As part of our work on minibeasts we created symmetrical butterflies by choosing different coloured paints to create the pattern on 1 wing and then folding it to create an identical pattern on the other wing. Glitter added a bit of extra sparkle!
Today we got busy creating butterflies by carefully cutting out the different body parts and attaching them with split pins. We also painted our hands to make black fingerprints to make spiders.
Do you remember the fun we had taking part in SVS Sports Relief Challenge in March?
Here are some lovely photos of our home VE Day celebrations – R found out about the original VE Day and made bunting, A made cupcakes, Q and his sister got busy making banana bread for their celebration and their neighbours delivered some delicious cupcakes, BR made bunting and enjoyed a lovely spread of party food and K made his own sandwiches. Well done everyone!
Today we started our new topic and we have been busy finding out about minibeasts by going on a hunt in our outdoor play area – we found lots of them! How did you get on at home? Please send pictures and we will post them on the blog. Lots of love, Mrs Fathers x
How you’ve all changed since these pictures taken in December 2019! Hope you are all still being a “star” or an “angel” for you parents at home :)
Here we are having a go at using chopsticks after we cooked our yummy stir fry – it took quite a while to eat it!
Lovely to see C using his sounds to independently spell some tricky words as well as enjoying drawing a picture of his family. A has been hard at work practising her tricky words and her letter shapes. O-D has been clapping and cheering for the
NHS and all key workers with his sister, riding his bike, exploring the
woods and finding different ways to free toys that were inside ice – well done!
This week was our first session of Forest School with Mrs Priestley and Margaret. We put on our waterproof trousers and coats and went outside with our new class friends to explore. We all enjoyed our time in the great outdoors and the session ended with a yummy hot chocolate!
Every Friday afternoon we get together with our Year 6 Book Buddy to enjoy books together. For the first session the Year 6 children visited Sunshine classroom and this week Reception children had the opportunity to visit Year 6 classrooms. Our lovely new buddies helped us enjoy some picture books and we got to know them a bit better.
We are having lots of fun in the school hall in our PE lesson with Vinny. Our listening skills are improving and we play lots of games to keep us active.
This morning we all had a great time on a bouncy castle in the hall. There was lots of laughter and our Year 5 friends helped us keep count of our bounces.
We are getting ready for our whole school Harvest Festival next week and we had lots of fun collecting autumn treasures in our Forest School area to create these lovely crowns. We will wear them at our Harvest Festival at St Laurence church.
This week we had our whole school Harvest Festival at St Laurence’s church in Stroud. We brought in food items for the food bank and after we had sung our songs our families kindly donated money to the “Send a Cow” charity. Some of us felt a bit nervous before performing but once we put on our harvest crowns we felt ready to sing our hearts out!
That’s when Sunshine Class got busy making their very own fireworks in our Forest School session using autumn leaves, sticks, wire and flame-coloured ribbon.
We have been finding out about 2D shapes and we decided to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day by using our outdoor area for a shape hunt. Working with a partner we set off to find out what 2D shapes we could spot in our outdoor areas. The digital cameras helped us record the huge variety of shapes we spotted and when we got back to our indoor classroom we looked at the photos we had taken and found out that we had spotted shapes in the most unlikely places!
This week we visited St Laurence Church in Stroud. The vicar, Kate, chatted to us about the Christmas story and we had lots of volunteers to help her act it out. Then we all sang “Away in a Manger”. Next we had a tour of all the lovely Christmas trees decorated in so many different ways – there were 117! On our way back to school we sang “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.
This week we performed our nativity story “Born in a barn” with the angels dancing a lovely dance and the stars accompanying a song with a variety of musical instruments.
We had a lovely visit today from Santa who left a sack of Christmas books for us. We had lots of fun opening our presents and couldn’t wait to show our Year 6 Boook Buddies what had been delivered. We then spent time with them sharing our new stories. Many thanks to our school’s PTFA for helping Santa with this Christmas surprise!
On we had an early start at school (8.00a.m.!) because we were off to Cheltenham to see the pantomine “Cinderella”. After a quick snooze on the bus for some of us we arrived ready to be entertained. Lots of us spotted pictures of Tweedy on the posters and sure enough he played Buttons in the show. There were lots of songs and dances to entertain us, a bit of water sprayed into the audience, some very messy whipped cream and magically Cinderella flew above us at one part of the show. We all had a great time. Some comments from the Stroud Valley School audience include: “ my best bit of the trip was the chairs – they went up and down”, “ I liked Tweedy riding on the tiny, tiny bike” and “Cinderella’s dress was so sparkly – I want one like that!”. What a great trip!
