Busy Bees

Welcome to the Busy Bees class page!
  • Mrs Emma Conway

    Class Teacher

  • Mrs Charlotte Mayfield

    Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Gemma York

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Week 1 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week we welcomed the new Busy Bees to class. It has been a pleasure to watch them come in each day smiling and ready to learn! The year 1 Busy Bees have made them feel incredibly welcome. 
Each Reception child has been allocated a buddy in Year 1. Their buddy has done a great job at helping them settle in. They have been busy showing them where to go, completing challenges together in class and being a friendly face!
Reception have loved exploring their new environment!
Our focus for this week has been 'Goldilocks and the three bears.' To celebrate having the full class together we had a 'Teddy bears picnic' on Thursday which everyone agreed was great fun. We played teddy bear themed games, made masks and very much enjoyed sharing a picnic together! We did not let the miserable weather spoil our fun!
Year 1 were also very busy in the afternoons conducting science experiments exploring changes of state, properties of materials and using lots of scientific vocabulary!
Week 2 -The Three Little Pigs
This week we have been learning about 'The Three Little Pigs.' 
We have used talk for writing to retell the story, created story maps, built houses, drawn pictures of the houses/characters 
Year 1 had the challenge of designing and building their own houses. After exploring the strength/properties of materials everyone agreed that they wanted bricks and cement! The only problem was the bricks and cement were not delivered so we had to source alternatives!
We tested our houses from wind (the Big Bad Wolf) and from flooding too!
Only two houses stood firm and kept the three pigs dry! We talked about the reasons why.
In maths year 1 have been revising number bonds to 10. Reception amongst assessments are looking at matching numerals to quantities.
Week 3 - The Gingerbread Man
We have had a very busy week learning the story of the 'The Gingerbread Man.'
On Monday we had two challenges. Our first challenge was to explore weighing and combining ingredients to make yummy gingerbread which we then shared in class. Our second challenge was to build a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river.
Our bridges had to be strong enough to hold the Gingerbread Man and firm enough to stand on their own. We worked in teams and had to choose our materials carefully. 
Reception have been busy matching the sounds they can hear in words to pictures then attempting to form the graphemes.
Year 1 have been busy thinking about 'who/what/why/where/when' and creating their own reports about the Gingerbread Man's escape!
In R.E, we have been busy building our class tree for our new Christian value 'Live, learn and grow your roots through the love of God.'
It was an absolute pleasure to have the whole class at Forest School for the first time on Wednesday. The children loved exploring, building bridges, dens and climbing trees! Year 1 shared the important safety rules with Reception.
I have also included year 1 recapping their tool skills in previous weeks too!
See the exciting curriculum being covered this half term!