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Welcome to Dragonfly Class!

 

Class Teachers - Mrs Hutchison and Mrs Ginns

Learning Support Assistant:

Mrs O'Connor

 

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Summer Term

Sports Day

A fantastic time was had by all, at our annual Sports Day on Tuesday. We were very proud of all our Dragonflies, who did their very best and showed real 'team spirit'!

Thank you to all of you who were able to come and support your children - it really made their morning special. smiley

Following on from learning all about dinosaurs our learning is now based around farm animals. Today was a very exciting day as Chris the Farmer from Miller's Ark Farm and some of the farm animals visited us. Please do ask your child which animal was their favourite! Chris introduced us to the animals and told us about them. We stroked many of the animals. The sheep, the donkeys and the goose were very noisy and made us all jump! Chris showed us some eggs so we could see the difference between a hen's egg, a duck's egg and a goose's egg. The donkeys got rather hot in the beautiful sunshine so Chris put up a big sun-shade to keep them cool.
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The Summer term has begun and already there have been lots of exciting things happening in Dragonfly Class. A very large  egg  appeared on the Heathland and we immediately set to work thinking about what kind of creature might be inside. This inspired lots of creative writing and paintings and the general agreement was that the egg was certainly big enough to contain..........a dinosaur!

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After watching the crack getting bigger and bigger the egg finally hatched in the night. Luckily our teachers were around to film the huge

T rex  as it stormed through the school and could show us the evidence the next day! Strangely though, we haven't seen it since.

 

We have also been visited by the 'Life Education Bus'and met Harold the giraffe and his grandparents. Harold helped us learn about how our bodies work and some of the organs inside - it was very interesting. We couldn't believe how long our intestines are and that they can actually fit inside our bodies!

 

On Monday mornings this term, we have been visited by Guy Higgins, a peripatetic music teacher. He is teaching us how to play the ukulele - which is trickier than you think. Learning how to hold the instrument and where to put our fingers to play the chords is taking lots of practise, but Guy thinks we are all doing brilliantly!

Spring Term Second Half

The children are very enthusiastic about our new topic 'Superheroes' and we are sure that you will have heard all about the 'Evil Peas' in our midst from the 'Supertato' stories.

The children have made their own mini- me Superheroes and have written about their Superhero special skills in their own passport.

 

Mini-Me Superheroes

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Spring Term 2018 First Half

 

We hope everyone had a good break and wish you a very happy and healthy 2018. It is great to see the children's enthusiasm to be back at school and ready to start another busy term.

Please note that our PE and Library days have changed and will now both be on Thursdays. Please make sure that your child returns their school library book to school on, or before, Thursday each week so they can exchange it for another book of their choice. Please can girls have their hair tied back for PE and if they find tights hard to put back on please do send them in socks to make it easier for them. Thank you!

 

 

Parents into School

 

On Friday 9th February we offered the second opportunity for family members to come in and share their children's learning, and were once again overwhelmed by the positive response. Thank you to all of those who were able to attend and for your lovely comments. The children had a fantastic time and it was great to see them proudly showing their adults around our inside and outside learning environments.

If you were unable to attend our Spring term shared learning session, don't worry, we will be arranging another opportunity in the summer term!

 

Have a wonderful half term holiday, and we hope to see you all rested and (hopefully) free of the winter bugs in a week's time.smiley

We loved the workshop about Chinese New Year Celebrations!

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the workshop about Chinese New Year celebrations and participating in lots of exciting things.

They played some instruments to make Chinese music, it was very loud when everyone was playing at the same time. Some children played drums, some played cymbals and some played gongs.

Chinese Music

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Chinese Lion Dance

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Chinese Ribbon Dancing

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Chinese Dragons

Seeing the Chinese Dragons moving around our school hall was very exciting and ther children were fascinated by the size of them, their faces and just how heavy they were when they carried them.

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Autumn Term Second Half

Our topic for this half term is called'After the Storm'and our learning will be based around the

'Percy the Park keeper'stories

written by Nick Butterworth.

Christmas Craft Afternoon

- So much glitter, so little time!

