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27/02/24

KS2 enjoyed learning about our sustainable school building today. We went around the school looking at the different features of the building that make it sustainable e.g. triple glazing, solar panels, air source heat pump, wildlife area with a pond, a living roof to name a few! pic.twitter.com/BfJuL8cxXI

26/02/24

🚨 Exclusive egg update from Oak class! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/zzmCp4pJQ1

23/02/24

BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 A space shuttle has landed in the nursery classroom! Inside is a large purple egg that looks like it’s hatching and lots of strange symbols… we can’t wait to see Oak class on Monday to help us figure out this mystery! pic.twitter.com/AuX3jNGA1M

15/02/24

The children had such a wonderful time at our Valentine’s disco. We had dancing, music, games, sweets, balloons, a photo booth and even glitter tattoos! Thank you to Miss Hunter and the PTA for organising such a great event for our children. pic.twitter.com/phZn5IftLY

08/02/24

In Oak class, the children love coming to school so much that they asked for their own miniature one! The children now have a mini classroom complete with a staff room and pretend photocopier ☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/9kkdc850Pk

30/01/24

We heard from Jenny who lived in Cape Town during the drought and how her family managed to conserve water. KS2 are now creating their own PowerPoints to share some top tips on how to save water as part of our learning in ESR. pic.twitter.com/bvLlXSwYKy

30/01/24

Chico is back! He had such a wonderful time visiting Layston Grove Care Home for the winter holidays. He returned today with Paula, Eileen and John, to tell us all about his adventures. Oak class were so happy to see our friends and show them our own class bear! pic.twitter.com/9sr2aa9LRz

24/01/24

This morning the children in Oak class rescued a sapling that had been blown over in the storms. It was a lot of work and we even discovered a dinosaur tooth while digging! pic.twitter.com/MTK6sB0BK7

24/01/24

We are very excited to have a day of filming at school today! Next stop Hollywood! pic.twitter.com/Sp1gWFLNqn

23/01/24

We are really enjoying being creative at after school club today. We have played with the aqua beads, built a fairy garden and solved jigsaw puzzles. pic.twitter.com/R1hrCX0ovB

19/01/24

This week we have been very lucky to have the HSBC bank come into run workshops teaching children about the value of money. These sessions were lots of fun. We were then presented with a Smart Money Award for the support of financial education for young people. pic.twitter.com/w6VQLXdXEU

19/01/24

Thank you to our school council for a productive meeting discussing safeguarding at school. The next meeting will be to discuss the playground designs for our new equipment coming later this year. pic.twitter.com/4EQPvs7LCd

15/01/24

KS1 and KS2 worked brilliantly together this week on a range of teamwork challenges. pic.twitter.com/0kn52IuKuO

10/01/24

KS2 have been learning about different forms of communication in PSHE. We looked at morse code and braille, the children enjoyed reading and writing messages in different ways. pic.twitter.com/aobpa51ZjZ

27/12/23

* Vacancies *New year brings new opportunities. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/SccrfX4cF2

20/12/23

And that’s our first term complete! Thank you to everyone for their kindness and support this term. Here’s to many more wonderful terms together. Merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year, from the team at Buntingford First School x

20/12/23

BREAKING NEWS! We have had word from Santa, via the elves, that our children have been added to the nice list! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅 pic.twitter.com/6HBYrNnbLi

19/12/23

Today we had a fun (but very messy!) end to our science topic on solids, liquids and gases. The question remains, what is slime pic.twitter.com/LAJeWcj5jg

19/12/23

Yum, yum, yum! We enjoyed a lovely festive lunch today. Thank you to Diane for catering so well for us all! pic.twitter.com/TKDkaVuCGC

18/12/23

What a magical time we had this morning - Father Christmas was on our school roof!! He came to wish everyone at Buntingford First School a Merry Christmas and we were all very pleased to see him!🎄 pic.twitter.com/GbbiaGZmWf

15/12/23

We really enjoyed spreading some Christmas joy this afternoon at Layston Grove. The children performed their Christmas songs to the residents and there were lots of smiles from both sides. We were also lucky enough to see Chico who is on holiday there…he has a lovely new outfit! pic.twitter.com/spg21ZIiS0

14/12/23

Willow class visited Oak class this afternoon for some sensory play fun. We made our own snow and have been exploring the water beads! pic.twitter.com/rdx2x19Jwg

13/12/23

* Vacancies *We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website for full job descriptions and to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/vt3GDsEnBE

12/12/23

The children absolutely blew us away with their performance of ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and made this wonderful performance possible. pic.twitter.com/khq0X959qM

12/12/23

It looks like the elves are putting on a show as well today! We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am for our first ever Christmas concert! 🎶🎄 pic.twitter.com/MLUBlCxFm0

EYFS Explorers

Nursery Unit Themes

Happy to be Me

‘Happy to be Me’ is a unit focused on smooth transition and celebrating each individual’s unique self. The children will listen to others and role play familiar events.  They might nurture and grow plants in our growing area; make family members on wooden spoons; see which household items float and sink; create a puzzle of themselves; make a meal for a friend; or even dress up as builders and construct a home as they learn how important listening is.

Jurassic Park

‘Jurassic Park’ launches children back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the planet.  Here the children will love playing ‘What time is it Mr T-Rex?’; collecting delicious leaves for a plant eating dinosaurs and becoming paleontologists who looks for bones buried in the sand.  They might need to record some of their observations by printing dinosaur feet or making models to share their expertise. What will we discover?

