Exploring the Rushall Retreat

This afternoon, we spent some time in the woods on the playground and explored the new Rushall Retreat and adventure park.

We played on the hill, climbed through the tunnel,  jumped over the logs and tyres and rolled down the grassy bank.

We spent some time being creative with some flowers.  We used the petals and stems to make pictures.

Harvest Festival

Here are some of the songs we are singing for Harvest Festival.

Harvest Samba

Cabbages and greens,

Broccoli and beans,

Cauliflower and roasted potatoes,

Taste so good to me!


Apricots and plums,

Ripened in the sun,

Oranges and yellow bananas,

Good for everyone!



It’s another Harvest Festival

When we bring our fruit and vegetables,

Cause we want to share the best of all

The good things that we’ve been given.


Golden corn and wheat,

Oats and sugar beet,

Fluffy rice and tasty spaghetti,

Wonderful to eat!



Coffee, cocoa, tea,

Growing naturally,

Herbal plants and all kinds of spices

Very nice indeed!


Harvest Samba 

Cauliflowers Fluffy

Cauliflowers Fluffy and cabbages green

Strawberries sweeter than any I’ve seen

Beetroots purple and onions white

All grow steadily day and night

The apples are ripe and the plums are red

The broad beans are sleeping in their blankety bed

Blackberries juicy and rhubarb sour

Marrows fattening hour by hour

Gooseberries hairy and lettuces fat

Radishes round and runner beans flat

The apples are ripe and the plums are red

The broad beans are sleeping in their blankety bed

Orangey carrots and turnips cream

Reddening tomatoes that used to be green

Brown potatoes in little heaps

Down in the darkness where the celery sleeps

The apples are ripe and the plums are red

The broad beans are sleeping in their blankety bed, YEAH!

Cauliflowers Fluffy

Digging with Dogger


ARP 1 have been very busy so far this week in English, learning sounds n, m, d, and g. We’ve been digging up bones (with our spellings on) in the garden like Sam and Dave, rainbow writing ‘n’ in shaving foam, writing ‘m’ in marmalade on toast and followed a trail of leaves to rescue the bunnies and bears from Gruff the Grump! Phew! We have had fun!


In Maths, we have been learning all about 2d shapes. We have learnt their names, practised drawing them, sorted them, grouped them and matched them. We investigated their properties and found out some facts such as: a circle has 1 curved side with no corners, but a triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners (and that corners are actually called vertices!). 

During our afternoons, we have had fun painting pictures of the characters in our book Dogger, singing in the stage area, building some wonderful structures and describing them, sharing our toys with our friends, writing in the mark marking area as well as making clay hedgehogs, cooking and visiting the woods!

Cooking and Art afternoon

ARP had a busy afternoon using their creativity while baking and making! 

First, we warmed the clay up to make it easier to mould into the shape of a hedgehog.   We used different clay tools such as rolling pins, cutters and shapers to make marks to add detail to our hedgehog.

As part of our work on seasons, we decided to make Autumn leaf biscuits.  We had seen so many different coloured leaves in the woods, we wanted to ice our biscuits with different shades of green, red, orange and yellow.

Once we had weighed and measured our ingredients, we mixed the dough ready to roll out the biscuits.  

After 12 minutes in the oven, we cooled our biscuits and got ready to ice them with our shades of Autumn colours.

We had made enough biscuits to try one each and take some home for our families to try.  We are hoping to make our own biscuits at home with our parents. 

Chef of the week Jayvon taught the other children how to bake a toffee cake.  He brought in his own recipe, prepared the ingredients and showed us all the steps.  We learned how to sieve the flour, rub the butter into flour and beat an egg. 

Jayvon cut the cake into slices and shared it with his friends. They thought it was delicious!

Mikhail – I liked eating the icing off the spoon it was super scrumdiddlryumptious!

Alfie A – I enjoyed eating the toffee cake and toffee!

William- I enjoyed eating the chocolate.

Wonderful Woods!

We had a fun afternoon in the woods today playing.   First we played a new game of Hide and Seek where there were lots of seekers!

