Miss Cragg (Y1): Blog items

Zoo2U Visit Reception and Years 1 and 2

Date: 23rd Mar 2017 @ 7:45pm

Today the children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 had a visit from Charlotte from Zoo2U. Charlotte brought some wonderful animals for the children to meet. The children were able to meet a range of animals. First we met Neo and Kato the nosey and cheeky meerkats. We watched them eat Morio worms and vegetables and then they had a look around our school hall. Then they met Dougie the Royal Python and the children were amazed to feel how smooth he was. After Dougie the children met Captain the tortoise. Captain has a shell that is made of the same material as finger nails and only had one eye. However, this does not bother him because he was born this way. We then met Bramble the African Pgymy Hedgehog who loved to hide in her blanket. We were amazed to find out that her spikes are made of hair and that she is nocturnal and has excellent hearing. Finally we met Bumble the African White Faced Owl who some of the children were able to hold using a glove.

All of the chidlren really enjoyed meeting the animals and were superbly behaved. Well done Reception, Year 1 and 2 and we hope you enjoyed it! Take a look at some of the photos below;


MMU Stardome Planetarium visits Reception and Years 1 and 2

Date: 9th Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm

This morning the children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 were very lucky and had a visit from Anthony from MMU and the Stardome. Each class had the opportunity to go inside the Planetarium and very excited to go inside. Inside the dome Anthony showed the children a video which was taken on the International Space Station and talked to the children about what astronauts, like Tim Peake, would see from the station. He then showed the children when the sky would look like at night, should there be no light pollution and helped the children to identify and name some of the stars, such as the North Star and the Planets Venus and Mars. He then showed the children some of the different costellations and made pictures out of them. After that he showed us the pictures that the stars make in the sky and also told us a story about them. Finally Anthony showed us the Milky Way and then talked to us about some of the Planets. The children learnt that Pluto was no longer called a planet and were interested to find out that Mercury is not the hottest planet even though it is closest to the sun, Venus is and that astronauts are now challenging themselves to try and go to Mars. However, this will take lots of work as it would take 9 months to get there. Take a look at some of the photos below of todays Stardome adventure; 

KS1 Dance Club

Date: 28th Nov 2016 @ 11:02pm

KS1 dance club has run for the majority of this Autumn term and the children have really enjoyed learning a variety of different dance routines to different songs, both current songs and older songs. In addition to learning dances, on weeks where the weather has been wet, the children have also made some lovely pieces of artwork.

One of the pieces of artwork that the children created was a silhouette picture. They used watercolours to paint dance shapes and then cut out on black paper some dances outlines. For the second piece of artwork the children worked in pairs or threes to create a life size dance piece of art. They drew around a friend and then decorated inside the outline with bright colours, patterns and pictures of their own choice.

Take a look at some of the work below;


KS1 Trip to Gauntlet Birds of Prey Vulture and Eagle Park

Date: 10th Nov 2016 @ 7:29pm

Wow! What an amazing day the KS1 children from St Johns have had today at Gauntlet Birds of Prey and Vulture Park. It is hard to believe how much the children took part in today in just one day. Therefore, this is just a short summary; 

When we arrived the children had the opportunity to look around all of the aviaries. The children saw over 120 birds from over 25 species, some of these included Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons, Kites and a large variety of Owls. They also saw Eagles, a Griffon, Caracaras, Seriemas, Ravens and amazing Marabou Storks. The children were amazed by all of the birds, what they looked like and the noises that they made. The children particularly enjoyed stroking the very friendly goats and were very quiet so that they could watch the meercats come in and out of their house.

We then went into the classroom to learn about some of the birds and watch to them fly. All of the children who wanted to were able to hold and stroke the Little Owl and some of the children had the opportunity to help to fly one of the other birds of prey. We were taught why their bodies are perfect for the things that they need to do and we were also able to watch some of the birds eat mice and small chickens.

In the afternoon the children were excited to complete a bird stamp quiz with their friends around the park and collected as many stamps as they could. The children were also able to feed the goats and watched the lady feed the 3 vultures. At the end of the day we watched a flying demonstration outside and were able to see a huge eagle fly over our heads. Finally, a group of scavengers came out to be fed and were flying around together above us.

The children were superbly behaved and we hope that they had an excellent day!

Take a look at the website by clicking on the picture below if you want to find out more;

Well done KS1 at St Johns!

Take a look at some of the photos below of our day;


Firefighter Visit

Date: 19th Oct 2016 @ 5:40pm

This half term in KS1 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London and therefore we invited Mr Beech who is a firefighter and his fireman friends to come and visit us. They talked to us about the Great Fire of London and why it started and also about some of th equipment the people tried to use to put out the fire in 1666. We also looked at the uniforms and equipment the firefighters use today and got to try on some helmits from a range of different times. We then talked about fire plans for our homes and finally we looked in the fire jeep. We looked at the equipment that is in the jeep and we also got to listen to the sirens. We really enjoyed learning more about firefighters today and would like to thank Mr Beech for coming to visit us! Take a look at some of the pictures below to find out more; 

Great Fire of London Game

Date: 26th Sep 2016 @ 8:16pm

Have a go at playing this Great Fire of London game at home!



Our Day With Curious Critters

Date: 5th May 2016 @ 7:17pm

On Wednesday, Year 1 and Year 2 welcomed Dan from Curious Critters, to St John's. 

He showed us how to search for and identify minibeasts in our woodland area, then we learnt how to look after a pet. Dan had brought Fluffy the rabbit to assist us and I think Fluffy was very happy afterwards.

We were then given an opportunity to have close encounters with other animals Dan had brought with him. It helped understand more about these creatures and face our fears. ( Including staff!!!)

Please enjoy our pictures and video slide show of our amazing day!!

Thank you Curious Critters!!!

Curious Critters

Date: 3rd May 2016 @ 11:31am

We are very excited to be meeting Curious Critters tomorrow (Wednesday 4th May). Watch out for photos of the very Curious Critters we meet!

Reading our stories to Year 1

Date: 22nd Mar 2016 @ 6:34pm

One of the genres in our Literacy lessons this term was to write a story set in another culture. Therefore, the children in Miss Ollier's Literacy group were given the challenge to write a story set in the Amazon Rainforest for one of the year 1 children. The children spent one Literacy lesson working with the year 1 children to design a hero and a villain for their story. They worked together and thought about what they would look like, they gave them each a name and then they thought of some adjectives to describe their characters. The older children then wrote a story for their year 1 partner and today we went back to the year 1 classroom to share the stories with the younger children. The older children really enjoyed reading their stories, ensuring that they read with expression and volume, and the year 1 children enjoyed listening to the stories carfully. Take a look at some of the photographs below;

Year 1 Fair trade music

Date: 11th Mar 2016 @ 12:18pm

World Book Day Year 1

Date: 7th Mar 2016 @ 1:54pm

On Friday 4th March, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite characters from Roald Dahl books. We had lots of Matildas, witches, Fantastic Mr Foxes, Enormous Crocodiles! Thank you for your support and thank you for bringing in such amazing settings! The children from KS2 chose their favourite KS1 settings, but anyone could have won. I'm just glad I didn't have to choose!

See if you can work out who is who in our class photos. 

Mr McAulay