Welcome to Class 1
Supertato and the Evil Pea
Early Years have been busy this week listening to different stories about Supertato. They then used an app on the ipad to create talking models and pictures.
Finally, Early Years have the opportunity to enter a Young Writers Riddle competition. Below is an example the class did together.
It looks green and small.
It sounds like Mwah ha ha ha ha!
It smells like a pea.
It feels squidgy.
Its tastes like a pea.
It is the Evil Pea!
Forest School Christmas Party
We had a fabulous morning at forest school for our special Christmas event. Everyone had to hunt for a candy cane and a robin around forest school. Some of them were very well hidden! We had to be careful because not all of the birds were robins. The robins then spelled out words which we had to work out. It said ‘Merry Christmas to everyone in Class One.’ We had time to choose our own learning at forest school. Some people made dens, others made Christmas pictures with sticks and some made homes for animals at winter. The hot chocolate and mini rolls were a big hit. We finished with a Christmassy story. A great morning.
2000 years ago in Bethlehem
Year 1 and Year 2 children worked as a team to create their own nativity scene, reflecting the true meaning of Christmas for Christians. They decided which people or animals or buildings were needed and who would make which to ensure that they had the most important parts of the Christmas story included. They experimented with different ways of making arms and legs and bodies (some more successful than others but all part of the process!) and wrote an information card to explain the importance of their creation in the Christmas story. They excitedly set up the scene, discussing who would be in the stable and who would be outside at different points in the story. Fabulous team work and great understanding of the nativity story too!
Travelling Ted weekend with Miss Berry
This weekend Travelling Ted spent the weekend with Miss Berry. What a busy time it was! On Saturday, Travelling Ted travelled into Leicester with Miss Berry and her family, Miss Oatey and Mrs Bennett to take part in a special Cluedo murder mystery event. They managed to solve the crime in under 2 ½ hrs. Unfortunately, Mrs Bennett had a run in with the law! She was released after the police officer realised he had captured the wrong villain. After all the excitement, they went out for a delicious meal.
On Sunday, Miss Berry and Miss Oatey took part in Children in Need’s world record attempt Tapathon. Travelling Ted made a great mascot. Where will Travelling Ted end up on his next adventure?
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 10 minutes. 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.
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.
A surprise visitor!
Early Years were shocked and surprised when they watched videos of Father Christmas flying over Thrussington Primary School and even going in the classroom! We believe he heard the fantastic singing coming from the church and wanted to have a listen. He also saw the amazing learning that has been taking place in the Early Years classroom this term.
Volcanic eruption at Thrussington Primary School
We created our own volcanoes using newspaper balls to create the structure around a plastic bottle (the vent). We then used the technique of paper mache to make the surface of the volcano. We painted the volcanoes and then excited tried to create a volcanic eruption. Our volcanoes had been dormant volcanoes for a few days but, finally, they were active and erupted with lots of bubbling red lava.
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.