Monday, 18th May 2020
Good morning Elmtree - we hope you all had a brilliant week-end! There are just a couple of things we need to let you know before we take a look at what's been happening at home and at school last week.
Due to on-going technical difficulties there will be no singing club this week or after half term. We would like to thank Mrs James for all her hard work in providing you with some music and singing opportunities whilst we have not been able to take part in our school singing assemblies together and we hope those of you that managed to join in, had a fun time. The Year Group email addresses will no longer be in use from midday this Friday, 22nd May. Please revert to using our normal lines of communication pre Covid 19. Thank you. This will be the last Elmtree Blog and we hope you have all enjoyed seeing what we have been up to in school and at home. We have certainly enjoyed seeing all the lovely work, pictures, drawings and photographs you have been sending in.
We have posted two videos on the Storytelling page today, a well known Jill Murphy story read by Miss Razzaque and some lovely new cartoons written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and read by Mrs Palumbo https://www.elmtreeschoolandnursery.co.uk/storytelling-time-2/.
Last week was another busy week for you all at home. Let's see what you have been getting up to.
Some of the children had great fun learning to tell the time. Look at this fabulous outdoor clock!
Lots of you have also been using nature to make pictures. Spencer made a nature mandala in the woods. If you would like to find out more about making mandalas you could take a look at this website https://childhoodbynature.com/mandalas-a-practically-perfect-form-of-nature-art/.
Here is a super spring picture made after taking a science walk and a fabulous drawing of a Koala to go with a piece of writing about about a hot country.
Can you work out which country it is by the animal in the picture?
It's great to see that you have been making the most of your daily exercise by getting out and about on your bikes.
We have had more den building, baking, junk modelling, creative play and growing seeds
going on at home too.
Look at this lovely tracing Isaac has done with labels!
and Matthew has been doing some brilliant writing too!
It's so good to see you all reading at home too - well done everybody!
Zarah Fatima has been busy finding out how many ways she can make 10, cutting out and labelling a skeleton and identifying the countries in the United Kingdom.
Some of the children have been observing Ramadan with their families whilst they have been at home and what a lovely way to break a fast than sharing food with a Teddy Bear's picnic.
The staff have also been finding time, amongst all the busy school things they have been preparing, to enjoy some craft activities at home too. Mrs Evans and her daughter Rosie have been art journaling and trying to do something creative every day. Here are a few pictures of what they have been up to.
In Reception we all love playing with bubbles as a treat for Golden Time but it's not only the children that like chasing the bubbles. Millie and Freddie love it too!
The children in school have also been crafting and getting plenty of exercise. Miss Gettings, Mrs Collier and Mrs Gammell were showing the children how to use the apparatus.
At the beginning of the week Mrs Rashid drew some mendhi patterns for the staff and children in school. Aren't they pretty!
There was also jelly bug fun going on. Miss Short hid some minibeasts in some jelly for the children to explore.
The children also had fun making flower gardens and slimy snails.
We are afraid we have come to the end of our Elmtree Blog for the time being whilst we prepare to welcome back some of the children into school after half term. We will continue to send out regular updates in the normal way to keep you updated on the current situation.
Meanwhile we hope your all stay safe, keep busy, continue being kind to yourself and others and don't forget to take a look at our well-being page for ideas on how to keep yourselves and your families well https://www.elmtreeschoolandnursery.co.uk/wellbeing/ .
Monday, 11th May 2020
Good morning and welcome back to our weekly news update. We hope you all had a splendid bank holiday week-end and made the most of the sunshine. Did you celebrate VE day on Friday with the people in your household? Look at this fabulous bunting the children in school put up to celebrate. Did you make a flag or bunting at home too?
We know quite a few people will be accessing the blog on a smart phone and unfortunately due to the nature of our mobile site the overall layout of the blog is not preserved. Hopefully, this is not spoiling anyone's enjoyment of the photos but if you do have the opportunity, check us out on a bigger screen it does look much more fluid!
