17th January 2020
Following an interest in animals around the world and looking at our class map, we have been learning the story of Handa’s Surprise. We have been making up actions to go with the story and practising it using our story map. We have been looking at the similarities and differences between our country and Kenya. We tasted all of the different fruits from the story. We thought about words to describe the inside and outside of the pieces of fruit and then voted for which one we liked the best.
We have been exploring the weight of different pieces of fruit. The children made the observation that the when more items are added, the weight gets heavier. We have also been doing observational paintings of fruit and thinking about the specific colours we need.
In P.E we are doing gymnastics! The children experimented with different ways of moving their bodies and travelling whilst avoiding obstacles.
At forest school we set our Stick Insect free and planted Daffodils! The children thought about what the bulbs needed to grow and survive.
Friday 12th December
Wow, what an incredibly busy week.
We have been practising our Nativity performance to the rest of the school. The children have blown us away with how well they have learnt their lines, songs and actions. We cannot wait to share our show with you on Monday.
On Tuesday we visited St Blazey Church. The children had previously thought about what they might see at a church and when they arrived they excitedly pointed out all of those things. One child said ‘Look stain glass windows!’ and there was lot of discussion around the different pictures and beautiful colours. We would like to say a huge thank you to Emma, Jules and Grace for setting up a lovely Christmas experience where we thought about the story of Christmas and explored different parts of the nativity story. We are also really grateful for the help we received from our lovely parent helpers. We thought about courage, how we would feel if we were given a special job like Mary and Joseph in the story, we thought about the journey they had made to Bethlehem and the gifts we would give to God to say thank you.
This week we have had the arrival of Kitty the Kindness Elf! Each day the children have loved seeing the mischief she has been up to and accepting her kindness challenge. Today we have been thinking about the power of a smile and smiling at as many people as possible!
Friday 8th November
This week our focus has been Bonfire Night and learning about the season autumn. On Bonfire Night we had our very own campfire and toasted marshmallows. The children thought about how we stay safe and we discussed how they were going to stay safe if they were to go and watch a firework display or bonfire. We watched a clip of fireworks and thought about the different sounds they made. We used our bodies to make some of these sounds and then thought of words to describe them such as crack, sparkle and pop! One child said ‘It sounds like popping pop-corn!’
In the classroom the children have been using our vegetable shop to buy and sell to their friends. We have been making firework pictures and continuing to paint the diva lamps we made out of clay last week.
On Outdoor Learning Day we went on an autumn investigation, this entailed searching the school grounds for anything that reminds us of autumn. We collected beautiful natural treasures and completed observational drawings of what we had found.
Our story of the week is called Pumpkin Soup. We introduced using our problem solving footprints to help the characters in the story talk about their disagreement. We will be encouraging the children to have a go at using these footprints to problem solve during busy learning.
We have been busy writing shopping lists of vegetables we need to make our own vegetable soup on Monday!
29th October 2019
This week we welcomed the children back after a busy half term. We have enjoyed listening to everyone’s news. We have been celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The children have been exploring how Hindu families prepare to celebrate the festival. They have loved making Diva lamps using clay, Rangoli patterns and making Happy Diwali cards. We also listened to the story of Rama and Sita.
As a fine motor activity this week we have been exploring pumpkins using golf tees. The children have loved exploring the insides of a pumpkin and talking about how it feels. Next week we will continue to explore Autumnal vegetables and plan to make a soup together.
Our tricky word of the week is the word ‘to’. We have been focusing on the sounds sh, r and j.
In maths we have been exploring making different repeated patterns with colour.
Have a lovely weekend.
10th October 2019
I can’t believe how quickly this first half term has flown!
I have made a little video of a few of the things we have been up to.
Your child has taken home a little pack today which they are welcome to use over half term. There is also some activity ideas which you might like to use to support your child with their reading. We will collect these in on the Tuesday after half term.
I hope you all have a relaxing half term break!
10th October 2019
We have had quite a busy week this week!
On Monday we welcomed the Brighter Smiles team into Rainbows and Stars. We met Dylan the Dragon and discussed why it important to look after our teeth and keep them clean. We were impressed by the amount of children who told us ‘You have to brush for two minutes!’ This led on perfectly to a discussion about the different parts of our bodies and how we keep ourselves healthy.
We have been playing lots of games to practise finding the initial sounds of different words and we are also starting to segment the sounds we can hear. In phonics we have learnt the sounds u,b,f,l.
Playing schools is a common theme during busy learning at the moment. We have a washing line with all of the sounds we have been learning. The children love using these as flash cards and teaching their friends how to write the sounds.
On Thursday we visited the Wild Space, the children decided to make instruments using different objects they could find. We explored making a beat whilst telling the story of A Bear Hunt, the children experimented with different sounds, for example waving sticks in the long grass to make the ‘swishy swashy’ sounds.
When your child has read at home, don’t forget to record this in their reading record. This then helps us to know if we need to change their book on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
4th October 2019
This week we have been listening to and exploring the story of the Gruffalo!
We have been thinking about the different characters in the story and how to describe them. The children have been acting out their favourite characters using our Gruffalo puppet set and drawing parts of the story. The children particularly enjoyed exploring the clay, lots of children decided to make Gruffalos or Foxes!
The children have also been discussing the different parts of their bodies and what they are used for.
In phonics we have learnt the new sounds ‘g’ ‘o’ and ‘c’ and have been reviewing the sounds we have learnt so far!
Thank you to all that have donated towards cooking ingredients. We really appreciate it!
20th September 2019
This week we have continued exploring our school. The children have been excited to go onto the playground at lunch time and play with their peers and the rest of KS1. On Tuesday we spent the morning in our Wild Tribe Space. The children were fascinated to find a group of very large slugs! We decided to make a home for the slugs and discussed how we could look after them and move them carefully. The children made comparisons between the different sizes of the slugs and the different patterns on their bodies.
As the week has progressed, the children have been talking a lot about birthday parties. This led to us decorating the home corner with ribbons and party decorations, ready to throw a birthday party. We made cards, banners, decorations, cakes and presents and finished with a disco after a child asked to listen to Abba!
We have started phonics! This week we have focused on the sounds m a s d. Each and every child has impressed us with their ‘can do’ attitude and perseverance! We have been practising careful pencil control with a bit of write dance (We put on music and the children are encouraged to move their pen in time to the beat with lots of different movements).
Don’t forget we are hosting phonics family learning information sessions next Tuesday! If you haven’t yet booked on and would like a little more information, please do not hesitate to ask!
Finally we must give a big shout out to all of the Rainbows and Stars who have been fantastic during their first week of school with full days. We hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend!