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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Butterfly

2021-22

The children are now in full spring with the new term.  They are working to build sandcastles with our beach topic, using buckets and a wide range of shape forms.  They've been spending the afternoon exploring soil and seeds.  The past two weeks has been spent making sure that our flowers that needed to be planted by April were in their pots and carefully tended to with regular water and sunshine.  The children have continued to explore clay, using the clay to practice their rolling and cutting skills.  In addition to this, the children have been using the shells collected from the beach to make shell imprints in the clay.

This week the children returned to Forest Schools.   There were lots of changes over the Easter holiday.  Spring as now sprung, and our Forest was awash with trees of all shades of green.  The children were particularly curious to explore the flowers that were growing in the forest.  In the classes this week, the children have begun our new topic "A Seaside Summer".  They spent the week making sand castles using the buckets and spades, creating artwork with clay and shells and learning to pot plants.  Some of our children joined the other classes this week for a maths problem solving session.

Last Friday, the children had a visit from Ark Farms.  The farm brought lots of different and exciting animals, from tortoises, to owls, to guinea pigs and dogs.  The children were excited to see the animals up close, as you can see from the photos we've added.  Unfortunately this week, sickness and absence meant the children had to postpone this weeks swimming and Forest school, but the children did find time on Friday afternoon to make some cards for Mother's Day.  The children used hand prints to make their own personalised Mother's Day cards.

This week, the children started their Forest Schools work.  This meant we spent Monday morning squeezing ourselves into the van to set of to a local park.  Once we were there, we were met by the county's course leader, Katie, who had set out a range of activities for the children.  There was digging, bubbles, mud painting, clay and other shorter activities for the children to try.  Mostly, the children were just curious to explore the area.  We will be attending the Forest School every Monday until the end of term, and we're sure to add some more photos showing the exciting work we're getting up to.

Yesterday we celebrated World Book Day across the school.  So many of the staff and children came to school in costumes to represent their favourite stories and books. Ms McLuckie came in her Merrida-inspired 'Brave' outfit whilst our other children came dressed as some of their favourite stories.  We've tried to capture all of them here for you, but some of our children were camera shy!

It's the final week of work before a well deserved break at half term.  The sun is finally starting to peek out from the clouds after a cold and dark winter and the children in the SEN provision are continuing to work hard.  In the Butterfly room, the children are continuing to explore songs themed around transport but they are beginning to make more choices within those songs, for example, chosing whether the second verse of the Wheels on the Bus will be 'the horns' or 'the babies'.  In the Puffin room we are continuing to develop our independence across a wider range of craft activities, whilst the children in the Beehive have been working hard on their Maths and Literacy.

Another busy week in the Butterfly Room!  We've been swimming twice this week and are now fully back in the swing of things.  In the Beehive Room we have been working to create group interpretation of our Language Enirchment Groups (LEG) run by Miss McLuckie.  The children have been working to respond to a variety of one and two step instructions.  The Butterfly Room have been continuing to work on their transport topic, working with Speech and Language therapists and the Complex Needs and Dyslexia team, who have both been offering their valuable input as always.  We are still practicing our xylophones in the Puffin Room (and getting a lot better at it!).  We are all learning to play along to the song The Wheel's on the Bus, using the coloured xylophones and Mr Davies' handy coloured prompts!

It has been another busy week in the Butterfly room.  We have been working hard on our Literacy in the Beehive, practicing our handwriting and continuing to develop our ability to construct sentences with colourful semantics.  We have spent our afternoons painting, making choices about which tools we would like to use and developing our independence.  In the butterfly room, we are spending more time with our classes.  The children in each class have been brilliant, spending time reading with our children every day when they arrive.

Happy New Year!  We have started a brand new term, and a brand new topic - Transport!  The children are using this as the foundation to explore a range of learning opportunities.  We are thinking about how we travel around school - several of our children in the Puffin room are using transition cards to move from one room to the next.  We are thinking about different types of transport - the children in the Butterfly room have been using objects of reference for the different modes of transport and linking these to songs they know and we are beginning to sort items by a given characteristic in the Beehive room.

