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Welcome to Foal's Class!

Mrs Gibson teaches the Foals and Miss O'Brien and Miss Jones are the teaching assistants. We are really excited to welcome your children to our class and we have lots of fun things planned for them.


Our P.E. days are on a Tuesday. Please bring Reading Folders into school on a Tuesday and a Friday.

Week 3


The Three Little Pigs


We have had another busy week. Carrying on with our theme of traditional tales, we have been learning all about the Three Little Pigs. In Literacy we read the story and joined in with the repeated phrases, we tried to use voices that we felt matched the characters. We talked about the different characters and wrote what they said in speech bubbles. We used adjectives to describe the wolf and wrote ‘wanted’ posters independently. We then had a message that Mr Wolf was loose around the village so we decided to build a trap to catch him. The children designed their own traps, wrote lists for the materials that they needed, built them and tested the traps out. They found footprints that Mr Wolf had left. We searched our garden for clues to see if that would help. We finally caught Mr Wolf today by luring him into a trap with a fabulous mud and pig pie created by the children.


In maths we have continued to learn about subtraction. We have been taking one away using objects and pictures. We have been saying and recording subtraction number sentences. We continued this learning outside as well by playing skittles. We recorded our own scores.
We have also investigated and tested different materials to make houses for the pigs. We used straw, sticks and sugar bricks to see what made the best house. Over on the art table, we learned to mix pink to paint pigs. We made a wolf by rolling paper into a tube and adding our own eyes, ears and tail. We enjoyed making  pigs using circles and pegs. Some children have made their own play doh pigs too.

Week 2

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We have been learning all about Goldilocks and Three Bears this week. In Literacy we have sequenced the events in the story and written about our favourite part of the story. We talked about the characters and the different voices that they use. There are some great budding actors in Our class! 
In maths we have focused on ‘one less’. We have used objects and our fingers to find ‘one less’. We have also used the number line to help us find ‘one less’ and talked about the fact that we are counting backwards. 
The children were asked to paint their favourite characters from the story. We had some fierce bears and gorgeous Goldilocks paintings.
We have also been investigating our fingerprints, making Goldilocks and bear headbands and painting characters from the story. We created the story setting and then used it to draw a map. Many of the children chose to continue this learning in their own time and have created some fantastic maps together.

Outside, we played a maths game which focused on one less. The children enjoyed showing their friends how to play. We also challenged the children to design and build a chair for the three bears. The children were able to try out and then adapt their designs to include different features. 
The children had great fun in the mud kitchen. They took on different roles and acted out the story of Goldilocks.

Week 1

Arctic Animals



Happy New Year to you all!  It was lovely to see all of the children smiling and eager to come back to school. Everyone has returned to school settled and ready to learn.

This week we have been learning all about the Arctic. We have looked at the landscape and discussed the similarities and differences with Calverton. We have learnt about explorers, Arctic animals and the Inuit people. We have done some guided reading. This involved reading some sentences in order to dress a friend as an Arctic explorer. 
We have also been Super Scientists and investigated ice. We learnt that water is a liquid and that ice is a solid. We also learnt that water freezes into ice which can then melt back into water. This is called a ‘reversible change’. We even made some ice decorations to hang from the trees outside. They looked beautiful sparkling in the cold.
In maths we have been investigating different ways of arranging five cubes. We have also been recalling number bonds to five. We played a great subtilising game outside which involved lots of running around.

I was so pleased that so many of the children responded to my challenge of reading two pages of their book everyday.  Fantastic- keep it up foals. 

Week 7



We have come to the end of another busy week. The children have continued  learning about Christmas. The children have been busy exploring with Christmas playdough. They were challenged to exercise  their fine motor skills by pressing  cloves into dough. We also had ‘snow’ that the children could create pictures in. Over on our making table, we have made snowmen, elves and reindeers. In literacy the children have learnt to write an insert to a card. This involved practicing the tricky  words ’to’ and  ‘and’. The children were also encouraged to write about Christmas. In Numeracy children had to use counters and Numicon to make Christmas themed pictures and patterns. On Monday we had the excitement of our surprise message and a special delivery from Santa Claus. This was followed the next day by a wonderful message from Comet the reindeer. 
On Wednesday we all enjoyed learning about and making beautiful christingles. Today was party day. We enjoyed playing party games and dancing before sharing some Christmas juice and biscuits. Our day ended with a celebration assembly.

