Cherry Tree and Apple Tree classes have enjoyed lots of fun activities in Forest School. They have been exploring the woods, climbing trees, making characters out of natural materials and drinking hot chocolate.
The children in Cherry Tree Class like playing games on the interactive whiteboard that help to develop their maths skills. The week we have been revising coin values and also making given amounts with coins.
This week during child initiated time some of the children have chosen to baskets with eggs using clay.
This week Reception enjoyed a Pirate themed week. The children enjoyed making pirate hats (which involved lots of problem solving skills), creating treasure maps and drawing and labelling pirates.
Apple Tree Class at their Forest School sessions.
Finally two beautiful butterflies have emerged from their cocoons.
Cherry Tree Class watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the story there is a magic flower. We created our own magical flower and wrote about it’s special powers. We also made fairy crowns and created fairy homes and gardens.
Apple Tree Class enjoyed Shakespeare Week. We had activities relating to A Midsummer Nights Dream and the children enjoyed making fairy houses, fairy king and queen crowns and magical flowers.
These photos are Oak Class and Apple Tree Class enjoying their session with Cat from West End In Schools.
This week in Reception we read many stories based on the character of Supertato! We enjoyed making our very own SuperVeg! The children wrote captions and we made a collage and Rafferty wrote a story. We also enjoyed making a rope swing at Forest School and Erin made a fairy after attending the West End in Schools Workshop.
This week some of our caterpillars have formed cocoons. We are watching and waiting to see the beautiful butterflies emerge!
Last week we had eggs delivered to Reception and immediately there was a buzz of excitement in the classrooms. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing first hand new life as the chicks hatched. We have two boys and seven girls.
In Cherry Tree Class during D.T day we made fairy cakes. We used the balancing scales to weigh out the ingredients. We placed an egg on one side and then added sugar to the other side until the two balanced. We tipped the sugar into the mixing bowl and then measured out the butter and the flour using the same method. We cracked the egg into the mixing bowl and then stirred all the ingredients together. We spooned the mixture into cake cases and baked our cakes in the oven. Delicious!
We also sewed fish and also had fun doing woodwork.
During Art day looked at the work of Seurat and tried creating our own work using the ‘Pointillism’ painting technique.
During ‘Stay and Play’ we enjoyed making clay faces, whittling sticks and cooking marshmallows on the fire.
On Science day we enjoyed mixing various kitchen ingredients to make potions! There was lots of colour changing, stretching, fizzing and bubbling. Beth commented, “when I put the vinegar in, my potion exploded!” Samiah added, “it looks like a volcano!”
When Meccanoid came to visit we enjoyed high fives and liked watching his eyes change colour!
In Apple Tree Class Arthur Hare’s Grandad, Terry, has been coming in to help the children with woodwork. They have been making aeroplanes, cars and buses.
Click below for Apple and Cherry’s Term 4 Home Learning.
Everyday the children in Reception enjoy making their own choices about their activities. They can choose to do one of our challenges or try an activity we have created, or simply come up with an activity of their own!
Arthur’s Amazing Writing Challenge
The Reception children became scientists this term and investigated which way would be the quickest to melt the blocks of ice that was trapping some toy woodland animals. Each group tried a different method (hairdryer, warm water, cold water, salt or hot water bottle) and we observed which group melted their ice and rescued their animal the quickest. In Apple Tree class the warm water worked the quickest!
At the start of the term the children enjoyed making and eating toasty bear faces. The children cut their own slices of banana for the ears and nose, spread the butter on the toast and then chose from blueberries or raisins to add the eyes, before tucking in and enjoying their tasty treat!
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Our first Forest School sessions were a huge success and all the children had a wonderful time exploring the woods. The children climbed trees, collected interesting things, like acorns, beech nuts, sticks and leaves and some even found some mini-beasts hiding under logs. Most of the children tried hot chocolate which was made by our Ranger, Donna, on the fire.
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The behaviour of pupils is outstanding…Pupils are proud to belong to the community of Hartley Primary Academy…Pupils’ conduct in lessons is exemplary.
Ofsted, March 2016
The standards at Hartley Primary Academy are exceptional. They have been consistently above average over time.
Ofsted, March 2016
The school provides a caring and supportive environment to children and there is a clear emphasis on enabling children to be the best they can be — both academically and as “people”.
A quotation from a member of staff, Ofsted Report, March 2016
I feel really safe at Hartley Primary Academy…all the teachers and my friends are all around me.Y4