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Grange Valley Primary & Nursery School

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Welcome to STRIDE - Mr Kruzes' Class

Week Commencing 15th May

A five day week in school... it has been a long time.

The children really enjoyed our Julia Donaldson inspired story 'Postman Bear' this week. In English, the children predicted who would be behind each door when the bear was delivering his letters. They also made their own page from the story placing their friends from class behind the door.

In Maths, the children worked hard on their 5 times tables this week. We also focused on counting on a number line with confidence and even filling in missing numbers. A few members of our class were able to count in 1s and 10s from any given number within 100. Great work!

As part of our wider curriculum, the children enjoyed making cakes for the Postman Bear's party, looking at habitats in the wild and what animals need to survive. The children also explored a polar bear and camel thinking about where they might live on a map of the world. 

Another action packed week with lots of learning, Well done everyone,
Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 9th May

It was another short week in school this week. Our focus text was 'Who is Hiding on Safari?' The children really enjoyed this animal themed week. In English, we labelled the different animals and started to write sentences about what we could see in the safari pictures.

As part of our wider curriculum, we made a lion pancake in food technology, we identified animals which lived in hot/cold countries and matched animals we see in our every day lives to their habitats.

 This week we changed our 'Basic Skills' session in the morning to allow time for the children to access the role play area. This is enabled the children to develop their language and communication skills and in particular work on sharing.

Have a nice weekend,
Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Commencing 1st May

The highlight of the week was definitely our Coronation celebrations on Friday. In the morning, we joined in the whole school assembly. We loved hearing the classes share their British songs - Reach for the Stars was our favourite!

We made our own crowns and we loved being Kings for the day! We also enjoyed our own tea party where we got to enjoy scones with jam and cream yum yum! Biscuit decorating was great fun I'm sure that you can see by the pictures, a great day was had by all!

Have a super long weekend,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE 

Week Commencing 24th April

This week our focus text was Jack and The Beanstalk. The children really enjoyed the activities linked to this story including labelling the characters, colouring the magic beans and making a sweet treat beanstalk.

In Maths, we concentrated on up to 10 more or 10 less than a number. The children worked really hard using concrete objects and also number squares.

The highlight of the week was the visit from Dillon and the reptiles. We got to hold snakes and other animals.

Another great week in STRIDE. Well done everyone,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Commencing 17th April

We hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday! 

It was nice to get back in to a routine this week with the children. We welcomed a few new faces in to our classroom which has been really nice. The weather has been great and we've managed to get outside quite a bit.

Our focus text this week was 'Oliver's Fruit Salad.' In English, we labelled the fruits from the story, ordering the fruits after making a fruit salad and labelling the characters from the story.

In Maths, we focused on comparing two numbers up to 100, up to 10 more or 10 less than a given number up to 100 and worked hard on our number formation, addition and subtraction.

As part of our wider curriculum this week, we took part in Music, Food Technology, Geography and Science lessons. The focus was around different fruits and hot and cold countries.

It has been great to have everyone back this week.
Thank you again for your continued support.

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 27th March

This week the children have really enjoyed our focused text 'Super Duper You!' We were able to explore who our friends our in our class and write their names.

We spent this week celebrating Easter. We made Easter cards and bonnets, went on an egg hunt and visited Heyeswood to listen to Year 1's Easter songs and give out cards.

This week marks the end of the Spring Term and I feel that the children have now really settled in to STRIDE and have formed really nice friendships within our class and also across school. 

Thank you for all your support and patience this term. Have a lovely Easter break,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE


Week Commencing 20th March 2023

This week the children have really enjoyed our focused text 'The Hungry Caterpillar', We were able to name all the fruits the caterpillar ate and which days he ate them on. 

Throughout the week the children have enjoyed lots of food related activities all linked to a short video or storybook. We have made porridge for Goldilocks, a chocolate stickman and Easter cakes for Peter Rabbit.

