Red Class and Orange Class
Welcome to our website page! Keep visiting to see our photos and find out what we have been learning. The Orange Class is taught by Mrs Musgrove and the Red Class is taught by Mrs Wall on Monday to Thursday and Mrs Jeffery on Friday but most of the time we work together. If you would like to contact us you can do so via email using our email addresses below:
Mrs Musgrove - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Wall - email@example.com
Mrs Jeffery – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our topic this term is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Please click on the links below to find out more:
On a chilly, windy day back at school, we were shocked to find a polar bear in our outdoor area! We didn't know where he had come from or how he got there. So, we decided to find out some information about polar bears. The children discovered that he was from a cold place near the North Pole called the Arctic. They thought it would be a good idea to make a den for him outside so that he would feel more at home. They created an icy cave with a little cold pool of water next to it so that he can go for a swim and do some fishing if he wants to. He looked very pleased! The children also gave him a blanket and lots of cuddles to cheer him up.
The children thought of questions to ask so they could find out information about polar bears. They cut out a polar bear shape and wrote their question inside it, using a question mark. Then they worked really hard using non-fiction books and the internet to find out the answers to questions that they had and some extra information about polar bears. They sounded out and wrote the letters they needed to do this - well done. The children had a walk around the setting looking at each other's artwork and chose a piece they liked best, explaining why.
We have been working hard to cut out animals that live in hotter places than the Arctic. We had to cut around monkey tails and the long necks of giraffes, so that all the parts of our animals were intact! We painted our backgrounds using sponges and then we added details such as trees, rocks and grass, using paper. Do you like our artwork? Next week we are looking in more detail at animals who live in the Arctic and animals that don't, to see if we can find differences and similarities between them.
Today (Friday) we have had great fun painting upside down, just as Michelangelo did when painting the Sistine chapel in 1508. We worked with a partner to draw and then paint a picture whilst lying on our backs under the table! It was wonderful to see the children working collaboratively with their partner, to create their masterpieces. After we had finished our paintings, they were put up on our ceiling and we laid on the floor and talked about our work. Alfie said that he didn't like painting upside down because he was scared that the paint was going to drip on him and Clem told us that it was easier to paint the right way up! Albert and Grace liked painting under the table because they said they helped their partner and it was fun! We decided that our paintings would brighten up the polar bear's cave in the outdoor area. Have a peek inside to see what we have been up to!
Our new topic is Knock Knock! Please click on the links below to find out more:
We had a lovely surprise on Monday afternoon when we returned from lunch. There were two boxes left in the home corner addressed to our classes. We opened them and inside were pumpkins and a book called ‘Pumpkin Soup’. We passed the pumpkin around the class circle and the children used all sorts of super vocabulary to describe what they could see and feel such as “the stalk looks like a star shape at the top.” Next, we read a few pages of the story and discovered that there were 3 characters in the story. Cat plays the bagpipes and cuts up the pumpkin for the soup, Squirrel plays the banjo and is responsible for stirring the soup and Duck sings and adds a pipkin of salt to make the soup tasty. We have been taken on a tour of the cabin in the woods where they live and have looked at the gloomy, murky woods that surround their house.
We have learnt how to use real hammers and we carefully hammered golf tees and nails into the pumpkins by ourselves.
We have been trying to use sketching strokes to draw the pumpkins carefully. What do you think?
On Thursday, we found out about how Indian children would celebrate Diwali. The children then took part in painting their hands with a Mehndi pattern they had designed and chalking and sprinkling powder paint onto Rangoli patterns, to welcome children into our school. We have been learning some Indian stick dancing moves and have made clay diva pots and have enjoyed dressing up in saris.
We learnt a song about Diwali that we sang to the tune of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’. Have a go!
“It’s Diwali Festival of Lights,
All the divas twinkle in the night.
Saal Mubarak, Happy New Year,
We’re so happy Diwali’s here.
It’s Diwali Festival of Lights,
All the divas twinkle in the night.”
A couple of weeks after the pumpkin boxes arrived, we found a sack in our home corner with a letter from the postman on top! He asked for our help to post some letters as he was feeling poorly. We went on a walk in the village to post the letters. The only one we couldn't find was for the Three Little Pigs so we left it in the home corner. The next day the sack was back but this time had a letter and a story from the Three Little Pigs. They explained that we couldn't find their house because the Big Bad Wolf had blown it down! We have had lots of fun re-enacting their story using props to help us. We also had a go at making our own straw houses and blowing them down. After we had made them we experimented with different ways to blow them down! We tried blowing them with our mouths, then using a hairdryer and then a leaf blower!
The word had spread about how helpful the reception children were and we received a letter from 'The Three Bears' asking for our help. "We are fed up of cooking porridge and want to have pizzas instead! We don't know how to make a pizza, so please can you help us?" The children were delighted to help out. Firstly, they designed their pizza by choosing 4 toppings to go on it, which they labelled and then they made their pizza. The trouble was they smelt so good that we ate them all up! We decided to send the bears our designs to help them. We had lots of fun!
The children practiced and performed the Christmas concert sheep/star dance. They were very brave in front of the audience and we are very proud of them.
Our topic this term is Magical me and we will be finding out about ourselves, our families and each other!
To find out more about what we hope to do this half term please click on the links below.
We had a lovely first day at school and all had our photographs taken. What do you think?
We have been thinking really hard about what we look like. So, we looked carefully in the mirror to look at the facial features we need to paint on a picture of our face. Then we used our painting to make a picture of ourselves using any materials or construction kits that we found in our setting. Did we remember to give ourselves a body?
Some children have been using natural materials in the outdoor area to represent the main parts of their bodies. We had lots of fun!
We have been thinking about our friends and learning to write ‘I am’. We have been watching videos and having circle times about being a good friend to others. Are you a good friend and why?
Last week we were exploring words that mean happy and have been using JOYFUL and ELATED whenever we have had the chance!
This week we have been using the word UNIQUE and thinking about what makes us special. We have been listening to stories about Elmer as he is definitely a unique elephant. We have enjoyed making up stories with our Elmer small world play that we helped to make.