We are getting closer and closer to Christmas time.  Advent calendars are being opened and Santa is working his way through his long naughty and nice list.  To begin our celebrations, we had a whole-school Christmas disco.  Our children attended with their year groups and particularly enjoyed the snow machine.  This Friday, we celebrated with Christmas jumpers.  It was so exciting to see you all come to school in your Christmas jumpers of all colours and designs!

We have been working hard in the Butterfly Room as we draw closer to the end of term.  The children have continued working towards their personal targets, with our children in the Butterfly Room working closely this week with our speech and language profesisonals.  They have been working closely with our staff to develop the children's ability to make choices within our learning sessions.  All the groups took part in Eco-week, with some children making bunting out of old newspaper and our children in the Beehive and Puffin rooms making paper mache globes.  Our Christmas trees have been put up and the children will start some Christmas activities next week.

We have been working hard in the Butterfly Room this week.  The children working in the Beehive Room have been practicing their phonics and working on the story of the Three Little Pigs.  We have been exploring the vocabulary in the story and sequencing the main events.  Later in the week, we worked to retell parts of the story with Colourful Semantics.  In the Butterfly group, we welcomed the parents on Thursday morning.  It was lovely to see you all again and to be able to model some of the strategies we have been using when working with your children!

We have had another busy week in the Butterfly Room.  The children have been finishing up the last couple of weeks of their Under The Sea topic, as we keep half and eye on Christmas!  The weather is getting colder and wetter, so we have planned lots of fun activities for those days that we're stuck inside.  In the Beehive room, we have started our new Literacy group, and we've been working very hard on our traditional tales.  The children work together on their phonics, spelling, handwriting with Mr Davies!

We have had a very busy and interesting week!  On Wednesday, the school invited John, owner of a wide variety of native and exotic birds!  The children were treated to experiences with British animals like owls and more exotic birds like the kookaburra.  In addition to this, it was also parliament week.   Across the school, there were a range of activities designed to develop the children's understanding of democracy and goverment.  Our children responded to this by working together to build a model of Big Ben out of lollypop sticks. 

We are continuing our Under The Sea topic across all three rooms this term.  In the Butterfly Room, we are continuing to make choices using our switches and coreboards.  The children have started a new fishing activitiy where we can practice our reaching and grasping skills with fishing rods, in addition to getting some counting practice in with our toy ducks!  In the Puffin room, the children have been getting very messy taking part in a wide range of sensory activities and crafts.  The children have also been learning actions to familiar songs such as 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' and 'One Little Finger'.  In the Beehive, we have been using within-task timetables to help us complete our crafts, looking at the pictures to help guide us as we work with increasing independence.  Around this, the children have also been completing their independent targets, continuing to learn to count with concrete objects and construct phrases and sentences using colourful semantics!

Celebration time!  It was the school's 20th anniversary last Friday and Sir John Heron celebrated in style.  The children experienced a range of exciting activities, from clowns and jesters, to music with a snow machine and face painting.  The most exciting of these for our children was definitely the petting zoo.  The children had fun watching the goats, donkeys, ducks and one very excited dog.  Some of our children were even brave enough to stroke the animals.  We were blessed with some fantastic sunshine, and the children enjoyed an afternoon of ice cream and carnival games.  What a fantastic way to celebrate 20 years!

We are settling well into our new term.  We have all been working hard in music, learning the song 'A sailor went to see...'.  Our support staff have been busy setting up our outside provision.  We worked with Ms Kumar on this area, and have had great fun exploring our new sensory trays.  We have worked hard in Literacy and Maths, learning to use colourful semantics to make sentences and finding lots of different ways to practice our counting around the resource provision.

Welcome back!

 

We are so excited to be back for a new school year.  We have been blessed with some excellent sun at the start of this term, so the children in the Butterfly room have been out and enjoying themselves.  In class, we have been getting set up for a new year.  We have said goodbye to many familiar faces, and welcomed some new ones.  This term, our topic is 'Under The Sea'.  We've been getting involved in lots of sea-themed craft activities, music and stories. It's going to be an exciting term!

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Butterfly Class

2020-21

We have been continuing to enjoy the wonderful warm weather.  We have been trying not to complain about how hot it has got and make the most of it.  Some of us went outside to continue or learning beside the water trays, where it is much cooler, while some of us went to learn on the machines in the sensory room, one of our cooler inside rooms!

We have been very busy with our multi-sensory learning opportunities.  Many of us have been making to make requests with our coreboards and our switches.  Fun, multi-sensory learning such as playing with foam is a far more enjoyable way to learn these skills.

We have been working very hard to build our space displays.  Some of us have worked to finish the background of our display, while in the Puffin room we have been working to make space crafts by using in-task timetables.  These are shorter timetables that show us in pictures the steps we need to take to complete a craft.  We we are older, we hope we can use these for a wider range of activities.

We have been making the most of the good weather and keeping active.  We have been spending as much time as possible learning outside.  Mr Mason has also been visiting us every Friday to teach us how to ride a scooter.  We have all had so much fun.

In the butterfly room this term, we have been working on our Space topic.  This has meant that all of us have been learning about the same topic in different ways.  In the butterfly room, we have taken a more sensory approach, with sensory story, whilst in the Beehive, we have been reading the book Back to Earth with a Bump.  We have also been exploring a range of space-themed crafts.

Summer Term - our photos

Spring 2021 - Photos of our learning!

Autumn Term 2020 - Photos of our learning

This week, as part of our festivals topic, the children have been celebrating Diwali.  We completed a range of Diwali themed crafts in the Puffin room and Beehive room.  In the Butterfly room, we have also been continuing with our Witches and Wizards topic.
This week was Remembrance Day, so to mark the occasion, the children completed some poppy themed crafts.  For the first activity, we painted a field of poppies by dipping our paint stampers into red paint and finish it off with a black centre, whilst we also made poppies out of crepe paper and cut up card.
In the Butterfly room, we have been continuing to make good use of the Sensory Room.  Here, the children have another opportunity to practice their switchwork, using switches to control the colour of the machines in the sensory room.  In the Puffin room, we have spent our afternoons with construction activities by learning how cogs work.
In the Butterfly room this week, many of us have been continuing to work on our targets.  For some of us, this means learning to use a wider range of tools, from glue sticks, to block scissors, spoons and rolling pins.  We have been putting these skills to work in a range of craft activities.  In the Puffin room and Beehive room, we have also spent our afternoon following visual steps to complete craft activities.
This term in the Beehive we have been working really hard on out Maths and Literacy skills.  For most of us, this means that we've been practicing our times tables in order to improve our speed of recall.  In Literacy, we have all been working on improving our handwriting.  Some of us have been practicing forming our letters in sand before we write down on paper.
This term in Music we have been working on rhythm.  We've only been using untuned instruments - drums, bongos, tambourines and claves - and have been working to make rhythmic music together.  We've been practicing playing our drums loudly and quietly, quickly and slowly.  Some of our children in the Puffin room have been working on sensory stories with their supporting adult.
This week, in the Puffin room, we have been using our knowledge of visual timetables to help us make Rice Krispie cakes.  We have been learning to use the microwave to help us melt the marshmallows before spooning the mixture out into our cupcake cases to set.  In the Butterfly room, we have been working hard on our physical targets.  Some of us have been practicing putting objects into holes.
We have all been continuing our hard work this week, consolidating our learning in many of the activities we introduce at the start of the term.  In the beehive, we have been cooking each week, using our knowledge of visual timetables to help us learn the steps to complete our food!
We have been continuing to work hard at school this week.  The children have continued with their autumn crafts.  Many of our children have been back at work with their Maths, practicing their time tables and counting activities.  In the Butterfly Room, we have been playing with balloons for our Witches and Wizards topic.

