Class 1 and 2 had so much fun learning all about the traditions behind Pancake Day and why it is celebrated all around the world. We enjoyed making our own pancakes and adding our favourite toppings! Luckily Mr Nicholson didn’t have to clean and from the ceilings with our excellent gross motor ‘flipping’ skills!!
I hope you have all had a wonderful half term and are excited to be back with all of your friends. Class 1 have been making the most of this beautiful February sunshine.
Stay ‘n’ Play
Class 1 have had so much fun in their topic ‘Castles’ this half term – we had even more fun when we inviting our parents to a stay ‘n’ play afternoon where we made crowns, shields and dressed up as our favourite kings/queens/knights and dragons! Thank you to all that attended, you made it an extremely enjoyable afternoon! 🙂
Chinese New Year
Class 1 and 2 celebrated Chinese New Year with an afternoon of crafts, music and food to celebrate entering the year of the ‘Pig’. It was so much fun to learn about the Chinese zodiac and work across both classrooms with friends from different year groups. Our favourite part was sampling the delicious Chinese foods! 🙂
This half term our EYFS children have chosen to learn about all things ‘castle’ related. We love our new role play area and hope to visit a real castle very soon! This also links nicely to the Year 1 History work all about the lives of significant people in the past – we have been looking at rich and poor people in Europe at the time of Pieter Bruegel.
Today, Class 1 and 2 had so much fun observing the effects of winter on the yard and field today! They made a special KS1 snowman, explored different footprints, made snow patterns and angels and had lots of fun with their friends from different year groups.
Believe in you-ELF
BREAKING NEWS! SANTA WAS IN THE BUILDING!
Santa has BEEN IN OUR SCHOOL! On Wednesday we came in to discover that each and every child had received a Santa’s letter and there was mysterious glitter footprints all around the classrooms – we believe the trail began from Class 1 where the window has been left open and footprints started from the window sill!!!
This week has also brought the invasion of the Elves to Nettlesworth! Each day we have seen these mischievous little elves causing havoc in each and every classroom! Will the mayhem ever end?!
DAY 1: He arrived spilling baubles EVERYWHERE! The classroom was covered in toilet roll too! After searching for this naughty elf we eventually found him hanging upside down from the Christmas tree!
DAY 2: He built a swing over night and was doing circus skills from it! Not to mention scribbling all over our class board and paper. We found a trail leading us to his name… BAUBLES! Not to mention flour being all over him and the classroom floor after playing snow angels in it!
DAY 3: Today we came into Peter the Polar Bear swinging from the trapeze swing – he looked terrified. Then we saw all of out toy animals tipped everywhere and Baubles the elf had 4 animals tied up pretending to walk them like dogs!
DAY 4: Bauble must have escaped the classroom and ransacked the kitchen because today he was covered in PVA glue and permanent marker after decorating all kinds of different fruits as humans! He had tipped every single pen pot over in doing so as well!
Today we had our Christmas party! We had so much fun getting dressed up with our friends after lunch. The hall was a winter wonderland with music, popcorn, candyfloss and even a visit from Santa Claus himself (for the second time this week). He even brought us all a selection box! We had such a great time dancing the afternoon away and playing party games.
Today we had our annual Christingle service held at our local church, it was great to see so many of you there! We have been working learning all about what Christmas means to Christians all around the world – and what the different parts of the Christingle orange represents to to some people.
The children had incorporated songs from both KS1 and KS2 performances and some traditional songs sending out the Christmas message at this time of year.
We even created a human-sized Christingle in the shape of Rev.Caroline to celebrate 50 years of Christingle services all around the world; in aid of ‘THE Children’s Society’ .
Such a magical end to a magical half term here at Nettlesworth! 🙂
Hooray for Prickly Hay!
Class 1 and 2 have worked extremely hard over the past 3 weeks, practising their Christmas Performance. We have finally performed to the whole school and our parents and put on a hoedown you’ll never forget!
MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂
Letter to Santa
After finishing all of our letters to Santa we decided to walk round to the postbox and send them directly to the North Pole! We can’t wait for him to receive them! 🙂
Erica Headlam has passed her swimming exam and moved up to the next level. We are sooo proud of you well done!
Today as a Christmas treat we had a Pantomime in the comfort of our own school! It was absolutely fantastic – thank you to the actors at Big Foot Entertainment who provided us with an afternoon of cheer, as well as the Nettlesworth School Community Group (NSCG) for organising it! 🙂
Christmas is coming!
Today we decorated our whole school tree and every child and adult had the chance to put a decoration on of their own! Then we went back to our classes and saw the wonderful Christmas decorations all around our learning environment! We can’t wait to act our the nativity in our very own ‘Bethlehem’!
Green Tree Gold Award
We are thrilled to accept the award from Green Tree Schools as we have been marked a Gold School for all our Forest Schools activities taking place across the entire school; planting trees, growing pumpkins, weekly forest schools sessions as well as providing children with outdoor learning opportunities across all of the seasons!
