Wow, what a lot of learning. Chinese New Year! As part of learning about diversity, the wider community and customs and traditions , we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We were lucky enough to have Yuxiang and his Mum to help us understand more about the celebrations connected to this wonderful occasion.
Finding out about the Chinese zodiac.
Looking at different Chinese decorations.
Yuxiang handed his friends a window decoration.
Decorative New Year messages.
Yuxiang's New Year outfit.
What a young girl would wear.
Yuxiang 's mum, Su's beautiful jacket.
Learning to say Happy New Year and congratulations in Mandarin.
Tasting Chinese food and using chopsticks!
Key stage 2 performed a dragon dance followed by a fan dance by one of our Chinese visitors.
After lunch , our parents joined us to watch a dragon dance and to make some Chinese decorations. We made beautiful lanterns, fans and some dancing dragons.
Practising counting and our fine motor skills by counting out the correct number of 'dumplings' into the bowls.
Healthy Me! We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy. Jane , our school cook, and her catering team did a healthy eating quiz with us and made us some delicious, healthy fruit kebabs and a fruit smoothy. We learned that some drinks you buy have far too much sugar! We also learned about different food groups and that we should eat between 5 - 10 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. A portion is the size of your own fist.
We have been learning about exercising to keep healthy too. We have been running the ' daily mile' at the beginning of the school day
Some children took part in a school ' P.E. Wall of Fame' assembly. They talked about the sports they do outside of school.
Steven does trampolining.
Violet and Phoebe are gymnasts.
Yuxiang has achieved a swimming award.
Oliver is a swimmer and gymnast.
Rielle is a gymnast.
Recognising and writing numbers.
Learning addition through play.
Learning about and joining in with customs and traditions.
We learned about and made Christingles.
We learned about why we celebrate Christmas, and what Christians believe happened when baby Jesus was born through stories , songs , dancing and enjoyed performing the Nativity.
We wrapped presents , sent cards, had a Christmas lunch together and finally celebrated with a party. We danced , played games and then had some party food with our friends.
Meeting Father Christmas was very exciting!
Alongside all the Christmas fun, we have been revising our phonics learning. Rielle and Toby have enjoyed making some short videos for you to see how we learn each letter sound.
A host of heavenly angels .
Waiting for their big moment to perform.
A visit from Santa. Santa popped by to say hello and to check that the children have been making good choices. The children and grown ups were so excited .
Parent Christmas Workshop. Thank -you to the parents that attended our afternoon of Christmas activities . It was lovely for the children to have you in class and supporting them with their cutting, folding ,sticking and clay moulding skills. Thanks also for your positive feedback.
Our Autumn Welly Walk.
Toby was a fantastic Autumn detective. " I found a red, orange , yellow, brown and a green one." ( leaf) "They were green because it was summer. "
Joseph showed us the leaves he had found." "I found a yellow leaf that's going brown and I got a red one. It was in the den. It's going to die soon."
Rielle told us , " I found 5 coloured leaves. Autumn is fun scrunching the leaves . This one has got spots on it. They are brown because they are going to die."
Yuxiang said ," Autumn is crunchy outside. This leaf has changed to black and yellow. " Charlie said, " It was windy and cold. I found red, green, yellow, brown and one that's brown with yellow on the other side." Phoebe noticed some changes. "I found leaves and daisies. My leaves are orange and red. It has spots. It was green . It's not now it's changed." Phoenix predicted that his leaf would die and go crunchy . " It's got too much sun. "
As part of our learning about our senses we made some tasty sandwiches. As well as having fun we improved our fine motor skills by spreading butter and cutting the bread.Whilst spreading and cutting we learned some maths too. We learned how to cut our sandwiches in 2 equal halves and explored what happened if we halved it again. How many pieces would we have? Finally we got to eat them up . Yum ,tasty!
Concentrating on spreading.
Great halving Rielle.
Thinking carefully about cutting in half
We have been learning maths through our play in lots of different ways. The Owls wanted to have a hairdresser role play area. Whilst playing, the children have been learning number recognition using the till and phone. They have also been using the language of money, charging some quite expensive prices. " This one is £61 pounds ," one child said as they sold me some shampoo! Through their play they have been asking their customers , " What hair do you want.?" They looked through a style book and picked long or short styles, adding to their understanding of length and measure.
The children have been enjoying learning more maths concepts through our Goldilocks role play too. They have been comparing big, middle sized, and small as they set the table for the bear's breakfast. As part of adult led learning the children used unifix cubes to make and measure the sizes of the three bear's beds.
October 2018 In literacy ,we have been learning about The Gingerbread Man . We have been listening to and re-telling the story.
We have also been learning about our senses. We used our sense of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste to make some of our very own gingerbread men. We learned lots of new words to describe the textures of the ingredients as we mixed them together. We looked at how the ingredients changed and noticed how they smelled as we mixed and baked them. Best of all, we got to taste them. " They tasted good to the last crumb."
