The children have been busy exploring their new classroom this week and getting to know each other and the adults in the class. We have spent time talking through and practicing new routines- the children are slowly getting the hang of it, it’s early days still! On Tuesday we went on a number hunt around the school, the children learned how to take a photo on the iPads and then were sent off to discover all the different numbers and uses for numbers around the school. The children have also been talking about their homes and families and learning that we are all different and that’s what makes us special!
Wednesday 20th September
So far this week the children have spent time getting to know each other better. We shared the story of Elmer and discussed how Elmer felt when he realised he was special because he was not the same as everybody else!
We have painted self-portraits of ourselves, paying close attention to our features and hair and eye colours. We have also shared information about ourselves, things we can’t see in our outer appearance: some of us liked playing football or going swimming, some of us liked playing dress up and some of us liked playing with playdough. We realised that none of us are the same and that’s what makes us special!
Friday 22nd September
In maths this week we have been exploring patterns. Yesterday the children looked at patterns in the environment and went on a hunt around the school to create some interesting pattern rubbings. The class then looked at repeating patterns. They used a range of resources in the classroom to create their own repeating patterns which they shared with their friends. To finish this weeks maths learning we made repeating pattern fruit kebabs which the children enjoyed making and eating!
We have begun learning our letter sounds in Phonics too. The children were introduced to Albie the parrot whose favourite letter sound is ‘S’. We made sausage and sweetcorn sandwiches for him and enjoyed eating them too!
We’ve also been learning about the Christian Bible story of creation. The children worked together to create beautiful collages of all the things God made on each day of the first week.
Wednesday 27th September
Everyone was so impressed with the children's wonderful singing at the Harvest Festival today.
Wednesday 4th October
This week we shared the story of The Blue Balloon. We had a great time exploring balloons of all shapes and sizes! Some of us even had a go at balloon modelling- what a challenge that was!! The children were introduced to the story map of the text, which is a shortened version broken into 4 parts. We learned the story map by putting actions to each key part of the story. Ask your child if they can remember any of it!
In RE this week we have looked again at what Christians believe about God and creation. We learned that Christians believe God is the powerful creator of all living things. We pondered some big questions like: why aren’t jellyfish made of jelly? And what is the difference between a living thing and something that is not living? We explored real jelly, what it looked, smelled and felt like (we didn't eat any after we'd finished smooshing it in our hands!!) and watched a video of jellyfish to compare. We discussed the idea that although jelly may be squishy, slimy and wet just like jellyfish, it is not one of the living things Christians believe that God made.
Friday 6th October
This week we have been exploring 2D shapes. The children went on a shape hunt around the school yesterday before making shape monsters today.
During their discovery time we observed lots of the children using their knowledge 2D shapes in their play, including playing guess my shape and making shapes using lollysticks and playdough.
Wednesday 11th October
We shared the story of the Rainbow Fish this week. It is a lovely story about the importance of sharing and being a kind friend. The children shared their ideas about what made a good friend:
"A good friend always plays with everybody"
"A good friend makes you smile."
" A good friend plays fun games."
"A good friend cheers you up when you're feeling sad."
The class created a story map of the Rainbow Fish with actions to help retell it, then we decided to ‘innovate’ the story to make a different version. We called ours The Kind, Grey Elephant!
We all took part in a lovely activity which we called ‘friendship art’. The children worked in pairs, each one had either yellow, red or blue paint on their hand. When the partners rubbed their painty hands together the colours mixed and new colours were made! Then the children created a beautiful hand print friendship picture using their individual colours but also the colours that were made when they mixed with their friend’s colour. We talked about how the new colours that we made happened because we shared with each other (just like the Rainbow Fish!) and we wouldn’t have had such lovely colours or patterns on our pictures if we hadn’t shared and mixed things up!
In RE we focussed on why Harvest festival is an important celebration for Christians. We remembered that Christians believe God made all the plants and creatures in the world so they believe it’s important to say thank you to God for all the things in the world that gives them food. We thought about what food we are grateful for and drew our favourite meal on a paper plate.