Did you know we are called Jeffers Class after the author Oliver Jeffers? When we first joined Jeffers Class, we really enjoyed reading some of his books, including 'Lost and Found', How to Catch a Star' and 'A Little Paper Caper' We like it that Oliver Jeffers is an author, as well as an illustrator. His books teach us about feelings and friendships- things we think are very important in Jeffers Class.
In the Autumn term we worked hard to show a variety of virtues and learning powers which were celebrated on our class tree. The apples are for the virtues we have shown and the leaves are for learning powers. Not only did the adults in the class recognise when we were showing these virtues and learning powers but also we were writing them for each other too.
On the first day back of school in 2022, Jeffers were surprised to find that when they arrived for assembly, the hall looked rather unusual. There were empty jars on the floor, a half elephant and half mouse creature was inside one of the jars. There were signs on the floor which said 'fail' and scientific equipment scattered too. Jeffers showed the virtue of curiosity and started asking questions to find out more. Who was that creature? What was he doing in the jar? Who made the mess in the assembly hall? What has failed and why are there test tubes on the floor?
When Jeffers returned to class, they found a new story book had arrived in their role play area which had turned into an underground science lab. The book was called The Barnabus Project and they found out that the half elephant, half mouse was called Barnabus and he was a failed creation who longs to escape from his jar and see the world.
The children are very excited to find out more about Barnabus and their learning in Science and English this half term will be related to this text.
Already we have designed some of our own failed animals which include the body parts of two different animals. We then came up with funny names for them which blended the two animal names, such as an octocat which is half octopus and half cat. We are enjoying reading the flip flap books to create new animals and we are using the learning power 'imagination' to help us create the new failed animals. We also loved using the Chromebooks to access a website which allowed us to create animals with three body parts and we could also do some research about the animals too.
Our 2017 Ofsted inspection commented - that we still provide good quality education & a stimulating & caring environment. Individual needs are well met & children quickly grow in confidence. There is a positive culture for safeguarding & pupils said that they feel happy & settled in school.
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