It has been lovely to get to know the children a bit more today!
We stared the day with how we can persuade people to read and enjoy reading by creating quotes to display in our new reading area. After this, the children wrote a message in a bottle because they were stranded on a desert island. The children also completed a maths activity involving partitioning numbers and this afternoon ordered periods of history on a timeline. We’ve realised that compared to all the previous years there have ever been, the children haven’t been around for very long at all!
Im looking forward to teaching Sharks fully in September!
Year 1 Swallows arrived today to a camp site set up in their classroom! After a lengthy discussion and speculation about who might have done it, it came to light it was Russell from the film Up. He is hoping to become a a Senior Wilderness Explorer but the strong Manchester winds had blown some of his pages from his notebook away. So, it was up to the children to use orienteering skills to locate the missing pages. They all gained their orienteering badge which they put on their sashes they made too.
This afternoon the children have started researching one of the names in Russell’s notebook, Sir Ernest Shackleton. They have learnt so far that he was a polar explorer, wanting to be the first to cross Antarctica from one end to the other. He travelled on a ship called Endurance that became ice packed but we don’t know yet whether he was successful…
“Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs!”
Nursery have had a fantastic first week back exploring rhyme through the very silly but funny story ‘Oi Frog!’ by Kes Gray.
To name a few of this week’s activities, the children have been….
– Matching rhyming pairs in reading time
– Counting frogs onto numbered lily pads
– Painting the five green speckled frogs
– Junk modelling objects for the animals to sit on
– Working in pairs to create an animal scene on the laptops
– Creating their own ‘Oi Frog’ rhyming books!
In Reception we have been learning the story of the Little Red Hen. We have been using lots of story language, actions and voices – ask us to tell you the story at home! To link with this story we have been weighing flour, kneading bread in the bakery, making masks and acting out the story on the stage outside and making moving windmills. We have also tasted and compared lots of different breads from around the world – bagels, brioche, naan bread, ciabattas and tortillas.
We have also loved watching our eggs hatch and meeting our baby chicks!! It has been a brilliant first week back.
We’re going on a bear hunt…We’re going to catch a big one…and what a beautiful day it was! Nursery had a wonderful time on their bear hunt trip to Bring Yer Wellies!
First we met Ricky and Barney, Melissa and Nigel’s horses, before heading inside to play on their ‘beach’ in the greenhouse.
Then we learnt all about the senses of an animal and how they are much stronger than our own! We split into group to complete sensory challenges; we listened to each other’s heartbeats using super hearing, read tiny words using our super eyesight through magnifying glasses and sniffed wellies to guess the objects using our super sense of smell!
After this is was time for a bear hunt! We split into teams to use a map to navigate around the sight and collect objects. At first, we were a little disappointed as there was no bear to be seen! That was until we spotted a furry figure by the pond, sat on a toadstool playing a guitar!
After lunchtime, the children got the chance to work as a team to build dens in the woods and then race each other to jingle the bell as quick as they could! Lastly in our teams, we made cork boats to race along the brook. Speedy, Boris the Bear Boat, Super Pirate Ship and Bear Hunt Boat were the contenders!
As we headed home it was a delight to hear a very tired voice say, “Miss O’Brien I enjoyed the bear hunt. He wasn’t scary, he was a kind bear”
A huge thank you to Bring Yer Wellies for hosting a fantastic day and to all the kind mummies who came along to help!
When Swallows came in this morning there was…DRAGON POO EVERYWHERE!
After reading a diary entry from William the Conqueror and the start of the story ‘Sir Scallywag and the deadly dragon poo’, it became clear that William’s army had tried to get to the treasure (hidden in our school) by bombarding the classrooms with dragon poo. Thankfully, Baron Greedygut’s plan didn’t work…we still have the treasure!
To prepare ourselves as brave and noble knights we have been practising getting the Ellenbrook castle ready to defeat William’s army. We have rehearsed the following steps:
1. Fill the moat.
2. Lift the drawbridge.
3. Lower the portcullis.
4. Run up the motte.
5. Keep a look out.
6. Arrows at the ready.
7. Aim and fire!
The children are now ready to write their instructions for the other knights in the school!
After hearing the reading news about a dragon escaping with its egg from Clitheroe Castle, Swallows have worked hard locating Clitheroe and other places the dragon has been sighted around the UK. They have also written letters to the people at the castle and made nests for the egg. Additionally, the children have been printing pictures in the style of Paul Klee’s castle and the sun.
In reception we had lots of fun on World Book Day. We were all excited to bring in our favourite books. We spent the day sharing our books with each other – chatting about which stories were our favourites and why and drawing our favourite story characters.
Our favourite part of the day was sharing our stories with Year 5 Bells and Year 6.