Oak Class have had a great week back after their half term break. The children earned their final class reward nugget on Monday morning and were very excited to do some cooking, which timed well with Shrove Tuesday. The children followed the recipe, all had a go at adding ingredients and mixing and all flipped their pancake on to their plate before decorating.
In PE, we have been exploring jumping and landing safely within a space theme, learning the correct way to land jumps and different ways of moving and landing. The children enjoyed the space walking in their imaginary space suits.
In maths this week we have been learning about time. We set a number of time challenges throughout the week from how many keys threaded to how many laps the children were able to complete in 1 minute. We have discussed the times of day and the children enjoyed painting pictures of day and night activities. We have ordered the days of the week through stories and song. We particularly enjoyed the stories of Jasper’s Beanstalk, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mr Wolf’s Week.
Our Caterpillar story inspired the children to write captions from the book. After ordering the days of the week cards, they chose their favourite day from the book to write about. We also used fruits from the story to create repeating patterns by printing. We had an exciting arrival of frog spawn which sparked interest and conversation about lifecycles and habitats. We look forward to exploring this further as we learn about Spring and growing.
After cooking their pancakes on Tuesday for their nugget treat, the role-play area has turned into a pancake kitchen. The children have pretended to measure and pour ingredients, follow recipes and have created menus for their friends.
Next week we look forward to exploring some traditional tales. You can support your child at home by reading and familiarising with these classic stories. Some examples: Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs.
This half term has flown by, and we have finished our last week with lots of pirate fun in Oak Class! What a brilliant time we have all had exploring our model pirate ship and figures, reading lots of pirate stories at snack times and learning about pirates. We researched things that float and sink and appropriate resources for our DT project.
The children worked so hard drawing and designing their pirate ships, before making them using all sorts of recycled objects. Every ship was fantastic, and no two looked the same which was lovely to see. The best part was seeing each one float in the blue ‘sea’ outside!
In Maths, we have been learning about length and height, exploring different resources for measuring and comparing, using our mathematical language to explain. We have explored the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, made props from the story from playdough and ordered them by size. We took our maths learning outdoors and threw our sticks to measure the distance they travelled. We enjoyed the challenge of ordering sticks by length and we also ordered our class by shortest to tallest.
We worked together to design a masking tape maze for the remote-control cars to travel through. The children worked co-operatively and took turns to add their ideas to the group project. By the time it was completed, the maze had developed into North Tawton with brick buildings, a clock tower, a church and even numbered parking spaces! We enjoyed using ICT when programming the cars and predicting where they would end up.
What fun we have had going on aeroplane adventures at the beginning of this week. We have transformed our role play area to include a plane, pilots cockpit, travel information desk and check in area. The children have explored non-fiction books and travel magazines to choose their destination, made their own passports and filled in tickets in order to travel all over the world.
We have briefly learned about different countries that we could visit, where we may have gone on holiday before and appropriate things to pack. The children were really engaged in how the aeroplanes fly so we watched an information video about the control panels, how they work and the speed of planes.
In maths this week, we have been building on our earlier work on matching to find and make pairs. We found collections of items which come in pairs within our classroom. We progressed to combining two groups to find how many altogether. We used dominoes, five frames and duplo for combining groups.
In our SAINTS PE, the children have been focusing on their core stability and balance. They have been learning how to perform a forward roll safely. The large equipment, benches and cones were used to create an obstacle course circuit for children to build their confidence and challenge themselves safely.
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