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Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

What a great way to end the first week back with an Achievement Assembly. Children in Year R and Year 1 received certificates this morning. It was great to hear all of their achievement – there were lots today about being kind friends and being helpful. We are very proud of all of the children’s achievements.

Year R – Trip to the farm

Year R – Trip to the farm

We visited the farm this week. We got to feed the pigs, cow, ducks and goats. We had a great time!

Year 2 – DT Wraps

Year 2 – DT Wraps

Just before the Easter break, Year Two began designing a healthy wrap. They practised cutting skills and evaluated ingredients by carrying out taste tests. Many children were brave and tried new foods for the first time, including radish!.
During the first week after Easter, we finally got to make our wraps. Following expert demonstrations from grown ups, everyone followed their design plan and made the wrap of their choice. They then had the chance to eat and evaluate their own creations. The children also designed and created wrap packaging. As you can see from the pictures, everyone seemed to enjoy eating what they had made. Rumours are rife that Harpers Sandwich Bar are interested in some of the recipes.
Year R – Jack and the Beanstalk cont…

Year R – Jack and the Beanstalk cont…

We have continued to read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in Year R and set ourselves a challenge in maths, to make the tallest beanstalk in 1 minute.  We had to think about what was the most suitable building materials to use and then we talked about height using mathematical vocabulary.  We also used some of the ‘magic beans’ to create pictures and tried to include a repeating pattern in our work.

Year R – Jack and the Beanstalk

Year R – Jack and the Beanstalk

The Year R classes have been reading he story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  They planted their own ‘magic beans’ and talked about what they would need to make them grow.  Look out for the pictures in the weeks to come to see how they are growing. Hopefully not too high as we really don’t want

to see any giants!

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

There have been a lot of Achievement Assemblies this term! Once again we enjoyed celebrating the achievements of Year R and Year 2. The children shared what they have been up to – beautiful singing, being a good friend, working hard on reading and being a resilient learner. We celebrated with juice and a biscuit before starting our learning day.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

This week in maths we are exploring composition. In our provision and adult led time, we have been exploring patterns. We have been learning to copy, continue and create our own repeating patterns around a shape. Can you identify the unit of repeat?

Year R and another Gingerbread man

Year R and another Gingerbread man

In Year R we have continued to read and learn the story of the Gingerbread Man and had a great time retelling the story with actions. We have been creating are own Gingerbread Men from loose parts, and drawing story maps. Busy, busy, busy!

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Today was our biggest Achievement Assembly of the year with 31 children receiving certificates. We heard ne merit for each child, there was a huge variety in achievements this week, from being a good friend, to writing at home, helping tidy up the classroom and working hard in maths. We sang one of our new songs and celebrated with juice and a biscuit.

Year R and the Gingerbread Man

Year R and the Gingerbread Man

Swimming Gingerbread People
In Reception we have been investigating what would happen to the Gingerbread Man if he fell in the river.  We put him in water for 1 minute and observed what happened to him.  “He dissolved.” “He melted.” “It is just like when my mum dips her biscuit in her tea.”
Gingerbread Man Workshop
The Reception children took part in a Drama Workshop, where we performed the story of the Gingerbread Man to music with actions.  We listened very carefully and had a great time retelling the story with Jack our visitor.
Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Today we celebrated another Achievement Assembly. The children shared lots of different merits: for being resilient, for reading at home, for being kind to their friends and for being ready to learn. We sang one of new songs about a Star Fish and shared our merit cards with the adults who came to help us celebrate.

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

We celebrated another Achievement Assembly this week. It was great to celebrate with Year R and Year 2. We enjoyed finding out what the children had earned their merits for, including following golden rules, being kind to friends who are upset and fabulous reading. We celebrated the children’s achievements with juice and a biscuit.

Year R – A busy week!

Year R – A busy week!

