Under The Sea (16 July 2021)
Our focus this week has been 'Under the Sea'. The children have made Octopus masks, Under the Sea collages, used loose parts to make underwater pictures and have designed their own sea creatures.
This week we have shared the story The Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway.
In Maths, the children have continued exploring the mathematical concept of halves - they have used toys to share a number into 2 equal parts.
Outside the children chose to build houses with the construction blocks. They created a doorway, windows and though of other elements such as driveways and garages.
To stay healthy this week, we have enjoyed eating different snacks, some even tried sugar snap peas and tomatoes!
9 July 2021
This week we have shared the story The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, by Ronda and David Armitage.
Harry H loved the part of the story where the seagulls hated the hot mustard, he thinks that mustard will stop all of the birds eating the fishermen's lunches!
We have explored different ways to depict lighthouses, for example, drawing pictures, using loose parts, using chalk in the playground, using paint or using the uni cubes.
The children have been exploring the mathematical concept of halves - they have used counters to share a number into 2 equal parts.
To stay healthy and active this week, we have enjoyed practising the activities we did for our Sports Day last week. We have also been celebrating the football and have talked about healthy competition, team working and the importance of sports. We made our own flags and designed our own football kits!
The children met their new Year 1 teacher, Mrs Jennings, and talked about all of the wonderful things they will be learning.
Vehicles (2 July 2021)
This week we have shared the story The Train Ride by June Crebbin. Children enjoyed talking about trains, vehicles generals and creating some trains from big boxes in the outdoor area.
In Maths, we have continued work on shapes and completed a challenge to identify the 3D shapes with only some clues.
During Assembly this week, we talked about the story of the Good Samaritan from the Bible and thought about how to be good citizens.
To stay healthy and active this week, we competed in our Mini Olympics Sports Day event. Thank you to parents, carers and family members for attending and to Mrs Bradford (Guy’s mum) for supplying the wonderful medals. Congratulations to the Green Team who won the title for 2021.
At lunchtime this week, we have experienced a new yoghurt station. We are loving this (plain yoghurt with fruit, granola and raisin toppings).
At Forest School, children enjoyed hunting for yet more mini beasts, tried fishing with sticks and wool (a great game led by Sonny), created mud paint with powder paint and mud brightening up some of the tyres and looked in the meadow for bees and butterflies.
24 June 2021
This week we have focussed on a variety of topics. We have shared the story Mr Grumpy's Outing, by John Burningham. Pippa loved the part of the story where the rabbit got into the boat because she knew that rabbits hop and she would hop on to the boat!
We have also been focussing on the speech featured in Mr Grumpy's Outing. We have been writing speech bubbles for each animal.
In maths we have been revisiting shapes. We have been using smaller shapes to represent bigger shapes - such as putting 2 triangles together to make a larger triangle, or 2 triangles to make a square.
We harvested our potatoes, then prepared and cooked them for our snack.
We added butter and cheese to make a tasty treat. Almost all of the children ate 3 whole baby potatoes! They commented on how they loved to watch them grow, dig them up and eat them!
To stay healthy and active this week, we have been practising for our Mini Olympics. As the weather has been warm, we have been thinking about how to keep ourselves healthy by drinking lots of water, wearing our sun hats and sun cream.
Vehicles (17 June 2021)
This week our focus has been on vehicles. The children have been looking at the different parts of vehicles and using the art and craft materials to create their own versions.
The text we shared this week, is The Great Balloon Hullabaloo by Peter Bentley and Mei Matsuoka.
We watched the Pop-up Festival where famous children's author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Sheffler, told us about their stories. Maya noticed that some of the character's from Julia's stories are featured in her other books, such as the Gruffalo's Child in the story Super Worm.
In maths, the children have been practicing repeating patterns. We have used coloured dominos to show our patterns.
To stay healthy and active this week, we have enjoyed exploring different ways of moving around. In PE, we enjoyed practising for our Sports Day. We used the running ladder, running around cones, balancing balls on a racket, throwing beanbags into hoops and running as fast as we can.
Worms (27 May 2021)
This week we have focused on another mini beast Worms! The children have discovered that worms do not have eyes, noses or ears, and they feels their way using their skin. They have also explored how a worms body is made up of segments and that is how it moves. We also found out that worm poo is good for plants!
The text we have shared this week is 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheiffler.
In maths we have been practising matching the numeral to the quantities using ladybird templates and numeral cards.
We have challenged ourselves to use Lego pieces to build mini beasts.
