Buttercross Class Newsletter 11

We have been very busy mathematicians in the last few weeks. We have been learning to recognise coins and use money. Activities included an archaeological dig in the sandpit and the setting up of a supermarket role-play in the home corner. It was great fun using the till to pay and give change.

Telling the time is really challenging, but we are practising a lot. We played ‘What time is it Mr Wolf’ and used little card clocks to make the time. Our learning log homework is to make our own clock!

No Dinner!

Enjoy our very own production.


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We have used our story maps to act out our Indian fairy tale so far.

We celebrated with an Indian feast when the hungry old woman in our story reaches her granddaughter’s house and eats some delicious food.


Our class assembly and Stay and Share went so well on Thursday; the children were very proud of themselves. Thank you to all families that attended. If you weren’t able to come, don’t worry, you’ll be able to view the film on this website soon!!

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We have been reading and responding to an Indian fairy tale about an old woman who wants to visit her granddaughter on the other side of the jungle rainforest. Here are just a few examples of our learning (check out our new Buttercross Awesome Learning Log page too to see how the children have followed up their learning at home!).

Sharing jungle fruit

Miss Kulesza’s talk about her visit to India

Mixing greens


Big Jungle Art

In gymnastics the class has progressed on to the big apparatus!


Buttercross Class Newsletter 8

We’ve had such a busy start to the New Year that we forgot to update this page with our fantastic learning!

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Our term started with the mystery of the missing yellow trike. The children found lots of clues in the outdoor garden and concluded that they were all linked to fairy tale characters. They have made posters and newspaper reports to see if anyone has any information.

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In PE, we have been lucky to have Mr Weston, a sports coach, to teach us. The children have been developing their gymnastic skills.

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Our work on 2D shapes inspired our Year 1s to create shape pictures. They then asked the Reception children challenging questions about the properties of the shapes they had used. The children are going to use this knowledge to help them make a Santa tree decoration.

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The recent hard frosts inspired the class to think about what ice is made out of. We planned an experiment to investigate how we might make our own ice. We tried putting a bucket of water in the fridge, outdoors and in the freezer. We predicted whether classroom objects would float or sink in water, and then observed what happened to them when frozen. The best bit was playing with the ice castle and seeing how long it took to melt!

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Following our class assembly, the children were proud to show their families their Learning Journeys so far.

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We have been exploring length and height in maths.

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Our Year 1s have been enjoying finding different ways to make a number and using a system to record all the number facts they can.

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We had a fun day helping the school council to raise money for Children in Need, including dressing up in spotty clothes and a colouring competition.

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It has also been Antibullying Week this week; Buttercross and Woodgate had a joint afternoon on Tuesday full of activities to support the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These inclded a chance to make ‘Worry Dolls’ to encourage the children to express their feelings when they are anxious about something. We also introduced a ‘Worry Box’ so that children can let us know if they need to talk.

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The Year 1s created their own Sensory game for their learning log homework. The Reception children really enjoyed trying them out.

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Reception have been exploring shape space and measures by playing games in PE, building ramps and enclosures in the small world area.

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The Reception children have started our Letters and Sounds phonics programme and have been busy practising their newly acquired skills.

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The school nurses visited us  to talk about how we can keep clean and healthy, and left us some jigsaws and games to play. Some of the children were chosen to dress up as ‘The Clean Gang’!

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We have been sharing the children’s favourite stories from home in Buttercross, and created a wonderful display in our book corner.


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Thank you to all the Reception parents and grandparents for attending the reading workshop on Friday. The children were so excited to see their families in school and share stories.

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Our Year 1s have been working hard splitting (partitioning) the teens numbers into tens and ones this week and showing their understanding using the outdoor resources. Good luck with your learning log number tracks! They have also been busy in phonics and PE with their Woodgate friends.

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The Reception children have had lots of fun and lots of firsts this week. They stayed for lunch on Monday, had PE on Tuesday and had their first full day on Thursday. They have settled into school routines incredibly well and we are very proud of them.

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A warm welcome to Buttercross Class! Our four Year 1s have had a brilliant first two weeks back. They have all grown up so much over the holidays and have impressed us with their mature attitude towards their learning. They are excited about their role as Home Group Leaders and have helped Mrs Martin and I settle the new Reception starters.


We are delighted by the way the new Reception children have come into school eager and ready to learn. They have made the most of the good weather playing and learning in our outdoor classroom. We look forward to them staying for lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and, all being well, staying all day next Thursday and Friday.

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Buttercross Newsletter 11

We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed our whole school Helpston History Trail this week. We learnt lots of interesting historical facts as we followed the map and answered the quiz questions.


We made crowns for our special Queen’s birthday lunch!

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The children’s writing has really improved this term. Here are some brilliant examples:

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We were excited to begin our minibeast topic with a minibeast hunt in the nature area. We found woodlice, ants, earwigs, spiders, ladybirds and tadpoles in the pond!

