Sports day went ahead and what a morning we had! The children worked so hard in their teams; they were rewarded for their efforts with team points.
We kicked off with our ‘potted sports activities’.
Look at us in action…
The scores for each team were very close, so it meant all four teams really needed to work hard at the competitive sports. The competitive sports included mixed year group space hopper races and year group relays.
We all had great fun once again, and we all showed great determination.
What a brilliant day we had! We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers; a big thank you to everyone who supported us and also came to cheer everyone on.
All the teams worked their socks off, but Rowan raced to victory.
Well we had worked really hard to create our pirate ships ready for the big day!
Would our ships be sea worthy?
Well first of all we all made our predictions. Float or sink? That was the question. Then came the time to test them. If they did float, then we needed to see if they would take any crew on board without sinking.
We had two ships that managed to take far more crew on board than the others. Meet our best pirate ship makers!
We purchased our own live butterfly kit, as we wanted to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.
From the minute our caterpillars arrived we were excited!
We loved observing the changes. We watched them grow and become a chrysalis. We then got to move our chrysalis into the butterfly habitat. Then came the magical moment of emergence, where they look like they are resting peacefully, but an amazing transformation is taking place inside! Our chrysalis began to then darken, which was a big clue that our butterflies were preparing to emerge.
The magical birth of our butterflies happened surprisingly quick!
One to two hours after emergence, our butterflies were fully formed and ready to fly! We fed our butterflies nectar (sugar-water), fruit, and nectar-bearing flowers.
We knew we could only keep them for 2-3 days now, so we planned a little farewell celebration. We made ‘Life Cycle of a Butterfly Hats’, which we wore when we released them. We also sang Happy Birthday to them.
As the butterflies took flight, one of them decided to have a little rest on one of our hands. Watch our video and see whose hand it chose!
We started off by thinking about a final event, as this would then give us something to work towards. We all decided that we would like to put on a dance show for our parents and carers. We thought we could call it the ‘Dinosaur Stomp’.
We then decided that we all needed to look the part, so we set about using our creative skills to make some dinosaur feet and a tail for the show! What do you think?
We also made our own dinosaurs! We made them very bright and colourful, just like Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs!
Whilst we were so busy being creative, no one noticed that a dinosaur had left us their eggs to look after. Guess what? The eggs hatched!!!!!
We also had a different visitor come to our classroom too!
We all worked together to weave a crocodile.
We measured snakes and talked about our findings in one of our maths lessons.
Before we knew it, performance day had arrived! We had spent so much time learning and perfecting our dinosaur dancers for our show in our PE lessons.
All the hard work certainly paid off. Our show was amazing! We even got our parents and carers to join in too.
We also went on a school trip to embed and develop our learning further! Whilst we were there, some of us were very brave! We actually met some reptiles and mini-beasts. (Another 50 things before leaving Anston Greenlands ticked off!)
We met some other reptiles too…..
After our school trip, we took a walk down memory lane. We had to hunt for the hidden letter cards around our playground and then write down the animal that started with that letter sound.
We used our creative skills outside too. We went and drew reptiles that we had learnt about. Artists in the making!
We have learnt so much this half term about reptiles and grown so fond of them. We decided that we wanted to donate some of the money raised at our final event to the World Wide Fund for Nature, so they could help ‘Marine Turtles’.
Thank you to everyone that attended our event. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
This half term we have been learning about ‘Traditional Tales’. We based our learning around three stories. The stories chosen were….
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Gingerbread Man
The Little Red Hen
We set about learning these stories using Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing, which certainly helped us to develop our ‘Communication and Language skills’. Our aim for this half term was to finish off with an event to showcase our oral story telling skills. We decided to call this event our ‘Movie Premiere Afternoon’
Here is our oral story tell of ‘The Little Red Hen’.
We dressed up for the occasion too. Here are some of us dressed up as a character from a book (This is one of our 50 things too!!)
We created our own walk of fame, put up cast lists, and also made valentines snacks for our guests.
Mrs Marriott gave us all a bag of popcorn to share with our family too.
We used our knowledge of stories to write our very own!!!! We blew Mrs Marriott’s socks off with our fabulous writing.
Throughout this half term we have also been working hard to develop our ‘Creative skills’. Here are our troll faces, which we made in our woodland area.
Here we are pretending to be artists, just like Claude Monet, who painted the Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. What do you think to our paintings? Do we have the next Monet?
We have been developing our ‘Understanding of the World’ by baking gingerbread men and then talking about how they have changed.
