Bishop Bronescombe C of E School


Miss Oliver

Rainbows Class Teacher

Miss Franklin

Rainbows Teaching Assistant

General Information
We collect in all reading books on a Friday to give your child a new phonics book which they will keep for the week and a new challenge book which they are welcome to change as and when they would like. If you would like your child's book changed, pop it in my basket first thing in the morning. Don't forget to record when they have read in their reading records. 
We collect homework books in on a Tuesday and give them back out again on a Thursday

2nd March 2020
A busy week this week!
Following an emergent interest in polar animals, we have been investigating Arctic and Antarctic animals. The children wrote clues for their friends to guess which animals they were describing. 
On Tuesday, we welcomed a couple of special visitors into our classroom, Esther and Laura. They told us the story of Jesus and the Storm from the Bible. The children listened beautifully and thought about how then disciples had trusted Jesus in the story. The children were then presented with their very own Bibles to take home. 
On Wednesday, we continued our exploration of Antarctic and Arctic animals with children wanting to write more clues. We then had a visitor from St Austell Garden Festival who has brought a little project for us to work on to contribute towards the family festival in June. The theme is 'Edible garden's so this afternoon we thought about which types of plants you can eat or grow food and started planting some seeds by making paper pots to fill. 
Thursday was World Book Day! The children had a fantastic time talking about and sharing their favourite stories. Our class book was the story Whatever Next, written by the fabulous author Jill Murphy, in the story a bear makes a rocket using a cardboard box, the children had a fantastic day making their own creations, we have had houses, pirate ships and portals! We explored parts of the story by making up actions and listening to different 'space' music. 
Don't forget your child will have brought home a letter this week regarding a school trip to par beach. If you consent to your child attending, we would appreciate all forms being returned as soon as possible. 
Friday 28th February 2020 

Welcome back! We have had a very busy start to Spring 2.


This week we came back to tadpoles in our classroom! The children have been looking closely at how they tadpoles have changed from frog spawn and lots of children decided to draw what they look like now.


This week we had Shrove Tuesday. The children were very excited to bring their pancakes and saucepans to school to take part in the annual pancake tossing race. We then sampled some of the pancakes that hadn't been dropped on the floor.


After filling up our class reward jar, the children decided they would like a show and tell as a whole class reward. On Wednesday each child brought in something to share with their peers.


We have continued with our story scribing this week. The children love writing stories to act out alongside their peers during busy learning! This week we have had stories about farm animals, princesses, unicorns and ice-cream trucks!


This week we have had lots of questions and observed interests in animals the Arctic which we will continue with into next week.

17th January 2020


Following an interest in animals around the world and looking at our class map, we have been learning the story of Handa’s Surprise. We have been making up actions to go with the story and practising it using our story map. We have been looking at the similarities and differences between our country and Kenya. We tasted all of the different fruits from the story. We thought about words to describe the inside and outside of the pieces of fruit and then voted for which one we liked the best.


 We have been exploring the weight of different pieces of fruit. The children made the observation that the when more items are added, the weight gets heavier. We have also been doing observational paintings of fruit and thinking about the specific colours we need.


In P.E we are doing gymnastics! The children experimented with different ways of moving their bodies and travelling whilst avoiding obstacles.


At forest school we set our Stick Insect free and planted Daffodils! The children thought about what the bulbs needed to grow and survive.

10th January 2020
Happy New Year!
This week we have enjoyed sharing our half term news. We have loved listening to the children’s favourite times with their friends and families over the Christmas holidays.
This week Rainbows and Stars welcomed a stick insect into their classroom! After one of our parents found the insect lurking on our decking, we made a home for him to stay. After doing a bit of research and looking closely at his features, the children have been writing facts about stick insects and voted to decide what name we should give him. We decided to call him Blaze! 
In maths we have been looking at different types of 2D and 3D Shapes, the children have been using 3D shape names, especially when tidying our construction corner! We have also been exploring different ways of making five using number bonds. The children have been making simple number problems and counting groups to find the answer. 
Your child will be bringing home their Spring 1 home learning grids this week, we will collect home learning books in each Tuesday, ready to return on a Thursday! 
We we have also started weekly gymnastics on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Danks. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school. 

Friday 12th December


Wow, what an incredibly busy week.


