Handa’s Surprise

Handa’s Surprise

This week we have started our new topic, linked to hot countries and food. We listened to Handa’s Surprise,looked at the map to see where the story was set and put the animals on. We have been cutting and sticking our our fruit baskets. Then we ordered the story and retold the story.

Chicks in Year 2!

Chicks in Year 2!

Please visit our school blog to watch our time lapse to see our second chick hatching in Year 2! The children and staff are all very excited and we currently now have 6 new chicks that the children are having great fun visiting.

Public Speaking in Year 6

Public Speaking in Year 6

Year 6 have been learning strategies and skills for effective public speaking this week. We have learnt the poem If by Rudyard Kipling and written our own persuasive speeches about our own passions in life. We have used both of these texts to read aloud using engaging: posture and body language, tone of voice and pace and expression.

If you go down in the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise….

If you go down in the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise….

These stories stimulate discussions about picnics and a list of the best picnic food. The children thoroughly enjoyed bringing their own teddy bears into school and telling their friends all about them.

Chocolate spread sandwiches proved the most popular choice with bears and children. There was still room for the delicious cakes and biscuits. We hoped there were some tired but happy children and bears at the end of the day.

This week we have been finding out about real bears and their natural habitats across the world. The children have worked on adding more detail to their drawings and paintings of a range of different bears.These are going on display in the classroom very shortly. Many children enjoyed further enhancing their paintings by adding collage materials the following day once the paint had dried. We are actively encouraging the children to independently exploring mixing colours to achieve a colour and shade they need.

Despite all the different bears that we have found out about, we agreed that all bears are big, have furry bodies, ears on top of their heads and have small eyes. We have been exploring information books to find out some of these facts.

The children were amused by pictures of bears appearing to be chilling in water and also the cubs ability to climb trees when they sense danger.

We enjoyed our own bear hunt in the Nursery garden. We sang the refrain as we traveled towards the bear cave:

” We’re going on a bear hunt,

We’re going to catch a big one.

What a beautiful day!

We’re not scared.”

We swished through the grass, splashed through a deep and very cold river, stumbled over sticks before facing a snowstorm and finally finding the cave with a large bear inside and then turned and fled home.

We talked about whether it was a kind thing for the family to go on a bear hunt, especially with a dog and thought that the poor bear must have been really scared when they went into his cave.

“Would a bear make a good pet for children?” is a question we asked the children to think about and to decide what they thought about this. It proved an interesting platform to encourage the children to express a point of view and to provide explanations. Here are some of their replies:

“No because they have sharp teeth and can bite.” Annalisse tells us

“No because they are big and can jump up and bite.” William says.

“No because they are naughty and very big.” Eden says

“My cat would like a baby bear but not a grown up bear, so they would have to go.” Ivy tells her friends.

“Yes, big bear. Play with him and sleep in the trees.”Ariana said.

“Yes because they eat all the grass and can climb my trees.” Joseph said.

“No I wouldn’t like a big Grizzly Bear but I have got some milk at home to feed a cub. Calm bear that I would love stroking.” Caleb exclaims.

” Yes a small bear. Mammy and Daddy would like looking after it.” Luna tells us.

“No, they got very sharp teeth.” Brook says.

“Biggest, tallest giant bear sleeps on the road and wakes up when when the cars hoot their horns.” Darcie said.

We enjoyed having our snack outside this morning.

We read the story of the Enormous Turnip after struggling to pull some enormous weeds out of the garden. It was a good opportunity to talk about the forces that children can feel. We certainly felt the strain in our arms as we strained together to pull it out.

Eden made this brilliant train from blocks all by herself and was very happy to play on it with her friends.

Washing our toys outside was a very popular activity in the warm weather we have had this week.

The children take great care to ensure our plants have plenty of water everyday.

Mark making continues to be something that interests lots of children. We are trying to support them to form letters correctly by learning the rhymes associated with each new letter that we learn.

The house has been made into a wonderful bear cave, complete with tunnels.

Our Transport Topic

Our Transport Topic

This week we have started our new topic learning about journeys and transport.

We built car ramps to see which ones were fastest and would make the car go furthest.

I have used the drainpipe as a ramp.

This is our road we made.

We have been exploring the water tray, looking at boats and putting different creatures in.

We played with the car maps and used different vehicles.

We built a bus using the chairs and sang wheels on the bus.

We decided to go on a journey to the beach. We talked about how we got there, and gout our beach clothes on ready!

This is us having fun at the beach!