We got to take these home to share with our family.
We also learnt about materials around us, building bridges to help save the gingerbread man. We then tested these, ensuring our test was fair!
We then went for a walk in our local community to find out which of these materials were magnetic.
We have also ventured into the computer suite to complete a simple computer program. It was called ‘Eggs to Order’. We had to order the eggs for ‘The Little Red Hen by their number, smallest to largest.
We have been developing our ‘Mathematical’knowledge too. We measured trolls and talked about our findings.
We also gathered data on how we all ate our gingerbread man. What a popular maths lesson this was!!!
We worked hard to develop our ‘Physical’skills, using scissors and hole punchers to create split pin animals.
We have been working on our ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’too. Outside we dressed up as police officers, and worked together to catch-all the bad characters from the stories we have heard.
We acted out stories in our role play area.
We created story roadways together too, listening to each others ideas along the way to enable us to improve them.
We have had a great half term, and the above is just a little insight to some of the things we have covered!
We want to say a big thank you to everyone that supported us by purchasing one of our ‘Movie Premiere’ DVDs.
We raised £62, which will help us to purchase some reading buddies for our new reading area.
We have been learning to re-tell the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. In this story the little red hen finds leftover wheat grains on the ground, she decides to plant them so she can have wheat to make bread. She turns to the duck, the cat, and the dog for their help, to which they all reply no!!! We all thought that this wasn’t very kind of them, so we decided to help her out with the baking side!
As we had kindly offered our help, it was only right that we sampled the product.
We couldn’t have done this without our fabulous volunteers and parents. Thank you for supporting us!
This year, Chinese New Year- The Year of the Rooster – began on Saturday January 28, so we had to start our celebrations a day early.
We started off by learning all about Chinese New Year. We learnt that red and gold were seen as lucky colours, that’s why we all dressed in red for the day.
We also learnt a Chinese New Year Greeting – Kung Hei Fat Choi (gōng xǐ fā cái), which is a traditional Chinese New Year greeting meaning: Congratulations and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!; Happy New Year!
We all tried to say it whilst Mrs Marriott took the photo!!
We then set about making some Chinese crafts, whilst listening to some lovely Chinese music.
Lucky Money Packets – (We put Yuan banknotes in these, not real ones unfortunately.)
Chinese Glass Lanterns – (We put Happy New Year on these in Chinese writing.)
Chinese Paper Lanterns – (These had all the zodiac animals on- but the main picture was of the ‘Rooster’.)
Chinese Fans – (We were decorated these by drawing dragons and Chinese flowers on them.)
Creating our crafts had made us all extremely hungry, so it was time for our Chinese restaurant to open!
One of our lovely parents had bought us all a pair of chopsticks too, so we were very keen to try these out! Some of us managed to eat with chopsticks for the entire meal.
After lunch we learnt about ‘The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac Animals’ We then went into the hall and had our own race. We all got to be one of the animals from the story, and run around the hall twice. We had to make sure we followed the track and jump over the water (blue hoops/ blue markers), not swim like in the story. We absolutely loved this, and especially when we came 1st in the race!!
We then found out the year we were born in. It turned out that we were all either rabbits or dragons! Mrs Marriott gave us all a sticker with this information on so we could share it with our parents.
We finished our day off with a dragon dance.
We had brilliant time and leant lots about Chinese New Year!
A big thank you to everyone who brought us items in to support our celebrations.
This half term we have been very busy learning our nativity songs, and also some dances to perform to our parents/carers.
Some of us were angels.
Some of us were donkeys.
Some of us were other animals.
We worked with Key stage 1 to put on this performance, and we were amazing! Here are some photos of us on stage……
Tracey also came to see us from church. She brought lots of puppets, as she wanted us to help her re-tell the Christmas story. Tracey was very impressed with how much we already knew!
We all made crowns to wear for our first school Christmas lunch. What do you think?
There were lots of clean plates too! Christmas dinner was such a hit!!!!
We then went to our local Tesco to share our Christmas cheer! We sang our nativity songs to the local community. We raised £128!!! This will be used to buy resources for our next topic, but also some clear umbrellas.
We have made Christmas cakes to share with our family too!
We have been making pomanders today, as we have been learning about how people decorated their homes in the past for Christmas.
We have also been to the pantomime this afternoon (14th December) to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We will be using this story to kick off our next topic. We are going to be learning about fairy tales!
We would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and say a big thank you for all your support this half term!