Balloon painting!

 

We have been exploring new ideas for artwork in the puffin room.  We often try to use a range of different tools for our artwork - from paintbrushes, to scrapers and dabbers.  This week, we have been using balloons to paint.  We dipped them into a mixture of colours and bounced the balloon off the large sheet of paper.  Our children are all fascinated with balloons and enjoyed this activity immensely.

Painting autumn colours

A whole new term!

 

We have been very busy settling back into our school routine.  The children have settled in very well, and are making fantastic use of the extra inside space.  This term, we have been using Autumn as our topic and using the colours as a starting point for a wide range of art.  We have been exploring rhythm and drumming in music and learning to cook.  In the butterfly room, we have started a new topic - Witches and Wizards - and we are using this to help us explore different textures and develop our sensory awareness.

2019-2020

Sensory Exploration!

 

We have done a lot of work this week exploring a range of different textures.  We have set up sensory trays in the afternoon where the children can explore a range of textures from jelly to foam and dry foods such as rice.  We have also made good use of our water tray.  Our children have been learning to grasp and reach, so have been putting this skill to use by fishing!

Happy New Term!

 

This new term we have started warming up.  The children have been learning to use a range of utensils when cooking.  They've used spoons, whisks, rolling pins and dough cutters to help make their food.  They all enjoyed the wide range of textures and smells.

Sensory Afternoons!

 

This week in the Butterfly Room we have been exploring a range of sensory arts.  These have included potato stamping and using our PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) to request motivating items like Jelly!  We also finished off our family trees topic.  This meant that some of siblings came to visit us to help us complete our work.  It was a really nice opportunity for our brothers and sisters to come and see what we do with our day.

Choices!

 

This week, we have been continuing to work on making choices.  For some of us in the Butterfly Room, this can mean using our switch to request more of an activity, or using one of switches to request out preferred item.  In the mornings, the children often engage in messy play.  This allows them the opportunity to explore a range of textures and to make choices between things they like and they don't like.  We try to embed choice making into everything we do, from arts, to craft and messy play.

This week we have been focused on working more independently.  The children had a wide range of arts and crafts activities to attempt in the afternoon, and they tried hard to work on their own.  These included making a Chinese lantern to celebrate Chinese New Year, creating a paper plate butterfly and experimenting with straws to blow paint around.

Family Trees!

 

This week, as part of our All About Me topic, the children made family trees.  We used scrunched up coloured pieces of crepe paper to stick down and make a tree.  Then we stuck pictures of our family members.  As part of this topic, siblings from around the school joined our children in helping to work on their projects.

It's Spring!

 

To celebrate the new term, we created some spring themed artwork.  The children used a range of tools from paintbrushes to rollers and stampers.  We selected some colours that best conjoured up that spring feeling (the warm bit, not the cold one!) and set about creating our abstract artwork.  The children used a range of techniques the adults had modelled to them.  These included rolling, stamping and using the paintbrush to flick paint.  Once the work had dried, we put them up on display!

 

 

All about us!

 

This term we are exploring what it means to be ourselves.  This week, the children took photos using the iPads and helped each other to take photos.  They explored what it meant to be them by dressing up in a range of different outfits.  We tried on princess costumes, pirate hats and superhero capes.  We took lots of pictures.  Some of our children really enjoyed twirling in the mirror!

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

 

It's nearly the end of the year.  The children were visited by Santa Claus who gave them all a special present. We have been working hard on arts and craft to make decorations for our tree.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 and lots of new opportunities in the new year.

Tis the season!

 

This week, we have bee continuing our festive crafts - the children made a nativity scene out of lollypop sticks and a special Christmas wreath.  We also found time in our busy schedule to put our Christmas tree up.  The children helped to decorate it and wrap tinsel around it.  They were all very excited when the lights came on!

