We are the youngest members of Puriton Primary School. Our teacher is Ms Keating and we have two teaching assistants, Ms Morton and Mrs Cole.
Spring curriculum: All creatures great and small
Please bring book bag with home school diary and reading book.
Book bag needed in school. Bring in challenge book if a new challenge is needed.
Book bag needed in school.
Welly Wednesday - so wellies needed. These may be left on the welly rack.
New reading books are available.
Book bag needed in school.
PE kit is needed. PE bags may be left on the pegs.
Bring in challenge book if a new challenge is needed.
Book bag needed in school.
PE kit is needed. PE bags may be left on the pegs.
New reading books are available.
W/C 18th March
This week we went on our first school trip to Court Farm. The child learnt all about the animals that live on a farm (not unicorns), what they eat and what they give us. We looked at the 'wonky' lambs (Farmer Ed's name for them) with poorly legs. Watched the cow being milked and fed some very hungry lambs. After lunch we developed our physical learning by climbing, sliding, running, crawling and digging. A fabulous day was had by all.
Today (Thursday) we have been thinking about all the animals we saw, made simple notes and then made videos to tell everyone else about the animals we saw.
W/C 11th March
We started this week by testing materials to see if they are waterproof because we designed houses for one of Percy's animal friends. To be successful, the house needs to keep the animal warm and dry and the animal has to be able to get in and out. The children worked in pairs to select a toy animal, design a house and then make it. One child was a reporter, who told the class about their work and the other was the materials manager, who collected all the resources they needed. All the children worked very well, cooperatively and persevered until the house was completed. Next week we will be making improvements to the houses.
We have also been learning all about doubling, which is the start of multiplication e.g. double 6 is two lots of 6.
W/C 4th March
This week we have continued to learn about the properties of shapes [2D and 3D]. We looked at paintings by Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and then made our own using just one shape. The children had to learn as a group, talking with friends and checking that they had the correct shapes. The pictures looked amazing and everyone worked very hard.
On World Book Day the children dressed up as a word. We made book marks, looked for exciting vocabulary in stories e.g. dreadful in I can only draw worms by Will Mabbitt, and told and acted out stories. It was a fun day.
You all look fabulous, extraordinary, stupendous, phenomenal, astounding and exceptionally brilliant.
W/C 25th February
We have started back with enthusiasm and ready for learning. We have been finding out about flat shapes [2D shapes], describing them, using them for pictures and making them with lolly sticks and straws.
We have started to think about similarities between the creatures e.g. the buzzard and the robin both have 2 legs, 2 eyes, feathers and a beak.
Well done to Olivia and Riley for your first explanation of our learning during assembly.
W/C 4th February
Having become experts at drawing the creatures, learnt how to draw a straight line with a ruler and found out how to write labels, we then produced our own labelled diagrams. Have a look at a few versions.
We had a very successful Inspire afternoon. Thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of the session and drew the creatures alongside the children. I was very impressed with all the pieces of art.
W/C 28th January
This week have been practicing the graphemes we know, using a variety of materials . It has been great fun.
On Wednesday one of the children decided it would be good if we made our own snow in case we didn't get any. Eventually we realised we needed water. Max gave a really good explanation about snow saying "When the cloud gets really cold it starts to snow." So we put pots of water in different places including the fridge. Yesterday we looked at the pots and saw that some pots had ice in them. The ones outside but under the courtyard roof remained water. Evie thought the fridge didn't work because "It wasn't cold enough." Yesterday we tried again. Well, I think we would have got snow and LOTS of it.
Stay safe everyone, but enjoy the snow.
Challenge- What happens when you put a coat on a snowman? Will it melt more quickly?
W/C 21st January
Instead of just drawing the creatures, we have painted and used pastels to make the images. Each time the children work on their art work they get better and better, becoming real scientific observers. You will get to see all your child's pictures when you next look in their learning journey books, or please come into the classroom after school to look at the display on the wall.
We have been looking at the features of non-fiction books, finding photographs and labels. On Friday we wrote our own labels for the creatures on post-its. We then placed then on the boxes.
