Summer Week 11

The Elgar Dairy

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 11

On Friday, we thought about all the different foods that Farmer Kiley produced on his farm using milk. We then had a go at making some butter, using some thick double cream. We enjoyed shaking and shaking and shaking the jar until the cream became thicker and thicker. It didn't even pour out when Ms Mann held it over her head. Then as we shook it some more, it changed again! It split in two... a very runny liquid and a thick yellow lump. This was the curds and whey. We then carried on shaking until the butter formed properly. We sieved it to take out the whey and put it in the fridge to go hard. At the end of the day we ate our Elgar butter on a cracker. Most of us thought it was just like the butter from Tesco.

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Summer Week 11

Summer Week 11

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 11

This week in Maths we have been finding lots of different ways to make 10. We used Numicon to show all the ways we had found with two tiles and then tried to find as many ways as possible with three or four tiles. We even learnt song to help us remember some of them which we sang to the tune of 'Jelly on a Plate'.

For example: Five and five makes ten, Five and five makes ten, Five and five, Five and five, Five and five makes ten! One and nine makes ten, One and nine makes ten, One and nine, One and nine, One and nine makes ten! 

We also wrote some thank you letters to Farmer Kiley for letting us visit his farm. We thought about which part of the visit we liked the best.

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Summer Week 10

Bye Bye Butterflies

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 10

This week we said goodbye to  our amazing butterflies that had emerged from thier chrysallids over the weekend. We have really enjoyed watching them grow from the tiny caterpillars that arrived in June to the beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. We will be keeping a look out for them when we are playing on the field.

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Summer Week 10

Trip to Boydells Farm

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 10

On Tuesday we had our class trip to Boydells Dairy Farm. We found out about lots of different farm animals and learnt the names for their babies. Did you know that a baby turkey was called a poult? We had a go at milking a beautiful cow who produced really creamy milk that looked yellow in the bucket. We also fed llamas, ponies, goats and chickens and even bottle fed some lambs who were so keen to get to their milk they sucked on our jackets! After lunch, we were able to hold lots of smaller animals such as guinea pigs, chicks and some adorable seven week old kittens. Then the farmer showed us how to shear a sheep. We couldn't believe how much wool it had. We had a great day.

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Summer Week 9

Summer Week 9

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 9

This week we learned a Bug Chant. We worked together to create strings of rhyming words and then used them to write our own verses for the poem.

In maths, we have been using positional language, such as ‘above’, ‘next to’ or ‘behind’ to describe where objects are hidden in the classroom. We then learned to use directional language to give instructions for a bee to get to its hive. We really enjoyed finding lots of different ways so that the bee had to travel in winding patterns! We then put this into practise by programming the bee bots to get to different numbers on our carpet.

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Summer Week 8

Summer Week 8

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 8

This week we have continued to learn about mini-beasts and have gone on several mini-beast hunts in a variety of locations around the school.We used the information we have learned to create our own mini-beast riddles. We each wrote three facts about a secret mini-beast and read them to our friends. Can you guess which mini-beast is hiding under the flap?

We have enjoyed watching our caterpillars grow bigger, and bigger and bigger. On Friday one of them had changed into a chrysalis and the others were practising hanging upside down from the lid. We think they will all be starting their amazing transformation by Monday. 

In maths we have been finding out about symmetry. We looked at several patterns and had to work out where the mirror line would sit. We then practised completing symmetrical patterns on the iTV and on grids. We also made our own symmetrical patterns using paint.

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Roots to Food

Roots to Food

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Roots to Food

On Wednesday we took part in a Healthy Eating workshop.

We found out all about different foods and how they help our bodies to work. We did lots of exercises and had to think about the effect that they had on our bodies: How hard is your heart working? Can you feel it beating faster?  We found out that healthy food and exercise also make our brains work better and help us to learn more and more.

We then found out how we should eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day and what a portion looks like for a child and an adult. Did you know that 6 grapes is one portion for a child?

Finally we made our own smoothies using banana, honey and milk. They were delicious!

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Summer Week 7

Summer Week 7

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 7

This week we have been finding out all about bugs. We decided to go on a bug hunt around the school grounds to find some bugs and were amazed at the different things we found: bees, spiders, woodlice, millipedes and even ladybird larvae. We also have our own class caterpillars which we are going to watch as they grow and change into butterflies.

In maths we have been practising our addition skills, counting on to find the answer. We have been adding the bugs on leaves and even added up different body parts of a bumble bee, making up our own number sentences.

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Summer Week 6

Summer Week 6

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 6

This week the children have enjoyed sharing their favourite day of the Half Term break. We listened to each other and thought carefully about what questions we could ask them to find out more information. We all tried hard to write our recounts and remember to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences.

We have also been sharing how we use technology at home and at school. We really enjoyed using all of the technology we could think of in class: iPads, torches, iTV, BeeBots, talking postcards and cameras. We had to make our own 'Dark Den' so that we could use the torches properly.

