St Barnabas Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 3HB

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St Barnabas Church of England School

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12.7.18 - Fire engine visit - the Children were shown all the equipment kept on the fire engine including the 4 ladders.  They learnt about the large tank filled with water, the fan and hoses and they all had a turn using the hose!  We wrote thank you letters to the firemen to thank them for coming to visit us. 

9.7.18 Maths Day - Just some of the learning activities are shown below.  These included the children comparing the weights of different presents, estimated, weighed and ordered them from lightest to heaviest.  In another activity they  worked out how they need to cut sandwiches for the correct number of people going to a party.  They also created repeating patterned hats using both different shapes and colours as well as sharing out 10 candles amongst 2 cakes in as many ways as they could.

26.6.18 West Lodge Rural Centre Trip - we  looked at all the animals and their young. We saw pigs and piglets, goats and their kids, geese and some goslings. We got a chance to brush the goats and stroke the guinea pigs. We also did some den making and went on a tractor ride with Farmer Ryan, who told us about the wheat he was growing in his fields and about the 170 sheep who had been sheared recently. He told us the female highland cows were the ones with horns and the males were the ones without any horns! We had a lovely day.

6.6.18 - Science day.  We had an assembly about some of the different forces we would be learning about.  This included friction and  gravity. We had fun investigating these as well as natural forces and air resistance throughout the day in the classrooms and with our grown ups, when they came in to find out what we had been learning about. 

5.6.18 - The children enjoyed going on a Gruffalo trail to map out the trail of different animals from the story.

18.5.18 We have been practising our Maypole and Country dancing in preparation for next weeks Cream Tea and Maypole Dancing afternoon.

We have learnt the Very Hungry Caterpillar using our T4W story map and tasted some of the fruits he ate.

16.5. 18 We had some interesting visitors of the creepy crawly kind!  Mr Tomalin kindly brought some stick insects, locusts and  Morio worms that turn into Darkling Beetles, into the classroom for the children to see up close and hold as a finale to our "Ugly Bug Ball" theme.  

23.4.18 - We had an special delivery this week.  We received some eggs with an note asking us to look after them.  We plugged in the incubator and the next day we noticed the eggs had started to pip.  Before long we had not one, not 2 but....... 9 chicks! We observed them change from wet, sleepy looking, wobbly, chicks to fluffy, chirping chicks!  We moved them to the brooder box to begin to feed. We have learnt about the life cycle and written sentences about the changes we have seen.

21.3.18 - Sports Relief Golden Mile - The Hedgehogs and the Owls ran a Golden mile around the Bandstand. We warmed up with a march to the park through our new gate.  We stretched and then found a pace we could keep going at.  We encouraged each other and enjoyed the Spring sunshine! 

20.3.18 - Easter Experience at St Barnabas Church

1.3.18 - World Book Day - the children and staff came dressed in their pyjamas with their teddy bears for bedtime stories.  Unfortunately due to the snowy weather we had to cancel parents coming in to read bedtime stories.  Here you can see the children sharing stories with their teddies.

26.2.18 - Gillian McClure, an author and illustrator visited the school and each class. Hedgehog class listened to Gillian tell the story using puppets and then retold it with the puppets, changing the ending to their own.  She showed us her original artwork and book for her story Prickly Pig.  The story was about a hedgehog looking for a home.  Some of the hedgehogs wrote a story about Prickly Pig and made prickly pigs out of clay.

29.01.18- Science Day - the children worked with Year 1 's and Year 2's to conduct their science investigations about solids, liquids and gases.  They predicted, observed and discussed their results.   In one investigation they measured out liquids to create a slimy solid. Another they observed the effect salt, pepper and sugar had on ice to find the best substance to put on a pond to enable ducks to swim again. The final investigation involved a chemical reaction to create gas to inflate a balloon!

9.1.18 - We had a visit from Vicki, from mini me yoga who helped us understand the importance of being kind to ourselves and others and how this helps our well-being.  We learnt some Yoga positions and how to be aware of our breathing by putting a teddy on our tummies! We learnt the snake, dolphin, giraffe, monkey, tree and happy pose.

Emmy - I liked being a mermaid and putting a teddy on my tummy.

Talaya - I liked being a monkey because we got to tickle our toes.

8.1.18- We began our new topic"Once upon a time..." with a crime scene in our role play area!

who made all that mess? The children were detectives collecting evidence. At the end of the day we collated our evidence and worked out who the culprit was........GOLDILOCKS!!

5.1.18 Christingle making and service. Rev Doug helped us to make christingles together in the hall before we had our Christingle service in the church.

7.12.17 - Experience Christmas - the children had a wonderful time at the church learning about each part of the nativity story.  They thought about what they could ask for forgiveness for as the wrapped thread around their star.  They drew a present for Jesus to put in their golden box and looked at a map to learn about the long journey Mary and Joseph had to take to get to Bethlehem. They also learnt about the shepherds. At the end they left their presents for Jesus by the manger.  Thank you to all the volunteers at the church who gave up their time to help the children gain a better understanding of Christmas.

28.11.17 - Maths Day - Hedgehogs received their number for the day, 11! We then explored what we knew about the number and investigated the number further to find new things about it.  Here are a couple of things we knew.

Alfie - it's one more than 10

Rio - it's one less than 12.

Sophia worked out how we could make it using numicon.  It's one ten and a one.

We used coins, base ten grids, numicon, conkers, stones, counting camels and compare bears to find different ways to make 11 inside and outdoors.

24.11.17- thank you to parents for helping and joining in with our stay and create session. The children have produced some lovely decorations and creations with your support. We hope you enjoyed the session.

The Christmas tree with decorations the children made with their grown ups during stay and create Parental involvement day.
The Christmas tree with decorations the children made with their grown ups during stay and create Parental involvement day.

14.11.17- Science Day. Cosmic Chris impressed the children in assembly by showing how air is used to create a smoke rings through a drum using a smoke machine, and how a hover machine can work. We then did experiments in different classrooms using air.

9.11.17- Baptism at the church- We went to St Barnabas Church to watch and learn how people are baptised. Mrs Deamer chose children to be the parents and godparents and showed how the jug Ian used to fill the font and how the water is used to baptise a baby.

31.11.17 - Diwali Day. We spent the day learning about how Hindus and Sikhs celebrate the festival of light . Look at the beautiful clothes we tried on, the rangoli and mendhi patterns we created. We practised our letter formation inside the cards we wrote.

Making Bread like the Little Red Hen.  "It's a bit sticky!"  "I'm kneading it!"  "I'm making mine into a racing car." "Mines a hedgehog."  One child put her raisins inside her roll so there would be something sweet inside.

6.09.17 - Can you name the Nursery Rhymes these characters are from?  A fabulous array of costumes and characters for Nursery Rhyme Day.  

Hedgehogs have been learning to tell the story of the Little Red Hen using Talk 4 Writing. Our story map is below.

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22.9.17 - Hedgehogs have their first P.E lesson!

Hedgehogs busy exploring the playground, writing area, role play and craft area and getting to know their new friends in their first week of school!

12.9.17 - We have been using Talk 4 Writing actions and words to learn our daily routine.

08/09/17 A warm welcome to our new Hedgehogs who are starting school on Monday!

                                                  Hedgehogs 2016-17                                                            

20.06.17-Science Day - we had an assembly from Cosmic Chris and then we watched and did a variety of science experiments.

22-26.5.17 - Walk to school/Healthy School Week - Hedgehogs average for walking to school was 17 children out of 30 children.  Let's see if more of us can walk to or from school, especially in these summer months.  Research shows physical exercise makes your brain work better!  

 24.5.17 -  9 butterflies have emerged from their chrysalis and are fluttering about. We will be releasing them tomorrow as the finale to our "Ugly Bug Ball"  topic.

 27.4.17 - A strange package was delivered to Reception this week which said OPEN IMMEDIATELY. We opened it and discovered a small pot with a request to follow the instructions and look after the caterpillars inside. The children took at closer look at the caterpillars with the magnifying glass to find out how they moved and we looked at information books and the internet to find out more about them.

We've also been retelling the story of the very hungry caterpillar and sampling the fruits he ate before he spun his cocoon. We made a class tally chart and pictogram of our favourite fruit. We found out that's apples were the most popular and pears the least popular.


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The cold January weather called for some exploring! We took a closer look at the changes to our playground and the effect of our hands on the snow and ice.

We had a WOW start to our new topic "Once upon a time...." on Monday 9th January!

Steve Smallman, author and illustrator of children's picture books, visited Hedgehogs and the rest of school to inspire the children.

He read his book Eat your greens Goldilocks, to help us to remember the importance of eating healthily and his version of the Ugly duckling, which helped us understand the importance of standing up to bully's. He also showed us how to draw a surprised hedgehog who had seen a superhero slug! He explained how we can show how a character is feeling in our illustrations. We were very impressed - "Wahoo, that is so cool," one of the children said when he saw the finished picture.

Science Day. 21.10.16

We saw 2 Tawny Owls, 2 Barn Owls, a Little Owl, an African Scops Owl and an Eagle Owl. We were allowed to touch them with the back of our hands. We learnt that their hearing is 10x better than ours, they have talons and they can hear a mouses heart beat when they are flying 200m high! 

During science day we completed an experiment to test our sense of smell. We explored textures using our sense of touch outside by making rubbings of the textures we discovered. We drew the owls we saw, trying to include the features we learnt about.

An artistic Friday! The children looked in a mirror at their faces and learnt how to mix colours to create a painting of their face. They also used marbling inks to print swirling patterns using cool colours. The children learnt about Picasso painting in blue and green when he was sad (his Blue Period) and red and orange when he was happier (his Rose Period.) They created Picasso inspired artwork, learning how to mix white to make lighter colours and black to make darker colours.