W/C 14th January
This week we have been drawing the animals and birds. We looked at our first drawings and decided what has gone well but also what needs to get better. The staff also drew the creatures to show the children how they would draw them. The results are amazing and all the children have made great improvements on their drawing skills.
We have been asking questions about the animals (e.g. how does the squirrel climb and jump?) and later in the term we will be using a variety of resources to find the answer.
In September we used a piece of string to find out how tall we were. We used these to compare how tall we are now. Lacey-Jade's string only reached the top of her ear. WOW Lacey-Jade, I think you must have been eating lots of healthy foods. Next we used a variety of items to find out how tall we were. It was lots of fun.
Maci then wanted to find out how tall Olivia is now.
W/C 7th January
Welcome back everyone. Opal class have been curious learners this week looking closely at the museum animals. We have got 16 taxidermy creatures in the classroom which have fascinated the children. We have started to draw them and will be working on becoming an expert.
The children have been comparing and measuring everything. We have found out that Albert is the tallest boy in our class and boys' feet are not always longer than girls' feet, only sometimes.
Our new author is Nick Butterworth. The children have enjoyed using Percy's hut to retell the story.
Weekly timetable and letter
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W/C 17th December
During our last week of term, we had our celebration of learning, when the children told the parent's all about old and new toys and sang lots of songs. They then showed the toys they had made with the moving parts and looked in their learning journey books. Parent's and children selected their favourite pieces of work.
We continued to make and design patterns.
Wishing you a happy Christmas and a merry New Year from Opal class.
W/C 10th December
The Christmas Recipe has gone very well and Opal class have twinkled fabulously. I have been really impressed with their singing. I hope you have enjoyed the show.
Sam, from the museum service, showed and talked about a variety of Victorian toys, which they were able to play with and sort. The children then decided which was their favourite. We also made thaumatropes. Click here to see what one looks like.
We have learnt how to make repeating patterns and have enjoyed photographing our own on the i-pad.
W/C 3rd December
The Christmas Recipe is going well and the children have worked hard to learn all the songs. They will be singing one of the songs on their own and have made up a dance to go with it.
After all our work about toys, we have started to make our own with a moving part. The children have taken photographs of their toys using an i-pad. They will be using this photograph as a starting point for their posters.
W/C 26th November
Opal class have been sorting toys into those which are old and those which are new, giving reasons for their thinking and decisions. Sometimes we know the toys are old because of how they look, what they are made of and how they work.
We have been finding out how to join pieces of paper without using tape and glue. We have used hole punches, treasury tags and split pins. We are getting to be experts and will be using these skills next week when we make our own toys.
Children have started to tell the others about their toy, explaining what it is made of and who gave it to them. The rest of the class have been asking really good questions such as 'what is inside it?', 'why has it got holes in it?' and 'how does it move?'
W/C 19th November
Opal class made lots of biscuits this week to raise money for OLC school. It was great fun and the biscuits were very tasty.
We have started to look at materials we use. The children sorted a range of items into those made of wood, metal, plastic, cardboard, fabric and glass. On Wednesday the children went on a material hunt. We found lots of wood and metal, but not much fabric and no cardboard.
We sorted toys this week ; those for babies and those for children in Opal class. We then thought about why babies can't use some toys because they wouldn't be safe.
W/C 12th November
This week we joined Ruby class to decide how we would raise some money for OLC as part of our enterprise project. The children got into small groups and wrote down their ideas on a 'fox tool'. There were a wide range of fantastic ideas such as selling old toys and baby clothes, making chips, and playing hook a duck. However the most popular idea was to make biscuits and gingerbread men. So next week that is what we will do and then sell them on Tuesday. So please bring your money.
Kipper wanted a new basket so as part of Wellie Wednesday we made him some new ones using leaves and sticks.
We have started to learn the features of lists. We wrote a list of toys Kipper keeps in his toy box.
Thank you to everyone who came to the writing workshop. Helping writing at home.