What a busy week in Reception this week!  We have had a visit from the Dental team at Portsmouth University, celebrated Chinese New Year and be thinking about our mental health.
Year R – Safer Internet Day

Year R – Safer Internet Day

This week we have been learning all about staying SAFE on the Internet.  In Reception we have been making banners to show how to stay SAFE when using online sites.
Year R – Emergency Services

Year R – Emergency Services

We have been learning all about the emergency services this week in Reception, looking at the vehicles from the past and the transport they use today.  We have had great fun dressing up as ‘People who help us’, can you guess who we are?

Year R and the Evil Pea!

Year R and the Evil Pea!

This week in Reception we have had visits from Evil Pea and he has been up to mischief!
The children have been working hard to design and make traps to catch him.  Look at all our fantastic work.

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assemblies are coming thick and fast at the moment. This week saw Year R and Year 2 receive their certificates. There were even some family combos this week – we don’t see that very often! It is always lovely to hear what the children have received their merits for – there were a lot of PE based merits this week as well as those for being kind to friends and helping people who are upset. Well done!

Year R –

Year R –

We have been learning counting, cardinality and ordanality this week. The Numberblocks went off on an adventure and kept getting mixed up. We had to put them in order and make a staircase pattern. They also played hide and seek and we had to say why we could see them sometimes, considering which numbers were one more than the other and not hiding very well! For example, “We can see you 4 because 4 is one more than 3, so you can’t hide behind him!”

 

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

This morning we held another Achievement Assembly. It was lovely to welcome parents into school to see their children collect their certificates. It was especially wonderful to see Year R children collecting their Bronze awards.

Well done everyone – we are proud of you.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

In Year R this week we have been learning to compare and order length and height.  We put our ribbons in length order and ourselves in height order. We have been learning new vocabulary to talk about measuring – short, long and tall.
Year R – Supertato

Year R – Supertato

This week in Reception we have been reading more stories about Supertato by Sue Hendra.  We made our own veggie superheroes using a range of materials and joining techniques.  We had a great time!

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

This morning saw a group of Year 2 children receive their achievement certificates. It was lovely to hear all the different things that the children have been up to: reading at home, being kind to friends, taking part in different events and developing great learning behaviours. We are proud of all of their achievements. It would not be an achievement assembly with juice and a biscuit.

Year R – Maths – Size

Year R – Maths – Size

Daddy Bear and Baby Bear have been going on a picnic and the Reception children have been sorting their objects into size order for each bear.  They were able to use size words to describe their learning.  ‘Daddy has a big plate and cup because he is bigger.  Baby Bear is tiny so he has a small plate.’

Year R – Supertato

Year R – Supertato

It was chaos in Early Years! Who was going to feed the real life heroes? Luckily…Supertato came along to help and taught the children all about healthy eating and creating a balanced diet. The children helped Supertato and the Evil Pea create a balanced plate of food for their heroes.

They were able to sort food into two groups and talk about their learning.
‘You need fruit to make you strong.’
‘Cake and biscuits have lots of sugar.’

 

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

What a great way to end our first week back! It was lovely to welcome Year R to Achievement Assembly too. The children shared some of their achievements. There were a huge variety of achievements shared today. It is really wonderful to share the children’s hard work.

Year 1 Milestones Trip

Year 1 Milestones Trip

This term, Year 1 went on an exciting trip to Milestones Living Museum. We have been learning all about toys and how they have changed over the years. During our trip we were able to handle and sort old toys by different criteria. We were able to look at the museum’s amazing teddy bear collection that consists of over 260 teddies! The children especially enjoyed walking down the Milestones Pier where they were able to go on a variety of vintage arcade games and penny  machines. We all had a great time and are looking forward to exploring more old toys back at school.

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival

We are taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Cuthbert’s Church. This year the tress are themed on Christmas Carols and songs – our tree is “It was on a Starry Night.”

The Christmas Tree Festival at St Cuthbert’s, is from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December.

There’ll be music, refreshments, activities for kids, crafts and a preserves stall too – plus some fabulously decorated Christmas trees from the local community as well.

Come and join us on:

  • Friday 1st, 1pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 2nd, 11am to 5pm
  • Sunday 3rd, 1pm to 5pm

Entry is just £2 and children go free!