Welcome to the new Owls and Puffins! We have been making new friends and exploring our new environment.
Exploring the darkness in the Spider-Man den .
Enjoying light and dark using torches.
Developing friendships through small world play.
Performing with friends.
Taking turns .
Enjoying a game together.
Phoebe loves unicorns and did this great picture.
Grouping the jungle animals in sets.
Fun at the Farm ! We were all very excited to visit Longdown Farm. The weather was great and we had an amazing day.
Rabbits and Guinea Pigs.
A tractor ride was a firm favourite. It was a bumpy ride which made us giggle.
We saw a donkey and some horses.
We fed some hungry goats. They tried to nibble everything!
We gave the baby goats a bottle of milk each.
Our job as farmers for the day included collecting the eggs and taking them to the farm shop to be sold.
Continuing with our 'People Who Help Us ' topic, we have been learning about Vets and caring for animals. We have been lucky enough to have a parent who is a vet and she was kind enough to use her day off to visit us and show us some ways in which vets help animals. We all took part in some exciting and informative activities. Thanks again to our supportive parents and their colleagues in helping us learn.
The Vets .
Preparing for surgery!
You need gloves to stop infection.
Ready to operate.
Being a vet.
Using tweezers to operate and remove some bones.
Concentrating on operating.
Working as a team .
Learning about animals teeth.
Learning about worming and worms!
The children learned that animals can often get injuries such as cuts and broken bones. They practised bandaging some toy animals using sticky backed bandages.
As part of our 'People Who Help Us' theme, we were very lucky to have several parents from the armed forces visit us to share what they do to help keep our country a safe place to live and grow up in. Mr. White , a medic in the army, Mr. Goodey, a policeman in the Royal Air Force and Mr. Cook , a chief in the Royal Navy did us proud with some great displays, resources and uniforms to explore and try out. We had great fun and learned a lot too. A big thank you to all three dads!
3 forces working together.
A typical camp.
Navy transporting army medics to set up camp
Mr. White talked to us about the life of an army medic. He told us about how they need to stay strong and healthy in order to be able to help others. When on a deployment , the armed forces have a box of food to last them a day. These are some of the things they have to eat and drink.
Being a medic, Mr. White has to help people who are sick or injured. The medics have to set up a hospital but in big tents. They have to save lives, mend broken bones and clean and bandage wounds. The children got to see some of the equipment used and have a go at being medics saving lives!
Checking a heart beat.
Applying pressure to prevent bleeding.
Wearing heavy helmets to protect the head .
Wearing body armour to prevent injuries.
Mr. Goody, a policeman in the RAF told us about how he helps to keep the ' Rule of Law' within the armed forces. He has to ensure everyone is making good choices and when a crime has been committed he has to look for clues to solve the crime!
The children were given surgical hats, gloves and bandages and had a go at bandaging their injured friends!
Mr. Cook , a chief in the Royal Navy and a colleague arrived at school carrying a massive box. Everyone was so excited to see what was inside.
An AVC that scans the sea bed searching for mines!
Mr . Cook explained that mines are underwater bombs that blow ships up. The AVC searches for them and destroys them before they can blow up the ships.
It can be programmed to search the sea bed for several hours. The children had a go at using the remote control to operate it and make the propellers move.It also has a light.
When we got back to class , Jacob and Archie both made a great model of the AVC .
Jack is a nickname for a sailor.
Jack speak- Sausages are snorkels!
A meal is scram
Salt is sea dust
Friend is oppo
Hot is reddens
Learners are sprogs
Toilet is heads
P.C.S.O. Kieran and P.C. Rogers visited the Owls and Puffins to help us learn about one of the British values . The children learn about , 'The Rule of Law ' and also about occupations through a ' Peple Who Help Us' theme.
A police uniform and the different uses.
Different hats. This one is used on the beat!
A new recruit.
Wearing some body armour!
W. P. C. Phoebe wearing the hat used in the car.
Explaining the uses of the walkie talkie.
P.C. Rogers explained about finger prints!
Learning about different forms of evidence.
Hampshire police have the biggest hat badge!
We took our prints and looked at the lines.
Looking at how police arrest people!
Using big Velcro strips to bind hands.
Being hand cuffed!
Collecting evidence in a notebook.
Communicating a crime to a colleague.
Using 'arresting language'.
Finding out about markings on a police car.
Markings can be seen from the air.
Cars have special lights at the sides .
Backwards writing ! Mirror image.
At last, Spring is here! We went on a Spring walk and noticed our beautiful blossom tree.
Easter Week. We started our week with a snowy day and the children made the most of exploring and having fun!
Skarlett noticed these icicles!
Easter Week . We learned about the Easter story using the concept word of 'Remembering'. We talked about the things we remember and how we remember them. This led into our learning about how Christians remember Jesus at Eastertime. We started the Easter story when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people placed their coats on the ground and waved palm leaves. The children acted this out and then made a palm leaf to help them remember this.The next part was about Good Friday and that Jesus died on the cross. The children made a hot cross bun as a symbol to help them remember this.