W/C 5th November
The children were very excited to bring in their baby toys and photographs and they were real curious learners, feeling, listening and watching the toys. They loved playing with them even now. The spinning top has been a great success. The children had to think about how they have changed since the photograph was taken and what they play with now. This is the start of our history focus. Enjoying a book by our new author, Mick Inkpen.
All the children in school have made a poppy for Remembrance Sunday and these will be displayed at the front of the school.
Friday- The poppies were planted today and the children stood quietly thinking about poppies. We then watched a wonder video about poppies. If you have a chance, I highly recommend you watching with your child. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04p4zsl/poppies
W/C 22nd October
We have worked very hard this week to get ready for our show. The children made tickets which they gave to the children in Ruby class.
On Thursday Ruby class were welcomed to the show by Riley and given some popcorn by Sophie. All the performers confidently acted as clowns, balanced liked acrobats, spoke clearly, danced and juggled with a range of items. Well done Opal class, you were fantastic.
W/C 15th October
We have had a very exciting week, especially with our phonics lessons. The children dug for phonemes, shot the phoneme and been on treasure hunts. We recognise some phonemes now and we are beginning to read some words.
We have started to plan our circus show for Ruby class. We are writing to inform; letting others know what we will be and making posters to promote our show.
W/C 8th October
Thank you everyone who came to Opal's inspire. The children really loved showing you how to do all the actions to our dough gym.
We have been very busy this week learning more phonemes, comparing quantities and new songs. On Wednesday, after listening to the story 'Smelly Louie' by Catherine Rayner, the chldren made their own smelly potions. They were real curious learners; looking smelling and in some cases feeling the potions. It was great fun.
Thank you to everyone who came to the 'Phonics and reading' workshop. If you were unable to make it please have a look at the handout and speak to a member of the EYFS staff to get copies of the games. The next workshop will be on Friday 9th at 2.30 in the hall.
W/C 1st October
We have been comparing quantities as part of our Maths lessons this week. First, we collected lots and lots of conkers then compared how many we had with our friends. Some of us had "millions" according to some of the children.
The children have been finding out what happens if we don't co-operate as a class. Ms Moreton got in a real muddle when she handed each group a jigsaw. They had to help each other by giving others the piece they didn't need. They were very helpful.
We found out about Concentrating Penguin this week. He works hard, focusing on his tasks and play.
W/C 24th September
Thank you to all the parents and family members who came to the meeting today. It was great to see so many people. Here is the handout.
Opal class has been very active during our health and fitness week. We have danced every morning, had a wonderful PE session with the coach and enjoyed the cross country run. we thought about healthy foods and what we would like for our tea.
During our First Aid lesson, the children listened carefully to Becky and found out how to stay safe in the kitchen. They also learnt the 2 emergency telephone numbers, 999 and 112.
On Wednesday we made our own paint with lots of mud so we could paint pictures of Augustus' smile, and other Catherine Rayner story.
W/C 17th September
The children heard the story Sylvia and Bird, written by Catherine Rayner. Sylvia need a friend and found one in Bird. The children then worked with a friend to make one picture, with 20 lolly sticks. They decided on one idea and worked together, sharing and taking turns, to make the image. There were some great ideas.
All the children stayed to lunch this week and ate very well. Lots of children tried food they thought they didn't like. Next week the children will be staying all day.
W/C: 10th September
What a busy week in Opal class! The children learnt about our class Author, Catherine Rayner. We used one of her books, Abigail, to help us with our careful counting as part of Wellie Wednesday. Just like Abigail we counted leaves and lots of other items and actions. When counting carefully we have to say the number names in order and then if we can, touch the item.
Everyone is looking forward to meeting the other half of the class and staying to lunch next week.
W/C: 4th September
The children have settled very well into Opal class . They have made new friends, learnt how to share the toys and have started to learn new rhymes and songs. We have been counting carefully and blending sounds to work hear the word e.g. "touch your ch-i-n".
Next week the children will need to have wellies in school. It will also be useful to have a thin coat in school while the weather is changeable, as we go out to play even if it is drizzling.