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Welcome to Dragonfly Class!

 

Class Teachers - Mrs Hutchison and Mrs Ginns

Learning Support Assistants:

Mrs Eaton Price & Miss Francis

 

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This half term our new theme is Water, Water, Everywhere and our learning will be all about things linked to water.

 

Book Week

This week we have taken a little break from our topic ' Water,Water Everywhere'to celebrate 'Book Week'. Everyday we have had exciting activities or events, all linked to books and our love of reading.

 

Our ever popular class 'reading den'made a welcome return this week and the children loved taking the opportunity to pop in and snuggle up with a good book!

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In PPA the children made funky new bookmarks in class and took turns to go on the 'Teddy treasure hunt', in groups. 
Not only did the children have to find the clues, they also had to collect jigsaw pieces along the way. When they had finally collected them all and put them together, our new book for story time was finally revealed...
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Everyone loved this funny story about Marvin the sheep, who always wanted more!

 

The children have read or listened to lots of new books this week - fiction and non fiction. All the teachers, across the school, nominated their favourite children's book and told us about them in assembly. These are now available for borrowing in the school library. Mrs Ginns' top page turner was'Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants!'This is a hilarious tale about the six year old Sir Scallywag and his quest to retrieve the stolen golden underpants and return them to the king. The children really enjoyed this story and have been very keen to borrow it from the library. Next week they are looking forward to hearing 'The Gruffalo', Mrs Hutchison's favourite, and have already requested 'Supertato' which was given a glowing review by our Year one leader, Miss Grant. 

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We had two visits to the library this week. During our first visit, the children not only changed their own books but were given the responsibility of revamping our class book box by each choosing a new book to put in it. It is becoming very hard to choose a book to read at story time now as there is just so much choice of brilliant books!

 

Later on in the week we found ourselves in the library again. This time we were taking part in a book themed scavenger hunt and had to find pictures of various items by looking through the books. The children were absolutely captivated by this challenge and beavered away for nearly an hour. It proved very hard to drag many of them away!

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One of the highlights of the week was the fantastic performance by the 'Hobgoblin Theatre company' called

'The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told'. 

The children thought it was hilarious and really loved seeing some of their favourite traditional tale characters in a very different light!

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It has been a brilliant week. As well as the activities mentioned so far, we also enjoyed an assembly presented by Kate, from Fleet library, who told us all about the new facilities and showed us lots of exciting pictures of the new look library. She also revealed the theme of this year's Summer Reading Challenge (enticingly entitled 'Animal Agents') as well as bringing a whole stack of new library membership cards for us - much to the excitement of the children! The after school Scholastic book sale was very well attended too, but please remember, if you were unable to come, books are still available to buy through the online link.

 

To finish our week in style, the children really impressed us with their wonderful book character outfits on Friday (as did many of the staff)! Thank you so much to all the parents and carers for taking the time to help your children look so amazing! 

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I think you'll agree, Mrs McInnes makes a fine DJ Banana!

Our Monday mornings have been made a little extra special this half term, as we have started having our weekly ukulele lesson with

Mr Higgins.

We have been learning how to hold a ukulele properly and where to place our fingers to play different notes. It's not as easy as you think, but we're gradually getting the hang of it. Mr Higgins is very impressed!

Lots of concentration going on here!

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Our lessons will continue into the Second half of the summer term, after which, we hope to invite you all in to come and watch a performance! 

 

Watch out for dates in the newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

We had a very busy week during the last week of the half term before we broke up for the Easter holiday!

 

We made some super Easter cards and decorated the fronts by printing them very carefully. We hoped you liked them!

 

One morning our friends from Year 6 at Velmead Junior School came to work with us. They helped us make Easter baskets. We carefully folded and stapled our baskets together and then we decorated them.

 

The next bit was particularly exciting......... we went outside with our friends from Velmead Junior School on to the playground and had an Easter Egg hunt. We each looked for five eggs and put them in our baskets.  

Making our Easter baskets........

