Welcome to Athelstan Community Primary School
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Moving into Sunshine’s (Foundation Stage Two) is an exciting time for both parents and children. We look forward to working together to ensure that your child has a wonderful learning experience and is able to reach their full potential, children can build on their early years and home experiences through a wide variety of well-planned play activities, both inside and outdoors. Learning opportunities are planned around the children's interests, wants and needs. This allows us to provide individualised learning for each child as a result, children are helped to build the firm foundations ready for the next stage of learning.

If you are interested in joining our Sunshine’s class please select the admissions tab to download an application form, alternatively you may call the Early Years office and speak to one of our staff who will be happy to provide you with more information.

Sunshines really enjoyed Science Week and the focus on bees! We learnt lots of interesting facts about bees such as; a bee has 5 eyes, no mouth, ears or hands, as well as how a bee makes honey. The word of the week was ‘pollination’ and by the end of the week we all had an excellent understanding and everyone was able to describe what it means! To finish off a great week, Sunshines were amazed by all of the bees the bee keeper brought to show us. We also tasted some yummy honey. What a brilliant week we had!

We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as an explorer from a story. All of the children looked fabulous! Our classroom was full of different book characters including; Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Peter Rabbit and dinosaur explorers. We began the day showing our costumes to the class and explaining who we were, as well as sharing our favourite book. We then looked at our book, pointed to the front and back covers, the title as well as the name of the author. We were all very good at this! Following on from this we looked at information about World Book Day such as when it started, how many World Book Days there have been and which countries also celebrate it. Later in the morning we were lucky enough to visit another classroom and teacher! We went to the Year 3 classroom with Mrs Whelerton and listened to some stories. The classroom had lots of big tables and chairs. We loved listening to a variety of stories throughout the day and discussing our favourite!

Sunshines helped raise money for Sport Relief by dressing in sports attire. We had lots of footballers, some horse riders and lots of sporty girls and boys. We began the day finding out about Sport Relief and how our money is used. We looked on the website and read about a girl called Awande who lives in Cape Town and compared our lives to hers. Sunshines then participated in an obstacle course where we had to balance along objects, jump off objects as well as going over, under and through obstacles. We all did this very carefully and were good at negotiating space. We still had lots of energy left so we finished off our sport activities with a run around the school field which made our hearts beat a lot faster! We ended the day discussing why our hearts beat faster when we exercise.

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This week Sunshines went on their first ever school trip! We were all very excited and didn’t know what to expect. The trip was called ‘Little Spring Sing’ at Leeds Grand Theatre Assembly Rooms. We had all been practising some songs at school before we went. We sang songs about going on an adventure to Spain and sang hello to everybody from the other schools in a variety of languages. We sang walking through the jungle, singing all the names of the animals in Spanish and a song about a toad in a river. We were all very well behaved and had a brilliant time. Some of us were so tired from all the singing we needed a nap on the way back to school!

Every term in Sunshines each child has the opportunity to ‘show and tell’. Each day a different child can bring something into school they are proud of, have achieved or is special to them. When it was Ethan’s turn for show and tell he wanted to bring in his Grandad who plays the bagpipes. We all thoroughly enjoyed listening to a variety songs being played on the bagpipes even though they were very loud! Ethan also talked about his bagpipes to the whole class. Thank you Ethan and Grandad!

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Over the past two weeks we have been looking at and discussing what happens in Spring.
Many of Sunshines knew that plants begin to grow, the weather gets warmer and animals are born. Some even knew why plants begin to grow in spring! We looked at and discussed the life-cycles of plants and wrote instructions for planting a seed. We then followed the instructions to plant our own seeds. We also read the Very Hungry Caterpillar and looked at the lifecycles of butterflies, frogs and chickens.

Just after half term we celebrated Chinese New Year in Sunshines. We read the Chinese zodiac story and discussed the animals crossing the river. We enjoyed discovering our zodiac signs and found we were all either a dragon or a snake. We took part in many activities such as Chinese writing, making Chinese dragons using cups and folding paper, writing about our zodiac sign and trying Chinese food which was delicious. We looked at where China was on the map and discussed Chinese traditions.



We hope Sunshines are having lots of fun in the snow!

