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School Lane, Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire,

BA14 6NZ

Harvest Mice

Welcome to Harvest Mice Class

Foundation Stage and Year 1

Term 6

Our topic this term is called 'Hooray lets go on holiday! We will be thinking about holidays and the seaside and even finding out a little about pirates! In science we will be growing beans and watching caterpillars grow and change into butterflies. It is going to be a very busy term!


Can you retell the story of The Magic Porridge Pot?

Term 5


Our topic this term is 'Great Explorers' and will be heavily history based. We will be looking at famous explorers from history, from Neil Armstrong to Christopher Columbus. Now spring is upon us we will be spending time learning about Plants and what they need to grow. We will be growing vegetables in our patch and looking at healthy food.




We have done lots of scientific exploring so far this term in Science learning about wild plants, garden plants and the difference between Evergreen and Deciduous trees. We have been outdoor scientists !

We have written our own innovation of the story this week. Please have a read of some of the great writing being produced in Harvest Mice!

As we have been learning about the story of The Gingerbread Man Harvest Mice decided they wanted to create some of their own. What a lot of fun!

Can you retell the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'?


Staverton 99: Our final list

As part of World Book Day 2016, the children have compiled the following list of their favourite books. This is a wide and varied list. Our aim is to purchase all these books and place them in our growing library.  

Ben and Jerry the goats!

The day we met Charlie the pony!

Bath time with Harvest Mice

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The ducklings first bath...

Meet the newest, fluffy members of Harvest Mice!

Exploring the new text map. Can you tell the story and fill in the missing gaps!?

Can you retell the story of the "Billy Goats Gruff"?

Arriving Friday 4th March.... 

We have a couple of visitors coming in next term to engage us into our new T4W story 'The Billy Goats Gruff'.

Science Fair Letter 2016

Please make sure you are signing off every time your child reads on their bookmark. More reads means more certificates and a £5 Amazon voucher if you complete 'Special Reading Power'.

Term 4

Our topic this term is 'We're Going on an Animal Hunt'. It will be heavily Science focused, with Science week commencing the week beginning March 14th. We will be exploring animals including humans, finding out about our senses as well as naming all our different body parts. We will be looking at loads of animals, how they are grouped and what they eat. On March 11th we are going to Longleat with the opportunity to see and touch loads of animals! We will also have some live animals in the classroom next term. More information to follow next term...  


Term 3

Our topic this term is Castles, Knights, Dragons and Princesses. In History we will exploring past Queens and Kings of England, while learning through role play and exploration in our Castle. Our T4W story this term will be a version of George and the Dragon. It is going to be a busy term!

Our Learning Showcase is Friday 15th January at 2:45pm in the school hall.

A big thank you to all the parents who came to see the homework projects. The children did a fantastic job and there were some amazing things on display! A big well done to everyone involved!

Step 2- Painting the Dragon eggs!

Mrs Roberts spotted this on the car park camera early this morning!

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After seeing the camera footage we went on a Dragon Hunt! We found some footprints and treasure.

Medieval Gingerbread! Mr Mead was not too keen but Harvest Mice seemed to love it!

Harvest Mice Classroom all ready for tomorrow. The projects are truly fantastic😀

Here are some of our letters that we wrote today (independently) to our parents inviting them along! We look forward to seeing parents at 9am on Tuesday to show off our homework projects!

Harvest Mice decided they wanted to make Dragon Eggs. We began by blowing up balloons and coating them in Paper Mache. It is going to take a few layers to make them strong enough. We will be designing and decorating them next week, so keep an eye out!

Following the video footage of The Mighty Dragon flying over the cinema, we decided to write a letter to him inviting him to Medieval Day! This was his reply..

Mr Mead went to the cinema on Saturday. You will never guess what he saw from the multistory car park, a real Dragon! Harvest Mice have been busy writing letters this morning, inviting The Mighty Dragon to Medieval Day next Tuesday!

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On Friday it was Road Safety morning for Year 1. We learnt all about traffic controls and how to be safe when out and about.

In computing this week we began practising recording our weather forecasts. Have a go at home making your own forecast with this interactive activity.



Castles, Knights, Dragons and Princesses Homework Project!

Curriculum Letter

In Art this term we are exploring self-portraits. We have looked at lots of portraits of Kings and Queens of the past. This week we explored Picasso's portraits and his use of colour to show happy and sad emotions. We chose a portrait and had a go at replicating it with oil pastels.

In computing this term we are going to be recording our very own weather forecasts to link with our science focus on seasonal changes. We watched some forecasts from bbc weather and came up with ideas on how to produce a successful forecast. Our first step of learning was how to record on the iPads.

Below is the text map for our story this term 'George and the Dragon'. Can you retell it to someone? I have attached a copy of the story to help support retelling at home.

This afternoon we read DigiDuck's BIG Decision. We learnt the importance of E Safety. Saying kind things to others and making sensible choices were two of the most important things! We must always check with an adult when using the internet too!

This term in Science we are looking at Seasonal Changes, from Autumn to Winter. We will be observing and recording different weather, including temperature, wind direction and rainfall.

Keep up to date on the current Winter weather by following this link...


Today we came into class to find a special present. Foundation Stage wrote sentences about what we thought may be inside. After that, we opened the present to find reindeer food! We sprinkled it outside in hope some reindeer may come to school!

