Friday, 28 September 2012

Dahlicious Dress Up Day - Part 2

Key stage 1 also enjoyed dressing up today and wanted to share a few of their costumes with you. What do you think? Can you recognise the characters?

Bugs from James and the Giant Peach

Lots of Foxes

Charlie and the Chocolate factory

James and the Giant Peach

Yellow was Roald Dalh's favourite colour

The enormous crocodile


Mrs Fox, Willy Wonka and and Oompa-Lumpa

A monkey, Matilda and a ladybird

Matilda x3, a monkey and  Mr Fox

We had a fantastic Dahlicious Dress up day. Look out for us in The Mercury newspaper within the next couple of weeks. What did you dress up as?

Dahlicious Dress Up Day

Today Christ Church School is filled with Big Friendly Giants, Witches, Matildas, Willy Wonkas, Oopa-Loompas, Giant Peaches and Twits!  It is all part of our Dahlicious Dress Up day rasing money for Roald Dahl's Childrens Charity, which supports children with serious illnesses.

The children across the school have enjoyed reading Roald Dahl books and learning about the characters.  There are some fantastic costumes across the school.  Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Visit my classroom

Yesterday, the children in Potter, Butterworth and Hargreaves, were very excited to invite their parents into their classrooms. Across the school, families were able to spend a short time in the buildings to gain a small insight into where and how their child spends the day.

In year 1 and 2 we asked the children what they enjoyed about this time and found out it was the chance to show where their coat peg is, where their drawer is, the book corner, the toilets (!), where they put their lunch bag and where they sit on the carpet.

The children were certainly very enthusiastic and acted as great tour guides. Everyone was proud to show off their learning environment.

Year 1 and the Great Fire of London

This half term Year 1 and 2 are learning about the Great Fire of London. So far we have looked at some of the story, have learnt about Samuel Pepys - did you know his glasses had green lenses, have assisted Dr. Who in his fact gathering exploits and have begun to think about writing our own version on the events.
House on Fire
London on fire
During their Child initiated learning time, the Year 1 children have been able to explore this topic in their own way and this has involved lots of model making, book writing, picture drawing and role play.
Working together to use the "fire engine" and squirt to put out the fire

Monday, 24 September 2012

Story Lab

Well done to all the children who took part in the Library reading challenge this summer. StoryLab was very popular and several members of Christ Church School took part. Here are 3 of the girls receiving their certificates at Ware Library.
Please note that Ware Library are starting up and new reading club for children aged 8-12. It will be held once a month on a Wednesday. For more details visit the Library and give them your name, contact details, school and age.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Roald Dahl Dress Up Day

Don't forget Friday 28th September is our school Dahlicious Dress Up Day.
Donate £1 to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and come to school dressed up as a character from one of the books or in yellow if your prefer. What will you be? We look forward to seeing our school come alive with Roald Dahl character. Some costume ideas can be found here

Friday, 14 September 2012

Roald Dahl

Potter, Butterworth and Hargreaves have enjoyed their week and a half of Roald Dahl activities and are now quite the experts on Charlie and the Chocolate factory, The BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Two ideas for Potter for a chocolate factory.
The children have enjoyed sharing their ideas and photographs. Roald Dahl seems to have been a very popular topic with all three classes. 

What would your BFG look like?
Do you agree with Butterworth?

Which dream would you add?
I love the book it is funny - D
Mummy is reading the story to me at night - E
Mr Fox doesn't like carrots, maybe he should eat them cooked - G
Roald Dahl writes good book. I have read the Giraffe, the Pelly and me, Fantastic Mr Fox and am now reading the Magic finger - A
Next time you walk down the main corridor at school, take a look at the new displays; every class in the school has represented their chosen book. There is a huge variety of work including art, writing, models and recipes. Above is a selection of the activities undertake by Hargreaves over this last week and a bit.
We are still looking forward to our dressing up day on September 28th and you can visit The Roald Dahl website if you want to continue your learning about him at home.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Dig, Dig, Dig

Boggis, Bunce and Bean dig and dig and dig until there is no hill left for Mr. Fox and his family to live in. There is  just a crater that the locals come an gaze at.
This week in Hargreaves class, we took turns to build a hill from sand and then due to the lack of any mechanic diggers (such as those used by the 3 farmers in the book) we used good old fashioned metal spoons to dig it up!
First we estimated how many spoonfuls of sand it would take to dig up the hill and then we dug. We recorded our findings as we went. We could either devise our own method to keep a tally or use one of two different tables to help us.

One very kind group were so worried about Mr. Fox, that when they had finished the task, they rebuilt his hill complete with a tree (stick) and foxholes.
Next door in Butterworth they were investigating the BFG, making dream jars and painting his portrait. They tried to discover who was the BFG of the class!
Along the corridor Potter class were designing and building chocolate factories and best of all they got to make chocolate crispy cakes.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Welcome back Hargreaves class

A few of Hargreaves class settling into a new routine
Today, as you know, the children started back at school and into their new classes. In year 1 and 2 it was all change, with either a new teacher or a new room to get used to. Everyone seemed happy and settled and when asked were enjoying their day.
The children who were previously in McKee and Carle are busy learning about the timetable. They now have play times and assemblies to get used to along with the rest of the school and they seemed excited to not be the youngest any more.

In Hargreaves we also began to learn out our Roald Dahl book - Fantastic Mr Fox.  Some people already knew the story, but no one objected to listening to some of it today.

Well done to those of you who remembered to bring in your photographs, scrapbooks, diaries and other items today. We will gradually make our way through them all.
It was also great to see just how many people remembered to bring their book bag and water bottle. Please keep bringing these to school every single day.
If you did not return your PE kit, sun hat and wellies to school, please do that as soon as possible because you will be needing them very soon.
Mrs Matthews had a fantastic first day with Hargreaves class and hopes they did too.

Ware in Bloom

Last term the children in Reception entered Ware in Bloom. For the second year we entered the wheel barrow competition and this time we deocrated the barrows with farm animals to represnt the visit we had from Ark Farm.
One of our designs
This summer Jan Wing contacted us and we found out that once again we had been comended for our barrows. We will give you more details when we know them.
Wheelbarrows after a few weeks of being outside!
From the Herfordshire Mercury