Check back here regularly to hear what we have been up to and to see our latest pictures. For your information our PE slots are every Thursday afternoon and your child will need a t-shirt, shorts (and or tracksuit bottoms) and trainers. Also, each child in the class has their own water bottle in the classroom that they have access to at all times.
This week we decided to turn our outside area into a circus. We had hoops and stilts and the children learnt to play skittles!
Our theme this week was owls and we had a relaxing afternoon listening to and talking about the book 'The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark'. We lay down on the floor in our classroom and turned all the lights off and listened to the story. We then talked about how the owl was feeling and the children made faces to show different emotions.
...and his herd of multicoloured elephants
Autumnal reading area
Pippin Class owls
The Gruffalo cave!
To show off all the amazing work we have been doing, we gave our classroom a little re vamp!
- We have been looking at Elmer and we used this to explore how colours change. We painted two primary colours on our hands and then rubbed them together to see what colour it made. When they were dry we made them into elephants by giving them ears, eyes and tails!
- We also decorated our reading area with autumn leaves and sun catchers.
- To carry on our owls theme we made owls with cotton balls to go on our corridor display. The very talented Mrs O'Brien made a tree on our classroom door with lovely long branches for our owls to sit on.
- The police corner is gone and has been replaced by a Gruffalo cave! The children have access to the book, masks of the characters and costumes to help them extend their role play.
Term 2 - Week 2
"This is where I keep my cups"
"This is where I do my maths"
"Get ready to get some more"
"Look at the maths table and count"
"How much is there here?"
This week we have started the second block of our Maths Makes Sense work and the children have been learning some new language (see captions). We have been moving our cups from our resources table to our maths table so that we can count how many we have all together.
This week we have been looking at witches and potions. The children have been continuing their learning in their outside area and making lots of potions!!
Term 2 - Week 1
This week our theme has been Halloween and Fireworks. At the beginning of this week we had a mystery delivery at lunchtime and a letter from Mr and Mrs Halloween! They said they had found some boxes but they were too scared to find out what was in them so they asked for our help. Pippin Class were very brave and they put their hands in the boxes and helped to work out what was in them. They found lots of scary things like brains (spaghetti), eyeballs (peeled grapes), monster ears (dried apricots), monster teeth (unpopped popcorn), witches tongues (sliced banana) and witches fingers (carrot sticks)!!
To carry on our theme we did some investigating with a white ghost balloon, vinegar and baking soda. We put the vinegar in the bottom of a bottle and poured the baking soda into the balloon. When we were ready we put the balloon over the top of the bottle and tipped the baking soda into the vinegar. The mixture fizzed and bubbled and the gas blew up the balloon so we could the ghost face.
This term we will be looking at the book Elmer in our Talk4Writing sessions. Unfortunately Elmer had never been read in Pippin Class before so Elmer had lost his colours. We needed to help him and we started this by going on an elephant hunt. We followed elephant footprints to find squares of coloured tissue paper and we helped to put Elmer back together.
When we were looking at fireworks we did another investigation looking at making predictions. We had full fat milk, red food colouring and washing up liquid. We had a thin layer of milk in a dish and Miss Standing put a drop of food colouring in. When we dipped our cotton buds in washing up liquid and put them in the food colouring the colour darted away from the cotton bud and it looked like fireworks!
To round off our fun filled week of Halloween and Fireworks, we made rockets to go on our new display board. We also made a bonfire and glitter firework displays. More pictures to follow...
Term 1 - Week 7
This week we have finished learning the Little Red Hen story (finally). The children have worked really hard this term and now know the story so well that they can use the class story maps to tell the story. If you ask them they may even show you!
Although the weather has turned colder we have been lucky that it has stayed dry because there have been lots of exciting activities in our outside area for us to play with.
As our parents were coming in this week we decided to make biscuits. We talked about all the health and safety behind baking and made sure we got rid of all of the germs before we started! We then followed a set of instructions and made the biscuit mix ourselves. Miss Standing put them in the oven and the next day we decorated them and made them into faces for when our families came to visit our classroom.
Last but not least, everybody's favourite part of the week...our treat afternoon! We have worked really hard over the last term and we managed to fill our quiet critter jar (class reward system). Miss Standing bought hot chocolate, squirty cream, marshmallows and biscuits and we had our drinks and then had a disco!
Term 1 - Week 6
This week in our Maths we have been practicing our counting. We have done lots of work with pennies, both inside and outside and we have been counting objects onto number cards. In our child initiated time we practised our number recognition by giving the hungry caterpillar a body with a green finger print to match the number!
In our outside area we have been doing lots of building with the different bricks. Lexi and Owen did a fantastic job of building a tower that was even taller than them! We also rearranged our trim trail this week. Nancy and Millie saw some children being silly with the round gap so they decided to make a wall in front of it to make it safe and stop people going through it!
Nancy's family tree
Owen's family tree
Lexi's family tree
This week we have been talking about our families. We have had a circle time about who is in our family and we turned this information into family trees. Some of the children were able to apply their phonics knowledge to help them label the pictures they had drawn.
Mummy, Lottie and Daddy
Daddy, Owen and Mummy (under a rain cloud)
Baby Mia, Lexi and Brandon
Daddy, Savanna and Mummy
Mummy, Nancy and Daddy
We finished off the week by painting some family pictures. We were especially thinking about the colours we were choosing to use so that we didn't have any purple people with green hair!
Term 1 - Week 5
This week it has turned cold so we have spent some time exploring the toys and resources inside our classroom. We have been pretending to be real life superheroes in the Police role play corner, acting out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with the dolls house and building in lots of different ways. We have also found out that everybody loves play doh!
In Pippin class we love to take our learning outdoors and in Maths this week we have been looking at positional language. We have been practicing following positional instructions using our trim trail. Some children have even been using the language in their play which is fantastic!
We have finished off our week with some autumnal artwork. The children collected the leaves themselves and chose the colours for the handprints to decorate the hedgehogs.
Term 1 - Week 4
This week it has definitely turned autumnal in our outdoor area and Logan has been chief conker collector!
This week we have been looking at healthy eating and we finished by making our faces out of vegetables. The children were able to choose from a variety of fruit and vegetables (carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, grapes and peppers) and they then laid them out on the wrap with either cream cheese or butter. Then came the best bit...we got to eat them!
This week ended with Miss Standing's birthday and we celebrated with chocolate cake!
Term 1 - Week 3
We survived our first full week of school this week and we had lots of fun. We have been learning all about Supertato and his super veggie friends and we explored different vegetables. We got a chance to touch and smell each of the vegetables and we sorted them into different colour categories. We also had a chance to design and make our own superhero masks because in Pippin Class we are all SUPERHEROES!
Term 1 - Week 2
This week we have spent lots of time getting to know each other. We met Bruno bear who helps us with taking turns during circle times and we enjoyed lots of time playing out in the sun. We also discovered we had lots of fun dressing up costumes to try on!
Meet Pippin bear! He is our very own class bear and each week one lucky child will be able to take him home for the weekend. He comes with his own bed, blanket, cuddly toy and an adventure book! He loves to be taken on adventures and Miss Standing and Mrs O'Brien would love to see what Pippin bear has been up to in the adventure book. I hope you all have lots of fun with Pippin bear and we look forward to seeing all of the adventures you and Pippin bear share.
AlphablocksPlay along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet.