School closes for half term on Friday 9th February 2018 and re-opens to pupils on Monday 19th February 2018
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Friday 9th February 2018

Year 1

This week we concluded our topic about the Titanic. The children enjoyed sharing their home learning books. Everyone had spent time with their parents creating wonderful pieces of work. We were very impressed. The Badgers also applied their knowledge of suffixes when they created fictional diaries about their time on the Titanic. The children have also been partitioning numbers using ten frames and dienes apparatus.

Year R

This week year R have been focused on applying their phonic knowledge to write simple short stories with a water theme.We have had a range of stories with characters such as unicorns, mermaids , whales and even tigers!  We continued to explore water and ice. The children were challenged to break the ice into different 2d shapes in  the builders trays . They used a range of tools and didn't give up , despite cold hands! They managed to create triangles, squares and rectangles but circles were a bit tricky! 

Friday 2nd February 2018


The Year R children have been making pancakes this week and they had to decide on their favourite jam topping. After tasting their creations we created class pictograms and we found out that in Bumblebees our favourite jam to have with our pancakes is strawberry jam. The children went on to write about how to make pancakes by using and applying their phonic knowledge. 

We have also been exploring capacity and thinking carefully about whether the width and length of a container affects the amount of water that it can contain. We went on to order two items by volume while using the correct mathematical vocabulary to describe our choices. 



The Year 1 Badgers have been focusing on solving subtraction problems using different strategies. They have been learning how to solve these problems using ten frames and bar models. In Art and D.T. we have designed and made a mouse from the story we have been focusing on. We sketched three designs and chose our favourite and then created it using clay. We have had such fun discovering how to use clay and we are happy with how our mice have turned out. Now for the painting...



Thursday 24th January 2017


The Year R children have thoroughly enjoyed learning in our digging pit this week. They have been thinking of different words to describe the mud and even singing mud songs! We have discussed how to use mud safely and what happens to mud when we add water. The children have been using the mud to create concrete and discovered that the right consistency of mud and water was needed to make perfect concrete! Once this was done the children used this mixture to create models using the 3d shapes. 




The Year 1 Badgers have been focusing their learning around Samson's Titanic Journey and writing about their story predictions based on the front cover. We then read the story to see if our ideas were correct. In Maths we undertook an investigation on lifeboats and used our knowledge of number bonds to complete the task. During topic we discovered what life was like for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers on board the Titanic and wrote a diary entry for a passenger. 



Friday 19th January 2018


This week the Year R children have been investigating water further and have had a chance to go and explore the rain in our outside area. They have thought of some wonderful adjectives to describe water and we have used these to create a water display.




We have had the Year 1 class assembly this week and the Year 1 Badgers performed wonderfully, we are all so proud of them! Upon returning from our assembly the Year 1 children had the opportunity to share their own 'Where the Wild Things,' stories with Year R. The Year R children loved listening to them!

In Maths they have been continuing using a number line to perform addition calculations involving missing numbers and in Art we have been sketching and colouring our own representations of the Titanic.





Friday 12th January 2018

We have had a busy week and a half back at school and have settled back into our school routines quickly.

In Year R and 1 we enjoyed using our senses to find out about the signs of Winter; we went on a Winter walk and discussed the changes that have occurred since the Autumn.



In Year R we have been learning and discovering about the properties of water. In our outside area we have been constructing complex pathways for water to travel through and solving problems together in small groups. We have then used this learning to write about all the things water can do while working hard on applying our phonic skills.




In Year 1 the Badgers have been solving worded addition problems using a number line and using their knowledge of number bonds to find different ways to make 20.

Wednesday 20th December


We have had a very busy few weeks and have loved all the Christmas activities that we have been involved in. The children performed wonderfully in our Christmas Play of 'Whoops a Daisy Angel' and we were so proud of them all.The children have been exploring the concept of weight and comparing the weight of different parcels that have been wrapped in preparation for Christmas. The children have thoroughly enjoyed creating their Christmas cards and have been pleased with the final results. We hope you enjoy receiving them this week!

The Year 1 Badgers have worked hard in English exploring the story of 'Where the Wild Things Are.' They have learnt how to add the suffix 'ing' to root words and used this knowledge to write a descriptive passage on their own wild thing that they have created. 





Friday 1st December


Today in Year R we have been very excited to see the beginning of advent and have opened door 1 on our advent calendar that we have made. This week we have enjoyed learning about ice and the cold weather has given us lots of opportunities to do this. On Thursday we found our arctic animals frozen in the ice and we worked together to find ways to set them free. We discovered that we could melt the ice by breaking and holding it, putting the ice in the sun and running the ice under warm water. We are also working hard on learning all our Christmas songs in readiness for the upcoming play.



In Year 1 we had a mysterious clawed envelope delivered to our classroom and we had to discover which character sent this to us from the book, 'Where the Wild Things Are.' They left lots of clues behind which we investigated fully and then we wrote out our predictions before we arrived at our final conclusions. We have also been exploring different emotions related to characters from the story and enjoyed expressing these during a drama session.




Friday 24th November 2017


This week we had a visit from the Dogs Trust who taught us about looking after and caring for dogs. We had a lovely time listening to a story and sharing our own experiences of dogs and puppies.

We have also enjoyed our visits to the Life Education Bus and meeting Harold the Giraffe. Harold taught us all about how our bodies make energy and the types of food we must eat to help us grow.