We really enjoyed our sensory breaks this week in the hall with lots of soft play and climbing activities. 

I am really proud of how far the children's language has come on. They are becoming a lot more independent at snack time and communicating well with their friends outside.

Well done everyone,
Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE 

Week Commencing 13th March 2023

This week the children really enjoyed our focused text 'The Kitchen Disco.' They learnt about the different characters from the story and even made them whilst discussing the different body parts.

Throughout the week the children enjoyed lots of fun activities within the wider curriculum. These included: using their 5 senses to try and guess the hidden food within the the box, making cakes following a simple set of instructions and following rhythms and listening to the beat in Music.

The highlight of our week was a trip to the local park on Friday morning. The children particularly enjoyed playing on the zip wire and the spinning equipment.

Another positive week in STRIDE.
Well done everyone!

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 6th March 2023

We've had a very exciting week this week exploring our focus text 'Supertato!' Children created their own Supertato character and labelled the character using their knowledge of initial sounds. Children loved using their fine motor skills to free the characters from the Evil Pea!

On Tuesday, the Healthy Living Team came to join us. They shared the story of Winston the Wizard and the Tooth Fairy. Winston didn't look after his teeth and the Tooth Fairy taught him how to do this! The children enjoyed learning how to brush their teeth properly to ensure that they don't end up with teeth like Winston! 

On Friday, we had our STRIDE Fairtrade Coffee afternoon. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend! We loved sharing our learning with you and we hope that you did too! 

In Music, we used the xylophones. We loved repeating the rhythms back and hearing the different notes that the instrument made. 

Overall, it's been a super week!

Well done everyone!

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 27th February 2023

This week we have really enjoyed our book focus 'Bathroom Boogie.' We have labelled the different parts of the bathroom as well as name the characters from the story book.

In Maths, we have looked at the simple idea of sharing using real life objects and teddies to help us.

During our wider curriculum, we enjoyed sorting healthy and unhealthy food, creating a schedule for brushing or teeth and looked at what happens to our teeth if we don't look after them using eggs in our Science Experiment.

The children have worked really hard again this week and continue to develop their social interaction and spoken language skills as well.

Well done everyone!
Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE!

Week Commencing 20th February 2023

I hope everyone had a nice week off school. It has been great to have the children back in STRIDE. We have worked really hard this week on our English work linked to our focused text 'Oliver's Vegetables'. We have been identifying vegetables, drawing them and even following instructions in how to plant them.

In Maths this week, we have introduced simple multiplication arrays and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children have also worked hard on developing their number formation with the use of the Numberblocks song.

As part of our wider curriculum, the children have enjoyed making pancakes, playing the xylophones in music and gardening in the gardening area over the far side of school. 

It has been great to have everyone back in and they have all worked really hard.
Well done everyone,


Week Commencing 6th February 2023

This week, our focus text has been 'Owl Babies' by Martin Wadell. We worked hard to retell the story and label the different parts of an owl's body. In Art, we painted owl sculptures and evaluated our own work, saying what we liked and what we could improve about our owls. We also made some yummy pancake owls by following instructions to a recipe carefully. 

This week, we introduced Person of the Day for Paths and we loved giving each other compliments. This is something that we are going to continue working on throughout the upcoming half term. 

It has been an amazing half term! I am so proud of all of the fantastic progress that the children have made. 

Have a lovely break,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE 

Week Commencing 30th January 2023

This week our focus text has been ‘In Every House On Every Street’. We have spent time looking at our houses on Google Maps and writing about them. On Friday, the children walked to the post box to deliver their work to show it at home. We hope you are super impressed with their work!

In PHSE, we explored all our feelings using the ‘Inside Out’ video clip but in particular we focused on being calm. We listened to calming music and practised our belly breathing. We experimented with different smells that might make us calm. We sprayed pillow mist on to our pillows and relaxed. We also tested different scents which might help us to feel calm and relaxed when we wear them.

