Open Box Theatre Workshop

We enjoyed having ‘Open Box Theatre’ to visit us at Portway today. We used our imagination to move as different toys and then worked together to make up a story about toys that came alive at night while Geppetto was asleep. We were amazing at being soldiers, teddies, puppets, musical boxes, trains and a Jack in the Box. During the story, all of the toys were still on their shelves until the toy train came and woke them up. Every time Geppetto woke up, the toys were still until he went back to sleep again. They even had a party in the middle of the night!

Which toy character were you?

Van Gogh Sunflowers

We have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh. We decided to make our own versions of Van Gogh's sunflowers, mixing our own paint so that it matched the colours that Vincent used. Take a look at our masterpieces!

Tennis in Year R

We were very lucky today to have some tennis coaching. We began to learn how to bounce and catch a ball ready to serve and to use our racket to balance and control the tennis ball.

The coach was very impressed with our listening and P.E. skills.

Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of our Mental Health Awareness Week we have been learning about how we are all different but very special, each in our own way. We read the story ‘Only One You’ by Linda Kranz and painted our own rocks to represent ourselves. Some of us painted beautiful patterns, some chose to paint a picture, we all chose special colours…each rock is unique and beautiful!

We have hidden our rocks around the outside area…can you see any of them when you come to Show and Share this week?

Our Trip to Longdown Farm!

"This week we got to visit Longdown Farm! We had to travel there on a coach because it was a long way away. When we got there we met Farmer Brian. He knew lots and lots about farm animals.

We then put some special cream on our hands so we could check and make sure they were clean later on.

Then we each got given a plate of food for the goats to eat and we got to feed the goats. We even got to give the baby kids their milk! Their tails were wagging because they enjoyed their milk so much and they were so happy!

Then we got to go on an egg hunt and we put the eggs in an egg box and took it to the shop.

Next we held some baby chicks...their feathers were so soft! 

Then we saw some alpacas, ponies, donkeys and horses. We found out that a boy donkey is called a jack! 

Then it was time to check our hands in the germinator and if they were not clean we had to wash our hands again. We went to the barn to eat our yummy lunch before we got on the coach to come back to Portway. 

We had a wonderful time. We hope to come back soon!"

Written by Cygnet Class.  

White Day!

White Day

We have been learning about World War 1 this week and how it finished 100 years ago this year. We had a White Day on Wednesday as a symbol of peace and remembrance and to celebrate the end of the fighting.

We all made a white flower to help us say ‘thank you’ to the soldiers.

Superhero Day!

We had a fantastic day dressing up as our favourite real life and comic book superheros!!! 

Martial Art World even came to visit us and we learnt some Ninja moves!!!

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! 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! 

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?

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

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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......

 

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"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.....

OH NO!

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

STOMP, STEP, STOMP, STEP, STOMP STEP......

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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.....

OH NO!

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

THUD, SCRAMBLE, THUD, SCRAMBLE, THUD, SCRAMBLE.....

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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.....

OH NO!

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

STUMBLE, TRIP, STUMBLE, TRIP, STUMBLE, TRIP......

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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.....

OH NO!

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

SWISHY CHOPPY, SWISHY, CHOPPY, SWISHY, CHOPPY......

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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.....

OH NO!

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

MARCH, CLIMB. MARCH, CLIMB, MARCH, CLIMB......

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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.....

OH NO!

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

TIP TOE, TIP TOE, TIP TOE.....

WHAT'S THAT?

One little shiny nose, 

Two little fluffy ears, 

Two little googly eyes.... 

It's a CYGNET CLASS BEAR!!!!!!"

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!