Halloween Disco

We all had an amazing time at the school disco.  We enjoyed having our tea together before a quick play with the Lego.

We enjoyed dancing with our friends and having some sweet treats.  Alfie A even won the best costume award!


Another busy week in ARP 1!   We have been learning about the different seasons and how the weather changes.  We thought about the different clothes we would need to wear in each of the seasons.  Can you see us in our wooly hats?!

We learned the months of the year by watching these videos. 

We’ve been learning how to keep safe on Bonfire Night with the help from Fireman Sam!   You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTqb8JLgiew

We’ve discussed how to keep ourselves safe and created a poster with some facts such as:

* keep pets indoors
* stay well back from the bonfire
* always stay with your adult 
* when using a sparkler, always wear gloves
* put used sparklers in a bucket of cold water 
* stay well back from fireworks 
* only adults can light fireworks

We also had fun creating some arts and crafts around bonfire night, which enabled us to do lots of talking about what we could see, hear, smell and touch.

Have a happy and safe Bonfire Night!

We decorated witch’s hat biscuits, but they didn’t last long enough to take to the party -they looked so yummy, we ate them quicker than you can say “hocus, pocus!”

The Halloween party was so much fun! We danced the afternoon away to spooky tunes with our friends, dressed in our Halloween outfits.

We’ve really enjoyed learning the value of numbers this week. We began with the ‘one-ness of one” and are currently on the “six-ness of six”. Understanding the value of each number, seeing how many different ways we can represent it and how many different ways it is seen in the environment is a very important step in becoming brilliant mathematicians!

The story of each number has been a highlight of each Maths lesson, and many of us carry the books around afterwards, reading, counting and ordering after Maths has finished!

Pumpkin fun!

We have been learning how to carve a pumpkin into some spooky designs.  We watched some videos of expert carvers and began to design our own. 

Together with Mr Owen, we learned the sequence of how to carve a design into the pumpkin using the tools safely. 

Cole busily counted the tools and prepared our equipment ready for our afternoon. 

We enjoyed a fun afternoon in the woods using the tools safely and working as a team to carve our designs into our pumpkins. 

We were so pleased with our finished pumpkins!

After all our hard work, we enjoyed watching a fire and toasting marshmallows!  Mr Owen told us a really funny story!

It’s another Harvest Festival…

During our Harvest week, we have learned all about bread.  We watched a video of how bread starts as a seed, grows into wheat which is then turned into flour.  We found out how big factories make lots of bread which we buy in the shops.  

Bread video 

Next, we learned that people in different countries eat different bread.  We tried Greek flatbreads, French broiche, Scottish cheese scones, Dutch tiger bread, Mexican tortilla and Polish bagels.   We talked about how the bread smelled, felt and tasted.

During the afternoon, we looked at a map of the world to find where lots of different breads come from. Tayo worked very hard to use his geography knowledge to find the different countries.

We enjoyed a cooking session making lots of different breads such as:  cottage loaves, plaited bread, cheesy baps, gluten free bread, seeded cobs and wholemeal bread.

We were really proud of the bread that we made!

We celebrated at the Harvest Festival by singing our Harvest songs and by praying to give thank for the food we eat.  There was lots of food donated by the generous parents which will be given to people less fortunate than ourselves. 

A prickly visitor!

Today, we had some very exciting visitors in ARP!  Marilyn from Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue Centre came into school to tell us all about how they look after hedgehogs that are sick or injured and care for them until they are well enough to return to the wild.  Excitingly, she brought along a hedgehog called Sonic for us to look at! 

Cole and ARP 1 were the first to meet Sonic.  Marilyn taught the children what food hedgehogs eat in the wild and how we can look after them by picking up litter and making our gardens hedgehog friendly.   The children sat beautifully quiet while listening so they didn’t frighten the hedgehog.  They even got to see some hedgehog poo!

The children impressed us with their knowledge; Viraj remembered that hedgehogs hibernated during the winter and the other children described Sonic as ‘spiky’ and touched the bristles of a brush that felt the same as its prickles. 

ARP 2 were next to see Sonic.  The children learned about the Rescue Centre and how they care for the animals.  William and Alfie A told Marilyn that hedgehogs are nocturnal and that they have lots of predators.  We enjoyed a very close look at the hedgehog!

We all had a fabulous afternoon and we were extremely grateful that Marilyn was able to come and visit us!  We gave her a box full of cat food that the generous parents of our friends at school had donated – Marilyn said that the food would last them a very long time.

A box FULL of cat food!

We gave Marilyn a thank you card for making time to see us and she awarded us with a certificate – we were very proud!

We are hoping to keep in touch with Marilyn to find out when she has some more hoglets in the Rescue Centre. 

Find out more about Snuffles here. http://snuffles-rescue.com/

ARP’s fun filled week!

What another busy week we have had!

In Maths, we have had lots of fun comparing big and small, long and short, and measuring items in centimetres and metres this week! The new Super Movers Length & Height song has quickly become one of our favourites and helps us to keep active whilst we learn.

