A very busy week in Whitebeam Class. We had a lovely trip to the church to look at the Christmas Trees and listen to a story called 'Little Owl and the Star'. We have also watched 2 Christmas plays and performed our own play twice (once to parents / carers and once as a dress rehearsal).
Please have a look at the photos of our trip below.
See you all on Monday for a fun-packed final week of term!
A delightful week in Whitebeam Class beginning with special guests Stevie and Squeakers (the school guinea pigs) and finishing with a trip to Forest School with some wild flower planting thrown in. Forest school went really well and the children loved it - thanks for your patience at the end of the day - I will make sure I bring the children back to school a little earlier next time to make sure they have plenty of time to get changed back into their uniforms! Thanks so much to the parents who came to help this afternoon.
The children have been writing lists in Santa's Workshop and making Christmas cards for each other - I was really impressed with the thought and effort that went into them - well done Whitebeam. We have also been working on our Christmas Play and we can't wait to show you - our first performance is next Friday! (Make sure you buy tickets in advance from the school office, if you are planning on coming to see us).
We also went to a fantastic keyboard and trumpet assembly, a singing assembly and a celebration assembly. I am sure Whitebeam Class will need a good night's sleep after this busy week!
Have a great weekend
This week we had some really good news...we are going to be able to start Forest School again in a new site in the park, which will be maintained by the council. Although our original site was near to school, it was quite slippery and provided less opportunities for den building and tree climbing. The new site will be great and we will make our first trip there this term before Christmas. More details on this at the beginning of next week.
In school we have looked at Chinese New Year (part of our topic on special times and festivals).
The children made some amazing lanterns and even painted some authentic looking Chinese characters on them! They also made fans and the great wall from junk modelling resources. In Maths we looked briefly at ordinal numbers (1st 2nd 3rd) as part of the great race between the animals in the Chinese zodiac. We also looked at money through a fantastic book that we borrowed from nursery called 'The Great Pet Sale'. The outdoor area had a pet shop in it this week.
We painted our Diwa lamps from last week - they look great and will be ready to go home on Monday. Have a look at the pictures of them below.
Have a great weekend
This week we celebrated Diwali (actual festival was last week) and the children were treated to a puppet show of the Rama and Sita story. Thank you so so much to Archana for coming in and sharing the story with the children. We carefully coloured intricate Rangoli patterns and explored symmetry in other Hindu patterns. We also studied symmetry in nature and some of us made symmetrical butterflies. We made Indian sweets with Ms Denny and practised our reading with Miss Pyburn. We have been singing songs from our Christmas play 'A Miracle in Town'. In Literacy we are consolidating the sounds we have learnt so far (satpinmdgockeurbflhjvwx) and we will continue with this next week, spending more time on the skills of segmenting and blending sounds in words. We also sang the song 'Down by the bay' to explore rhyme - it was very popular and children enjoyed taking it in turns to lead this call and response song with the rest of the class. Video to follow shortly in videos section!
There are a few pictures from this week, including one of Ravana the 10-Headed Demon in the Rama and Sita puppet show.
See you all next week - take care
This week we have learned about Remembrance Day, made poppies, visited the hall for our first Friday Celebration Assembly, dressed up as our heroes for Children and Need and much more (I was supposed to be David Attenborough, in case anyone was wondering). In maths we practised finding the total of two groups of objects by counting all of them and in small groups we practised writing numerals and find In literacy we learnt new sounds j v w and x and played games such as phonics Bingo, feeeding Metal Mike the Robot and i-spy.
We are trying out a sofa in our loft area and so far it has proved to be a popular and cosy place to sit and read (see photo below).
Finally, thank you so much for getting involved with Children in Need and making the effort to help your children dress up as their heroes for the day. They looked amazing - see photo below.
Have a lovely weekend
Week Commencing 2.11.15
Welcome back everyone!
Whitebeam have settled back into the new term and have been really enthusiastic about their learning. We have had great fun exploring shape in Maths this week...we went on a shape hunt for 2D shapes in the classroom and we made 2D shapes on the playground using giant loops of string. We have also learnt lots of 3D shape names and have been spotting 3D shapes in a Danny Macaskill stunt bike video called 'Imaginate'. Have a look in our class videos section and see how many 3D shapes you can spot him riding over!
In literacy we learnt the sounds f b h and l and we practised writing the letters a, o and c in our handwriting books. This week was the first time we used them and we were all amazing! We concentrated really well and cracked open a set of brand new chubby pencils for the occasion!
We learnt about Guy Fawkes at the start of the week and we have been making fireworks on our creative table. Some of us also had a go at getting marbles out of ice balloons in the outside area! As a special treat this Friday, we all visited the sensory room in small groups and everybody loved it. We would all like to go back their soon!
Check out the pictures below
Have a great weekend