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!
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