To begin our Life Cycles topic our children have been taking excellent care of our living eggs. They have observed change and learned so much from this experience in school. We had 8 chicks hatch, the children were so gentle and caring with them.
Measure and Capacity
In our maths sessions we have been completing lots of practical work linked with measure and capacity to allow the children to use the key vocabulary they have learned. They have made milkshakes in the snack area and they have been measuring items around the classroom using pasta.
Our children have been learning about how to keep our teeth clean and healthy through our activities and stories. After this they each designed a poster to share this information with others.
Chinese New Year
The story of the ghost lion has captured our children’s imaginations during our Chinese New Year topic. We made our own lion and performed a special lion dance in assembly. The children have tried new foods, learnt how to write some key words in mandarin and have learnt all about the Chinese Zodiac.
When our new outdoor equipment started arriving the children were very keen to open the boxes and help to build the wheelbarrows. They worked together to look at the pictures on the instructions and used a range of tools safely to join the pieces together. We learned some new vocabulary when using different tools from our toolkit.
Letters to Santa
After reading ‘Santa Post’ the children began writing their own letters during continuous provision time. We worked together to write a shared letter and learned about the important of the envelope, address and stamp. We went on a short journey to our local post office to pay for a stamp and to make sure that the letter arrived safely to Santa Claus.
To immerse the children in our story of the week ‘The Polar Express’ we have had a very special day in school! The children excitedly arrived at school in their pyjamas ready for the conductor to check their golden tickets. They walked along the track and crept through the tunnel into our classroom to see our very own Polar Express! This was a wonderful day in school!
Charity Reindeer Run
It has been a lovely morning at school today. The children have been out supporting each other on their ‘Reindeer Run’ where our parents have generously made donations towards the Angel Trust Charity in Bishop Auckland, who work closely with the school.
In class 5 the children cut out paper reindeers or designed their own. They then attached a piece of straw to their reindeers. We threaded some long string through the piece of straw and the children held on to each end, making sure to keep the string tight. Next, we blew up a balloon and attached it to the reindeer. We then let go of the balloon to see the reindeer fly along the string. We found out that the bigger reindeers did not fly as far as the smaller reindeers. We also found that the 3D paper reindeers did not fly as far and as fast as the flat paper reindeers.
We have recently had some special visitors in school and they brought some very interesting cones with them! The children had to work with a partner to touch the lights on the cones and turn them off. This was a brilliant game and the children showed excellent physical skills.
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