We loved celebrating National Storytelling Week by enjoying a hot chocolate and a bedtime story in our pyjamas! We talked about our favourite books and there was definitely a common theme of Julia Donaldson!

Another great week. I can't believe that next week will be our final week of this half term! 

Keep up the good work, everyone.
Mr Kruze & Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 23rd January 2023

Today, our children  in STRIDE visited the local Tesco superstore. Before they set off to Tesco, each child was given a shopping list with three items they had to pick up. The children walked over to Tesco using their road safety skills and looking at different sites along the way. 

Once we arrived at Tesco, we made our way around the store sensibly. We got a basket and away we went. We picked up a banana, pancakes and chewits. Mr Kruze gave us each £1 and we paid for our items at the selfservice checkout, scanning in the items ourselves.

In our PHSE lessons,  we listened to songs which made us happy! We joined in the actions to ’If you’re happy and you know it’. We used mirrors to look at our smile and attempted to re-create the face using a paper plate. We then decorated a biscuit with a big smiley face on it to show we were happy.

Our book of the week was Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. We loved making predictions around the text and recognising the animals! 

Another super week! Well done everyone!

Mr Kruze & Team STRIDE  

Week Commencing 16th January 2023

 This week, our text was Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. Our week was a build up to our special visit to Heyeswood Residential home on Friday! 

During the week, in English, we wrote cards of kindness to take to the residents and used spoken language to practise our table manners! In history, we thought about the past and compared old sweets to new sweets! We also prepared questions to ask the residents about their lives in the past. In Geography, we explored our local area and used the four compass points to find key things in our surroundings!

Of course, the highlight of our week was our visit to Heyeswood! The children loved discussing old and new sweets. They also served tea to everyone using their manners and brought so much joy to the residents' day. They even invited the children back to play bingo! The children will certainly be taking them up on that offer! We were so proud of the children's super behaviour! Well done everyone!

Have a great weekend, 

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 9th January 2023

What a busy week we've had in STRIDE! We thoroughly enjoyed enjoying the text 'One Snowy Night,' with one of our favourite park keepers, Percy! We enjoyed exploring the woods as if we were in Percy's park and we even had a yummy picnic! 

Our PATHS lesson explored the feelings of happy, sad, angry and scared! I loved that the children could tell me varying synonyms of scared such as frightened and afraid. 

In Maths, we have enjoyed subtracting two numbers within 10. We used a range of resources to help us with our learning. 

Finally, we loved using a range of instruments to keep a beat in music. 

Overall, it has been a great week!

Well done everyone! 

Week Commencing 4th January 2023

Firstly, on behalf of all of the team at STRIDE, we would to wish you a very Happy New Year. We hope you all enjoyed the festive period!

The children have settled really well back in to school life. All the children have fitted back in to their routines nicely and have worked hard this week.

Our book focus this week has been 'The Snowflake'. We have spent time writing about different snowflakes as well as how the frozen ice feels on our hands.

In Maths, we have been working hard on understanding subtraction (taking away). We will continue our work on this next week using concrete objects to support us.

The thing that has impressed me most since the return to school is the children's vocabulary. All the children are communicating really well using their words a lot more. 

Well done for settling back in so well everyone. A really positive first week back.

Week Commencing 12th December 2022

This week was one of our best weeks so far! We engaged in so many exciting Christmas activities including meeting Father Christmas, petting some beautiful reindeer and having our very own STRIDE Christmas party! We had an amazing week and I'm sure that the pictures below show off what fun we had! 

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break and we will see you in 2023!

Take care, 

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE

Week Commencing 5th December 2022

This week we carried on our 'Stickman' theme after enjoying it so much last week. The storybook has really helped us to get in to the Christmas spirit. We made chocolate mini roll stickmen and labelled with using our initial sounds and grapheme mats.

In Maths, the children have started to add to 10 using their fingers and the adults fingers to help. We have moved away from concrete, pictorial representations and started to add in our heads. We have used the 'Hit The Button' game to help add up. 

