Welcome to Haytor class (2016 - 2017)
Haytor is a mixed Foundation/Year 1 class which currently has 23 pupils and is taught by Mrs Lucy Dennis.
Haytor have strong links with Chudleigh Knighton Pre-School who visit us at our setting. We like to make good use of our outdoor play area as well as the school garden during our lessons; our school field gets used during our Forest School sessions and some of our PE sessions.
Writing Stories and Maths
This week in Haytor the children have been trying to write some stories to send up the Beanstalk to Monkey. They have been writing on paper and also working with the ipad book writer where they can take photos and type in text to write their story. Benjamin wrote one about his day at school and Illani was concentrating her story around the Dinosaurs who were taking a bath! During maths the children learned how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to make counting a large number of objects easier.
Haytor have been making spells this week, writing down what their potion does and what ingredients were needed. They were then able to put the ingredients together and find out what happened. The potions were colourful, sparkly and the fizzing caused great excitement with the wannabe wizards and witches!
Knowing our numbers
Reception children in Haytor have been concentrating on ordering numbers this week, adding one more and taking one away. They have used a variety of resources to keep practising their new skills. The Year 1 children have been partitioning numbers, using dienes and then writing some number sentences to show what they had found.
Meeting the Chicks
Haytor children were able to meet the chicks and have a little cuddle this week. With newspaper out to protect the carpet against little accidents, the chicks were brought out to meet the children. They all had a cuddle or a stroke and enjoyed seeing them out in the open. The chicks weren't out for long as they wanted to get back into their warm brooder. The chicks have yet to be named but there will be a vote soon on the names that have been suggested by the children in our Chick Naming box.
Mother's Day Assembly and Making Popcorn
Haytor children have been enjoying being outside this week and had a special treat following their super Mother's Day Assembly that they performed in front of their Mums. The children had been practising for a few weeks to remember their lines and where they had to be to say those lines. They performed really well and sang the songs beautifully and after the parents had left Haytor headed outside to our garden to make cheerio bird feeders and make some popcorn over a fire. Although it was drizzling this didn't put the children off who enjoyed watching the seeds popping and turning all white and fluffy. Mrs Hall had to be careful not to burn the popcorn whilst Mrs Dennis dished out some lovely hot chocolate to go with it.
Inside and Outside
Haytor children have been able to get outside more with the warmer weather on its way. They have enjoyed counting how many people it takes to sink the boats in the water tray. The dinosaur swamp is becoming a firm favourite with lots of the children, digging trenches and watching where the water flows is always enjoyable. Our mud kitchen boasts some budding chefs with delights like Mud pie special and Sand cake soup being served daily. Inside the activities are cleaner but just as much fun as numicon is used to make shapes.
Haytor children had some very exciting arrivals on Monday when they placed several chicken eggs into their incubator. The children can watch the eggs and see on the display board what size the chicks inside might be. We are all hopeful that we will soon have some fluffy chicks running round to write about and draw!
Haytor children have been sharing their favourite books with each other this week and then writing a book review. They have been talking about their favourite part in the book and drawing their favourite character. There were lots of different books being chosen during the week to be read at story time.
Haytor Class have been working together to solve problems and build vehicles this week. Reception children have been finding the solutions to some number sentences and the Year 1s having been using dienes to represent two digit numbers. They worked together in pairs to build a car or vehicle using a variety of resources. During the week there have been lots of patients visiting our Role Play Hospital, thankfully all of the patients recovered under the expert care of our nurses and doctors. The Year 1 children have been mapping out their environment including the classroom and outside area. We always enjoy a little dance and wiggle after we have done our phonics and funky fingers in the morning.
Elephants, Ice and Garden Adventure
Haytor Children have been exploring the outdoors this week as the Year 1s mapped their environment indoors and outdoors. The Foundation children joined them as they headed out to the garden to see what physical features the Year 1s could find. The children were thrilled to see our friendly robin especially as he treated us all to some lovely singing. Most of the bugs were in hiding due to the cold weather but there were a few woodlouse and snails to be found hiding under the bark. Earlier in the week the children made paper elephants with peg legs and had fun breaking up the ice and seeing how long it took to melt in the sunshine.
Birthday Fun with Gus the Gorilla
Haytor children had a surprise birthday party this week as Gus the Gorilla celebrated his 6th Birthday. The children have been learning about why we have birthdays and what they mean to us and they all helped Gus to celebrate his birthday in style. They all lined up outside the classroom and then came in to wish him a Happy Birthday, some children carrying in presents and cards that they had made. They helped Gus to open those and then had a game of pass the parcel. The party food was enjoyed by everybody with a huge chocolate cake being shared by everyone. There was a game of follow my leader with Gus being the leader and the afternoon ended with a story.
