Welcome to Buzzard Class!
When your child starts school they will become a member of Buzzard Class. We have a bright, cheerful classroom that leads on to our 'Outdoor Classroom' where we are able to have fun learning and exploring. The children particularly enjoy getting dirty in the Mud Kitchen and using their imagination whilst playing in the little house. We also have a large gazebo that becomes whatever we want it to be in our play and investigation!
Whilst in Buzzard Class children spend a lot of time learning through play. Investigation is a key focus and children are encouraged to develop their own interests. We also focus on learning phonics so that we can develop the skills needed to read and write and we also develop key mathematical skills, working on problem solving and explanation.
Buzzard Class is a happy, fun place to be! The children leave the class with the skills and confidence they need to become lifelong learners.
Come on in and see what we have been learning . . . . . .
After a snowy end to last week the children have come back refreshed and ready to learn! They have worked very hard on their writing and are now able to write many words and even some short sentences! Well done Buzzard Class!
Next week: We will be working hard on some new 'Red' words - recognition words because 'you can't Fred a Red!' We will be starting to think about early division in our Numeracy lessons with some practical sharing of objects.
The children have had a busy week! They have continued to work in their groups and are making good progress with their phonics and mathematics. We have been thinking about what happened to Jesus as he grew up as we start to think about the Easter story. To help our understanding of this we have been learning some songs too. We have also worked on the story of Thumbelina.
Next Week: We will be investigating 3D shapes and getting to grips with the concept of estimation - making a sensible guess based on the information we have. We will be working in our phonics groups and also starting to learn some 'RED' words - You can't Fred a Red!
The children have been working very hard on their pencil control and letter formation this week as well as thinking about how we write simple sentences. They are working on being able to start with a capital letter, end with a full stop and putting finger spaces in the appropriate places! Lots to remember but they are enjoying the challenge and pushing themselves hard. Some of the children have taken the next step and are able to write simple sentences independently in their 'Own Learning' time.
After a wet and windy the week the weather was kinder to us on Friday and we enjoyed a lovely morning out on the field and down at Forest School.
We have now finished learning all the Speed Sounds in Set 1 which the children are really excited about. We have been working on our letter formation and have worked on learning how to find out how many objects we have in two groups. Some of us have had a go at writing this out as Number Stories! The role play area has become the Play Room from the 'Old Bear' stories and the children are having to work out how to rescue Old Bear form the attic! We enjoyed another muddy field walk today and starting running around the field as part of the Golden Mile initiative. We also ventured down to Forest School and the children enjoyed investigating the environment.
Next Week: We will be working in our new Literacy and Numeracy groups thinking about writing simple words and developing our understanding of practical addition.
The children have been working hard on their phonics this week and have only got one more week to go before they have completed all the sounds in Speed Set 1! We will then be revisiting the sounds, working on them in groups to develop our ability to write the letters correctly.
We have also been thinking about the language of time and thinking about how to sequence familiar events correctly. The children enjoyed creating a series of pictures illustrating what we do when we go swimming and how it is always very important to wear the correct garment at the right time!
On Friday we enjoyed a Wellie Walk around the field. We channeled our inner Peppa Pig when we discovered a muddy swampy area on the field! It was also covered in ice due to the cold weather so the children were able to explore different textures and temperatures.
Next Week: ch/q/ng/nk. 'Old Bear' stories. Introduction to practical addition.
The children have worked really hard this week! They have enjoyed sharing their holiday news and have worked together to create a 'class write'. They are beginning to think about using their sounds to build words on their own and are very proud of themselves. We have also enjoyed a big walk on the field and have been discussing future visits to Forest School.
Next Week: We will be learning w, x, th and z and we will be thinking about the language of time and sequencing familiar events.
The children have been continuing to work hard throughout a busy and festive week. They enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas on Friday afternoon and had a lovely morning making crowns for our Christmas lunch. Although we are all very tired we are still enjoying working together and thinking about the joy of Christmas.
Next Week: We will be using our sounds to build words, making Christmas Cards, listening to Christmas stories and generally having some seasonal fun with our learning!
This week we have enjoyed work based around the Zigby stories and we have worked hard on our word building skills using the sounds we have already learnt!
Next Week: We will be continuing with our phonics and doing lots of practice for our Nativity play! The performance day will soon be upon us!!
This week we have been working really hard on our nativity play ready for our performance in December. We have learnt eight songs now and have enjoyed listening to the story read to us from the Bible. To help us understand our parts better we have created a wonderful display with Granny Mo and Lisa. It is based around a picture from a beautiful book called 'The Nativity, The Story of Baby Jesus' by May Eliot with illustrations by Richard Johnson. The display looks wonderful in the lobby on the wall outside Buzzard Class. We hope you like it.
Thank you for helping us Granny Mo and Lisa!
We have had a very productive week! The children have enjoyed working on activities based around the story of 'Zigby and the Monster', singing Autumn songs and developing their knowledge of phonics. They have also used a salad spinner to create fireworks pictures which now look lovely hanging in the classroom.
Today we spent time reflecting on the past in a thought provoking assembly about Remembrance Day led by Clarissa. She told us about her Grandfather and showed us pictures of the medals he won in both world wars. When we returned to class we made our own medals to remember those that have lost their lives at war.
