Last week we created poppies and talked about remembering all the brave soldiers who fought for our country. We watched the Cbeebies Poppy animation to find out that Poppies gave soldiers hope when war was over.
Week 2: How can we celebrate Diwali?
This week we have learnt all about the Hindu ‘Festival of Lights’. To learn about this celebration we listened to the story of Rama and Sita to understand the symbolism of lights. We created a range of lanterns and manuipulated clay to create Diva pots. We also made Rangoli patterns that were tessselating and symmetrical, using 2D shapes as well as symmetrical Numicon Rangoli patterns. One of our superhero missions was to create Mhendi patterns using the interactive whiteboard on Mini-Mash.
On Friday Tania came in to share pictures of her family celebrating Diwali and answered lots of well thought out questions. She was impressed at how much we had found out about the Festival. She then helped the children to prepare ‘Coconut Laddoo’ for the children to try which is a Diwali treat.
Week 1:How do we celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night?
This week we have focused on Bonfire night, talking about fire safety, fireworks and the role of the fire service. The children have enjoyed dressing up as firefighters and keeping their friends safe. We really enjoyed watching the fireworks in the garden on Friday.
On Tuesday the 31st the children didn’t arrive to school in their school uniform. Instead the teachers were met by vampires, witches, skeletons, pumpkins, devils and many more. We enjoyed a day of making potions, magic wands, explore pumpkins and making pumpkin soup.We even ate popcorn whilst listening to spooky stories. It was spooktacular!!!
Week 6: How do we grow?
This week we learnt about people of different ages. We talked about stages of life from baby to toddler, to child and teenager and then onto adulthood and being an elderly person. Some friends dressed up as people at the different stages and we talked about roles and ages of the people. The children shared lots of great things during this activity…
“When you a grown up you have a beard and a moustache!”
“When you are big you can get married”
“You have to buy a house when you’re a grown up”
“old people have bad knees and need to live in bungalows!”
Week 5: What can my body do?
This week we found out about our bones dancing to ‘Dem Bones’. We have also found out about other parts of our body such as our organs. We made interactive body tabards which helped us to understand what different jobs the organs do for example bags for lungs to inhale and exhale, a balloon so we can pump the blood around our body and a tube to post food we made into the stomach.
We enjoyed creating skeletons outdoors thinking carefully about the length or sticks we needed for the bones and using X-rays to help us predict.We even made the skeleton of a pet.
Lorna from Oral health came to visit and to teach us about keeping healthy by brushing our teeth and making healthy choices with our food and drink. We loved brushing our teeth together!
Week 4: Where do I live?
This week we have found out about different types of houses such as detached/semi-detached houses, flats, bungalows and terraced houses. We made our houses using lots of media such as box modelling, construction and even crates and Wesco outdoors. We read the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and found out about the best materials for building houses by testing them using a wind machine to represent the Big Bad Wolf! It was great fun!
“Terraced Houses joined together”
“There are flats with 8 levels and a lift inside”
“My cottage has got a stick roof”
Week 3: Who is special to me?
We talked about ‘special people’ including family members and friends. We read non-fiction books about family. We named all the people who lived in our house and found the Numicon tile to represent the number. We made our families using small world people. We made ‘Finger Families’ to use when singing songs and rhymes in the finger gym area.
Week 2: What makes me special?
This week we have been exploring similarities between ourselves and others. The children used mirrors to find out what colour eyes they have, what colour hair they have and whether it is straight, curly, short or long. They painted self portraits thinking carefully about their choices and signed it with their name. The children then worked with partners to find things that where similar suggesting they all have eyebrows and eyelashes and much more.
Wow! What a busy week it has been.
The children are settling well into school life, making lots of new friends, following new routines and most of all having lots of fun!
They have been exploring our exciting classroom and showing the teachers what their interests are! Our question of the week was ‘What makes me special?’. We’ve soon found out that our children have lots of talents some of which include name writing, counting, tidying (almost all!) and being kind and caring to their friends.
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What an exciting term we have ahead! This term, our topic is ‘Water, Water Everywhere’. We will be basing lots of our work around the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, by Ronda and David Armitage.
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