This year is the Year of the Rat – we had lots of fun making and tasting some traditional stir fry and had a go at eating it using chopsticks.
Today we went to the library to have a story time and to choose a book. Then we used the machine to borrow. book. Some of us didn’t have a library card so the lady got us one with our form. We looked at where the fiction and non fiction books are kept.
Miss Higgins set up a lovely activity for us this week. We were very curious to see what was hidden in the ice and used magnifying glasses to observe it closely. Then we got hammers to smash the ice so that we could use the tweezers to pull out the items hidden inside. We poured warm water onto the ice blocks and also sprinkled salt on the ice and observed the changes.
We are busy “ finding our brave” – we are stacking our crates and jumping off and then we write our scores on our sheet.
A group of children decide they will do their first jump together and then work individually as they decide to be brave and build the stack higher. One of us explains “ I was feeling a bit scared – I don’t like being high – I did it – I got up to 4!”
We have been busy creating Valentine’s Day hearts during our Forest School sessions on Tuesdays. Now we just have decide who to give them to . . .!
A photo to remind us all where our journey at Stroud Valley Primary School began … don’t we all look so young? Even the adults . . .
A select band of 6 children enjoyed a very relaxed school day today. After our usual phonics, number and reading sessions we put on some “chill” piano music and enjoyed some making – books, pictures and meccano models. As a special treat this afternoon we had a Stroud Valley Cinema in our classroom – a film and our own bowl of toffee popcorn to munch on.
We usually award a certificate to 1 person in each class at our whole school Friday assembly and we USUALLY stick to this rule but Mrs Fathers has decided to break that rule given that there’s so many people who deserve that award this week :) Well done to all our fab families for coping with a totally new situation with such good humour and patience!
We’re all missing our Year 6 Book Buddies – R has been keeping his Friday reading session going with W using Zoom! Here’s us back in September 2019 enjoying getting to know our new buddies.
Don’t you all look great in your harvest crowns! Who remembers our Harvest Festival back in October 2019? I know some of you still know the words from our songs … I heard you singing them when we were planting outside :)
Who remembers our shape hunt back in November? We had such a busy time and you got really good at spotting circles, squares, rectangles and triangles in all sorts of place around our school! I wonder what shapes you can spot and name correctly when your out and about on your daily walk today?
Mrs Gardiner and her husband have made a picture book and we would like you to do the same. Read the blurb and then write your own with illustrations as well. The best ones will be published on our website and prizes given when we return to school. Please send your work in as a word document, with photos of your drawings to firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck, we can’t wait to read them.
It was so good to chat to you and your families about all your busy learning – well done to all the adults for supporting you so well! This week’s new home learning activities are on our homework page :)
Here we are back in November helping to raise money for Children In Need.
Remember our visit to Stroud Library in January? What great listening – the librarian was SO impresssed with us !
Good Morning Everyone!
06 July 2020
We have all had lots of fun learning how to play hockey!
PE with Vinny
06 July 2020
It was SO lovely to see lots of Sunshine children enjoying an outdoor PE session on Friday and it was a great way of catching up with friends we haven’t seen for a while :)
Welcome to our bug hotel...
29 June 2020
today we got busy creating a bug hotel for our numerous chuckiepig friends. We made sure that they had lots to eat and places to hide under. Maybe you could create one at home?
Art and Craft
26 June 2020
As part of our activities about minibeasts we created a lovely butterfly collage using colourful tissue paper. We all enjoyed selecting different shades and we created some very colourful creatures that are now on display in our classroom.
25 June 2020
SOOO warm today so we cooled down with a spot of fence painting (with water!)
snack time alfresco
24 June 2020
Today Sunshine boys and girls found a shady spot to enjoy their morning snack. Apple, melon, banana, strawberry and pineapple were on offer today - delicious! What fruit did you enjoy today?
A has been enjoying the weather
23 June 2020
and getting busy hunting for minibeasts outdoors. Well done A - it looks like you found loads!
19 June 2020
R has had a lovely time picking these juicy strawberries as well as getting busy with his home learning - they look really yummy!
art and craft fun
18 June 2020
We’ve just about finished our activities related to “Jack and the Beanstalk” and this afternoon we created our very own beanstalks using our thumbs to make prints of leaves and a lovely variety of green paper to cut and stick a collage. Don’t they look good!
A nice surprise for me!
16 June 2020
Thank you for the lovely card and message I received from someone in Sunshine today - a lovely message illustrated by this dinosaur. It really made my day :)