All that remains is for me to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year. Enjoy the time spent with your families. We will see you all in the new year. 


The Nativity Story


This week we have been learning about the Nativity Story. In literacy, the children heard the story been told, then they had the opportunity to write about different parts of the story. We tolerant about the long journey that Mary and Joseph made into Bethlehem. We compared it to long journeys that the children have made and then thought of different adjectives to describe a long journey. 
In numeracy we have continued our learning around the number five. The children also had the opportunity to solve some picture puzzles using Numicon.

Some children chose to re tell their own version of the Nativity story using puppets.  Other children have enjoyed looking closely at some sprays of Holly. They had a go at mixing their own green paint and painting some super pictures of Holly. A lot of children accepted my challenge of building a Nativity scene using different construction materials. It was lovely to hear the different discussions between the children as they decided how to design their buildings.

The making tables have been busy as ever, we have created our own split pin angels and snowmen as well as making Nativity scenes using paper dolls.
Thursday was a busy day. The children were very excited to perform in our Christmas Show which was watched by many of our families.

A busy week has ended with everyone joining in a lively Christmas sing song which we have posted on Tapestry for you to enjoy, this was followed by all the children sitting down together to enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch. The children looked fantastic in their brightly coloured Christmas jumpers.

Nativity Show

Today was the day that we have been practicing for for the last few weeks - our first nativity show.  The children have worked incredibly hard to learn all of the new songs and actions. Everyone was very excited this morning as they put on their costumes ready to perform. We had a few nerves on the way but as we walked into the hall to see our audience waiting lots of smiles broke out. Everyone sang and performed their very best.


We were so proud of everyone for the fantastic singing and smiles. Christmas has arrived. 
well done Foals. You are amazing.

week 11


st Andrew’s Day


Wow! What a busy week we have had. It all started with a very cold and wintery day on Monday. We had a great time in the snow. We made patterns and trails, snowmen and sand castles. We even held an impromptu experiment when we found some ice and watched it melt throughout the day. 
Back inside we learnt about Scotland and St Andrews day, which was on Tuesday. We made flags and mixed purple to paint thistles. We learnt lots of different facts about Scotland and sampled some shortbread biscuits. We even discussed whether we thought the Loch Ness monster was real or not. 
We have investigated ways of making five using two numbers during maths. We recorded the addition number sentences and checked to see if we had found all possibilities.


Pantomime Fun


We all enjoyed a fantastic performance of Aladdin on Thursday. There was lots of audience participation from our children who really enjoyed helping Aladdin persuade Princess Jasmine to marry him. There was lots of booing when the ‘baddies’ came out. The children enjoyed singing along to the songs that the performers sang. 

Pantomime pictures

Brackenhurst Visit


We had the most fantastic time at Brackenhurst on Friday . The children were absolute superstars. They showed all of our school values throughout the day. We were so proud of all of them. We began our day walking to Bethlehem. We had to answer some questions about the Christmas story. This lead us to a barn where the children were able to dress up as characters from the story. They then took part in acting out the story. After lunch we enjoyed making some Christmas themed crafts and shared a story together before making our way back to school. I have been told by many of the children that the best part of the day was the coach journey. 

Week 10

Our Families 



This week we have been learning about families. We began by reading a non fiction book about different kinds of families. The children have really enjoyed talking about their own families with their friends. 
The children have been busy painting pictures of different family members. We have created our families using paper dolls. Some children chose to make puppets and put on a show about their family. 
We practised our fine motor skills by rescuing families of bears from the bear cave. We then had to sort them into the correct family. 
Finally, in Numeracy, we have been learning about number four. We learnt number bonds to four using Numicon. We also learnt about shapes with four sides. The children have been challenged to find shapes with four sides in the environment, perhaps when you are out and about this weekend, you can encourage your child to look for shapes with four sides in the environment. It may be a window or a wall or you may spot a more unusual four sided shape. 

The children have continued to enjoy learning outside this week as well. They tried to complete an obstacle course with a friend. They spent time in the outdoor writing shed drawing pictures of their families and talking about the sorts of things that they enjoy doing with their families. 