Well done to last year’s reception and year 1 for being our first official cohort of “forest schooler’s” as well as the current children taking part in our fantastic weekly sessions! 🙂
Over the past couple of weeks, Papi & Claire (our governors and members of the parent group) has been working with the children in classes to make Christmas wreaths that they have chosen to order. They are absolutely fantastic and will hang beautiful on the doors of Nettlesworth and the wider community!
Thank you!!!! 🙂
SPLAT’s Circus & SPAG day’s
Huge thank you to Paul from SPLAT who has worked with us over the past couple of days providing us with a wonderful day full of circus skills on Monday and then a SPAG day on Tuesday.
These opportunities have not only increased our sporting/movement skills, especially balancing, throwing and catching but they have also provided us with a lot of important speaking and listening skills through performing in front of an audience short acts all about the things we have been learning about SPAG (Spelling, punctuation & Grammar).
Each class had differentiated activities to take part in and then at the end we put all of our SPAGTASTIC work together and performed in front of the whole school! We also had bundles of fun along the way! 🙂
UK Parliamentary week Coffee Morning
Class1 enjoyed having so many of their parents and carers in school this morning to show them the wonderful work we have been doing as part of our current ’20’s Plenty’ campaign to make our community and journey to school a safer place! Thank you for coming and joining us! 🙂
Level 1 Swimmer
We are super proud of Farren, who has recently achieved his Level 1 swimming badge! Keep up this wonderful hobby Farren! 🙂
Children in Need 2018
We have had sooo much fun taking part in the whole school dodgeball tournaments planned by our sports leaders throughout the day today. It was great to see so many of our friends wearing spots to support such a great cause – we love the thought that we could make a difference to another child’s life! 🙂
Our 1st Forest Schools 2018
Today we headed up to our new forest schools site for the first time as a class and we had so much fun! Although there is a lot of work to be done to make it perfect we had lots of fun working as a team and enhancing our speaking and listening skills! We just can’t wait for next week! 🙂
UK Parliamentary Week 2018
Class 1 have really enjoyed taking part in UK parliamentary week, where we have been campaigning for ‘20’s Plenty’ on the roads nearby our school. We have made some brilliant posters to raise awareness of our campaign and been busy doing a road traffic survey at different times of the day to measure the volume of traffic going past our school on a daily basis! Hopefully we can make our community safer for everyone!
Remembrance Day 2018
Throughout the week class 1 have been learning all about the meaning of ‘Remembrance Day’ and what the poppy means at this important time of year. The children have loved making Poppy’s from different materials to go on the whole school display and to take home to show their parents. It was exciting to see a soldier and an army cadet pay their respects during 2 minutes silence in our whole school assembly too!
To end our wonderful work in literacy on recipes and instructions – linking to the traditional tale ‘The Enormous Turnip’, we made some delicious Turnip Soup following a simple but delicious recipe! I hope all of the parents enjoyed their taster as much as we did! 🙂
A ‘Haunting’ Halloween
What a fantastic day we have had creating Halloween crafts, carving pumpkins and decorating the hall to celebrate Halloween and prepare for the disco! We had soooo much fun! 🙂
Down at the Farm
Today we visited Fyndoune Farm to see the animals and learn about how to look after the properly. It was fantastic to see and hold so many different types of animals; from snakes to rabbits. We all fell in love with the Farm dog Charlie too!
This week our mini farmers in Class 1 have been working hard to Harvest our home-grown pumpkins before the Winter Season sets in. We were shocked to discover that pumpkins are green before turning orange! 🙂
Travelling Book Fair
This week we have had the travelling Book Fair at our school. It has been great having the opportunity to go and look at the different books and make note of the ones that we would like to buy. Each class has also had the opportunity to go up to the book fair and read a story of their choice! What a lovely week shared with our friends and parents who could make it. 🙂
One of our youngest members of the school brought in their amazing Judo trophy after being awarded ‘
The Young Samuri Black belt of the month!’
This was awarded due to Jacob always trying his best and for being brave when injuring himself in class, his resilient attitude helped him power through and he never gave up practising his Judo skills! Well done Jacob we are so Proud 🙂
Seasonal Change Detectives
As part of our Science work on Seasonal Change, Class 1 went on a hunt to decide what season it was! We found lots of clues; red leaves, orange leaves, acorns, conkers and even blackberries. This told us that it was defiantly Autumn! Well done detectives! 🙂
George has recently achieved Level 1 in his after school swimming lessons and was so proud to show everyone at school his fantastic certificate and badge! Well done George, keep up the good work 🙂
Our first day in Class 1
Our first day in Class 1 was so exciting! We had a very busy but fun first day getting to know our new friends and had lots of fun. We spent our day painting, playing in our hospital, exploring outside and building with the big blocks. We enjoyed lunch in the big hall and met boys and girls from the other classes on the big yard. Before we knew it our parents were here to pick us up! 🙂