The children have worked really hard this term. We finished off out Around the World topic by making African Water Jars. The children concentrated really hard on winding their wool carefully around the bottles. They were all so colourful and different!
We have also been learning how to count in 5s and we have started using our 'x' sign in number sentences. The children have tried really hard with this, not an easy skill as it is the first time we have done it, and we were very proud of them counting their 'lots of' 5s and working out the total.
We finished off the term with our exhibition. The children loved showing off their learning to their special grown ups from home. Thank you to everyone who came.
We are looking forward to another term of learning and fun, after a very well earned half term rest! The Superheroes are coming...
We have had another super busy week in Hedgehogs. In Maths this week we have been thinking about 3D shapes. Hopefully the children have been wowing their grown ups at home with their knowledge! We realised quite quickly that 3D shapes can be found all around us from bins to printers and many more things. We have also been thinking about the order of the days of the week and the months of the year. The children have been using the days and months lines in the classroom to help them.
We have also been busy getting things ready for our exhibition next week. We would love to see you on Thursday 8th February at 2pm to show you all the exciting learning we have been doing.
This week we have looked at pictures of the African sunsets and recreated them with pastels. We even included silhouettes of acacia trees and animals we might find in South Africa. We finished the week by making out South African Corn bread by following the recipe. The children took turns to film each other and we may have found some Mary Berry or Jamie Oliver's of the future!
We have a few more bits to finish next week and then our exciting exhibition will be ready to share!
We have really enjoyed letting our creative side go this week! We started off by looking at African tribal masks and then African animals. The children enjoyed finding out about how many African societies make masks out of wood. They carve the wood and paint then using pigments made from charcoal, vegetables, tress and clay materials. These masks are then worn during ritual and cultural ceremonies. There are three different designs; animal masks, female face masks and Ancestor masks.
They worked really hard to design their own African animal masks after looking at photos of elephants, lions, giraffes, meerkats among others. We have a really super variety of animals and we are really looking forward to adding them to our exhibition at the end of term.
This week we have really got stuck into our new topic. The children found Africa on the world map and then found out that 54 countries make up the continent of Africa. Over the next few weeks we will be focussing on a few.
We had a go at making our own African jewellery. The children were very focussed and produced some really beautiful pieces that they were really proud of! As they should be because they are fabulous! We will be displaying them as part of our Around the World Exhibition at the end of term.
Welcome back to a new term of learning in Hedgehog class. We have got off to a great start with the children showing that after a good holiday they are raring to go!
In Maths we have been looking at 2-digit numbers up to 100. The children have been finding numbers on a 100 square and making numbers on 100 bead strings. They have really focussed on this and it has been wonderful to see them using their diamond and emerald powers.
We have started our new topic. The children have been finding out about different types of weather and they worked together in a group to draw their ideas. We looked at a map and named the 7 continents, then coloured in a map and labelled it. We are focussing on African countries and started our art by making an African quilt square in collage. We are looking forward to putting it together to make a class quilt.
What a busy few days we have had!
The children enjoyed visiting the church on Tuesday for our Christmas service. We all placed prayer stars in the manger. It was really lovely to hear the children's Christmas wishes and hope that they come true this festive period!
Also on Tuesday the children had a lovely time at their Christmas lunch. It is a wonderful chance for all the children to sit together with the MDSAs and eat. Once again Mrs Rush made us a yummy lunch and there were crackers, jokes and Christmas music.
On Wednesday morning the children in Year One went down to Westbury Court to sing their Nativity songs, as well as some old favourites, to the residents. They sang beautifully and definitely spread the festive joy!
Our final thing for the term was our Christmas party. A really lovely way to finish. Lots of team games, yummy party food, parse the parcel and Christmas music.
We wish everyone a happy, safe and jolly Christmas and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 8th January 2018 for more fun and learning!
The children have worked really hard this week on their Nativity. We were all very proud of their singing and how clearly they spoke their words. It was wonderful to see so many parents and grown ups join us to enjoy the show!
Around the play we have been very busy with Christmas math, writing and crafts. The children wrote some wonderful letters to Father Christmas. We talked about what we had done this year that was kind and the children made sure they let Father Christmas know. Berries, our Elf, took the letters one night but luckily we have taken copies and put these into their books.
Just 3 days of learning and fun to go until our holidays. We hope that you will be able to join us on Tuesday at 10am in the Church for our Christmas Service.
Our Kindness Elf Berries has been writing to us each day with challenges. We have been thinking of ways to say 'Thank you' to grown ups who help us around the school, as well as how we can help our friends. The children have been coming up with some lovely kind ideas. We are very proud of them!
We have also been really busy with our Christmas crafts. We have been painting, printing and glittering some wonderful pieces of art!
The children have been working very hard on their 'A King is Born' production. The songs are sounding brilliant and we are all looking forward to performing next Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.
This week in Science we learnt about the fire triangle. We found out that fire needs three things to burn; fuel, oxygen and heat. We tested this by lighting three tea lights and placing three different sized jars over the top to see which one ran out of oxygen first. The children were brilliant at predicting which one would and then explaining what happening. We try to encourage the children to tell how or why they think something using full sentences. They are getting really good at this now.
On Tuesday afternoon we made our shadow puppets using the materials we had investigated last week. The children looked carefully at their designs and made strong puppets. Some children even added detail using binka for spots or cellophane for colour.
On Friday we had a magical day as the school had been decorated overnight with tress, lights and tinsel. We also have a new member of our class to add some extra festive magic, Berries our class kindness elf. Some of the children made her a Magic Fairy Elf cottage during our Sparkle Time. It was lovely to see them working together to make all the detail. Berries loved her new place! We are looking forward to taking on her kindness challenges over the next few weeks as we prepare for Christmas.
This week we have been exploring materials. We started the week sorting different everyday objects by whether they were transparent, translucent or opaque. The children worked really hard on recording their findings.
Next we looked at different materials and investigated which one made the darkest shadow ready for our alien shadow puppet making next week. The children enjoyed using the projector light and torches. They quickly realised that some of our materials made different colours or patterns.
During a Literacy lesson we designed plasticene alien models and then wrote a list of their features. We are going to use our models as a design for our shadow puppets. The children have really enjoyed linking their learning!