Spider class have been doing some fantastic work in the class couple of weeks, and have really impressed me with their literacy and numeracy skills! Many of the children are now doing addition in numeracy, using numicon to help, which is absolutely fantastic! In literacy, we have been working on writing sentences, and have being including nouns, verbs and adjectives! We have also enjoyed the RE celebration day in which we all celebrated Eid, and have lots of fun learning about different modes of transport in our current topic - 'Are we there yet?'. Well done Spiders! Check out some of the pictures and videos below.
In Spider class this term, we have been learning about houses, including rooms of the house and different household appliances. To support our learning on this, and to develop some important other important skills in the wider environment, we joined up with Starfish class and went on a trip to IKEA! What a fantastic day we had! We looked at lots of different rooms and appliances, and took lots of photographs of us using these. We then went to the IKEA canteen, and had a lovely lunch. IKEA meatballs were a very popular dish!
When we were returned to school, we used the photos we had taken to write sentences. Well done to Oliver and Joseph, who are Spider's Stars of the Week this week for the fantastic sentences they wrote about some pictures we took. Please see below to see some of their work as well as a video of our trip to IEKA.
We now look forward to coming back for our final term of the year... how this year has flown! Our topic next term is all about 'Travel', and we look at lots of different modes of transport and different locations. We also have lots of other exciting things to look forward to, including: Eid celebration day, transition day, a visit from 'Live Music Now', Highbury's Got Talent, Sports Day, Dance Day and the school gala. There's a lot to look forward to next term!
We have been having fun in Spiders class this week with our topic 'Through the keyhole'. We have been learning about different rooms of the house, and different household appliances. Well done to Marcus for getting star of the week for his super writing on this topic, as well as his great reading! See pictures below! To continue our learning on houses, we are looking forward to an educational trip to IKEA, where we will explore lots of different rooms and appliances, and use real money to buy a snack in the canteen. We are also excited for Spider class to begin their slot horse riding next Wednesday. We will be going every Wednesday morning for 6 weeks, and will help groom the horses, muck out their stables, and get to ride them (with lots of adult support of course)!
Spider class are all excited to be back for the start of summer term. First of all, we would like to welcome April into Spider class, who has moved up from Squirrel class for the remainder of the year.
We have lot's of exciting things coming up this term! In week 1, we will be having an Easter celebration day on Thursday, and will enjoy lots of Easter related activities. For the rest of the term, we will be learning about 'The home / house', in conjunction with our topic 'Through the keyhole'. We will learn about different rooms in the house and what they are used for. We will learn about different household appliances and different types of houses. We will finish our topic by going on a trip to IKEA to look at lots of different types of rooms, appliances and furniture.
In science, we will continue our work on plants, and will continue to grow and care for our own plants and flowers. In PE, we will continue our work on animal yoga. All of spider class have engaged really well with this and are making great progress.
We look forward to continue learning and having fun in spider class!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Spring Term
Spider class have been doing lots of fun learning this term! We have done lots of work on food, different habitats around the world, and even combined these and thought about food animals in our local environment eat! We have done lots of work in the garden, and have been planting and looking after our own plants. We have enjoyed some great sensory and active stories, and have had chance to play in some fantastic role-play areas.
Have a look at the pictures below to get a glimpse of what we get up to in Spider class!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year was a fantastic day for all of Highbury! In Spiders class, we had a great time doing a Chinese dragon dance to lots of different music, making Chinese Sesame Noodles and trying to eat these with chopsticks, and then making a Chinese drum. What a fantastic day!
To see photographs, please visit the school Facebook page and see what a fantastic day everybody had!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: What's on the menu?
In Spiders class we have had a great time with our topic all about food. We have been doing lots of cooking, and especially enjoyed making pizzas! We have also been following instructions to make things like tuna sandwiches and toast! We have been learning lots about descriptive language, and have been using this to describe our food. More recently we have had Chinese New Year, and have had a Chinese Restaurant provision area in class, which we have loved! We have also enjoyed making Chinese noodles, and tried eating these with chopsticks!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Christmas!
Here are some photo's of our amazing performers in their costumes for the Aladdin show!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Christmas!
We are having a great time getting ready for Christmas in Spiders class! We have been busy getting ready for our Christmas performance, Aladdin, and we put on a great show! Thank you to everybody who came and watched.
We also celebrated our fantastic achievement's this half term with a Christmas trip to a play gym, where Santa visited and gave us a present! We had a great time playing and partying together! Enjoy the pictures of us having fun below!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Our trip to Brighouse post office!
