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Keep checking this webpage to see all the exciting things that we have been busy doing this term...
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We have been a very busy badger class this term!
It is lovely to see the children in badger class coming into the classroom with such big smiles on their faces and settling into school so well.
This term we have been exploring the topic 'Once Upon A Time...' and as part of this have been exploring different stories and rhymes.
We began by learning about each other and we used the Elmer stories to help us do this. We made some very colourful Elmer elephant artwork as part of this.
Next we explored the nursery rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider' and the story 'Arrgh Spider'. As part of this learning we made spider models that hang from the ceiling, decorated and tasted some spider biscuits and even went on a spider walk around the school grounds.
As part of our learning in Maths we explored the nursery rhyme '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive...'. We compared and sorted different fish, explored other fish themed stories.
The final part of our topic work sees us learning about life on the farm. We are really enjoying exploring the stories about 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'The Little Red Hen'. We have done some brilliant performances of these stories using masks, puppets and props to retell the main parts of the story. We have had a visit from a farmer too and found out some fascinating facts.
Just before half-term the leaves on the trees were turning into their lovely autumnal colours so we went for a lovely autumn walk in the park. We picked lots of leaves and closed our eyes to listen to the sounds of the season. When we got back to class we used the leaves to make some squirrel and hedgehog pictures.
Term 2What a successful term. The children have now learnt all of their initial sounds and are super excited that they can now have a go at writing some words. Lots of children also got their first reading book. We performed our Christmas play ‘Little Grey Donkey’. The children were amazing. We are so proud of them all.
Terms 3 and 4
Our Term 3 topic was Where in the World and we had a lot of fun learning about different countries around the world. We made our own passports and pretended to fly to each country as we learnt about them. We visited Africa, China, Finland and India. Amazingly when Eddie the Explorer came to visit us he’d been to the same countries too! He told us lots of fascinating facts and stories about the countries and we all had a chance to dress up in some of the costumes he’d brought too!
Then we spent a couple of weeks looking at traditional tales which included The Three Little Pigs. Inspired by the pigs, we designed and built our own junk model houses and they didn’t get blown down by Mr Wolf!
Next we learnt about People Who Help Us. We enjoyed visits from an optician, a doctor, a nurse, a fireman, a police woman and police man. The police officers their van for us to have a go inside!
Terms 5 and 6
Term 5 flew by and we had lots of fun! Our topic was Ready Steady Grow and we visited the school pond to find some tadpoles. We took them back to class and looked after them, watching them change so fast into tadpoles and on to frogs. But they were not the only visitors to our class, we also had some caterpillars busily eating and growing too. Soon it was time to release some butterflies and the frogs – it was very exciting. Once they had gone we just had our beans growing in pots to tender!
This term the children help to choose the topics. In the first week we learnt all about bones and our skeletons; for one activity we had to piece together a pretend skeleton with some friends. At the moment we’re busy learning about dinosaurs and volcanoes. We’ve been building a big volcano out of paper mache around a pop bottle. After we’ve played with it for week we’re going to make it explode by dropping a sweet into the pop!
Enjoy the rest of the summer term!
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