Pirate Celebration Day!

May 20th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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Today the children were really excited as they arrived dressed in their amazing pirate clothes. We spent the morning making pirate food, telescopes, eye patches and playing outdoor games. We even did a treasure hunt and found chocolate coins in a treasure chest!

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In the afternoon, Jack Sparrow arrived! We were so excited to meet a ‘real’ pirate. He received our messages in a bottle and found our treasure maps.  Our maps helped him find his treasure and he dug it out of the mud! We sang songs along with Jack Sparrow and his guitar and enjoyed our pirate food with him!  We had a great afternoon!

Keep watching this space for more videos of the afternoon!


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Arrr! Me Hearties! Pirates have arrived at Aire View!

May 2nd, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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Over the Easter break changes were afoot in Swifts Class.  Lots of new pirate themed areas appeared and this left us wondering why?

The book area has become a pirate cove. Only pirate readers allowed!

The small world became pirate themed along with ‘Skull Island’ and sea monsters.

The role play area has a ship, a galley kitchen, treasure and a captain’s writing desk.


When we took the register back to the office we found a bottle with a message inside and what looked to be a pirate treasure chest.  All three Reception classes gathered together to find out why they had been left for us.

These children found the message and treasure chest when they returned the registers.

We looked at the bottle and thought about what was inside. Most children guessed it was from a pirate but some thought it was a treasure map and others thought it was a message.

Mrs Travers read the message to us.  This is what it said;

Arrr, so you’ve found me message then. Well done Landlubbers!

Hope you didn’t have too much trouble getting it out of the bottle, but it’s the safest way for a sea faring pirate to send a message without it getting wet!  My name is Captain Jack Sparrow one of the most famous pirates that ever sailed the seven seas.

I hope whoever you are that you will help me and if ya do ya will be rewarded well, ‘Pirates honour’.  (That means I will stick to my word).

I have found treasure, treasure of such riches you cannot begin to imagine, but I fear that another pirate the dreaded Black Beard will steal it from me before I get chance to bury it.  Black Beard is not a friendly pirate like me-self and often makes his pirate crew walk the plank, or flog them with a cat o’ nine tales if they do not follow the Pirate code of honour.

I came onto land to find a suitable place to hide me riches but me poor sea legs soon got the better of me and I became sick as a dog.  (It is usually the other way round for you Landlubbers).  I have hidden the treasure about the place but you must find it and bury it in case Black Beard shows up and finds it first, do ya think ya can do that for me?  Don’t ye be forgetting to mark the spot with an X.

I hope I can be trusting ya me hearties, Not a word to Black Beard,

Captain Jack Sparrow.


We all agreed to follow the pirate code of honor and learnt a special phrase and action called ‘Cross and bones’ that we will say to show we are following the code.  We had a quick look at the ‘real’ pirate treasure and then sealed it up again and took it outside to bury in a safe place.

                                                                           We used sticks to mark the spot.

When we got back to our classrooms we received another message from Jack Sparrow.

Arrr, me Harties this be Captain Jack Sparrow asking ye to be doing me a favour – ya will be rewarded well! Pirates Honour.

I hope ya managed to find me treasure and bury it before Black Beard could get his rotten hands on it.

Now whats I needs is a map so I can find where ya hid me booty. Me old sea legs will soon be ready to return to land, but don’t worry ya selves I will send ye all a message before I arrive. 

I have attached one of me old maps to show ya what a pirate treasure map looks like.  Be having a good look at it so ya can make one of ya own.

Do ya think ye all could make a map like that for me?

 Arrr me hearties, I can’t wait to meet ya all.                                           

Captain Jack Sparrow.                                                                


We set to work straight away.  We noticed that his map was brown and torn around the edges so we stained our maps and tore around the edges to make them look authentic.  Next we looked at the features on his map.  It had labels telling us what the places were called, it had a compass and ‘x’s to show where the treasure was.  We made sure we included these features in our maps.  Here are a few examples of our maps.

We can’t wait to receive another message.  In the meantime we will keep Jack Sparrow’s treasure safe from Blackbeard.


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Easter Bonnet Parade

April 10th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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Wow! What a busy half term this has been.  To celebrate it coming to an end we had an Easter bonnet parade and played lots of egg themed games. The children and families made some truly outstanding bonnets making the judging of the competition very difficult for Mrs Bottomley.

Here are the winning bonnets.

Here are some of the other amazing bonnets.


In the morning we made egg sandwiches for the party in the afternoon.

We also made ‘Easter Nest’ buns.


We began the celebration in the afternoon with our Easter Parade.

Next we played some games outside.

Duck, Duck, Goose.

Egg and Spoon Race.

