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Minety C of E Primary School

"Shine like the stars" Daniel 12:3

Welcome to Owls - Foundation Stage and Year 1




New Parent Evening 5th July

Documents from the the new parents evening:

Welcome to Minety School parents

Welcome to Minety School children

We have been talking about babies and what they can and can't do as part of our topic Long Ago and we had a very special baby visitor come to class. We have also been thinking about what we can do that babies can't do.

We have been enjoying the story Handa's Surprise. We have talked about where it is set (in Africa) and the animals that appear in the story. We talked about the fruit in the story and then had a lovely time looking at, smelling and tasting lots of African fruit.

We had a visit from the Air Ambulance who showed us how we could help people in an emergency.

We had a visit from Mr Packer  who talked to us about bees and showed us some busy in their hive.

We had an amazing trip to The Butts Farm with Class 2 as part of our topic about where our food comes from.

We have been sequencing the life of the Queen from when she was a baby until now and looking at how she has changed over time.

We have been talking about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and as part of our celebrations we have painted pictures of the Queen and flag umbrellas. We have also made pictures of ourselves as Buckingham Palace Guards with Red Coats and black bearskin hats.

We have been planting some beans so we can see them grow.

We have started our new topic and have been looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We painted our own beanstalk and have painted pictures of Jack.

We have had a visit from some lambs. They were very fluffy.

We have made some chick pictures  by using a potato to print the body, adding feathers for wings, a cardboard beak and then some googly eyes.

Today we learnt about the lifecycle of a chick and had a surprise visit from some chickens. They even laid us some eggs.

Carrying on with The Little Red Hen we have been making windmills and painting the red hen.

We have made flower pictures for our spring display.

As part of our topic we have been looking at the story of The Little Red Hen. We have made some bread and had it for an afternoon snack.

For Red Nose Day we dressed up and decorated biscuits.

We have continued our "Once upon a Time" topic by looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man. We have painted pictures of the Gingerbread Man characters for our display, iced gingerbread biscuits and investigated what happened to the gingerbread biscuits when we put them in water.

We made snail pictures in the based on the work of the artist Henri Matisse as part of our phonics work for "ai".

We had a fantastic World Book Day we enjoyed the Fish Who Could Wish by Korkey Paul.  We made our own fish and then used our phonics to write our own wish.

We had a great start to our new topic "Once upon a Time" on our passport day. We came in dressed for a visit to traditional story land and acted out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We helped to make porridge just like the Three Bears and ate it all up for our snack, yummy.

To launch our “Minety Enrichment Passport” we had a visit from a pilot and some air stewards. We travelled to lots of destinations on our plane.

We had a visit from a fire persons and we talked about how to stay safe in a car and in water. We found out what a fire person wears to a fire and pretended to get dressed up as a fire person. We looked at the fire lady’s helmet, her safety visor and sunshield. We went in an imaginary fire engine and put out a fire in our role play. We rescued a baby and some pets and we found where the fire started. We rescued a dog from a tree. We listened to a story about Grandad’s birthday. We talked about only grown-ups using lighters and matches. We talked about it being safe and learnt a rhyme:

“Matches, lighters never touch. They can hurt you very much.”

We played the fire safety game. We talked about smoke alarms and what to do if there is a fire in our house.

“Get out.

Stay out.

Call 999 and ask for fire.”

Tai brought in some lanterns, decorations and pictures of Celebrations of Chinese New Year. We learnt that lanterns are hung at Chinese New Year as good luck charms and that red is a lucky colour which is why a lot of the lanterns are red. Children are often given money in lucky envelopes to encourage good financial luck in the coming year. We also found out abut the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and that we are mostly Roosters or Monkeys.

We had a great Geography day. We explored our school looking for features of the school and we spotted some seasonal changes including spring flowers growing. We painted the spring flowers we saw when we were exploring the school.

As part of  our topic on dinosaurs we have made dinosaur worlds using shoeboxes, paint, tissue paper, pompoms, clay and sticks we collected from the garden. We have been talking about the past and present and things we would and wouldn't expect to see. For example we wouldn't expect to see trains or TVs when dinosaurs were alive and we wouldn't expect to see a dinosaur walking down the street today.

We have been making dinosaur cakes for our topic on dinosaurs.

Our new topic is about dinosaurs and we have been able to look at a real fossilised dinosaur egg. The dinosaur egg is from a Hadrosaurus and was found in the Henan province of China. The dinosaur lived 74-78 million years ago and was 9 metres in length.

As part of our Nativity learning we have been thinking about the Epiphany. The kings followed a special star to find the baby Jesus. They brought the special gifts of Gold (for a king), Frankincense (for a God) and Myrrh (a special oil).

We had an amazing History Day. We learnt all about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate 5th November.  We dressed up as fireworks, made our own Guy by stuffing clothes with newspaper and made firework cakes. We also made firework pictures using two different methods, one using paint, glitter and cardboard tubes. The others were made by  colouring paper with wax crayons, painting over the colouring and when the paint was dry scratching off some of the paint using coins to reveal the colours underneath.

