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We Love Forest Schools

We had a fantastic time on Monday morning when we had our first Forest Schools session. Matt and Sarah came from the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust to help us.

First we played a warm up game called Winter Dragons. We had to work hard to keep moving and rescue our friends who had been frozen by the dragons.

Then we got to go into the Secret Garden. We were excited to go into the Secret Garden because we’d loved it when we went for the Great Bug Hunt with Miss Oades. Thankfully it was a bit drier when we went today.

When we got to the Secret Garden we played a game called Ninja where we had to sneak up on each other and steal the nature treasure. It meant we had to be super quiet and use our listening ears to find out when the Ninja was coming for the treasure. It also meant we could hear lots of other sounds all around us. Can you remember anything that you heard in the Secret Garden? 

Our next game was called Woolly Worms. For this game to had to use our observation skills and look really carefully to see if we could spot the ‘worms’. Some of them were much easier to find than others. Some of us had to look for a little while to see them while others of us saw them straight away!

Matt and Sarah then told us it was time for a Bug Hunt. We had some special equipment to help us catch the bugs that we found. We talked about if it would different or the same as last time we went in the rain. It was amazing how many different little creatures we managed to find. Would you believe that we found snails, butterflies, grasshoppers, ladybirds, spiders, moths, beetles and lots of different flies and bugs? Can you tell someone about your favourite one? 

This photograph at the bottom has a baby ladybird in it and pupa which the baby ladybird uses to turn into a ladybird. This is the same as when the caterpillar spins its cocoon and turns into a butterfly. 

We were able to look at them in the special containers and we spent a long time looking at and talking about them all. Everyone was very excited to look for different creatures and we looked for nearly an hour without stopping!

After that it was time to let the creatures go and we started another fun activity. Matt and Sarah gave us special sticky strips of paper and we could go and collect whatever we wanted to stick our paper. We looked for special shaped leaves, colours which interested us and other interesting objects such as feathers. Can you see what is on our special papers? 

Finally Matt had a challenge or two for us. He sent us off to find the skinniest thing we could find. Then we had to find the softest thing we could and the most inserting shape leaf we could find.

We LOVE Forest Schools and can’t wait to go again next week!

What have we been learning? 

  • About the creatures which live in our Secret Garden.
  • To treat creatures with care and respect.
  • To talk about things which we find. 
  • To listen carefully to the sounds we can hear. 
  • To look carefully to make sure we see everything. 
  • To look for objects which interest us and talk to our friend about them. 
  • To learn and use words which describe objects, such as skinniest

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit the park and look for creatures there. 
  • Make a sticky strip (using double sided tape) and look for interesting objects to add to it. 
  • Play I-Spy to make people look carefully for different objects. 
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Father’s Day Fun!

We all had an amazing time on Monday afternoon when we invited all of our dads to school to celebrate Father’s Day. We were allowed to invite any other male member of the family if our dads couldn’t make it but this time mums had to stay at home.

We had such a good time with our dads on the MUGA and ‘park’. Some of us preferred to stay inside the Foundation Stage area and play with our dads there. It was great to see our brothers and sisters in Nursery and Key Stage One as well.

A huge thank you to everyone who came and made our afternoon so successful. We had a total of 49 dads, uncles, grandads and big brothers there  across the whole of FS and KS1!

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The Great Bug Hunt 2017

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We had a great time on the first Tuesday after the holidays going on a Bug Hunt. Before the holidays when we let our butterflies go we went near the Secret Garden and talked about going in there sometime soon. A Bug Hunt seemed the perfect opportunity!

It was a very wet day but we didn’t let that put us off. We set off to see what we could find with Miss Oades and Miss Morris.


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We used this sheet from Twinkl to remember what we’d found.

Can you remember all of the different bugs that we found? I wonder what we’d find if we’d gone on a sunny day…. do you think it would be the same or different?

Everyone loved going on our Bug Hunt. We can’t wait to go the Secret Garden again.

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Caterpillars, Caterpillars (Part 4)

This should really be called Butterflies, Butterflies because look what happened?

Our caterpillars hatched from out of their cocoons and we had 4 butterflies in our classroom 🙂 Everyone loved watching them fly and if we looked really carefully we could even see them drinking through their proboscis. Can you remember anything about their proboscis? 

After we’d had them in our classroom for a few days we decided that we needed to let them go. We had a talk about where would be the best place for them to fly. It was agreed that we would go up on to the new school field by the Secret Garden because the children said there were the most plants and flowers there.

Thankfully it was a sunny day because we weren’t sure if the butterflies would like the rain.

Miss Parker unzipped the Butterfly Garden and pulled it down slightly. It didn’t take long for the butterflies to fly off into the sky. We all clapped and cheered when they went.

We’re going to be keeping an eye out over the next few weeks to see if we can see our butterflies when they come back to visit us. We’re sure they will fly back one day and see us 🙂 Maybe they will fly to our houses?

 

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Patterns Everywhere!

When we were reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar it got us talking about patterns, such as the pattern of the fruit in the story. Can you remember what the pattern was on Monday through to Friday? 

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We thought about other patterns and tried making lots of our own. As well as making lots of patterns in the classroom with various objects and media (See Mathematician of the Week post for one example), we tried making patterns with our bodies outside on the park.

This one was explained as, “up, down, up, down…..”

This one was, “jump, jump, swing, jump, jump, swing…..”

The children used the grassy area as well. This pattern was described as, “roll, STOP, roll, STOP…..”

And this one was, “jump, roll, jump, roll…..” all the way to the bottom of the bank.

We all loved making our patterns and learning that it had to keep on going to be called a repeating pattern. It didn’t feel like we were doing Maths at all!

What have we been learning? 

  • to recognise patterns in stories and the environment around us. 
  • to make our own repeating patterns. 
  • to know that repeating patterns have to keep on going and be repeated. Some children were able to make up a simple sequence but then forgot to repeat it. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for patterns in your home and when you go out. 
  • Have a go at making a repeating pattern with objects you find in your house. You could use knives and forks, different coins, or use colours to draw a pattern. 
  • Challenge your child to make a pattern with more than just two objects, e.g. red, blue green, red, blue, green ……
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Our Easter Chick Hunt

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We had a great time when the Easter Bunny came to say hello. He was a little bit sneaky though and just left a clue in our classroom for us to follow. We had to go around the whole school reading the clues and working out where we had to go next. We are able to do most of the reading ourselves now. We kept spotting chicks on the way which helped. When we got back to the classroom the Easter Bunny had brought us some Easter eggs 🙂 We all had a wonderful time and it was a great chance for us to practise our ever improving reading skills.

This is the first and the last clue….

We loved our Easter Chick Hunt and wish the Easter Bunny would come back everyday! (Some of us did get to see him at the 100% Attendance Disco later that day :-))

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Pancake Day 2017

We all love pancakes and loved that we got to make some of our own. We had to follow the instructions and mix the batter ourselves. We had to be very careful and remember what we had learnt in Safety Week about staying safe in the kitchen.

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Some children remembered what they had learnt when we made pancakes and used it to write their own lists of ingredients later in the week. Leighanna sounded out to write her list.

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Mateo drew pictures to write his list and then Jakoby labelled them to finish it when they were making pancakes in the Mud Kitchen.

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We used the toppings that we liked to do some maths. We used the cubes to make towers and see which was the most popular before using Purple Mash to create a pictogram. It which easy to see which two toppings were the favourite and we were able to say which one was more and which was the most popular.

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We read Mr Wolf’s Pancakes to find out what happened when he tried to make pancakes. Can you remember what happened in the story?

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You can see more about our learning if you look in our Floor Book.