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Summer Week 5

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 5

This week we had a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Forest School. We all brought along our favourite cuddly animal to enjoy the forest with us. They seemed to enjoy the treat. We then took them to explore the forest and look at the new additions - two finished bug hotels, bird feeders and another hedgehog house. We enjoyed climbing the trees and seeing which of our animals would climb the highest. We even made a den for them. It was a lovely morning. Thank you to all of the adults who came with us and helped to carry everything!

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Summer Week 5

Summer Week 5

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 5

This week we have been using all of our knowledge about bears to write our very own versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some stories were set in the Arctic where Goldilocks was guilty of eating up all of Baby Bear's fish supper; some were set in the Rainforest where Goldilocks had a close encounter with a grumpy Sun Bear; and some were set in China, with poor Goldilocks trying a bamboo stick for her dinner! The children wrote their stories in sections as they were so long. The end results are amazing.

In Maths we have been solving problems using doubling, halving and sharing. We noticed the link between doubling and halving and can now explain that if double 5 is ten, half of ten is 5 etc.

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Summer Week 4

Summer Week 4

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 4

This week we have been finding out all about bears. We have used the internet to find out information about black bears, polar bears, pandas and sun bears. We had to read some facts and others we found out about by watching videos. We then wrote facts about the different bears and painted pictures of them. We found out how big each type of bear is and measure it's length using a tape measure. We have really liked watching the live WebCam of Ted the American Black bear who lives in North America and moved like Ted as we watched him wake up. He gets up everyday at 8.30am American time (2:30 British time), has a good stretch and goes to the toilet behind a bush! You can watch him at home at: https://bear.org/teds-live-cam/

In maths, we have been learning to subtract small numbers by counting back. We have been using number lines to help us to remember the numbers and checking our answers by moving counters.

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Summer Week 3

Summer Week 3

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 3

We have had a very busy week in school.

On Monday we decided to find out what makes a 'good' porridge. We made some plain porridge in the microwave and then added different toppings to see which ones we liked best. We could choose from syrup, raisins, lemon curd, marmite and ketchup. Surprisingly, some of us thought that the marmite porridge was delicious!

On Thursday we finally moved to our new classroom. By the end of the day, it was ready for us to have a look and listen to a story. Friday was very exciting as not only were we in our new room, but it was also Non-Uniform Day! We really enjoyed spreading out in our new space and finding out where Ms Mann had put everything.

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Summer Week 2

Summer Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 2

This week we have been retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been practising telling the story with actions every day and hope to be able to perform it for you all soon. We also painted our own character from the story and then wrote a description of them, thinking carefully about what they look like and other interesting ideas such as what their voice would be like or what sort of things they would like to do.

In maths, we have enjoyed using water, rice, cereal and other objects such as cubes to explore capacity. We have used the words ‘full’, ‘nearly full’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ and ‘empty’ to describe the contents of different pots and bottles and made posters to show others our understanding. On Friday we worked together to find the capacity of different pots using cubes. We then ordered them, labelling them with the number of cubes that they held. We were quite surprised that some of the short pots held more than taller ones but worked out that it was because they were wider.

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Summer Week 2

Summer Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 2

Today we were challenged to make the most comfortable bed for a bear. We worked in teams and could choose which materials we wanted to use - duple, lego, mobilo, wooden bricks, stickle bricks or logs, to make the bed base. We then had to think of how we could make it more comfortable by choosing softer materials such as fabric or cotton wool. We had a lot of fun and the bears all looked very comfortable in their new beds.

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Summer Week 1

Summer Week 1

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Summer Week 1

This week we celebrated Saint George's Day and learned the legend of Saint George and the dragon. We were very creative, making knights from foil, painting beautiful princesses and even making dragon masks from our recycled Easter Egg boxes!

In maths we have been practising spotting patterns of numbers, like on a dice or on playing cards, to help us with our counting. We have also been practising recognising and ordering numbers to twenty.

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Spring Week 12

Spring Week 12

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 12

This week we have been finding out all about the Christian celebration of Easter. We visited Holy Trinity church, found out about all of the important features and listened to the Easter story. We enjoyed making Easter Nest cakes by melting chocolate and mixing in cereal.We also learned how to weave paper to make an Easter basket. In Maths we have been finding half of objects, shapes and quantities. 

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Spring Week 11

Spring Week 11

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 11

This week was Science week in school. We became tunnel builders on Monday and had to find the best material to make a tunnel for a car to travel through. On Tuesday we investigated which materials would make us been seen better in the dark by designing a top. We voted for the best ones which shone brightly in the torch light. We also found out how clever our brains are in making all the parts of our body work, and tested our memories by playing Kim's game with lots of different objects. We have also made a 'time capsule' which we will look at in Year 1 to see how much we have changed, both in height and in our opinions.

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Special Visitors

Special Visitors

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This week we had some special visitors to school...Two gorgeous lambs. We were amazed at how soft and fluffy they were when we stroked them.

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Forest School

Forest School

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We ended this week with a trip to Forest School. We looked for signs of Spring and drew what we had found. We were all surprised at the different Spring flowers that we saw and how the trees had started to bud. We had fun exploring the bark 'mountain' that had been delivered. We had to make sure that we emptied our wellies after walking along the top so that we didn't take it back to school with us!

