Handa’s Surprise in Elm Class

This week, the Children in Elm class have been inspired by the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’, incorporating the themes of fruits and animals in their play.

We have been creating our own story maps and working together to act out the story using the props, some of the children have been dressing up in traditional clothes and we even tried to balance the basket on our head just like Handa!

The children continue to learn about numbers, this week we are learning all about the number three, we have enjoyed counting out the real fruits and placing them in our own baskets.  We have been counting pasta pieces when making Handa necklaces and some children were even matching their amounts to the correct numeral.

We have been busy exploring with the natural resources in the outdoor area and have created our own number collages.

The children have been making their own books in the Literacy area and beginning to use descriptive language when talking about the different characters in the story. We discovered our favourite fruit is the ‘round juicy orange’.

Take a look at some of our amazing learning experiences……

Year 1 Visit the Wetlands

Yesterday, Year 1 went on a trip to the London Wetlands Centre as part of our animal topic. We travelled by tube, bus and walking.

Whilst we were there, we constructed dens so that we could hide and listen out of animals. After lunch, we explored eggs belonging to a swan, a goose and a small bird.
We made our own nests in pairs. At the end we fed the diving ducks.

It was a very exciting day and we found out a lot about wetlands animals.

Volcano Fact Files in Willow Class

Willow class have been learning about volcanoes related to our topic of Romans, as Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79AD had a significant impact on the Roman city of Pompeii. In guided reading, we have been reading “Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Fascinating Facts” and in English we have been writing our own fact files. We started by asking our own questions, then used our research skills to find the answers to include in our writing. We have been using different techniques to organise our facts, including subheadings, bullet points and numbering. Before we published, we edited our work carefully to make sure we had used ‘a’ and ‘an’ correctly. Do you know when to use ‘a’ and when to use ‘an’? Why not ask someone in Willow class if you’re not sure!

Have a look at some of our fantastic work!

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Working Hard in Fig Class

In Fig Class, we have been working hard in all areas of our leaning.

During our literacy carpet session, we have been working in small groups and used our phonics knowledge to write some CVC words/captions from the story ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’.  This week we are learning to hear the rhyming words in the story and find matching words that rhyme such as cat, bat and mat. In our reading area, we have used the different props from the story to help us retell and act out the story.

In our maths, we have been learning all about 3d shapes such as cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder and a cone and learning about their properties (faces, edges and vertices). We explored different 3d objects and sorted them according to their shape using the correct mathematical language to describe them.

In our role-play, which is a travel agents, we have fun exploring different countries using the large map of the world and the globe. We have been looking at different currencies you would need to use when visiting different countries. We also have been looking at different types of transport you would use to travel to your destination.

In our creative development, we have designed and made our own story boxes. We also engaged in sponge painting making different cats from the story and we also made poppies for our special Remembrance Day Assembly.

In understanding of the world, we explored our topic ‘The World Around Us’ by looking at different flags of the world. We also looked at the countries we come from and made our own flags.

We also have been very busy exploring our outdoor learning environment.

Look at some of our amazing learning……

Ash Enjoy Yoga

We started our first yoga session on Friday, the children were very excited. All the children followed the directions and copied the actions.

We went back on the bear hunt and learnt some yoga poses. The children were calm and relaxed while doing the session. It was amazing to see how many children could already do some yoga poses (which Miss Allen struggled with).

Not only did the children experience the bear hunt through movement, they have also taken the poses away from the sessions and freely do them in their play around the nursery.

We thank the parents who sent in their own yoga mats, it really helped.

Year 5 and Poetry Monsters, Fiendish Voices

As part of Children’s University, some Year 5 children took part in a poetry competition by Young Writers. The challenge was to write a poem inspired by a monster that children had to create.  Children had to draw their monster, name it and then write a poem. The children’s poems have been chosen for publication in a book called Poetry Monster – Fiendish Voices, and a copy of this will remain in the National Archives of the British Library forever! Well done to the Year 5 children who participated.

Year 2 Great Fire of London Art

Year 2 Maple Class has been learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The fire burned for four days, destroying over 13,000 houses. It took almost 50 years to rebuild the city and create some of the famous buildings we know today, including St Paul’s Cathedral.

The children used their learning to create some fantastic silhouette art of the fire.
They used watercolour paints for their fiery background. Then they cut out black paper to make the houses and people in their London scene.

Year 1 Parents Join in Maths

Last week, Year 1 welcomed parents to take part in a Year 1 maths lesson.

During the lesson, children were introduced/re-introduced to 2D shapes and discussed the names and properties of those shapes. We played a shape quiz identified the various shapes in our books.

It was great to see the parents getting involved and we can’t wait for them to join in more of our learning as the year progresses.

Numberfit in Cherry Class

Cherry class have started taking part in a Numberfit maths project. The children are put into three teams and compete with other schools over the internet. Cherry have had so much fun so far during the last 2 sessions and each team have managed to get 10 points, putting us in second place!

Keep up the amazing maths Cherry and hopefully we can come 1st!