It may be pouring with rain outside but spring has sprung in Churchill Class!

The chicks had a lovely sleepover at Miss Passey’s house at the weekend and have come back to school bigger and fluffier than they were when they left on Friday. They have moved from the incubator to the brooding box and have been keeping warm under their special light. The chicks have had lots of visitors and have enjoyed the warmth of snuggling up in small and careful hands. The children have shown us how safe they can be and have been thinking about what the chicks might need next… perhaps somewhere to get some...

How very EGG-CITING!

There has been a lot of excitement at school over the last 24 hours and visitors to Churchill Class have reached record numbers! The reason? There is something wonderful happening! 12 brown eggs were sitting in an incubator on Tuesday afternoon and within 24 hours we said ‘Hello’ to a small grey/brown friend who has since become a fluffy yellow chick! There are now 7 chicks occupying the incubator and lots and lots of cheeping! The children have been inspired and have painted pictures of our visitors, are writing information texts about how to take care of them and are talking about where they have come from and where they are going next. Churchill Class have managed to continue with their letters and sounds lessons and have had to ‘be like dog’ and manage this brilliant distraction. Well done them! Come back to the blog next week and we will update you on what has been...

New Menus

In preparation for the new menus (to start after Easter) the School Council met with Mr Jones from Herts Catering Limited on Monday morning. Mr Jones came to school to find out what the children most enjoyed eating at lunch time and what their least favourite menu items are. As always our School Council spoke clearly and confidently about their ideas. There were some differences in opinion with one child saying “My favourite day is sausage day” while another said “Sausages are my worst!” The same was true with the cheese roll; one child’s favourite and another child’s least favourite. Other favoured items from the menu included: pizza, fish, burgers, macaroni cheese, hot dogs and bolognaise. Least favourite items included: baked beans, ratatouille, garlic bread, sweetcorn and tuna rolls. During our discussion we realised we are very lucky to have a choice each day and every member of the School Council said there was something they enjoyed on the menu. Mr Jones asked what could be even better about lunchtimes and the children struggled to think of anything. They had talked about how much they liked to eat fruit at lunchtimes so Mr Jones asked if there were any other fruits they would like to choose for lunchtimes. He has gone to find out if he can add pineapple and passion fruit to our selection! Watch the newsletter for more information about menus....

Y2 Maths Quiz Champions!

A very BIG congratulations to our Year 2 Maths Quiz Champions – The Ryder Stars! It was a tense afternoon as the Ryder Stars, the Alban Mathematicians and the Morpurgo Marauders made their way into the hall.  With the lights down low our teams sat under the spotlight.  The audience held their breath as the teams worked their way through the challenges… question by question they solved problems, debated and experienced both joy and disappointment. The Ryder Stars stole the crown with a massive 12 points and were pleased to hear some very loud cheers from their supporters! We were very proud of all of our teams as they tried something new, took on a challenge, worked together and didn’t give up.  We’re already looking forward to our next year group...

Learning Together

Maths and Learning Heroes Week has officially begun! This morning every child spent time working with children from a different year group.  The children were learning how to be like our Learning Heroes – working together on tricky tasks, listening and sharing ideas and remembering to keep on going. Take a look… Y1 and FS2 working together to build 2D shapes using pasta and marshmallows. FS2 and Year 2 working together to build a strong, stable bridge. FS2 and Year 2 giving directions – “Forwards 3 steps, turn...

National Numeracy Challenge

In our meeting this morning we talked about how important it is to talk as positively about maths as we do about reading and writing.  In our country it is often seen as socially acceptable to talk negatively about maths and declare yourself ‘no good at it’.  The people behind Family Maths Toolkit are trying hard to change our language around maths and have devised a National Numeracy Challenge for adults. How confident do you feel about maths?  The National Numeracy Challenge will help you identify your strengths as well as the areas you need to develop.  You then work through the resources and test yourself to see how far you’ve come.  Perhaps the start of 2017 is a good time to give yourself a new goal to reach?! If you want to know anymore about the challenge or you have taken it and are happy to share how you are getting on, please come and talk to us. Keep checking back for lots of updates on Maths Week. Miss...

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