Pine and Elm Classes are mixed year 1 and Reception classes that follow an Enquiry Based Learning approach.
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.
This week we are working on 'Room on a broom'. We are learning the story using the Pie Corbett approach which is to put actions to the story in order to help us remember it.
We have discussed the actions that we feel should go with the story and then been working on this with each other. We take it in turns to say parts of the story and really enjoy the loud part - 'Buzz off, That's my witch!'.
We are really excited about sharing this story with our parents and also all our hard work that we have been doing in our classroom. Our Class assembly is on Thursday 8th February - we look forward to seeing you there!
This week we are working further with our forest school focus. We foraged last week to collect lots of twigs and sticks for our dragon fire and this week we will be having a fire! We have got to create a risk assessment before we have the fire to ensure that we all know exactly what we have to do to keep safe and then we will all make sure that we do this! Once we are sure that we can be safe then we will be allowed to make our own dragon fire. If we are really safe then we will be allowed marshmallows!
As you can see from the pictures - we were really very very safe! We thought hard about what we needed to do and all listened very well. We were very proud of ourselves. We are now thinking about what we can do next on our fire!
We are starting our work on Little Wizard. This is the story of a wizard who wants to fly. He ends up getting help from a friendly dragon. The story is by the same author as Jack Frost and the illustrations are similar.
This work will lead into more magical stories, creating potions and spells using our phonic and keyword knowledge and also developing our enquiry into all things magical. Reception will be going foraging on Thursday to collect wood for the fire, Year one on Friday - we will then let the wood dry out and start to think about making our own fire like the dragon does!
Look at the world around us - what can you see that is magical?
Wow! The Enquiry is really taking off - we are looking at our magical world and focussing on ice - we are continuing to use Jack Frost as our focus text and the children are now working on developing their investigations. They have requested role play equipment to develop their own icy stories. They have developed addition using snowmen and are also trying to make the biggest igloo using sugar cubes as one of the children requested it! They are using the ice to develop their understanding of how it changes over time. One area that the children have really enjoyed is using the lego bricks to create props for their stories. We have now got a machine that can fire snowballs - courtesy of a group of inventors! They have even decided to have a restaurant where they can focus on cold food to help keep Jack Frost cold!
The Start of our Forest School focus work......
We have been LOPPING! We created our own risk assessment after discussing how we should behave around tools. We listened to each other and came up with some rules. We then went to the willow arch and looked at the branches that would be suitable. We carefully lopped one off each and discussed how safe we had been!
We will be using the branches for different purposes - the reception children will be making spider webs and the year 1 children will be using the branches to further extend their shape knowledge.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome back after the Christmas break - we are all very excited about our new term ahead.
We will be investigating under the main Enquiry of 'our magical world'. This will involve exploring the world around us at this time of year and also developing our forest school work. We will be sending out working together leaflets during w/c 15.1.18 which will give you more information.
We will be continuing with our learning walks each week when we are able to investigate the areas in our learning environment with the knowledge of our own next steps. We will be discussing how we can challenge ourselves and develop our learning.
This term also includes a class assembly and classroom show around along with a parents evening - again look out for further details
It is all about Christmas! Our enquiry is developing well and the children have created many things that can support Father Christmas in his busiest time of year. We have used construction kits to make toy machines, create new homes for the north pole in the outdoor area and in the small block areas. We have also used the mobilo to create a reindeer - it is fantastic!
We are working very hard with our Christmas cards, calendars, decoration and hats. What a wonderful time of the year!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support over this term - the children have worked hard and with your continued support will continue to progress over the year. Thank you all.
Our enquiry has moved from the moon to the North Pole. We have decided to try and help Santa with his work over the next two weeks. We are building new sleighs that can go faster and carry even more presents, creating homes that Santa, the Elves and the reindeers can all live in during the Christmas time. We are creating food for everyone which also includes a carrot pizza - YUM!
The Year 1 children are also very excited as they will be leading the nativity celebrations and have been retelling the story in their literacy sessions. Reception have been writing Christmas lists and also using positional language to give clues during the hide the santa game.
What a wonderful time of year!
A working walk took place today to see all the wonderful things that the children have been developing in their Enquiry. One group had been using their handwriting focus to create a huge rocket and added handwriting patterns around. A wonderful den was made that enabled baby bear to move around the moon without falling. The group worked together, listening to the ideas of their friends. Construction kits have been used to create the workings of the rocket and then writing took place to instruct other people on how to use these and detailed what they were. The story was retold in the large lego area with added detail to create a more in depth story. Year one children have been using the aliens to identify real or not real words and reception children have been using the treasure that baby bear found to create words in the phonic area. The Ipads and construction kits have also been used to create friendly aliens that can help baby bear and the new maths area has been used to teach baby bear the skills of capacity - full, half full and empty, along with shape and number skills.
The children have worked very hard on this enquiry and we will be developing learning through an Ipad story next week.
This week we have continued with our enquiry using the focus of 'Whatever Next'. We have carried out our learning walk and added to the learning that we had been doing last week. We have added making space aliens using the Ipads, computers and making tables. We have also added making a nest for owl in the creative loose part area in the classroom and also creating space stations. This is in the den making areas, the block areas and also in the small block areas.
We have also been using new equipment that baby bear has sent us - a science kit with test tubes and a challenge of full, half full and empty and also a simple circuit electronic kit where we have been attempting to light bulbs, buzzers and helicopters.
A very busy enquiry week!
Celebrating difference - working with our friends and valuing their ideas and thoughts......
We have been continuing our work on 'Whatever Next' - the story was introduced to the children last week and we have been closely monitoring how they have extended their thinking through the story in the different areas of learning. This week we started with a learning walk - a walk around the learning environments to see what ways the areas have supported our learning in this story. The children have then set themselves challenging targets to further develop their thinking through this focus such as: make a 'zoom to the moon' game in the football area - dribble the ball around the cones and shoot it into the moon (goals) - the children have been scoring in this area - Reception children have been mark making and counting in 1s and the Year 1 children have been using their 10 count to score.
The mud kitchen will be used to create space food - with the Year 1 children seeing if they can make two different sizes of space food. The stage area is being used to retell the story and the loose part and community brick areas are to create rockets - Reception will focus on the skills of working together - the Year 1 children will be finding ways to ensure that the structures are safe. The den making area will be used to create nests for the owl in the story and the water areas used to create a bath time story for baby bear.
The children are being encouraged to mark make in all areas - some reception children are making signs and the year one children are using it as a basis for writing captions and sentences.
Reception children have been using the story to further develop their comprehension skills in reading and the Year 1 children will be using their understanding of stories to begin to write their own.
A fantastic start - where will the learning lead us next?
A week of explorers
Reception are working on exploring using the story 'Whatever Next'. They are using the story to investigate where the bear went and what he did. They will be creating pictures of aliens and food for the alien, along with maps.
Year 1 have started their work on explorers - Christopher Columbus. They are learning facts about him and how they can support this understanding in their construction areas.
A very busy week - we are talking about keeping safe during firework night and Halloween. We created firework pictures to start the discussion of keeping safe and what we should do during the different times of the year. The children have come up with lots of ideas and then looked at how we can ensure that we are safe in our environments. We talked about using scissors, digging, creating dens and ensuring that all members of the team take responsibility. The children work very hard on managing their own safety as there are safety spies each day who ensure that the outdoor area is safe to be used.
A very busy end of the half term - an inspiration day to find out all about celebrations.
To find out what we have been doing this week. Follow this link: http://www.manea.cambs.sch.uk/ks1-celebration-day/
A week of investigations for the children in Pine and Elm.
Two different challenges have been set to develop the investigation skills of the classes.
Reception - investigate parties - using Kipper's Birthday - your challenge is to find out how Kipper celebrates his birthday - what things does he have to do? What could we create to make our own party? This will involve writing invitations, cards, creating birthday cakes in the playdough and mud kitchen and also various role play activities.
Year 1 - what can you find out about Florence Nightingale -what was it like to be a nurse in her times? Is it the same as now? This will involve writing facts, exploring power points and using various role play situations to develop a deeper understanding.
The children are working well in this new approach and love being investigators - this will continue to be developed over the next term through the Enquiry Based Learning approach and the children will be asked how their investigations will support their next learning.
We are commencing our work on keeping healthy. We will be having a visit from a nurse who will work with Year R and Year 1 to discuss ways of keeping healthy and facts about nurses.
Reception are then focussing on the characters in our reading books - we will be reading 'Spots' and discussing the action in the story - what happens at the beginning, in the middle and what happens at the end. We have also used the five senses book to help us understand how wonderful our bodies are. We have then taken part in a texture investigation - ask us what we felt!
Year 1 will then be looking at the life of Florence Nightingale. We will be identifying different facts about her and then using this information in our writing. We are also beginning to write on lines - it is a bit tricky but we will keep on trying!
Design and Technology Week
We are continuing with our focus text 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear'.
This week we are looking at different ways of making homes for Brown Bear.
Reception have started by creating a class home for the bear. They have discussed what is needed to be used to join the materials. Some sellotape was not sticky enough so we used string. We then found masking tape which we used as well. We then discussed what Brown Bear would need - windows, a door, a bed, some food, a bath and shower, a toy box - the list was endless. After working on the main house together we then continued with this focus in our busy learning times.
Year one have been working in their groups using reclaimed materials. They have discussed how high the walls need to be and what materials would be best to create windows. They have then worked on strengthening the structure.
This week we are using Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? As our focus text. This is then developing how they look at things around them.
Reception are using the text to enable them to focus on looking carefully at their world around them. We have collected snails and are watching them closely! We will also be colour mixing and using the expertise of the year 1 children in our role play situations. We have linked to the Enquiry of 'People who help us' by finding out about Kipper from our new books and creating our own All about me books.
Year 1 are focusing on looking at their local environment - we have been introducing 'bird's eye view' to the children and they have been drawing objects in this way. They have also been investigating their local environment and are linking this to the overall Enquiry of 'People who help us'. In the outdoor area the children have used available resources to create a Fish and Chip Shop! They have been writing menus, lists, creating the shop and working together to ensure that every aspect is covered! WOW!
A very informative week! We have been investigating similarities and differences, continuing from our work on our all about me boxes. This week we have been looking at appearance. We have then created our own self portraits for our classroom displays.
Reception - we have been looking at our eye and hair colour, the shape of our faces and the colours that we need. We have then played guess who - trying to identify who we are thinking of by giving clues as to the hair colour and eye colours.
Year 1 - we have linked this self portrait work with a study of an artist - Van Gogh. We have learnt how closely you have to look to get the details correct. We have mixed the colours for our face colour and then looked in more detail at the features we need to create. We have seen the whites of our eyes and discussed how we will represent these in our paintings.
A fantastic start to the new academic year! Well done everyone.
Reception have been finding out about the new routine of their school and sharing their all about me boxes with their friends. We are all very excited to learn about each other and discuss our likes and dislikes. We have also had a short physical session which involved us listening very hard to instructions and then having fun!
Year one have been using their all about me boxes as a basis for their writing. They have been writing labels and then extending these into descriptive sentences. Again they have loved sharing their likes and interests with their friends and use the boxes as a starting point for paired discussions.
A fantastic start to the new term!