The highlight of our week came on Friday as we welcomed the parents in to STRIDE to undertake some 'foody' Christmas Crafts. The children had a great time making chocolate strawberry reindeers, snowman biscuits and drinking warm hot chocolate. It was such a lovely atmosphere and the children were fantastic. It really helped us to continue our preparations for Christmas. 

Week Commencing 28th November 2022

This week our work was based around the storybook 'The Stickman' by Julia Donaldson. The children really enjoyed a slightly Christmasy themed book and it started to get us in the Christmas spirit. We started our week by going in to the woods and finding sticks and leaves to build our own stick men to help us inspire our writing. Throughout the week, we spend time labelling our stick men as part of our English session. 

During our wider curriculum work, the children really enjoyed our Stickman inspired lessons. We build a toy car in DT, created a bird's nest in Science and created a map of our local environment in Geography.

We have also enjoyed our maths this week. The children have started to add to 20 using pictorial representations and begin to use mental methods to work out their answers. Numberblocks is a big hit at the moment and the children love joining in with the songs.

Another busy week in STRIDE and a first little link to the magic of Christmas! Well done everyone for your hard work.

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Beginning 21st November 2022

This week our work was based around the storybook 'Meet The Oceans' by Caryl Hart'. The children enjoyed learning about the oceans around the world and about different sea creatures and where they live. In particular, the children enjoyed making jellyfish cupcakes and sea life biscuits as part of their rewards for completing their written work. 

During our wider curriculum work, the children enjoyed learning about how to melt ice in science, making model aquariums in DT and looking at atlases in Geography.

I've been really impressed with how many lessons we have able to look at this week and continue to build a broad and balanced curriculum. 

Well done everyone!

Enjoy the weekend!
Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Beginning 14th November 2022

This week our work has been based around the book 'Tidy' by Emily Gravett. The children have enjoyed learning about keeping the forest clean. We have made hibernation stations for the badger 'Pete' to live in and we have created a word bank for when the forest was unclean and tidy. As part of our English, we also spoke about different emotions and began to explore what they mean. 

In Maths, we have focused on counting in 2s and 10s using Numberblocks songs to help us. The 10x table song was a crowd favourite.

We also introduced Geography and History in to our timetable this week. The children named the countries within the UK and looked at houses from the past and compared them to houses and household items today.

The highlight of the week came on Friday when we re-enacted the picnic from our storybook and sat together for an afternoon snack. 

Overall, a busy week with lots of learning.

Enjoy your weekend everyone,
Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Beginning 7th November 2022

It has been a monumental week in STRIDE this week!

We had Niko representing the school in a Boccia Sports Competition on Wednesday and on Thursday we went on a class trip to the cinema in St Helens to watch Clifford The Big Red Dog. This just shows how far we have come as a group over the past few months. The children did so well at the cinema and it was so nice to get out and about.

Our book theme for this week has been 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley.' We have ordered pictures from the story and wrote speech bubbles about what Stanley would say to the animals who would eat him. We have labelled the five oceans around the world in Geography and created a great piece of art work using natural materials and plastic in the ocean.  One of the highlights of the week was re-creating the turtle from the story making chocolate and banana pancakes.

I am super proud of the children this week and our achievements.

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE 

Week Beginning 31st October 2022

What a fantastic start to the half term we've had! 

In Art, we have started our new unit 'Make Your Mark.' The children loved using pieces of white string to create different lines on the card and listening to music as they worked.

This week, we have been on a Bear Hunt! We have enjoyed retelling the story, experiencing the senses of the story, comparing numbers in Maths and even making bear pancakes!

I have been so proud of the children this week. They have come back to school happy and eager to learn. I am looking forward to celebrating their progresses with you at Parents Evening next week!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE.

Week Beginning 17.10.222

We enjoyed immersing ourselves into the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children are building their attention and listening skills and are now developing awareness of the rhythm and pattern involved in story language. 

