SEAHORSES CLASS 

SEAHORSES CLASS

Seahorse class is a mixed ability Key Stage One class. We follow a modified National Curriculum to meet all pupil needs. We have half termly topics ranging from Explorers to The Gambia. Our mornings are very structured with pupils in ability groups for English and Maths. Our afternoons are more pupil directed with an overall theme, adult led activities and time for independent exploration.

OUR CLASS NEWS

Summer Term 1 - 2018

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Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday. We are very excited to be starting our Forest School activities this term. We will keep you updated via your child’s diary. Please can you use the diary by writing on the left hand page to let us know your news too, thank you.

 

Suki had a lovely Easter holiday in Devon with Mrs Taylor and her family. You can read all about it next time you take Suki home.

Last term we explored the topic ‘Carnival’. Some of our class took part in a carnival procession at the Brewhouse in Burton. It was a lot of fun making our costumes and learning a dance too. 

This half term we are focusing on maps and learning so basic mapping skills, so what better way to do this than by pretending to be pirates? We shall be making all sorts of pirate goodies like a pirate ship for role-play, some treasure maps and treasure boxes as well as seaside message bottles. We can’t wait to get started, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

In science this half term we shall be finding out about light and electricity. We shall be finding out what happens when we block light, and what the best materials are for blocking out light. So   fingers crossed we have some sunny days so we can draw around our shadows.

Please remember to send your child to school with a set of ‘old’ clothes and a pair of wellies every Tuesday because we will be going outside whatever the weather to follow our forest school curriculum. We do have waterproofs in school already.

Seahorse class are the first class to have this opportunity because Mrs Taylor has been on the level 3 forest school teaching course and has lots of ideas she wants to try out.

Thank you for your continued support.

Spring Term 2 - March 2018

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Update coming soon!

Spring Term 1 - January 2018

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Welcome back, we hope you all had a fantastic Christmas holiday.  We are hoping to have a quieter half term, but with lots of fun activities in class. We will keep you updated via your child’s diary. Please can you use the diary by writing on the left hand page to let us know your news too, thank you.

Last half term we had a great time learning about how houses were built a long time ago. We got very messy making some ‘wattle and daub’, and using clay to make a roundhouse. All pupils had a lot of fun making a variety of Christmas crafts, and we all had a great time at our class Christmas party on the last afternoon.

This half term we are learning about People Who Help Us. We will be learning about how Florence Nightingale changed the way hospitals care for their patients and we will also be finding out how people fought the Great Fire of London, compared to modern day fire fighting. We are hoping for a visit from a local fire fighter.

In science this half term we shall be finding out about our senses through a variety of activities focusing on each one. We will also be learning about     animals in the garden and how we can help them in the Winter by making bird feeders.

Autumn Term 2 - November 2017

Welcome back, we hope you all had a great half term holiday. This half term will be a very busy one with lots going on in the run up to Christmas. We will keep you updated via your child’s diary. Please can you use the diary by writing on the left hand page to let us know your news too, thank you.

In the first half term we had a great time exploring our topic of hot and cold places to live. We especially enjoyed exploring large ice blocks on the tuff spot with creatures inside. As part of our India exploration, we made some coconut squares which most of us enjoyed tasting.

This half term we are learning about how houses have changed over time. We will be making Celtic         Roundhouses and role play what it would have been like to live in a round house along with animals. We shall also be making models of our own homes. To help us with this, please can you send in a photograph of your house so that we can be as accurate as possible. 

In science this half term we shall be finding out about the uses of everyday materials. We will be testing different materials to find out which one is best to stop a snowman melting.

General information.

Please remember to label your child’s clothing, this will help us to ensure no items go missing.

Now that the weather is becoming colder please send your child to school in a warm coat, as we like to go outside as often as possible. Many thanks.

Autumn Term 1 - September 2017

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Welcome to the Seahorse Class, we hope you’ve had a great summer holiday and are ready for the new term. We have lots of exciting activities planned and are looking forward to working with all of our new pupils and our returning ones.

This half term’s topic is ‘What’s the Weather like where you live?’ We shall be finding out how the weather changes with the different seasons, and whether the weather is the same in different parts of the world. We shall be swimming and have PE on Friday  mornings. Please remember to send in named PE and swimming kits. 

Each week on a Friday your child will bring home their ‘Challenge’ book. The weekly challenges are designed to reinforce   learning in the classroom, and should be fun. Please do not feel pressured into completing the challenges if your child is not motivated to do school work at home, but remind them that they will gain a house point if they do complete their homework!

 In Seahorse class we operate a house point system. Whenever your child does something worthy of praise (this could be academic or something more personal such as finding their own coat or listening well) they are rewarded with a house point. The house points are recorded on our large board in the classroom so that pupils can see how close they are to the treasure box. Pupils will also receive a smiley face stamp on their hand. When your child has ten house points, they can choose a toy from our ‘treasure’ box. You will receive a slip in their bag telling you what they have chosen. We have found that pupils really respond well to our house points and treasure box system.