The Spirit of Christmas

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ gets everyone in the festive mood as they create Santa’s workshop.  Gift wrapping skills are essential as presents are wrapped and put on Santa’s sleigh ready for the big day! Decorations need to be made and tinsel needs to be sorted by length and by colour.  Can we create a delicious treat for Rudolph and his friends or rescue characters from the snow-storm of shaving foam before Christmas?

Under the Sea

‘Under the Sea’ you will find our deep sea divers on an adventure with their friends.  These explorers are searching for sea creatures.  During their voyage the children might sail across the sea in their various modes of transport; or recreate a beach with wet and dry sand; be careful counting shark teeth – they could be sharp! Using tweezers to pick out shells from shaving foam will help us strengthen our writing muscles even further.

Blast Off!

‘Blast Off!’ is a space themed unit which allows children’s learning to be out of this world! Children might be able to create rockets and launch them into the sky; spend time star-gazing; turn sand into moon-dust; design a new space suit; create space juice or even create musical sounds that they might hear in space.  Don’t forget your wellies – space boots are essential for this mission!

No Place Like Home

‘No Place Like Home’ promotes responsibility and encourages children to look after things as we would at home. Mud kitchens are great at making mess, can we organise our resources and make sure others can use them too? Children might enjoy role playing experiences they have at home such as a barbeque or camping. Wind chimes may be heard as the children construct musical instruments from household equipment.

Animal Crackers

‘Animal Crackers’ enables children to immerse themselves fully learning about a variety of animals from minibeast to farm animals; ocean creatures to pets at home. The children will investigate different tracks that animals leave and even make their own; they might role play as farmers and investigate minibeasts using magnifying glasses.  Children might discover arctic animals frozen inside ice or venture into the jungle under the table.

Let's Play

‘Let’s Play’ focuses on sharing and taking turns. Planning for a picnic can be thirsty work as the children work out how many items they need on their toy picnic.  Using small world blocks and figures, the children can create a whole town to play in, or perhaps a fairy village, or a zoo! There might need to be a toy shop set up to sell the new toys or a den built for new adventures. Maybe the characters from Toy Story could help us?

 

Reception Unit Themes

Happy to be Me

‘Happy to be me’ is a thematic unit which encourages children to learn about their amazing, unique selves. They learn about the parts of their body, develop their understanding of emotions, create wonderful artwork and enjoy a range of stories, songs and rhymes. The children will investigate using different resources and show their curious minds.  They will also develop their understanding of belonging and the positive connections they have to others. What does it mean to be ‘me’?

Jurassic Park

‘Jurassic Park’ launches children back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the planet.  Here the children will love exploring what they can do with just sticks and stones like they had in the Stone Age! The children might set up a cave and draw pictures to go inside or move around like hunters/gatherers.  Perhaps they might like to make a model of Stonehenge or practise their bow and arrow skills! What will we discover?

Come and Join the Celebration

‘Come and join the celebration’ explores what a celebration is.  The children will set up a party and work out how many guests will be attending, how many tables/plates etc they need. Can they make sand pies for everyone? What about some decorations? This will be a wonderful celebration of cultures as the children look for similarities and differences amongst celebrations that link us all together.  Come and join the party!

Come Fly with Me - Asia

‘Come fly with me – Asia’ is a whirlwind tour of some of the wonderful countries in Asia. Children will say, ‘Hello,’ to China as they celebrate Chinese New year and, ‘Hello’ to India as they learn to move and create music in the Chinese dragon dance or Bollywood dancing.  Children will explore writing from different languages and try to create these themselves.  The children will love learning about the Chinese and Indian cultures before flying by to Russia and Egypt to finish their tour of Asia.

Food Glorious Food

‘Food Glorious Food’ is a delicious exploration of different foods. Children will get to taste and describe a variety of foods and even turn their hand to a spot of gardening.  All their learning will culminate is a food festival with food themed songs and dances. Will the children make scarecrows to protect their new crops or create their own soup? Perhaps they will set up a café or use the mud kitchen to practise their new skills!

What on Earth... ?

‘What on Earth…?’ is about showing respect for the world we live in.  As a net-zero school, sustainability is really important to us that everyone understands how we can look after our planet. Children will study living things in our locality and in other habitats such as the ocean. Children will describe what they see and may enjoy setting up their own garden centre or deep sea diving to the depths of our oceans. Using different materials, tools and techniques, the children can experiment and share their creations. Do the birds outside need feeding? That’s not a problem for our nurturing children!

If You Go Down to the Woods...

‘If You Go Down to the Woods…’ you’ll be familiar with this popular song and fairy tale but this learning explores deeper than just the tale.  The children will learn about the material of wood and its many purposes, as well as learning about things that grow in woodlands and which creatures live there.  Who is the tree-man and what does he do? What can we make out of wood? Children can continue to learn about growing as they work together on their class garden. Does the garden need a gnome? Clay skills might be needed to bring their garden even more to life!

Help is at Hand

‘Help is at Hand’ focuses on sharing and caring as we prepare for our transition into Key Stage 1. Who are the wonderful people in our world that can help us? What do they do? Children will look at different people that help us in our local community starting with those who helps us at home, before moving on to look at who helps us in school and then learn all about the emergency services.  The children will look at how they can help others; this will include a link with the Layston Care Home in Buntingford where they will run an inter-generational project.

 

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