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Once Upon a Time........

We had a visit from the Fairy Godmother who has left a poster because things have been going missing in Fairy Tale Land. So far we have found a bundle of sticks from the story of the '3 Little Pigs', a little girl with a red cape on and today we even found some peas from the story of 'The Princess and the Pea'. 

We have been very busy matching our learning to different Fairy Tales and sending cards from the 'Far Far Away Post Office'. 

Far Away Friday to Russia

This week we have been learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky and how he was born in Russia. We decided we needed to take a trip to find out more about the largest country in the world! We boarded our plan at the Portway Airport and off we went. 


We learnt that to say hello you say 'Privyet' and to say goodbye you say ' Da svidania'. We also learnt that the capital city of Russia is Moscow which is where Kandinsky was born and that's where we decided to fly to! The North of Russia is very cold so we all had to make sure we wrapped up warm!! We also learnt about the Russian celebration of Novy-god. This is a celebration of the 'old' New Year and is a very special time where they meet family, have presents and even a tree! Just like we do at Christmas. We also found out that Russia was the first country to launch someone to space, the man was called Yuri  Gagarin. 


When we arrived in Moscow we got stuck into lots of fun Russian activities. We got to make the Russian flag, build rockets to fly to space, create our own traditional Russian instruments called Balalaika's, make 'Novy-god' decorations for the 'Novy-god' tree and we even got to make our own 'Olivier' salad which is a traditional salad Russians eat during the 'Novy-god' celebrations. 


Before we flew home we got to enjoy our salads and even try some balini's which are a type of pancake. We all did really well at trying new things but especially loved the pancakes!! 


After all that fun we were ready to head back to England! Look at the pictures below to see us enjoying our time in Russia! 

Ice Science Experiment 


With the weather getting colder we noticed lots of frost around our school grounds. We decided to run a small science experiment to see what would happen to water when left over a chilly night. 


We worked in pairs to collect lots of natural things that we found outside and put them into a plate. We then added some water and popped in some string. We discussed and made predictions of what we thought might happen when we returned to school the next morning. 


We were super excited to discover the water had frozen and we had created some beautiful ice decorations! We watched them slowly melt throughout the day as the weather got warmer. 

Christmas Dinner! 


We all enjoyed Christmas Dinner today! We ate our lunch altogether in the beautifully decorated Hall! And even got a table present, aren't we lucky!! Here we are enjoying our meals! 

Hubble's Birthday


We have been learning about birthdays and we gave Hubble his very first birthday party. We made hats, cards and decorations and then celebrated with Hubble. We played musical chairs, sang him 'Happy Birthday' and had a cake. We had lots of fun!!

Santa's Hat

A huge well done to all of the children for their fabulous performance of Santa's Hat. They were so excited to share their hard work with you and enjoyed every moment. Well done to everybody!

Our Bear Hunt Dance 

Our Bear Hunt Collage 

We used collage to make the different places in the Bear Hunt story.

Can you see us hiding in the pictures?

Bear Hunt Forest School 


Today we were super excited to go on our very own Bear Hunt! We matched our learning by using the same story language as the original story but we went to new places on our hunt. Our journey went like this.....


We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day! We're not scared…


Uh-oh a gate! A grey shiny gate, we can't go over it, we can't go under it. Oh no! We have to go through it!


We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day! We're not scared...


Uh-Oh steps! Tall black steps we can't go over it, we can't go under it. Oh no! We have to go through it!



We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day! We're not scared…


Uh-Oh a Playground! A big hard playground. We can't go over it, we can't go under it. Oh no! We have to go through it

We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day! We're not scared…


Uh-Oh Grass! Short, wet grass. we can't go over it, we can't go under it. Oh no! We have to go through it

We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day! We're not scared…


Uh-Oh a pit! A warm, cosy fire pit. We can't go over it, we can't go under it. Oh no! We have to sit around it


One shiny wet nose, two soft ears, and two goggly eyes! We found a Bear!!! It was Hubble and Hubble came with a message that he had lots of bed time bears that were looking for a home and we all got to take one each! We decided we would want to go on a bear hunt again!!!

