This week not only have we been investigating the great playwright Shakespeare but we have also been celebrating National Science Week with a total of 5 experiments conducted throughout the week.
We focused on A Midsummer Nights Dream and read an e-book version from the Cebeebies story app. The children were amazed by the story which saw everyday characters mixed in with the fairy folk of the forest. We looked in detail at the characters of Oberon, Titania, Puck and Nick Bottom. We even made a potion with magical ingredients!
One of our Science investigations was to see how plants use their shoots to drink water all the way
to their petals using food colouring. We also set up an experiment to see what happens to food left out over a period of time and we are continuing to grow our beans and sunflowers.
What a fantastic postponed World Book Day we had on Monday! Thank you for all your wonderful costumes and don't forget that Friday of Week 5 is dress up for Shakespeare week.
We have all planted our magic beans and some have even began to grow shoots. The children have been measuring and recording the heights of their beans, some have also been talking to them helping them to grow big and strong.
We have also been busy in our supermarket and restaurant with some lovely role play happening, taking turns and helping each other.
We hope you enjoyed your Mothers Day card, the children worked very hard with their message and decorating it all by themselves and we hope you had a nice cup of tea!
This week we have explored magic beans, planting them and predicting what they might grow into. The children also planted cress and are eagerly waiting to watch it grow. In maths we have been looking at money starting with 1p, singing songs and buying items in our role play shop.
A reminder that P.E. Is on a Thursday and running shoes are needed everyday for the mile run. Watch the video below of Unicorn class enjoying Go Noodle. You can do these songs at home at www.gonoodle.com
Please look at the letter in our folder FS2 titled 'Growing'. It has some information regarding this terms topic and the activities we are planning to do.
Wow! What a busy week we have had in Unicorn class. We as a school looked at a Woman in Science and our Scientist was Alessandra Giliani, and she was one of the first scientists to explore the anatomy of the body. As we have been learning about people who help us and doctors featured heavily we made an x-Ray of either our feet or hands to show what Allesndra might have found all those years ago.
We also have been learning about Chinese New Year and the story behind the 12 animals in their zodiac. We wrote Chinese numerals in maths and measured Chinese dragons with rulers to see who was the longest and shortest.
We shared out topic celebration with Year 3 who also have been learning about China. We had activities involving building the Great Wall of China and using chop sticks to pick up ice cubes and making spring rolls with rice and vegetables. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us.
This week we had two special visitors come into school. PC Emma and PC Andy, our local Police support officers. They explained their role and let us try on their uniform and we even got to sit in their Police car!
We also went and checked on our bird feeders we put out last Friday and were delighted to see the feeders being used by the birds.
In maths we have been practising writing numbers and counting one more and one less from a number up to 10.
This week we continued with weighing in Maths and we also began looking at measuring height. We measured each other with border roll to see who was the tallest and shortest in the class. We also made predictions before putting the roll up on the wall.
We noticed that there did not seem to be many birds flying around. We thought they might not be getting very much food as it is winter so on Thursday we made bird feeders with wool and cereal and during Forest Friday we hung them out for the birds.
Next week we have a special visitor coming in talk to us about how they help us - keep posted for who they are!
This week we have been reading the 3 little pigs story out loud as a class as Mrs Jenkins' voice was not at its best! The children have been identifying capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamtion marks all found in the story along with speech marks.
During our P.E. lesson on Thursday we explored shape through gymnastics with Miss Hagley. See the pictures below and try to guess which shapes the children are ...
This week we started our new topic, 'People Who Help Us'. We thought of all the people that help us from when we wake up until we go to bed - we had some very interesting findings (pizza man was spoken of more than once!).
In Maths we have been investigating weight and capacity. Balancing the scales and predicting the weight of different sized and shaped objects. On the IWB the children have been solving problems and ordering numbers to 20 out of sequence.
Our guided reading book this week has been 'The 3 Little Pigs'. We have been focusing on setting and how the story is structured and will be building our own houses next week.
Happy New Year!!!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. This term our topic is all about 'People Who Help Us'. We are hoping to have some visitors in to talk to the children about how they help us in our day to day lives.
A reminder that every Thursday is P.E.day so kit needs to be in school for then and also a pair of either daps or trainers for our daily run.
Reading books - we have had some children collect their 30 read prize from Mr Allen and are well on their way to their next 30 reads. Please can you ensure your child's reading book is in school each day as we share the books and need to rotate so each child has read all the books before moving on to the next stage.
We will be sending home books with words in and the children will know how to read these as the words in them are being taught during our Phonic and Reading lessons in class so sit back and enjoy a story!
