Monthly Archives: April 2024

Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke

The Naughty Bus tells the adventures of the little red London bus. The words are spoken by the bus, but it’s the child’s imagination, and the photos that show us what is happening. The children listened attentively to the story, then looked at the photographs and discussed the adventures of the naughty bus.
Who gave the present and who was receiving it?
“It’s his dad” said Carter
“It might be his grandad” said Gwen
Why did he get a present?
“It might be his birthday” said Tommie
“Or it could be a Christmas present” said Lucy
How did the people feel when the Naught Bus drove pass them at the bus stop?
“Angry” said Charlie
“Upset” said Harry.
We also used adjectives to describe some of the photos, which the children were really good at. Well done Swans!


The children in Swans class have started a new topic this week: Transport. We have been very busy learning all sorts of facts and information about our new topic.
At the beginning of the week the children were asked what different types of transport that they knew, who would use them and where and why we use them? They have applied their knowledge of transport to different subjects and tasks throughout the week in class.
They have used their counting skills to play I Spy and identify how many of each of the types of transport they can see.
Phonics and reading:
The children have been using their phonics to help write sentences about the different types of transport and in ERIC they have been sharing books with their partners all about transport and stories about vehicles.
As a special treat, the Swans were invited to visit the Transport Museum in Wythall on Thursday where they had the most amazing day! The children got to see and learn all about different types of transport from the past.
They went on a journey on an old fashioned double decker bus, had a ride on a miniature steam train and  sat on a fire engine and rang the bell. Miss Coghlan, Mrs Sargant and some of the children also got to dress up as milkmaids. All the children said it was ‘the best day ever.’

3D Shapes

This week our Swans have being learning all about 3D shapes. We learned the names of some of them: cube, cuboid, sphere, cone and square base pyramid. The children  were able to choose the correct shape from a variety of shapes when asked. They also recognised the difference between a 2D shape (being flat)and 3D shapes (being solid).
We have explored the properties of 3D shapes and learned that they; have faces (flat surface), edges (where 2 faces meet) and vertices/corners (Where the edges meet).
The children worked with their talk partners to complete an activity where they matched pictures of everyday items to the correct 3D shape. They were excellent at completing this activity.
Well done Swans!

Why Talk Pants?

Today Miss Coghlan discussed with the children using the PANTS program to help children understand their body belongs to them, and that they understand that it’s safe to tell an adult they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.
PANTS  helps children understand that they can say NO and if they need to speak about something, there is ALWAYS an adult to listen.
The children were all able to share with the class the adults that they can trust:
their  parents, their teachers, Miss Williams, Miss Johnson, Miss Hackett and Mr. Ball .
We listened to the Pantosaurus song which the children really enjoyed listening too and were still singing  it after the lesson. You can watch and sing this together at home!
They were also told the phone number that they can ring if they need too. 0800 1111

What are Minibeasts?

They are fascinating little creatures and the children are enjoying finding out lots of facts about them and their micro habitats. These tiny creepy crawlies like to live in dark, damp areas  such as under stones, in tree bark or bushes, or under fallen leaves.

We’ve also being learning about foods they eat – insects with wings feed on the nectar in flowers. Spiders like to eat other minibeasts like flies that they trap in their webs. Some eat other things such as wood, grass and leaves.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Welcome back to our Swans! We hope you all had a lovely relaxing Easter break.
Our Swans are all happy to be back for our Summer term and eager and ready to learn. This week we are focusing on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a picture book by Eric Carle.
It’s about a caterpillar that eats a variety of foods before turning into a beautiful butterfly.
The children are able to recall events of the story and there is a lot of things that we are learning from this book; such as counting, the days of the week,  healthy foods and a butterfly’s life cycle.
The children were fantastic at sequencing the events of the story in great detail.

How is Easter Celebrated?

Easter is celebrated in different ways all over the world.  Eating hot cross buns and chocolate Easter eggs are  common traditions.

For Christians, eggs represent new life. Easter eggs are used as a symbol for the resurrection of Jesus. Traditionally, chicken eggs were painted and decorated however now  we have  chocolate Easter eggs. Lots of people also enjoy hiding chocolate eggs and taking part in an Easter egg hunt.

Many countries around the world celebrate by eating different foods, playing games , dressing up and giving gifts.

Hot cross buns represent Jesus on the cross and the spices in them represent when Jesus was embalmed. Miss Coghlan brought in some hot cross buns and today in Reception class the children had the opportunity to taste a toasted hot cross bun. Some children liked them, others were not very keen!

“All of it was really yummy” said Neveah

“It had raisins in it” said Oliver

“It represents a boulder that locked Jesus in the tomb” said Tommie

“It tastes

good” said Yoel

“I have them at home” said Max

“I didn’t like them” said Ayla

All our swan enjoyed a lovely Easter week! We wish you all a very happy Easter!