Welcome to The Cubby!
Thank you to everyone who came to our drop-in session it was lovely to see you. We hope you enjoyed sharing the children's learning and looking round our new room. Hope you all have a great summer break and we will be looking forward to seeing you in September.
Please come to our 'Drop-in' session after school on Tuesday 18th July until 4pm. You will be able to have a look around our new nurture room and share your child's learning. We are looking forward to seeing you. Refreshments will be available and siblings are welcome. We hope to see you there.
We have celebrated another birthday in The Cubby this week. We all enjoyed the cake and party games!
The children we're absolutely amazed to find a carrot, an onion or a beetroot at the end of a bunch of leaves when pulling up vegetables in our school garden. Of course, we all had to work together to pull them up. The children remembered what to do from their story telling of The Enormous Turnip. They were so proud of their produce and wanted to show the other classes what they had grown. Mrs Ramsay was pleased to receive our vegetables and will be putting them in the children's salad bowls on Friday.
The children have had a great time this week visiting the 'Beach' sandpit at Yate Shopping Centre. They enjoyed taking their shoes and socks off and feeling the sand between their toes. There were lots of games of burying and uncovering treasure. The children enjoyed working together to bury each other's feet and hands. We were so proud of all the children's outstanding behaviour throughout the trip.
The ice-cream parlour has been very popular in The Cubby this week. The children have made and named lots of different 'ice-creams' our favourite ones were 'rainbow tasty' and 'drippy one'. The children had to wait their turn to use the different tools and food colourings.
It was lovely to start the week with another birthday to celebrate and of course eat cake!
Some of the children joined their classes for their trip to Cattle Country so the remaining children were able to invite special friends to The Cubby for the morning.
Our sunflower plants have now grown so big the children decided it was time to plant them outside in the school garden but not before we measured how tall they had grown. The children worked together to dig holes by sharing tools and waiting for their turn to plant.
Our theme this term is 'The Seaside'. The children have enjoyed creating their own seascapes. They found taking a mono print of their images a truly magical experience. There were lots of wows and gasps when they got to see their final image. We have seen lots of different sandcastles this week and the children have concentrated and worked very careful to add shell decorations. Some children have worked together to create a sandcastle. We've had a birthday to celebrate this week and we all enjoyed the cake! We even braved the weather and went out to the garden to check on our vegetables and do some weeding. The children were thrilled that the beetroot seeds have started to grow.
The children were thrilled to see how much their vegetables had grown in the school garden. They were very busy weeding, watering and collecting sticks to support the pea plants. The weather was lovely. We planted some beetroot seeds kindly sent to us as part of a 'grow and sell' pack from Waitrose. There are lots more seeds in the pack and we hope to have time to plant some more seeds. Thank you Waitrose!
It has been a very exciting week in The Cubby as the sunflowers have started to grow! The children are enjoying caring for their plants. They have started work on their sunflower diaries and we have been very proud of their independent use of topic word mats.
We have also been out to the garden and have worked together to weed and water our vegetable plot. We have planted pea seeds and will be going on a hunt around the school grounds looking for long sticks to support their growth. 10/5/17
Thank you for coming to our open morning the children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you. We hope you enjoyed the children's performance of The Enormous Turnip.
Growing Mr Grass Heads
The children worked with Miss Woodward to make their own Mr Grass Head. They can't wait to see what will happen next!
World Book Day
Our theme this term is 'Growing'. So, we have started the new term off with storytelling of The Enormous Turnip. The children are really enjoying learning the story language and Makaton signs. They have all enjoyed dressing up and acting out the story and thought it was fun when Mrs Betts played the part of the big dog and the old man.
Rescuing Play Figures Frozen In Ice
The children had lots of ideas about how to save the frozen figures: using a dragon's fire; flying them on a dragon to the sun to melt them; hitting them hard with a hammer so the ice would crack; stamping and jumping on the frozen figures; stamping on them with high heels; sawing through the ice; putting the frozen figures near the window where the sun would melt the ice; pouring a bucket of hot water over them. The children had lots of fun saving the figures unfortunately we couldn't find a dragon that was available to help!