We’ve also got a Santa’s Grotto for just £3 per child:

  • Friday, 2pm to 3pm
  • Saturday, 2pm to 4pm
  • Sunday, 2pm to 3:30pm

Fun for all the family! Click here for more information.

Decoration Day

Decoration Day

This week we have kept with our Christmas tradition of Decoration Day. The children got creative with all things Christmas this week – there was a lot of glue and glitter, but most importantly fun

!!

 

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

It’s been a funny week, but one thing can be relied upon to cheer us all up and that’s an Achievement Assembly. This week year 1 and 2 celebrated receiving Silver, Opal, Topaz and Amethyst certificates. The children shared their achievements with their guests and a juice and biscuit!

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

This week we are learning to subitise. We now know this means we do not count the spots that we see. Our flashy fingers have quick muscle memory now when we see 1, 2 or 3. In our group work, we have been finding groups or collections of 3 for the Three Bears. Our challenge was to say how we knew there were 3 things. Our teachers asked us if we could count something we cannot see. Some of us worked out that we can count sounds and challenged our friends in a game using a chime bar! Can you find a collection of 3 at home?

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Our final Achievement Assembly of the half term saw children in Year 1 and 2 receive their certificates. The children shared some of their achievements, including being kind to others, impressing teachers with their reading, being able to make numbers in lots of different ways and following the Golden Rules. Of course we celebrated with juice and a biscuit.

Proud to be Pompey Day.

Proud to be Pompey Day.

On Friday, Both Langstone schools celebrated ‘Proud to be Pompey’ Day. This was an initiative set up by the current Lord Mayor Cllr Tom Coles, to encourage children to celebrate the city they live in and learn more about its history. He also wanted to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Appeal, which this year is supporting three incredible local organisations, Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, Home Start and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

We were even lucky enough to have a visit from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress who were shown round the new sensory garden by the School Council!

Year 2 – RE Day

Year 2 – RE Day

During RE day Year Two looked at ‘Belonging’what this means to us and what it means in Judaism. We thought about things that we belong to, like our families, the school community and clubs outside school. We found out about the Jewish day of rest, which is called Shabbat and is celebrated on Saturday each week. We found out that Jewish people are not allowed to use lights or electronic devices during Shabbat! Also, they’re not allowed to go to the shops or do homework. Instead they spend time together, sing, read and play board games. We talked about celebrations we share with others and special meals. We ended the day by trying Challah bread, special bread that is always part of a Shabbat meal. The bread was made in the morning by grown ups in each class, with help from the children. Everyone seemed to enjoy eating the bread, but the star baker is yet to be announced!

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

This week in reception, we have been learning to subitise to 3. We have also been learning to count out a quantity. The teachers had a bag with hidden objects inside. We had to say how many we thought were inside and then, count it out.

Year 1 – Science – Senses

Year 1 – Science – Senses

As part of our science learning we have been talking about the senses as super powers.  We explored our senses by making popcorn.  We used our sense of sight and touch to see how the popcorn looked and felt before and after cooking.  We used our sense of smell during the cooking process and also used our sense of hearing to listen to the different sounds it made.  Finally we used our sense of taste when eating the popcorn. We had great fun!

Year 1 – Geography

Year 1 – Geography

The children in Year One have been exploring the concept of aerial views.  As part of this learning, they worked in small groups to create an aerial plan of the classroom.  They thought about key features, position and layout,  and used colour coding as a simple key.

This week the children used an aerial plan of the school to identify different locations within the building.  They then used the map to search for hidden clues in different locations and we marked them on the plan.
Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

What a beautiful day to celebrate the children’s wonderful achievements. It was lovely to hear all the things they have received their merits for including reading lots at home, being kind when people are sad and knowing lots of ways to make different numbers in maths. We sand one of our songs and of course had juice and a biscuit with our visiting grown ups. Well done.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

This week in early years we have been learning to subitise. The children were shown a dot pattern and had to say what they saw without counting it. They met number block 3 and he challenged them to find groups of 3 in their environment. Look at the wonderful things they found!

