We have had an ‘egg’citing week full of Easter celebrations. The children have shared their knowledge about Shrove Tuesday, Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday from their RE learning this term. There have been discussions around the many ways that Christians and some of us celebrate at Easter time. We have enjoyed decorating and racing eggs, weaving nature and signs of Spring into our outdoor egg pictures, and we’ve enjoyed cooking and creating Easter nests.
In the continuous provision, the children have written recipes, recounts of their hot cross bun tasting as well as writing Easter cards for family and friends. It is wonderful to observe as the children see themselves as independent writers.
This week in maths, we have been consolidating number bonds to 10. The children have practiced recording number bonds using addition symbols, tallies and part-part-whole models. We have used practical objects to support our working out such as coloured keys, duplo and counters. We have also used songs for addition and subtraction problems such as ten green bottles.
We hope you have a great Easter break.
Mrs MacDonald and Mrs Nuthall.
In Easter this week, the children have continued their learning around Easter by creating an Easter Garden. Oak Class retold the Easter Story as they added objects to symbolise important parts of the story. We looked for signs of new life and noticed our blossom in the garden. We used paints and created our own blossom pictures using hand and fingerprints as we discussed signs of Spring.
Our focus in PE has been on co-ordination. The children took part in hopscotch, bean bag throwing and a game of mountains and valleys. They had to co-ordinate their bodies to turn the opposing teams cones to either a mountain or valley.
We have been learning the names for 3D shapes and describing their properties. We enjoyed playing ‘shapes in a bag’ where children had to choose a shape and describe its properties to the class for them to guess. Through song, we compared everyday objects and categorised them by shape.
To celebrate Ramadan, we read the book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns and learned about praying, the Qu ‘ran and mosques. The children made links between Islamic worship and the Christian worship and celebrations that we have explored so far this term in RE. Oak Class were particularly interested in the henna decoration of hands and feet and created their own henna pictures using paints and fine brushes.
What a brilliant week we have had joining in with the whole school's Science week.
On Monday, we had a fantastic trip to Newquay Zoo. The children had a brilliant time learning about the different animals, the scales of how endangered they were, and looking carefully to see what they could spot! The sleeping sloth was particularly tricky to see, but the penguins, warthogs and meerkats were happily playing for us all to see. The coach trip was a success and the children's behaviour was a real credit to you all - they were wonderful and have us planning our next trip already! Thank you to our lovely parent helpers.
On Tuesday morning, Mrs Cutler, a local vet, came to talk to us about her job role. We learnt about the important things animals need to stay healthy and happy, how to care for pets properly at home and when they may need help from a vet. She shared lots of interesting stories and photos about how vets assess animals, brought in scrubs for us to wear and we helped her to bandage and look after Oscar, the poorly Labrador.
On Tuesday afternoon, Alex, from Recycle Devon, came in to talk to use about recycling and composting. We learnt about what happens to our rubbish in the incinerator and how things can be reused and recycled. The children played some games acting as mini-beasts chomping on all sorts of food and garden waste, turning them into compost.
Our visit from Mrs Cutler left the children feeling inspired so they worked together to build their own imaginary veterinary surgery in the role-play area. The children applied their new knowledge to their play and worked co-operatively to create storylines.
In RE this week, the children revisited their prior learning of Shrove Tuesday, Lent and Palm Sunday. They made links between palm leaves, palm crosses and the crosses on hot cross buns. We explored the Easter story with a focus on Jesus’ resurrection. We linked this to growing and signs of spring. Through small world play, the children re-enacted the Easter Story with figures and blocks.
Our focus in maths this week has been 3D shape and pattern. The children compared the shapes of everyday objects and categorised them. We have made repeating patterns with our snack, in our funky finger challenges and within the outdoor area with natural objects.
This morning we enjoyed a visit from two police officers. The children took their fingerprints, dressed in uniform and visited a police car in the playground!
The story of Little Red Riding Hood was at the centre of our learning at the beginning of this week. We read the story, created a class story map, used stick figures to retell the story in a themed tuff tray, wrote 'sorry' or 'get well soon' cards for Grandma from the Wolf, and made a variety of foods and treats for Grandma's basket using playdough.
The children had a go at using paper and cardboard to create a basket suitable for Little Red Riding Hood to carry to her Grandma's house. We were very impressed that every child used their own ideas and worked independently, while sharing scissors and masking tape, to create their unique designs. As they are all suitable for purpose, the children are hoping to use them for an Easter egg hunt in a couple of weeks...
In maths this week, the children have been counting forwards and backwords, representing numbers nine and ten and subitising these numbers using tens frames. It has been wonderful to observe the independent exploration of number within the continuous provision. The children are recording their ideas in a variety of ways and have practised their number formation.
We had a break in this week! The cheeky Gingerbread Man left a trail of crumbs behind as he scurried through our classroom! The children had designed and built traps to try and catch him after immersing themselves in the traditional tale. Once we found evidence of his visit to Oak Class, the children searched for clues and wrote down their findings to share with Miss Penny.
We ended our week with a virtual visit from Rachel Morrisroe, author of the book THE DRAMA LLAMA. Rachel read the story to the class and the children took part in a quiz to assess their listening and comprehension. Oak Class were very engaged and did very well in the quiz!
"Whenever he was worried or whenever there was drama,
Alex Allen's brain produced . . .
A living breathing Llama!"
About the story - Alex Allen, like lots of children, sometimes worried about things - like dancing badly or getting an answer wrong in class. But unlike lots of children, every time he worries a real-life llama appears! And the more Alex worries, the bigger Llama grows... which starts getting him into all sorts of trouble!
After listening and discussing the story, the children were guided by the book’s illustrator and had a sketch tutorial in drawing their own llamas. The children concentrated intently and were enormously proud of their artistic creations.
Oak Class have enjoyed exploring our ‘Once upon a time’ traditional tales topic this week. We have explored Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk and The Three Little Pigs. We listened to the story, acted out the story using lollipop characters in our dolls house, role played, and wrote captions for pictures too.
Our writing has ranged from labelling pictures, writing recipes in the home corner to writing speech bubbles for characters from our traditional tales. The children designed houses for the three little pigs and built them using straw, sticks and bricks as in the story.
In PE, we followed two story-based yoga sessions, stretching our bodies and having some time to calm our brains and bodies too. In Friday’s PE session, we moved our bodies in a variety of ways based on a range of animal movements.
We worked collaboratively to create a large collage, each taking responsibility for different parts of a castle, and celebrated this together on our wider curriculum display board. The children engaged well and persevered, chose appropriate pictures and colours from magazines to snip and stick.
World book day was a big success. The children looked brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed immersing themselves in stories. We shared our favourite books and reasons why within a carpet session and the children listened and engaged with each other.
Have a great weekend.
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