Category Archives: Circle Time

A New Year in Puffins

During our computing lessons we have been learning to use the ‘Beebots’.  We began by reminding the children of how they work and what directions they can make them move in.
In English, we have been reading a new book this term called ‘Where the Wild things are’ written by Maurice Sendak. The children have enjoyed telling the story using actions. They have also been very excited to explore our new role play area… where we found Max’s boat waiting for us!
The children have been busy sequencing the story and writing some of their own sentences alongside the pictures. They have also started to recreate the story choosing their own characters, settings and buildups.
Puffins  have been looking at numbers to 20. We have been representing them using tens frames and counters and working within our table groups to match the numeral to the correct quantity.
Puffins have enjoyed their first ‘peace circle’ of 2024. We got to check in share a fun fact about ourselves and play games.

Week Commencing 13th November

Puffins had a fab evening at the Autumn Disco last week. Here we are all ready and striking a pose!
This Anti-Bullying Week we have all come together to have discussions about what bullying means to us, how banter/teasing can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. The children shared some of their ideas which we brainstormed. The children also enjoyed listening to and having a bop about to the ‘Make a noise’ song. https://youtu.be/6UU_jOiway0?si=zFSJ3ImG3XTAX7VA
This week in D&T the children have been designing their own picture frames. They have investigated existing product, created lists of the resources they will use and drew a picture of what they hope it will look like.
Puffins got to have a look at ‘Google Earth’ during their Geography lesson this week. They zoomed into the school grounds and looked at what  ‘Physical features’ and a ‘Human features’ are. The children then cut, stuck and labelled aerial images in their groups.
In maths, the children have been learning all about ‘fact families’.

Discussing our value word – Perseverance

Today Puffins have discussed how we can preserve using things in class such as editing toolkit, words on the walls, maths partner teacher etc. We then played a game of pass the hoop, in which they had to pass the hoop around the circle but they were not allowed to use their hands. The children were all fantastic at encouraging each other and persevering when it got tough. We finished circle time with the story Giraffes can’t Dance by Giles Andreae about a giraffe who couldn’t dance but preserved and in the end he could.

Expressing and respecting opinions

Today in circle time, the Puffins were learning how to express their own opinions and to respect other people’s opinions. We all decided on 3 things we would like to change in our playground. We then used out sad face and happy face to discuss what the children’s opinions were. We also ensured if the children gave an opinion then they had to have a good reason for it.

‘I would like new seating because it’s too low for me’ Krista
‘I think we don’t need seats because they cost too much money’ Dora

‘I would love to have swings because they are fun’ Scarlett
‘I hate going on swings they are too high and you could kick someone in the playground’ Daisy B

Using emojis online

This week so far the children have been doing a variety of activities to ensure they understand how to keep safe online with the added bonus of Safer Internet Week. As part of our circle time the children have discussed what emojis they would used for a variety of scenarios.

We also ensured the Puffins know what to do if these scenarios happened and they were very confident in doing the right thing. Well done puffins!