After our bear hunt we then go to explore the forest and enjoy some of our favourite activities. The most exciting job was to create our own camouflage crowns to wear on our bear hunts so we don’t get caught by any bears! Have a look at the photos below to see how much fun we had!

Far Away Friday to India 


Today we learnt about the Hindu Festival Diwali. We learnt the story of Rama and Sita and why Diwali is important to Hindu's. We then found out the different ways of celebrating during Diwali such as dancing, eating sweet foods, lighting candles, watching fireworks and creating Rangoli patterns and compared these to the ways we celebrate our important festival such as Christmas. 


We then decided to go on a visit to India where we would have our own Diwali day. We boarded our plane at Portway airlines and off we went. When we arrived in India we started our visit with the most amazing Indian dance workshop where we learnt to tell the story  of Diwali through dance. 


When we came back from our dance workshop we got to have a go at creating some decorations for our classroom, making our own jewellery, creating firework pictures which we stuck on the windows to  look like they were in the sky and had a go at making the Taj Mahal out of construction which we learnt is a famous landmark in India. 


We had the best day ever and we were all very tired on our flight back to England. 

Remembrance Day

Today is the 11th day of the 11th month and we have been remembering the soldiers and learning about why we wear poppies. 

At 11 o'clock we all stopped and joined in with the 2 minute silence. Then we made our own poppy pebble to remember and say thank you to soldiers for keeping us safe. 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? 


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

...Looking at me!!


We have been busy creating new characters for the Brown Bear Story. We designed our animal first and then used collage to create a paper plate mask. Here are all of our masks for you to use to retell the Cygnet Brown Bear story. Can you use the repeated story language that Bill Martin Jr used when he wrote it? 

Autumn Leaves

We have noticed that the big oak tree outside our classroom has got some brown leaves on which are beginning to drop now that it is Autumn. We have also been talking about how the days are getting longer and the weather is changing so we all went outside and had lots of fun at school exploring the autumn leaves in the wind yesterday.

If you get time, why not get your wellies on and go out and kick though the leaves yourselves in your garden or out on a walk over half term! 

Watch out for seasonal changes as we move towards winter!

Bikes and Trikes

For one of our P.E. sessions last week, we had our first turn on the bikes and trikes! It was such a fun way to develop our gross motor skills! We had a go at new trikes that we had never seen before and learnt how to stay safe by wearing helmets and not going too fast. We cannot wait to have another turn.


Have a look at the photos below to see just how much fun we had! 


Portway Library Visit


We have had an exciting visit to our Portway Library to see all of the different books that are there. We found some fiction story books and some information non-fiction books. 


We were able to look for some of our favourite stories and share them with a friend. If there is something that you want to learn about, you can find those books too. What sort of book do you like reading?

Have you been to the Library in Andover? You might want to go for a visit over half term if you have got time. How is it the same and different to our Portway Library?

After half term we will be able to start visiting our Portway Library to bring a book home to share so watch out for it in your bookbag.


At Portway, we learn to read for finding out and for fun!!

Making Sandwiches 

We have been learning all about Harvest this week and about our food and where it comes from. Andover has it's very own flour mill near our train station and we have Burbidges Bakery near our school, so today we went in role as bakers and made our own sandwiches to take home for our tea. We could choose from brown or white bread and a sweet or savoury filling of jam or cheese spread. We then practised our spreading and cutting skills with knives...... it is not always as easy as it looks!

Our First Forest School


We had the best time at Forest School on Monday! 

We started our session with a safety talk from Miss Birmingham who explained how we need to stay safe in the forest. We then learnt all about hazards and what hazards there are in the forest. To keep ourselves safe we marked all the hazards we could find with Hazard Flags. We chose to put them by brambles and roots on the ground as well as holly and red berries. 

We also learnt how to stay safe if we are feeling a bit lost in the forest. We learnt a new game called 1,2,3 where are you and took it in turns to find each other.


After the safety talk was done we then learnt how to make easy dens by using tarpaulin, clips and mallets. Once all the teaching was done we then got to explore the forest and had lots of fun bug hunting, den building, collecting soil for the trees and playing in the mud kitchen. 


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.