Blog - 6th September

It has been a fantastic first week in Pear class and the children have all settled really well - we have been so impressed with how well the children have adapted! 
Our focus this week has been mainly getting to grips with the school routines and our own classroom timetable. As a class, we have been thinking about what will make Pear classroom and garden a happy place to be by sharing our ideas about what makes a good friend. We are lucky enough to have a class mascot - Poppy the pear, and she has been on hand for any cuddles when things have seemed frightening or unfamiliar - a very good friend for Pear class! 
Our literary focus this week has been The Rainbow Fish; a lovely story about the importance of sharing with our friends. As the children have explored the class coffee shop, had some chilled out reading time in the reading garden or blasted off in our space station, they have been demonstrating the skill of sharing with their Pear class friends. This has been rewarded by a marble added to our Pear class jar so that the children are rewarded as a collective, rather than just as an individual to encourage a team morale in our classroom.
We have produced our whole class umbrella of golden rules, to keep us all happy and safe in Pear class. The children decided these in groups and have been working hard to follow them in the classroom; one of which is to tidy up after ourselves which the children have been doing particuarly well alongside snow white's 'whistle while we work'. It has been fantastic seeing good tidying alongside some of their funny dance moves!
The rest of the week has been taken up with celery printing our rainbow fish for our classroom display, making rainbow fish using playdough and sequins, creating rainbow patterns with gems, building rainbow pasta necklaces for our new friends, concocting potions in the Pear garden and many more fun and interesting activities. We have been so busy and have had lots of fun!
Finally, on Friday we were lucky enough to spend some time with Plum class in the hall playing parachute name games and exploring the climbing aparatus. I am sure your children will be proud and excited to tell you how high they were able to climb!
Please could we remind you to pack a plastic bag with the children's wellingtons in as they are unable to play on the field without them, as the grass is starting to get wet and slippy. Spare clothes bags and PE kits can be left in school all week as we know the children have lots to carry at the end of the school day. 
We hope that you all have a super weekend and that our tired little Pears get some rest ready for all the busy fun we have planned for next week. 
Thank you for all of your support, Mrs Horne-Smith, Miss Whitlow and the Pear class team.