Here are some activities you could try outside:
- Counting snow balls and adding and subtracting groups.
- Make snowmen of different sizes and use vocabulary tallest to shortest.
- Writing in the snow.

If you prefer to stay in the warmth have a look at the following websites:
www.phonicsplay.co.uk 
www.topmarks.co.uk 
www.crickweb.co.uk 

Whilst taking part in Superhero Day we also took part in many activities relating to E-Safety Day. We watched a PowerPoint Story ‘Three Little Monsters and the School Competition’. As part of this we discussed how the monsters got upset when something mean was said about their painting online. We thought about how the monsters could resolve the situation, who could help them and why we shouldn’t say nasty things about people online. We finished off the day with circle time where children had the opportunity to talk and tell the person next to them what they liked about them. We had some lovely comments with children saying “I like that you are my friend”, “I like it when you help me” and “I like your hair”. We then said thank you to friends for something they had done for us.

Whilst taking part in Superhero Day we also took part in many activities relating to E-Safety Day. We watched a PowerPoint Story ‘Three Little Monsters and the School Competition’. As part of this we discussed how the monsters got upset when something mean was said about their painting online. We thought about how the monsters could resolve the situation, who could help them and why we shouldn’t say nasty things about people online. We finished off the day with circle time where children had the opportunity to talk and tell the person next to them what they liked about them. We had some lovely comments with children saying “I like that you are my friend”, “I like it when you help me” and “I like your hair”. We then said thank you to friends for something they had done for us.

Sunshines had a very busy, festive last week at school. We had a visit from Santa who brought all of Sunshines a present as we had been good all year. Sunshines would like to thank Santa for our presents, we loved them! We also had our Christmas party where we had party food, played games in the hall and did lots of dancing!

Sunshines worked really hard practising songs and actions for their Nativity in the run up to Christmas. We had a brilliant time performing to our mums and dads, grandmas and grandads and friends. All the hard work and practice paid off as Sunshines performance was brilliant! Thank you for providing the wonderful costumes!

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Sunshines enjoyed watching the performance of Christopher's Christmas by Topsy Turvy Theatre. Our brilliant singing and dancing helped Santa find Dandeville village. We all had lots of fun!

 

Sunshines got spotty for Children in Need. We all enjoyed helping to raise money by wearing spotty clothes and buying buns.

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Following Diwali we have been reading and discussing the story of Rama and Sita. We hot seated characters and discussed similarities and differences in people and communities. We all enjoyed trying Indian food and dressing up in the role play area. 

This week has been orchard week in Sunshine's. We all enjoyed exploring and investigating in the orchard. We found lots of leaves lying on the floor and discssed what happens in Autumn, as well as thinking about some of the animals we might find in the animal hides.





 

Sunshine’s were very excited this week, as on Thursday, our playground had turned into a jungle! We went on a jungle adventure and had to find the numerous animals we had talked about earlier in the week. The children enjoyed thinking about, and discussing what they might need to take in a backpack too. On our adventure, we travelled to the jungle by boat making sure we followed the map so we didn’t get lost. When we arrived in the jungle, each child had a list of jungle animals to spot. Sunshine’s were very good at spotting animals and made a tally of how many they saw.

We were all very tired after a busy day in the jungle and decided it was time for some food in the jungle hut. We cooked up a nice meal and sang songs around the (pretend) campfire. By then we were all exhausted and curled up for a well-deserved sleep! 

Sunshine’s have had an exciting week! On Tuesday a dinosaur visited our classroom and laid an egg. Everyone enjoyed investigating the egg and watching the baby dinosaur hatch. We read the story ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ and thought about all of the things we would need to plant a packet of seeds like Albie did in the story. Sunshine’s then planted their own seeds using all of the equipment they suggested. Sunshine’s have shown their artistic talents this week by working together to create the sun for our WOW wall! Sunshine’s are getting to grips with the routines and rules in the classroom, well done! We have read many books about friendships and sharing to help us all get along together. 

 

What a fantastic first week! We have been very busy exploring and learning how to use the areas of the classroom, as well as getting to know the routine and rules. We have made new friends and enjoyed meeting our teachers and all of the Sunshine’s team.  Our new playground opens on Monday and we are all excited to use it.