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Blofield Primary School

Reception

Reception children may be the smallest in the school but they are capable of amazing things!  We encourage them to be independent, inquisitive and resilient.  Our curriculum is built around the Early Learning Goals (find them at the bottom of this page) but is completely tailored to meet the needs and interests of all the children in the class.  We involve the children in the planning by finding out what they already know about and what they would like to learn more about. Their enthusiasm is endless and their ideas are constantly evolving!  

 

Please have a look at what we've been up to so far this year...

WC 9/7/2018  Science Day!  We had a great day learning about Jackson Pollock and being scientists at the same time!  We were experimenting with different quantities of cornflour and water to make the perfect mixture that we could use to make a drip painting just like Jackson Pollock.  It was great fun because we got REALLY messy and loved seeing how the mixture could be a solid ball when we kept moving it in our hands but, when we stopped, it turned to a runny liquid.  
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WC 2/7/2018  What an exciting week!  We went on a trip to the Time and Tide museum where we successfully trained as pirates and scared the Captain away!  On Tuesday, some local bee keepers brought their bees to show us (they have a special hive we could see into).  We got to try on a bee suit and we learned how important and amazing bees are. 
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WC 25/6/2018   We have had an exciting start to the week with a visit from J's Mummy.  She works at the hospital and she brought her special machine that shows germs on your hands.  We learnt what can happen if we don't wash our hands carefully and then we all used the machine to see how clean our hands were.  It has helped us to see which parts of our hands we need to wash more carefully!  The second group started Forest School today and had a great time, even though it was very hot! 

We have had great swimming lessons this week in the sunshine.  Most of us felt so confident that we jumped into the pool which was great fun.  We have been super lucky this week because a cricket coach came to work with us.  We did some batting and fielding.  

The Football World Cup has been helping us with our number work too!  We have been keeping track of the scores and using Top Trumps cards which has meant reading some really big numbers!

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WC 18/6/2018  We have had a great week!  We are loving our swimming lessons in our pool and we are already making progress.  We were excited to welcome some of the preschool children who will be starting school in September.  We showed them around and helped them to settle in, playing with them and talking to them.  We have been making some great rockets and we finished painting them this week.  We know all about Tim Peake now and we loved watching him doing a space walk - it looked amazing!  He has helped us to learn about gravity too.  When we were outside, we noticed lots of weeds in our raised bed so we cut them all down so they are ready to plant things.  Some of the weeds had amazing roots that we looked at.  We also put some grass seed on a bare patch of ground and we are going to watch it grow (hopefully!).  

Next week, we are looking forward to learning about germs as J's mum is bringing in a special machine from her work.  We also have a lady coming to tell us all about her bees. And, as well as that, we have a cricket coach coming to work with us.  

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WC 11/6/2018  We have had a great week learning about space.  We loved watching the footage of Tim Peake leaving planet Earth and arriving at the International Space Station.  We have been looking at lots of books about space and we have brought in our books from home.  We have been moving around like dust and gas particles that eventually form stars.  We have also been learning about pictographs this week and have had fun finding out what we all like and dislike.  We have been doing lots of talking and writing to gather information.  Outside, we have been using ropes and having a great time with mud too.  We are looking forward to some of the children from pre-school visiting this week because we are going to look after them and show them around.  
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WC 4/6/2018  We are full of energy and enthusiasm after our half term break!  The week has got off to a good start with Forest School where we have been checking up on the tadpoles, climbing with ropes, setting up dens, using karabiners and making mixtures to attract butterflies.  

We have also been talking about SPACE!  Lots of children in our class are really interested in space so we are going to learn about it.  We have already had some great ideas about what we can find out about.  We already know there are some planets but we don't know much about them so we are hoping to learn more.  We also had a discussion about aliens because some children think they are real and some children think they are made up for stories.  And T wants to know "what is outside space?" So, we have lots to think about and we have only just begun!