Before we take a look at what has been happening over the past week, we need to let you know that if you have been accessing the White Rose Maths resources from home over the last few weeks the way to do this has now changed. We will be uploading the weekly worksheet resources to our Home Learning pages at the beginning of the week, alongside the supporting videos to which White Rose Maths are still providing free access. Please let us know if you have any problems downloading any of these by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
So let's get to it ........ over the bank holiday weekend the teaching staff were keeping themselves busy with an assortment of tasks.
Mrs Shilling was taking advantage of the lovely sunny weather and decided to use her creative talents to upcycle her garden furniture and dye some pasta for the children in school. Perhaps you could ask your grown-up to help you dye some pasta at home using food colouring to make some jewellery or collages. There is also an update on how Mrs Shilling's blue tit eggs are getting on. Click the link here to see them https://www.elmtreeschoolandnursery.co.uk/fe0250dc2c3646e3a02d1b5242c77c84/edit/ one of the eggs has hatched!
Mrs Dickinson made some tasty apple and cinnamon muffins and recreated this beautiful heart picture with pastels after watching a tutorial in a YouTube video. We think it is pretty amazing!
Mrs Dalston has been very creative too, painting and hiding Pebbles of Positivity on her daily exercise and making this lovely salt dough rainbow hands artwork. Here is the recipe she used if you want to try it at home.
500g plain flour, 250g salt, 250ml water
Mix to a dough
Roll it out
Bake in the oven for 3-4 hours on a low temperature
You have also continued to send us in lots of new photos this week and we are really proud of everybody for keeping busy and staying safe at home whilst we can't all be in school together. It's great to see that you are trying out some of the activities your teachers have been posting on the Home Learning pages for you to do at home.
Here are some of the different things you have been up to.
Sorting materials into their different types,
A piece of sculpture based around the colour blue
Designing an alien and making up lots of alien words and having fun with Dandelion clocks.
Lots of the teachers have been recording stories for you on our Storytelling page and there is a new one being posted today read by Mrs Evans from the Nursery. We hope to be able to post another one later in the week. Reading to yourself, listening to a story or playing schools and reading to your toys are all fun things to do and it's so nice seeing you using Bug Club
It's also good to see you getting outside and keeping fit too, playing cricket and riding bikes. The children in school have also been keeping fit and had a go at one of Joe Wicks' warm ups followed by one of the Fitter Future workouts.
Mrs Birrell and Mrs Whitehill joined in too.
Have you tried any of the fitness sessions available from the Home Learning page. Take a look at one of the workouts here https://app.fitterfuture.com/student/fitness/workouts/watch/15.
Did you notice in the picture above what has happened in the school hall while you have been at home? We have lovely new wall bars - don't they look great. We can't wait until we are all back in school to try them out!
It's so great to see you practising our school rules whilst you are at home and helping others, especially teaching your brothers and sisters to do new things.
Here are some more photographs of the things you have been making, writing and painting.
Yusuf in the Nursery has been busy. What a great way to recycle an egg box and some cardboard tubes!
Zarah Fatima has been drawing a hero picture.
Hector has been completing these sentences using a sheet downloaded from Twinkl
Ziggy and Otto have been making minibeasts out of playdough.
Not only have the children in school been baking special biscuits you have been doing more baking at home too.
Here are some of the other things the children in school got up to last week.
Well that's all for this week. Did you manage to guess what minibeast was in the tank in the last picture of our blog last week? Yes that's right - it was a snail! Have you seen any in your garden or when you were outside on a walk? Did you find out what they like to eat? Mrs Evans' story this week is about a very lazy minibeast - why don't you pop over to the storytelling page and find out which minibeast it is.
Well today's last picture is another "Guess Me" and these were spotted by one of the staff on their daily exercise. Do you think you can find out what they are before next week's blog?
Have a good week Elmtree, stay safe, look after yourselves and don't forget we are missing you all so much.