We then had a taste of a hot cross bun. Yummy!
During his choosing time Archie drew a picture and wrote about his learning.
Finally, we learned about the resurrection and that Jesus came back to life. We made an Easter egg to help us remember this!
We have put all of our symbols on a card to send to our families at Easter.
Easter competition. Wow , what an awesome effort. The children were very excited about the competition and displayed their creations with pride.
Family day. Parents joined us in making some Easter crowns and baskets.
Book Week. Our book for book week was The Gruffalo. We enjoyed reading the story every day and did lots of literacy , maths and creative activities based on it. Take a look at our great Gruffalo Models!
Painting and collage .
Choosing colours carefully
Paying attention to detail.
Concentrating and using fine motor skills
Showing a high level of engagement .
Exploring texture and choosing purposefully.
Reading for pleasure. During book week we enjoyed chilling out with a book to read in a quiet place with comfy cushions .
Solving maths challenges .The children were given pictures of the animal homes and had to solve a mathematical problem . They had to find out how many nuts mouse would need to leave 1 nut in each of the homes. They then had to solve how many nuts if he left 2 nuts, 3 nuts and 4 nuts!
Healthy Me! Healthy eating. We talked about what foods the children thought were healthy and not healthy and why. Jane our school cook and Hampshire Caterers came in to explain about and encourage the children to eat a variety of healthy foods. We looked at the eat-well plate food groups . The caterers had a full sized skeleton to show the children what bones look like . He was a big hit but we decided he needed to eat a bit more! They took part in a fun food quiz and we finished off by having tasty , delicious fruit smoothies and fruit kebabs! Yummy!
A display about how much sugar is in drinks!!
Healthy bones and teeth.
The Eat Well Plate.
Jane reveals shocking sugar facts!
Talking about snacks and fat.
A fun quiz to help learn food facts.
Delicious, healthy fruit smoothies.
The kebabs were a big favourite and healthy.
Healthy Me! We are learning about how to keep our bodies healthy. We started with healthy exercise. We chatted about how we keep ourselves healthy and then we had a visit from Sally Serridge , a P.E. Specialist. Sally talked about the importance of exercising every day and did some dancing with us. She then talked about aspirations in P.E. and about pracitsing everyday to become really good at things.
Sally, our P.E. Specialist.
Talking about aspirations and being your best self
Sally is a javelin champion and has medals.
Dancing to keep fit.
Fitting in with healthy exercise, we were lucky enough to be invited to St . Vincent College to watch an awesome vaulting display! The students helped walk the children to the venue and thrilled us with their acrobatics!
St.Vincent Vaulting Display
Moving in different ways on apparatus.
A visit from Rachel the guide dog.
The children were very well behaved when Rachel visited. They learned about how Rachel helps her owner to be independent and how she communicates dangers.
Happy New Year! Feeling refreshed after the Christmas holiday the children were straight back into their learning. As part of our Understanding the World learning, they have been learning about the Season of Winter.
Exploring ice, developing vocabulary .
Noticing changes and describing what's happening.
Developing early scientific concepts .
We were being scientists.
We had red, blue and yellow salty water.
We explored the ice.
We used pipettes to squirt the ice.
We made observations about what was happening.
Big holes formed.
The coloured salty water went inside.
The colours mixed together and made new colours.
Saharthan loved using the pippettes.
Our ice caverns looked amazing.
We found out that salt is good at melting ice.
Learning about Celebrations! The children are beginning to learn about diversity in a simple way. We chatted about which celebrations we participate in and the children explained the ways in which they celebrate. They listened to each other and noticed that most children celebrate their birthday in the same ways but also in different ways.
Some celebrate by having a birthday cake.
We made jelly for our party.
We had balloons and banners.
We made party hats to wear at the party.
We danced and played musical statues.
Celebrations - Christmas. The children were very excited about Christmas coming. In literacy we learned the Christmas story and that Christians believe that Jesus was a special baby and that he is the son of God. As part of this topic they wrote letters to Father Christmas, enjoyed having Elf on the Shelf in the classroom , wrapped gifts , made decorations and learned songs for our Christmas production! We had a very busy time learning things across all areas of the curriculum!
We made Christingles and took them to a special assembly.
We dressed up as Angels .
We learned the Christmas story.
We told the story by singing songs.
We put on a show.
At the end of term we celebrated by having a Christmas party. We wore our party clothes, Father Christmas came and gave everyone a gift, we danced, played games and had some lovey party food!
Pudsey Fun! We enjoyed dressing up and also learned that not all children have the things they need to grow up happy and healthy and that we can help them by giving a little money.
Take a look at the Owls , oops I mean bears!
The whole school enjoyed a performance by Open Box.
They were learning about the importance of telling and sharing stories.
As part of our harvest celebrations, we read the story of the Little Red Hen. We learned about wheat growing and that it is turned into flour to make bread. Next we made our own bread. It was yummy!