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WC 21/5/2018  Science & Design Technology Day! We have enjoyed another great science day and we have had lots of interesting discussions.  We were learning about floating and sinking and we had to find a way of protecting a little house in a flood.  We started by looking at lots of objects and making predictions about whether they would float or sink.  We had fun testing them all and talking about the different materials.  We quickly noticed that the wooden things floated.  We then built our little houses with Lego and discussed what we could do to keep them safe in a flood.  We used different materials to prepare our home.  It was interesting testing them in water!  Only one team was successful in protecting their house from the flood!  But, as M said "when we test them we can make them even better next time".  
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14/5/2018  Forest School!  We have had a fantastic time at our first Forest School session and we are already looking forward to next week.  Have a look at the photos of our first adventures.   Following our session, we decided to observe the tadpoles more closely so we collected some for the classroom.  We have enjoyed observing them and have been drawing pictures and writing about them too.   Year 1 invited us to join them for a tea party to celebrate the Royal Wedding at the end of the week.  It was great fun spending time with Year 1 and sharing their excitement - and food!
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WC 7/5/2018 We have been busy finding out how things work this week and we have had a brilliant time dismantling an old VCR player.  First, we had to find out what a VCR player was and we had some good guesses!  We looked at the difference between VCR tapes and the DVD's that we have at home now.  We have been using screwdrivers very carefully to take the machine apart.  We have discovered springs, wires, lifting mechanisms, numbers and wheels all hidden away inside it.  We have had a maths challenge this week to see how fast we can order numbers, using the timer on the iPad to measure who is the quickest.  Outside, we have had a challenge to see who can climb UP the pole and onto the platform.  We have been very determined and several of us have managed to do it.  We have been helping and encouraging each other.  Next week we are starting Forest School which we are really excited about.  
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WC 30/4/2018  Our week started with a great trip to Norwich Castle where we loved finding out about art, history and science.  We were very excited about the coach journey too, looking at lots of interesting things and places on the way there.  Beety Bear has been causing havoc in our classroom again and we love waiting to see what he has been up to each morning!
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WC 23/4/2018  We have been finding out what happens if you put things in beetroot juice!  We thought of all the things we wanted to test and worked out what we were going to do.  We prepared the food we were testing and measured the beetroot juice so it was all fair.  We made predictions about what might happen too.  We also made some beetroot hummus which we loved testing and we ate some pickled beetroot.  A letter was delivered to our classroom and it was from a bear called Beety.  His favourite thing is Beetroot and he said he was coming to visit to see what we're learning about.  We were very excited when we came to school on Friday because he has arrived!  He is VERY mischievous and had made a mess in our classroom.  We have been writing notes to him and we have no idea if he might get up to more mischief next week....

We also wanted to know how a conveyor belt works and W's Dad managed to get us one from where he works.  We have had great fun using it and we know how it works now too!

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WC 16/4/2018   We have had lots of fun in the sun this week!  We are lucky to have a football coach working with us this term and we loved our first session.  We are going to be learning about lots of Scientific stuff this term and we have started planning our first experiment which involves beetroot!  We have been making some revolting recipes while learning about doubling (we had to double the ingredients for our recipes) and we have been finding out what mud feels like between our toes!  
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WC 12/3/2018  We have continued our learning about America and this has involved some really interesting and mature discussions.  We have been using Google Earth to look at some places in America and we loved using Street View so we could pretend we were really walking down the streets!  J's cousin lives in America so we are going to talk to her class using Skype which we are really excited about.

We have been writing about our favourite characters from books and programmes as we enjoyed doing this as part of Book day last week.   Games have been helping us with our maths skills too.  We have also been learning about Stephen Hawking and the amazing things that he did.  We listened to his words about looking at the stars and not at your feet and then we tested this out - we walked around our school just looking at our feet and realised that was quite miserable!  When we walked around looking up we made a list of all the amazing things we could see.  He also said that we should never give up and we are going to remember that in all that we do.  

Science Day again next week which we are looking forward to!

