Welcome to Class 1
What a fabulous morning we had! We searched for pirate items in our scavenger hunt including a stick as a pirate hook, a circle shaped piece of willow and even dug for treasure in the digging area. Feeling very hot from the sun, we drank Captain Berry’s pirate grog, specially made for pirate adventures. We then made parrots to sit on our shoulder and worked as a team to create a huge pirate ship using the sleepers, a large stick as a mast and made sails, a crow’s nest and even a plank which Captain Bennett made us walk. We had a fabulous experience.
Boom!!! Mr Mc sends a special message to Foundation Stage children
We were all very excited when we got sent a very special video message from Mr Mc. Check out the message below. We are looking forward to receiving the trophy and badges.
Making Kachumbari Salad
We practised our cutting skills as we diced the tomatoes, cut the cucumber into quarters (helping our fractions work!) and cut up the avocado. The onion had been cut and soaked in salt, so that the taste wasn’t so strong. It was then rinsed and added to the salad. We then snipped the coriander with scissors and squeezed the lime juice in. We all tried it and most of us thought it was delicious.
Class One become superheroes!
We transformed ourselves into superheroes for the week. In Reception, we made capes and masks and other accessories and chose our own superhero name. In Year 1 and 2, we designed our own superhero badge and then tried our hand at sewing the design. We were excellent at it and really took our time. Once we got started, we hardly needed any help. Some of us even had a go at doing cross stitch!
Dinosaur detectives at Forest School
We had a busy afternoon at Forest School. We worked in teams to use coordinates on a map to find letters around Forest School to spell out the name of a dinosaur. It was tricky work and required lots of perseverance and team work. We made prints of dinosaur footprints using mud and clay and hunted for dinosaur fossils. Miss Berry read us a really funny story called ‘The dinosaur that pooped a planet!’ It was great to spend time together, as a class, at Forest School, especially on such a sunny afternoon.
This past half term Class One have worked in small groups to choreograph a Superworm wiggle dance to Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf rag. The children were asked to choose three different wiggle movements and perform them at different levels. One child from each group also acted as Wizard Lizard. Can you spot any flicks or Wizard Lizard's tail? The children also enjoyed performing a Superworm group chant. Well done Class One.
Did eating stones really help to break down a herbivore’s dinner in its stomach?
We found out that scientists believe that herbivores may have eaten stones to help them break down their food in their stomach. We decided to test this out to see if this could have made a difference. We predicted what we thought might happen and then tested it by putting lettuce in one bowl and lettuce and stones in another bowl. We timed for one minute and then observed what changes had taken place. We noticed that the lettuce with stones had changed colour, was mushy and had broken down into tiny pieces. It seems that scientists really could have been right!
Being a Palaeontologist
We made our own rock using flour, water, salt and coffee and put a dinosaur inside it. We then cooked it to harden it, like layers forming over the dinosaur and creating a fossil inside. Our job, as Palaeontologists, was to then break open the rock and discover the dinosaur fossil now inside.
Palaeontologists for the morning
We visited Charnwood Museum to find out more about the job of a Palaeontologist and different dinosaurs that have been discovered. We searched for bones and built a new dinosaur; we took part in a search around the museum for facts about dinosaurs and even made our own fossils. It was a fabulous morning.
The Magic Toys
During Dance this term we have been focusing on a ‘Magic Toys’ dance. One night the sleeping toys in the toy shop come to life. They dance around the toy shop, clean the dusty shop and then enjoy a party dance before falling back to sleep.
The children have spent time moving like different toys, for example, as robots, mice and fairy dolls. In pairs they have made their own cleaning dance sequence and then have learnt a party group dance.
Look who visited school!
Class One were amazed to see that Father Christmas and his reindeers flew over school at the weekend. We started to wonder if he magically visits the classroom when we are not here. The children decided to set up a video camera to see if we can catch him in the act!
Toys from the past
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been making our own toys from the past. Reception created hobbyhorses using long tubes and socks. They raced them in the playground. They also made toy soldiers out of lollipop sticks. Year 1 and Year 2 have been trying out different ways to make a spring to create a Jack in a Box. They then created their own Jack in a Box from a net of a cube and made sure that their spring had enough ‘spring’ to push the Jack in a Box out. They had to think about the appearance of the product, as if they were real designers who wanted to sell their product.
