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Dougal the deep sea diver!

"Slippery fish"

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As part of our "under the sea" topic this term we have been learning a song about a slippery fish.
The children listened to this song and then had a go at making up their own version in pairs.
We also learnt the pitch scale for this song and had a go at learning how to play it on xylophone's. The children really enjoyed this and impressed us very much.
The children standing at the back of each group, chose the sea animal they have in their verse and also thought of their own word to describe it and the way it moved. We hope you are as impressed with their own ideas, as we were. ENJOY!

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Challenges from Pirate Pete

All term our friend Pirate Pete has been watching us and learning along with us.

This week he has been sneaking into Orchard class and everyday he has left us a secret challenge via a message in a bottle. Take a look at the challenges we have been set and completed with great enthusiasm and success.

Friday's challenge

Yo Ho Ho!

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When I was one...

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Thursday's challenge

Wednesday's challenge

Tuesday's challenge

Monday's challenge

Happy Wesak (Buddha Day)


Today we have been learning about the religion of Buddhism.

We found out about Siddhartha Gautama who found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree and learnt how Buddhist's like to celebrate the birthday of this very special Prince.

We also looked closely at the Dharma wheel and Mandala patterns which play a large role in this Buddhist festival.


After looking at these symbols we had a go at making our very own using coloured pasta shapes.

Look how beautiful they are!


"Little Pirate" Science


During our pirate topic this term, we have met the character Little Pirate and his friends Mystic, Parrot and Maximillian.

These characters have been helping us to find out about the world and the things that live in it.

This week's questions were all about the weather.


After finding out what a cloud is and why different weathers happen we carried out our very own science experiment to see for ourselves.


We made a rain cloud in a jug!

We also learnt about how rainbows are formed and in particular which colours are in a rainbow.

We learnt about ROYGBIV where we used our phonics knowledge to match the initial sound of colour names to the letters in the rhyme.

When we worked out which letter was which colour (learning the new colours Indigo and Violet) we had a go at drawing our own rainbows on the playground.

Measuring length with non-standard units.

Here comes the bride!

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The vows

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Our bible reading

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The rings

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Signing the register

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The wedding march

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The wedding vehicle

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The announcement

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The best man's speech

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We celebrated Red Nose Day!

Learning About Christianity

As part of our work on Christianity, we went to visit out local St Margaret's church. We looked around, ticking off the significant symbols we had learnt about within our lessons. We then looked at some artefacts in more detail, trying hard to make a realistic drawing of what we saw. We hope you like our drawings of the stained glass windows, the lectern, the organ and the font. 

When we returned to school we thought about what we had seen and could correctly match the labels to the parts of the church as well as showing brilliant cutting and sticking skills in a matching activity.

Our trip to the farm

Orchard class went to visit Tattershall farm park. We had a brilliant time and saw lots of animals. The children had a bag of food each to give to the animals and were very careful in doing so. They also got the chance to meet some very furry friends and unusual reptiles in a "cuddles corner" session. A lady called Demi taught us lots of facts about the different animals and answered our great questions. Some of us were very brave and had a feel of each animals skin.

We had a super day and learnt so much.

Please take a look at all our photographs below.

"The foggy, foggy forest."


As part of World Book Day, we read the story "The foggy, foggy forest" by Nick Sharrat.

We then had a go and wrote our own version as a class.

Please click on the link below and watch our slideshow.

To view it, click on "Slideshow", "From the beginning slide" and enjoy reading through the slides (with the children's own sentences, phonic spelling and typing) - see if you can guess who is hiding in the foggy, foggy forest.

Once you've had a guess, keep clicking and the fog will disperse to make the character appear.

How many can you get right.



We are celebrating World Book Day

Our own "Happy Families" stories

After focusing on this series of books during "story-telling week," we had a go at becoming authors ourselves. We thought carefully about the characters and their names. Then we chose the setting of our story, before deciding on the events that would happen. We showed great imagination and knowledge of stories throughout, not to mention our super confidence whilst recording. Well done to all!

Master Fly the Pilot's son

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Master Plaster the Doctor's son

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Miss Pet the Vet's daughter

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Master Tooth the Dentist's son

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Halves and quarters - learning about sharing between two/four.

Finding out about People Who Help Us

Miss Spinks came in to see Orchard class this week - she normally helps to hear us read every week but today was really special.

Miss Spinks is a hairdresser and today we got to see her in her uniform. She told us all about how to look after our hair and how she helps others to look after theirs. We learnt all about the different tools she uses as well as seeing how to create special effects in someone's hair.

Harley and Lacey were super volunteers and I think they really enjoyed having their hair done by Miss Spinks.