Monday, 4th May 2020
Welcome back to this week's edition of the Elmtree Blog. We hope you all had a restful weekend and managed to get some fresh air and sunshine in between the showers. If you happen to have been past school on your daily exercise you might have spotted this wonderful display of rainbow hand prints in the office window. Well done to the children in school who have been helping to paint lovely pictures to cheer up our local community.
Thank you to everybody for continuing to send in photographs and emailing us to let us know what you have been up to.
This week's blog includes some links to video clips taken by two of our Nursery staff, Mrs Shilling who has a nest of blue tit eggs in her garden and Mrs Evans who has been planting lots of yummy things in her greenhouse. Click on this link and scroll to the bottom to see the videos of the Blue tits and Mrs Evans' greenhouse. https://www.elmtreeschoolandnursery.co.uk/storytelling-time-2/.
It's lovely to see some of the things you are growing at home. Here is a radish that has been growing since Year 1 went on their trip along with lots of other seedlings that are beginning to sprout.
Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Mead have also both been keeping busy while they have been at home by completing these jigsaw puzzles.
We hope you have been enjoying the stories read by your teachers on the Storytelling page. There is a new one being posted today read by Miss Short. Which is your favourite story so far? Let us know what you have been reading at home. At Mrs Gammell's house Millie and Freddie have been looking at books too when they have not been chasing bubbles around the garden!
Have you logged into Bug Club yet - let us know how you have been getting on.
Mrs Bishop has been joining in with Olaf Falafel's Art Club on Mondays at 11.00 am, here is the link if you would like to join in, https://www.youtube.com/user/OlafFalafel look at this fabulous picture!
Lots of you at home have also been drawing some super pictures, let's take a look at this week's art gallery but watch out there are crocodiles about!.
This is Daneen's picture of a farm.
Amina made a picture using natural materials.
Ziggy used collage to make this picture of a camp-out
and Otto collaged a picture of Spring.
Mason has been drawing his favourite Mr Men characters. Do you recognise them?
We also have a poster which was made for International Dance Day last Wednesday, 29th April.
As well as all these super pictures and collages you have also been making models and games using recycling you have found at home and using toys to set up your own home learning activities.
A Tiger Egg
A Giraffe and a pizza eating T-Rex!
And talking of pizzas these look so yummy -
followed by homemade cookies for dessert.
This week some of the children have been adding to their baking skills by learning how to make healthy vegetable curry and even a jelly rabbit!
With all this yummy cooking going on it is important that we keep our bodies healthy and we get plenty of exercise. We are so pleased to see that you are taking part in Joe Wicks' fitness sessions and finding other ways to exercise outside too.
Mrs Mead has been out walking with her family for her daily exercise.
You have sent us even more lovely drawings and colourings to share with each other.
Some children have also been experimenting with their painting skills and have begun even bigger projects like painting trees and their bedrooms!
We have also had some fantastic writing going on too.
and some super maths work, Sophie has been learning her number bonds to 10
Lets's take a look at what the children got up to in school last week. Unfortunately, the weather was not as nice as it has been so the children spent some time playing in the hall and making models with the lego.
They have also been printing with large bubble wrap - what a fun idea and making hand print cards for Captain Tom's 100 birthday. They have also been making tissue paper red kites, decorating more of the patio playground and even made their own cinema for the dolls in the nursery.
Well sadly that's the end of this week's blog, we hope you have enjoyed seeing what everybody has been up to. Have a fabulous week everybody and don't forget to check out the new story on the Storytelling page, log into Bug Club and perhaps try out Mrs James' music and singing sessions on a Thursday at 2.00pm. We will send the joining instructions for singing club out again later in the week in case you have mislaid them.
Our final photograph today is a "guess me". Can you tell what minibeast is in the tank? His name is Boris.
Perhaps you could have a look when you go outside and see what other types of minibeasts are hiding amongst the plants and trees.
Monday, 27th April 2020
Happy Monday Elmtree! We hope that everybody had a lovely weekend and that you were able to make the most of the glorious weather.
