21st April 2021
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday. It has been a lovely first few days back in Spider's class and all the children have come back full of enthusiasm. The topic for this term is 'How Things Work' and the children have been weighing, measuring and exploring. They have been using scales to explore heavy and light, investigating weight and capacity and also just enjoying spending time with their friends. In the coming weeks our curious minds will be exploring a whole range of activities that investigate and hopefully explain everyday objects and their uses.
Happy Easter Everyone!
1st April 2021
This week we had our final immersive day in the garden and we made the most of the beautiful weather. We finished off planting potatoes and onions and also used our engineering brains to create a bridge over the swamp. In class we read our book, Bert Plants a Seed and prepared our own cress pots to nurture over the holiday. Have a lovely Easter break!
What an Eggxelent day!
25th and 26th March:
In literacy we are focusing on reading comprehension. We are working on who, what and where questions. Our orange 'who frame' helps up understand who. We use yellow to help us with 'what' they are doing and red to understand 'where'. This scaffolds our learning and will help us be able to structure sentences.
Red Nose Day Fun!
Thank you for all your donations. We loved seeing the children in their fancy dress outfits today. We had lots of fun:
We've had such a busy and fun week in Spider Class!
Please see our photos!
18th March 2021
This week in spiders class we had a very busy start to the week. In the garden we made a bug hotel and bird feeders which will help attract wildlife to the garden.
We also had some great sessions in communication where we learned about prepositions, size and quantity, all the children were really engaged. Please take a look at the this weeks photos below.
We've had a busy busy week in Spider class. It has been so wonderful having all the children back!
I have put some photos below of Thursday and Friday. Andrew will share some photos next week of his half of the week.
We've had so much fun. Lots of phonics work, really focusing on blending sounds to make words. We've been doing simple addition in maths.
We've also done some baking and lots of social communication. In social communication games we've enjoyed 'bubble snake' and 'splat!'
Have a lovely weekend.
Thank you, Sarah
Good afternoon all,
We've had a busy couple of days with Bubble B in Spider's Class!
In literacy we've been learning about adjectives and how to describe things and characters. We explored things in our feely box like slime and ice! We read our book, Mr Grumpy comes to Highbury (see a copy below). In numeracy we've worked on sequencing numbers and simple addition.
In P.E. we enjoyed Sherborne movement therapy and Yoga.
We also enjoyed our communication games, where we had to work out what had disappeared by doing really good looking.
We also sung our bubble b song.
Have a lovely weekend and take care
25th February 2021
This week Andrew's group have been observing signs of Spring and using natural materials to fire our imagination. We have made mud faces on trees and even created a mud dragon, and because Spring is here it's time to start thinking about sowing our vegetables, so we have been planting potatoes in the poly tunnel, but we have many more seeds to sow in the coming weeks.
Happy holidays everyone.
We can't wait to see all the children in 2021, after a well deserved break!
Below are pictures of Christmas at Highbury! Enjoy
4th December 2020
This week in spiders we have been preparing for our school nativity.
We have been reading and taking part in activities about the story of Jesus.
We have also been enjoying making Christmas wreaths from natural materials.
We've had a busy couple of days in Spider class! Please see our photos below.
We've loved our new classroom space this week! We moved in on Wednesday. See our photos of what we've been up to...
Things have been a little bit different for Spider Class over the last few days. As we are having our room renovated, we have been in Wise Owls last week and have been in the hall today. We will be in the hall again on Monday and then hopefully back in Spider Class on Tuesday!
We've had a busy couple of days! We've started our story of Percy the Park Keeper. We loved our sensory story, with a leaf blower and ice. We are focusing on WHO
Just before half term Michael was our star of the week and Mrs Gumbs forgot to put his video on here to share with you all! So here it is... WELL DONE MICHAEL
13th November 2020
Another great week in Spider class!
We have been reading our new story 'Jess Builds a Den' taking this learning outside to build our own den.
We have also been planting onions before the weather gets too cold.