Our visit from a real hairdresser really inspired our learning and we then used what we had learnt in our play. We have some real budding hair stylists in Orchard class - watch this space!

Story Telling Week

As part of story telling week, we held a family story telling afternoon in school.

Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles came into our classes and spent time reading to the children in their family.

Little did they know just how many children would like to listen!

In Orchard class the children loved hearing stories being read by different adults - talking about the pictures they could see, the characters in the story and the events that unfolded.

It was such a super afternoon and the family visitors also got roped into some of our child initiated learning too! Look how much everyone enjoyed the afternoon in the photographs below:

Happy Families

As part of story telling week, we have been learning about and reading the "Happy Families" stories by Allan Ahlberg.

We chose this series of books as it coincides with our "People Who Help us" topic, which the children really liked.

After reading "Master Bun the Baker's boy," we all had a go at baking our own lemon buns.

The children loved this and showed great skills and understanding throughout. They knew we needed "a recipe" and it would tell us "the ingredients" we had to use.

Below are the photographs from our Nursery children making their cakes together - yummy!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Today we have been learning all about Chinese New Year.

We began by reading the legendary story all about the Jade Emperor and the race the animals had on his birthday. As the animals finished the race, as a class we kept a written list On our whiteboard and we then used this list to work out which animal it would be the year of next. "The rooster," the children said, "because the monkey finished nineth and the rooster finished after that."

After finding out about this important story we then looked at and learnt about key traditions in China at this time of year. We were very lucky to have some fantastic resources and notes to look at - thank you to Miss Martin!

We even got to try on some traditional outfits before making our very own rooster crafts!

Today we had a visit from Emily who is a veterinary nurse from Elwood and Brigg's veterinary surgery.

She taught us all about how we can care for our pets.

She told us it is important to check our pets eyes, ears and feet regularly.

She allowed everyone to have a go with one of her stethoscopes to check our pretend pets hearts sounded ok.

We then learnt about the different stages of putting on a bandage. The different layers of bandage felt very different - the last blue layer was very clever because it could stick to itself!

After learning about how to care for our own pets and seeing how a check up is done, Emily showed us the special uniforms that Veterinary nurses and surgeons have to wear for different jobs. We learnt the word "sterilise" which was very interesting and important.

We looked super trying the gowns and gloves on and we loved having a go at using the bandages ourselves.

Thank you to all at Elwood and Briggs Veterinary surgery, especially Emily!

An introduction to non-fiction.

This term's topic is "People who help us."

A starter guide to Tapestry

Our class weekly timetable

Our visit to the post office

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Orchard class have been busy writing letters of invite to their Nativity performance.
They each put their letter in an envelope and we wrote on the address.
We then walked into the village to our local post office where each child bought their own stamp which they put on their envelope.
After buying our stamps we then posted our letters in the post box.
Great fun, enjoyed by all!

Masai jumping

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As part of our "celebrations around the world" topic, we have been learning about the Masai tribes in Africa.
We watched a video clip of a traditional tribal celebration.
The children then discussed what they had seen together before having a go themselves.
Take a look at our very own Masai celebration, which we held in the school hall.

Pastel safari animals

We learnt about animals that live in the desert.
We talked about the patterns the we could see.
We looked at photographs of safari animals.
We then talked about the word symmetrical.
We tried to make our animals symmetrical.
"The same on both sides."
First we used pencils to draw the other half.
We tried to match up the eyes and facial features.
We tried using a new material to colour in.
We used pastels for the first time.
We enjoyed rubbing the pastels to add more effect.
We were very proud of our finished pictures.
They looked so realistic.
We talked about what we had done well with friends
We hope you like them too!

Gingerbread Harvest

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Orchard class presented a super piece of dialogue all about what we had learnt and done with ginger over the past few weeks.
They then sang a beautiful song, complete with actions.
We were so proud of you Orchard, well done!

If the goat's didn't have a bridge to get to the other side, what could they use?

The three billy goats gruff.
"Who's that trip trapping over my bridge?"
A cone?
A log?
A steering wheel?
A recorder?
A vehicle toy?
A mask?
A tissue?
A kettle?
A box lid?
A wheel barrow leg?
A book?
A mouse's tail?
A big top?

Experimenting with movement in P.E.

The three little pigs freeze frames.

The little pigs leave home.
The first pig meets a straw man.
The wolf blows the straw house down.
The second pig buys some sticks.
The wolf blows down the stick house.
The third pig meets a brick man.
The wolf tries to blow the brick house down.
The wolf is not happy!
The wolf decides to climb on the roof.
The little pigs think of a cheeky plan.
The wolf falls into the hot pot of water!

Our topic plan for the year