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WC 5/3/2018  We have been continuing our learning about different places in the world and we have found out lots of interesting things.  We had a reply to the email we sent A's Uncle in Australia and he told us all about the town he lived in.  We have been looking at it on Google Earth and going for a virtual walk along the streets.  Now we are learning about America and we are going to email J's relatives that live there.  We have been planning the questions we want to ask them.  We have been very musical this week too!  We have been playing ocarinas which sounded really good and we also had the chance to ring some church bells which was great fun!  O said "When I pulled it I nearly jumped up!" and F said "they were higher than a dog could jump!".  We finished the week with World Book Day (it was cancelled because of snow days last week) and we looked brilliant in our costumes! 

 

 

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WC 26/2/2018  It's been snowing this week!  On Monday it was really cold so we decided to see what would happen if we left some water outside overnight.  We filled some bowls and put them around our Secret Garden.  L said "I think they will turn into ice".  When we came to school on Tuesday it had been snowing so we were very excited to collect our bowls that were covered in snow.  Underneath the snow, we saw the water had turned to ice.  The tough tray we filled had also frozen.  We took our bowls inside to see what would happen to them during the day.  We loved watching them change and discussed what had happened.   J said "Because it is very cold outside we have to put the heating on and the heating is making it very warm so the heating is melting our ice".  T noticed "that has melted quicker than that one because there is only a little bit in that one and a lot in that one".  As well as doing snowy science, we have had a great time playing in the snow!  L said "Look!  You can see my footprints!" and W said "can you hear the snow crunching when I stamp on it?".  Great fun for everyone!
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WC 19/2/2018 We have had a busy return from our half term break.  We have been working hard on our writing and we have been doing lots of reading, as usual.  We have had fun using scales to find out how much things weigh and to compare the weight of different things in our classroom.  We weighed some Numicon too and discovered that the bigger numbers weigh more than the small numbers!  While we were experimenting with this we realised that if we put a 2 and an 8 in one side of the balance and a 10 in the other side, it would be level because they weigh the same.   We have been learning about Australia this week too.  We have been using the Internet to research some of the poisonous spiders that live there as well as looking at photos of the Outback.  It is a good time of year to compare the temperature in England and Australia too!  We learnt all about emails and we worked together to write an email to A's Uncle who lives in Australia.  We can't wait to see if he sends us a reply and answers all the questions we asked him.  

We were lucky on Friday when Jo from the Dogs Trust came to visit us.  She taught us some important ways of keeping safe when we are near dogs so we now know when and how to stroke dogs and what to do if we were chased by a dog we didn't know.  Thank you to Jo!

We are getting excited about World Book Day next week - look out for photos of our book inspired outfits!

WC 5/2/2018 The highlight of this week has been another SCIENCE DAY!  We were investigating how we could stop our ice penguin from melting.  When we started looking at the penguin we noticed it melting in our hands so we first discussed melting and all the different ways that would make our penguin melt.  We thought the classroom lights might have made it melt "because they get very hot".  W also said "my breath is so hot I think it will melt the penguin".  We put ice penguins in lots of places to see if they would melt.  We thought one would melt quickly outside because the sun was shining but it didn't so we put a thermometer outside and realised it was zero degrees outside which is why it didn't melt!  Then we started thinking about how we could stop the penguins melting and we decided to wrap them in different things.  O said "we could put one in cold water but it would have to be the same cold as the cold of the penguin because if it is warmer it will melt it".  At the end of our experiment we discovered that the felt was really good at stopping the melting. This is because it has pockets of air and stops the heat getting to the ice penguin.  We had a great day!
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WC 29/1/2018  Whilst continuing with our topic this week, finding out about different places and cultures, we have been doing some bridge building too.  K got a book from the library with her Mum and Dad and it contained different activities.  One was building a bridge and testing it with carrots!  So K's mum sent some photos and K told us what she had to do.  We were so interested we decided to have a go too.  It was great fun cutting the carrots ourselves and finding ways of making our bridges stronger.  

The weather has been really cold so we have also been learning about temperature. We watched a weather forecast to see what temperatures were on the weather map and we could see how to do our own weather forecasts!