We have been placing pennies on Pudsey for Children in Need.

We have been learning about teeth , how we keep them clean and why we need to keep them clean.

We have been looking at pumpkins and making pumpkin cakes.

We had a fabulous music lesson  with Mrs Walton.  We sang some songs, learnt how to make quiet, medium loud and loud sounds. We played along to music with shakers and learnt the names of some instruments and the sounds they make.

We did a fantastic assembly all about our explorations, our bear hunt and autumn.

We had a visit from Officers Chris and Sam who came to tell us all about their police dogs. One was trained to find phones who did a brilliant job of finding Mrs Madeley's which was hidden in our tractor and she was rewarded with her tennis ball. Luna is at school just like us and is learning to be a police dog and Champ is a bigger dog who is very experienced police dog. Officer Chris showed us the jacket he wears when training the dogs and also showed us inside his van. He has lots of dog food and dog toys for training the dogs!

We baked some lovely apple cakes with the eggs we bought at the village shop. Yummy!

We have been exploring our local area as part of our topic let's explore. We visited the village shop for some eggs for our baking and found some of our houses on the way. We finished up with a quick visit to the play area at the local park.

We have been going on a bear hunt and painting bears as part of our topic Let's Explore.

We have been learning about Autumn. We have looked at some different fruits and made apple crumble.

We have been painting self portraits.

Welcome to the new 2021 Reception Class.

We had a lovely a time at the PTA Summer Fair. Thank you PTA.

We had a visit from Wayne who told us all about the lifecycle of moths and brought some moths in to show us.

We had a wonderful time on our trip to Westonbirt Arboretum. We learnt about lifecycles and searched for leaves and seeds.

We turned ourselves into a tree.

We made artwork from things we found around us

and played a game where we pretended to be bees and butterflies collecting nectar.

We brought in flowers and have been painting them,

and identifying them.

We have been learning about the lifecycle of the sunflower.

We have planted seeds,

painted sunflowers,

and drawn and labelled the parts of the sunflowers.

We have been exploring water. Looking at how it flows and what things float and sink.

Aurora brought in some lambs today.

William brought his chicks into visit us.

We have been planting some seeds to see what happens as they grow.

We have been learning about spring and combining it with our phonics to find out about animals we see in spring.

Newsletter Autumn 2020

We are learning about autumn and the changing of the seasons.

We have been counting conkers and making them into necklaces.

We have had fun making apple crumbles to cook and eat.

 We have been learning about what happens to trees and animals in the autumn and painted trees in their autumn colours.

We have been painting self portraits.

Welcome to the new Owl class for 2020.


We are still enjoying being outside even though the weather isn't great. Do you like our new wet weather gear?

We are settling in well and enjoying being back at school.

We enjoyed a visit  from Debbie the firelady. She helped Mrs Ockwell dress up as a firelady and then we had a turn. We talked about why firepeople wear special clothes. We helped put out a fire in our role play. We had to crawl to rescue Debbie because the smoke goes up.

We had a great World Book Day dressing up as animals and pet owners and having a big bookie breakfast.

We had a lovely time in our rugby coaching session with Class 2.

Newsletter Spring 2020

Topic Web Spring 2020

We have been planting broad beans in our garden as part of learning about the world around us.

We kick started our topic 'What happens when we go to sleep' by having some hot chocolate in our pyjamas with teddies we had brought in from home. We made bedtime cakes to have with our hot chocolate.

Nativity 2019

 Here is a sneak preview of our Nativity. We are very excited!

People who help us.

We had a visit from Dr Poon.

We had a visit from Jim the vet.

Newsletter Autumn 2019

Topic Web Autumn 2019

Newsletter Summer 2019

Topic Web Summer 2019

We had a wonderful World Book Day. We had a visit from Mr Shipper who told us all about his work as an illustrator, Mrs Kinch came in and read from the book she wrote and Mr Woodhouse came in and read us a story.

We had a lovely time on our trip to Noah's Ark Zoo.

Newsletter Autumn 2018

Topic Web Autumn 2018

Welcome to the new Owl class for 2018.

Science Week

We have been having a lovely time in science week. We have been thinking about what creatures live the sea and painting them on pebbles.

Making water music

Investigating the properties of ice and water.

and making their own " Ocean in in a bottle for Mister Seahorse" and experimenting with camouflage.

We showed our passports and boarding passes and joined Class 2 for a flight  to India.

We had a lovely time at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Newsletter Spring 2018

Topic Web Spring 2018

This is the slides from the phonics evening.

People who help us.

Police Officer Chris visited us with his dog Ary.

Fire Officer Dawn came in to talk to us and we dressed up as Firemen.

Dr Poon came to see us and talk to us about being a Doctor.

We had a visit from Jim the Vet as part of our topic "People who help us".

Welcome to the new Owl class for 2017.