Christmas Time!

 

It's Christmas time and we've been preparing by making our decorations for the Christmas hoop.  The children made snowmen by sticking down cotton buds onto their snowman outline.  Other children made Christmas trees out of lollypop sticks they had stuck into the shape of a tree.

Falconry

 

This week, the children were visited by Falconry UK who came to show us a range of British and exotic birds.  The children were really excited to see the birds up close.  Some of our children also got to hold the birds.  We saw owls and Kookaburra's.  It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to experience the wonders of wildlife.

We are artists!

 

This week we all worked together to create a display for the walls of the school.  We cut up triangles of different colours and stuck them down onto our large artwork.  Once this had dried, we used a range of different tools - paintbrushes, sponges and rollers - to cover the canvass with paint.  We explored how the colours mixed and we tried to find new ways to apply paint onto the canvas.  Some of us even tried drip painting in a Jackson Pollock style.

Free Flow afternoons!

 

We have been adopting a more free flow approach to our afternoons this term, providing children with a range of opportunities to make requests, explore art with paint and texture, some physical exercise and some sensory exploration.

Switchwork Skills!

 

This week in the Butterfly room we have been exploring a range of switchwork skills software.  Our new games allow us to practice our switch skills whilst playing a range of sporting games, navigating the pages of stories and to control electronic toys.  The children were very excited to explore the new possibilities!

In another exciting week in the Butterfly room, we have been exploring sensory stories, our water tank and sand pit.  The children have benefitted from our new sensory circuit.

Autumn in the Butterfly Room!

This week we worked hard to make a series of Autumn-inspired artworks for the walls of our rooms.  Using large sheets of paper, we chose between red, yellow and orange to create our autumnal scene.  Some of the children experimented with a range of different tools, whilst others preferred to explore the range of textures we have on offer.  The end result was some fabulous pieces of artwork that would rival any Jackson Pollock!

It's been another exciting week in the Butterfly Room.  We have been creating our own monsters in response to the story Ten Little Monsters.  The children used their pictures to choose a range of materials - sequins, ribbons, fabric and glitter - to design a their own character for the story.
This week, we have been learning a few different songs to help us into the new year.  The children spent the music lesson exploring a range of instruments - strings, bows, brass and percussion.  After we selected our instruments, we played along to the song "I am the music man."

Another exciting week in the Butterfly Room!

 

We've been very busy getting back into the swing of things in the Butterfly Room.  Here's a few pictures of us enjoying our music and story lessons.

Welcome Back from the Butterfly Room!

 

We have been working very hard this week, getting settled back into a school routine.  We have had some time to explore new areas in Nursery and practice our PE skills.  We are looking forward to a very exciting year!

2018-19

Sports Day in the Butterfly Room

Today, Monday 15th of July, Mr Mason joined us in the Butterfly room for our Sports Day.  We had a circuit of events and parents arrived to join in and support their children.  At the end of the session, the children were handed their medals!

Our Trip To Barleylands!

This July, the children in the Butterfly room joined Year 1 and 2 to take a trip to Barleylands in Essex.  We boarded the bus in the morning and headed out to meet a wide variety of hungry animals.  Some of us were more scared than others to touch the animals at first, but we were all brave enough to feed them in the end.  We saw goats, pigs, llamas, horses, hens, ducks and many more!  We explored the outside playgrounds, enjoying ourselves on the bouncy castle and the big slides.  Before lunch, we took a tractor ride around the farm.   We enjoyed the bumps and the sights as we went round.  In the afternoon, we wandered around the reptile enclosure, looking at Boa Constrictors, locusts and Mr Davies' pet hate - cockroaches.  

Welcome to the Butterfly classroom!

 

We have been working hard all year on a wide range of topics, from cooking to PE and art and design.  We will be updating the class page in greater depth very soon but, for now, here are some photos to give you a brief glimpse into what we've been up to.

 

 

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