The Old Toybox
Class One enjoyed an informative workshop from Charnwood museum, exploring toys from long ago. We started with a look at stones, feathers and sticks and how they could have been used as games back in the stone age time. We were then introduced to a variety of toys from different periods of history and explored how toys had changed and what they were made of. The lady brought along lots of toys that we had never seen before so we got to explore these, try to work out how to play with them and look at how they were the same or different to our toys today. It was fabulous fun and we worked really well together, sharing experiences and games.
In literacy today Reception children went on a bear hunt around the school grounds. They walked through the long wavy grass. They splashed through the deep cold river. They squelched through the thick oozy mud. They then came to a big dark forest where they stumbled and tripped. Then they ventured through a swirling whirling snowstorm. Finally they came to narrow gloomy cave. Inside they saw one shiny wet nose! Two big furry ears! Two big goggly eyes! IT WAS A BEAR! The children ran all the way back to school.
Flying the nest
Having pushed their way out of their cocoon, we left them for a couple of days to settle in the home. As it was a dry day with a relatively calm breeze, we decided it was time to release them into the wild. They didn’t immediately fly out when we opened the net but it was great to see them, one by one, take to the sky. The last butterfly was very reluctant and had to be coaxed out on Miss Oatey’s hand. We got to see it very close as it spread its wings and took off into the sky.
We have been investigating the effects of different drinks on our teeth, especially if we don’t brush them. We put 4 hard boiled eggs into 4 different drinks – water, Coca Cola, orange juice and milk. We predicted what we thought might happen to each egg and then left them for 3 days. Nobody was allowed to touch them! Some of us thought the eggs would crack, some thought that they’d go rotten, some thought they’d go brown, some thought they’d turn orange, some even thought they’d become spiky! We all had different ideas and waited excitedly to see what happened.
The results are now in…..
The ‘tooth’ in water stayed looking the same.
The ‘tooth’ in Coca Cola turned brown and you could see bubbles on the bottom of it. Some of the shell had even started to wear away at the bottom.
The ‘tooth’ in orange juice went very slimy and the egg shell had started to turn white around the middle. The shell was also more orange near the bottom.
The ‘tooth’ in milk stayed looking the same, although the milk was no longer runny milk! It was thick and creamy and smelt disgusting so the tooth was very smelly!
We decided that it wasn’t good to drink Coca Cola or orange juice and not brush our teeth afterwards and that maybe people are right that sugar isn’t good for our teeth!
Caterpillar to butterfly
We have been learning about the lifecycle of a caterpillar. We received the caterpillars when they were very small and have watch them eat and eat and grow bigger and bigger. Last week they span their cocoons and hung themselves upright on the lid of the pot that they were in. We transferred them to the butterfly net in preparation for when they hatch out as butterflies and made some sugar solution for them to feed on when they are born. Now we are just waiting in anticipation for them to become butterflies.
Cowboys and girls at Forest School
Howdy all! What a fabulous morning we spent at Forest School! We searched for horseshoes, dollars, feathers to make a headdress and war paint (mud, petals and strawberries ground up). It was great fun making bows and arrows and tomahawks using sticks and string. We then built tepees and pens to keep our cows and buffaloes in so they didn’t escape and roasted buffaloes over the fire. The Wild West was a hive of activity!
Calling all campers
What a fantastic time the Year 2s had camping at forest school! A Friday night of fun at forest school. The children put up their tent, learned how to make a fire without a match, ate hot dogs and jacket potatoes cooked on the fire and toasted marshmallows. They took part in a variety of team games with treasure maps, wool and snail racing before getting into pyjamas and singing songs by torch light. After reading stories and some excitement about being together in a tent, they quickly fell to sleep. Saturday morning was an early start, with the first children waking at 4.45am and very enthusiastic to start the day! The birds were singing, the aeroplanes were flying and it was light...'why can't we get up?' They had pancakes and toast cooked over the fire for breakfast and great fun brushing their teeth and spitting into the bushes! Teamwork to take the tents down ensured they had some free time before home time. A fabulous overnight stay with lots of laughter and lots of fun!