Let's take a look and see what has been happening at home and at school. It has been lovely seeing all the super pictures that you have been sending in and we are very proud of you all for keeping yourselves busy with lots of activities.
First things first, a shout out to Cherry Class. Mrs Birrell has been tending and caring for the potato plants you all planted before Easter and wow just look at how they have grown!
Some of the children have been busy planting seeds at home too but they have got a way to go until they catch up with Mrs Birrell's potato plants!
The requested 24 Home Learning packs have now been prepared and Mrs Birrell handed out the first one last week. If you require one please let the school office know.
Mrs Dalston has also been busy making a wooden rainbow to display in her window at home and making masks and medals for the bears as prizes for a virtual Bingo session.
Miss Fowler has taken up an April Teacher photo challenge which is keeping her very busy when she is not in school. Out of the challenge so far she has made up a Friends Lego set, done a fabulous piece of mindfulness colouring and made a bench to sit on in the garden from scratch!
Last week in school the children were making the most of the fabulous weather and Miss Short and Miss Gettings helped the children to set up an Elmtree car wash. Doesn't it look great!
The children in school have also been keeping themselves fit and healthy with lots of physical exercise. They have been able to use some of the apparatus in the hall and even gave Mrs Collier a bit of a workout!
Have you been keeping fit with Joe Wicks? How many star jumps can you do in one minute?
Do you remember when we all sang this together? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO8MwaYu4KM
Some of the children at home have been building dens. They do look rather cosy and a great way to curl up and enjoy your favourite book.
Whilst these children have been busy den building other children have been really busy at home making things too. They have made marble runs, rainbow biscuits, masks and monsters! They have been drawing pictures, writing and ordering numbers.
These drawings are fabulous! Keep up the great work children.
Can you spot your photo?
It has also been lovely to see the children getting out and about for their daily exercise. Do you recognise where this is? .
You might like to write and send a letter to a friend too.
Finally, when we all get back to school we will have something wonderful to look at on the patio playground. The teachers are being especially creative at the moment and this piece of art work looks absolutely stunning. Thank you to everybody that made it!
We are sorry if we have not been able to include every single photograph you have sent in but your teachers have seen them all and want to pass on their delight in seeing what you have been achieving at home.
Our last photo of this week's blog poses a slight conundrum. Can you make up a name for this very special tree, it looks like it might be a Christmas tree growing Easter Eggs!
Have a great week Elmtree we are all missing you, stay safe and keep washing those hands.
Monday, 20th April 2020
Welcome to our weekly Elmtree blog where we will be sharing what has been happening in school and where you have the opportunity to share what you have been doing at home. Let us know what you have been up to by emailing us at Blog@elmtree.bucks.sch.uk and we will try and incorporate it into our next blog.
Please also take a look at our Storytelling page where we will be uploading a story once a week for you to listen to.
Over the last couple of weeks in school the children have been enjoying lots of craft activities. Last week they collected leaves, twigs and grass to make nests for the clay birds they had made the previous week. They also decorated paper plates for a picnic. Here are a few pictures of the children.
The children in school have been outside to make the most of the sunny weather and have been having bike races, unfortunately the bikes were not big enough for the grown-ups but it didn't stop us trying!
The children have also been making and decorating trinket boxes - perhaps you could make one at home too.
Thank you to everybody, including parents, that have been dropping in treats and today's yummy coffee time snack was this lovely rainbow cake.
Baking and Birthdays!
We are now beginning to receive lots of lovely photographs for the blog. We will choose some of them to post weekly starting from next week. However, we could not resist posting these pictures of the scrumptious things some of the children have been baking at home. We even have a strawberry cake recipe written by one of our Year 2 children. Perhaps you could try it out at home. We would also like to take this opportunity of wishing anybody that has had one recently a very happy birthday.
From everybody in school we wish you at home an enjoyable sunny week! These children are certainly making the most of the super weather outside.