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

This year many of our children took part in the Summer reading Challenge run by the library service.

This morning in assembly we celebrate their achievements. The children brought in their certificates and medals to show us.

Harvest

Harvest

Today we celebrated out Harvest Festival. It was the first time that Year R have joined us for a whole school assembly and it was wonderful for them to join us and join in with a song.

We have been blown away by your generosity with donations for the ‘Baffins Pantry’ which serves out local community.

In assembly we looked at the word HARVEST and other words that we could make from it, particularly ‘eat’ ‘starve’ and ‘share’. We snag the Harvest songs we have been learning – Mr Scarecrow, Paintbox (Cauliflowers Fluffy) and Harvest Samba.

Year 2 – Art

Year 2 – Art

Year 2 have been learning all about Leonardo Da Vinci. We have looked at his famous paintings including the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. We spoke about our likes and dislikes. This week we have practiced sketching our facial features so that we are ready to sketch our own portraits by the end of our unit.

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Wow! An Achievement Assembly in the first week back – it must be a record!

Luckily the children remembered exactly what they were doing and shared their achievements with our visitors before celebrating with juice and a biscuit.

What a fabulous way to start the new school year!

Year R – Sports Day

Year R – Sports Day

Year R had a wonderful sports day on the field. the children rotate around different activities and were fantastically supported by family and friends. Well done everyone – what great sports you all are!

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

What a lovely way to end the school year with a fabulous Achievement Assembly. It was wonderful to hear all the things the children have been up to recently, from being kind to balancing, helping a friend and climbing a rope ladder. It was a testament to everyone’s hard work in Year R this year that some of the children read their merit cards! Just wow!

Year 2 – Sports Day

Year 2 – Sports Day

We had such a great day on Monday with our Year 2 Sports Day! Well done to Year 2 for such brilliant resilience and sportsmanship, including carrying on in the rain! They made all of us so proud and I think we may have some potential football and cricket players amongst us (especially if the Welly Whanging is anything to go by!)

Year R – RNLI visit

Year R – RNLI visit

The Reception children had a visit this week from the RNLI.  They taught the children how to stay safe when on the beach or in the sea.  We learnt about all the different flags that the lifeguards use to tell us when it is safe and not safe to go into the water.

Year R School Trip

Year R School Trip

The Reception children had a wonderful day yesterday visiting Staunton Farm.  We got to feed and touch many of the animals, the ferret was very friendly and let us tickle his tummy. We also visited the glasshouse, which was like a tropical rainforest, very hot but beautiful and look at the many flowers in the gardens.  We also enjoyed using our physical skills on the adventure playground and having lunch outside with our friends.  What a beautiful day!

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

We have been practising recalling our number bonds to 10 this week. Our teachers were very sneaky and hid some treasure behind a screen. We had to say how many coins they had taken! Can you work out from our flashy fingers how many were taken and the total?

 

Year R – Hooray for Fish

Year R – Hooray for Fish

In Reception we have enjoyed reading the story of ‘Hooray for Fish’ by Lucy Cousins.  We made our own fabulous fish last week to put on our classroom display and this week we have made jellyfish using our fine motor skills by cutting out templates and tying on legs. Doesn’t it look amazing!

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

I’m 10, 10, 10 again! This week, we have been exploring the composition of 10 and how many ways we can make 10 using cubes. We have had a lot of fun flying our Numberblock 10 around! We have been using the stem sentence 10 is made from _ and_ and _ and _ make 10 – to check our understanding.

Year R – Mini-athletics

Year R – Mini-athletics

This week the Reception classes took part in a mini athletics lesson with a coach.  We went off on a pirate adventure to collect treasure and had a wonderful time.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

Last week in maths, we were recalling our number knowledge to 5. We had to put 5 passengers on the bus and then work out how many got off the bus or were at a bus stop. Many of us could say how many were waiting at a bus stop by using the stem sentence ‘It must be _ because 5 is made of _ and _.

