Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had a celebration day for Chinese New Year. We learnt all about the 12 animals that were in the Zodiac and found out about the story of why the cat did not make it into the Zodiac - ask us to find out who the cat does not like!
We then created dragon puppets, lanterns with Chinese numbers and wonderful Chinese fans. They were red which is a lucky colour. We then spent time painting blossom onto trees which we will turn into large lanterns this week. We also then carried out a dragon dance and also learnt all about a little girl who celebrated Chinese New Year and what she did to celebrate. We then compared it to other celebrations that we already knew about.
We then discussed what our favourite part of the celebrations were and at the end of the day we collected all our items and also a fortune cookie. What an interesting time.
On Tuesday the 16th of January 2018 we had our first forest school session of year two. When we had finished come and read we had to get ready for our forest school session. We have to make sure we wear coats, warm clothes, wellies, scarves, hats, gloves and ear muffs. We found our carpet partner and lined up at the back door. Once we were all ready we started walking to the beautiful woods. We crossed the grassy school field and went through the new gate.
When we got to our forest school location Mr Lenton sent us off to find five interesting things each. As we were searching some of us found something very special indeed.
We found some beautiful, shiny eggs under a tall, skinny tree. we spoke about the eggs and some of us thought they could be fish eggs because they had scales on them. We then decided that they would definitely not be fish eggs because they lay their eggs in water. We then decided that they were dragon eggs so Mr Lenton told us to use our interesting things to make a picture of what we think is inside the magical, wonderful eggs.
We then did some writing activities with Mr Lenton or Miss Lacey.
What a wonderful time we had!
'Forest school was brilliant'
'I had fun at the epic forest school'
This week in literacy we have been finishing our recounts about our Christmas day. In maths, we have been looking at grouping numbers and what makes an equal group.
In our enquiry work we have located China on a world map, we were able to find the capital city of Bejing and two famous rivers. We created our own map of China out of salt dough and we are going to paint and label it next week. We have also had a Chinese takeaway in our maths area and a dragon has been asking us to find out the cost of the different meals.
Happy New Year!
This week we have been writing all about our Christmas Holidays. It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time. We have begun our journey into our new enquiry 'What a magical world!'. We have decided to look at the country of China.
This week we have been looking at letter writing. We received a letter that a boy called Charlie wrote to Santa. We were able to discuss lots of questions about it and even compared it to a letter that Gwen had written. We are all really looking forward to writing our own letters next week!
This week we have been learning more about commas in lists and writing our own instructions about growing sea monkeys.
Throughout the week we have been listening to different stories.
Our favourite story has been 'The Family Book' because we were able to celebrate lots of different kinds of families.
In maths, we have been learning to add two 2 digit numbers. See how we do it below.
This week we have been super busy! We have been looking at writing commands, ready to write a set of instructions to grow our own pets. We also took part in a record-setting attempt! This week also brought the arrival of our own sea monkeys!
This week we have been learning about different sentence types. We have been looking at exclamatory sentences. So the children have thought of the captions for this week's pictures.
This week the children have used their interests to form groups to research different famous people from history. We have medical, inventors, royalty and family. the children were all very excited to find out about their area. Please let us know if you think you would be a valuable resource to interview!
The construction area has been very busy this week with lots of hospitals being made. Some of us even decided to write our own questions!
WOW! We have had a lovely creative week.
In literacy, we have been continuing writing our new versions of the three little pigs. In maths, we have been looking back at our counting patterns and we are beginning to count in threes!
We also showed off our fantastic work for the D+T week at the marketplace click the link below to see pictures of the event.
On Friday we explored the work of Michelle Reader who used recyclable items to create her pieces of art. Come and see what we made during come and read next week!
Update: There is now a subpage above that links to some of the resources we use in class so children can use them at home.
Wow! Our week has been a very busy one! We have been using out D+T skills to design something very special for the three little pigs. We will share everything at the marketplace next Monday!
In literacy we have been changing the story of 'The Three Little Pigs into 'The Three Giant Ducks'. We also looked at writing expanded noun phrases!
This week we have been exploring tens and ones using Part Whole models. We are beginning to understand how numbers can be partitioned it lots of different ways.
In literacy, we have been exploring the story of the three little pigs. We have used masks, small world and maps to retell the story.
In our enquiry work, we have been sharing what we know about important people. We are making a special book about who we know about now. Next week we will be thinking about what we want to learn about.
This week we have been continuing to get used to our classroom and learning how we can use each of the areas to practice our skills. We have been sharing our all about me boxes and learning how to keep people interested in what we were saying. We also thought of questions to ask our friends about their box.
There has been some excellent learning taking place this week, towers being built and measured using cm's, finding out about the history of football and some lovely writing.
The children are really enjoying the challenges and have all completed the most important ones.
Take a look at the pictures below.
Welcome to Beech Class' page!
We have enjoyed our first week back and exploring our new classroom. Our favourite area at the moment is the dough area because we get to make our own dough. We have been learning about the work of Marc Quinn. We used the dough area to make sculptures of his hands just like he did.
We are also really enjoying our maths area too, especially the challenges we have to complete!