We have been practising our Nativity performance to the rest of the school. The children have blown us away with how well they have learnt their lines, songs and actions. We cannot wait to share our show with you on Monday.


On Tuesday we visited St Blazey Church. The children had previously thought about what they might see at a church and when they arrived they excitedly pointed out all of those things. One child said ‘Look stain glass windows!’ and there was lot of discussion around the different pictures and beautiful colours. We would like to say a huge thank you to Emma, Jules and Grace for setting up a lovely Christmas experience where we thought about the story of Christmas and explored different parts of the nativity story. We are also really grateful for the help we received from our lovely parent helpers. We thought about courage, how we would feel if we were given a special job like Mary and Joseph in the story, we thought about the journey they had made to Bethlehem and the gifts we would give to God to say thank you.


This week we have had the arrival of Kitty the Kindness Elf! Each day the children have loved seeing the mischief she has been up to and accepting her kindness challenge. Today we have been thinking about the power of a smile and smiling at as many people as possible!

22nd November 2019
This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week! 
We have been sharing our favourite songs and performing them to our friends. 
After the children took a specific interest in minibeasts we have been thinking about all the different insects we know about and the best places to find minibeasts around the school. Next week we are going to be developing our bug hotel. If you have any spare large bottles and are willing to donate, we would really appreciate it! 
We are really impressed with how many children are receiving their home reading rewards! We love having a tea party to celebrate! 
Nativity practise is in full swing, we are very busy learning all the songs and our lines. If you would like to send your child's nativity costume in, you are more than welcome to at any time. 

Friday 8th November


This week our focus has been Bonfire Night and learning about the season autumn. On Bonfire Night we had our very own campfire and toasted marshmallows. The children thought about how we stay safe and we discussed how they were going to stay safe if they were to go and watch a firework display or bonfire. We watched a clip of fireworks and thought about the different sounds they made. We used our bodies to make some of these sounds and then thought of words to describe them such as crack, sparkle and pop! One child said ‘It sounds like popping pop-corn!’


In the classroom the children have been using our vegetable shop to buy and sell to their friends. We have been making firework pictures and continuing to paint the diva lamps we made out of clay last week.


On Outdoor Learning Day we went on an autumn investigation, this entailed searching the school grounds for anything that reminds us of autumn. We collected beautiful natural treasures and completed observational drawings of what we had found. 


Our story of the week is called Pumpkin Soup. We introduced using our problem solving footprints to help the characters in the story talk about their disagreement. We will be encouraging the children to have a go at using these footprints to problem solve during busy learning.


We have been busy writing shopping lists of vegetables we need to make our own vegetable soup on Monday!

29th October 2019


This week we welcomed the children back after a busy half term. We have enjoyed listening to everyone’s news. We have been celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The children have been exploring how Hindu families prepare to celebrate the festival. They have loved making Diva lamps using clay, Rangoli patterns and making Happy Diwali cards. We also listened to the story of Rama and Sita.


As a fine motor activity this week we have been exploring pumpkins using golf tees. The children have loved exploring the insides of a pumpkin and talking about how it feels. Next week we will continue to explore Autumnal vegetables and plan to make a soup together.


Our tricky word of the week is the word ‘to’. We have been focusing on the sounds sh, r and j.


In maths we have been exploring making different repeated patterns with colour.


Have a lovely weekend.

10th October 2019


I can’t believe how quickly this first half term has flown!

I have made a little video of a few of the things we have been up to.

Your child has taken home a little pack today which they are welcome to use over half term. There is also some activity ideas which you might like to use to support your child with their reading. We will collect these in on the Tuesday after half term.

I hope you all have a relaxing half term break!

10th October 2019


We have had quite a busy week this week!


On Monday we welcomed the Brighter Smiles team into Rainbows and Stars. We met Dylan the Dragon and discussed why it important to look after our teeth and keep them clean. We were impressed by the amount of children who told us ‘You have to brush for two minutes!’  This led on perfectly to a discussion about the different parts of our bodies and how we keep ourselves healthy.


We have been playing lots of games to practise finding the initial sounds of different words and we are also starting to segment the sounds we can hear. In phonics we have learnt the sounds u,b,f,l.


Playing schools is a common theme during busy learning at the moment. We have a washing line with all of the sounds we have been learning. The children love using these as flash cards and teaching their friends how to write the sounds.


