Welcome to Class 1
First day of school
Early Years have settled into school life really well. Here are the children's self portrait paintings.
Multi skills festival at Loughborough University
We had a fantastic day at the multi skills festival. There were 10 different activities to take part in, aiming, throwing, dribbling, bouncing the ball, running and even long jump. Each activity was for 10 minutes and then we moved to the next one. Lots of fun was had by everyone and there were some great examples of good team play and positive team spirit.
From caterpillar to butterfly
We have enjoyed experiencing the life cycle of a butterfly. Our caterpillars arrived in the post. They rested for a few days and didn’t really move (we think they were tired from being tossed around in the postman’s bag.) They then started moving around the pot, eating the food at the bottom. They grew bigger and bigger. It was amazing to see. They shed their skin quite a few times and we could see bits on the bottom of the pot. Eventually they climbed to the top of the pot and hung there, forming their chrysalis. We left them for 3 days to make sure they were hard. Carefully, we lifted the lid off the pot to place it in a little holder inside the net. We had to get rid of all the frass (the silk) that they had around them otherwise they might have got stuck as they emerged as butterflies. It was a very delicate job and the chrysalises started shaking when they felt the lid move, becoming scared. Then we just had to wait to see when they were going to emerge and, over the weekend, four butterflies emerged. Now we’re just waiting for the last one.
A visit from the fire service
Year 1 children had a visit from the Fire Service. They heard the story of Frances Firefly and learned about the danger of matches and the importance of smoke alarms in their house. They practised ‘stop, drop and roll’ so that they would know what to do if their clothes were on fire.
Thrussington pupils become radio stars
We had a very special visitor watching our FaceTime a farmer session! Ben Jackson, from Radio 4 farming today, joined the class to listen to farmer Christopher Foster who showed the children how he weighs the lambs and also showed the lambs being wormed and treated for flies and maggots.
Dough Disco Superstars!
Early Years have been busy this term creating 2 new dough disco moves to help celebrate Shonette’s dough disco 10th Birthday! Shonette was so impressed with their moves she asked us to film them to share with the public! We can’t believe the videos has had over 2000 views!!!
Lambs to visit
We enjoyed seeing Mrs Brant’s lambs and finding out what they eat, learning about the different breeds and how old they were. Some of us got to feed the lambs with bottles.
Why do Christians say prayers?
We looked at the difference between a church and a cathedral. We found out that some churches and cathedrals have candles, called Votive candles, which you can light and say a prayer to God. We thought about the phrase ‘the light shines in the darkness and brings comfort to others’ and considered what we might say to God, thinking about saying thank you, saying sorry and asking for God’s help. We were honest and thoughtful and our prayers were all unique.
I’m just sending a quick update, my sheep are all lambed up. The last one gave birth at 8pm last night. The next stage is to get everything turned out in the warm weather into grass so I can then muck out the pens before going onto my next lambing job.
The ewe that was expecting quadruplets finally lambed too, and yesterday Flossy and Finn took their first ride out in the tractor taking silage to the fields!
As it’s getting warmer, the weeds are growing so next week I’m going to start spraying the fields to control all the nettles and thistles.
I look forward to speaking to you all soon, I have attached a few pictures for you.
P.S. Charlie is getting very big!
Skyping a Farmer
Class One were excited to have the opportunity to Skype a farmer from Lincolnshire. Christopher Foster spoke to the children about what his job entails, how he is currently busy lambing and even introduced the children to Charlie, a lamb who had been abandoned by his mother and who Christopher is now hand rearing. We were also introduced to Flossy and Finn, 5 month old border collies who were busy play fighting in the background. We are looking forward to keeping in touch and seeing Charlie, Flossy and Finn grow and seeing the changes around the farm as the seasons change.
Quack, quack quack – ducklings are coming!
Class One have taken delivery of 10 duck eggs and an incubator and are excited to take care of them and, hopefully, watch some of them hatch as ducklings. We warmed up the incubator to 37.5 degrees and today we put the eggs inside.
Kung Hei Fat Choi 2019
We celebrated Chinese New Year. We learned that Chinese people believe that a long time ago there was a monster called Nian who came into the villages to scare the people. A man told the people of the village to have the colour red and lots of noise to scare him away. At Chinese New Year, Chinese people clean and decorate their homes, dress in red, make red lanterns and give each other red envelopes with money in. They eat lots of round foods, like oranges, to symbolise being together. There are dragon parades and dancing in the street and fire crackers are let off. Each year is named after a different animal, remembering the time when the animals all had a race. The years are named in the order the animals finished the race. We told the story together. This year is the year of the pig. We cooked and ate spring rolls to finish off the celebration
Diet Coke and Mentos Eruption!
Early Years were scientists for the day again today and created an exciting explosion!!! We had a bottle of diet coke and put four mentos into the bottle. The diet coke erupted creating a mini explosion. the reason for this is because the thing that makes soda drinks bubbly is the carbon dioxide that is pumped in when they bottle the drink at the factory. It doesn't get released from the liquid until you pour it into a glass and drink it, some also gets released when you open the lid (more if you shake it up beforehand). This means that there is a whole lot of carbon dioxide gas just waiting to escape the liquid in the form of bubbles.
Dropping something into the Diet Coke speeds up this process by both breaking the surface tension of the liquid and also allowing bubbles to form on the surface area of the Mentos. Mentos candy pieces are covered in tiny dimples (a bit like a golf ball), which dramatically increases the surface area and allows a huge amount of bubbles to form.
The experiment was very exciting!
Early Years worked together to see which was the best way to fill a jug from the water tray. We had to problem solve as the container we thought would be the best was connected to the table so we couldn’t pour the water directly into the jug. We decided the egg box wasn’t very good because the water soaked into the box and made it all squishy. We decided the sponge was good for transporting water because it soaked into the sponge. We were also very clever because, the bottle which had holes at the bottom, we turned sideways so the water stayed in the bottle.
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!
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!
Using produce from our school garden
Class One picked the spring onions growing in the garden and then used them to make a delicious salsa. They cut up cucumber and tomatoes and added the spring onions with sweetcorn and raisins. They made a delicious dressing and ate the salsa with tortilla chips. Most people seemed to really enjoy it.
Roll up, roll up for the amazing daredevil eggstravaganza! Miss Berry put a placemat on top of a glass water. She then stood a cardboard tube on the placemat directly over the glass…… and balance the small pointy end of the egg on top of the tube. Finally Miss Berry quickly pulled the placemat. The egg doesn’t go flying because the force is only on the mat and the bottom of the tube and not the egg.
Farmer Foster update - The Lincolnshire Show
Class One were very excited to speak to Farmer Foster live from the Lincolnshire show! They got to hear all about Charlie’s day and they learned that the new colour, that he'd dyed them with, had worked a treat as they won a second and third place rosette!
Facetime a Farmer - sheep shearing
Liz, from Creative Learning Services (part of the Library Education Service), came to talk to us about rocks, fossils and minerals. We learned about different types, their colours and their names. We each had a chance to explore our rock, mineral or fossil, using our sense of touch and created our own collage using materials with different textures that represented our rock, fossil or mineral.
Early Years children entered a nationwide poetry competition through the Young Writers organisation, writing riddles about their own chosen subject. There were over 8,000 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 June. Well done Early Years.
We enjoyed a visit from Rosemarie, from the RNLI. She talked to us about keeping safe when we’re near water, about the job of lifeguards and how to get help when we’re at the seaside. Some of us got to dress us as lifeguards and lifeboat crew so we could see what they wear and why. We learned about the different flags that you might find on the beach and what the different colours tell us about where you can and cannot swim.
As part of Year 1 and 2’s independent challenges last week, they were asked to design and build a boat that would travel to the Arctic. Miss Oatey told them that it must be able to cope with Arctic conditions, as well as be comfortable for passengers. They knew that the boats would be entered into a competition at the end of the week’s challenge.
Class Two then looked at their boats and read the information about the features they had on the boat. They could then decide which boat they thought was most suited to travelling to the Arctic with passengers in. They had to place their voting counter in the pot underneath the boat they had chosen. Year 1 and 2 children didn’t put their names on the boats as they didn’t want them to vote for their favourite person, they wanted them to vote for the boat which would do the best job.
Everyone who took part worked extremely hard to think, independently, about features such as ice breakers to cut through the ice as it entered the Arctic Circle, as well as ladders, life rings and life boats, barriers and flags. The winning boat had 15 votes and was won by Eddie. Well done to everyone who worked so hard on this challenge.
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.
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.
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 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.