Hello blue class and parents! Below are some YouTube links for songs the children in blue class LOVE to watch throughout every school day. These songs are important to signify the time of the day or what is coming next e.g.the days of the week song and good morning song we watch and listen to at the start of the day, the lunchtime song before we eat our lunch. I have put these on our webpage as they could help you with your children at home to add some familiarity and routine.
Blue class have worked extremely hard to tidy their outside garden area and play house - amazing team work!
They also made mini muffin vegetable pizzas.
In our weekly speaking and listening lesson they used telephones to order food or toys from restaurant menus or catalogues such as Argos - they were FANTASTIC. This activity is speaking and listening focussed but also practices a lot of maths skills including numeral recognition when 'dialling the telephone number' and answering measurement questions such as a large or small pizza? how many? hot or cold? halal or non halal? how much money? etc.
Blue class have been learning about and celebrating the Holi Festival - they covered themselves (pictures) in bright, colourful shaving foam paint. They have loved watching videos about the Holi Festival and have enjoyed dancing to the music.
Blue class have also been learning to make hot chocolate and have used this experience as a focussed speaking and listening session. DELICIOUS!
The children have also been expressing themselves by learning to play the keyboard and piano. They individually performed in-front of the class audience and clapped loudly to celebrate the beautiful sounds their peers made.
Blue class prepared posters for this year's Enterprise Fair - they posted them around school. The children decorated biscuits with icing and sweet toppings. This formed part of our science lesson with a focus on colour changing. Blue class also made popcorn cones and filled them with sweet popcorn. Our total profit was £13.74!!!
What a start to the Spring 2 half term. In this first week, blue class have celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making and eating pink pancakes at our pancake party. The children tasted different toppings including sweet strawberries and zesty lemons.
We have a wonderful half term ahead of us.
Our topic this half term is ‘Town and Countryside’. We will be learning about both environments and comparing similarities and differences between the two. As part of this topic we will go on a trip to find each child’s house. We will also spend time exploring the countryside and go to Harpenden Town on the train.
Our story for this half term is ‘”Stand Back”, said the Elephant, “I’m Going To Sneeze”.
Blue class will continue to share and write their weekend news every Monday. They will also have daily speaking and listening focuses throughout the day. Blue class are learning to recognize, say and write their full name.
Leading up to Easter we will have lots of exciting activities. We will develop our real life skills with our shopping trips and this time will focus on purchasing Easter eggs. Within this focus we will explore healthy/unhealthy foods and be searching for the halal symbol.
Please check our web page regularly to see all of the great things that we have been doing as I will regularly add photos.
Please see Blue Class’s curriculum overview for this half term. I have sent a copy home in the home-school books for you to refer to. You can also view our curriculum map below.
Blue class had a wonderful trip to Snakes and Ladders - they practiced road safety, putting on their own seatbelt, stranger danger, using public toilets safely, public etiquette when around other children, sharing, turn-taking and playing safely.
Blue class have been developing their fine motor skills and art skills by applying mehndi/henna to their hands. The children LOVED doing this. They used squeezy icing to apply their patterns to their arms / hands. They had to sit very still to allow it to dry!
Blue class have been developing their baking skills - expert muffin bakers!
Blue class had a wonderful trip to Stockwood Park Discovery Center - our aim was to practice travel safety, road safety, stranger danger and general 'public etiquette'. The children practiced putting on their own seat belts, crossing the road correctly, walking through the car park safely and keeping themselves safe by staying with the group.
Each child interacted with the staff at the center - they said please, thank you and were prompted to ask questions. The children were asked which adults were 'safe' familiar adults or 'stranger danger' adults - who could they talk to? The children were all fantastic and were also able to identify important signs such as 'toilet' / 'boys' / 'girls' / 'no running'. SUPER!
Blue class have 'hit the ground running' with a fantastic beginning to their new story 'Here Come The Aliens' and to their new topic 'Art Attack'.
The children already love the rhyming story and love the individual alien characters. Each child created their own alien for our display board.
Blue class have also received an alien of their own to look after as a pet - the children are voting on a name for the alien - at the moment there are 3 names in the final: John, Alien Alien and Sticky.
This term all of the children in blue class will develop their independence and life skills even more! We started today with unpacking the Asda delivery - each child selected at least one food item, said the name of the item, whether it is healthy / unhealthy, halal / nn-halal, said where it must be kept (cupboard, fridge, freezer, shelf) and took it there to carefully put it away and store it. They can achieve so much from this everyday activity - try it at home when unpacking your next shop!