 

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WC 22/1/2018  We have had a fun French week this week inspired by a fantastic book all about Paris that J brought to school.  We have been learning about the Metro and some of us have drawn our own Metro maps using rulers.  We learnt about some of the buildings and the river that runs through.  We've been using the French words we have been learning this year too.  The best thing has been cooking our own crepes and tasting French cheeses, baguette, croissant and pain au chocolat.  We were really good at using the grater to grate cheese for our crepes and when we tasted the food we had to use money to buy it, just as if we were in a French cafe!  We thought some of the cheese tasted "yuk" but some got a big thumbs up from us!
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WC 15/1/2018  We have been learning about money this week so we have had lots of fun shopping using coins.  We have been buying our snacks too and we are getting good at working out what we need to pay for them.  We have been getting very messy making dough and we loved using different colours and mixing them up to see what they made.  Some of us made rainbow dough and loved looking at all the colours swirling together.  We have been doing some problem solving outside while making dens and waterfalls and we are getting good at thinking of different solutions.  We have also been making some old maps of London and it was fun using tea bags to make our maps look old.  

M brought in a great book about lots of places and we started to learn about Paris.  Next week we are going to make some crepes and taste some French cheese too.  We can already speak some French but we are going to learn some more words.  

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WC 8/1/2018  Joe brought in a beautiful book about London that we found very interesting.  So, this week we have been learning about London.  We found out where it was by looking at Google Earth and then we put a pin in a big map in our classroom to remind us where it is in the world.  We learnt about the Great Fire of London and we have been looking at lots of photographs of famous London landmarks.  We had a go at drawing them and we are really proud of our efforts.  People who have been to visit our classroom cannot believe such young people drew them! 

We have been doing some exciting PE this week too.  We are lucky enough to have a specialist dance teacher visiting this term to teach us how to put movements to music and we have also been exploring the big apparatus. 

We have also been bird watching outside this week and baking yummy muffins in our kitchen too.  

We have been lucky to have some of our parents helping in class every day this week - Oscar said "it's another lucky day, we've got another mummy here"!  

 

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WC 4/1/2018 (That's the day we came back anyway!)  It's been a very short week but we have been busy working together to plan our learning for the coming term.  We had a big discussion about all the things we would like to learn about and made a big list.  Then we looked at how we could fit lots of the ideas in.  Some of the suggestions included learning about London, Blofield, Space, Big Ben, cars, trucks, France and food.  So we have decided that we will learn about lots of different places (including Space!) and we will learn about transport as part of it, about the people who live in these places and the food they eat - as well as learning about some of the amazing buildings too.  It's going to be busy but very interesting.  When we had come up with a list of some ideas, T said "Do you know about the Great Wall in China?   I know about that - we could all learn about it".  So the ideas are already growing!  

We are also looking forward to some special Dance lessons this term that will be taught by a visiting dance teacher.  Every day we have different Mums and Dads coming into class to learn with us and we are looking forward to our next whole school Science day later in the term.  Keep an eye out for photos of all our learning....

 

WC 18/12/2017  It's nearly Christmas!  We could not believe it when we heard bells ringing outside and then there was a knock on the classroom door - Father Christmas had come to visit us!  We were all very excited and amazed that he had a present for each of us.  A great way to end the term!  Merry Christmas everyone! 

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WC 11/12/2017  As you can imagine, we are getting really excited about Christmas and are counting the sleeps until Christmas Day!  We've been doing lots of 'normal' learning at school as well as having a few Christmas treats!  We had our Christmas party which we loved as we got to dance to lots of Christmas tunes!  We have been doing lots of activities that help to develop our fine motor skills - we particularly loved using the Hamma Beads and we did created some brilliant patterns.  We are really proud of our Christmas drawings that we decorated the classroom with too.  
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WC 4/12/17   This week we performed our Christmas production and it went really well!  We did brilliant singing and everyone was very confident about being on the stage.  We loved seeing our families there too.  We also had some special visitors from Blofield Church!  They have a Posada which is a Spanish tradition and involves Mary and Joseph going on a long journey around Blofield.  They spent the day with us and we learnt about the story of Christmas and why Christians celebrate at this time of year.  

