Outdoor Environment- all change!

Warning- Extreme jealousy may occur!!!

A few years back our school sold some land to developers and as part of that deal, there has been some money allocated to improve the infrastructure of the school.  My headteacher described it as the money you can spend on things that if you turned the school upside down it wouldn’t fall out!

It’s been a difficult time as a school with large cuts to our support staff due to the underfunding of budgets. I won’t go on here about my views on that or it would be a very different post…but it’s wonderful to have a bit of good news even if it seems to strange to have money for one area but not another.

So we are having a major makeover and the Year 1 outdoor learning environment has been made a priority. Continue reading “Outdoor Environment- all change!”

Superhero theme in the classroom- DT and communication enhancements and challenges

Make your own Superhero mask !
Dress up as a hero, answer an urgent call , solve a problem!

The children were invited to decorate the masks they had already cut out another day as a Fine Motor Skills activity. We also made a superhero rescue centre in the construction area; this gave the opportunity for writing as they had rescue forms to fill in and challenge cards to provoke more imaginative role play.

Superhero Rescue Centre

Superhero theme in the classroom- Maths enhancements and challenges

Counting in 2’s,5’s and 10’s.
The superhero jumping to count.

After our exciting start to the topic we have enhanced our continuous provision in a number of ways. Using the White Rose Hub as a starting point for Maths planning we use challenges in the classroom to deliver mastery and fluency. Above is an example where the children used small world figures to jump the building whilst counting. Also available were actual blocks that the children pretended were building for the superheroes to jump. Great for engaging children who prefer to be active in their learning.

Money to count in 2,5,and 10’s. We pretended the villians had stolen the money and we needed to count it to check it was all back!


Superhero Writing – Getting boys hooked !

We started this term with a Superhero theme. We have read the excellent book Harvey the Hero and the well-known text Superkid. Today however at lunchtime a terrible crime was committed by a villain!









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