Signs of Winter
This week at Forest School, the children have had the incidental opportunity to revisit learning of 2d shape, on a cold and frosty morning. The children explored creating basic 2d shapes using their footprints in the frost.
The children have settled back into class really well, after the half term break. Based on previous Forest School sessions, finding traces of woodland animals, the children have been particularly interested in nocturnal animals. Therefore, this is an interest they are keen to pursue!
Guess the instrument!
We have been using what we know to describe and guess the instrument. We have played them with enthusiasm and explored the musical element of tempo.
Learning new skills
We are engaged in a variety of learning activities and forming strong friendships, as we work together.
We have been identifying and naming 2d shapes and have been exploring their characteristics by constructing them, using a variety of materials.
First Forest School Session
We have engaged in our first Forest School session. We have identified the hazards in order to develop our understanding of the ongoing risk assessment needed to keep us safe. We have also been looking at the features of the immediate outdoor environment.
Looking at me
We have been involved and concentrating creating our self-portraits using outdoor equipment. We used our knowledge of features of a human face to make our representations.
Welcome to the Foundation Stage!
The children have made a smooth transition into the Foundation Stage and have settled into the school routine really quickly. They are already making new friends and together we are forming a caring class community.
Protecting the Earth
The children have enjoyed our topic on protecting the Earth. We have been learning about the 3 Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They have been excited about the things they could make from old objects. Here are some examples.
We loved learning about different countries in Africa. The children loved sharing their fantastic learning during our Friday assembly, which they even presented themselves. Here, you can see a video of the presentation and see for yourself what a wonderful job the children did!
Smithills Open Farm Trip
We really enjoyed our trip to Smithills Open Farm, where we rode a donkey, stroked and fed animals, enjoyed a tractor ride and watched the cows being milked. What a fun packed day.
We have been enjoying being outside in our new Forest School area. Today we found our favourite tree and gave it a clay face, adding found materials for creative effect.
We have really enjoyed participating in the ‘Bikeability’ programme and have gained in confidence and skill on a balance bike. Some of us have even gone home and have begun riding our bikes without stabilizers!
At the Seaside
We have been creating our interpretation of the seaside using the ICT programme 2Simple 2paint.
Materials for Infants
The children loved their annual visit from Adrian Bowden’s travelling Science show. This year the theme was ‘Materials’.
This half term we are following our interest in minibeasts. This topic has taken our learning out into the great outdoors, to look for minibeasts in their natural habitats. We have selected equipment and resources to help us look at these creatures up close and find out information about them, leading to their classification.
We have really enjoyed our Easter break. We have been very busy creating with our decorated eggs and now they are proudly on display.
We have been busy preparing for Easter. We have been decorating our Easter tree.
We have been busy transforming found and natural materials to create homes for minibeasts. Some constructions are big and some are small.
Update on new Forest School site
We are really pleased with the development of our new Forest School site at the front of school, which will help us extend our facilitation of Forest School sessions.
Computing and Music
The children have been exploring using a computer to make music using 2Simple Music Toolkit and Noisy Things. Click to read more.
World Book Day
We read Little Red Riding Hood on World Book Day and the children created their own story maps. Click to take a look.
Happy World Book Day!
We have had the most wonderful World Book Day. Lots of us dressed up as characters from our favourite book. We have enjoyed sharing and reading our favourite stories. Some of us got to swap books too. Our assembly theme this year, was ‘Nursery Rhymes’, one of which ‘Old MacDonald’, featured in a special sketch […]
The Frogs Are Here!
We counted around twelve returning frogs today in our pond. They have already been busy laying their frogspawn.
Learning in the great outdoors!
We have really enjoyed learning outdoors in the sunshine. We were able to make good use of the open space, explore, investigate, observe, predict, problem solve and make decisions.
Forest School in the snow
We enjoyed the challenge of travelling to Forest School in the snow! The school grounds looked like a beautiful winter wonderland.
Happy RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch!