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Summer Term 2 - June 2017

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Last half term we pretended to be investigators looking for a lost railway. We had a great walk looking for clues about the Jinny railway line that used to connect Tutbury and Burton on Trent.

We made large models of Stephenson’s Rocket and the Tutbury Jinny and had a wonderful time role-playing going on a train ride.  

 

This half term we will be finding out about the seaside, and more specifically what makes a great seaside holiday. We shall be having our own Seaside day, as well as making fruit ice lollies and smoothies.

Our creative week at the start of term will be focused on the Jungle Book. We are looking forward to watching a live performance of the story as well as doing some very creative artwork around the story.

We will also have some very special visitors to our classroom as part of our science topic about habitats; we shall be watching caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Summer Term 1 - April/May 2017

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Spring Term 2

Last half term we were very busy learning about Joseph Cyril Bamford. We had a great time role-playing working on a building site and playing in the big digger that we built.

We learnt about the continents of the world and where the JCB factories can be found around the world too.  

We also made vehicles from reclaimed materials that had moving parts.

 

Summer Term 1

This half term we will be finding out about the start of rail travel including Stephenson’s rocket. We are hoping to build our own rocket in school and role-play being a steam engine driver. We will also be looking at some local history by walking in the local area and looking for clues about the Jinny trail, which used to run from Stretton to Rolleston.

Spring Term 2 - March 2017

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Last half term we were very busy finding out about the two explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. We had a great time role-playing life on board the Santa Maria and even pretended to journey to space for a ‘moon party’.

We visited Pets at Home as part of our Science project about pets. We all enjoyed meeting ‘Dave’ the guinea pig and some of us stroked him too. The fish were our favourite pet, and we were all fascinated by them.

This half term’s topic is ‘Who was Joseph Cyril Bamford? And why is he famous?’ We will be finding out all about the life of the inventor Joseph Cyril Bamford, and how he started off in a shed making a tipping trailer and then grew his business to making JCB diggers with factories all around the world. We will be going to look at the JCB factories in and around Rocester and hopefully see lots of diggers too.

Spring Term 1 - January 2017

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Last half term we were very busy finding out about Victorians and what school and life may have been like for a child in Victorian times. We enjoyed our visit to Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood. Many of our pupils were very brave and climbed up a chimney in the museum. We also got to smell some very old fashioned soap that was disgusting!

Seahorses enjoyed the trip to Drayton Manor and had a wonderful time on the rides and met Santa too. The highlight of the day was watching the ‘snow’ in Thomas land.

 

This half term’s topic is ‘How do I know about my world? What have explorers taught us about our world?’ In this topic we shall be looking at the life of Christopher Columbus and finding out where in the World he sailed; along the way we shall be learning the names of the World’s 7 continents and 5 oceans. We will then be finding out about the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and will be learning about space travel and where he travelled to.

Autumn Term 2 - December 2016

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Autumn term one - Home and Away topic

We had a wonderful time exploring our Gambian village role-play area. The pupils enjoyed pretending to collect water from a well like Fatou in the story.  We also had a visit from Jill Moore who has worked with school projects in The Gambia. Jill shared her wonderful artefacts and photograph albums with our pupils who really enjoyed looking at them. We tie dyed some fabric to make dresses for our African dolls. In music we used the Djembe drums and explored rhythm and played along with some Gambian drumming.

 

Autumn Term two - What was life like for children in Victorian times?

This half term we shall be visiting Sudbury Hall museum of Childhood to look at the way children lived in Victorian England as part of our history topic. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore a Victorian classroom as well as find out what life would be like to work as a chimney sweep. We shall be exploring Victorian toys and comparing them to the toys we play with today.

Autumn Term 1 - September 2016

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Welcome to the Seahorse Class, we hope you’ve had a great summer holiday and are ready for the new term. We have lots of exciting activities planned and are looking forward to working with all of our new pupils and our returning ones.

 

This half term’s topic is ‘Home and Away’. We shall follow a local area study based in and around school, followed by looking at The Gambia using the story Fatou Fetch The Water to support our learning.

 

Please remember that we shall be  swimming and have PE on Friday morning. Please remember to send in PE and swimming kits. Our library day is Wednesday. Your child will bring home a book to share with you each week. Please ensure that the book is returned on a Wednesday so that your child can swap it for a   different one.

 

Each week on a Friday your child will bring home their ‘Challenge’ book. The weekly challenges are designed to reinforce learning in the classroom, and should be fun. Please do not feel pressured into   completing the challenges if your child is not motivated to do school work at home, but remind them that they will gain a house point if they do complete their homework!

Get in Touch

If you require any further information or would like to contact the class teacher, please call the School office, write in your child’s home school diary or use the form below.

Bitham Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0HB

Primary School

t: 01283 247600

e: enquiries-primary@fountains.staffs.sch.uk

High School

t: 01283 247580

e: enquiries-high@fountains.staffs.sch.uk

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