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Another wonderful week of exploring! It has taken two weeks of creation and we have done a fabulous job. Firstly, we looked in the mirror and thought about the shape of our face and where to start painting on the paper, then this week we looked at which colour to use for the detail we needed to add. We are so impressed with the creativity and reflection all the children have used!

Welcome to Moss Class!

Our first few days as Moss class have been truly wonderful. The children are trying lots of different ways to learn, making friends, having fun and being brave. I am so proud of them all and they are all settling into the new routines and new adventures and getting to know each other. Well done everyone x

A wonderful morning of summer learning in Moss Class

We have had a fantastic day today at Bishops Wood Centre.  Mrs Bartlett's camera is playing tricks on her this evening, but she is too excited to share her photos with you all.... 

In the Workshop this week we have been learning how to use a hammer safely.  We began by learning how to hold the hammer and a nail, hammering into a piece of corrugated cardboard for least resistance, followed by a block of polystyrene.  We all showed so much maturity when using these tools that our teachers felt we were ready to put our skills to the test by hammering a nail into a block of soft wood.  We were surprised at how much trickier this was.  


In our outdoor learning lessons we have been working on our team building skills and problem solving by building shelters for our whole class.  This week's was our favourite so far - we managed to fit ALL of Moss Class under the shelter, just as the rain began to pour!

We have really enjoyed learning about all of the living things in our environment; big and small!

This week we have been reading 'Peter Pan' in preparation for our topic after Easter:  Flight.  The children have been captivated by the beautiful illustrations and comforting rhythm of this familiar story, retold through rhyme.  We are really looking forward to watching as this popular children's tale influences the children's learning in the coming weeks.  
This morning we have been developing our mental calculations into written ones.  We started off by learning how to use a part-whole diagram to show what we could see and some of us even moved onto using the addition and equals symbols in our own written calculations.

A fabulous Monday morning full of collaborative learning.  This week we will be exploring more living things, including plants in our garden, blossoms from the trees and creatures that have made our school home.  We will be continuing to practise our subtilising skills by playing dominoes this week and our phonics focus will be rhyme.  


We we are looking forward to a week filled with learning, friendship building and laughter! 

Learning to use our new playtime resources

This week we have been exploring our knowledge of number, deepening it further by learning how to subitise.  Subitising is the ability to see number patterns in an amount, or around us.  The video below gives a brief introduction for adults to subitising. 

What is subitising and WHY is it so important in young children's maths?

Karen Wilding (UK and International Maths Consultant) explains what we mean by 'subitising' and how this fun to learn skill helps children to develop real un...

This Numberblock episode introducing the subitising concept for children with a catchy jingle "Don't count, just say the amount'. 

Try your subitising skills on these images. What do you see? How do you see it?

Catching up with our friends and showing off all the wonderful things we have learnt!

Today, we have all received a letter from Father Christmas!

We’ve been elf-ed

We drew a portrait of Father Christmas.

We hope you liked our Christmas gift boxes,

In Literacy this week, we have been learning to speak in full sentences.  We have been using our outdoor environment to help us to create some interesting sentences.  


Some me of our favourite sentences so far have been:


“That’s not my Santa, his hat is too leafy brown.”


”That’s not my elf, his hat is too autumn orange.” 



Our Christmas Story

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A sneak peek from today!

Our elf delivered a book this morning, we read Leffy’s Christmas Gift and decided to write our own letter thanking Father Christmas for his kindness and generosity. We have posted our letter and are eagerly awaiting a reply! 

Look what we found this morning!

No photos from today - we've been busy planning something special!


Watch this space!

We have had a little visitor this week. Each morning there is something new for us to find... today it was snowflakes!

We have been creating our own snowflakes today, to help the visitors finish our window display.

We have been comparing mass in our outdoor learning today.  We made a balance in the forest area and chose natural objects to compare.  We found a log that had the same mass as 19 garden stones.  
Today we have watched the opening scenes of 'Rio' to give us an idea of how it might feel if we were to visit Grandad's Island.  These are some of the things that we noticed, and others that we heard.  

Beoley Bookworms

We have been demonstrating lots of ambition when tackling our Beoley Bookworms learning today! 

We are reading champions!

We are tricky word heroes!

We have been using a tens frame to show our understanding of '1 more than'.

To celebrate Children in Need we read 'The Dot'. We had lots of fun using our fine motor skills to create our own dots.