Egg hunt – (We hid name cards and the children needed to find them in exchange for chocolate bunny lollies)

We ended our celebration with our egg sandwiches and a drink in our classrooms.


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Egg Drop

March 28th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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Today we read ‘Egg Drop’ as a class during Shared Reading. We were so engaged. It made us eager to do our own experiment!

We worked together superbly, in pairs and threes, to design our own ‘Egg Drop’ device. We made them using recycled material following our ‘Earth Day’. We drew our design and wrote a list of the materials and resources we used.

We predicted whether our egg would then dropped and tested them, from a height, to see if the eggs were protected or if they had cracked!

To make the test fair we all tested the egg drop on the same wall.  We measured the height of the wall and discussed the position, distance and time it took to drop.


We had a ‘cracking’ time!!


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Earth Hour #MakeClimateMatter

March 27th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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Today,when we arrived at school, we found the playground littered with lots of rubbish.

It was our mission to come together to sort out the rubbish so it could be recycled and reused.


A special assembly took place where we learnt a lot more about recycling, reusing and climate change.



We then turned all the power off! Earth hour had started. We made it our job to check lights, computers and anything else that uses electricity.

We carried out lots of tasks after making a pledge as a class!


In Swifts, we made bee hotels, the Earth from space, nature wands and our pledges.


It’s been a busy but exiting morning.


To finish it off, here are pictures of our ‘Earth Hour’ lunch.



Thank you to everyone for their ongoing support.

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Growing Sunflowers!

March 20th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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We began by planting our own sunflower seeds. We used the internet to read and follow the instructions. We also read non-fiction books all about planting and flowers. We learned the different parts of a flower.


We have looked closely at sunflowers and have completed some observational drawings and paintings. We explored mixing colours with paint. In the creative area we made sunflowers using different materials. We manipulated scissors effectively to create a flower.

In ICT we used the computers to draw and label sunflowers.

We then wrote instructions for others to follow. We made a list of things you need. We then wrote step by step instructions.

We are selling sunflowers in our Garden Centre (Role Play Area). We are also observing our sunflowers as they grow. Some of us are really good at remembering to water them every day.

We are going to continue to observe our sunflowers and keep a sunflower diary. Very soon, we will be able to bring them home. We are going to have a competition to see whose sunflower grows the tallest.

See if you can answer these questions…

  • What does the seed need to make it grow?
  • What would happen if it had no soil or water?
  • How tall can a sunflower grow?
  • What are the different parts of a sunflower?

Maybe you could research online or write down your answers in a sentence and bring them to school!

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Blowing in the Wind

March 19th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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The children are really enjoying the topic ‘Blowing in the Wind’. This week we made the most of the windy weather and had a go at flying kites outside. We had to work as a team with friends, taking turns and also help each other to get the kite to take off. We had lots of fun!

In phonics we have been revising Phase 3 sounds (see attached link). T-L-016-Phase-3-Sound-Mat-C

We focused on the trigraph (3 letters making 1 sound) – igh. We wrote bright ideas on light bulbs and in the Creative Area, we explored using charcoal to draw windy night pictures.

Watch this space to see what else we get up to this half term!!

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Road Safety Assembly

March 19th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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On Friday we had a special assembly all about road safety. ​The children are all experts on road  now. We can talk about where is the safest place to cross and what we should do before stepping out onto the road. We learnt a song that can help us to remember the rules of crossing the road.

“Stop, Look, Listen…before you cross the street. Stop, Look, Listen…before you cross the street. Use your eyes, use your ears, before you use your feet.”

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Multi Skills

March 16th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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Today Swifts have been learning some football skills.  First we found out about how to find a space by moving around the hall in different ways making sure we were not touching anyone else.

Next we played a cup and saucer game where one team had to turn the cones over like a cup and the other team had to turn them back over like a saucer. This required the children to move quickly, change direction and spot the cones that were the wrong way.   After a minute we counted the cups and saucers to see who were the winners.

Finally we had a game of bench football.  The children were in teams and given a number.  When their number was called they had to try and kick the ball into the other teams benches to get them out.  It was very exiting and everyone had a great time.


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Helicopters and Hot Air Balloons

March 16th, 2017 by mrsoconnor
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We have been busy finding out about and making helicopters and hot air balloons.  Here are some pictures.   Image result for helicopter clipartImage result for hot air balloon clipart

Once we had made our helicopters we took them outside to fly.

We have been singing a lovely song called Up, Up, Up!  Written and sung by Susan Reed.

This inspired us to find out more.  We found out that it is the hot air that lifts the balloons off the ground, and that a burner is used to heat the air. The fabric must be very strong and the fabric around the burner must be heat resistant.

We made our own hot air balloon using a plastic bag and hot air from a hairdryer.  We let it go in the school hall.

We made hot air balloon models.


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