We have had a fantastic week after a lovely Half Term break! The rest did us a lot of good. We have started learning phonics and this week have covered m, a, s and d. The children have taken to it like ducks to water and we are totally thrilled with them. We have also worked hard on using strategies to help us with our careful counting, enjoyed a lot of time outside in the beautiful Autumn weather and made some pictures for a whole school display based on our favourite Bible story. A busy week and we have all learned a lot.
Next week: We will be learning the sounds t, i, n and p and investigating the concepts of 'more' and 'fewer' as well as working on a range of activities based on the 'Zigby the Zebra' stories by Brian Paterson.
We have had a great week working on our team building skills - doing puzzles, building train tracks and using a range of cardboard boxes to make junk models. We have also thought about our favourite part of 'The Rainbow Fish' and shown our 'writing' to Mrs Wood. We have had a great first term but are quite tired and looking forward to the week off!
Week Beginning 30th October: We will be sharing our Holiday News both in a Circle Time activity and in a group task with Mrs Wood and we will be working on careful counting strategies.
This week we have been working really hard on our final preparations for our Harvest Festival. On Thursday, when we presented it to the parents, we sang our songs beautifully and we looked really grown up sat on the benches! It was also lovely to have Rev Izzard visit and be a part of our celebrations.
We have also been thinking about the story of 'The Rainbow Fish'. It helps us to think about sharing and being a good friend. We are going to try and be like Rainbow Fish!
Next Week: We will be continuing our work on 'Rainbow Fish' and working on number recognition.
Next Week: We will be using the story of 'The Rainbow Fish' to help us think about our friendships and how we treat other. We will be meeting Number Nutkins who visits Buzzard Class at this time each year to help us with our number recognition before he hibernates! We are also looking forward to our Harvest Festival with Hawks Class on Thursday October 12th at 9.10am.
We have had a fantastic week and have really enjoyed creating some beautiful pictures for a new classroom display! We will show you when it is finished!
Next Week: We will be investigating mathematical concepts in our play such as counting, sorting and creating patterns. We will also be working on our performance for the upcoming Harvest Festival.
We have had such a busy week getting used to being at school for a longer session as well as the whole class being together! We are doing well at working out what we have to do at play time and have even started to get used to having lunch at school! As well as this we have enjoyed songs, stories and clapping out each others names during our 'Circle Time' sessions! We are definitely ready for the weekend!
Next Week: We will be using the book 'Night Monkey Day Monkey' by Julia Donaldson to inspire some art and craft work ready to put up a display in the classroom. We have enjoyed reading the story this week and joining in with the repeating parts. If you hear the phrase 'Don't be daft!' at home I apologise but really I suppose it is Julia Donaldson's fault for writing such fantastic books! We will also be working in the 'Outdoor Classroom' and discovering what happens in the hall when the school meets for 'Collective Worship' with Mr Bamford.
This week the children are enjoying getting to know each other and learning how to become more confident and independent in the classroom. They have all designed colourful covers for their 'Busy Books' We have looked carefully at our faces and used felt tip pens to draw them for our 'Birthday Train'. The children have enjoyed cutting and sticking to develop their scissor skills as well as investigating shapes.
Next Week: Next week we will be together as a class for the first time this term! We will be going out to play and having our lunch at school! There are so many adventures to go on and it is only the beginning!
A very warm welcome to everyone involved with Buzzard Class this year! I hope you had a lovely break and enjoyed the Summer Holidays.
I am so proud of the Buzzard children who are continuing their journey as Year 1's in Hawks Class. They have been very smiley as they have gone around the school and it has been lovely to catch up with them.
The 'Baby' Buzzards have had a brilliant start to their life at Kilmersdon and I have been very impressed with how well they have come in to the classroom and picked up the daily routines! Thank you for all your help and support in making the start of term a happy one.
We have enjoyed some lovely adventures together during the last few days of the Summer Term! On Friday of last week we went on a long walk down the hill, round the lane and across the field to a meadow! It was like going on our very own 'Bear Hunt'! We were in search of butterflies and bees as part of our follow up work after our trip to Folly Farm. We found a Cinnabar Moth and one of it's caterpillars and saw lots of butterflies and bees too. We really liked the Skippers!
This week we had a great time having a picnic down in the village park. We really enjoyed getting out and about in the sunshine!
This week we really enjoyed meeting some rescue animals and Mrs Wood held a python called Monty! We were amazed at how soft and smooth he felt.
We have also added a lot more to our 'Buzzard Cottage' display. It has now become the cottage that Jack and his Mum live in and the beanstalk is growing in the garden! Can you spot the Giant's boots?
Week Beginning 20th February
This week (beginning 6th February) has been a very busy week in Buzzard Class! We have been thinking about how to be safe online and Miss Frayling taught us a very useful rhyme during her Assembly on Tuesday - 'Before you tap and click, stop and think! Tell someone!' The children enjoyed learning this and hopefully it will help them to make good choices in the future.
We have also enjoyed a fabulous 'Story Walk' on Jack and Jill Hill. The children discovered a magical story as they walked down the hill, using i-Pads to pick up each picture clue! We had a brilliant time and then came back in to the classroom to discover more exciting ways to generate story ideas!
This week we have really enjoyed working on some models using junk materials. We based them on the 'Old Bear' stories by Jane Hissey. The children enjoyed getting to know all the characters and loved finding out about all their adventures.