We have been learning about penguins this week too and we had lots of fun in PE pretending beanbags were penguin eggs and trying to keep them on our feet just like the penguins do when they are moving their eggs into their pouch.  We also made a penguin huddle and realised just how hot it is in the middle of the huddle!  

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WC 27/11/17  We have been singing some Christmas songs this week and had our first moment on the stage in preparation for our production next week - it's all getting very exciting!  In class, we have been inspired by some amazing photos of the creatures we have been learning about during our Blue Planet topic time - including turtles, garibaldi fish and pyjama sharks.  It prompted us to draw pictures of them and we have enjoyed looking at each other's work and talking about what we like.  We have been thinking about ways of making our drawing even better and we keep adding bits to improve them.  Some children decided to draw pirate ships that might be seen at sea and T drew an amazing skeleton pirate, complete with bandana! Our drawing has also linked well with learning lots of different shapes and we are getting good at remembering the names of them.  There was much excitement when it started to snow this week and we had a great time running around in the falling snow and seeing what it felt like!

We were also amazed to see the results of our experiment with bread.  We could very quickly see that we had LOADS of germs on our hands before we washed them.  We have loved checking the bread each day and have learnt how important it is to wash our hands.  Have a look below at the photos of our mouldy bread! 

 

 

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WC 20/11/17  We have been doing lots of writing this week!  We have been thinking of things we want to write about and having a go at adding words to pictures that interest us.  Lots of addition and subtraction with Numicon too and we are getting really good at finding different ways of making the same number.  There have been quite a few bugs at school so every class has done a little experiment to see how many germs we have on our hands.  We had to put those germs all over a piece of bread and we are checking up on it to see what happens. We still love learning about Blue Planet and we continue to be amazed by the things we are learning about!  
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WC 13/11/2017  What an interesting week!  It was anti-bullying week so we have been learning about what bullying is and what we can do to make sure it doesn't happen in our school.  We built a tower of kindness by all thinking of kind things we can do for others and we have been showing our kindness to each other throughout the week.  We had our Science day too which we loved (see section below) and then we were very excited because our mums and dads came into school on Thursday to learn with us.  We loved sharing our morning with them and they had a brilliant time too.  They were very impressed with how well we know our routines and they enjoyed discovering new activities.  On Friday we were busy making cakes and icing them ready for our cake sale to raise money for Children in Need.  As well as all of this we continue to learn through independent activities inside and outside and our ideas are growing all the time!  
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14/11/2017  Special Science Day!

We had a great day investigating what happens to eggs in water!  We talked about what scientists do and we made predictions about what we thought would happen to eggs in water with no salt and eggs in water with salt.  If we thought the egg would sink we stood on one side of the classroom and if we thought it would float we stood on the other side.  We did some really careful measuring to make sure our investigation was fair.  We found out that "if the water has no salt in it the egg will sink" and "if there is six tablespoons of salt in the water the egg will float".  Some of us also thought that if there was more water than we had but the same amount of salt "it might sink because there's big water".  A great day!

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WC 6/11/2017  We are loving learning about the amazing creatures in the sea!  This week, T brought in a Trilobite fossil which was amazing and M brought in a fossil she had found at the beach.  We also loved looking at photos of fang tooth fish and some of us tried to draw some. We have been doing some maths while learning about the sea - we found out that the squid we watched was 2 metres long so we used some tape measures to see how long that was and to compare it to ourselves and things in our classroom.  We have started creating a sea display in our classroom - we painted the sea using brushes, sponges and other tools and then we have been drawing and cutting out fish and other creatures to go on it.    

We have been learning about why people are wearing poppies too.  T's dad used to be in the army so we learnt a little bit about what soldiers do and looked at some photos of soldiers wearing camouflage clothing.  We painted some poppies that we are really proud of. 