Week 9      

One Kind Word and Paddington Bear



As another busy week comes to a close. We have been learning about Paddington Bear. We read the story  along with the children in KS1. As part of our learning we have explored the characters, Paddington and the Brown family, and wrote a character profile together. We also practised our reading skills by labelling Paddington and finding the missing words to sentences.

In numeracy, we have been investigating ways of making three. We used Numicon, ladybirds and double sided counters as part of our investigations. Outside we had to find pairs of ladybirds whose spots added up to 3. We also made shapes with three sides using the wooden planks.

The children had great fun creating ramps using drain pipes. They were challenged to make the balls land in a small bowl.

Back inside, we have been painting fantastic pictures of Paddington Bear. We also made split pin bears.

Alongside all this learning, it has been National Anti Bullying week. The theme was 'One kind word'. We have been talking about how we should behave towards each other and practising what would be the right words to say in different scenarios. Our week was brought to a close with a whole school game led by Miss Hanson on the playground to remind us of all the things that we had been learning about this week.

Week 8

Remembrance Week


This week in Literacy we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We have heard poems and listened to stories which talked about the meaning of Remembrance Day. On Thursday we joined in with two minutes silence. 

We have learnt to name the different parts of a poppy. We wrote sentences about poppies and we have been making and painting pictures of poppies. Some children built poppies from Lego and we even built a giant poppy outside made from ‘octo’s’.

In Numeracy, we have been comparing numbers and looking to see which number was more and which was less. We played a lot of games outside to help us learn.

The children have had great fun building and designing their own obstacle courses. The then challenged their friends to go around them.  

As ever our mud kitchen has been busy with the children making lots of delicious creations, pies, pizzas and cakes.

Back inside the children have been practicing their fine motor skills by using tweezers to place counters on the poppies.

As you are out and about this weekend, I hope that you get opportunity to go and see the memorial in Calverton. The children can tell you all that they have learnt about poppies.

Autumn 2

Week 7


We have had a busy fun first week back. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Hindu Festival of Diwali and Bonfire night.We created our own using chalk outside and a whole range of materials from Numicon to paint and beads.  We have learned about Rangoli patterns. We made and wrote our own Diwali cards . Our highlight of the week however has been making and launching our own rockets.
In Number work this week, we have been learning to represent numbers 1, 2 and 3 In different ways. Perhaps you could read stories at home which have three characters in  such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’.  Encourage your child to draw pictures of 1, 2 or 3 characters. 
It was great to see that so many children had been practicing putting on their own coats over half term. The next challenge is to learn how to fasten them!
Have a restful weekend. We hope you get to see some fireworks.


Autumn term A

Week 6


As we come to the end of our first half term, we would like to say how proud we are of all of the children.  They have all worked incredibly hard and settled into school life well.


Our last week has been as busy as ever. We came into school on Monday to discover that we had been given a bag of vegetables and a soup recipe along with a special note from Miss Hanson inviting us to use the vegetables to make some soup. We had a great time reading the recipe together then chopping the vegetables and making the soup. We all sat down together on Wednesday afternoon and shared our soup. We thought that it tasted delicious.

I hope that you will find time to have a go at making some soup yourselves over the holidays.  A perfect activity for a rainy day .


We have been learning about patterns this week in Maths. the children have enjoyed building their own patterns. They have used bricks, Lego, Numicon and cubes to name a few items. Some people designed their own patterns for their friends to make whilst other children got creative outside and made. Patterns from tyres and planks of wood. I would love to see the children carrying on with their pattern work over the holidays. Please post your pictures on tapestry. 

Finally over the holidays, enjoy the rest, perhaps share lots of books and games. We would be grateful if you were able to encourage your child to put on and zip up their own coat. Go outside as much as possible and encourage the children to climb, swing and explore. I look forward to hearing all about everyone’s adventures when we are back in school.


Week 5



We have had another busy week.  The focus for our learning was Harvest. In literacy we have been reading the story of ‘ The Little Red Hen’  and learned to read the tricky words the and to as well as learning to write ‘the’ . In numeracy, we have continued to learn to compare size. We built long and short roads using long and short planks. We also learnt about weight and were introduced to the vocabulary ‘heavy’ and ‘light’. We had great fun trying to make the scales balance outside.