'I loved having a birthday party for Gus, he is so funny' - Cyril, Year 1
'The best bit of the birthday was the yummy cake' - Maisie, Foundation
Haytor children enjoyed lots of fun in the last week of the Autumn Term. The Christmas party was enjoyed by everybody with tasty food kindly donated by the parents and a special visitor came to hand out a little gift to all the children. The Christmas lunch which was served by the staff was great fun and the children enjoyed popping their crackers and finding out which toy they had won in theirs.
Road Safety Week
Haytor children went out for a walk round the village to learn how to safely cross the roads. They had a go at crossing quieter roads with an adult and then they crossed the road with a Traffic Control Officer or Lollipop lady as they still like to call her!
'We must always stop at a kerb.' - Grace, Reception
'We need to look left and right and listen.' - Paige, Year 1
'Always hold an adult's hand.' - Benjamin, Reception
'Never run across a road, it's too dangerous.' - Michael, Reception
Haytor pupils have been mixing maths and cooking this week. Some of the children have been making chocolate chip buns and rolling a dice to see how many chocolate chips they could put into their mixture. The Year 1 children used their knowledge of number bonds to decorate biscuits with icing and then added chocolate chips and silver balls on top of each one. Everyone enjoyed the activities and were even more delighted to take the buns home to eat them at the end of the day.
This week in Haytor we have been exploring our outside area to find different materials. The Year children wrote lists for the Reception children who became material detectives. We have been learning how to use our number lines, putting numbers in the right order and practising counting one more. We used lots of different items to help us achieve this including our measuring worms and our bananas!
Haytor children have been spending the week exploring their classroom, building, drawing and exploring their outside space too. The Year 1s have been ordering their numbers and practising their handwriting. The classroom environment has been providing Haytor with some exciting discoveries with a butterfly joining the children in the classroom and a few spiders entertaining them outside in the playground.
Haytor class (2015 - 2016)
Haytor was a mixed Foundation/Year 1 class which had 21 pupils and was taught by Mrs Lucy Dennis.
Haytor Class had lots of fun this week when they took part in the annual Sports week. There were lots of different sporting activities on offer and they also joined up with their Buddies in Burrator who helped them with some fun activities. The children especially liked getting the climbing frames out and seeing who could get to a higher point than last time.
Haytor went to Plymouth Aquarium with Kestor class as part of their Under the Sea topic. They went on a coach to the Aquarium and walked round all the tanks looking at the fish, sharks, jellyfish and seahorses. They met up with Marina the mermaid who talked about her friends in the sea and how they can help her to keep them all healthy by taking away any rubbish from the beach when they visit. The children loved watching the fish swimming and were able to view them from many different angles throughout the aquarium. The final activity was paying for their pencils in the Aquarium Shop then it was back on the coach to go back to school. There were lots of happy faces boarding the coach but some of us had found the day a little tiring! Well done to all of Haytor and Kestor who represented the school really well and walked carefully round the Aquarium being considerate not to make too much noise to frighten any fish.
It's all a bit fishy!
Haytor Class have gone Under the Water for their topic this term and this week they have been creating their own Rainbow fish, jellyfish and turning their classroom into an Underwater scene. They have been enjoying time in their new role play area 'Haytor Aquarium' and writing all about 'The Rainbow Fish'. Outside some of the children enjoyed using the number line and adding one more on!
Abbrook Farm Visit
As part of their Topic about Food Haytor Class went to visit Abbrook Farm. They toured the farm looking at all the different animals, learning about how the farmers look after them. They walked through some woodland and listened for the different bird sounds and finished the visit by planting their own bean to grow back at school.
'It was very smelly by the pigs' - Jayden, Reception
'The sheep are very noisy today' - Bella, Reception
'I hope my seed with grow quickly' - Amelia, Reception
Farm to Fork - Visit to Tesco
On Tuesday 23rd February Haytor Class had an exciting trip to Tesco in Kingsteignton. As part of Tesco's Farm to Fork campaign the children took part in a Healthy Eating trail round the store. Their first job, in groups, was to collect the fruit and vegetables on their sheet, then they spelled out the word HEALTHY and listened to facts about that particular fruit or vegetable. Then it was on to the baking aisle where the sugar was and the children had to guess which foods had sugar in them. There were some surprising finds with rice and tuna both having a small amount of sugar in them. The children had to explore the store looking for the ingredients to make muesli and checking the sugar content of each of the ingredients. After a tasting session upstairs the children got back on the bus to come back to school each carrying their own goodie bag. The children had a great time and Janette Parker commented on how well they had all behaved. Well done to all of you for your super behaviour and great manners and thank you to the parents who came along to help transport the children and join in the Farm to Fork fun!
