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Term 5

WC 23.5.16

A fantastic 5th Term!!! - Wishing you all a great break with your children

We were brilliant in our Spring Show performance. Please have a look at the photos below.

Mr H

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WC 16.05.16


This week we have been practising lots for our Spring Show performance next week. In literacy we have been focusing on using two letter sounds such as 'th' and 'ai' in our writing and at the end of each day we have been practising our handwriting skills at tables with calming music in the background. We are nearly ready for Year 1!!! During our maths carousel we have been practising a range of different skills including problem solving, writing teen numbers and counting sides in 2D shapes. We finished the week with a lovely sunny Forest School.

Take care and see you next week 

Mr H

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WC: 9.05.16


Firstly, before I forget, please have another look at the zoo photos, which hadn't been displayed in the right format when I uploaded them. I have also uploaded some photos of last week's Forest School activity which was making camouflaged insects to hide in the trees and bushes. There are also a few pictures of today's activity which was making hats. We had a gorgeously sunny afternoon at Forest School which made up for the earlier part of this week where everyone got drenched on the way to school!

In Literacy we have been story writing and in Maths we have been having a real focus on teen numbers (recognising, ordering, writing, counting backwards).

We have also been working on a layered model of the rainforest as this was something we learnt about during our trip to Bristol Zoo. We are now regularly attending more whole school assemblies and the children have especially loved joining in with the singing assemblies.


Have a lovely weekend everyone

Mr H



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WC 02.05.16


We had a fantastic trip to the zoo this week and we have written some great recounts of our trip in our writing books. Here are some of the children's comments:

"I was looking at the gorillas. They were climbing!"

"I liked the lions because they were staring at me!"

"I went to Bristol zoo and the lion was standing on two legs like a human!"

"I saw a seal and it was swimming and we were underneath!"

"I liked the butterflies because they were beautiful and I spotted all of them (using identification cards in the butterfly house)".

"I liked the snake it was climbing up the tree."

"I liked feeling the snake" (a Columbian rainbow boa)

"I liked holding the bug" (Madagascan hissing cockroach)

"I liked holding the stick bug"

"I liked it when the seals were fighting!"


Check out our photos below

Have a fantastic weekend from Whitebeam Class

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WC 25.04.16


Please have a look at photos below of a lovely trip to Forest School this afternoon. Our friendly Redcliffe Robin was out and about to greet the children, who enjoyed a range of activities including tree climbing, den building, crushing wild garlic with a pestle and mortar, digging, tree bark rubbings and much more!

This week we received a message from the chief of a rainforest tribe, who found our messages in the bottle we floated down the Amazon. It turns out that she is happy to rescue us and fix our jeep in exchange for some stories for the tribe's children. As we didn't have any books with us we are making our own from scratch using paper and pencils that were in the jeep. So far we have planned our stories in 3 stages (opening, problem and ending) and we have talked about 'wow' words that make stories more exciting. For example, 'a deep dark mysterious forest'. Ask your child to tell the story they have planned. We will be writing them next week.

In our maths carousel we have been exploring a range of different activities which have revised our recent learning. We are going to the zoo next week...looking forward to it!

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend


Mr Hewett


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WC 18.4.16


This week Whitebeam Class have been learning more about Rainforest animals and we have been writing letters asking for help (we are still stuck in the rainforest after our jeep crashed here a while ago). We will be sending these letters in a bottle down the Amazon in the hope that they get picked up by a tribe who can help us!

In our maths sessions we have been taking part in small group subtraction activities with a range of different resources. The children's favourite was playdough subtraction. They made a number of playdough balls then wrote this number down . Next they wrote the subtraction symbol and decided how many balls to take away, before squashing this number and recording the answer!

In art we practised mixing paint to create the colours we needed for rainforest fruits, including oranges and passion fruits. We have also been doing hand printing to create rainforest animals, which will be appearing on our corridor display soon.

Have a great weekend

Mr Hewett

WC 11.4.16


Welcome back to Whitebeam. We have had a lovely first week of term and the children are noticeably refreshed and getting stuck into their learning. The children are really fascinated about the rainforest and we have been watching some clips about the interesting animals which live here. We have also been on an adventure in our rainforest jeep. Unfortunately our jeep crashed into a tree near a big river and we got out to have a look around us before creating a giant map of our surroundings. Each group of children worked on a different section of the map, which we have joined together on a washing line in the classroom. The children wrote labels for the different objects and animals which they drew. We will be continuing this adventure, with the children's ideas dictating what will happen next. I'll keep you informed as the adventure unfolds!

In maths we have been revisiting some learning from last term as part of a carousel. We are also looking at o'clock times.


Have a great weekend everyone


Mr Hewett




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