In our topic work we learnt how the farmers gather in the crops ready for the winter. The highlight of our week was on Thursday when we had our own harvest festival. You can see highlights of our performance on Tapestry and the website. 

Please try to send in a picture of your child reading in an unusual place. It would be brilliant to have lots of foals taking part. 
Thank you for your continuing support of all that we do. 


Week 4



This week we have been learning about scarecrows. We learnt to sing and sign the song Dingle Dangle Scarecrow as well as singing other songs about harvest time. In literacy we have been learning about labels. We wrote our own labels for our scarecrows. We had great fun making  and decorating  our own split pin scarecrows. Autumn fun continued in Numeracy when the children were challenged to find the container that held the most and fewest conkers. We learnt to use the vocabulary more, most, few, fewest. 
We have made our own pictures of Autumn trees by carefully tearing paper to make a tree and then we added finger print leaves in Autumn colours.  
Everyone is trying really hard to write their own names every morning. I am really proud of you all. 

Week 3



This week we have been learning all about Autumn. We read the story ' The Lost Acorns' by Nick Butterworth.

In literacy we have learnt about the characters in the story, Percy, squirrel and Mole. We also learn about speech bubbles and have been writing some of our own. We enjoyed learning the poem 'Whisky Frisky' . We had fun guessing the woodland animal that the poem was referring too.

In Maths we have been learning to compare amounts. We learnt the new vocabulary of more, most, few and fewest. 

We have been finding out about the different things that happen in the Autumn. We went for a walk around the school grounds to see if we could spot some of the things that we had learnt about.

Have a super weekend. Keep on looking for signs of Autumn. If anyone spots any conkers and is able to gather some, we would love to use them for our work on measuring next week.  



Week 2

Our busy bodies!


This week we have been learning about our bodies and how to keep ourselves healthy. We had a visit from Harold the Giraffe to help us with our learning. We used a hole punch and split pins to create a person. We have also been writing ‘I am’ followed by our names. In maths we have been using our observational and thinking skills to sort objects such as shapes and compare bears using different criteria.

Week 1

Getting to know you 


This week we have been getting to know each other, making new friends and exploring our environment. We have been learning each other’s names during circle times and playing a name game by swapping places when using the parachute. We have focused on saying and reading the words ‘I am…’. In maths we have been matching by making careful observations of objects such as buttons and socks. We have also painted a self portrait.


Summer Term A

This term our theme is ‘Houses and Homes’.



Week 6

Homes in the past

This week we have been looking at homes from the past. The children have written facts about Victorian homes. They especially liked the fact that the toilet was outside! They enjoyed looking at artefacts and guessing what they would have been used for and they have learned to use an exclamation mark in their writing.
In Maths we have been looking at number stories and learning to count on to solve the number sentence. 

Week 5

Handa’s Surprise! 
The children really enjoyed learning about African homes last week so this week we have continued to learn about Africa. We have listened to the story of Handa’s Surprise and in Literacy we talked about the order of events, identified adjectives and questions used in the text. We have written about the story and looked at different types of fruit such as mangos and avocado pears. We have also been learning about different animal patterns. In maths we have looked at numbers beyond ten. We talked about the ‘teens’ numbers being one full ten and … We have also been using the 100 square to count and identify numbers. We focused on counting in tens and talked about the pattern we could see in the numbers. We used our knowledge of counting in tens to group objects and find out how many altogether. 

Week 4

African homes

This week we have been looking at homes in Africa. The children have written sentences about the climate in Africa, African landmarks, animals and houses. We have also looked at why Africa is so hot and how the sun shines on the earth to make day and night time. The children have been very interested learning about life in Africa and comparing it to their own lives in Calverton.

In Maths we have been finding different ways to make 10 by using the 10 Numicon as a jigsaw and placing smaller pieces on top, then counting how many holes are not covered and by counting on along a number line.

Outside, the children have used their observation skills to pint pictures of our beautiful tulips. 

Week 3

Where else does the Queen live?

This week we did some learning at home and at school. We learned about some other royal residences; Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Sandringham. We did some research and wrote some facts. In maths we looked at pairs of numbers that made seven and eight and solved problems to find missing numbers by counting on. We have also been keeping a close eye on our sunflowers that have started to grow.