Let’s hope the weather is kind and we get to see a variety of garden birds this weekend. Woodpecker by Arthur (Foundation Stage) Garden birds by Year 3/4
Tracks in the snow!
The unexpected snow has revealed who has been walking around our school grounds during the night and early morning, before we set off for Forest School. We have been following the tracks to see where they go.
We have been very fortunate to have some very special visitors in our class today. Zakariya’s dad, who is a GP came with nurse Mary, Doctor Josh and Paramedic Ben. They gave a very informative talk, showed us the equipment and instruments they use on a day to day basis and gave us a tour […]
Happy New Year!
The children have quickly settled back into the school routine and have approached the new year with great enthusiasm.
We really enjoyed our first Christmas at school in the Foundation Stage. We especially had fun dancing and playing games with our friends.
The children have been looking at Uppermill High Street. Click to see what they have been doing.
The children have been studying our local area. Take a look at some of the village maps they produced.
Foundation Stage Nativity
Click to read the letter being sent home about the Foundation Stage Nativity Production, craft morning and Christmas party on Wednesday 12th December.
The children celebrated Diwali through craft, dance and music. Have look at some of the things they produced.
First World War Centenary
Everyone at St Chad’s came together this week to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This was a fantastic learning opportunity for all of the school and each year group had their own unique way of commemorating it. Some classes made their own poppies in a number of different ways, as well as […]
As the autumn leaves fall, we look in awe and wonder at the beautiful colours, shapes and the patterns of mother nature.
Shapes are all around us
We have been playing and exploring with 2D shapes and have been looking out for them everywhere.
Look at me
We have been involved and concentrating observing ourselves and creating self portraits, both inside and outside the classroom.
The Naughty Bus
We have been in search of the ‘Naughty Bus’ in our classroom. We have been looking closely for clues. We are very curious to see what he has been upto.
We hope you enjoyed a fantastic Summer break. We are looking forward to a fun-filled year of learning and hope you are too!
We have embraced ‘Spanish Week’ with great enthusiasm and energy.
Sports Coaching Day
We have really enjoyed our sports day today. The weather was good and the coaches were really kind and helpful, introducing us to some new sports and activities.
Smithills Open Farm trip
We have really enjoyed our trip to Smithills Open Farm today. We engaged in lots of ‘hands on’ experiences!
The Snail and the Whale
The children in the Foundation Stage have enjoyed sharing and exploring the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’, by Julia Donaldson. They have used this story for inspiration, as they produce beautiful water colour paintings.
We have been taking advantage of the fair and pleasant weather conditions, participating in a number of sporting activities on the school field.
The Reception children came into Year 1/2 and Year 2 on Monday and this is what they did.
Canal Barge Trip
On Friday 4th May the children in Reception experienced a canal trip on board the Pennine Moonraker in Uppermill.
Mrs. Wharton has been teaching us how to name parts of the body in Spanish. We have explored this topic through song, actions and now visually by drawing around ourselves.
RELAX KIDS SESSION
The children were motivated and engaged in the RELAX KIDS session and really enjoyed taking part in the 7 step programme.
We had a fantastic opportunity today when a local farmer brought in his new lambs for us to enjoy.
On the way to Forest School this morning we discovered some huge footprints in the mud. We immediately tried to work out who had left them.
We have been busy being creative with our ‘Easter Eggs’, forming a lovely display around our Easter tree.
Sports Relief Week
This week welcomes Sport Relief 2018 to school. To celebrate and support the good work of the Sport Relief team we will be taking part in the daily mile and feeding in our steps to the one billion steps a day challenge. We will also be raising money for the cause by selling wrist bands […]
World Book Day
We had a fantastic World Book Day. We really enjoyed working out which book character we were all dressed up as.
Climbing up high
We have used our strength and determination to embrace the challenges of our climbing frame.
The Chinese Dragon is here!
We have enjoyed participating in lots of activities to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year the Year of the Dog.