Year R/1 have also spent time thinking about landscapes and made sketches of the landscapes surrounding our school. We made these sketches in our art books and some of these we replicated on the playground using chalk.




Thursday 16th November 2017


This week the Year R children have been looking at and exploring the properties of a variety of 2d shapes. They have used these shapes to create their own pictures.

We have been talking about our own homes during class discussions and making lists of the people who live with us. The children have also been creating house structures using wooden 3d shaped blocks.



In Year 1 the children have been discussing the differences between our four seasons and working in a group to create brainstorms about what they already know. The children then presented their information to the rest of the group and were able to project their voices well so that all their information could be heard.

In Maths we have continued working with money, focusing on the value of different coins. The children have used Numicon equipment to explain and show the values of each coin.



Friday 9th November


This week the children have enjoyed watching 'El Nombre,' and learning how to use the Numicon maths equipment. They have been using this equipment to represent numbers in different ways alongside reciting the number rhymes we have learnt so far. This has really helped with their number formations and we have been really impressed with how they have taken to this with such enthusiasm. The Year R children have also been experimenting with different brush techniques to create  a fabulous firework scene on one of our display boards.



The Year 1 Badgers have been working on their poetry writing skills during English this week. They have created some exciting poems based on Autumn and fireworks, which are going to be used for a school display. In Maths we have been focusing on recognising the value of coins and using money to make varying amounts.


 Friday 3rd November 

Year 1  Badgers have spent this week learning how to read and perform firework poems. They learned how to project their voices and were confident in reciting the poems to an audience.They even added interesting and exciting actions!

They have also begun to look at different measures such as height, capacity and time .




Year R

It has been very exciting as this week we started to learn our phonic sounds . So we have been saying the sounds

and looking at objects that start with the sound and writing the sound. We love taking our phonic sheets home to continue practising. 

Friday 20th October 2017


The Year R children have been using their senses to spot all the signs of Autumn while on a walk around the school grounds. We collected many autumnal items and have looked at these items more closely during class and group discussions. In our creation station we have used our Autumn leaves to make our very own creative artwork.




The whole school loved watching the production of The Jack and the Beanstalk that came to school on Wednesday. It was a real treat!  We all enjoyed discussing our favourite parts and in Year 1 we were able to write our own stories based on the play.




In Year 1 we have been designing and making our own puppets. We had to work carefully by sewing our puppets together using a variety of materials and then we decorated them to give them their own unique features. In groups we created our own puppet shows and then performed these to the Year R children.



Friday 13th October 2017

This week lots of boys found opportunities to practise their writing. They kept scores during a tennis match and then wrote about lots of different things in the writing area.



We all took part in the PTA sponsored Golden Mile Event on Monday . All  of the children did a warm up, and then the children were very fit and did 15 laps of the running track . They showed great determination and persistence.



Friday 6th October 2017


In Year R the children have been exploring the two new role play areas. In the inside classrooms we have a Vets and the children have enjoyed role-playing different characters and learning how to care for the pets. While in the outside classroom the children have been learning in our new Toy Shop; they have taken on the roles of customers and shopkeepers and have been using coins to pay for their purchases. Furthermore, the children have been fascinated with the water play this week, creating homes for the dinosaurs and safe places for their dinosaur eggs to hatch.




The Year 1 Badgers have been reading and retelling the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs using a variety of different mediums. In I.C.T. they have begun creating an animation of the story using the computer software, we are really excited about watching their completed animations! The children have also been working together to create word banks of adjectives on the main characters from the story and using these to enhance their writing.


In Maths we have been continuing investigating ways of calculating our number bonds using subtraction methods and solving addition and subtraction word problems. We have been practicing counting in two's.



Friday 29th September 2017

Year R have been learning how to work as part of a team. They have taken on lots of roles and responsibilities. The children have learnt how to make playdoh and share it well. They have been sharing lots of different resources and creating great imaginary games and stories together. These have included going on buses for an adventure and repainting the house so it looked like a rainbow!




Year R and Year 1 enjoyed languages day . We found out that  people say animal noises differently in each country.


Year 1 

This week we have focused on learning addition number bonds to 10 and have used Numicon to help us. We recorded  these sums using number sentences and bar models.They have also enacted Goldilocks and the Three Bears using puppets, small world, masks and playdoh. They became good story tellers and used different voices for their characters.

Friday 22nd September 2017

Year R have had a fantastic second week at school. They have have created  lots of adventures outside . Some children have used the large construction to make a fishing boat which even included an anchor so that they could stop and fish. 


Other children used the guttering and water to make pathways for boats and animals . We all got very wet!!!!


The Year 1 children have been working so hard this week. They have listened to stories about bears , red riding hood   and ogres and acted these stories out with their friends . Today they wrote their own story with these characters, using the conjunction 'and'. In Maths the children have been exploring addition using Numicon.


Welcome to Bumblebees

We have had a lovely first week welcoming our new Year R Bumblebees to South Wonston Primary School. All the staff have been very impressed at their independence coming into school and we are very proud of them!


Our Year 1 Badgers have also been busy exploring our new topic of old and new toys. It has been lovely sharing their favourite toys and discovering what materials they are made from.

In English, the Year 1 Badgers have been reading stories and tales about bears and developing their sentence writing skills in response to them.

During Maths we have been focusing on number ordering and finding one more or less than a given number.


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