This terms topic is called 'What makes the perfect pet'. With that in mind we will be learning all about animals that we have as pets or that we would like as a pet. We started learning about what different animals need to be cared for and we read the book Dear Zoo. As a class we decided that the perfect pet for our class would be a fish and not an elephant as requested by some!
This week we also spent time enjoying pancake day and what Lent means to Christians. We also discussed different ways we could show people kindness. The children had some wonderful ideas from helping people if they had hurt themselves, sharing their toys and being a friend to others.
In maths we practised counting in 2's and grouping items into 2's. We also counted chickens as they have 2 legs. Asking the children questions such as: If we have 6 chicken legs so how many chickens do we have.
It has been a very busy end to the term. In reception we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. This year it is the year of the rat and we discussed that the rat was first in the race to having a year named after him.
Last Wednesday (during the morning) both reception classes opened their doors and had lots of Chinese New Year activities. If the children's adults were able to join us then they were invited to come in and enjoy the celebrations. The children and adults got to make lots of different items all linking in with the Chinese theme. The children made money envelopes and all got a chocolate coin, cards, dragons, drums and a rat finger puppet.
It has come to the end of our topic: Could you survive in the poles. It has been a very busy topic and the children have worked very hard to learn new and exciting facts about the North and South pole. Overall the children feel that with the right clothes they could survive in the Poles.
As you are aware the children had to make a boat to transport a polar bear to visit the penguins. Most of the children's boats floated and those which did not the children were able to make sensible observations as to why theirs did not. We tested them out using a model of a polar bear.
Towards the end of this week we discussed what would happen if we froze water, milk and orange juice. All the children said that these liquids would freeze but some said that the orange juice would turn green or pink. One child said that the milk would not be 'as hard as the water' and another said the milk would stay white. Next week we will be looking at the results and discussing what has really happened to these liquids.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break.
The children have come back to school ready and eager to learn, which is a great attitude to have. For this term our topic is 'Could you survive in the Poles?' To start with we have been discussing the cold weather and that we are in the season of Winter. The children have been making snowflakes, creating snowmen and building igloo's for Space Bear Bob. It has been watching all the teamwork that has been happening for this task to be done.
The children have had a lovely last week of term. They have made lots of decorations to take home along with a fabulous card. The children earlier in December made a little Christmas cake and also a ceramic gingerbread man.
This week has been filled with well deserved parties and a Christmas lunch.
It has been a very busy term and the children have made lots of progress in all areas.
I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in 2020.
13th December 2019
This week was Alder and Ash Classes Nativity performance. All the children were san beautifully and performed the dances brilliantly. Well done to all the children in both classes.
The last couple of weeks have been very busy and exciting. The children went to see a panto today at Loughborough town hall - Oh no they didn't! The whole school went and all the children and staff had a wonderful time.
Throughout this week the children, in maths, have been learning about measuring. They have been making worms and ordering them from shortest to longest. Along with using cubes to measure snakes.
'Leaf Man' has been the focus book for this week. The children have been making their own leaf animal, girl or boy. Then making up a wonderful story about what adventures their own leaf being goes on.
13th November 2019
As we have been learning, this week, about nocturnal animals the children have been focusing on facts about owls. The children have learnt: What owls like to eat, where owls live and how far round an owl can turn it's own head.
As well as writing facts the children have also made clay owls which are fantastic.
Our topic this term is based around the changes that take place during the season of Autumn. The children, in both reception classes, went on an Autumn walk to make observations of what they can see.
It was a little wet but that did not stop us enjoying the leaves that had fallen on the ground. Or walking through the wooded area trying to spot different birds or animal homes.
9th November 2019
The children have been very busy learning about animals that hibernate and animals that are nocturnal. A couple of very prickly visitor's came in to visit the children. Their owner (who is caring for them until they can be returned back to the nature at Barrow Rescue Centre) told the children lots of interesting facts about hedgehogs and different ways to look after them.
The children have had a very busy week back after the half term break.
This week the children have been learning about the Hindu and Sikh celebration Diwali. On Tuesday a special event took place within our department and it was 'open' for parents and carers to come and make Diva lamps, paint pictures of fireworks and try some very delicious food.
The children of Alder class have been very busy for the last few weeks.
In math's they have been focussing on learning about 1 more than the given number. Along with lots of focus about shape properties and shape names. They got to make some shape biscuits which were delicious.
The children also got to create repeat patterns focussing on using 2 different colours.
1 More than the given number
In literacy the children have been reading the story of The Little Red Hen. There has been lots of discussions about if the dogs, geese and cats were correct to not help the hen. Along with if the hen should share or not share her bread with the others. Fortunately, Alder class are very kind and all agreed that the hen should share as it is the right thing to do.
The children also put on the performance of the Little Red Hen to the rest of the school for the Harvest Festival. All the children were brilliant at acting out the story - Well done.
This week we have read the book Mixed Up-Chameleon and we had a letter from him! He asked if we would explore what happens when you mix colours together and if possible could we make a new colour for him to have as a new body.
We had lots of fun mixing colours together and learnt what two colours you need to make purple, orange and green.
20th September 2019
This week the children have started to learn phonics focussing on s, a and t. The children have also been practising how to count objects carefully. Encouraging the children to touch the objects one at a time as they count.
The book focus has been The rainbow Fish. We have had lots of lovely art activities based inside and outside the classroom. The children have produced some wonderful and colourful fish. We have also spent time discussing why it is so important to share.
Our topic is all about the seaside and this week we have been talking about different creatures that live in the water. The children wanted to know: Are mermaids real? This question we are still trying to find the answer. However, most of the class say they are.
The children created pictures of the seaside using the whiteboard and also practised writing their names with their fingers.
Welcome everybody in Alder Class
The children have had a busy first week settling into school life. They have been getting to know all the teachers that will be working with them, rules and routines of daily school life and been enjoying their school dinners.
While in class the children have been enjoying the different activities that are set out for them. They have also been exploring the outside classroom, playing on the trim trail and visited the chickens.