'I liked tasting all the food' - Katie
'It was fun in the bus, we sang lots of songs.' Namara
'I liked going round the shop and looking for things' - Jayden
'The prunes were really yummy' - Bella
'I loved the banana' - Cyril
Haytor children have been re-enacting the story of Handa's Surprise using real fruit. The pineapple was very heavy to carry and prickly too! The children then thought about their own stories and acted out some stories with Mrs Hall who started with some ipods in her box and ended up with some stickle bricks! All the children were able to write Handa's Surprise remembering which order the story went. On Friday the fruit was cut up and all the exotic fruits were tasted by everyone.
'I loved the kiwi' - James, Reception
'I like the pineapple it is very juicy.' Paige, Reception.
Haytor children explored their learning environment on the look out for different shapes. They ventured outside the 'Shapes Box' to look for other shapes that can be found in the environment when they were introduced to 3D shapes. An apple was a favourite for a sphere shape and after the discovery some of the children enjoyed eating their 'spheres'!
The children in Haytor have been busy inside and outside this week. They have been finding cubes to match their number, playing teachers in the book corner. Some of us enjoyed sweeping the water away from the rain that fell! We like to paint outside on the easel and inside we were mixing colours to print with leaves. We loved exploring the canal system and moving the boats with the water.
Sharing stories and games
Belstone children paid Haytor class a visit this week and listened to us reading our books then shared a library book with us. We had the chance to play some games together and were very excited when we were allowed to go into the Hall to let Belstone see us on our push boards. 'It was really good fun to be back in Haytor.' Oscar told us, 'it made me remember what it was like when I first came to school and didn't know how to read that well.'
Construction in progress!
Haytor children love to build things, whether that is tall towers in our outdoor space or inside building jigsaw puzzles. We enjoy working together and challenging ourselves to find out where the next piece should go. We always get a real sense of achievement when we finish our construction and love nothing more than having our photo taken so we can remember what we built!
Well done to Haytor Class, you raised £77.90 at your Cake Sale and fingers crossed that you can hang onto your lead in this competition when Kestor take their turn next half term. Thank you to everyone involved in baking, selling and buying the delicious cakes and buns.
Haytor Class spent many days practising their song, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, for the performance at the school Harvest Assembly. The huge crowd that came along to support did make some of us a little nervous but once the music started and the actions began, Haytor dingled and dangled with ease. Well done to all of you for being the best scarecrows!
Topic Work - Our Favourite Toy
As part of our topic we all brought in our favourite toy to share with the class. Some of us chose toys that we played with in school like the ipods and sticklebricks. We had our photo taken with them and told our classmates all about them during a special 'Show and Tell' session.
Topic - All About Me
Haytor Class discovered which parts of the body we knew and shared it with the class, we used birthday boy Jo as our 'model' to stick our labels onto. We then practiced writing the different body parts on stickers and put them on ourselves. We liked writing nose and mouth as Mrs Dennis soon found out!
All About Me - Hand washing!
Last week Haytor Class had a session on hand washing which was part of their topic 'All About Me'. Mrs Dennis covered her hands with a gunky, glittery gel which was then passed around the class as we shook hands during our song time. This helped to show us how quickly germs can be passed on. We all took it in turns to wash our hands using the steps that were shown to us making sure we washed all areas of our hands including the wrists, palms and fingers. We were a little surprised to see glitter everywhere but found it funny when we all sat down on the carpet and saw that we all had glittery, sticky hands; luckily our hand washing was so good that the glitter soon disappeared!
Exploring our environment
Haytor Class have been exploring their environment this week at school and getting to know the new routines. They have all enjoyed being outside playing in the sand kitchen, on the bikes and looking through our dressing up box! The Year 1's have been reminding themselves of their number ordering and producing some handwriting about their summer holidays and a poem about Autumn.
Haytor class (2014 - 2015)
Haytor, our Foundation class had 27 pupils and was taught by Mrs Lucy Dennis. The children were supported by Mrs Mandy Kent, Mrs Ruth Hall and Mrs Maggie Harris.
Sports Day Heroes!
Haytor pupils really enjoyed their first Sports Day with Chudleigh Knighton Primary School. The parents came along to show their support, cheering them on in their races. Smiley faces adorned the race track during the long distance and although we had a couple of trips the children picked themselves up and finished their races. Well done to all of you for your effort and determination.
