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A Dinosaur in the Classroom!

We had a special visitor last week….. at first we only saw footprints and we didn’t know what had been in our classroom. Some of the children had an idea and started to investigate further. They found a dinosaur in a classroom and started to make links between the two.

It was a few days until we saw anything else but a few days later we noticed more footprint and the giant egg had hatched! This time there were two sets of footprints. Again we had a to get busy thinking what they could possibly be. There were dinosaurs in our giant egg which confirmed what we thought about it being a dinosaur.

We looked in books to see if we could find out more.

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Some of us were a bit sceptical and thought there couldn’t have possibly been a real dinosaur in our classroom. Miss Parker set up a special camera in the classroom over night and the dinosaur came back!!! We got to see it on the iPad.

The dinosaur also left us a note and a present which was very exciting.

We decided that we wanted to paint our dinosaur but that gave us a problem.  Lots of people couldn’t remember how to make the right colour green that we needed to paint the dinosaur. We decided that we needed to refresh our knowledge of colour mixing before painting our dinosaur.

It was so exciting to have a real life dinosaur in our classroom and we hope he comes back again soon!

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Our Mondrian Art

We had an art lesson last week where we looked at the work of Piet Mondrian. He made pictures using black lines and the primary colours of red, blue and yellow.  We looked at lots of examples and then had a go at making some of our own in our Sketch Books. Once we’d had a go we looked again and used Critique to improve our own work. You can find out more about Critique on our school website.

Here is some of our work. We’d love to know what you think…

 

We weren’t finished there either. some of us tried to make Mondrian pictures using the lego blocks.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

We found some computer programmes to make our own pictures as well.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To look at and talk about the work of a famous artist. 
  • To recreate the art of famous artists. 
  • To talk about what we are doing and about how we can improve our own work. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Search on the internet for Piet Mondrain and see what you can find out about him- remember to only do internet searches with your grown ups help. 
  • Choose some different colours and see if you can make your own pictures at home. 
  • Look for the Primary colours and see where you can see them. 
  • Find out what happens when you mix the Primary colours together. 
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Poppies

We spotted some poppies in different places so decided to find out what they were for. We talked about what they were for and why we remember people who have died in the war. We tried to make some poppies of our own.

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We also had a minutes silence on Armistice Day when we watched a special video to help us think about the people who died in the war.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To remember special times in our lives. 
  • To make a poppy from different materials using scissors and different materials to stick. 
  • To sit quietly and think for short periods of time.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Watch the video again at home and talk about what is happening. Click here to watch the video. 
  • Talk about different times you remember in your family, such as birthdays, holidays, when brothers and sisters were born, etc.
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Christmas Workshop 2015

We had our Christmas Workshop last week for all our families to attend. A huge thank you to everyone who came. It was lovely to see so many of you.

There were lots of different activities in each of the FS2 classrooms and everyone could go through to Garnet class as well.

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Everyone worked really hard making their different crafts. The children even used some of the skills they had learnt in their independent learning time the next week.

We look forward to seeing you at another workshop soon.

What have we been learning? 

  • To develop our fine motor skills by using our fingers to decorate crafts.
  • To be creative in deciding what our different crafts looked like when finished. 
  • How much fun it is to do activities together. 
  • To measure ingredients such as icing for the houses and oats for the Reindeer Food.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Try some of these activities again at home. You could make Gingerbread Houses and give them as gifts to your family. 
  • Make sure you put your Reindeer Food out for the reindeers on Christmas Eve so they know to come to your house. 
  • Talk about your Christmas tree or those you see outside people’s houses- what can you see? What does it look like? 
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Being Y1 children!

As we get ready for being Y1s we’ve been to our new classes a few times to have a practice. It’s been great to meet our new teachers properly, to explore our new classrooms and to see which other children will be in our new class.

There are two Y1 classes – Jet class with Miss Mason and Mrs Raynes and Topaz class with Mrs Ainsley (Mon/Tues), Mrs Wells (Wed-Fri) and Mrs Pym. We’ll also see Miss Morris in Jet class and Miss Deighton and Mrs Reed in Topaz class.

Look at some of the fun things we did when we went to practice being Y1s.

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We we took our new teachers special presents when we went to visit so they’ll be up in our classrooms when we start in Y1 for real. We had to do good teamwork to each contribute to the finished artwork.

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We had a great time in Y1 and are excited for September when we get to go to our new classrooms everyday.

Parents/carers- if you’ve any questions about your child starting in Y1 please ask either the teachers in Onyx class or you could walk round to see the Y1 teachers at home time by their classrooms.  

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Owl Visit

We were very lucky this week when we had some special visitors in school. Bob brought his owls Archie, Gizmo, Millgan and Ronnie to school to meet us.

We had an amazing time learning all about the owls. Then there was the best bit- we got to watch the owls fly and some of us had a go at holding the owls! It was very exciting as they flew right over our heads.

 

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Our teachers held the Indian Eagle Owl because we was too big and heavy for us to hold.

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When we’d learnt all about the owls it was time for them to have rest and for us to do some work. We did some sketching of the owls looking really carefully at what we could see.

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We had the best time and wish the owls could come to school everyday.

If you want to find out more about Bob and his owls click on the link below.

The Owl Experience Bird of Prey Centre