We have been introduced to learning Spanish, as a modern foreign language, since the beginning of the spring term
The children have been displaying high levels of energy and fascination, as they model a garden bird out of clay.
We have been exploring moving in a variety of ways along the apparatus in P.E.
Now I know my ABC…
Inside and outside, we have been actively trying to name and order all of the letters of the alphabet.
We have begun the new year engaged in building towers, walls and houses. Following on from this constructive interest, we will be exploring the topic of materials and sharing related traditional tales, such as the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
Spectacular Christmas Cakes!
We are so grateful to Paddy’s mum, Shannon and Auntie Robyn for their amazing talent and effort creating the best ever Christmas cakes for us to enjoy. Thank you.
Tracks in the snow!
We have really enjoyed reading the story of ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, by Julia Donaldson. Today we went in search of the Gruffalo’s Child, looking for her footprints in the snow.
We have been involved and concentrating as we learn how to tie a stopper knot. Knot tying skills are very important skills to have when building structures at Forest School.
We have been busy exploring our shadows outside in the winter sunshine.
At Forest School we have been finding out and exploring the immediate environment.
One morning this week we were alerted to some mysterious muddy tracks on the classroom table. When we investigated a little further we realised that a young hoglet had visited during the previous evening.
Autumn is here!
We enjoyed our Autumn walk, looking at the patterns and changes in our immediate environment.
We are really enjoying going to Forest School. We are learning to risk assess to keep ourselves safe, identify and name all kinds of wildlife and most importantly we are working together in a supportive way.
We are really enjoying learning new skills at school and making lots of new friends.
Ready and Waiting
We hope you have enjoyed your summer holiday and are excited to join us in school! We have been busy setting up the classrooms. Here is a preview…
Last Forest School Session
We enjoyed our last Forest School session together. We collaborated, shared ideas and created play opportunities. The sun came out, together with bees, butterflies, birds and fairies!
George takes a dive!
As George in Year 6 prepares to leave St. Chad’s he very kindly donates his special goldfish to the school pond. The children in the Foundation Stage have named the goldfish ‘George’ after their friend.
Sports Day Reception 2017
What an action packed day. Seven sports, non-stop and the weather was great. Here are photo’s taken across the sports sessions.
It’s feeding time on the farm
We had great fun feeding the lambs milk, using a bottle at Smithills Open Farm. The piglets were also happily drinking their milk too.
Smithills Open Farm trip
What a pleasure it was to share a trip to Smithills Open Farm yesterday with all of you in the Foundation Stage! Children, you were so caring and thoughtful around all of the animals you encountered.
Ready, Steady, Go! The snails are off!
On our way to forest school we came across some snails around the pond area. We carefully collected one and took it back to the classroom for further observation.
All Star Cricket!
What an exciting assembly! We welcomed a wonderful guest, Michael from All-Star Cricket Club in Uppermill. He gave us a taster session to show us the kind of activities which they do at the Summer Cricket Club and some of us even got the opportunity to join in and practise our cricket skills. Thank you […]
We have really enjoyed and been inspired by reading this story by Lydia Monks.
We enjoyed a wonderful surprise this afternoon, when two spring lambs came to visit our school.
We have been engaged in lots of creative activities to celebrate the forthcoming celebration of Easter.
At Forest School we have been engaged and concentrating, as we learn how to use a hand tool, safely and effectively.
The frogs are back!
We have been engaged and fascinated by the return of the frogs to our school pond.
World Book Week
We have enjoyed a fantastic ‘World Book Week’, sharing our favourite stories with friends and family.
I will huff and I will puff!
At Forest School this week we came across something unusual. We were curious and mystified to know what had happened. We approached the site with caution and gathered evidence and clues. We enjoyed role playing the moment when the big bad wolf came along and blew the stick house down. The fur coats kept us […]
Awe and Wonder
The RSPB birdwatching activities have drawn our attention to the awe and wonder of nature.