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English Focus Week 2017

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...

We wrote a story ending for Duncan's Tree House...
...and illustrated our book.
Year 2 visited Watford Library.
There were so many books to read!
We found books written in different languages!
We wrote a list of items to take in a tree house.
We built our own dens...
..and made a sign, just like in the story!
We acted out stories in the forest school.
We didn't find any Gruffalo's or bears...
...but we had a great time learning outdoors!

Nursery children went on a bear hunt in the forest!

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

They learned how to light a fire.
"I learnt what a fire steel is" Emily.
They enjoyed steaming mugs of hot chocolate...
...and pop corn cooked on the open fire!

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

"We acted out the Gruffalo story."
"I liked making Gruffalo masks"
On Friday we came to school in our pyjamas!
We made models of the Gruffalo.
We had several 'mystery readers' visit us...
...throughout the week to read us a story.
"It's fun to do stories!"
We did so many different Literacy activities!