Welcome to Class 1
In music this term, we have been using technology to create our own compositions. We used our voices to create sound effects of things we might hear as we travelled through the countryside on the train. In groups, we recorded these sound effects using the microphone, operating the record and playback functions and ensuring that everyone worked together to record effectively. We then downloaded our soundtracks onto the computer and played it back, whilst we became the train travelling along. It meant that we could have lots of sounds all at once. Some of us even started to consider the volume of some of the sounds and how long they should last.
Learning from a farmer in Scotland
We used Skype to talk to a farmer in Scotland. He told us all about his farm. He keeps cows and sells his milk to Muller, who make the yogurts. He sent us some photos of his cows, his farm buildings, his dog, who helps him on the farm, and even his cat who is in charge of rodent control. We found out that he gets up very early every day. We were able to ask him some questions about his farm too. It was a great experience.
Early Years children were scientists again today. Our challenge was to make the longest bubble snake using the bottle blower (we did wipe the bottle after each turn!).
This activity introduces the concept of solid, liquid and gas in a familiar way. It encourages children to think about how the water changes during the activity.
A visit to Manor Farm in Thrussington
We went to Manor Farm to find out how they make their yogurts. They have 300 cows which are each milked twice a day. Many of them have already given birth to calves. One calf had been born last night but it was already on its feet! We learned that female calves are called heifers and males are called bull calves. We watched the cows being milked and making their way back to the field and found out how they use the milk to make the yogurt. The huge walk-in fridges were freezing! We got to taste some of the delicious yogurt. It was thick and creamy and tasted amazing!
In dance this half term we been looking at the life cycle of a frog and creating a dance for each part of the life cycle. We twirled slowly as the frogspawn hatched, darted quickly like tadpoles and kicked and jumped as frogs. The children thought very carefully about their movements and performed super dances!! Well done Class 1!
Life in and around a castle
This morning we experienced life during castle times with Lady Jane, Sir John (the knight) and Charlotte (the cook). First we had a go at building our own castle using wattle and daub, and then worked in groups to make a stone castle, looking at the size and layout of the stones. We found out about the foods that the rich and poor ate at the banquet and we made our own sugar decorations for the table as sugar was so expensive then so it wasn’t to be eaten! Learning how to fight like Sir John, the knight, was so much fun! We had to follow his commands: “Form a line” “shield wall” “weapons high” “slow advance” We experienced what it was like for a child in a castle and the toys they would have had (or not had). We finished the morning with a medieval dance.
For our investigation today Miss Berry challenged Early Years to build a strong tower using only jelly babies, cocktail sticks and sugar cubes. We worked in pairs and had some amazing results! The tallest tower was 39cm!
Wake up, shake up!
To get our bodies moving and our brains alert and ready to learn each morning, we do the wake up dance to music. We really enjoy it.
Helping the homeless
Following on from our topic last term of ‘our world’, Class One invited in two visitors from the Charity ‘The Bridge’ in Leicester. They spoke about the work of the charity in helping homeless people in the local area. The children then presented them with their donations of items to help homeless people who are currently living on the street. These donations included food, clothing and sleeping bags.
Writing to the Queen
Early Years have been busy this week writing letters and drawing pictures to the Queen ready for our new topic next term.
We have learnt all about the journey of a letter after it gets posted in a post box. We even walked to the post box in the village to post our letter. We then visited the shop so Mrs Moore could buy some stamps.
Christmas at Forest School
Oh what a Christmassy morning we had at forest school! We made star decorations by threading the ribbon through the numbered holes. We made Christmas trees from pine cones and enjoyed our hot chocolate and biscuits. It was really icy at first but as it started to melt, we had great fun getting very muddy in the digging area! Some of us pretended to be Rudolph and Santa’s sleigh, flying around forest school delivering presents. It was a magical morning which ended with the story ‘Santa Selfie’ and we created our own Santa selfies!
Early Years Movement for Learning
Year 1 and 2 children have made their own version of the story Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field. They had great fun thinking about words that would rhyme and using expression to sound like the cat and the frog.
Over the past 5 weeks the children in Class 1 have worked really hard to create and perform their ‘Handa’s Surprise’ dance. They have used mime and dance to pretend to be children in Africa and to be monkeys and elephants! Well done Class 1!
EYFS children were scientists again today. We filled a plastic bag up with water and sealed it. We then thought what would happen if Miss Berry pushed sharp pencils through the bag. Some of us thought the water would come flowing out. Others thought the bag would pop and the water explode out! Miss Berry pushed 4 pencils through the bag and the water stayed in the bag! Magic! Well no it’s not magic because the bag doesn’t burst because the plastic stretches, rather than tears, as the pencils are pushed through it. We all guessed right that the water would come flooding out as soon as the pencils were taken out.
We have been finding out about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita which is an important story for Hindus. We then made Diwali cards, created diva lamps and tried making Mendhi patterns by drawing around our hand and creating patterns on it. We also found out what a Rangoli pattern is and how and why it is made and tried to create our own. We talked about the lights being turned on in Leicester too and realised that it is a festival celebrated very close to home.
Mr Kear came into school to tell us about his job as a builder. He brought in lots of tools and equipment that he uses to build a house. We learned about why bricks are deeper these days than they were a long time ago and found out that mortar is made of sand, water and cement. He showed us how to spread mortar between the bricks and use a special tool to make sure that it does not spill out of the sides. He showed us how to use the spirit level to make the bricks flat and even or plumb (vertically). He told us to remember Mrs Kear’s favourite crumble to help us with the word ‘plumb’! We learned a lot and it was great to see, first-hand, how you build.
