This half term we have been reading lots of traditional tales. For our assembly we decided to share a few of our favourites with everyone. We used our acting, speaking and singing skills to tell the tales of the Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We really enjoyed practising and performing our assembly – it was great fun!
In class we have been learning all about 2D shapes and their properties. Today we went outside to see what shapes we could find in the school playground. We recorded how many we could find of each shape and were very surprised at how many we could spot – we even found some trickier shapes like a hexagon!
Today we used different materials to build our own castles. We had three tables – one with paper and card, one with playdough and one with building blocks. We had an opportunity to spend 10 minutes at each table to experiment with each material. Afterwards we talked about each material and shared our ideas about how useful it was for building a strong and tall castle.
We have been learning about the famous ice explorer Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton and his team were the first to visit Antarctica. However, once they arrived disaster struck and they became trapped in the ice for two years! Whilst they were trapped they dreamt of making it home and eating lovely sandwiches. Today, we decided to make our own sandwiches just like Ernest Shackleton dreamt of! We had to carefully follow instructions to make them and then got a chance to enjoy them at snack time.
On Polar Day we went on an ice journey to the Arctic! We started our day by making some jam sandwiches (just like the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton dreamt of when he was trapped in the ice!). Later we looked at some explorer equipment and got a chance to try some of it on. We weren’t sure what some of the equipment is used for so we had to work as a group to figure it out. Finally we made some penguin party hats to take home with us!
No Pens’ Day
We found it super exciting that we had a whole day at school with no pens or pencils allowed! Instead we did lots of other fun activities. We joined together with Year 1CO for a ‘senses day’, which included smell pots, a tasting table, sight puzzles, a listening corner and a feely bag. It was great fun using our senses to experience new things! Later we did lots of arts and crafts. As we could not use any colouring pencils we collaged some hedgehogs and finger painted some autumn trees. We also made some penguins and fluffy polar bear masks for our new Arctic topic!
European Day of Languages
To celebrate European Day of Languages we learnt some Irish. We designed our own Irish dancing costumes and learnt about the colours. We used this learning to do some beautiful rainbow colouring. Later we got to try some different foods from all around the world – everything was yummy!
Howe Park Wood
Our trip to Howe Park Woods was great fun. It rained all day but we enjoyed every minute of it! When we first arrived we headed off for a walk in the woods before finding a clearing to do some fun activities. We hunted for mini-beasts and used our hands to measure how old trees were – we were challenged to find the oldest and youngest tree in the woods!
After lunch a guide came to take us further into the woods. She taught us how to survive in the woods overnight, including how to make our own den! Each group made a den using a large tarp and four pieces of rope. Then the guide poured water over our den and if we stayed dry it meant we had done a great job!
We have been very lucky to have some fluffy yellow visitors in our classroom to help us learn about the life-cycle of a chick. Eleven eggs arrived in an incubator and the next day every single one of them hatched! We watched the new-born chicks as they pecked their way out of their eggs. Over the next week we watched our chicks grow bigger and bigger. We looked after them by feeding and watering them, changing their bedding and most importantly giving them lots of cuddles!