We have spent the last couple of weeks learning about post and letters in literacy, and have been writing our own letters, and posting them in our role-play post office in class! Because we were so good, we thought we would go and find a real post office and post letters to our own homes! We caught the bus down to Brighouse, and went to the post office. We bought stamps to put on our letters and posted them in the post box outside. We then went to Merry England café to have a rest and have our snack before catching the bus back to school. We had a great time, and learnt lots of important independence and life skills on the way. We look forward to our next trip out!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Weeks 3 and 4 - Autumn 1
We have had another great couple of weeks in spiders class. Everybody is settled in, and we have been working and playing very hard! We have celebrated birthdays, made cakes, made a birds nest in the garden, made a giant spider in the garden, and worked really hard in numeracy and literacy! Have a look at the photos below to see what we've been up to!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Our first 2 weeks back in school!
What a fantastic first 2 weeks Spiders class have had back in school! We have welcomed 5 new students into our class, who have all settled extremely well and have helped us have lots of fun and learn lots of new things! We have been digging for insect and dinosaur fossils, cooking, helping in the garden, using the new roktagons, using the new bikes, and much more! Have a look at some of our pictures to see what we've been up to!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Environment week
Last week we learnt about looking after the environment! We learnt about recycling, went litter picking, and had a great time doing our bit for the planet! Here are some pictures of some of our work, including making a wind chime out of recycled keys, and designing a bag that can be used instead of plastic carrier bags!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: The tadpoles have become frogs!
About 4 weeks ago, some frogspawn we donated to Spiders class. We have since watched them grown into tadpoles, and they have now become baby frogs! We had a great afternoon looking at them, and we even got to hold them!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: The Royal Wedding!
This week in Spiders class we had a fantastic time celebrating the Royal Wedding! We have been learning lots about princess's and princess, had a street party in the playground, and even held our own Royal Wedding in class! Our Royal Wedding was fantastic! We all acted as different characters from the Royal family, and other people who may have been at the wedding. See the pictures below, and see if you can guess who is supposed to be who!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Once upon a time...
We have had lots of fun in Spiders' class so far this term learning about traditional tales. We have been learning about prince and princesses, in preparation for the up coming Royal Wedding, and enjoyed reading 'The not so perfect princess'. Today, M and M productions came to school and performed a pantomime of 'A little Princess'. It was fantastic!!
We look forward to continuing our learning about traditional tales this term with our new story 'The 3 little pigs', which we will begin next week! Hope you all have a fantastic bank holiday weekend!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Welcome back Spiders!
Welcome back spiders! I hope you've had a good half-term, and have had lot's of fun building snowmen and sledging, and making the most of the 'Beast from the East!'.
We have lot's of exciting things planned this half-term, when our topic will be 'growing'! Our book focus for the next few weeks will be 'The Enormous Turnip', and we will be doing lots of work relating to growing vegetables. We will be planting our own vegetables and seeing how they grow! As Spring begins, we will look at different animals growing, and hopefully get to visit a real farm and see some real baby farm animals!
We also look forward to getting our own garden space in the school garden, where we will grow our own flowers and vegetables!
Pictures of their progress will be posted, so keep checking back to see what we are getting up to!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Our work on animals!
This week in Spiders class, we have been doing lots of work about animals, for our animal topic this term. Our new farm provision area has very popular!
We also began learning about insects, and went on a mini-beast hunt out side!
We have been focusing on 'Whatever Next' for our literacy book this week, which is a story about a bear who goes on a trip to the moon! We have enjoyed using props to join in the story!
Please see our pictures of the fun things we have doing this week!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Our first term!
What a fantastic first term we've all had in spiders class. We've worked hard, played hard, and come a long way together!
The highlights of this term have been our Christmas celebrations. We had a fantastic time having our Christmas dinner, for which we made our own hats and place mats. We also worked really hard for our Christmas production - Jack and the beanstalk! In spiders class, we all dressed as different farm animals and sang 'Old Macdonald had a farm', and we were great!
To finish off our celebrations, we went a trip out to a play gym where we all had a fantastic time, and Father Christmas came and gave us presents! We had so much fun!
We look forward to the Christmas holidays, and are excited to learn lots of new exciting things when we come back, when our topic will be animals!
Jack Mckelvey (jmckelvey) on: Back to school!
The new spiders class has settled back into Highbury after their summer holiday like they never left! They have made friends with their new classmates, got to know the new adults in their class, and have seriously impressed me with how polite, friendly, and motivated to learn they all are. After a first week of settling in activities, Spiders have been getting back to work. We have been reading 'We're going on a bear hunt' in literacy, been working on counting in numeracy, been litter picking in garden school, and have been teaching me lots of new songs and nursery rhymes!
We are all looking to working hard, playing hard, and being the best we can as the new Spiders class!
Please visit our blog next week to find out what else we have been up to, and to see some photos!