Our First School Trip - Staunton Country Park
The Chimps and Pandas class had a fantastic first school trip to Staunton Country Park last Friday. We enjoyed visiting the farm animals and took part in the activities learning about various mini-beasts. We took part in bug hunting in the woodlands area, we found all sorts of mini – beasts including beetles, worms and wood louse.
We then used our artistic skills to make collages of these mini-beats using natural materials. We also worked well as a team to make a human millipedes and learnt about camouflage by playing the game ‘Wolly Worms’. We all had the opportunity to touch a giant Millipede and an African Land Snail. Finally we had a fantastic time in the play park with our friends!
A big thank – you to all the volunteers that helped make this fantastic trip possible!
Chimps and Pandas Royal Wedding
Our local church St. Columba kindly invited the Chimps and Pandas class to re-create our own wedding at their church. They set up some fantastic activities including creating our own flower posies, cake decorating and card making. We learnt a lot about what happens during Christian wedding ceremony and role-played our own version! A HUGE thank you to Mrs D for organising all the activities and fun, as well as a thank you to all the other volunteers and parent helps who gave up their time. It was a fantastic morning!
Fruit tasting Handa's fruits!
In Chimps class we enjoyed reading the Story of Handa's Surprise.
We used used our senses to explore the different fruits from the story. We then completed a survey based on their tastes. We had to show resilience when trying new and unusual fruits.
We then used some of our favourite fruits to create our own fruit kebabs.
We independently chopped and sliced the fruit and then carefully threaded them onto the skewer. Following this, we then wrote instructions using bossy verbs so others could also make delicious fruit kebabs like ours!
During this Spring term we have been working hard on our gymnastic skills in our weekly PE lessons. We have been learning different rolls, jumps and shapes. Including pike, straddle, star and tuck. We also used the apparatus and learnt how to safely put the mats away working well as a team. We are also very proud of the chimps class that they are all able to get themselves dressed and undressed for PE with very little help from adults!
Hello Chimps, hope you are enjoying the snow days at home with your friends and family. Here is a snowy home challenge for you... make the most of it!
We received this gigantic letter from the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk!
So, we used the giant's footprints to start measuring around the classroom. We used fantastic mathematical measure vocabulary such as longer, shorter, equal to etc.
We're going on a leaf hunt!
This week, we decided to go on a leaf hunt around our school grounds. We used a tick sheet with a variety of leaves to help us compare the different leaves. We looked at their colour, shape and texture. We were also fantastic at getting ourselves dressed for the outdoors independently, including wellies! If you enjoy the outdoors, then we love the Woodlands Trust Nature Detectives website for ideas and activities.
We have been learning about doubles! We went on a double hunt and looked around the classroom to see what doubles we could spot! Our next challenge to practise adding doubles.
Can we fix it? YES WE CAN!
In chimps class we have been busy helping poor Bob the Builder. We received a letter from Bob explaining that he had hurt his arm, and needs our help! So we have been working hard to plan and build our own model town, using recyclable materials. Thank you to all the friends and family members who brought in various materials to help!
Phonics Workshop for Friends and Family
A huge thank- to those friends and family members that attended our 'Introduction to Phonics' and 'reading' workshop. I hope that you found it very helpful and as promised I will leave the Powerpoints from both workshops below. If you were unable to attend the workshop, not to worry, I will be running a part 2 (phonics) soon a date to be soon confirmed.
Here are some useful links to continually embed this learning at home
Little Learners youtube channel -
For more information please click on the star above 'Parent/guardian workshops/information'
Many thanks for your continued support!
Fun with Patterns!
In Chimps class we have been learning all about different types of repeating patterns. We spent a week practising our pattern making in many different ways!