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We have set up a minibeast research centre in the role-play area to find out more about the creepy crawlies we found. In minibeast maths, we have been practising our counting and calculating skills.

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Buttercross Class Newsletter 9

Welcome back after our Easter break. Our first week back was as busy as ever; our class assembly and Stay and Share session were very well attended.

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This week, the class are so excited to be planning a special royal party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. We talked about who the Queen is, what she does and what she might eat for breakfast! We read Kipper’s Birthday and wrote invitations to the class toys. We also found out which month our own birthdays are and made a graph to show which was the most common. On the day, we will be designing party hats, making a birthday cake and having a ‘posh  party’ in the afternoon. Don’t forget to wear red, white and blue!

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Buttercross Class Newsletter 8

I cannot believe how quickly the year is passing and that we are nearly at the Easter holidays! The class are progressing very quickly and are so enthusiastic to learn new skills and knowledge. Here are just a few topics we have been working on over the last few weeks:

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After a Spring Walk around the school grounds, we painted daffodils and measured them to order them shortest to longest.

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With the better weather, it has been great to get outside a bit more to explore our surroundings and new mud kitchen!

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The children love to cook and so we made flapjack and gingerbread in response to two of our favourite fairy stories; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man.


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Our Heroes and Villains topic this term is all about goodies and baddies in fairy tales. The children have immersed themselves in dressing up and acting out a range of  traditional stories:

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We have explored fairy tale settings such as the deep dark forest and linked this to our learning in Science about trees:

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The Goldilocks and the Three Bears story inspired us to explore capacity in our oats tray, to learn about measures in making flapjack and to improve our building skills to make a cottage for the bears.

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Buttercross Class Newsletter 6

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to everyone! The last couple of weeks before the Christmas holiday was so busy and went by so quickly, we didn’t get chance to update our newsletter. Here are just a few of the Christmas activities and events that took place in Buttercross.

Making paper chains

Making paper chains

Large-scale Christmas drawings

Large-scale Christmas drawings

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A surprise visit from Father Christmas!!

Nativity Service in church

Nativity Service in church

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Exploring 2D shapes to make a tree decoration.

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Building a (very elaborate!) stable for all the characters and animals in the Nativity story.


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A big thank you to all the parents who took part in Phonics School the last three weeks. It was an invaluable opportunity to see the Reception children learning their sounds and to learn some fun games to support your child at home using our Sonic Phonics booklet (see class information if you need another copy).

This week, it was our class assembly. Buttercross showed how we use songs to help us learn new skills and concepts. This was followed by a Stay and Share session in the classroom when children were proud to share their Learning Journeys with parents and carers.

Following the assembly, we thoroughly enjoyed the workshop session with Wood Green Animal Shelter. We talked about the role of people who help us look after pets such as vets, nurses and animal carers. We then met Ginger the guinea-pig and learnt how important it is to be quiet and gentle around animals.

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Buttercross Class Newsletter 4

It has been a busy two weeks back after half term. Our class topic is all about ‘People Who Help Us’, and so we have been thinking about who helps us at home, school and in the wider community. Last week, Key Stage 1 went on a brilliant trip to ‘Pets at Home’ to find out about looking after pets. This week, we had a visit from local police officers (PC Frank and PC Andy) to talk about how the police help to keep us safe. The children were so excited to have a short ride in a real police van with the sirens on!

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The children are enjoying their PE sessions with Mrs Myatt, learning lots of new skills and developing their balance, control and coordination.

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Last week, Buttercross Class performed a special version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in the Family Reading Assembly with a special sound effects team to enhance the story! This is one of our children’s favourite stories that they like to hear over and over again. This was followed by a reading workshop for our reception parents/carers. We discussed the importance of reading for enjoyment and how we can create cosy reading environments at home. See our handout outlining ten tips for reading success on the Buttercross Information page.

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This week, we went on an Autumn Walk to Rice Woods. The class had great fun searching for different leaves to match the pictures on their leaf bags.

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We have written an Autumn poem and created hedgehog collages and Autumn tree prints.

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Buttercross Class Newsletter 2

Our new Reception learners have settled very quickly and had a brilliant start to their school career. The Y6 Buddies have done an excellent job to support the children at break times and whilst they eat their lunch.

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The Year 1s have been teaching the reception about class rules and routines as they play and learn in the indoor and outdoor workshops. Here are just a few of the activities they have enjoyed:

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Buttercross Class won Pippa the Penguin for the best score for lining up this week! Pippa is being looked after very well in the listening corner.

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Buttercross Class Newsletter 1

A warm welcome to Buttercross Class! Our six Year 1s have had a brilliant first week back. They have all grown up so much over the holidays and have impressed us with their mature attitude towards their learning. They are excited about their role as Home Group Leaders and have helped Mrs Martin and I get the classroom ready for the new Reception starters next week.

We began the week by harvesting the potatoes we grew in the summer. This inspired a whole range of learning activities:

Searching for potatoes

Searching for potatoes


Counting and weighing

Counting and weighing

Cooking and eating!

Cooking and eating!