If you would like to try it out, follow this link:  



Uh oh!  After leaving us some new Fairy words to learn this week, Tricky also thinks we are getting far too good at the words that he leaves for us, so he’s going to give us some new tricky words next week too! He can’t trick us though – we’re just too clever for that! We’ve learnt about sounds u, ss, j, w, v in lots of fun ways from ‘vrooooooming’ around the playground racetrack like Rabbit to read ‘v’ words and helping the king to catch the kisses that missed with a net to writing ‘j’ words in jelly! 

Colourful Semantics 

We’ve been looking for clues about the setting of Dogger this week in colourful semantics and looking at where the characters are in each of the illustrations and text. We really enjoyed painting a backdrop of a school fair for our classroom role play area, which we are very proud of!

Healthy Eating

We have been learning about how we can keep ourselves healthy by learning about the different nutrients in food.   We learned that there are 5 different food groups: fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, protein, dairy and foods containing sugar and fat.

Each of the food groups helps our bodies in different ways by giving us energy, helping our muscles get stronger, keeping our bones strong and giving us vitamins.  We talked about which foods we should eat the most and least.

We showed our new knowledge by sorting our ingredients for pizza into the different food groups.   Then we discussed how we could make our pizza healthy by choosing good choices for our toppings.

After measuring the bread ingredients (we are mastering making bread now!), we mixed the dough and left it to proove (rise).  Some of remembered that this happens because of the yeast and sugar creating a chemical reaction.

While the dough was resting, we prepared our toppings by carefully slicing, grating and chopping mushrooms, ham, meat and chocolate.  

William remembered why we should be careful when preparing food; when asked what cross contamination meant, he said ‘germs’. We were amazed!

After we rolled out the dough, we chose our toppings.   Some of us used our communication books to ask for what we wanted.  We learned about which foods are good for us and which foods we need to eat less of. 

Look at our finished pizzas!

We all took a pizza home to show our families and we shared a large healthy savoury and a sweet treat pizza with our healthy milkshakes during golden time. Delicious! We even had a surprise visit from Miss Smith!  The perfect afternoon. 

Perfect PE Partners

We have made fabulous progress in PE this week by developing our throwing, catching and balancing skills.

We used the benches to travel across them in different ways, using different parts of our bodies. We challenged ourselves to carry a ball across the bench with our partners using metre sticks – it was very tricky and we had to work as a team to be successful.

We also enjoyed a game of giant air hockey!  We used the foam discs to hit the puck towards our opponent’s goal.  We used lots of different muscles while we lay on our tummies to play.

Ground Force!

Red flag = out of bounds

The children have worked extremely hard tidying the playground woods this week.  They have used the tools safely to rake up huge mounds of leaves and to finish filling the tyres with soil.  

The adults were looking for these positive behaviours during the afternoon:  good thinking, good listening, being safe and teamwork and of course, having lots of fun!  They certainly saw lots of positivity and fun!

The children had lots of fun playing co-operatively together… they even covered Miss Maeer in leaves while she was doing a leaf angel!

We realised there was not a lot of colour from flowers in the gardens during the Autumn months so we busily planted daffodil bulbs.  We will look forward to them appearing in the Spring!

After an afternoon’s hard work, the green flag was finally sailing!  We hope the other children have lots of fun in the woods!  Go Team ARP!

ARP Busy bees!

What a busy week we have had!

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The Phonic Fairy has left us some treats this week! We’ve learnt about the sounds h, b, l, f and ff.  We have been on a hunt to find Bear’s lost hat, met Baby Brains who has taught us that reading makes you “Brainy, brainy, brainy!”, visited the foggy, foggy forest and met the lazy ladybird who helped us to fly around the playground to find our words.

We’re getting so good at remembering our Fairy words that we think Tricky may just leave us some new ones to try and trick us!….and we all know that won’t work because we are so good at phonics!

This week in Maths we have been investigating ten frames. We have been learning how to represent numbers in the ten frame with counters. We have been counting on from 5 because we know that the top row holds 5 counters!

We just love being outside in the autumnal sun. It’s been fun playing on the bikes, making sure we turn take so that our friends have a turn too.  We’ve been leaf printing, using paint in the colours we have noticed during our observations of the area. During continuous provision, Lego, duplo, stickle bricks and wooden blocks has been our favourite resource this week; we have made some wonderful structures.

ARP 2 have been learning about different Autumnal Festivals such as Halloween and Harvest.  We looked at some different spells and potions to turn our teachers into worms and make people giggle.   We thought about some ideas of our own which we will write up next week while using the structure, features and language of instructions. 

We all enjoyed some time together to complete some Harvest art.  We painted fluffy cauliflowers, green cabbages and sweet strawberries!

We had a fun PE session where we took part in different activities such as balancing, throwing and catching, playing tennis and skipping.  Can you see us balancing on the narrow beam now? Some of us learned how to travel sideways and backwards!

We had a game of basketball at the end.  Mr Owen played too!