what we could see. Miss. Callaghan printed our pictures but she got them mixed up with some of pictures of the UK! Silly Miss. Callaghan! Together we took a picture with our partners and helped to sort the pictures as to whether it was of the UK or Kenya.
The children in Year 1 then compared similarities and differences that they could see from the pictures between the UK and Kenya. They worked together in a group and wrote what they could see on poster paper.
1st April 2019
We love getting busy in continuous provision time and completing our challenges. This week one of our challenges is to make an Easter chick in the malleable area. How amazing are the ones some of the children have made!? Well done Explorers, keep it up!
27th March 2019
We have been learning about events which occur at differents times of the day. Here are some photographs of the children in Reception sorting the pictures betweeen day and night.
19th March 2019
On Monday we recieved some exciting news... our school chicks have started to hatch! Today we got the opportunity to hold the chick which hatched first. As a school we have named it 'Lucky'. Here we are being very careful and gentle with the chick.
18th March 2019
Wow! Keep up the fantastic homework challenges Explorers. The habitats you have made for African animals are amazing! Brilliant effort!
15th March 2019
This week through topic we have been learning where in the world Africa is. The children have learnt that Africa is a contient, not a country. They really enjoy singing the contient song to help them remember the 7 contients and to identify which is the biggest and smallest! The children then did some map work around the continent identifying some of the different countries.
Here is the link to the continent song: https://youtu.be/K6DSMZ8b3LE
5th March 2019
Today we were really brave Explorers! We decided that as no one had seen the lion yet we would go on a Lion Hunt! We learnt a song together which we sang whilst hunting for the lion which helped us to stay brave. We walked through the long tall grass, splashed in the deep cold river and walked through the muddy leaves and into the cave very, very quietly. In the cave we felt one wet nose, 2 big ears and 2 sharp teeth... uh oh!... It was a lion!!!!
We have now adopted the lion into our safari role play area where we can now keep a close eye on him!
26th February 2019
Today we entered the classroom to quite a mess! Chairs had been knocked over, equipment was on the floor and we also found some orange and yellow fluff and some footprints! But who did they belong too? Miss. Callaghan checked the CCTV cameras and this is what we saw.... Together we decided the animals must have been being chased by something! What African animal might be chasing all those other animals and have yellow and orange fluff with those footprints?... AH! There's a lion on the loose somewhere around our school!!! Together we decided to write a newspaper report to let everyone in school know and to keep safe if they see it!
25th February 2019
Welcome back Explorers! We hope you have had a lovely half-term and are ready for our new topic 'Africa'! Throughout our topic we will be learning about what animals live there, where in the world is Africa, learning some of the names of the countries in Africa and comparing an African country to the UK! In English we will be focusing on the book Meerkat Mail and will be doing lots of different genres of writing such as postcards, letters, recounts and poems. In Maths this half-term we will continue to practise our place value skills and look at sequencing events. We hope you are ready for a busy and fun filled term!
23rd January 2019
We have been busy in Forest School making clay faces and habitats for bugs!
16th January 2019
Today we went to the Enchanted Woods and went on a hunt for fairies! We were so lucky to find some and some fairy items such as a wand, dress and a shoe! I wonder which fairy they might belong too? We also saw a squirrel who climbed up the trees as we listened to a story. As we have been learning about Andy Goldsworthy, we decided to use clay to practise making some tree boggarts. We used natural resources that we could find in the woods such as twigs, leaves and pine cones.
11th January 2019
This half-term we are going to be researching the work of Andy Goldsworthy. He is an artist who sculpts and makes art using natural resources. Yesterday we had a walk around our school grounds to see what natural resources we could find. We then used the natural resources to create our own piece of art! We are super artists!
7th January 2019
Welcome back Explorers! We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year and are looking forward to our new school term. This half term our topic is 'The Enchanted Woods'. We are going to be learning about who and what we might find in a wood. Can you guess?
14th November 2018
Do you know how much sugar there is in these popular drinks? We didn't either! The children had to match the drink to the bag of sugar to identify how much sugar is in it. Before we found out, the children predicted that coke would contain the most sugar and gave the reason "Because it goes fizzy in your mouth and when you shake it in the bottle". They predicted water would have the least sugar. Well done Explorers! Your predictions were correct!