Welcome back to Spring term at West site in blue class. We have a wonderful half term ahead of us which will begin with making New Year resolutions / promises (adults included!).
Our topic this half term is ‘Art Attack’. Our English focus is rhyme and poetry and our lessons will be centred around the book ‘Here Comes The Aliens’.
The children will continue to visit Blue class’s snack shop every snack time. So far this academic year, this snack shop has developed the children’s money and number skills, speaking and listening, turn taking, sharing and real life etiquette of shopping / eating in public places. I am so impressed and proud of the children’s progress. We will now develop our understanding of food choices, balanced diet, portion size, healthy and non-healthy, origins of food, compost and recycling, identifying halal and non halal foods.
Please check ‘blue class page’ on the website regularly as I upload lots of photos of all of our wonderful learning. Jacqueline ☺
Please see Blue Class’s curriculum overview for this half term. You can click to view to document or download the PDF on the link below.
Please find below our curriculum map for this term.
Blue class went on a Christmas shopping and lunch trip to Poundland and McDonalds. Before going, the children explored the Poundland website to see which present items they could buy for their friends in purple class (who have bought presents for blue class).
Blue class had a wonderful morning and throughout the trip they were asked to find specific items in the store with a PSH focus - such as 'things to keep your teeth clean', they checked food packaging for the halal symbol and discussed whether the item was healthy or unhealthy.
At McDonalds the children practised safe toileting in public places - checking the gender sign on the door and ensuring they closed the door. Trips like this are fantastic for developing safety and awareness.
When blue class returned to school, the children wrote a Christmas card for the friend in purple class who they had bought the present for and wrapped it in Christmas paper.
Our wonderful class did a superb performance for the Christmas play.
They loved dressing up and were singing and dancing in the classroom beforehand.
Blue class had a wonderful time visiting their buddy class at East site for their joint Christmas party. The children were so excited to see their old school and to see their previous teachers.
Blue class have had a wonderfully festive time selling their reindeer for at Winter Wonderland. The children in blue class have also made and decorated clay Christmas decorations.
We have also been developing our stranger danger - roleplay with masks and identifying strangers and familiar adults. It is essential that the children learn and practice how to respond if a stranger approaches them.
Blue class have also been practicing their daily shopping and money handling at snack time - each child now takes turns to be the shopkeeper.
Blue class have been very busy making 'Magic Reindeer Food' ready to sell at RHS Winter Wonderland! Great teamwork! Their Christingles are looking wonderful too.
We also prepared our healthy snack and sorted the banana and raisins into two groups.
We think Blue class should enter for "Young Master Chef" because their cookery skills are fantastic. Our cookery this half term is different egg recipes...this week blue class made omelettes and they were delicious!
Blue class celebrated halloween and bonfire night - everyone had a spooktacular time! The children used all of their senses to explore different materials, foods and activities - they described each sense using WOW words (adjectives!)
Please find below our curriculum map for this term.
Blue class had a wonderful trip to Herring Green Farm to learn about different animals. This was as part of our English story 'I Want A Pet'. The children observed owls, birds of prey, farm animals. They stroked guinea pigs, rabbits, a snake, a skunk and a hedgehog. It was a wonderful day!
Hello and welcome back to Autumn term at West site in blue class. We have such an exciting and fun-filled half term ahead of us – with the excitement of the year 4 children exploring their new school and many different trips / celebrations. I am the teacher (Jacqueline) and we have 4 other adults in the team: Emily, Anne, Zubaydah and Michelle.
Our topic this half term is ‘What a load of junk’. It is focused on looking at different materials that can be found and how they can be recycled. Each week we will have an Eco monitor who will go around making sure lights are switched off and compost is emptied
Our book in English is a lovely book called ‘I Want a Pet’. We will be doing lots of reading and writing work based on this book. In speaking and listening lessons we will be making phone calls to the local vet to book our pet in for an appointment. We will also visit the animals at ‘Pets At Home’ and a trip to Herrings Green Farm where we will observe and handle lots of different animals including guinea pigs and lizards.
The children will visit Blue class’s snack shop every snack time. They have each been given given a purse / wallet with real money in – they will ‘buy’ their snack each day to develop their real life skills and independence with shopping.
Below is a copy of our curriculum map which shows what we will be working on across this half term.