A Royal Occasion
Class One celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a royal day. We dressed in red, white and blue or in Princess, Prince or knight outfits for the day. In the morning we found out about Queen Elizabeth and the royal family and learned about her role in our country. We made our own street party food - cream cheese and cucumber wraps, carrot sticks, a royal salad (snipping up spring onions, ripping lettuce and chopping cooked potatoes) Some children made strawberry and basil cakes. We also made royal bracelets and crowns and cards for Queen Elizabeth. In the afternoon we listened to the national anthem and looked at the Union Jack and what it represents, made decorations and set up our street party outside. We all enjoyed the food (and the singing and dancing!) and hope the Queen enjoys the celebrations as much as we have.
We were very excited to have a visit from the Fire and Rescue Service. We really enjoyed looking at the clothing that the fire fighters wear and thought it was funny seeing Miss Berry and Miss Oatey dressed as fire fighters! We learned about the breathing apparatus and how and why they use the thermal imaging cameras. The fire fighters told us about the importance of a smoke alarm in our house, why it is fixed on the ceiling of a room and what to do if there is a fire. We had a look at all the equipment on board the fire engine…everything from the Jaws of Life to cut people out of their car, to the huge tool (like a pair of pliers) to cut locks. We were amazed at how many hosepipes and ladders they had on board. We enjoyed being fire fighters and using the hosepipe to spray water! When they left, they even put their blue lights and siren on especially for us!
Team Challenges - Many hands make light work…is this true?
Over the course of two days, we tested out this theory with a variety of team challenges. We were judged on the outcome of each task, on our creativity and on our ability to work together and encourage each other. We were also judged on our ability to communicate with each other, ensuring that everyone had a role to play in the task.
The first task was to build a marble pipe that would keep the marble moving using only the power of our hands. We could only use newspaper and scrap paper and tape.
The second task was to get the hoop all the way around the circle without letting go of our hands.
The third task was to build the longest bridge which would allow water to flow underneath without the bridge getting wet. We could only use yogurt pots, straws, newspaper, scrap paper and tape.
The fourth task was to replicate a pattern on the peg board but only 1 or 2 members of our team could view the pattern at any one time so we had to communicate well.
The fifth task was a relay race to blow the newspaper ball to the end of the course. Some of us realised it’s hard to persevere when something is difficult!
Let's go to the dough disco
Today Foundation Stage celebrated National Dough Disco day by participating in fun activities throughout the day. We had a special music playlist from Trolls, Superman and Star Wars. We practised all the different dough disco moves such as the super slider, the toffee and ball it and pinch it.
We even made our own dough and flavoured it with either chocolate, vanilla or lemon. They smelt lovely. We all had a fantastic day.
Football kicked onto the school roof
Amazing problem solving and reasoning. Working together, listening to each other's ideas, testing out theories and reviewing and adapting plans.
Get a ladder.
Get a trampoline
3rd idea (which the children tried)
Tape plastic metre sticks together and reach up. Once tested they realised the metre sticks bent.
4th idea (current work in progress)
Tape the yellow, hard plastic poles together and reach up. Children tested to make sure it was long enough. They realised it didn't reach over the roof.
Adapt the pole idea and add more poles horizontally this time. This allowed the poles to reach over onto the roof!
Fantastic work boys!
From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday – a journey through Holy week
Class One were split into groups to re-create the events between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. They were each given a set of objects and had to work out which event in Holy week was theirs and then decide how to set up the resources, and decide roles, to re-enact it. They showed great understanding of the important events for Christians at Easter and the associated feelings throughout Holy week. Well done Class One.
Reception children have been scientists again and this time, they made a bouncy egg! Yes it really does bounce!
We put a shelled, raw egg into a glass and covered it with vinegar, leaving it for 3 days. We thought the egg would either go soggy or crack.
After 3 days the shell dissolved away and we could see the yolk inside. Eddie commented "It felt like a trampoline" and Jack commented "It is bouncy." We then cut into the egg. "It popped like a balloon!" Another child commented.
Foundation Stage were scientists again this week and were investigating the viscosity (thickness) of liquids. Last week we had a race with different liquids and found out that liquid soap and syrup were the slowest liquid and water and milk were the fastest. This helped us this week when we conducted the marble drop. We predicted that the marble would travel fast through water and milk because the liquid is “runny”. We predicted that the marble would travel slowly or not at all through the syrup and liquid soap because the liquid is “thick and sticky”.
