Welcome back!

Welcome back to Crocodiles Class!

 

We are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hearing about all the exciting things you have been doing over the summer holidays!

Just a reminder that you all need to bring your school bags, (we have got most of your reading books from before the summer holidays, if you still have yours please bring it in), and P.E. bags tomorrow. Our P.E. days will be Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs Christian and Miss Thorogood will meet you at the door in the morning and I will be in later in the morning.

We welcome Miss Phillips to Beckers Green and hope she will enjoy being a Crocodile! 

 

The Crocodile Team - Miss Wheatley, Miss Thorogood and Miss Phillips

 

 

 

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The last half term!

Welcome back to the last half term of the year!

 

Today we have started our new topic about Pirates. The children have already been excited to draw their ideas of what a pirate might look like and to share ideas about what pirates do, where they live, and what they eat and drink. We have had some very interesting ideas, and a few pirate impressions too!

This will be a busy week, including Sports Day! For Crocodiles Class this is on Wednesday 7th June, starting at 9:30. Of course this is weather permitting, so we will be hoping for a dry day! Your child will need to wear their usual P.E. kit, which should be in school, and they will need to bring a sun hat. Please apply sun cream before your child comes to school. We will be supplying a bottle of water for each child to drink while on the field. The children have been practising for their events in P.E. lessons and are looking forward to showing you what they can do, so we hope you can join us.

 

Just a reminder that school will be closed on Thursday 8th June due to the school being used as a polling station.

 

From the Crocodiles Team

Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Mrs Steele.

 

 

 

 

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A busy week

We have had another busy week this week. We have continued to look at transport in the past and have enjoyed looking at photographs and pictures of very old cars, trains, boats, bicycles and aeroplanes, and comparing these to modern ones.

 

In maths we have been working on pairs of numbers to total 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, and have then used this to help us find pairs to total 20. We have been writing addition and subtraction sums and have got quite excited about finding all the different combinations to make the different totals!

 

On Monday 10th July at 2 pm the Crocodiles will be doing a class assembly in the hall, and would like to invite you to join us for this event. It will give the children an opportunity for the children to show you what they have learnt this year and to share their achievements.

 

Homework this week will include some questions that we would like the children to ask parents and grandparents about what life was like when they were children. We will look at your responses and see if we can find images and videos about these on the internet so children can compare the past with the present. We hope you will enjoy going down memory lane remembering your childhoods!

 

Enjoy the long weekend,

 

Miss Wheatley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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End of term!

This has been a busy term and the children have been working really hard. They have enjoyed our topic about Plants and John Ray, and we have had fun growing beans and exploring plants around school. We have welcomed Mrs Steele to the Crocodiles team during the mornings as Miss White has moved to a new school.

 

This week we had our final Outdoor Learning session in the copse, and celebrated with a campfire and making and eating S'mores, which are made by heating marshmallows then sandwiching them between chocolate digestive biscuits! The children certainly enjoyed making them, and liked eating them even more! At the end of the session the children each poured some water over the fire to put it out, and as they did, they said something they have really enjoyed about Outdoor Learning. It was a lovely way to end the sessions, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. A big thank you to Miss Brown who has organised and led the sessions, and given the children so many opportunities for exploration, learning and fun!

 

It has been lovely to share the efforts and achievements of the children with you during Parent Consultations this week. The children have been really excited to share what they have been learning and work they are proud of. Thank you all for your support with reading and homework activities, which helps children to become more involved in their learning and practise their skills.

 

We wish you a happy and restful holiday, and will see you on Tuesday 18th April.

 

The Crocodiles team - Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Mrs Steele

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Pancakes and a visit to the museum!

Last week was a very busy one for the Crocodiles. Our Outdoor Learning session was on Shrove Tuesday so while in the copse,the children ate pancakes, which had been cooked on the fire! As usual they had a lovely time in the copse and have been exploring some new areas including the Copse Café. In our session tomorrow we will be looking at plants and especially the trees which grow in the copse.

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. The children looked lovely dressed as their favourite characters! We took photos of them all and are writing speech bubbles about our characters to display in our book area. We also became authors ourselves when we wrote our own stories based on a picture from the book 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick'.

