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?

Vincent Van Gogh

We have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh at school and found out that he loved painting sunflowers. We decided to make our own versions of Van Gogh's sunflowers using paint, collage and oil pastels. We even had to mix our own paint so that it matched the colours that Vincent used. Which one is your favourite?

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?

Longdown Farm Trip

"We went to the farm on a bus. We put some magic cream on our hands so we can’t get germs on our food and so we can stroke the animals. Then we stroked the chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs. We fed the goats. We put the food on a plate. We looked at the pigs and we learned that they are the cleanest animals. We looked at the horses. After we looked at the horses we looked at the donkeys. We fed the baby kids with the milk bottles. They were so quick because they liked their milk. We went to find some eggs and we kept our hands over them so they were warm. We gave them to the gift shop. We put our hands in the ‘germinator’ because we needed to check if we had  washed our hands well. Last of all we had lunch. We liked our food. Then we went home.”

By Duckling Class

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 great day being in role as Superheroes. Some of us were real-life Superheroes and some of us dressed up as our favourite comic book heroes!

We were lucky enough to have Martial Art World to come and teach us in P.E. when we learnt to be ninjas!

What Superhero would you be?

Our Police Visit

'The Police has hand cufs and they haf torchis and they haf a spray and a worcey torcey and hard shoos and a rcordind camra and they haf difrunt hats'  Oliver Dowsett


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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!

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Wassily Kandinsky

We have been learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky today. 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 had to choose the colours we wanted for our art.

Then we carefully drew around different sized circles and cut them out, turning the paper as we cut.

Last of all we glued them down as concentric circles to match Kandinsky's picture.

Look at all of the different colours that we used.....

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

Can you find out anything new about our artist? Which of his pictures do you like best and how do they make you feel?

‘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 that 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 that 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!

Hubble's Birthday

We gave Hubble his first ever birthday today. We made cards and presents and decorated the classroom ready for when he came to school today.

Everyone hid so that we could shout 'surprise!' to him. We then played musical statues, had a birthday cake with 1 candle on and played musical chairs. We had lots and lots of fun!!


Hubble wanted another birthday tomorrow so we had to tell him that you only have a birthday to celebrate the day of your birth. Now he needs to wait a whole year until his next birthday!

What do you do to celebrate a birthday in your house?

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.

Wellie Bear Hunt

We went on a real Bear Hunt today. We got dressed in our coats and wellies ready to find a bear!


We're going on a bear hunt.

We're going to catch a cuddly one.

What a frosty day!

We're not scared.

Uh-uh! Leaves!

Crunch, munch! 

Crunch, munch!

Uh-uh! A gate!

Bang bang!

Bang bang!


Uh-uh! A playground!

Stomp stomp!

Stomp stomp!

Uh-uh! A forest!



What's that?

One soft nose!

Two fluffy ears!

Two friendly eyes!


The bear is called 'Hubble' and we are going to take turns to look after him and take him home for one night. We can then bring him back to school and share the adventures that he had at our house before he stays with someone new!