14th November 2018
Reception children have been trying hard in writing to identify all the sounds in cvc words using magnetic letters. Fantastic work Reception, keep it up!
2nd November 2018
To begin our topic 'On the Move' we started with matching types of transport up to their name. We worked together as a team to read the label and match it correctly. We then discussed some of the transport and whether they travel in the air, on the land or in the sea.
31st October 2018
In Science we have been learning about healthy and unhealthy foods. Together we discussed some of our favourite foods and filled the body with them! We then discussed together if it would be healthy to eat all of these foods every day and nothing else. The children decided this would be really unhealthy as too much of these foods isn't good as they contain lots of sugar and salt. The children suggested we give the body some fruit and vegetables and take some of the unhealthy foods away. We decided a balance of both kinds of food is what is best.
29th October 2018
Welcome back after half-term Explorers! We hope you had a rest like we did! This half-term our topic is 'On The Move'. We are going to be learning all about different types of transport and road safety. In Science our question this half-term is 'Why Can't We Eat Sweets for Breakfast?' We're going to be looking at identifying healthy and unhealthy foods and how we can keep our bodies healthy... especially our teeth!
11th October 2018
In Reception class we have been practicing addition! Look at the photos of us using the objects to find the total!
4th/5th October 2018
This week we went on an Autumn walk to see what landmarks we could find in our local area. We then looked at the pictures we had taken on our walk in order to create a simple map. Together we discussed what needed to be included. Here are some pictures of us working as a team to create our map ensuring the landmarks were in the correct place. We finished our map by labelling it.
27th September 2018
During our topic lessons we have been learning about where in the world we might find a bear. We have learnt brown bears live in Canada and Polar bears live in the Arctic! We used a world map to find these countries and our own. We then looked at different kind of maps and discussed what maps tell us. Here we are exploring different kinds of maps such as world, Europe, United Kingdom and even a map of our school!
27th September 2018
This week Year 1 children have been practicing to place numbers on a number track correctly and recalling one more and one less than a given number. The children chose 3 number cards each and completed the activity you can see in the pictures. Throughout the week we practiced recognising one more and one less using objects and pictures so here we are applying what we have learnt
20th September 2018
In Maths we have been practicing 1-1 correspondence. Year One children were also practicing to write the number they had made in words on whiteboards. We have been singing lots of songs to help us remember the order for numbers. Keep up the super Maths explorers.
Friday 21st September 2018
The homework challenges that have been brought into school have exceeded expectations! They are amazing. Keep up the hard work Explorers!
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Today we found a paw print on our board with a message, it was a clue! We followed the clues around our school grounds and we found the bear!
Monday 17th September 2018
Today we received a special message... it was from a BEAR! The message read:
I saw your homework challenge to create a rocket so I thought I’d have a go at making my own. My rocket was amazing except I crashed and landed somewhere near your school and now I am lost! I came by, but no one was here… sorry about leaving my muddy footprints. Please can you help me? If you find me, you can keep me as your class bear.
Hope to see you soon,
We are so excited! But what can we do to find him? We talked with our partners about ideas to find the bear and we came up with an amazing one! We have decided we are all going to make a poster to help find the bear. We looked at some examples of posters and what is important to include on them.
Friday 14th September 2018
Today we discovered something very strange in our outdoor area... footprints! Who are they from? What has been in our outdoor area?
The children in Explorers came up with ideas such as a bear, a Gruffalo or a dinosaur. I wonder what it could be...
Welcome back Explorers!
Miss. Callaghan, Mrs. Wales and Mrs. Adams hope you all had a fun filled summer. It has been lovely to see all of your smiley faces in the last couple of days and we are so pleased at how well you have settled. We are all looking forward to the fun things we have planned for you this year - there are lots of new things to learn!
Our first topic this half term will be 'Paws, Claws and a Snout’. We will be learning all about bears and a special fantasy fiction character who has sharp claws... can you guess who? Some examples of texts we are reading this half-term are 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. We will be using the texts to support us with writing labels and sentences containing adjectives! We are also going to be learning about our local community, therefore, we will be going on an Autumn Walk to see what local landmarks are around us.
Make sure you keep checking our page regularly as we will be keeping you up to date about what we are up to in school