This week, Thistle Class have been thinking about their new topic…..Water World! We started off having a talk about what we already know about water. Where do we find it? What does it do? What do we do with it? What is it good for? Everybody had lots of ideas and we discovered that we already knew quite a lot.
One of the things that we knew was that water helps plants to grow. We wondered…..if plants didn’t have any water would they still grow? In order to find this out we were going to plant a seed. Some seeds would have water and some would not. We made predictions about what would happen. Most of us thought that the seed would not grow at all. Some of us thought that the seed might grow a little bit.
We planted some broad beans using clear cups so we could see what was happening to our seeds. We are going to watch what happens over the next few weeks to see if our predictions are right.
Here we are with our seeds:
Today we have all been working together to learn about a famous person in History – Louis Braille. We spent the morning discussing his life story and working in pairs, with Thistle class and Clover class working beautifully together to produce a super book of his life story. In the afternoon everyone then got the chance to create some braille patterns of their own and to understand.
Here are the children hard at work and describing what they have learnt in their own words:
This week the children in Thistle class have been excited about their new IPC topic, Light and Dark. Everyone had the chance to make dens (huge fun) and then test out how dark they were with torches. A fantastic way to begin another exciting learning journey and here are some photos of the children having fun:
This afternoon the children of Thistle class all sat down together and discussed what they enjoyed and found difficult about making their hobby horses. They then recorded the whole process in their own words. Here they are:
As part of their exit point for their topic of The Magic Toymaker, Thistle and Clover class today worked together to make some fantastic hobby horses. Using a range of materials and a sock from home (!), the children stuffed, stuck, coloured and enjoyed being creative, ending up with some amazing results which they then shared with their parents, after playing with their hobby horses, of course! Here they are enjoying a group learning session together. This is what learning is all about…
From the moment I opened the door at 8.55am this morning, I knew that we were going to have a wonderful day. I was not wrong. Standing in front of the assembled school it was so lovely to see how everyone – children, staff and adults – had made such a superb effort to all come as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day. With everyone from Where’s Wally to Goldilocks and The Boy in the Dress to Harry Potter, all types of books and stories were represented and it demonstrated what a love of reading our school has.
In class the fun continued throughout the day, with the staff all having planned some fantastic learning activities for the children, all centered around reading and books. Furthermore, a whole school reading session, with older children pairing with younger children made the day even more special and a special announcement from Mrs Hannam of an extreme reading award has now got everyone thinking how best to create that perfect photo of themselves reading!
In all it was another day to be proud of what we have at our school and a perfect way to mark the occasion. Here are some photos of the fun we had:
Thistle class have been reading the story of Elmer by David Mckee and we have been thinking about what makes us special, just as Elmer was special because he was so many different colours. This is what the children said:
Yesterday Thistle and Clover class had a fantastic day visiting Lydiard Park. Not only did the children get to experience what life was like in Victorian times, but they were also able to dress up in traditional costume and play with Victorian toys. What fun! Here are some photos of Thistle class, kindly taken by Mrs Williams. Enjoy.
Today in school we have been enjoying a huge range of mathematical activities as part of our whole school Maths Day. Every class took part and classes were filled with everything from skittles to a science and maths cross curricular activity in Orchid class counting taste buds! There really was something for everyone and the children had a fantastic time.
Here are some photos of our lovely day.
This morning Thistle and Clover class have been enjoying some drama during their learning time. Faye visited us to work with both classes and a huge amount of fun was had by everyone as they pretended to be a variety of characters, exploring their creative skills.
Here are some photos of the children having a fantastic time. Do please ask them what they were enjoying!: