Welcome to Class 1
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!
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!