On Friday last week we visited Braintree Museum as part of our topic on plants and John Ray. We had already used clues in class to find out about John Ray and why he is famous and has a statue outside the museum, so the children were really excited to see this. We had three different workshops during the day to find out about grouping and classifying plants and animals and how John Ray's work is still important today.

Finally just to remind you that tomorrow (Tuesday) is Outdoor Learning so children will need to wear old clothes as usual and bring their uniform please. We have recently sent out invitations for parents to join us in an Outdoor Learning session on Friday 28th April, so if you would like to join us please return the slip at the bottom of the letter. Also Parent Consultation week is fast approaching and we will be organising appointment times soon. If you have not yet sent in your slip requesting an appointment with me, please do so.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

The Crocodiles Team

 

 

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Crocodiles go to Australia!

G'day from the Crocodiles!

 

We have been having so much fun finding out about Australia for our topic. We have pretended to fly to Australia from an aeroplane made of chairs in our classroom while we watched a video of a plane taking off then landing in Sydney. We watched a tourist film to see what people like to do in Sydney, and mimed what we would like to do. Lots of us enjoyed surfing, swimming and sunbathing!

We have been finding out about the different features of the Australian landscape and thinking about how it is different from the UK. Mr Deason, who is a volunteer reader with our class, has visited Australia and took some wonderful photographs while he was there, which he copied for us to look at in class. It would be great if children could bring in any books they have at home about Australia, or perhaps you could go to a travel agents and collect a travel brochure to bring in.

In outdoor learning sessions we the Australian theme has continued. The children have been exploring Aboriginal art patterns and have used cotton wool buds to paint the dotty patterns to decorate didgeridoos and boomerangs. The highlight of the week was Miss Brown throwing a real boomerang on the field (which didn't come back!), and playing the didgeridoo - which sounded brilliant!

 

As usual, thank you for you continued support with homework and reading. Please do come to see us if you have any queries,

 

The Crocodiles team - Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Miss White.

 

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Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term and a new year!

We have been back for just a week now but have already been very busy. At Christmas Miss Cowell left to take up a PE teaching post at a local primary school. We will miss her and wish her lots of luck in her new role. This term we have welcomed Miss White to join our Crocodiles team.

This week we have been finding out about houses and homes and have been using Streetview to look at homes in our area. We have made collages of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses and flats and have been making models using Sticklebricks and Duplo.

On Tuesday morning this week we started Outdoor Learning sessions in our copse. Although we got quite muddy, we had so much fun exploring our school grounds! We will be doing this every Tuesday morning until the end of the term so children need to come wearing old clothes and wellies or old shoes, and bring in uniform and school shoes in a bag.

Thank you for your continued support,

 

Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Miss White.

 

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Writing to Santa

Christmas has arrived in Crocodiles class! We have started our final topic of 2016 - Christmas! This week we have been very busy starting our letters to Father Christmas! We used our homework task to help us with ideas and chose three things we really want Santa to bring to include in our letters. We have written a first draft and will be checking and improving our letters tomorrow. On Monday we will finish them ready to take to the postbox on Monday afternoon! If you would like your child to post their own letter then we will need you to complete and return the permission slip on the letter sent home today.

 

Next week we will be looking at shape poems on a Christmassy theme and writing some of our own.

 

Homework this week will be Mathletics and practising writing our names in cursive writing to sign our letters.

 

Thank you for your continues support,

 

Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Miss Cowell.

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Welcome back!

Welcome back,

The half tem holiday already seems a distant memory as we have had a busy week! We have enjoyed starting our new topic this week about the UK. The children have had fun using maps to find the UK and find England within the UK. We have been looking at the story of George and the Dragon, finding out about the St George's flag, and the Tudor rose symbol of England. Next week we will be moving onto Scotland.

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Outcome afternoon on the last day of term, and this week it has been positive to share news of your children's progress and targets at parent consultations. Apologies to those of you who had appointments booked for Tuesday as I had a bad ear infection and had to go home. Please see me to reschedule appointments.

Please also click on the Parent View link on the left of this screen and share your views about Beckers Green on the Ofsted website.

Homework this week will be to learn a poem by heart from a selection which will be sent home on Friday 4th, or to learn one of your own. We will be performing these in class on Friday 11th November. Our maths homework will be about money as we have been learning all about it this week.

If you have any queries please pop in,

 

The Crocodiles team - Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Miss Cowell.

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Crocodiles go to the moon!