Mrs Jenkins and Miss Swift
Unicorn class wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We have been doing some festive counting on top marks recognising numerals to 15. The web address is www.topmarks.co.uk this is a free resource that we use on the big interactive board and iPads. A handy website if the children want to look over the holiday period.
Another busy week even with a snow day at the beggining! We have been re telling the Christmas story in Literacy and in Maths we have been recognising numbers to 20 and writing the corresponding numerals using number lines.
We participated in the school spelling bee for the first time this week with great success. Most of the class asked to take part and they all did really well using our phonics and writing some very tricky words.
The whole school trip to the cinema was especially lovely this week with Unicorn class behaving and enjoying the film 'Wonder'. We will as a whole school be doing follow up work with reference to the film and book that has been read to the children during assembly.
Thursday afternoon was another topic celebration and thank you to all who came to see what we have been learning with a bit of Christmas thrown in.
This week has been amazing in FS2! We performed our Nativity twice, once to the whole school and then to all our parents and carers. The children worked really hard for their performance especially as the majority of them had the previous term froze when up on stage. The singing and acting was fantastic and they really enjoyed putting on the costumes and showing everyone what they can do.
Following on with the Christmas theme during one of our carpet sessions we asked the question 'Who is God?' Each child had their own ideas and sat and listened as we went around the class. From this discussion the term Christingle was mentioned and the children showed an interest in finding out more about this term. We searched online and found out lots of information and made our own versions of the Christingle. Look at the pictures below to see our creations.
Just a reminder that next Wednesday 13th December we will be joining the rest of the school on a trip to the cinema to watch the film 'Wonder'. Parts of the story has been read to the children during assembly and after watching the film activities will be completed to reinforce the theme of the story.
Also can children please make sure that they have a pair of daps or trainers in school each day for our mile run and that P.E. kits are in school for a Thursday, thank you.
WOW!!! What a busy week we have had in Unicorn Class! This week saw the children designing their boats after testing out what will float and what will sink last week. They then built their boats ready to test to see if they have indeed built a floating boat?
We have also been adding two groups of objects together to find the total in Maths and adding one more with chocolate playdough.
Our Nativity performance is looking fantastic and we look forward to seeing all of you next Tuesday 5th December. Tickets are available from Mrs Hughes and Mrs Embling in the school office.
This week we have been practicing the songs for the Nativity and read through our lines in the classroom. We also finished reading Hansel and Gretel during guided reading which saw us changing the names of the characters and the setting.
In Maths we have been counting groups of objects up to 20 and sometimes matching the corresponding numeral to the quantity.
Science this week was our floating and sinking experiment which saw us testing out our predictions in the water tray.
We now have a rail for the Nativity costumes so if you have a costume for your child then you are welcome to send it into school named ready for big day!
We are really enjoying being Scientists and this week Mrs Jenkins bought in some water beads and the children predicted what might happen when we added water. We are also enjoying our Transport topic and have been labeling cars with their many parts and using our Phase 2 sounds to help sound out the parts.
Story at the end of the day has been eagerly anticipated as we have been reading a chapter book about a brother and sister and a magic treehouse that takes them on exciting adventures. There are not too many pictures in these books but we have been imagining what the characters have been getting up to!
Friday was Pudsey day and we all had great fun bringing in our teddies for a day at school and dressing in our pj's.
Tuesday we predicted what we thought would happen to the sweets Skittles when we added water as part of our Science. Wednesday we worked in groups and slowly added small amounts of water to our bowls of Skittles. The results were amazing. The children loved watching the sweets change colour and the changes to the water. Watch the videos to see the magic happen!
This week we have also been thinking about Remembrance Day and the significance of the Poppy. We were very lucky to have Miss Perre come into our class and show us her Grandfather's medals, beret, belt and photographs from when they both were soldiers. We printed our own field of poppies using corks and cotton buds.
This week we have read the book 'Sparks in the sky' during guided reading. This story follows the adventure of Bo and her first Bonfire night. We also investigated pumpkins with the children predicting what we would find inside when we cut them open. They all thought there would be seeds and I predicted sweets!!! The children were very impressed that they were correct. Next weeks' Science involves Skittles so watch this space. In Maths we have been ordering numbers up to 10 out of order and practicing counting backwards and forwards to 10 from any given number. We also compared the Hindu festival of Diwali and Bonfire night as they both involve fireworks. We have discussed our Nativity, which you are all invited to. Your child's role will be sent home next week.
We had a very busy first term. We explored the changes happening with the change of season. We read and acted out the story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. In Maths we practiced counting objects to 5 and writing the numerals 1-5.
Welcome to Reception Class
What a fantastic first day of school we all had and how lovely it was to see so many of our class dressed up! Our film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and during the day we read the story and spoke about the many different characters in the story. Some of us painted paper plates to look like our faces dressed up.
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