To begin this science experiment with Foundation Stage children we first explored what might happen. For this, I asked the children to make predictions of what they thought would happen when the skittles were covered with water. We had a variety of answers and the children were excited to test out their theories. We placed skittles around the edge of a white plate and covered them with water. We then watched what happened. Within a matter of minutes, our Skittles had dissolved into a beautiful and bright display.
Year 1 and 2 children have been looking at what we need to make a sentence and how we can improve a sentence to make it more interesting. We started off with a simple sentence and then talked about what words we could add to it. We learned about the word ‘adjective’ and ‘adverb’. We even tried to extend the sentence with a conjunction. We made an amazing sentence but the sentence was so long we couldn’t fit all in the photo!
Chicks to visit
Mrs Kear brought in her chicks and told us all about their life so far. We watched a film clip showing how they hatched out of their egg and began their life. She told us about some of them being kept underneath a heat lamp to help them become stronger because the mother has so many chicks she finds it hard to keep them all warm.
A visit from Peter’s lambs
4 lambs came to visit Class One today. We found out how old the lambs are, what they are fed and when and where they live. We learned about their breed and about what will happen to them as they get older. We loved stroking them and feeding them milk from a bottle.
Spring time at Forest School
We spent a lovely spring morning at forest school, even the weather was spring like! We enjoyed getting messy, mixing bird seed and lard to make bird feeders to hang in our garden. We explored forest school and used our imagination in many different ways, working really well in groups and pairs. Some of us set up our own nature club, building an activity and feeding area for squirrels and other small creatures that might visit. We all made our own Easter bunny from a pine cone and had to search for something fluffy for its tail! We transformed the digging area into a representation of the Easter story, binding sticks to make crosses, building a fence and even making Jesus and the guards and a table for the Last Supper! Miss Oatey and Miss Berry were very impressed with how engaged we all were in our activities and how well we worked together.
Prepare for battle!
We went into battle to re-enact the Battle of Hastings. Harold from Norway’s army first fought against King Harold of England’s army in the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Then, feeling tired, they heard of the invasion of William from France and immediately made their way to the south of England. Unfortunately they could not defeat William and his army and William was declared king and became known as William the Conqueror.
We have been thinking about prayer and what we might want to pray for, including saying thank you for things, asking for God's help and being thoughtful. Early Years took turns to say their own prayer whilst Year 1 and 2 wrote their own prayers.
Rhythm and Pulse
In music this term we have been learning about pulse and rhythm and how these are different. We marched in time to the pulse of different pieces of music. We then made our own musical patterns using the words ‘spider’ and ‘snail’. We took it in turns to be conductors in our grouping and then joined together to create our own whole class piece of music using our rhythms.
First we filled a glass jar half-way with cream. We put the lid on and started shaking. It was hard work and took us over two days to do it! When the sloshing sound stopped, we removed the lid and checked for whipped cream! We popped the lid back on and continued to shake until the mixture separated into buttermilk and butter. We removed the butter and rinsed it and then it was time to try it. We tried the butter on crackers. It was delicious.
Boom Boom Shake the Alphabet
Early Years children have been busy learning their letter names as well as their sounds. We use Mr Mc's alphabet video to help us remember the letter names. We have great fun singing and dancing along as we learn.
Celebrating our first topic of the year
We invited all the parents in to see what we had been learning about this half term in our topic about buildings and homes. We talked about types of houses and buildings, what they are made of, the job of a builder, what homes were like inside a long time ago and about animal homes. We shared some of the answers to the questions we had asked at the start of the topic too.
Foundation Stage were scientists again this week and were investigating the viscosity (thickness) of liquids. A few weeks ago we had a race with different liquids and found out that liquid soap and syrup were the slowest liquid and water was the fastest. This helped us this week when we conducted the marble drop. We predicted that the marble would travel fast through water because the liquid is “runny”. We predicted that the marble would travel slowly or not at all through the syrup and tomato sauce because the liquid is “thick and sticky”.
Year 1 listened to a fire safety talk given by the Fire and Rescue Service. Year 1 learned how to keep safe, what the Fire and Rescue Service do.
Important facts for us to remember are:
1. Matches and lighters are dangerous.
2. Never play with matches.
3. If there is smoke, crawl low and shout.
4. Stop, drop and roll!
A happy start to the new school year
Reception children have settled quickly into school life and are enjoying all the activities on offer. They are already showing how independent they are with selecting their own activities and resources. They have shown how well they can sit to listen to a story.
Here they have painted a picture of themselves.
Foundation Stage children were amazed again this week when we made raisins dance! We experimented and predicted what we thought would happen putting a handful of raisins into water and then lemonade. We predicted correctly that the raisins would sink in the water. We then poured the lemonade into the glass and noticed the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass (the bubbles are carbon dioxide gas released from the liquid). We thought it was very funny when the raisins started to jump up and down in the glass. This is because raisins are denser than the liquid in the lemonade, so initially they sink to the bottom of the glass. The carbonated soft drink releases carbon dioxide bubbles. When these bubbles stick to the rough surface of a raisin, the raisin is lifted because of the increase in buoyancy. When the raisin reaches the surface, the bubbles pop, and the carbon dioxide gas escapes into the air. This causes the raisin to lose buoyancy and sink. This rising and sinking of the raisins continues until most of the carbon dioxide has escaped, and the lemonade goes flat. The children noticed the raisins stopped dancing when the bubbles stopped in the lemonade. Some scientists in the making!