To stay healthy and active this week, we have enjoyed building an obstacle course in the outside area, and have practiced balancing along beams.
In PE we enjoyed balancing balls on our tennis rackets. We then challenged ourselves to exchange our balls with a friend on the opposite team and had to keep them really still!
Bees (20 May 2021)
This week the theme has been bees. The children have been learning about bees, finding out how they produce honey, then making and enjoying honey sandwiches. They discovered that bees drink nectar and turn it into honey.
This week the children have been reading 'The Very Greedy Bee'. Many children have said that their favourite part was when the bee shares his nectar with his friends and they have a midnight feast of honey!
We have been using tricky word spellings in our writing with a focus on the correct formation on 'W'. The children particularly enjoyed writing labels about their Mini Beast models, for our Mini Beast Exhibition.
Our froglets have now lost their tails and are now looking more frog-like.
In maths, we have been focusing on 'one more' and 'one less' and finding ways to make 5.
To stay healthy and active, we have been enjoying Walk to School week. The children have been finding out about the Walk to School heroes each day, and how walking to school can keep us healthy.
Some children have enjoyed building a car with the large blocks!
Next week our theme will be Worms!
Snails (13 May 2021)
This week we have been exploring snails as a theme. We have made snail patterns, coloured snail pictures and talked about different types of snails in our world.
This week our tadpoles have transitioned into froglets and we can clearly see their back legs - although they are not using them yet. Some of the younger tadpoles have changed colour and this means that they are getting ready to become froglets too.
On Thursday we released our butterflies, it was really fun to see the first butterfly fly high into the sky and do a loop the loop! The second butterfly was slower and flew up into the sky but then stopped to rest on our school roof! Many of the children commented on their beautiful wing colours and patterns.
In the playground, we have been practicing our playground games such as:
- What's the Time Mr Wolf
- Large Connect 4
- Throwing and catching balls and beanbags
- Skipping with ropes
Next week our theme will be Bees.
Mini Beasts (6 May 2021)
We have been exploring the body parts of a spider and children have been very busy creating their mini beast for our museum.
We noticed that our caterpillars have built their cocoons, ready to become butterflies.
Our tadpoles have grown and we can now see their eyes. Many of our children thing the tadpoles will have grown legs and be froglets by next week.
We have been thinking about being responsible and following our school rules. During assemblies, we have been thinking of ways to be responsible, such as being kind, looking after our resources/toys, following rules, being honest and making the right choices.
Next week we will:
- continue our theme of Mini Beasts
- develop our writing, improving our letter formation
- use our Maths skills
Last week we have been learning about growing plants and flowers. Some of the children have watered the plants every day.
Our caterpillars have made their way to the top of the caterpillar pot and are now beginning to build cocoons. The children are so excited to see what colour the butterflies will be!
Our tadpoles have almost tripled in size and some of them have changed colour ready to transition into froglets.
We have been practicing our phonics sounds and have used every opportunity to write.
This week we will be:
- Continuing our Mini Beasts theme with our caterpillars and tadpoles
Last week we were exploring the life cycle of frogs.
We have some real life tadpoles in our classroom!
We have been looking at the growth of tadpoles into froglets and then into frogs.
We have been doing some arts and crafts with frogs as the theme.
We have been using our field at lunchtimes to have fun playing football, running races and lots of active games.
Many children have been riding their bikes at lunch time and this has been adding to our miles for the Tokyo Challenge.
This week we will be:
- Continuing our topic of frogs
- Continuing the active games on the field
- Practising lots of writing in the outdoor area
- Working hard to be responsible in the classroom and earning rewards for great work.
Here are some photos from our week:
We finished our Christmas cakes by spreading marmalade on the tops and then cutting out a circle of fondant icing, and decorating the tops!
We have practised our nativity play and are so excited to show all of our grown ups. Keep an eye out for our recording on our youtube channel.
Today we had our forest school morning, we had fun exploring the snow, building santas sleigh with the construction blocks and making birdfeeders. We hope the birds are going to have a nice feast!!!!
Next week we will be:
- Performing our Christmas nativity story (please help your children to learn their lines and encourage them to speak loud and clear)
- Reading the story 'Dream snow'
- We will continue our learning about total number (learning about putting two groups of items together and working out the total number)
- Focusing on being kind to each other and following the school rules
- Making Christmas cards
- And lots of other fun and interesting activities to do with Christmas.
See you all next week!
Owl Babies (27 November 2020)