The Great Switch Off
On Friday 31st March, we took part in our Trust Event, The Great Switch Off! For the afternoon, we turned off all of the electricity in our school including the lights, computers and speakers. We discussed the importance of saving electricity for our planet. We spoke about different ways that we could reduce our use of electricity and if there are any alternatives to using electricity. During the Great Switch Off, we played outdoors and made music with the pots and pans, we sorted items into those that require electricity and those that do not, we planted some seeds in our forest area and did some mindfulness colouring. We had a fantastic afternoon and helped to save our Earth.
World Book Day
The children celebrated world Book Day by dressing as their favourite book characters and taking part in lots of great activities and games.
British Science Week
To celebrate British Science Week, we explored the connections within our Spring Topic. We talked about how as weather gets warmer we start to see changes in our environment and a period of growth begins.
We identified some different types of flowers that grow during Spring. Spring has lots of sunshine and lots of rain, and plants need both of those things to grow. We discussed what different parts a flower has and talked about what job each part has. We then connected the different parts of a flower together to create our own plant and labelled real plants in our outdoor area. We conducted an experiment: ‘Changing Colours’, using plants and food dye to observe how water travels through the different parts of the plant. We discussed how to make it a fair test, by using the same amount of water and dye and giving the flowers the same amount of time in the dye.
DT - Fruit Tasting
This half term, we have been reading Handa’s surprise. We have discussed how the environment in the story is different to the Arctic and why it might be different (due to where the countries are on the globe in relation to the sun). We tasted some African fruits from the story and discussed how they looked, felt and tasted. We wrote all about the fruits in our literacy sessions. We have also looked at what a healthy diet consists of.
We looked at an image of Earth and thought about how we could identify the land and the sea and we then worked together to create our own collaged globe.
Some of us knew about the other planets in our Solar System and we had a go at creating our own 3D earth using paper plates and homemade foam paint.
We used Google Earth to explore different regions before finally identifying England. We talked about what a country is and how it is made up of many smaller cities and towns; some of us knew the names of some towns and cities in England. Many of us knew we lived in Droylsden so we looked closer at this area on the map to help us understand our local area.
This year, Reception performed 'Whoopsie Daisy Angel'. The children worked so hard practicing their lines and the songs. They really enjoyed performing for the school and their grown-ups and made everyone very proud! Well done Reception.
For Remembrance Day, we discussed what we remember every year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We spoke about why we wear poppies on our clothes and found out that they grew on the fields where the soldiers once fought. We were very proud to take part in the silence at eleven o’clock and took this time to think about how lucky we are and to think about the soldiers that fought for our country. We painted a poppy field by printing flower shapes using different materials. We also did some observational art by looking at some poppies and then painting them.
As part of our Autumn topic, we read the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. We looked at a set of instructions about how to make pumpkin soup and discussed what the ingredients were and how to make it. Finally, we tasted some homemade pumpkin soup! Some children said that it was delicious, but others thought that it was yucky!
During the first half term, our topic was Autumn. We read the story ‘Leaf Man’ and created our very own leaf men using loose parts and real Autumn leaves that we found in our playground. We discussed that we celebrate Harvest and Halloween during Autumn. We found out that during Autumn, the leaves turn yellow, orange, red and brown, and that they fall off the trees. We created our own Autumn collages for Harvest, using Autumn colours.
During our first week at school, we created some self portraits. We discussed how we all look different to each other, but also how some people have similar features (for example, brown eyes). We looked in the mirror to identify which colours we needed for our hair, skin and eyes, and to know how to paint our different features. Take a look!
This week we read the Gingerbread man story and looked at different recipes. We discussed how a recipe tells us how to make something. We wrote our own gingerbread recipe in our writing books and followed the recipe to make our own gingerbread men! Take a look, they were delicious!
RE - Easter
This week, we learned all about the Easter story. We discussed that eggs may represent new life, as Jesus was resurrected, or it may symbolise the rock that covered his cave. We made some Easter cards with chicks on them to represent new life. We then made Easter baskets for our egg hunt. We also got to taste some hot cross buns! We discussed that the cross represents the cross that Jesus died on and that people eat them at Easter time.
We have enjoyed learning about 2D shapes. We described the properties of the shapes and even went on a shape hunt in our classroom. We then used our knowledge to decorate a Christmas Tree.
Children in Need
We learned that BBC Children in Need is a charity that helps children all over the UK to keep children safe and happy. Pudsey Bear is a very special friend to BBC Children in Need. Pudsey Bear loves to see everyone having fun and helping to raise money. For Children in Need day, the children in our school dressed up in their pyjamas to raise money. This money is all used to make children’s lives better and happier. We painted some spots on Pudsey’s bandanna, completed a colour by number Pudsey and designed some cakes that could be sold to raise money for Children in Need. We also did a dance with Pudsey which was lots of fun!
During the Autumn Term, we learnt about Diwali; the Hindu festival of light. We learned all about the story of Rama and Sita, and enjoyed writing about them in Literacy. We made Diwali cards, created our own Mendhi and Rangoli patterns, and even made diva lamps! We looked at a recipe to make salt dough and then followed the instructions. We had to roll, pinch and squash the salt dough to make a diva lamp shape. We then painted our diva lamps in bright colours and added some glitter.
On the last day of the half term, we had a Halloween party in our classroom! We all dressed up as something spooky and had a fantastic time dancing with our friends. We created our own pumpkin treats to take home and to share with our grown-ups.
Elmer- we are all unique:
Our topic during Autumn 1 is ‘all about me’. We have been discussing how we are all unique and that nobody is the same. We talked about what makes us special, what talents we have and what things we like as all of these things make us who we are. We have been reading the Elmer story and spoke about how Elmer is different to all of the other elephants because he is patchwork. We created our very own patchwork people to represent that we are all different, as each design is unique.
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