Our police visit.

Cygnet class had a visit from the Police!

The police officers showed us their badges, special camera, bright jackets, notepad, walkie talkies, torches, batons, handcuffs and their pepper spray!

Then we went outside to see the police car and the police van. They showed us their cones, brush and spades to help cars when they are stuck.

Then we got to go into the police car and police van and have a look around.

We even got to listen to the sirens- they were very noisy! 

The police officers even let us have a dress up in their real uniforms. 

We had lots of fun!


By Cygnet Class :)

Year R Goes to London!


We have had the most amazing time learning about London. We went on a class London bus to learn all about the famous landmarks that you can visit in our capital city and got off at different bus stops to visit London Bridge, the Tower of London, The Portrait Gallery, Buckingham Palace and The Olympic Stadium. We have done lots of building of bridges, making crowns for the Queen to keep in the Tower, designing new flags for the Palace and making portraits of the Kings and Queens of Portway! We also found out about Big Ben, The Shard and The Gherkin and made a 3D city around the River Thames. What a busy week!


Wassily Kandinsky

We have been learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky. He loved to make pictures using different shapes and colours and often chose colours that matched the way that he was feeling. We talked about the way different colours make us feel and then cut concentric circles to make our own version of one of Kandinsky's famous pictures. 

First we chose the colours we would like for our Kandinsky art and talked about how the colours made us feel. Then we drew around different sized circles and carefully cut them out. Finally we glued the circles together. 


Take a look at some of our amazing artwork....

Come to Show and Share and make your own concentric circles in the style of Wassily Kandinsky and see our finished artwork. We have made a magical forest using our concentric circles as a year group! 


'Warm and Fuzzies' & 'Cold and Pricklies'


This week in Circle Time we have been finding out about how our choices affect other people. When we do or say nice things to other people, this makes them feel ‘warm and fuzzy’. What have you done to make someone feel ‘warm and fuzzy’?

When we do or say unkind things to other people, this makes them feel ‘cold and prickly’. Has this ever happened to you? What could you do to turn a ‘cold and prickly’ into a ‘warm and fuzzy’? Saying sorry is a good way to repair a bad choice.

Can you make someone at home feel ‘warm and fuzzy’ this week? We would love to hear about your good choices on a Wow Moment to share on Friday!

The wish factory is open!

The Wish Factory is open!!

This week we have started our new topic of ‘Once Upon a Time’. We had a visit from the Fairy Godmother who had lost all of the wishes from her shop. We have been creating some new wishes for her, writing the ingredients and making them ready to sell.

What did you wish for?


Christmas Dinner

We ended our first term at Portway with lots of crackers, hats, jokes and a yummy Christmas dinner! 


Hubble's Birthday party!

Today we celebrated Hubble's 1st ever Birthday! We talked about our own experiences of Birthdays and shared ideas about how we could celebrate Hubble's Birthday. We then decided to throw Hubble his very own party! 

We prepared lots of decorations, including paper chains and Birthday banners. We wrote Birthday cards and made him presents. We even got Hubble his very first Birthday cake!

We decided to play party games including musical statues and musical chairs and we sang the "Happy Birthday to you" song as we cut Hubble's cake. It was very tasty! 

What an exciting afternoon we have had giving Hubble his first Birthday Party! He loved every minute of it! :) 

1 less

1 Less. 

This week we have been learning about 1 less. Can you find the answers to these problems?

If there were 4 bears asleep in the cave and 1 woke up and went for a walk, how many bears would be left?


If there were 10 bears having a party in the cave and 1 went home early, how many bears would be left?


Can you think of any more problems to work out?

Try using these words in your number problems….. less, take away, count back.






Bear Hunt Day!

Today we went on our very own Bear Hunt! We got dressed up nice and warm and enjoyed singing our way through the school grounds hunting for bears......



"We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a friendly one

What a chilly day!

We're not scared...........

"Uh- oh! STEPS!....steep, bumpy steps!

We can't go over them, we can't go under them.....


We've got to go through them......



We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a friendly one

What a chilly day!

We're not scared...........

Uh oh! A MOUNTAIN......a giant, slope mountain!

We can't go over it, we can't go under it.....


We've got to go through it......



We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a friendly one

What a chilly day!

We're not scared...........

Uh oh.....A TUNNEL....a long, narrow tunnel.....

We can't go over it, we can't go under it.....


We've got to go through it......



We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a friendly one

What a chilly day!

We're not scared...........

Uh oh.....GRASS....short spikey grass.....

We can't go over it, we can't go under it.....


We've got to go through it......



We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a friendly one

What a chilly day!

We're not scared...........

Uh oh.....A HILL....a big, grassy hill.....

