Author Archives: Heather Smith

Hampshire Fare

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas, Otters, Puffins

Our school was selected by Hampshire Fare to be their school to celebrate and promote British Food Fortnight. We had an exciting morning with three food producers from Hampshire Fare. The children in Puffin, Otter and Koala classes found out about different types of food production. They got the opportunity to help make some smoked trout pate with Butler Country Estates and then (the bit they were all waiting for!) to taste it. Owton Butchers showed us all how to make healthy and tasty burgers and chicken nuggets and the children again got hands on helping to make them. As there wasn’t time to cook these we didn’t get a chance to try the finished product but they looked fabulous. Our final producer was from Laverstoke Farm where they make buffalo mozzarella. There were mixed reactions to the tasting as some children found it too salty. All in all it was a busy but fun morning and it’s fair to say that we all learnt a lot more about our food and where it comes from.

Icky Doo Dah

Posted by Heather Smith in Puffins

I think it’s fair to say we all enjoyed having Simon Murray, the author and illustrator of Icky Doo Dah, into school this week. We all have different areas of talent and skill and Mrs Butler is the first to admit that drawing is not one of her particular talents! So, it was great to hear Simon say that there’s no such thing as a mistake in your drawing today, you just turn it into a spider. We were all (including Mrs Butler) very proud of the results of our art work and here are a few of the finished products. We hope that those of you who purchased copies of any of the series of books are all enjoying reading the books at home too.

Bake Off

Posted by Heather Smith in Puffins

Puffin class are proud to announce that we won the class crumble bake off! Having tasted, designed and made their own individual apple crumbles the children then chose as a class which combinations of fruit and topping they thought were the absolute best. We put these together to make our class entry to the Great Harestock Bake Off. Who better to judge it than our three lovely kitchen staff. It was baked blind so there could be no preferential treatment, especially as two of the staff have children within the classes. The ladies gave clear, constructive feedback on the flavours and the bake itself. After much discussion, and just a little disagreement, a decision was made and Puffin class crumble was announced the winner! The winning combination was apple and sultanas with an oat crumble topping.


Posted by Heather Smith in Dragonfly

For three days we have been enjoying learning about Diwali. We have learnt the story of Rama and Sita, which the children have then enjoyed making masks for to act out the story, and even writing the story themselves.  We have explored mehndi and rangoli patterns and creating patterns using various resources. The children all enjoyed crafting their own diva lamp out of clay which they will decorate when they are dried.

Rhyme Time

Posted by Heather Smith in Dragonfly

Over the last few weeks the children have been creating a book of nursery rhymes for Doctor Foster who dropped his last copy in a puddle. We have been very busy learning and exploring activities linked to various nursery rhymes.  The children enjoyed making jam tarts for our SPLAT session with parents. On Tuesday we welcomed parents and carers into school to perform the rhymes they had collected. We were very proud of the children’s performance. They had created fantastic props for the show and sang beautifully. We were delighted to see that Doctor Foster himself even made a special visit to the school to watch the show!


Trip to the Library

Posted by Heather Smith in Dragonfly

Today the children in Reception enjoyed a visit to Winchester Discovery Centre. The children travelled to and from the library on the public bus and delighted other passengers with their impeccable manners! Whilst at the library the children explored the children’s department and enjoyed sharing books with each other. For any families that are not registered with Hampshire Library Service, registration is free and once registered children are able to borrow a wide range of books, audiobooks, eBooks and DVDS.