Throughout the year the children are guided through a series of Learning Adventures. Below is a review of the last Learning Adventure with some associated photos, ENJOY!
Summer 1 - Ready,steady,Grow.
Ready Steady Grow
This term has been a very exciting and busy time. Our chicken eggs arrived in their incubator the day after we came back after Easter. A day later we had our first chicks which was very exciting! All the eggs hatched with the last two hatching at home with Mrs Castle over the weekend. We all enjoyed watching the chicks grow, change and become more confident. We learnt how to look after them and hold them gently. We wrote about them creating instructions and information fact files.
All of us planted a bean and made a card castle which we attached to a long stick for our beans to grow up, just like in the story Jack and the beanstalk. We have also planted peas, strawberries, potatoes and different herbs which we have watered with enthusiasm!
A new mud kitchen was built for the outside area which has been used to create a variety of mud delicacies including chocolate cake and pancakes! Our thanks to Mr Castle, Mr Bell and Mr Barnes Gorrell for their time and expertise in creating this wonderful resource for our enjoyment and learning.
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and enjoy our end of term celebration. It was lovely to see so many of you there to hear our wonderful singing and retell of the story Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown.
We look forward to our last learning adventure together in year R which will be entitled, ‘ A Bugs Life’.
Spring 2 - Hotwheels
This half term we went on our first trip out to Milestones museum which was very exciting. We enjoyed finding out about the different types of transport and how they have changed over time. Our favourites were the fire engine and the buses which we could climb inside and pretend we were on an exciting adventure.
We loved dressing up for World Book day and listening to lots of brilliant stories which some of us used in our writing. The dance theatre visited us for the day where we learned to act and dance out the story of ‘Where the wild things are.’ In maths we have been looking at teen numbers and addition and subtraction and making up our own number stories. During the last week of term, we made chocolate Easter nests as well as gathering natural objects to make Easter gardens.
Spring 1 - Frozen Worlds
We have had an exciting term exploring our Learning Adventure on Frozen Worlds. We have been looking for the signs of winter and noticed the different colours that we’ve seen in our school environment. Some of us chose to create wonderful winter pictures using those cold colours we had seen. It was very exciting when we arrived at school to find that some sea creatures had been frozen in ice. We had to think of ways to free them which didn’t involve bashing or hitting the ice! This was followed by the children finding ice outside and noticing the wonderful patterns contained within it. We listened to the story of Penguin Small and wrote postcards to him from the South Pole telling him what it was like. In the last week we learnt about Chinese New Year with many children creating dragons and taking part in a dragon themed dance. Finally we finished the learning adventure with a parent celebration event. Our lovely parents joined their children to share a range of activities which included making a marshmallow snowman biscuit and drinking hot chocolate together!
Autumn 2 - Mother Goose Blog
Welcome back to school and a very happy new year to you all.
We are very happy that everyone has settled in so well to school again and we have heard lovely stories about the wonderful break everyone has had.
Year R had a busy term solving different challenges which arrived through a letter from Mother Goose. The children were brilliant at coming up with their own ideas of how to help Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider and Jack and Jill solve their problems. We continued to learn new sounds in phonics, whilst learning to blend these sounds to read words. Please keep practising those green and red words at home..
All the children worked so hard practising their special part and joining in with all the lovely songs for our Christmas performance, A Miracle in Town. Thank you for helping your child learn their lines, the show was amazing! They were all little stars and we were so proud of you all.
In ICT we have enjoyed programming the mice to follow pathways to find the cheese.
The children enjoyed creating a variety of Christmas crafts and joining in activities such as decorating trees and writing a Christmas list to Santa. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Christmas story called ‘Father Christmas needs a wee’ which we used as a maths focus to help Santa to order the doors on the houses he visited and have the correct number of presents.
We were very excited to watch the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime which visited the school, also Oak and Willow classes had their first Christmas disco, it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves.
Autumn 1 - The Gruffalo Blog
Oak and Willow classes have made a brilliant start to school life! We have seen lots of smiles coming through the door every morning and lots of positive feedback about school! They have been learning the rules and routines of the classroom and have become familiar with the other areas they use regularly in the school. This includes their own outdoor learning environment, the playground, the dinner hall and the library. Both classes have become more independent and are able to put their belongings away independently, self-register for dinners and settle to their morning activities.
In those first few weeks we started our first Learning Adventure about Ourselves. We talked about our hobbies and interests, our favourite healthy fruit, our families, as well as looking at our reflections in the mirror to paint our self portraits. Following this we have been reading and completing activities based on one of our favourite stories ‘The Gruffalo’. The children have loved this Learning Adventure and we have seen some wonderful examples of learning, such as making and counting purple prickles, learning to retell part of the story with our own actions and making Gruffalo masks; we’ve even had some Gruffalos appearing in our role play area! In PE we have been exploring ways of how to move like the characters in the Gruffalo story and enjoying different parachute games.
Oak and Willow classes have learnt lots of new sounds in phonics and are really enjoying learning a mnemonic to help them remember how to write it correctly. Our favourite is for d, ‘around the dinosaurs’ bottom up his tall neck and down to his feet!’ They are learning to blend these new sounds together to make a word using ‘Fred Talk.’ Another aspect of their learning that has been fun is mental maths, which children love learning. Using lots of interactive games children are now becoming more confident recognising, counting and matching to their value.