Fun at the Farm!!

Today Year 1 enjoyed our first trip of the year on a sunny visit to West Lodge Farm!

We all enjoyed feeding the goats, sheep, ducks, geese and, of course, the chickens! We have been reading and writing about the Little Red Hen in English so met lots of different types of chickens – and some of us practiced our very best cock-a-doodle-doo!

We met a very big pig and her three newborn piglets, who were all drinking milk from her. We were really lucky and got to groom an old, friendly horse called Cracker. Everyone had a go at brushing him and stroking his soft hair.

After lunch, we went on an adventure through the woods to find the Witch’s house. On the way, we whispered wishes into fairy doors and kept our eyes peeled for magic! We gave a big knock on the door when we got to the house, but the witch wasn’t home so we had a snack and a story in the woodland clearing and went back to the farm.

We all had a great day and loved meeting all the different animals! We can use this experience to help us come up with characters in our own stories when we go back to school!


Fun in the sun

Today the children in Year One and Reception have enjoyed a picnic together. This has given them the chance to get to know each other and make new friends. We are all looking forward to being in KS1 together in September.

Diary of a Wombat.

David Attenborough class have been enjoying learning the story of “Diary of a Wombat”.

Oral storytelling is important to help children recognise the structure of a text.

Here we are “internalising” the text by drawing our own story maps. We will use these to help us remember the text off by heart.


Happy Mental Health Day!

We have been learning how important it is to keep our minds as healthy as we keep our bodies.

We talked about what to do if we feel upset, or angry, or worried, and celebrated things we love.

We made promises to each other to be a good friend and talked about how it is easy to say unkind things when we’re angry, but harder to take them back so we need to think carefully about peoples feelings.

We also got to wear whatever makes us happy, whether it was pyjamas, mufti or fancy dress. We found out that sparkly shoes make some of us very happy!!


Fun on the ice.

The children had a great time on the ice despite falling over lots of times. They used their growth mindset and believed that they could do it! Lots of resilience and courage were shown and all of the children amazed me.

Being creative.

The children in Charles Wicksteed class have worked together to show the values of unity and friendship to create our classroom. This term our topic “Around the world” will see us learning about Australia, Brazil in South America and Kenya in Africa.

Lights, Camel, Action!

After weeks of practicing lines, singing words (even in our sleep!), hijacking the hall and learning the funkiest dance moves in Kettering, it was time for the annual Key Stage 1 performance – Lights, Camel Action!

The children had all worked really hard and all of the teachers were very proud of them. Much like Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, it has been a tiring road with a worthwhile result at the destination!

We saw funky camels, a tango fandango, stage invasions, line dancing townspeople, Morris dancing sheep, a hand jive straight from Grease, and enough glitter to make the school hall sparkle and shine!

Well done to all the children, now for a big rest before Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!


What did the confused owl say?


The owls were certainly confused on Tuesday this week because they swapped their usual forest home for St Andrews school as Key Stage 1 got to have an up close encounter.

We enjoyed learning about the beautiful birds of prey, how they catch their food, how old they grow to be and lots of other interesting facts.

We even got a chance to hold them! We all felt very lucky to have experienced this.

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Dissecting owl pellets

As part of our learning about owls the children in Charles Wicksteed class have been finding out about what an owl likes to eat. Miss Cross put on some gloves and dissected an owl pellet. We saw bones, teeth, a skull, a claw and a jaw bone.