This term our focused text is Grandad's Island by Benji Davis.  We will be learning about remembrance, the importance of remembrance and heading back in time to explore an ancient empire. 


We will remember...

Today, we have been on an imagination-fuelled adventure into Grandad's attic.  


We searched around until we found some treasures that we could see:  we named a bird cage, and a music box.  


As we were so good at being word-collectors yesterday, we carried on collecting vocabulary today too!  We began to describe what we had found, using our looking/noticing lens.  

We collected rusty and fragile today, to help with our descriptions. 


The final thing that we found in Grandad's attic was a couple of old records.  We listened to them on the record player, and danced to the music.  We told Mrs Bartlett that we had never heard music like this before.... we wanted to find out more! 

On Monday, we found a bag. 

We used different lenses in our learning goggles to explore the bag and find out who it may belong to.  


Through our looking lense we saw a blue bag.  We became Word Collectors, and soon we were able to develop our description from 'a blue bag' into a 'navy blue bag'.  

We really impressed Mrs Bartlett with our vocabulary.  We used words such as large, dirty and well-used to describe the bag. 


Then we changed our lens; we explored the bag using our 'touch' lens.  We used words such as light, bumpy and squishy to describe how it felt.  We also heard some sounds, we had great fun using our voices to repeat these sounds:  crunching, rustling and crinkling. 


Eventually, we looked inside! 

We collected words including grimy, ancient, neon, bright, grubby and stretchy to describe what we found.  


Finally, we imagined that the ruck-sack must belong to somebody that had been on an adventure!

We are celebrating harvest.

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As part of our celebrations this week, we thought about what we are grateful for.

Our self- portraits

We have been exploring what happens when colours mix together!

This week we are learning about a living artist called Yayoi Kusama.  We have found out that she is from Japan, and has bright red hair.  


We have enjoyed looking at photographs of her exhibitions.  Can you guess which picture we thought looked like tentacles? 

Click below to listen to our class text, 'Yayoi Kusama covered everything in dots and wasn't sorry', being read aloud: 

Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry by Fausto Gilberti | Art books with kids

This is the story of Yayoi Kusama's art, written by Fausto Gilberti and illustrated in beautifully minimal monochrome images. The story brings to life Kusama...

This week we have been exploring our creativity

Beoley Bookworms


Each morning we begin our day with Beoley Bookworm time where we practise our reading, phonics, roach and fine motor skills.  

We’ve been on a letter hunt today!

We hunted high and low for letters in outdoor area at school, seeking them here and seeking them there! Some of us were hunting for initial sounds, and others were hunting for letters to spell out our tricky words - we amazed our teachers with our phonics skills! 

Watch this space for our incredible ingredients!

We are busy learning in Moss Class!

This is our Super Smoothie

We made alliterative layers to consolidate our phonics learning this week.  Well done to those of you that tried our alliteration home learning challenge this week.  We have loved the names that you have shared with us! 

It’s been a maths-filled day,

Our ‘Our Families’ displaying is looking great!

Our Alliteration Story

Some highlights from our week

Fabulous Friday Thoughts

In phonics this morning we were learning about alliteration.  We thought of positive words that started with the same sound as our name.  

This morning we worked collaboratively to create our own story using 4 objects as prompts. 


What story could you tell using an owl. a ladybird, a bus and a boat?
Today we have visited the Zebra Crossing at the front of school.  We discussed the importance of looking both ways, and listening when we are near to a road.  We have a road in our outdoor learning area at the moment and have been practising the 'crossing the road' skills that we have learnt today in our play.

Fabulous Friday Thoughts

Positivity Games


We have been celebrating positivity today as part of our Positivity Games.  We discussed how positivity can spread and all the things that help us to feel positive.  We used this video to see how easily positivity can spread and spent our afternoon spreading positivity. 

Share your Positivity

It has been a fantastic first full week at school for Moss Class, and one that the children should be very proud of!  Well done everyone! 

August 2020

Welcome to Moss Class, and to Beoley First School


We are so excited to meet you!  Over the last couple of weeks I have been busy preparing our new learning spaces and they are almost ready to share with you.  I will post some photos here, as well as e-mailing them to each of you before our new term begins.  


I can't wait to hear all about your summer adventures!  During the summer holidays my family adopted a baby rabbit.  His name is Flop and we love him, even though he makes me sneeze and itch a lot!  Here is a photo of him, he is a very cheeky rabbit!


See you soon, 


Mrs Bartlett