After learning all about how plants grow from a tiny seed or bulb we headed outside to plant our own! Some of us chose to use clear plastics cups to plant our seeds in so as we can watch the roots emerge from the seed and bury deep down into the soil. We are very eager to keep our seeds well watered, warm and in the sunlight so that they grow but understand that this could take some time so are trying to be really patient!
In preparation for writing our explanation text on how plants grow we headed outside, on a very windy day, and worked in teams to collect a set of sentences. These sentences described each stage of how a plant grows; from a seed being planted all the way to the bud opening up to reveal a colourful flower. The children became very excited when the wind caught some of the sentence strips and sent them twirling into the air! However, they were all safely recovered and we headed inside to work together to order the sentences so as they correctly described the journey a plant takes as it grows from a seed.
We set off down the field to hunt for wild flowers. We spotted lots of pictures displayed around the field and were able to match them to ones on our investigation sheets. By the end of the lesson we were able to name the wild plants we discovered around our school grounds; such as daisies and dandelions and sort the plants we found into the categories wild or garden plants.
Here we are looking around the school grounds for insects. We found a snail, lots of worms, a woodlouse and even a ladybird! We then made some Bug Hotels to leave in our school garden. We're going to go back in a few weeks to see who's been to stay! We'll keep you updated.
We kickstarted our topic with an exciting reading investigation. We read the beginning of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then headed outside to find out what he had to eat each day after that! It was so much fun and we improved our reading skills too! We have been writing our own versions of the story this week which Miss Cairns thinks are even better than Eric Carle's version! We are so clever! Watch this space in the next few weeks to read them...
We enjoyed a jam packed day of activities including a whole school Easter egg hunt to round up the day. We loved taking part in an egg hunt to find clues to help us retell the Easter story.
Todays theme was 'Thrash it Thursday'. We had to kick the ball as hard as we could and then chase after it to return it to the next person in our row. We had loads of fun and wanted to do it again and again!
Today we had a very exciting visit from the Happy Puzzle Company. We were set lots of different problem solving challenges where we had to work together and demonstrate a lot of perseverance and resilience! We could not move onto the next puzzle until we had completed the one we were on and this meant we had to try and try again! We all loved the activities and they gave us a chance to show off our problem solving, communication and co-operation skills to our teachers.
On the second day of the Daily Mile for Sport Relief we were twirling hoops! The children found many creative ways to twirl their hoops from hula hooping, skipping with their hoops, spinning them as they walked, spinning them on their arms and feet juts to name a few!
This week we are bringing back the daily mile in support of Sport Relief! Today we enjoyed a Daily Mile dedicated to skipping. Once we had done a few laps of the playground we all had a go at skipping with Miss Rushby and Miss Cairns turning the big rope. Andrew took some fantastic action shots of us all, he even managed to catch some of us in mid-air!
We arrived at school in a fabulous array of costumes and started the day by exploring our new selection of books for the classroom. Mrs Wakefield then shared a funny poem in assembly and we got to share what we know about and why we chose our characters by writing character descriptions of them!
On Monday, we took a step into the country of Brazil and had a go at Samba dancing and playing the Samba drums; we tried some coconut water and learned about some famous landmarks. After learning all about people who are less fortunate than us and the homes they live in in Brazil we compared our houses to favelas and realised just how lucky we are to have running water, electricity and clean, safe homes. We then headed outside to make our own Favelas. Favelas are made out of any scrap materials which can be fund lying around. They are not very strong or waterproof but people paint them bright colours so as to make them look pretty. We layered up to keep warm and put on our painting aprons on to try our best to stay clean! We had so much fun but the wind did make it rather challenging! Watch this space for our final (indoor!) favela...
On Friday we took part in a Gospel workshop with Miss Morrison. We loved singing 'This Little Light of Mine' and some of us even had a go at making the beat on the drum! Miss Rushby got involved too, encouraging us to relax, be confident and sing our little hearts out!
As part of our topic this half term 'Why do homes look different around the world?' we looked more closely at Africa and discovered that they live in mud huts! They use sticks, mud and straw to build their huts as this the only materials they have to hand. These materials are best suited for homes in Africa as it helps to keep them cool in the hot temperatures. We got out waterproofs and rubber gloves on and had a go at building our own mud huts! Just like they do in Africa, we had to fetch the materials we needed to build our mud huts. We worked together and even began to build our own community, it was great fun!
We set off on our locality walk to explore the different types of houses people live in in Forest Town. We used a chart and tally system to record our data. There were lost of houses for us to count! We found out that semi-detached houses are the most popular type of house in the area and bungalows came in second. We didn't see any terraced houses along our route. We saw other types of building too; including a Library, Snooker Club, Shop and Day Nursery. The children behaved brilliantly, following instructions to cross the road safely and being respectful of other people we met along the way.
This week in our Forest Learning, we conducted an science investigation! The Three Little Pigs sent us a letter to ask us which materials would be best to build a house that would not change if The Big Bad Wolf came along! First, we thought about how we could change the shape of a material; we came up with bending, stretching, twisting and squashing. Then we predicted which materials we thought would change shape and which we thought would not change shape. After that (the exciting part!) we went outside and tested each material at each station. We tested yoghurt pots, pans, tea towels, socks, jigsaw pieces, foil, cardboard, plastic oven gloves and pegs! We used lots of scientific language such as bendy, stiff, hard, soft and stretchy. We had lots of fun!
This week, we have been learning about the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs. We have acted the story out, retold the story in our own words and were really excited when we found out our Forest Learning was all about The Three Little Pigs. Waterproof trousers and coats on, we acted out the beginning of the story in the classroom and in small groups pretended to be the pigs. We worked as small teams to build houses made out of straw, sticks and bricks. The best bit was pretending to be The Big Bad Wolf and blowing all of the houses down! Fun was had by all!
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