Class 6 – Farm Visit

Class 6 – Farm Visit

Class 6 had a fantastic day at Longdown Activity Farm on the final friday before half term.  They loved feeding both the calves and kids with bottles of milk and enjoyed getting to hold both chicks and guinea pigs.  The children got to ride on the bumpy tractor ride which was enjoyed by most of the children but not by Mr Wells! Farmer Anna even showed them that one of the pigs enjoyed a belly rub just like a dog!

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

We have been practising saying if a number is more, fewer or equal this week. We have used our subitising skills and then counted out an amount. Once we had counted out the quantity, we put them into the balance bucket and had to explain which was heavier because it was more, or, which was lighter because it was fewer.

Year R – Dental Academy

Year R – Dental Academy

The Dental Academy at the University of Portsmouth visited Year R children

.  They taught us how to brush our teeth correctly and how to keep them healthy.  What beautiful smiles!

Class 5 – Longdown Activity Farm

Class 5 – Longdown Activity Farm

Class 5 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Longdown Farm on Tuesday. They were lucky to experience feeding calves and kids with bottles, as well as the goats who they fed using dinner plates! They were able to handle both chicks who were only 5 days old and several older guinea pigs who Farmer Anna told us were their ‘retired ladies’. The children even got to ride on the bumpy tractor ride and use some free time to see the farm’s other animals, such as ducks, rabbits and pigs!

Year 1 – Science: Poo Investigation

Year 1 – Science: Poo Investigation

The children used their knowledge of different animals and their diets to identify which animal had created each poo sample. Using clues in each poo the children were also able to classify the animals as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Year 2 – Poetry

Year 2 – Poetry

Year 2 have been working hard this week,

creating animal poems based on Rumble in the Jungle! There were so many spectacular ones, it was a very difficult job to choose ones to share!

Year 1 – Longdown Activity Farm Trip

Year 1 – Longdown Activity Farm Trip

Last week, class 4 enjoyed a lovely trip to Longdown Activity Farm.  The sun was shining and the children had a great time being little farmers for the day.  They Fed and handled lots of different animals, collected eggs for farmer Brian and even had a very bumpy tractor ride.  A great time was had by all and the children described it as “the best day ever!” although there were a few sleepy children on the way back.

Year 1 – PSHE

Year 1 – PSHE

As part of our PSHE work, the children have been exploring different emotions.  They have looked at feelings and actions associated with different emotions and have thought about the importance of managing our feelings correctly.  During the final session, the children discussed the concept of love.  They then made a love hug for someone special.

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

What a lovely sunny day for an Achievement Assembly. We celebrated today with year 1 and 2. We sang a new song we are learning and had juice and biscuits. Today we shared the school helper of the week  award this week.

Coronation Celebrations

Coronation Celebrations

Although it was a bit too damp to share a picnic with the Junior school we celebrated King Charles III Coronation we gathered in the hall and sang together the Coronation Song, we watched the video of Year 2 singing the song. We then had an amazing school parade around the playground wearing our crowns and waving the flags we made. We had 3 cheers for King Charles and then split into classes to have our picnic snacks.

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

This morning Year 1 and Year 2 celebrated their Achievement Assembly. Lots of children read their own cards. There were lots of merits this week for achievement in reading. There was even a merit shared about a Cheese String dance!

The children celebrated with their visitors and a juice and a biscuit.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

We have had a busy few weeks. We have been counting out up to 20 objects and sorting them into groups. This week, we have been learning the song ‘5 little monkeys’. Instead of monkeys jumping on the bed, we have cats! We were challenged to represent the cats that were on and off of the bed. We had some great ideas and hope you enjoy seeing our representations. At home, you could ask us to fill in the blanks on the stem sentence 5 is made from __ and __. Have fun!

Year R – Jack and the Beanstalk

Year R – Jack and the Beanstalk

Last week in Reception we had a very busy week.  We were learning to retell the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We used the instruments to accompany the story to make the sounds of the Beanstalk growing, the giant walking in his ‘enormous castle’ and mum chopping down the beanstalk.
We started to grow our own beanstalks  and talked about what a bean needs to make it grow. We also made a display for our classroom of the castle and giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.
I wonder what will be at the top of our beanstalks?
Year 2 – Trip to Fort Nelson

Year 2 – Trip to Fort Nelson

This week Year 2 have visited Fort Nelson.  They had so much fun exploring the Fort and learning all about Florence Nightingale. They got to explore Crimean War Camps and how unhygienic they were. They also worked with Florence Nightingale as Nurses and Health Inspectors to help improve the conditions for wounded soldiers!

Year 1 – Topic

Year 1 – Topic

In Year 1, we have been learning all about famous astronauts as part of our Famous Faces unit. We carried out an in depth look at Tim Peake as he is from Chichester. The children worked in small groups to create a Tim Peake poster. They focused on his early life as a helicopter pilot and then his journey to become an astronaut. The children enjoyed being creative and producing these beautiful information posters.

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

How amazing to start the new term with a brilliant Achievement Assembly. The children shared their merits this morning about their reading, blending sounds, using non-standard units of measure, being kind to friends and singing beautifully. We are very proud of them and their achievements.

Year R – Pedal Power

Year R – Pedal Power

This week in Year R we have been learning to ride balance bikes safely and with control with the Pedal Power team.  At the end of the week our challenge was to ride a pedal bike without stabilisers.  We have had a great time learning!

Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Today’s Achievement Assembly featured a special request for song with actions, 29 children receiving certificates and an amazing number of different things to get a merit for. It is always  special to hear what the children have achieved merits for and we are very proud of their achievements.

Well done everyone.

 

Year R – Science Week

Year R – Science Week

Year R have had been doing STEM activities this week and looking at science through investigations and activities.

The children have looked at spider webs, looking at photos and creating a web pattern or web that could hold a plastic spider using a range of resources that were out. The children have  looked at building rainbows using bricks and patterns. The children made rainbows from coloured sweets and warm water and were amazed at what happened. They talked about where rainbows might begin in the ground or in the sky. We have made feeders to help feed birds while the weather is cold.  Year R have investigated whether Humpty Dumpty can survive a fall from his wall using different materials as his landing pad.

Science in Action!

Science in Action!

As part of British science week, we were able to take part in a session of science activities at Copnor Primary School. Children from each year group were able to go and enjoy activities led by STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassadors. The children from Langstone were able to work with pupils from other schools and behaved beautifully.
We took part in two investigations, one about what happens when bicarbonate of soda is mixed with vinegar. We put a balloon over a mixture of the two substances and found that they were able to blow it up! Our second investigation looked at what happens when we mix vinegar and salt, then add an old copper coin. Try it at home (with adult supervision, of course) and see what happens!
Finally we went outside and watched what happens when Mentos are added to a bottle of cola. We stood well back and luckily didn’t get soaked with the sticky mixture!
All three experiments showed what happens when substances are mixed together, so we were chemists, not just scientists!
Year 2 – Infant Voices Showcase

Year 2 – Infant Voices Showcase

Children from Year 2 visited the Guildhall twice on Tuesday! In the afternoon the children, all dressed in their traditional tale character outfits, went for the dress rehearsal for the evening event. All the songs we have been learning recently have been towards this event. The whole school have learnt the songs which are all Traditional Tale stories.

The children behaved impeccably, sang beautifully, looked wonderful and will be super tired for the rest of the week! Please keep popping back to this post to see the official photographs and video of the event.

 

Library Launch

Library Launch

Today we were delighted to welcome Guy Parker-Rees to school. He talked to all the children in the hall about illustrating books. The children even created their own illustrations. Guy drew us a special picture to commemorate the opening of our new library. Guy opened our new library and signed copies of his books. We were also very lucky that Guy has given us copies of lots of his books for the children to share in our wonderful new library.

Year R – Butterfly drawings

Year R – Butterfly drawings

At the beginning of the term the children in Reception were asked to draw a butterfly independently with no adult support.  This week the children drew another butterfly after we had looked at pictures of different butterflies and the details we could see, like veins in the wings or furry bodies. What fantastic drawings!
Achievement Assembly

Achievement Assembly

Today we celebrated an achievement assembly with Year R and Year 2. The children shared their achievements. It is always a pleasure to hear what they have been up to. We especially like the ones that make us laugh. Fortunately everyone survived Mrs. Green’s porridge.

