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English Focus Week 2017

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During 16th-20th October 2017, pupils from EYFS and KS1 took part in an English and Outdoor Learning focus week. Each key stage had a theme: EYFS based their week on the story of 'The Gruffalo' (Julia Donaldson) and children in KS1 took part in a variety of activities linked to the text 'Duncan's Tree House' (Amanda Vesey). A great time was had by all, with very positive feedback from pupils: "It was fun and we got to visit other classrooms." (Zahra) and "...we could go outside and make dens!" (Jacob). 

 

We had several fundraising activities during the week and thanks to the amazing generosity and support of our parents, we managed to raise an impressive £1104.86! The money will be used to support pupils' learning and will be split between English and Outdoor Learning. Ms Applegarth would like to purchase additional RWI resources for children in EYFS and KS1 to develop writing skills, and Miss Dilks would like to use her funds to enhance outdoor learning in the forest school. Thank you to everybody that took part and contributed to a very successful focus week - as you can see from the photographs and comments below, the children had a fantastic time!

Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to...

Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 1 We wrote a story ending for Duncan's Tree House...
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 2 ...and illustrated our book.
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 3
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 4 Year 2 visited Watford Library.
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 5 There were so many books to read!
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 6 We found books written in different languages!
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 7 We wrote a list of items to take in a tree house.
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 8 We built our own dens...
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 9 ..and made a sign, just like in the story!
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 10 We acted out stories in the forest school.
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 11 We didn't find any Gruffalo's or bears...
Here are just some of the fun things that we got up to... 12 ...but we had a great time learning outdoors!

Nursery children went on a bear hunt in the forest!

Nursery children went on a bear hunt in the forest! 1
Nursery children went on a bear hunt in the forest! 2
Nursery children went on a bear hunt in the forest! 3

KS1 had a bush craft session in the forest...

KS1 had a bush craft session in the forest... 1 They learned how to light a fire.
KS1 had a bush craft session in the forest... 2 "I learnt what a fire steel is" Emily.
KS1 had a bush craft session in the forest... 3 They enjoyed steaming mugs of hot chocolate...
KS1 had a bush craft session in the forest... 4 ...and pop corn cooked on the open fire!

Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo...

Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 1 "We acted out the Gruffalo story."
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 2 "I liked making Gruffalo masks"
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 3 On Friday we came to school in our pyjamas!
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 4 We made models of the Gruffalo.
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 5 We had several 'mystery readers' visit us...
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 6 ...throughout the week to read us a story.
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 7 "It's fun to do stories!"
Reception based their learning around the story of the Gruffalo... 8 We did so many different Literacy activities!
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