Welcome to Class 1
Today we were lucky as there was no 999 call and the fire brigade were able to come out and visit us. They showed us their fire engine and the fluorescent pattern on the side which looks like battenberg cake! They showed us the 16 hoses and the pump and we learned that they have 1800 litres of water on board. We saw the cutters to cut the roof off a car and the fan that helps to blow smoke out of a room after a fire. We got to sit inside the back of the fire engine and see what a fire fighter’s uniform looks like. They even showed us how the mask and oxygen tank work. We all helped to squirt the water at the end and the sirens sounded as they left!
When Early Years were filmed for the day!
To start off our topic about the Great Fire of London, we found out about different landmarks in London and why they are famous. Early Years and Year One made models of one of the landmarks. Year One also created a fact card to go alongside their model. Year Two researched why King Charles II and Samuel Pepys were significant in London at that time. A great start to our topic!
The Wake Up Dance
We were very lucky to have a visit from a dentist. We learnt how to look after our teeth. We need to clean them every morning and night, save sugary foods for special occasions and visit our dentist twice a year.
Fire, Fire, Fire
This half term in P.E. we have been learning different emergency service dances. Here is a video of us being firefighters and some of us were the fire.
Bouncy Ball (egg)
This experiment will turn a regular egg into a bouncy ball! All we needed was a glass, some vinegar and an egg. We placed the egg into the glass and covered it with vinegar. We had to wait for a few days for the shell of the egg to completely dissolve. The egg turned a transparent colour because the eggshell was increasing in thickness. The eggshell dissolves and leaves a thick strong white. We took the egg out of the glass and we were amazed when we were able to bounce the egg on the table!
Can Miss Berry drop an egg without it smashing? Yes she can! Using a plastic bottle, water and salt. The egg doesn’t break because the salt water spreads the impact across the whole egg.
Today we had great fun making poo! We saw what happens to our food even though we can’t see inside our body easily. First we pretended to be the teeth, breaking up the crackers and mashing the banana. Next we added water to the crackers and banana, like the saliva in our mouth. After that we put the food into our stomach (a food bag). In the stomach, we added Coca Cola to be like the acid in our stomach and then we mashed and squeezed and squashed it. We then put it into the small intestines (tights) and squeezed the food some more. We saw some liquid come out and found out that this is like the good bits of our food that our body takes out of the poo. Finally our food, now very squashed and squeezed, went into our large intestines (a cup) and we did a poo out of the small hole (the anus!). It plopped out just like a poo and we couldn’t believe our eyes!
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 entered a nationwide poetry competition through the Young Writers organisation, writing riddles about the emergency services. There were over 13,000 entries from across the country but they were delighted to find out that ALL of their poems have been selected for publication in a book in January. Well done Years 1 and 2.
Class One celebrated Diwali together. Mrs Sudra came to talk to us about how they celebrate Diwali as a family and she read us a story about the meaning behind Diwali. Early Years children made diva lamps out of clay and dressed up to dance. Year 1 and 2 children designed their own rangoli pattern as a group and dyed rice different colours to create their own rangoli patterns outside with it. We also tried out making our own mendhi patterns, Diwali cards and rangoli patterns with crayons too. We watched a film showing the celebrations that took place in Leicester.
Have you ever had a penguin come to tea?
In our music lessons, we have been learning about our voice and how to sing different notes, recognising whether the pitch goes up or down. We learned the song ‘Have you ever had a penguin come to tea?’ We showed good control of our voices and the actions (we’ll work on our right and left!). We even tried singing it without singing the word ‘penguin’. That meant we really had to concentrate! Afterwards, we worked in groups to try and ‘draw’ the song with cubes or buttons to show how the pitch changed throughout the song. Our favourite bit was the last verse when we had to try to sing the song with our tongue stuck out!
Miss Berry surprised us by saying she could join two books together so well that we wouldn't be able to pull them apart! We discovered that when you interleave the pages of a book, the small amount of friction between each page adds up to a large force!
Visiting Thrussington Holy Trinity Church
We visited Thrussington Holy Trinity church with Sister Mary to look at the key objects and features of a church such as the pews, altar, font, lectern, cross, bible and stained glass windows. We discussed what it means to be a Christian and why a Christian church is special to Christian people.
The life of a biscuit is usually short and sweet... but can Biscuit Bear beat the odds? Early Years have enjoyed listening to the story all about Biscuit Bear. They even made their own Biscuit Bears.
Foundation Stage children were amazed this week when we made raisins dance! We experimented and predicted what we thought would happen putting a handful of raisins into water, orange juice and then lemonade. We predicted correctly that the raisins would sink in the water and orange juice. 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!
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 6 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.
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.