On Thursday we visited the Wild Space, the children decided to make instruments using different objects they could find. We explored making a beat whilst telling the story of A Bear Hunt, the children experimented with different sounds, for example waving sticks in the long grass to make the ‘swishy swashy’ sounds.


When your child has read at home, don’t forget to record this in their reading record. This then helps us to know if we need to change their book on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.





4th October 2019


This week we have been listening to and exploring the story of the Gruffalo!


We have been thinking about the different characters in the story and how to describe them. The children have been acting out their favourite characters using our Gruffalo puppet set and drawing parts of the story. The children particularly enjoyed exploring the clay, lots of children decided to make Gruffalos or Foxes!


The children have also been discussing the different parts of their bodies and what they are used for.


In phonics we have learnt the new sounds ‘g’ ‘o’ and ‘c’ and have been reviewing the sounds we have learnt so far!


Thank you to all that have donated towards cooking ingredients. We really appreciate it!

26th September 2019
This week we have been getting ready to celebrate Bertie the bears birthday! We have been counting how many sleeps until his party and brainstorming all the things we might need to celebrate. The children decided that we will need to make some cakes, birthday cards and get lots of decorations ready for his party on Friday afternoon. 
The rain hasn't stopped us this week! We have been on a hunt for puddles around the school. This led to lots of discussion around how deep the puddle might be and how we know a puddle is deeper than another. We also noticed that the water was running into the drains and spoke about where the children think the water may be going. The children have been collecting acorns, the perfect thing for counting! So far we have a collection of 28. 
In phonics we have been focusing on the sounds t, i, n, p. 
Your child will have a reading record and a book to explore in their book bag. Lots of the children have been asking for reading books this year so whilst we are learning to segment and blend the sounds we have sent home some picture books for you to explore with your child. Please see details inside their reading records about our new reading reward scheme. When your child has read a certain amount of times they will receive a certificate and be invited to bring a friend to attend a little tea party where they can eat their lunch in the classroom. 
Your child can change their book on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We encourage children to take responsibility for this and remind them that if they would like their book changed, to put it in our book change basket. 

20th September 2019


This week we have continued exploring our school. The children have been excited to go onto the playground at lunch time and play with their peers and the rest of KS1. On Tuesday we spent the morning in our Wild Tribe Space. The children were fascinated to find a group of very large slugs! We decided to make a home for the slugs and discussed how we could look after them and move them carefully. The children made comparisons between the different sizes of the slugs and the different patterns on their bodies.


As the week has progressed, the children have been talking a lot about birthday parties. This led to us decorating the home corner with ribbons and party decorations, ready to throw a birthday party. We made cards, banners, decorations, cakes and presents and finished with a disco after a child asked to listen to Abba!


We have started phonics! This week we have focused on the sounds m a s d. Each and every child has impressed us with their ‘can do’ attitude and perseverance! We have been practising careful pencil control with a bit of write dance (We put on music and the children are encouraged to move their pen in time to the beat with lots of different movements).


Don’t forget we are hosting phonics family learning information sessions next Tuesday! If you haven’t yet booked on and would like a little more information, please do not hesitate to ask!


Finally we must give a big shout out to all of the Rainbows and Stars who have been fantastic during their first week of school with full days. We hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend!

12th September 2019
First full week of school!
We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming a lovely new bunch of children into their first year at Bishop Bronescombe School. This week we have been busy learning about our new classroom, getting to know the adults who help us around the school, making new friends and finding out about our daily routine. Miss Franklin and I have been really impressed with how well the children are settling in and we have loved listening to the children share the contents of their all about me bags. This week we have been getting used to going into the lunch hall to eat our school dinners and packed lunches. Next week, we are looking forward to the children coming in for full days and we will be starting our daily phonics. 
Don't forget if you haven't already, book bags are available to purchase from reception! 
Next week pick up will be from our outdoor area on the school playground. A member of the EYFS team will open our gate at 3:05pm and you are welcome to come up and collect your child. 
'You're off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!' Dr Seuss
 Can you spare a little bit of time each week? We are looking for parent readers! If you are interested please chat to one of the EYFS team. 


Bishop Bronescombe CofE School, Boscoppa Road, St Austell, PL25 3DT
01726 64322