Animal habitat research

This week we have been identifying and researching different animal habitats. We worked hard to think of some amazing words to describe the habitats. We used words such as ‘dusty’, ‘gloomy’, ‘dark’, ‘hot’ and ‘icy’. We then visited the library to collect a selection non-fiction books to research the animals that are best suited to each habitat. We made posters to represent our findings. We have really enjoyed learning about habitats and are looking forward to writing our setting descriptions tomorrow.

A story telling start to the day 📖🤴👸🏰

The children enjoyed using their story wands and were retelling some of the fairytales we’ve been reading in our expedition so far. They used expression and were even spotting some tricky words!

We have been getting smart in our phonics today. We’ve been using our segmenting fingers to spell some words. What superstars you all are! 🌟

We then went outside and enjoyed some well deserved fresh air.😊

KS1 Community Meeting

We had a great community meeting this morning! We have been thinking about our feelings and using our zones of regulation in our wise Wednesday sessions, so today we decided to think about how we could get ourself or others more into the green zone. We played charades and Mrs Parsons says!

I was so impressed with the confidence of all of our little actors!

We even managed to celebrate our brilliant basketball team who took part in a tournament at Campsmount yesterday.

Mrs Parsons xx

Someone’s been in our Nursery?!?

Over the weekend we have had someone in our Nursery! But they’ve not been playing kindly…. Just look at what they have done…..I wonder if anyone can guess who it might be?

They’ve broken our dolly’s bed….

They’ve had a snack and left their dirty pots laying around…..

And…… They’ve broken our baby’s chair!! That is most unkind. If anyone has any information, please let us know… They must’ve dropped this….

Kindest Regards, The Nursery Children, Mrs Winkley, Mrs Mortimer, Miss Kitching and Miss Gill. Xxx

We are Scientific Engineers!

Nursery have been working hard to resolve social conflicts this last week, as part of our first case study “How can the Goats and the Troll be friends?” This is within our new expedition “Once upon a time” and working towards answering our guiding question “Who is hiding in the pages of this book?”

Nursery have listened to the traditional tale of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and an alternative version of the story “The Three Billy Goats Fluff” by Rachael Mortimer. They have thought hard about the issues of both key characters; in that the Goats would like to eat the juicy, green, lush grass, but unfortunately they have to trip, trap across the bridge to reach it which in turns wakes up the Troll, who is desperate for some sleep, peace and quiet. Mummy Goat made the Billy Goats booties in the alternative story, but we wondered what if you insulated the bridge? So we have tried hard to make a quiet bridge for the Troll to live under using a variety of insulating materials. We tested baking paper, tinfoil, felt and bubble wrap. Here’s how we got on……

Some of the language and ideas expressed throughout this problem solving was amazing! The children said “the troll is grumpy because he is tired”, “the troll is frustrated because he wants to sleep”, “trip trap, trip trap keeps waking him up, because it’s noisy on the bridge”, “The goats need to be kind and go quieter”. The children spoke in depth about the materials, carefully using their senses to investigate them, some of the words used were; “Shiny”, “Crunchy”, “Crinkly”, “Rattly”, “Soft”, “Fluffy”, “Furry”, “Bubbles”, “Popping”, “Too loud”, “Quiet”, “Silent” and “noisy”.

What beautiful work Nursery – most children either came to the conclusion that the felt was the “quietest” or “softest” material or that the paper and tin foil were “too loud” or “noisy”. Some of the children thought about folding materials into layers to make the bridge even softer and one child thought about using the soft toy troll as a material, as he thought the felt was “still too noisy and the troll is bouncier”. Great experimenting!

Sharing our Stories: 26/01/2024

Beautiful Work This Week

XP Festival of Learning 2024

The Staff Day in January saw the launch of our proposed teaching and learning model as part of our Festival of Learning. The event took place at XP Doncaster and was attended by staff from across all schools in the Trust. All staff had the opportunity to explore the model in more depth as well as attending other workshops on different parts of the model.

This is part of the Trust’s commitment to ensure that we expose more students to more impactful teaching more of the time.

Beautiful Curation: A Christmas Carol

There is now an awesome display at XP to celebrate the Christmas Carol Study Guide – the beautiful work of last year’s Year 11s. Be sure to go and admire their hard work on display!

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Thoughtful Thursday @ Norton Infants

Year 5 Photography Club @ Green Top

X28 Crew Lovelace Beautiful Work @ XP

Bobby’s awesome home learning @ Plover

C27 Community Meeting @ XP East

Exploring Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores @ Carcroft School

Our Learning Journey – Hook Week @ Norton Juniors

Share your stories with us!

We now have a new dedicated news email so that you can send your stories, updates or ideas about potential news articles directly to us in Comms.

It might be something you or your students have achieved, a charity you’re supporting or anything at all that deserves a wider audience.

Write to us at [email protected] –  we want to hear about it, write about it and celebrate it!

Life skills – Zipping!

Nursery have been working hard over the past couple of weeks to fasten their own zips on their coats. At first, the couple of children who could already do this, helped their crew mates to practise. Then more and more children rose in confidence to have a go and resiliency to keep on trying! Well Done Nursery, we now have a long list of children who can do this all by themselves!

Thoughtful Thursday

In crew today we checked in with something we have enjoyed so far this week. It was great to hear the variety of activities that everyone is enthusiastic about from singing assembly and reading sessions to learning about food chains and playing emotions corners.

We shared and celebrated some of the work we were most proud of and made pledges for the week ahead. Well done Crew Goodyer keep up the great work and never loose that enthusiasm for learning.