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Week of 22nd May

This week sees the last week on our topic Colours. They children have experienced various teacher led activities exploring colour in many different ways. This weeks focused learning activities have been…..

 to use the unifex to decide whether the children had chosen a light or dark colour and compared with their friends.

 To discuss the different colours animals are.

 The children enjoyed a wonderful story “What the ladybird heard next” which involved learning rhyming strings.

 The children all practised writing their name in the cursive style or worked on writing rhyming words.

  The children were focusing on their hemisphere writing  skills of certain letters remembering that all letters start from the grass.

 The children have learned about Piet Mondrian, one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl.  The children looked at some of his best known work where he made use of rectangles and lines with bright colours of red, blue and yellow.



Looking after our rabbits

This week we are looking at why and how we take care of our nursery rabbits. We spoke about the home they live in, what they need for their hutches and what they like to eat and drink. We also talked about our trip to the farm that is happening this week and how we need to keep calm, no shouting or screaming when we visit and hold the animals as we do not want to scare the animals.

The children all enjoyed a cuddle with hoppy and either stroked or gave his beautiful soft fur a brush.

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Hoppy was a super star with the children, he sat very nicely and definitely showed the Holme Grange Way.

Do you have any pets at home?


Afternoon trek around Holme Grange

This afternoon we went for a trek around our amazing grounds within the school. Mrs Short had the idea of going on a bear hunt but I was out numbered!! So we decided to visit the goats, Horatio and Goliath. They were happy to see some Little Grangers visit them.


We then wondered down to see the ducks and the chickens. The children took delight in feeding them!



imageimage We even had children interested in going into to see where the chickens live.

image image Everyone loves jumping in muddy puddles!!

image A quick run across the field……..


Then an explore into the Willow Village.


image image Performances then started with a sing along on the stage!

Then we headed into the TLC hub for more fun and adventures.

image image Fun was had on the wooden see-saw, could they balance?

image image Great balancing was shown.

image image Rope swinging was a bit tricky….some managed well.

A great afternoon was had by all.

Model animals.

This week we have been looking at how to make animals out of junk model materials or construction.image The children worked together and shared ideas and materials image image      image   The children used a various materials for a variety features.   image         image “I’ve made a snake”

image “Look at my snake it’s got a flat tummy”.      image “This is my

snail”.image   “This is my snake, he’s very fat”. image  “I’ve made a cow, he’s got blue eyes”  image  “This is my horse, it’s got pink hair”

image ” this is my tiger, I hve balls for eyes and string for his tail”.

image   “It’s a baby foal”

image   Here is one we all created together, what animal can you make?

Pony morning

How lucky are we? What an amazing morning we had thanks to Mrs Bing and her wonderful helpers. The children learnt all about looking after ponies and horses, from brushing them to the food they like to eat to learning about the equipment they use.

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IMG_1258 we are off to the field for our pony ride with Toby and Elmo!



IMG_1262IMG_1261IMG_1260 The ponies were fantastic and deserved a well earned rest after carrying 47  children.

Hope you enjoyed the morning.



This week the children were challenged to describe where in the world did certain animals live.

image   “Giraffes eat leaves from the trees”   image        “I like whales because they are big” image    “Camels live in a hot country and have humps for water” image. “This one swims in the sea and is black and white”
image   ” I like leopards, he’s like a cat with spots” (we looked at the difference between leopards and Jaguars as Matilda pointed to the jaguar not the leopard)

image    ” I like these birds”image    ” penguins live in the ice because it’s cold”   image ” horses are my favourite, there’s one”
image  Each child enjoyed searching and learning about where each of the animals would be found.. But there was a question maybe someone knows the answer to which the children couldn’t quite answer:


why don’t penguins and reindeer live in the same place if they like the cold?


Some me children said its” because Santa doesn’t need penguins for his sled” or “the penguins can’t help the elves? ” (they had established that penguins live in the south and reindeer in the north)


Your answers?



This half of term we are learning all about animals. This week in the construction room we have decided to print animal footprints. At first we tried using small world animals but decided the footprints didn’t work out very well so Mrs Short made some footprints which have been much more successful. The children choose which footprint and colour paint to use and away they went making some super prints.

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“I like horses!”

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” can I do another footprint?”

For best results the children had to push down hard on the print.

The footprints will go up on display in the construction room, please come and take a look and try to see which animal footprints we have used.


Our new topic for this half term is animals. This week the children are creating their own pictures of animals using different coloured 2D shapes. We talked about the names of the different geometric shapes and how many sides each shape has. The children shared their ideas of what animals they would like to make and then got to work using their imagination, some glue and arranging of the shapes to create the different animals they had discussed. We had some wonderful animals by the end of the exercise!

What animals would you make?

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'This is a cow.'

‘This is a cat.’

'It is a cheetah running fast.'

‘It is a cheetah running fast.’

'It is a cow. He now needs milk.'

‘It is a cow. He now needs milk.’


‘It’s a cat.’


‘It is a pig.’


‘It is a cow.’

'I've made a cat and he has one ear up and one ear down.'

‘I’ve made a cat and he has one ear up and one ear down.’

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