I hope you all had a lovely Easter Holidays. We have had a busy few days back here in Meadow Class. The Year 2 children have begun their SATs papers and are being fantastic. We have still had time for some fun though, like introducing our new topic: our world (see pics below). We did a carousel of activities including making the continents out of playdough, jigsaw puzzles, cutting and sticking continents, and wordsearches.
Year 1 children start back at forest school next Wednesday (8th May).
Please continue to read with your child on a daily basis - phonics screening is around the corner so making sure that they know all of their sounds is important.
Your child will get spellings tomorrow (Friday) - these are the same for everyone this week. A selection of common exception words. It might be that your child can already spell them but they will be back to differentiated spellings next week.
Fingers crossed for the weather to improve so we can get outside this term! Miss Pharo, Mrs Jones and I have been busy improving our outdoor area ready for use.
And lastly, welcome to our two new pupils Dominic and Amelia - they have settled in wonderfully and it feels like they have been here for ages already!
Have a lovely long weekend everyone,
We had an ace trip into town to learn about Charles Darwin! Meadow class took trips in the minibus to get to the museum. Once we were all there, we had a workshop which involved dressing up in clothes like Charles Darwin and his sister. First, we went downstairs to look at the exhibits to do with Darwin, which included a painting done of him and his sister when they were young. Next, we went back to the workshop room and looked at different shells and sorted insects. We also got to draw on slate board which was really fun! After this, we were split into groups to do a carousel of activities like Darwin would have done: observing skulls of carnivores and herbivores, looking at insects through magnifying glasses, observing finches and looking at shells and fossils!
After lunch we met up with Stan. He gave us a tour of the town as it was for Charles Darwin. He took us to a special stone that had been moved all the way to Shrewsbury by a glacier, millions of years ago. Darwin studied this stone and there is a circle in the ground to show that he had been there. We found another one of these circles up on Claremont bank, where the vicar had lived. This was where Darwin first went to school after his mother died. After this we went to the library - this used to be Shrewsbury Boys' School, where Darwin went. We saw the buildings where he would have boarded and we looked at his statue. Stan showed us some pictures as he told us all about Darwin's life. After waving goodbye to the Darwin statue and rubbing his foot, we walked back to school.
Meadow class were super well behaved and would like to say a special thank you to Bram's mum and Evie's mum for helping us!
See the pictures below :)
We made it to the end of our first week back after Christmas!
Things we must continue to remember:
It is crucial that your child practices their reading and spellings at home. New spellings are given out on a Friday to allow the extra practice over the weekend so please support your child to learn these . Spelling test is on a Friday and spelling books are sent home. Spelling books to be returned to school by the following Monday please.
We would welcome parents who would like to volunteer in class to help with activities. Any help would be greatly appreciated so, if you would like to volunteer in Meadow class please speak to me.
As I am new to Mount Pleasant, please grab me at the door after school if there is anything that you think I need to know that I may not have been made aware of, or just for a chat. Forgive me as I continue not to recognise anyone for the next few weeks - I am great at learning the kids names and faces but absolutely rubbish with their adults!
Thank you for your ongoing support, and for lending me your children Monday - Friday. They've been working very hard to settle back into the routines.
Have a lovely weekend,
Welcome to Meadow Class
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When we arrived back from play there had been a 2d shape explosion. We decided that we had to sort out the shapes and put them in groups. We grouped them by type. There were lots of shapes to sort and we worked together using our reasoning skills to work out which group the 2d shapes belonged to. After we sorted them we used pattern sticks to count the sides and corners of our shapes. It was lots of fun.
Children in Need
Meadow class enjoyed wearing spots and Pudsey ears to celebrate Children in Need!
In English we are learning about Non-Chronological Reports. This week we have been finding facts about animals so we can write our own report. We have enjoyed looking at books and using the IPads to find out lots of information.
Our Darwin Value for this half term is 'Stickability'. To celebrate we had a challenge of making our own butter, inspired by the tale of the frog who got stuck in a barrel of cream! We worked together to shake the milk and cream, we never gave up! By the end of the afternoon we were all able to enjoy our homemade butter on crackers! Great team work Meadow class!
Meadow class have had another busy and enjoyable week.
Our outside area is up and running. As you can see it is being enjoyed by the children.
New spellings went home today -well done to you all for working so hard on these.
Remember that books can be changed daily and P.E. is on a Monday and a Tuesday.
Year 1 have Forest School on a Wednesday morning and Year 2 have Forest School on a Friday afternoon
Our party today was a huge success!
First the children buddied up with older children to complete a cupcake trail and find the secret message. They then had party food and we ended the afternoon with a disco through the decades which was led by Attingham class.
I saw some great dance moves and it was fantastic to see the children having such a great time.
Here are some photos from the afternoon.
The cupcake trail was enjoyed by the children.
The boys loved the party food!
Disco fever grabbed the girls!
We enjoyed the party too!
All week the children have been fascinated as artist Rory McCann has been painting a mural along the corridor from our classroom. They have been sharing their ideas for the mural with him and have really engaged with the process.
Here he is at work this afternoon. See if you can see the place that represents each class in school.
I think you will agree that we are lucky to have such a good representation of our town in school.
It has been another busy and fun week in Meadow class. We have spent the week preparing for the School's 50th Birthday. The children continued to learn about our decade the 1990's, in particular, technology and how it changed with the creation of the World Wide Web.
On Wednesday there was much excitement when we went outside to make the number 50 and were lucky enough to have a drone take pictures of the school, children and staff in formation. The children were all impeccably behaved throughout.
Thursday saw the arrival of a formal invitation from Mrs Benge to the school's birthday party. Alongside this excitement we have also had fun in the afternoons making glittery bunting to go up on the MUGA today.
Today's birthday party was a huge success. Everyone looked so smart and beautiful in their party clothes. Thank you to everyone for the effort you made, Miss Moules, Mrs Pryce and Mrs Bennett.
Thank you all for your support in encouraging the children with coming in independently, their reading at home and their spelling practice. New spellings are going home with them today.
In Meadow class this week we have been very busy learning about our school's past ready for the 50th Birthday Party next Friday. We were very lucky as a former teacher, Mrs Richardson, came in to be interviewed by the children. They enjoyed thinking of their questions and then interviewing her.
The classroom has had a new addition in the form of a 'Swag Bag' which we are using to develop vocabulary. If we come across any new vocabulary it is going on our bag and we discuss it. I have asked the children to keep an eye out in their reading books as well so feel free to jot them in their diaries.
All children have had a lovely first week back at Forest School. Thank you for remembering their kit, please continue to do so as it makes the session easier. Thank you for your continued support, Miss Moules
Things to Remember
It is crucial that your child practices their reading and spellings at home. New spellings are given out on a Friday to allow the extra practice over the weekend so please support your child to learn these . Spelling test is on a Friday and blue spelling books are sent home. Spelling books to be returned to school by the following Monday please.
We would welcome parents who would like to volunteer in class to help with activities. Any help would be greatly appreciated so, if you would like to volunteer in Meadow class please speak to Miss Moules.