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Spring Week 9

Spring Week 9

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 9

This week we have been learning how to divide quantities by sharing. We had to count carefully and make sure that it was fair with each group having the same amount. Sometimes we just knew how many we would get as we applied our number facts to solve the problems.

We have also been reading the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and thought carefully about the different characters. We then compared them to make up some brilliant sentences that we could join with the word ‘but’.

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World Book Day

World Book Day

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: World Book Day

On Thursday and Friday we took part in lots of World Book Day activities. We brought our favourite books to school to share with our friends and talked about why they were so special to us. We all dressed up on Friday as our favourite characters - even the teachers joined in!

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Spring Week 8

Spring Week 8

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 8

This week we have learned about the Christian celebration Shrove Tuesday and found out about different traditions around the world. We made pancake batter and talked about the textures of the ingredients and how they changed as they were mixed together. We also had pancake tossing competitions and pancake races on the playground. We read the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and thought about how he kept trying even when he found things a difficult. We then had our own class writing, counting and measuring challenges to complete. The children were very proud of their Mr Wolf certificates.

In maths, we have learned how to measure different objects using non-standard units such as cubes and lolly sticks. The children tried hard to use the correct language when describing what they had found out: short, longer, longest; short, taller, tallest.

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Spring Week 7

Spring Week 7

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 7

This week we have started our new topic of ‘Growing’ by reading the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’. The children have been busy ordering the events in the story and using the new words that they have learned, such as hoed, mowed, and raked, in their own writing. We have also been practising our addition skills using cubes and other objects. We have even started to record our sums using numbers, pictures or symbols.

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Spring Week 5

Chinese New Year

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 5

This week we have been finding out all about Chinese New Year. The children have made lanterns and 'Good Luck' messages to decorate the classroom and wrote facts about what they had found out. We also read the story of 'The Great Race' which determined which animals were used to name the years. We also became a dragon and experienced what it felt like to be covered up under the dragon's body as we danced around the classroom. 

We have also been practising our subtraction skills and enjoyed the 'Playdough Smash' to find the answers. 

We had a very musical day on Friday. At Forest School we made instruments using natural materials and in the afternoon we had an African drumming workshop. 

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Spring Week 4

A robbery and a visit from the Police!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 4

We have had a very busy week in Reception. On Monday we came back from lunch to find that we had had a robbery! The children had to search for evidence to find out what had been taken and who may have taken it. We read a story about Cops and Robbers and discovered that some of the robbers in the story were the culprits! We then made Wanted posters to show who everyone in school needed to look out for in case they came back to get more toys.

On Friday the police came to visit us.They taught us all about how they help us in lots of different ways – not just by catching ‘baddies’. We all became Mini Police for the morning and wore special hats and jackets. We also tried on some real police uniforms and had a close look inside a police van. We  took tunrs to climb in the cell in the back and some of us set off the siren and made the lights flash. We had a brilliant time and the police even managed to catch the robbers 'Snatcher Jack' and 'Grandma Swagg' and return our stolen dinosaurs to us.

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Spring Week 3

Spring Week 3

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 3

This week we have been learning about dentists and how to keep our teeth healthy. We have been sequencing instructions on how to brush our teeth, sorting healthy and treat foods, as well as scrubbing the large teeth in class. After talking about healthy foods we decided to make a healthy snack - Fruit Kebabs! First we planned our kebab, sticking pictures of the different fruits and trying to make a repeating pattern. Then we washed, peeled and cut up the fruit, and threaded it onto a skewer. We ate our kebabs at the end of they day - they were DELICIOUS!

In maths we have been learning about time. At the start of the week we read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle and sequenced the days of the week. We talked about the different things we do on each day and which day we liked best. We used the words 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' to help us remember the order of the days. We then looked at smaller units of time - minutes. We were given lots of 'minute challenges' and used our estimating skills to guess how many times we could do different things in just one minute before having a go. We were really surprised how quickly a minute sped by.

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Spring Week 2

Forest School

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 2

Today we went to Forest School. It was rather cold but we all remembered our hats and gloves and kept moving to keep ourselves warm. This week we had a treasure hunt, and had to look for lots of different natural things in the forest area. We collected some of them in our bags but others were too big to fit in! We really enjoyed sharing and comparing what we had found with our friends. Thank you to all of the parent helpers who came with us today. 

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Spring Week 2

Spring Week 2

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 2

This week we have been talking about all of the people who help us at home and at school. We made a 'Helpful Hand'  and labelled each finger with the name of someone who helps us. We tried really hard to sound out the words by ourselves and form the letters clearly. We also made a 'Messy Map' of the school to show where we could find different adults that help us each day.

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Spring Week 1

Happy New Year!

Dawn Mann (d.mann) on: Spring Week 1

This week we have all made our own New Year's Resolution by thinking about something that we would like to get better at. We have also been learning how to make estimates of quantities and write down our ideas. Look out for the 'Estimation Station' in class and support your child to make a good guess at how many objects are in the jar each day. 

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