Forest School

The key worker children had an amazing opportunity to join forest school for the afternoon. They showed a real sense of school community as they worked together to build a natural fence. Each bubble had their own slot to forage for sticks and layer them one on top of the other. They showed great skills by weaving the sticks together to build up the fence. They showed amazing teamwork and have created a strong, sturdy fence on the border of forest school. Well done everyone.
It’s the end of a different half term and how best to end it but with a campfire! The children sat around a campfire in their bubbles, toasting Marshmallows and sipping hot chocolates. You could here a pin drop when Mrs Bone was telling them the traditional story ‘the boy who cried wolf’!

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Reception are getting ready for Year 1

Over the last 2 weeks, Reception children have been making posters all about themselves to give to Ms Anand in Year 1.  Today we met Ms Anand and Year 1, at a safe distance outside, to share our posters with her.  Reception children asked many questions about Year 1 including

“What will we be learning?”

“Will we be learning English?”

“Will we be counting?”

Children in Year 1 answered the questions and then told Reception children the best things about Year 1.  Everyone is looking forward to September and the new opportunities it will bring.

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Science Activity for All

I have been sent this wonderful Science activity for everyone to try. Please send photos of you completing this learning. I am looking forward to seeing you wear socks over your shoes and what you grow!

Germinating socks
This is a really simple enquiry which allows children to see germination in action and also shows
how successful plants are at dispersing their seeds.
What you need:
 An old pair of cotton socks
 Plastic bag
 Tape
 Put some old socks on top of shoes.
 Make the socks damp so that seeds will stick to them.
 Go on a seed walk around your garden or local area (following the government advice on
Covid-19). As you are trying to pick up seeds, walk underneath trees, around the edges of
bushes, on top of dandelions and weeds and try to pick up a good amount of mud.
 When the socks are looking suitably muddy, take them off and place them in a plastic bag.
 If the sock is too dry, add a little water to make sure it is damp.
 Tape the bag to a window in a sunny spot.
 Check back every day to see what is happening and record what you notice.
 Within a couple of days, you should be able to see some growth.

Brought to you by the Herts for Learning Primary Science team

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Giraffes Can’t Dance – A family reading project.

Here is a reading project you can undertake as a whole family, no matter how old everybody is, you can all join in together.

Before reading

We are going to listen to a story about a giraffe named Gerald, who gets teased because he is clumsy and unable to dance like the other animals. However, Gerald meets a special friend who helps him.

Talk with those around you or write down your ideas. When you have found something different and how have others have helped. How did you feel? How did someone else help? How did you feel once you had learned how to do something?

Listen to the story and as you listen, create a story map/journey recording what is happening. You might need to pause and listen a couple of times. Retell the story using your map.

After reading

What did Gerald have to do in order to become a dancer? How did he do this?

Is it important that everyone is able to do the same thing well? Why / why not?

Why do you think the author wrote this story?


Adjectives – create a mind map of all the words used to describe Gerald’s appearance and the way he moves. If you want to revise what adjectives are you can do that here. Compare the two types of adjectives and descriptive phrases.

Alliteration – listen to the story again and create a list of all the examples of alliteration you hear. You can revise what alliteration is here

Rhyming words – Listen to the story again and write the sets of rhyming words.

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