We timed each liquid. The water took 0.36 of a second whereas the liquid soap took a whopping 1 minute 11 seconds!
Celebrating Chinese New Year
We enjoyed a range of activities to learn about China, as a country, and how New Year is celebrated. We found out that it is the year of the rooster and learned about the story of how the years came to be named after the animals in the race. We made Chinese dragons, rocking roosters and tried our hand at the Chinese art of paper cutting. Outside we played the Chinese playground game of chick and eagle and, as part of the game, learned to say ‘jwa joo le’ (Chinese for ‘captured’) and then came in to taste some Chinese food.
Designing our own toys and games
What a fabulous amount of work Years 1 and 2 have out into their 2 week homework project! They had to create their own game as part of our toys and games topic. The game could be a new game they designed themselves or a game from the present day or from the past. The most important thing was that it had to be made with materials that they could find around and didn’t need to buy. It was delightful to see such wonderful creations and they really enjoyed sharing their game with their friends.
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, 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!
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.
Today Reception children were scientists and investigated what happens when you have double cream and a glass jar. They shook the cream in the jar really fast for 10 minutes, taking it turns and sharing. The children were amazed when they discovered they had made butter! It tasted delicious on the crackers.
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
The new Reception children have had a fabulous start to their time at Thrussington. They’ve listened well, been keen to get involved with all the activities and been confident to chat and get to know each other.
We’re all going to the zoo today..
The sun shone for our whole school trip to Twycross Zoo. We explored the different animals, looking at their habitats and finding out more about them. We saw such a variety of animals from monkeys to apes, leopards to giant tortoises and elephants to giraffes (to name just a few). A great day was had by all.
Finding out about the Olympics
After sports day, we kept with the sporting theme and found out about the Olympics. We learned that they are held every 4 years and worked out when the next Olympics would be and when the last Olympics was. We found out which sports are involved and about the significance of the Olympic rings. We then created our own athletes using pipe cleaners, taking part in an Olympic sport. We were amazed by how many different Olympic sports there are!
International Dough Disco day
Hands at the ready, eyes looking, it’s time to move those fingers!
Class One celebrated international dough disco day, exercising their fingers and hands, developing greater fine motor control to improve their handwriting skills. All over the world, this day was being celebrated and we watched and joined in with a live streaming from the Old Trafford Centre of a disco dough session.
Polar explorers to the rescue!
The polar animals were stuck in the ice! It was our job to be helpful polar explorers and free them! First we had to choose whether we would use sugar, salt, flour or vinegar to try and make the ice melt. We spooned some of our chosen ‘ingredient’ onto the ice and watched the effect it had. We tried adding different amounts, turning the ice and spreading the ‘ingredient’ in different ways. We observed closely, noticing similarities and differences in how the ice melted. We noticed the salt went hard on top of the ice but it also made holes and cracks appear in the ice. The flour made a sticky mess on the ice! We were excited when a beak, a flipper or a nose started to poke through as the ice melted. Desperate to ensure the polar animal came out still breathing, we then chose our own way of freeing it more quickly. Some of us used the heater, others put the ice in water and some of us resorted to smashing the ice on the ground to break it!
In P.E. we have been exploring how to move in different ways, particularly moving on different combinations of hands and feet, for example 2 hands and 2 feet, 2 hands and 1 foot, 1 hand and 2 feet. We have tried out different ways of making wide, narrow and curled shapes with our bodies both on the floor and on the apparatus as well as using part of the floor and part of the apparatus. We have really worked hard at this and many of us can now combine these movements and shapes to make simple sequences with a start and finish position. We have become very imaginative in our movements!
Having learned that the weather in the Arctic is very cold, we have been finding out how Polar animals are adapted to this cold environment. We have found out that they have thick fur, special paws to grip the ice and many are camouflaged with the snow, making it harder for predators to see them. We also learned that many have a thick layer of blubber to keep them warm. We decided to test out whether blubber really made you not feel so cold so we put one hand in cold water and wrapped the other hand in blubber (fat) and then put that in cold water. We were amazed at the difference that the blubber made. We were just glad that we didn’t have to swim in the Arctic Ocean to test it out!