Our writing is getting better every week and we have been busy writing lists for lunch orders and looking in catalogues and writing lists of the things we like. 

Finally, we had a lovely time when we met with Year 6 and they read to us.  Next week it's anti-bullying week and we have an exciting Science day too!  

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WC 30/10/2017  We started the week watching a clip about walruses from the brilliant Blue Planet II.  We were inspired by it so we are making this our topic!  We found out some interesting things about dolphins and when we were watching the walruses we also talked about ice caps melting.  We know about David Attenborough too and we've been talking to our parents about what we've been learning.  When we were outside, W drew a brilliant seal and walrus using chalk and inside, L cut out pieces of paper to make a seal.  T brought in a crab from home and told us all "It's not alive anymore but it is real, it's not plastic.  It's got pincers too".  He showed it to all the children.  

We have also been learning some Italian this week.  We found out that Y can count to 10 in Italian so we thought it would be a fun challenge to learn some Italian.  We have been learning how to say "please" and "thank you" and even singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!  

As it's nearly the 5th of November we have also been learning about Guy Fawkes, King James and the Houses of Parliament.  We have been building the Houses of Parliament with our construction materials and retelling the story.  Importantly, we have also been learning about keeping safe when there are fireworks and bonfires about.  

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WC 16/10/2017  We have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man.  We have been doing gingerbread man maths (counting, ordering numbers and adding), drawing and painting gingerbread men, baking gingerbread men and discussing alternative ways for him to get across the river.  One of the children thought he should have found a trampoline and used it to do a really big bounce across the river!  

Outside, we have been writing numbers, making swamps and we also discovered that the tree stump was hollow so we investigated further and found some woodlouse that were really interesting.  

To finish a busy week, we had our Harvest Festival and we were very excited because our Grandparents joined us and had tea and cake with us afterwards!  We are certainly ready for a half term break!

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WC 9/10/2017  What a busy week we are having!  A photographer from the local paper came to see us to take our photo so we are looking forward to seeing it in the paper.  We had a fire drill too so we learnt about what to do if there was a real fire and know that we have to leave all our things and get out quickly.  We have had a great time outside trying to make homes with straw and building dens.  We have been mixing up lots of interesting potions in the mud kitchen too - it's great fun getting messy.  Lots of activities this week have been helping us to develop our muscles in our arms and hands which will help us to be really great at using pens, pencils and other tools.  Look below for photos of our library visit too...

 

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National Libraries Week!  As well as all the other things we've been doing, we also visited our local library.  We had a lovely time meeting the staff and looking at lots of lovely books.  
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WC 2/10/2017  The theme of construction has continued this week.    We have been reading the story of The Three Little Pigs and have enjoyed talking like big bad wolves!  We had fun collecting loads of sticks and then trying to make a house of sticks which was very challenging.  We have been drawing houses to build and have made some really good houses with wooden bricks and Lego. Later in the week we will be seeing what we can make with straw and building some houses and dens outside too.
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WC 25/9/2017  This week we have been reading 'Iggy Peck Architect' and have been inspired to build!  We have been trying to make some really tall towers and have succeeded in making some bigger than us.  We have also persevered when they have toppled over!  We are going to make bridges and arches too, just like Iggy does.  

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WC 19/9/2017  Baby bear's porridge! We read 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and decided it would be a good idea to make our own porridge. The children were pleased with their cooking - Hugo said it was "awesome" and Wilf said it was "just right, like baby bear's porridge"!
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WC 11/9/2017  Getting to know each other, exploring our environment and playing tennis (amongst other things!)
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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum
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Blofield Primary School Values

Fairness
  • “Win or lose, do it fairly.” Knute Rockne
Respect
  • “Everyone should be respected as an individual” Albert Einstein
Challenge
  • “We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges” Joyce Meyer
Perseverance
  • “No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” Ramana Maharshi
Thoughtfulness
  • “A little attention, a little kindness, a little thoughtfulness are worth more than all the wealth in the world.” Avijeet Das
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