Our Class Teacher is Mrs MacNeil
Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Cutting, Mrs Petriello
Our Class Teacher is Mrs Edmond
Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Wheedon, Mrs Palmer
We are continuing our topic this term on minibeasts and moved onto the book, Mad About Minibeasts! The children have become very creative, making minibeast models from k'nex, making bee hats and using playdough and other materials to create models. The children are still eagerly watching the tadpoles develop and we think we have spied some little back legs starting to grow. As the children have been so interested in seeing the life-cycle of the frog we are hoping to get some more real life minibeasts to study in this last half term.
In Maths we have been focusing on money, if you have time it would really benefit your child if you could talk to them about the cost of different things, next time you go shopping and encourage them to help you count out the money. All the children have been very interested in how much money you need to buy sweets and which coins would be the best to buy the most sweets!
We have been busy continuing our minibeast project this week and children have been doing observational paintings and drawings of their findings. In English we have moved onto the book, Superworm. The children have found this book really funny and enjoyed joining in with the repeated phrases, adding actions to some of the story.
We have also been very lucky that we have some new outdoor equipment, the children have explored and worked as teams to try and accomplish different obstacle courses which they have created.
This week we had a special visit from some GB athletes, the children had fun learning some warm ups and exercises.
Last Friday we went on a school trip to Wicken Fen. The weather was perfect and the children were very enthusiastic to find out about minibeasts. The children took part in three activities throughtout the day. One of the activities was pond dipping, the children eagerly dipped their nets in and excitedly emptied them into their trays, squeals of excitement came from the children as they discovered they had caught various pond creatures. Another of the activities involved the children thinking about the habitats of all the different animals which could be found at Wicken Fen. They then had the opportunity to make a minibeast from clay and natural resources found at the centre. The third activity was the big minibeast hunt, children found out lots of interesting facts and then pretended to be minibeasts. They discussed and modelled a food chain and then went on the search for minibeasts! It was amazing to see the children dashing from one log to another sharing their minibeast pots with others, working as teams to try and capture different creatures and then celebrating their findings.
This week we have been continuing our topic on minibeasts. We went to the library to find some books, so we could research some information on bugs. The children have found out some fantastic facts and asked some interesting questions to extend their learning. We have also been busy building houses for minibeasts. In English we have been practising our writing skills, writing descriptions of different minibeasts. It has been great to see the children using their phonic skills to help them in their writng and starting to form simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
This week we have continued looking at the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have used their phonics skills to write lists for the hungry caterpillar. Children have also been learning about the life-cycle of a caterpillar. It has been great to see and hear the children ask questions about this and to discuss in detail this process.
We have been using our observational skills to monitor our tadpoles which seem to be growing fast. We can't wait to see them start to grow their legs and continue to develop.
In maths we have been looking at symmetry and the children have loved finding things around the classroom that are symmetrical. The children have made their own symmetrical patterns on butterflies by using beads and paint. We have also introduced the concept of dividing and sharing, which they have enjoyed discussing and practically working out simple mathematical problems around this concept.
This week the children have been settling back into school and we have enjoyed being outside in the sun! This term we are looking at minibeasts. The children have enjoyed showing and talking about their minibeasts that they have made and or pictures of minibeasts they have found outside during the holidays. In English, we have started looking at the book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', the children have enjoyed talking about the story and joining in with the repeated phrases. We have also been busy making our own butterflies by paint and string and some children have designed their own.
This week the children have been very busy building and creating dens under the climbing frame. The children worked as a team, they made and put up safety signs to make sure no one got hurt, they pretended to use the correct tools to help them create and develop their structures.
The weather has improved this week so we set up a Spring Nature Hunt. The children chased around the outside area searching for signs of Spring and ticking their findings off on their tick charts.
On Friday the children came drerssed in their sports clothes to celebrate Sports Relief. They were really active all day and completed a range of different sports challenges that were set up for them to complete.