 

This afternoon Dragonfly class welcomed our families into school to share some Christmas craft activities, which certainly brought a sparkle to an otherwise cold and wet afternoon. The children were thrilled to work alongside the adults to produce a sewn Christmas tree decoration and a beautiful bauble. Our carpet will be shimmering well into the festive season!

A huge thank you to all those of you who were able to come in and help make the afternoon so special for the children. We  appreciate that this is a very busy time of year and that it is not always easy to find time in busy schedules. 

A special thanks must go to Mrs Schultz who very kindly stayed behind to help Mrs O'Connor tidy up and battle the sea of glitter - a brave woman indeed! smiley

Parents into school

This morning the Dragonflies were very excited to be welcoming  members of their families into school to share their learning. Lots of fun was had, both in the classroom and the outside area. 

The children had a fantastic time and feedback so far would indicate that the adults did too! Thank you to all of you who were able to get time off from work or make time in your busy schedules to support your children in this way - it is very much appreciated.

We will definitely be providing more opportunities for you to come in and share your child's school experiences. Keep an eye on the newsletter for information about forthcoming dates.

 

Today we were visited by Hydestile Resident Animals, an animal rescue where wildlife is cared for, and often nursed back to health, before being re-homed or released back into the wild. Graham introduced us to lots of his animals and told us how he had come to be caring for them and the best ways to look after them properly. We saw: guinea pigs, an owl, a kestrel, two polecats, a chinchilla, two rats and a hedgehog.

Thank you very much for the generous donations that you sent in for the animals. All the food and equipment was very much appreciated by Graham and will be put to very good use looking after the animals.

Dance Day

On Monday 6th November, the Dragonflies had their dance morning. We listened to the song 'Singing in the Rain', thought about how it made us feel and shared our ideas for different actions to put to the music. We swayed and twirled, splashed in puddles and chased rain clouds - it was great fun!

When we thought our dance could be improved no more, we invited Butterfly Class to come and watch a performance. They were very impressed! 

 

Please remember that we visit the school library every Monday afternoon. The children love to browse through the books and share their favourite stories with each other. They also enjoy the opportunity to borrow a book but can only do this if their previous one has been  returned.

If you can help your child to remember to bring in their library book and wallet, on or before each Monday, it will help to avoid disappointment. 

Thank you. 

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In the story The Rescue Party one of the rabbits fell down an old well. We helped Percy rescue her by making long ropes out of paper. We practised our cutting and joining skills to make a long, strong rope. Here are some of us with our ropes.

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We talked about keeping safe while we enjoy watching fireworks on 5th November. Look at our fantastic fireworks pictures! We printed them using brightly coloured paints and then added glitter to make them sparkle like fireworks in the dark sky.
Autumn Term First Half
Well, the first half term has whizzed by! The children have settled into school so well we can hardly believe they have only been with us since the start of September. Here are some photos of the children enjoying their learning at school.
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Our topic in the first half term was 'Humpty Dumpty and Friends' and was all about Nursery Rhymes. We learnt some new Nursery Rhymes and practised many of our favourites. We sequenced them to put the phrases in the correct order. Much of our learning was based on Nursery Rhymes.

 

One day we had a letter from Bo Peep asking us to help her count her sheep. We practised our counting skills and also writing numbers.

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We enjoyed sequencing Humpty Dumpty. We practised our cutting skills and carefully glued the pictures in order.
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We looked at some historical artefacts related to Nursery Rhymes. Mrs Ginns told us all about them.
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We practised our threading skills and gave the mouse from Hickory Dickory Dock a colourful tail!
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We have observed the seasonal changes as Summer has come to an end. We have explored signs of Autumn using our senses. We enjoyed printing with Autumn leaves. Here are our beautiful pieces of artwork!
Humpty Dumpty had a bit of a problem and he asked us to see if we could help him! Our challenge was to make Humpty a special suit so when he fell he didn't break. We chose the materials we wanted to use and wrapped a real egg inside. Then we tested our design by pushing Humpty off a table! We carefully removed Humpty's suit and had great fun finding out if our ideas had protected Humpty keeping him safe or whether he was broken!
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