This term we have set up a weather station in the Key Stage 2 fenced garden. The children decided that this would be a good place as nobody walks through it and it is far away from the playgrounds so the rain gauge wouldn't be disturbed. They also thought it would be safe from the large tractors that come in to school to cut the grass. We have taken weekly temperature and rainfall readings. The children have also enjoyed using a homemade windsock to check if there is a wind blowing.
Revisting The Building Site
We revisited the building site just outside of our school grounds to see what had changed since our visit in November. The children noticed lots of changes: the brick walls are taller; steels and wood have arrived on site; there is scaffold around the building and there are plastic cones.
Marshmallow Toasting & Popcorn Making
The children had great fun outside with Dave the play ranger. The children listened carefully and followed Dave's instructions to safely toast marshmallows over the fire pit. The children noticed that the marshmallows changed in colour, became bigger and melted inside. Everyone remembered to blow on the marshmallows ten times before eating them.
The popcorn making was great for illustrating how things changed when they are cooked. The children laughed to see the popped corn jumping out of the saucepan.
All the children have been very busy this week making their own windsocks. We were thrilled that so many children were able to work independently on this task. The children had great fun testing their windsocks outside.
Our topic this term is 'Changes'. To encourage lots of talking and turn taking all the children and adults have brought in photographs of when they were younger to share. It has been interesting to see how they have changed. Later this week the children will be trying to match staff pictures with pictures of the adults as babies. The children have also been exploring how the colour of paint changes when it is mixed. Some children have recorded their findings as colour mixing sentences while others have used their newly created colours to paint with.
Visit to see Father Christmas at Yate Shopping Centre
The children had a wonderful afternoon visiting Father Christmas in his grotto at Yate Shopping Centre. We would like to give Tracy King, Marketing Manager, and all the other staff at Yate Shopping Centre a great big thank you for organising this visit for us.
Thank you all very much for supporting our open morning. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning and completing Christmas crafts with you.
The children have been decorating our Christmas tree and making chocolate rice krispie cakes ready for our open day tomorrow.
Talking Santa Postbox
The children have been very busy this week writing invitations to our open morning on Friday and writing their letters to Santa Claus. They were delighted to post their letters in the talking postbox at Yate Shopping Centre.
Building Site Visit
All the children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the working building site next to our school this week. Since arriving back to school in September the building site has been of great interest to the children. Things became really exciting when a large crane arrived on site. We braved the weather and from a safe area, behind barriers, were able to look at the ground works. We watched as the crane moved a heavy skip from one side of the site to the other. The builder explained how the crane was operated from the ground by a remote control. The children listened and followed adults' instructions throughout the visit and we were very proud of them. We have been invited to visit again in the future. A big thank you to Saltford Construction Limited for accommodating our visit.
Celebrations in The Cubby
The children have had lots of fun this week talking about how they celebrate their birthdays at home. We have also been following instructions to make party hats and celebrating real birthdays. One of our nurture graduates was lucky enough to make a visit on her birthday which made it extra special. As well as having two children's birthdays this week it was also Mrs Ritchie's birthday. She spent her birthday morning in The Cubby and enjoyed sharing circle time, breakfast, a birthday cake and a game of pin the tail on the donkey with the children. She is very proud of all the children's progress and hard work.
Post Office Visit
The children really enjoyed walking to Yate Post Office this week to buy stamps and post their postcards. We were very proud of the children's behaviour whilst at the Post Office and during the walk. They all remembered how to ask politely for a stamp and thank the Post Office clerk. We were lucky enough to meet a real post lady and the children were able to ask her questions.
10th November 2016
This term our topic in the Nurture Room is Where We Live. The children have enjoyed sharing what they already know about Yate. They all made suggestions about where Ginger Bear could visit. Ginger Bear is spoilt for choice as she found out there is a cinema, a swimming pool, a common and lots of parks in Yate. She was even told that in the summer there is big sandpit at Yate Shopping Centre and at Halloween there is a bouncy castle.
The children have enjoyed taking Ginger Bear for a walk along part of the Frome Valley Walkway. It was a beautiful autumnal day.