The Crocodiles have been having lots of fun over the last few weeks with our topic on Explorers. We started off by finding out about how Christopher Columbus landed in America, and learnt the rhyme 'In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue'.

 

We have now moved on to Neil Armstrong's landing on the Moon. We have watched the footage of the Apollo 11 landing and listened to Neil Armstrong's famous quote as he stepped out of the Eagle. This week we have also dressed up as astronauts and used the green screen to film our own Moon landings using the ipads! We will be showing these films at our Open Afternoon on Friday 21st October. Please join us in the Crocodiles classroom from 2:30 to share our work and watch our amazing films!

 

Thank you for your continued support with reading and homework tasks. As you know we are now giving homework on a double-sided sheet with a Maths task on one side and an English task on the other. This will be given on a Friday each week and should be returned the following Thursday. It is great to see how many children have been completing homework and reading each week. This week we have given the children a card containing common words to learn to read by sight. Please practise these regularly with your child, and tick the words they can read without sounding out. We will check words in school and add new words once these can all be read by sight. We hope your child will enjoy challenging themselves to read their words!

 

Finally, letters have been sent out for you to book appointments for Parent Consultations in the first week after half term (Tuesday 1st Nov-Friday 4th Nov). Please complete the slip and return it so we can arrange a suitable time for you to discuss your child's progress.

As ever, if you have any worries or queries please pop in to see us.

We look forward to seeing you next Friday, 21st October to share our work,

Regards

Miss Wheatley, Mrs Amos and Miss Cowell.

 

 

 

 

 

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Colour and Pattern - Elmer

Welcome to another week!

 

This week we are continuing with Colour and Pattern, but are using the story of Elmer the colourful elephant to inspire us for the next two weeks. Today we have watched the story and sequenced pictures to help us to retell the story when we are playing in the small world area. We will be busy making Elmer models from empty milk bottles, and making patterned Elmers too!

 

Thank you for supporting your child with their homework and returning this last Tuesday. We hope you have enjoyed sharing this with your child. Please return completed homework books tomorrow (Tuesday), so we can add in new homework to give out on Thursday.

 

Tomorrow is also Outdoor Learning so please could your child bring in warm old clothes to wear underneath their waterproof clothing provided in school.

 

The Bears team

 

 

 

 

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New news!

Welcome to another week!

 

We are continuing with Rainbow Fish this week, which the children loved last week. We have been working on colours and have painted our own rainbows, written about them, and even learnt to sing 'I Can Sing a Rainbow' with Makaton actions! Our felt fish are almost finished and will be on display by the end of the week, along with our underwater scenes with Rainbow Fish swimming in them. We have also enjoyed making aquarium scenes on the computer, and explored how to make the pictures bigger or smaller, and to flip images to face the opposite direction.

 

Just to remind you that it is Outdoor Learning for Bears tomorrow afternoon, so please could the children bring in warm old clothing to wear underneath the waterproof clothing we provide in school.

 

Hope you and your child enjoyed the first week of homework, the children remembered that these need to be handed in tomorrow. We will send books out again on Thursday, with more homework. Please remember to write a comment in your child's yellow reading diary so we can see when they have read at home or practised their High Frequency Words.

 

Finally, a reminder about Thursday 3rd March, when we are celebrating World Book Day. If your child would like to come in dressed as a book character, they may. You could always use the costumes from our Traditional Tales character afternoon! If your child has a book they no longer want, they could bring this in to swap with someone else, and take home a different book to enjoy.

Have a good week!

 

The Bears

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Welcome back!

Welcome back!

 

We hope you had a good half term and the children are ready for more fun this half term! Our topic is now Colour and Pattern and we are starting with The Rainbow Fish for the first two weeks. The children have already enjoyed the story and have been retelling it in the small world area. We have also been doing some Rainbow Fish art and craft, and are even sewing our own felt fish! Watch out for these soon - they will be swimming above our carpet area.

Tomorrow we will be sending out homework for the first time. This will be sent out every Thursday and we will collect books in again on Tuesdays each week. There will be a letter and number task to complete each week. Your child should not find this a chore, so if they are having difficulties, please come to see us.

 

Thank you for joining us for our celebration afternoon before half term - it was lovely to see so many of you. We hope you can share the next afternoon which is on Wednesday 16th March.

 

The Bears team

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