Next, we worked in teams to build a house for our new class pets!  The older children led the younger children to help them collect sticks, logs, leaves, moss and stones to make their design that they planned in the morning. 

Have a look at some of our creative designs.  We had lots of different features to include.


The children made some excellent houses to keep our hedgehogs warm, dry and safe from predators.   Alfie said the house must be camouflaged to keep them extra safe.  Tayo even included some berries in his house to feed the hedgehog!

Look at the finished houses!

To finish the afternoon, we had some time to explore the woods. We climbed, enjoyed the ropes, and searched for minibeasts.

Hedgehogs, Hodgehegs and more…

Blog written by Jayvon, Mikhail and Tayo. 

We have had a fantastic week in ARP doing lots of fun activities.

We have enjoyed a sporting challenge in PE trying to get the best score for doing a long jump, standing one legged for the Stork challenge and catching a ball as many times as we could in a minute.

Hedgehog research and cooking

In English, we learned about non-chronological reports and did some fact finding on a hedgehog’s diet, habitat and appearance.   We looked at some non-fiction books and did some internet research.  Next, we will be planning and writing our own fact file.

In maths, we looked at a recipe to make hedgehog bread and weighed and measured all the ingredients. 

We mixed the ingredients together to make the dough which we covered and left in a warm place. 

Later on, we were ready to knead and shape the dough but we noticed that something had happened… the dough had got bigger!  

‘It’s got bigger!’ Alfie B        ‘It feels like a beanbag’. Mikhail   

‘It feels like an air balloon’.  Damon 

In the afternoon, we started to make the small rolls and loaf.  We had to knead the dough and roll it into a ball.  To make the spines, we used scissors to snip the spikes.  We added raisins and pumpkin seeds to make the eyes, nose and spikes.  

Our finished masterpieces!

We shared the bread with our friends and enjoyed eating it with butter and jam.

Mikhail – ‘I feel like I’m on Masterchef!’    

In Maths, ARP 1 have been practising touch counting objects, ordering numbers, solving addition problems using manipulatives, number lines and 100 squares. We’ve also been learning about 1 more with numbers to 10.

During Busytime we’ve created some interesting pieces using the large blocks and poles, shared the whiteboard with our friends and created a beautiful butterfly. This week, the writing table was extremely popular with card writing on offer!

Wonderful Woods!

We had a fantastic time together this afternoon down in our woodland area working hard to learn about changes in the seasons.

First, Mrs Bell reminded us of the important rules we have to follow to keep us safe. 

Our first task was to use our different senses to talk about what we could hear and see.   We talked about how the woods have changed over the Summer and how they look now at the beginning of Autumn.

We closed our eyes and listened carefully. 

We can hear…   cars, lorries, a bird and the wind rustling the trees.

We can see…  tall and short trees, bugs under the logs, brown and yellow leaves. 

After a quick game of Hide and Seek, our next task was work in small groups to go on a scavenger hunt to look for different things.  The older children helped the younger children – what fantastic teamwork!

Can you see Alfie finding lots of different types of slugs?!

Making mud cakes in the kitchen!

We were brave when climbing trees!

We loved to make music with the instruments.

Our first week in ARP…

We have had a fabulous time settling into our new classes with our new friends and adults.  Take a look at some of the fun activities we have been doing!

In ARP 1, we followed the clues to find our new topic book ‘Dogger’. Over the next few weeks, we will use colourful semantics to find out all about our new book.

In English, we have been working hard using sounds we already know to make words and practising spelling and reading high frequency words.


In Maths, we have been sequencing numbers, recognising numbers, counting and using manipulatives to represent numbers. 

During busy time, we have enjoyed spending time with our friends building towers in the construction area, listening to stories in our reading area, selling toys in our role play area, being artists and playing in the outdoor area!

In ARP 2, we enjoyed investigating our new classrooms and spent some time getting to know our new adults and friends. 

We have enjoyed lots of fun lessons!

Teamwork in P.E.

Showing our fantastic knowledge of place value in Maths. 

Planning our cooking lesson… and the best bit – making an apple and blackberry pie!

We enjoy relaxing while doing Brain Gym and waking up to Super Movers!

One of our favourite parts of the day is spending time together at lunchtimes!