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Hunting for Easter eggs........

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Enjoying the Spring sunshine afterwards.......

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On the last day of term things got even more exciting! We made Easter hats at home with our grown ups. We wore them to our whole school assembly where some winners were chosen from each class for their amazing creations. Also winners from the FISA Easter Baking and Spring photography competitions were announced and celebrated. The school hall was like a sea of eggs, flowers, bunnies and chicks - a lovely sight to see!

Our end of term special assembly

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Next we paraded around our school wearing our Easter hats for all our grown ups to see

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Our new topic, for the second half of the spring term, is called: 

'Fur, Feathers and Fins'

and we will be basing our learning around all kinds of different animals. 

 

Today, Farmer Lisa from Miller's Ark Farm paid Year R a visit! The top of our outside learning area was transformed into a mini farm for the day, with donkeys, piglets, chickens, sheep, goats, hens, ducks and geese - there were even tiny lambs! 

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We had lots of fun learning about the animals and had to make sure we were very quiet and gentle when we went into their pens. Some of us were brave enough to give them a stroke!

Holding this chicken was tricky as she had such thick, heavy feathers.

Look who we found digging in our mud kitchen! We think she was looking for a tasty worm!

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We had a brilliant day and now need to remember exactly what all the animals looked like so that we can create some life-like farm paintings. Watch this space!

 

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Yesterday afternoon, Dragonfly Class were incredibly excited as we waited for the arrival of our dads and grandads, who were coming in to share our learning. we were certainly not disappointed! Everybody had a fabulous time creating animals of all shapes and sizes out of everyday junk. Who knew there could be so many different ways to use an egg box! Mrs Ginns was amazed by the incredible creativity of both children, dads and grandads.
Thank you so much to all the adults who came in. We really appreciate you helping to make your children's learning so special and memorable. 

 

 

We have really enjoyed exploring all things 'magic', this half term. We have heard lots of stories about some of our favourite characters, such as 'Winnie the Witch' and 'Meg and Mog', and have used these to inspire our own writing. We have also 'conjured up' a magic house (where our home corner used to be) and have had lots of fun learning magic tricks and making spells whilst dressed as witches and wizards. 

 

 We finished off our topic by creating a little more magic of our own and turning blank canvasses into fantastic explosions of colour in the style of the artist

 

Jackson Pollock.

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What AMAZING paintings!

 

 

 

 

 

We have begun the Spring term with an exciting new topic called 'Abracadabra' and are really looking forward to learning about magic!

The Magic Show

Although he was away this week, Lenny the Learning lion had arranged a special visitor for us called Professor Potty. He is a magician with a very funny assistant called 'Dexter the dog'. Dexter was a very naughty assistant though, and didn't always do what Professor Potty told him. He really made us laugh when he kept floating up into the air while he was trying to blow up a balloon!

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The Professor showed us lots of funny tricks and even chose someone from our class to help him.

Elliot was a much better assistant than Dexter the dog!

 

Since the magic show, we have been very busy writing about our favourite parts to share with Lenny when he gets back from Africa next week. It was a shame he had to miss it, but we are sure he will enjoy reading all about it on his return!

Remembrance Day

 

On 11th November we had a special assembly about Remembrance day. We had two minutes silence to remember all the brave people who have died in wars. Mrs Cox told us about why people wear poppies in early November.

In class we made beautiful poppies using rollers with paint and tissue paper. 

 

In the first half term our topic was  'Humpty Dumpty and Friends'. We learnt lots of nursery rhymes and our learning was often based around these. In the last week of the half term Lenny our Learning Lion gave us all a challenge. He had heard about what happened to poor Humpty Dumpty and didn't want his friend Humpty Lumpty to meet the same fate. Lenny challenged us to find a way to stop the egg breaking when it fell off the wall. We thought carefully about which materials we could use and why they would be good for protecting the egg. Then we investigated whether our choices were effective by pushing our eggs off a wall! We really enjoyed this activity and had lots of fun investigating!

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