The highlight of our week was definitely attending our school PFTA Barn Dance. All of the children loved dancing to the music, and playing with their friends! Along with the Barn Dance, we have enjoyed making spooky broths in cauldrons and ordering pumpkins to 100. 

A huge well done for all of your hard work this half term. It has flown by so quickly! It has been a fantastic half term with lots of progress and most of all, fun!

Have a great break,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE.

Week Beginning 10.10.22
This week was themed around the traditional tale of Red Riding Hood and the initial sound 'r'. The children enjoying ordering the events within the story and writing about the key characters.

The children also got a chance to make Grandma's house and lollipop sticks and felt. We also used playdoh to decorate a cake for Red Riding Hood's Grandma and enhanced our fine motor skills.

The highlight of the week was making cakes for Red Riding Hood's picnic basket. On Thursday, we sat down together as a group and ate our cakes and pretended to have a picnic like the story.

The children our continuing to follow our whole class timetable and have worked really hard this week. Well done!

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE.

Week Beginning 3.10.22

This week in STRIDE, the highlight has been designing, painting and erupting our own volcanoes. The children were very excited about finally letting them blast off at the end of the week.

In Maths, we have continued to try and get the children to make 2-digit number more independently. In Reading and Writing, the children have been mastering their knowledge of the initial sounds and beginning to put pencil to paper when working on their letter formation. 

We finished off the week with a game of pass the parcel. This allows the children to build on their turn taking skills and being aware of other people's feelings within the group.

Another fun filled week. Well done everyone,

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Beginning 26.9.22

This week in STRIDE, we really started to find our rhythm.  The children have worked really hard in all aspects of the day and the timetable is working really well. 

In Maths, the children have continued to work on making 2-digit numbers using tens and ones. In Reading, we have continued to work on our initial sounds and segmenting/blending CVC words. In English, we have worked on letter formation and used sensory activities to reinforce this.

The children are starting to concentrate for longer periods of time. This has been aided through group activities such as art and food technology which the children have really enjoyed.

The highlight of the week, was joining in with the Year 2 PE session and working well with our peers.

Great job everyone. Keep up the hard work.

Mr Kruze and Team STRIDE. 

Week Beginning 20.9.22

We have had a really nice week in STRIDE. The boys have worked really hard on 'good sitting' during 'Group Time' and have started to greet everyone using Makaton. 

In Maths, the children have been trying to recognise two digit numbers and are beginning to identify tens and ones. 

The highlight of the week was a visit from the Fire Service. The children watched the fire engine park up and even had a go in the driving seat.

Thank you for attending the 'Meet The Teacher' meeting this week. It was really nice to sit down with all the parents and go through our classroom environment. 

The children are all working really hard and trying their best every day. Keep up the good work everyone!

Mr Kruze and The STRIDE Team 

Week Beginning 12.9.22

The children have continued to work really hard this week. We have continued to grow as a group and got to know each other even better. 

We have been assessing the children's knowledge of their numbers and initial sounds. All the children have worked really hard. 

Throughout the week, we have spent time working as a group and following instructions. The children have made pizzas, created art pieces with transport and bubbles and much more.

We have continued to practise our rotations in Maths and Reading and have come together in English to focus on our letter formation on the board.

It has been another positive week in STRIDE. Well done to everyone.

Mr Kruze and The STRIDE Team

Week Beginning 5.9.2022

It's been a fantastic first week in STRIDE! The children have got to know their new routines and have bonded brilliantly as a class. 

We have enjoyed making rice crispy cakes, volcanoes and dinosaur prints as well as completing our Maths, Reading and English rotations. The children were able to complete the work set and they tried their best with everything!

A highlight of our week was when all children came together to create a wonderful piece of art through sponge printing. They worked brilliantly as a team and followed instructions well. 

Well done, everyone. We couldn't have asked for a better first week in school!

Mr Kruze and the STRIDE team

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