Exciting news about our classroom!
We are very lucky as we are having our classroom renovated! We will be getting a new floor and work-booths! Whilst the work is being done we are in a different classroom. We are borrowing Wise Owls classroom.
Buttery Pudsey Bear Biscuits!
We cracked the egg, mixed, whisked, rolled and pressed our character cutter. Lots of fun.
We've had a busy couple of days in Spider Class! Look at the photos...
Week beginning 9th November:
Term 2 Winter Wonderland!
Hello All Parents,
We hope you have had a lovely holiday. Our theme this term is Winter Wonderland. We will send home a learning overview, so you know what we will be getting up to.
Busy week so far this week. We've enjoyed our academic work again alongside lots of fun activities:
Week beginning 2nd November 2020:
Who is teaching?
Week commencing 19th October (last week of term!)
15th and 16th October...
We've had lots of fun in class, engaging with continuous provision and working on our RICE (relationships, independence, communication and engagement) curriculum!
15th October 2020
Carrying on with our Autumnal theme we have been looking at the story ' Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. We enjoyed a sensory reading of the story, went on our very own leaf hunt, explored the colour and textures of leaves and created an amazing Highbury leaf man.
Week commencing 12th October: Who is teaching?
9th October 2020
This week in Spider class we've been enjoying the last of the good weather. We were weaving willow in the mud kitchen to make crowns as well as some beautiful art using flowers from the school garden.
It's never too late in the year to grow things and despite the October showers we made a shelter so we could plant our onion sets in trays. This will give them a good start, so they're ready to harvest in spring.
We are focusing on the below book about Maisy for the next couple of weeks. We are looking at routine and daily life skills, knowing 'who' 'what' and 'where' questions and on o'clock time!
Spider Class have elected their school council member. Drum roll please...
It's Esmée! Well done Esmée.
Wednesday and Thursday (07.10.20 - 08.10.20)
Esmée is our star this week!
Hi all spider parents,
We’ve had a fab couple of days in Spiders. See our pics from Thursday and Friday below.
We followed instructions to make play dough, made paper mache bowls, made Donna a get well soon card (and dressed up as her!) and accessed lots of other fun activities!
Have a lovely weekend.
'If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake...'
Enjoy our photos from today!...
Dexter, you are such a star this week. You produced some beautiful music with our music teacher Daniel AND you worked really hard to get your socks off for P.E! Well done Dexter.
24th September 2020
As Autumn draws in the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', it's always satisfying to harvest the fruits of our hard work in the garden. We have been digging, picking and searching in every corner of the poly-tunnel to discover our healthy organic produce. The children have learnt how to harvest different plants and where to find them, both below and above the ground. We have also been learning how important it is to work as a team when picking and preparing our own produce and how satisfying it is to taste the end results
Elizabeth, you have been absolute star this week! You swam really well on your back and followed instructions in the pool. You have also been a really good friend and shown a real interest in what your friends have been up to. Well done Elizabeth, we are all really proud of you.
Today we've had a treat of toast for snack. We were learning to butter our bread and put jam on.
We've enjoyed doing our Choose-It Maker register on the computer and can ALL recognise our names!
As part of our morning routine we sing and sign a hello song, we also sing our days of the week and weather song.
Today we listened to the Brown Bear story and all held up our characters at the right part. We then played throw the bear, which was great fun.
We did some phonics and have started 1-1 phonics and reading sessions.
In the afternoon we had a vote on which crisps we liked best. Wotsits were a clear favourite.
As we have been such superstars we have been on the roundabout and the slides! As part of our new reward chart we move our characters up if we are making good choices. If we get to the top we can choose either free choice or the room allocated for us that day (soft-play, sensory room or therapy room). Today we had soft-play and EVERYONE was able to go in. Fantastic work Spiders!
We've had a great couple of weeks getting to know each other.
Here are some pictures of our first two weeks in Spider Class:
Hello and Welcome to Spiders Class 2020-2021!
Here we are!