Week 2 Buckingham Palace

This week we have been learning about London and it’s landmarks and learning facts about Buckingham Palace. The children enjoyed making Big Ben and the London Eye with the bricks outside. In Literacy the children wrote facts about the palace. Our favourite was that it has 775 rooms! In maths The children solved problems by arranging different dot patterns to make totals of 4, 5 and 6. We made shiny tiles from pressed leaves and tinfoil and also painted portraits of the Queen. The Bike Ability people visited and we all developed our skills on balance bikes. 

Week 1 All about my house

This week we started our topic about houses and homes and have begun by learning all about our own houses. We looked at pictures of our houses and discussed the different types of house we live in and whether they were detached, semi-detached, bungalows, flats or terraced. In Literacy we have written about our own houses and in Maths we have looked at the way houses are numbered on the street and recognised whether the number is odd or even. We grouped houses in pairs and used the Numicon to help us. We have had a go at building houses outside with the den building materials and have turned the writing area into an estate agents. We have also planted sunflower seeds and celebrated St George’s day.


Spring Term B

We began this half term by continuing to do some great learning both in school and at home. Then we have all enjoyed being back at school with our friends!


This week we have bean learning all about the Easter story. The children have written Easter messages for their Easter cards and we have looked for signs of spring in our area. We have made chocolate Easter nests and looked at the chocolate as it melted. We have  had an Easter bonnet parade. We also had an Easter egg hunt!
In maths we have been looking at more than ten and less than ten with a group of objects and looking at pairs of numbers that make 9 and 10.

Captain Sir Tom Moore

This week we have been learning all about Captain Sir Tom Moore. We wrote facts about him for literacy. We liked him taking his motorbike into school and hiding it in the playground. He also had a dog called Billy and liked to bake and go on adventures. We talked about his adventures and drew where we would choose to go on an adventure. We even used our observational skills to draw pencil pictures of him. We looked at the 100 square to compare our ages. 100 for Captain Sir Tom and 4 or 5 for us. We found out about Florence Nightingale and how she changed hospitals during the war. She was known as the ‘lady of the lamp’ so we had a go at making our own. 
We were super scientists and made rainbows by using felt tip pens on rainbow shaped kitchen towels by dipping them in water and watching the colour ‘bleed’ into the towel.

In Maths we explored different ways of making six and wrote the corresponding addition number sentences.

The Colour Monster continued.......

This week we have continued learning using the colour monster book. We created our own page for the book focusing on the feeling of worry. We voted for the colour brown to represent the feeling of worry. We mixed red and green paint to make brown to paint our colour monsters. We have been Super Scientists by making some cabbage water which was blue and changed it to pink by adding vinegar and then purple by adding bicarbonate of soda. We then added a big spoonful and it exploded!
We also learnt all about St Patrick's Day and celebrated by making flags, hats and leprechauns. It was also Comic Relief and we dressed up as Disney characters.

In maths this week we have been sequencing daily events as well as looking at two dimensional shapes. We found lots in our environment.

What a busy week!


The Colour Monster

We welcomed back all our friends to school this week. We have settled back into the school routine amazingly well so we have all been chosen for 'Star of The Week'.

This week we have started to read the book 'The Colour Monster' and focused on the feeling of being happy and the colour yellow.  We have talked and written about what makes us happy. We looked at and discussed sunflowers and Vincent Van Gogh's painting of sunflowers. Then we used pastels to draw our own sunflower independently!

We have mixed different shades of yellow to paint our own colour monster, used our observational skills to look at yellow fruit and vegetables and made models of the colour monster using yellow play dough. In maths we have been naming and talking about the properties of 3D shapes and creating repeating patterns.

What a great week back at school. Well done Foals!

World Book Day

The First Christmas 

Here is the Foals and Cubs Christmas performance. They have done amazingly well. We hope you enjoy it!
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.


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Clip, clop

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Knock, knock

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Following the star

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Away in a manger

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Jesus is born!

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Diwali activities

A harvest song.

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In the cafe

In the shop

Playing with the small world.

Foal's children from 2019-2020


We like to sit on the pumpkin to read.

Harvest Festival at the Methodist Church.

Lunchtime on our first day at school.

Using the outside area on our first day!