We can't go over it, we can't go under it.....


We've got to go through it......



We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a friendly one

What a frosty day!

We're not scared...........

Uh oh.....A CAVE....a big, dark cave.....

We can't go over it, we can't go under it.....


We've got to go through it......



One little shiny nose, 

Two little fluffy ears, 

Two little googly eyes.... 


We have been so lucky to find our very own Cygnet class bear on our Bear Hunt! His name is "Hubble" and he is going to be taken home by a different child everyday who can write in his special diary about all of his adventures that evening! We can't wait to hear all about Hubble and Cygnet's adventures together! 

We're going on a Bear Hunt!

We have been very busy this week, learning all about going on a bear hunt! We have been talking and writing about what we might find on our way. 

We collaged the different places and put ourselves in to the picture...... 

....and used musical instruments to retell the story!

Come and see our musical film at show and share next Monday and go on your own Bear Hunt! 


We have done our ‘dance-a-thon’ as our sponsored event for the NSPCC and now know some of the old favourites such as ‘Macarena’ and ‘The Superman Song’! We were exhausted!!

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?"

This week week we have been enjoying learning about and exploring the book, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?". We have all joined in with the repeated phrases in the book and even thought of some actions to match!

We decided to use our imaginations to think about what characters we could be and created a new story in the style of Brown Bear.

We then designed our own masks, choosing our own colour and animal. We enjoyed creating our masks by painting paper plates and adding details using lots of different materials and crafts.

Take a look at some of our fantastic designs!


"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

"I see a..........

....looking at me"

Sound Wallets

Yellow sound wallets have come home for the first time this week as well. Four new sounds will be put in on a Friday so that there is time to practise and learn the new sounds over the weekend ready to use and apply them during our phonic activities the following week. Homework sheets are sent home alongside the new letters to show the Jolly Phonics movements of the letters and it is important to remember to use pure sounds (a good youtube video clip to refresh your memory is ‘Articulation of Phonemes’)

What can you do with your sounds at home?.........

•          Play games to recognise the shape of different letters

•          Practise making the sound to match the letter

•          Find the letter when you make the sound

•          Write the letter shape (bubbles at bath time or shaving foam on the kitchen worktops are good fun!)

•          Learn the alphabet name

•          You make a word and your child blends the sounds to read it

•          You say a word and your child segments the word to make it


There will also be a yellow ‘Challenge Card’ which shows a list of words that you can now sound out to make and read with the new letters, and  the ‘Tricky Words’ which are the common irregular words for Year R children to use in their writing and read in their books.

We are learning to read!

All children now have a new Oxford Reading Book in their book folder. These guided reading books are changed on the same day once a week and will have been shared at school before they are sent home. As your child learns the words in their Word Wallet, they will be ready to move up through the different stages of books.

Watch out for stickers in the Homework Dairies to tell you the reading strategy to practise when moving up to a new stage!

Most children will have a discussion book without words. When sharing these books at home it is important that your child tells the story through the pictures, no story is wrong! Talk about the front cover, title, author and illustrator and practise turning the pages and finding page numbers. Encourage discussion about what is happening in the pictures to tell the story, decide what people could be saying and predict what might happen next. At the end of reading the story, you could talk about what you liked or disliked about the story and whether it reminded you of anything that has happened in your own experience. There are also ideas on the inside of the cover too!

‘Read to Me’ books or colour stickered book band books can still be changed as often as children read them at home and you record them in the Diaries. We will soon be starting Library change so there will be a book for you to share together and there may be as many as three books in the book bags at any one time!

Enjoy watching your child learn to read with you!



Autumn Wellie Walk

We have been learning about the season Autumn this week. We talked about how the leaves change colour and fall down during Autumn. We then put our wellies on and went for a walk to look for signs of Autumn.

It wasn't long before we found a huge tree with lots of colourful fallen leaves underneath!

We had lots of fun throwing and building piles with the leaves. 

Take a look at our pictures to see what we found.......

Keeping Healthy

We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy by the food that we eat, the exercise that we do and the way that we keep ourselves clean.

How many fruit and vegetables do you eat every day? Do you finish your water bottle at school? Do you do lots of exercise?

See what we do at school to keep ourselves healthy.

Write dance


We have been practising our pencil grip and strengthening our core muscles using WriteDance at school in readiness for writing. We used big movements to draw circles and eights in the air with rainbow scarves, matching them to the music, before drawing them down on paper.

If you would like to help at home you could strengthen hand muscles by squeezing sponges at bath time, watering the garden with spray bottles or screwing up old newspaper in to tiny balls – don’t forget to use both hands!

All of our hand control activities help to develop a good pencil grip.