Frankincense, Myrrh and Melchior's diary entry

Can you retell Melchior's diary entry?

This morning we had more visitors! This time some of our Grandparents came into school to share their old toys with us. We bought in our new toys and compared to them to the old ones. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us.

We have been waiting for a visit from those Three Little Pigs since last term and today was the day! We met Bert, the 2 and half week old Piglet! He was so cute! We asked Farmer Charlie some questions and then all got to stroke Bert!

An outdoor shape hunt for Foundation Stage. Which shapes did you find and name outside?

Here is the next set of Green Words you can practise reading and writing at home.


bang box chat chin fix fox quiz quit six sing wing thin thick thing zap zip

Here is our new text map for the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. Can you retell the story?

We had a go at drawing our own version of the text map!

Term 2

This term our topic is 'Toy Story'. We are going to be learning all about old and new toys. The homework for over the holidays is to take a picture of your child playing with their favourite toy! It is going to be a busy term with Nativity and all things Christmas in the last 2 weeks of term. 

Here is a copy of the handwriting sheets for the last few sounds from Set 1. This week we will be finishing off Set 1 sounds!

Here are the sounds we have been learning over the last few days.

f e l h sh r j v y w

Below are the next set of green words you can practise reading and writing at home.

fan  fat  fish  fun  had  hen  hit  let  lip  log  met  sack  set  ship  shop 

jam  jet  jog  rat  red  run  sock  vet  web  wet  win  wish  yap  yes  yum

Here we are with our houses! One word...FANTASTIC!

Thank you so much for your support with the first homework project. It was fantastic to see all the hard work that had gone into making the houses. All of the children loved showing off their work to to their friends and parents. A big well done to everyone! Now it is time to test them!

EYFS Maths- Ways of making 5 and 6. How many ways do you know? We even began to write our first number sentences...

Here is the text map for our instructions on "How to Catch a Big Bad Wolf". Can you tell them to a grown up?

Here is the copy of the Instructions.

Using things from the outside to count and write the matching number.

REMINDER- Harvest Mice Homework Project due Thursday 15th October

We would like your child to design a house for ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The only criteria is that it has to be a house the Big Bad Wolf would not be able to knock down. The children may use any material they like. We are looking for something about the size of a shoebox.


On Thursday 15th October from 3:20-3:30pm, all parents will be invited in to view the houses made by the children in the classroom.

On Friday 16th we will be testing the houses to see if they can withstand the Big Bad Wolf.

Here are some more examples of green words you can be practising to read and spell at home. I have also attached this weeks letter formation handwriting sheet.

at  dad  mad  mat  sad  sat an  and  dog  dig  gap  got  in  it  on  pan  pin  sit  tip  top bad  bin  can  cat  cot  cup  kit  mud  up  back  kick  lock   fan  fat  fish  fun  had  hen  hit  let  lip  log  met  sack  set  ship  shop .

Today in Maths we began to look at Symmetry. I showed the children this game at the end of the lesson. Here is the link if you would like to have a go at using it at home!


Sneak Peek at our latest Art Project... Watch this space.

Maths- Foundation Stage have been busy making play dough worms and then ordering them shortest to longest. Some of us even measured them with cubes. Year 1 have spent the morning finding things longer and shorter than a 1m stick. Mr Mead then challenged us to order ourselves from the shortest to the tallest.



We are starting Week 3 of Read Write Inc this week! So far we have learnt the following sounds...

m  a  s  d  t  i  n  p  g  o. This week we will be learning c  k  u  b  f.

You may like to try some sound blending at home with your children to help them begin to read words. Follow this link to the RWI website which has a helpful video for support at home.


You may also like to get your child to practice writing these sounds too. We are writing sounds and read words through sound-blending every day at school.

Here is a list of words you may like to practise reading and writing with your child.

as, on, it, sat, sit, top, tap, got, cat, tin, pot 

Additional words cards from Week 1 and 2 can be found on the attached files.


For support with pronouncing the sounds follow this link.


Foundation Stage Parents- Here are some Read Write Inc handwriting formation sheets in case you would like to do some extra work at home with your child. These can be downloaded and printed off. I have also attached a PDF file which contains a copy of all the sayings to help us remember how we form each letter.

We are now beginning to change the story. We brainstormed ideas on new characters and new houses. Then we began to adjust our text maps using sticky notes! Watch this space for videos of us performing our new story.

Year 1 rewrote the story of The Three Little Pigs.

Exploring the learning environment!

We created our own little pig houses by painting using straw and sticks. For our brick houses we used sandpaper as it feels just like bricks!

Looking for clues outside. What have those 3 Little Pigs been up to?

What do you think happened?

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We are so excited about a visit from the pigs! We must get learning the story!

We went looking for more clues outside! We found sticks, straw and bricks! There was also a letter from The Three Little Pigs!

Look who visited us today! We found the classroom in a real mess this morning! There was pig poo and straw everywhere.

Here is our first text map for our story 'The Three Little Pigs'. Can you retell it to an adult at home?

Parents- Here is the the written copy of the story you can practise with your child.

Term 1

Our topic for Term 1 will be 'Let's Get Building!'. We are going to be learning the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' through Pi Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' scheme. We will also be focusing on famous buildings from around the world. We will be learning when and how they were built, as well as what makes them special. In Science we will be learning about Materials and their properties.