World Book Day

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day this year by dressing up as a character or wearing our pajamas and bring a bed time story. The Cat in a Hat and  Thing 1 and Thing 2 were causing chaos in class 5. Evil Pea was in class 7 but was kept under control by Supertato, although the carrot did get taped to the chair. Burglar Bill was stealing things from all the classes. All the children received a book token to spend on a book of their choice or on one of the special World Book Day books. The children also got to visit our new library which will be offically opened soon!

Drama Workshops

Drama Workshops

We were all really lucky to take part in a circus themed drama workshop. The children had to make different faces and poses and follow instructions to help the clown get his smile back.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

Ready or not here I come…but who is hiding? Can you find the Numberblocks who are hiding in the photos? Numberblock two is behind block three because three is one more than two. Silly block four! We can see you because three is one less than four. Has anyone seen block three? The children have been comparing different amounts this week and last week. They have been saying if a number is one more or one less using the staircase pattern. They have had lots of fun exploring this in maths in a variety of ways such as using pizzas with cheese and tomato toppings (yummy!) and playing ‘Peekaboo’ with the Numberblocks. Some children even found some birds that were flying in the playground and each time one more was landing or flying away! The children have also been saying if a group has more or less and putting their pizzas in order from the most toppings to the fewest.

Year 1 – RE Day

Year 1 – RE Day

Year one learnt all about ‘Special Clothes’ in RE. We looked at how clothes can be special to us and then how they are used in people’s everyday lives. We looked at the clothes people wear in their jobs and discussed what makes them special. We then had a visit from Rev. Allie Kerr who shared with us clothes that she would use in the church and why they are special. The children enjoyed listening and finding out about the clothes that she wears and some of them even got to try them on.

Year 2 Infant Voices Music Festival

Year 2 Infant Voices Music Festival

Today we welcomed Mrs Beckett, Mrs Mead and Paul from the Music Hub and year 1 children from New Horizons School to Langstone. Together we sang the songs we have been learning about stories and traditional tales.

Year R – Understanding the World

Year R – Understanding the World

This week in Reception we have been learning how objects can be represented on a map.

We explored our school and labelled all the areas on our map.  We also looked for signs of spring and made a list of the objects we found.

Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

We have been exploring who has more and who has fewer this week. When we played together, we had to work out how to make the amount equal. Some of us have been exploring ‘what does equal mean?’ in provision and used paint to represent an amount.

Year R – Supertato!

Year R – Supertato!

In Reception we have been reading the book of ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra.  The children used a range of resources to make there own ‘super veggies.
Year R – Maths

Year R – Maths

We have been independently learning about the composition of 5 in our continuous provision this week. Can you spot the large part whole model we made in the photos? Some of us have started to explore the composition of 6. Did you know that 6 is made from 5 and 1? The children met Numberblock 6 and had to say where they could see block 5 hiding in him. The children could see 5 blocks and 1 more and the 5 dice pattern on one of his blocks. I wonder which Numberblock we will meet next week? We think it will be 7!

School Council Trip

School Council Trip

The school council were invited to the opening of the Baffins Pond Association’s new wildlife dipping pond. This is a new pond, the idea of  Councillor Stagg, built to encourage wildlife, but with a platform to enable pond dipping to take place. You can find the pond a the east side of the car park on Tangiers Road.

The children walked round to the new pond where they met with the Lord Mayor and his consort, other members of Portsmouth City Council and members of Baffin’s Pond Association.

The children listened beautifully to the speeches from Councillor Sanders, the Lord Mayor and the CEO of the Forgotten Veterans UK who along with community payback built the pond. The pond was formerly opened by the Lord Mayor cutting the ribbon.

The pond has been filled with tap water and after 6 weeks some planting will take place. Hopefully the pond will become inhabited by lots of wildlife which we will be able to explore from the platform.