Haytor class were able to visit Stover on the 20th May 2015. Some parents joined us on our walk around the lake taking in the wildlife that was there for us to see. The children were amazed by the birds they saw which included swans, ducks and gulls. They learnt how to remember the difference between a coot and a moorhen. On our way back to the minibus we were lucky enough to see some ducklings who were trying to find their own food under the water. The squirrels were busy eating nuts and seeds at the aerial walk. The sunshine came out and everyone stayed dry even when we knelt down to find some tadpoles in the pond!
Haytor and Burrator Buddies
Haytor children have been paired with a pupil from Burrator Class. They read together, share stories, participate in maths games and will also get time to do physical challenges. This assault course was set up by Burrator pupils and Haytor children certainly enjoyed tackling the course with their buddies there to support them if needed.
Paignton Zoo Trip
Haytor Class had a wonderful time at Paignton Zoo today. They visited the Education Centre and learned all about how animals are grouped into vertebrates and invertebrates. They managed to get round most of the zoo visiting lots of animals including the giraffes and camels. Lunch proved to be an interesting time with a pestering peacock and sausage roll snatching seagull! Pencils were purchased at the shop with the children testing their knowledge of coins from their maths this week. Thank you to all the parents who came along to help and for transporting the children to and from the zoo.
Haytor class were so excited to see their new outdoor shelter on their return from the holiday that they set about creating some artwork to make their mark on it. String was decorated with various objects that the pupils found and then hung from the ceiling. The shelter gets used on a daily basis and helps keep the children dry and shaded from the sun.
Working with Water!
Haytor Class were using water to do some measuring this week. We also had a look at things that float and things that sink. We enjoyed finding things to put in the water to test our theories!
In Haytor we have been building models, watching Mr Griffiths make a dormouse home for our garden. We enjoyed dressing up on World Book Day and shared books and stories with each class and some of the adults in the school too. During our Forest School morning we went down onto the school field and in the lovely sunshine we produced some lovely artwork and did some stick measuring.
Belstone pupils helped Roger Griffiths make some fencing for Haytor's outside area. The children from Belstone measured, cut and drilled holes before assembling the fence panels. The children in Haytor were then able to paint them to brighten them up. The fence panels are well used and Haytor are very proud of them knowing they were 'manufactured' in the school.
Comparing sizes, teamwork and following footsteps!
In Haytor class we have been busy inside and outside. We have been comparing the sizes of dinosaurs, seeing who had the biggest or the smallest, we enjoyed trying to find a dinosaur the same size as the one we had. We played team games in the school hall, improving our ball skills, we got very excited when our team went ahead in the race. In Forest School on Friday we were lucky enough to be able to get down on the field again and followed some frosty footprints. It was very cold outside but we all warmed up with a yummy hot chocolate and then marched back to the school.
Tallulah the Pteradactyl
Haytor Class have been busy creating their very own Pteradactyl this week, starting with a wire and cling film frame they used papier mache to develop the structure. Once the main shape was made the paints came out and each child joined in to turn Tallulah into a camouflaged, green, flying dinosaur.
Caring for our Environment
Our focus this week in Forest School was how we could look after our environment, with this in mind we made bird feeders out of pipe cleaners and cereals to hang in our School Garden. We can report that the birds and creatures are enjoying these with the cold weather we have been having. After break we got a bit messier as we made bird feeders using yoghurt pots, lard and bird seed. These we were lucky enough to take home to see if the birds in our garden will come and feed from them. Have you spotted any birds yet?
All About Me
Haytor's Topic this term is All About Me and the children have been learning lots of exciting things. Joshua became our human sticker chart when we were seeing how many different parts of our body we knew and this week we were lucky enough to have a very special little visitor into our classroom. Freya's little sister joined us so that we could ask her Mummy all about babies. There were some great questions including 'Does she cry a lot?' and 'Does she bend her knees?' Freya's sister behaved impeccably and we are very grateful to Freya's Mummy for bringing her to visit us.
Welcome to Haytor class (2013 - 2014)
Haytor Class (2013-2014) was a mixed Foundation/year 1 class which at the end of the year had 19 pupils and was taught by Mrs Lucy Dennis.
Butterfly Farm and Steam Train Trip
Haytor class visited the Butterfly Farm at Buckfastleigh last week. During their visit, they learnt about the Life Cycle of a Butterfly. They also went to see the Otters at the Otter Sanctuary and even managed to fit in a ride down to Totnes on the steam train.
More photos from this trip can be found in the Gallery.