Welcome to Class 1
The Poetry Basket
Below are the three poems for Early Years to learn up until the Easter holidays.
How germs are spread
Early Years looked at and discussed how germs are spread. Firstly we put a drop of hand cream on our hands and rubbed them together. Miss Berry then put a pinch of glitter into the palm of one of our hands and we made a fist. When we opened our hand it was covered in glitter (the germs had spread). We then pressed our palms together and pulled them apart. We noticed the glitter (germs) had spread to the other hand. Finally we shook hands with a partner and the glitter (germs) spread to the other person. We realise how important it is to thoroughly wash our hands.
Class One’s after school dance club performance
The children learned a different dance each week and then performed them as one big dance to music through different decades. They enjoyed trying out different styles and were very excited to perform in front of an audience.
Being a Palaeontologist for a day
We made our own rock dough with flour, salt, sand, coffee and water and wrapped a small dinosaur up in it. Years 1 and 2 had to read and follow the instructions themselves. The dough was cooked in the oven until it went hard and then we had to be palaeontologists and try to uncover the now fossilised dinosaur. We used a hammer, a screwdriver and a knife. When we uncovered the dinosaur, we had to brush it clean and give it a wash.
We enjoyed a great trip to Loughborough Museum. We hunted for dinosaurs around the museum, learning new facts to answer questions about the dinosaurs. We built large dinosaur floor jigsaws, which was a real team effort as they were quite hard. There were lots of different rocks and fossils to look at and we even found a huge Barrow Kipper underneath the floor! We found out that it got its name because it was discovered in Barrow upon Soar. After observing dinosaur footprints, we became Palaeontologists and had to carefully excavate different bones to build a dinosaur. We made our own fossil to take home. After lunch, we visited the library, listened to the librarian read some dinosaur stories and shared books together. It was a fun dinosaur day.
Farmer Foster Update
We caught up with Farmer Foster this week on the farm. He has been extremely busy lambing at the moment. We saw a lamb that had been born at 5am that morning! The lamb was already standing up and moving around. We saw Flossy and Finn, who are now 15 months old. In the summer they will start their sheep dog training. We also met Val, a Ewe who hasn’t been able to have any lambs but Farmer Foster still keeps her as pet! Charlie is currently living on Farmer Foster’s parents’ farm and was 67kg when last weighed.
Festive fun at Forest School
We enjoyed a festive morning at Forest School. It was really muddy but we had lots of fun. We enjoyed sharing the decorations that we’d made at home and hung them on the Forest School Christmas tree. We took part in a robin hunt and then had to group together to spell out a word with the robins. We made Christmas trees using small sticks, laying them out in size order. During our own independent learning time, some of us were very inventive with sticks and made reindeers, snowmen and Christmas tree pictures on the ground. We listened to Christmas stories and enjoyed hot chocolate and, as a special Christmas treat, Miss Berry even gave us each a mini roll!
Surprise! Who’s in the box?
Year 1 and 2 children have been making Jack-in-a-boxes as part of their design and technology work. They learned how to make a spring by making an L shape and folding it. They investigated whether it was better to use long strips or short strips and also whether paper or card was better to make a spring that would bounce back up. They then decorate the net of the cube and built their own Jack-in-a-box using what they had found out.
Class One had a fantastic time learning to make their own pizza at Pizza Express. The children learnt about kitchen safety, the different ingredients used to make a pizza and where pizzas originated from. The children had great fun using their pokey fingers to knead the dough before adding their toppings. While the pizzas were being cooked, the children took part in some food tasting and quiz.
Did you know the colours on a classic margarita represent the Italian flag?
Experiencing toys from the past
Class One had the opportunity to look at and handle a variety of toys from the past in a special workshop. The children learnt that a lot of the toys were made out of wood and not coloured plastic like today's toys. The children had great fun playing with all the toys.
Bread, glorious bread!
After Year 2 children made damper bread at Forest School, they wrote to various bread producers to tell them about their bread. They received a reply from Hovis and each got a loaf of Hovis bread to try. They also heard back from Hambleton Bakery who were kind enough to share samples of 5 different types of bread. The Year 2 children went to fetch it from the village shop and Miss Berry cut it into pieces for everyone to try. Everyone voted on which bread they liked best.
The Poetry Basket
Early Years have been introduced to the Poetry Basket which offers thirty-six poems that can be learned by heart over the course of a year. So far they have learnt 'Chop Chop' and 'Pointy hat'. They are enjoying the rhyming patterns and actions that go with the poems.
First day of school
Early Years have settled into school life really well. Here are the children's self portrait paintings.
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.
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!!!
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.
1 Year Anniversary with Farmer Foster
Class One were lucky enough to catch up with Farmer Foster and see what he has been up to since Christmas. The children learnt about the different cows he looks after and what the cows are bred for. They also worked out that Farmer Foster looks after 522 animals which are 200 cows, 250 sheep, 70 calves and 2 dogs. We even got a glimpse of Fin running around. We are looking forward to next week’s session where Farmer Foster will hopefully be lambing.
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!
First we measured out 2 metres for the size of the nest as this is the size that scientists believe many dinosaur nests were. Each egg was believed to be about 20cm. From fossils, scientists believed that herbivore and carnivore eggs were different. We split into 2 groups. Some of us were herbivores, laying sphere shaped eggs randomly around the nest. Some of us were carnivores, laying cylinder shaped eggs in a circle around the edge of the nest. We had to measure carefully to try and make the eggs about 20cm. We showed off our nests to the other group of dinosaurs, warning them not to come near.
Update from Farmer Foster
Miss Berry received an email from Farmer Foster this week letting the class know that lambing is beginning to take form, and his sheep are due from Friday 24th January. Below is a photograph of the first lamb of the year!
It is a Lincoln long wool and he would like Class One to name her!
After lots of ideas the children voted and have decided to name her 'Bella'
Update from Farmer Foster
We talked to Farmer Foster via Skype and found out what he’d been doing on the farm lately. He has been collecting the wheat seeds and putting them into sacks to be transported to the mill to be made into flour. We were surprised to hear that each sack has to have a crop passport which goes with it on its journey. We saw Flossy and Finn. They were both being mischievous and racing about in the farmyard and on the field. Charlie, the lamb who was orphaned last year, is getting bigger and bigger and now weighs 65kg! The rams and the ewes have been put together to have some fun so we can’t wait to hear if there will be any lambs coming in the Spring!
Story telling and story acting
Early years have been participating in weekly story telling and story acting sessions. The children have fantastic imaginations and we have had some amazing stories to act out!
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!
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.