Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

SymondsburyChurch of England VA Primary

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Autumn 2019       

Welcome to our class page!

Please click here to read our Autumn Term Welcome letter.

Please click here to read our Autumn Term Curriculum Information leaflet.

Everyone enjoyed their first week at Symondsbury, please check back for photos and news of what we have been upto in Class 1!


Nativity       Click here to watch Class One Nativity 2019

 We were so proud of the children's performance in their Nativity today!  Well done Class 1!


Visit to Morrisons Bakery

Following on from our Harvest topic we have been to see how the Bakery at Morrisons works.  We were really interested to find out how they made their bread, how they got their ingredients and how the jam got in the doughnuts!

Matt from the Bakery let us help make some bread.  We saw the flour, salt, yeast and water go into the big machine and saw it being mixed and kneaded.  It looked much easier than we kneaded our dough by hand!  We help weigh out the dough to go in the tins and greased the tins for Matt.  We saw where the bread gets proved and the special ovens it gets cooked in.  Look out for our bread on the shelves tomorrow!

Matt also shared his secret about how he gets the jam in the doughnuts!  We had a go ourselves and later were able to eat them...delicious!

Steve helped us explore the fruit and veg aisle and learn about where our food comes from.  We are going to look out for food that comes from Britain.  

Steve also showed us the warehouse where everything is stored before it goes on the shelves.  We saw the biggest freezer we have ever seen and even standing near the door was so cold!

Finally we had a go at working on a till, scanning the shopping and weighing the bananas.




Along with the rest of the school Class 1 have been learning about Harvest this week.  As our focus was Kenya, we have been reading Handa's Surprise, a story set in a Kenyan village, where Handa is taking fruits to her friend.  We have learnt what fruits grown in Kenya and what fruits grow in England.  We have been retelling the story and drawing the fruits.

We have also learnt about how wheat grown by the farmers can be ground to make flour.  The children loved being able to have a go at grinding themselves.  We then made our own bread and our own butter so we could have some delicious sandwiches!


Grinding the wheat to make flour.

  Mark-making and writing in the flour.

  Making our butter - it took a lot of shaking!


Our delicious sandwiches getting a big thumbs up!



Now Press Play

 Class 1 had their first opportunity to use our new Now Press Play resource.  They listened to the story of The Gingerbread Man and joined in by acting out the story and joining in with the repeated refrain.  They were the child and then the Gingerbread Man and finally the Fox who gobbled up the Gingerbread Man.

"I liked saying nah-nah-nah-nah-nah"

"I liked being the fox because he ate the Gingerbread Man."

"I liked joining in with the actions."

"I liked being the Gingerbread Man because I got to run."


    Rolling out the Gingerbread Man.


Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!

  The fox swimming across the river.



Mark Making Workshop 

Today Jo from Oops Wow came and did a drawing and mark making workshop with us.  We heard the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon and then took our pens on their own adventures drawing hills, mountains, rivers and whirlpools.

We also had a 'Drawing Disco'  where we listened to music as we drew big shapes on the walls and table which gets out whole bodies involved!






We are so lucky to have fruit growing in our school grounds and today we took full advantage of picking apples and plums to make Crumbles!  The children have been looking at the different apples and discussing how they are different colours, shapes and sizes and learning about how they grow.


First we picked the apples and plums.

  Practising our fine motor skills by cutting up the apples.

  Making the crumble.

   Putting the crumble on top!

  All our delicious crumbles ready to go home for dinner!


Our First Week

Class 1 have thoroughly enjoyed their first couple of weeks at Symondsbury School.  They have been really busy; making new friends, learning new rules and routines and the staff have been busy getting to know them too!

Here are a few pictures of what we have been upto...


Lots of opportunities to be creative with the felt tips and paints, working on vertical surfaces is also really good for strengthening our core and shoulders ready for writing.  We have seen some wonderful pictures, some of them are up in the classroom!

Tap-It pictures!  Another opportunity to be creative, talk about shape and colour and great for our fine motor skills.

Playing in the home corner gives the children lots of opportunities to develop their communication and language skills, their personal, social and emotional skills as well as their imagination.

Getting the woo-woo tubes to make their whistling sound isn't easy...but it's great for our shoulders which in turn is great for our writing!

 The diggers and coffee beans were very popular, lots of opportunities for our communication and language skills and using our senses!  The classroom has smelt lovely this week!

Again, lots of opportunities to talk and imagine with our small world jungle animals.

All that pressing, squeezing and rolling the playdough is great for the muscles in our hands and fingers and will help us with our writing.  We have tried lots of delicious (Playdough) cookies this week!

Our writing area has already been very busy with lots of pictures and writing.