On Monday Nursery and Reception got together for a science morning to explore different experiments.
Some were observation only, so the children tried to predict what might happen, others the children could be very much hands on and have a go themselves.
The children had a cup with soda water or lemonade which they placed a few raisins.
The children watched as the air in the carbonated drink caused the raisins to dance up and down in the liquid.
There were some gutter pipe with different liquids, the children poured them down to see how quickly they moved. They had Golden Syrup, Vegetable Oil and Orange paint.
We had a group making tunnels from natural materials and a tray with some gel they could explore.
Mrs Vaites made a sand volcano with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, powder paint and white vinegar.
Probably the children’s favourite was the mints in a coke bottle!! I think this may have been Mrs Vaites’ favourite too.
A Busy Day
Today our children joined in with Red Nose Day activities.
All the children dressed in red and many had purchased red noses to wear.
This morning we took part in the Dance-a-thon, practising their dance moves.
As part of our activities today we spent time outside planting sunflower seeds to sell at the plant sale later this spring. The children have enjoyed planting bulbs and many are now in full bloom in the quad for them to see. Today we planted some more pots and tubs with freesia and irises with the help of one of our mums.
The class will be looking after them in the coming weeks for with sunshine and water we hope they will grow quickly.
This week we have had World Maths Day and our children enjoyed many different counting activites and looking for shapes in our classroom.
World Book Day Activities
It would not be a World Book day without some fort of dressing up so this year we chose to come to school and read our books in our pyjamas. The children came in many varied outfits and looked splendid in assembly.
Local Author Suzan Moule
Local author Suzan Moule came to talk to and read with Early Years and KS1
We started the day with an assemble about the value of books and reading.
This was followed by small groups sharing the experience of’ Woody’s Park’ her children’s book based on the adventures of Woody the dog and his friends in the park.
Later in the morning Suzan talked to years 4,5 and 6 about ‘The Author’s writing journey’
Hopefully she will inspire some of our pupils to have a go at writing their own stories and who knows may become an author themselves one day.
Local Publisher Mr Richard Barker
Also during the day Mr Richard Barker, who works for a publishing firm came to talk about
‘The Life of a book’.
How does the original story go from a rough draft to a finished book?
Richard spent time with the KS2 classes explaining the process.
Many thanks to both our visitors for their support of our World Book day activities.
World Book Day visitor
Ruby class looked brilliant in their pyjamas and onesies
We were able to share some of the childrens’ books with them during our class carpet time.
The children enjoyed listening to our local author Suzan Moule read her childrens book ‘Woody’s Park’.
As part our topic this week we have been reading ‘The Tiger came to tea’
The children made mask from different types of collage which we have displayed.
Our roleplay has been based around the book and the children have been acting out the story with props.
The class has made a good start to the term with the launch of our new topic Wet & Wild.
We have started with ‘The Night Pirates’ book and have created a role play boat with pirate costumes.
Many of the children have brought in their own Pirate stories which we have enjoyed sharing with everyone.
The children have made their own treasure maps and they can all tell you that ‘X marks the spot!’
We have made treasure and talked about what we might need.
Many thanks to those parents who have sent items to support the childrens’ learning.
This week some of the children made boats with cartons and trays kindly sent in. They needed to make a flag and attach it their boat. Today they had the chance to see if they floated.
Check out tapestry to see how this went.
Ruby, Opal and Topaz Christmas Performance
Well done to all our brilliant children on two excellent performances.
The children have worked really hard learning songs and lines.
The narrators were well rehearsed and told the story beautifully.
Many thanks to parents and for helping us make this years performance a great success.
Here are some pictures from the event.
Christmas has arrived
In Ruby Class we have been busy getting ready for christmas.
Thank you for the children’s posters they have made our advent calendar.
We have been busy practising our School performance. The children are looking forward to performing to you all.
Nursery and Reception having been reading the story Owl Babies.
Ruby Class have made owl pictures with torn paper and then talked about the story.
Topaz and Opal have made painted ‘lost mummy’ posters some with writing and used paper plates and cardboard tubes
to make their owls.
The children’s work has been displayed with their quotes from the story.
A Special visitor
As you may know the children voted for a Vets role play this half term and many of you have provided us with bandages and other consumables to help support their role play.
We have been fortunate that some parents work in this profession and have provided us with many items that we could not have possibly sourced.
Last week we were lucky enough to have one Mum talk to the children about her work as a vet.
We learnt about X-rays and broken bones, looked and skulls.
The children asked questions about animals. It was interesting to learn that sometimes vets have to treat zoo animals like tigers and snakes.
A big thank you to her and our other parents for your support.
Phonics Evening 21st November
Thank you to the Parent that managed to attend our phonics evening.
The staff looked at the different phases of the Letters and Sounds scheme and some ways to support your child.
Information was displayed and staff were on hand to talk these ideas through with parents.
As promised you will find below the presentation and website links to help support phonics.
Phonics Workshop for Parents Nov 2018 final v2
Letters and Sounds
Articulation of sounds (you tube)
‘Geraldine the giraffe’ (Mr T phonics)