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Our Fabulous Volcano

We had a great time learning about volcanoes recently. It actually came about due to a misconception that one of the children had when they confused the cave in We’re Going On a Bear Hunt for a volcano.

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It started is thinking what is a volcano and could we make our own. First we watched a video about volcanoes to find out more.

You can watch the video by clicking on this link.

Then we started to think if we could make our own volcano which would erupt.

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It took a full week to make as we had to do the paper mache and wait for it to dry before we could paint it. We had to look at lots of books and remember the video to find out what they looked like. We went to our school library to find some volcano books.

 

Finally our volcano was ready to see if it would erupt. We were all very excited to see what would happen.

Our volcano did erupt but it also spent some time when it didn’t so we talked about when volcanoes are dormant or extinct.

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We also shared our learning with some of the children in Garnet class and showed them our videos.

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Mateo wanted to know when we were going on a Volcano Hunt!!! Do you know where we’d have to go to find volcanoes? See if you can find out.

What have we been learning? 

  • What is a volcano. 
  • How to make different shapes so we can make a volcano. 
  • To be careful when doing Science investigations. 
  • To share our learning with our friends. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Watch the video on the link above- what can you find out about volcanoes? 
  • Find some books about volcanoes at the library- where do you find volcanoes?
  • Answer the following question- Would you want to stand on a volcano? Why? 

 

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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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Look out for our new displays

You may have noticed the new style of display we have in the new classroom. You’ll see on the wall how every child has their own space with their photo and they’ve written their own name. All the teachers are busy looking for some examples of great independent learning to fill the spaces. You’ll see how some of them are already filling up. Because we’re looking for times when your child has followed their own interests and followed their own ideas they’ll all be slightly different. Here are some examples….. (names have been removed from next to photos)

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You’ll see a speech bubble and a thought bubble next to the children’s work. We ask the children to tell us about what they’ve been doing and to explain their learning. Then the teacher thinks about what the child has been learning and what they can do next to move their learning further forward. If the piece of actual work is too big to fit in the space you’ll see a photo instead.

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Don’t forget to lookout for these new displays when your in the classroom. We’d love to know what you think about your child’s learning.

 

 

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Our Favourite Recipes (with some help from Diamond class- FS1)

We love to make different recipes in school so we have some wonderful things to play with. When we saw that Miss Hulme and Nursery had a blog post on this we asked very nicely if we could share it too. Miss Hulme kindly said we could.

Click on the link below to see some of the fabulous things we make and use at school.

Could you try some of these at home?

Our Favourite Recipes

Have fun!!! 🙂

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Snowy Days

We love snowy days at school! It’s great to be able to get all wrapped up and head outside to play in the snow 🙂 We’ve been really lucky this year and its snowed a few times.

Look at all the fun we’ve had over the last couple of weeks.

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We even brought the snow and ice inside!

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As well as having lots of fun we also learnt lots.

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