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 Monday and Thursday afternoons and your child will need a t-shirt, shorts (and or tracksuit bottoms) and footwear please. Also, each child in the class has their own water bottle in the classroom that they have access to at all times.
We have had a lovely relaxed week in Pippin Class where we have spent lots of time playing and enjoying the sunshine. We have watched a film and also spent time getting displays ready for when we are in Honeycrisp Class in September. To start our relaxing week we had a go at some more Cosmic Kids Yoga, this time it was Moana!
To end our music this term we composed to our favourite song from last term...Big Bear Funk!
Pippin Class want to say a big well done to Nancy and Owen who were our first homework certificate receivers! They received their certificates in assembly on Tuesday and we were all very proud of them. We also need to say well done to Lottie and Tristan who had a good go at their homework, but didn't get enough points to receive a certificate!
Term 6 - Week 6
We started this week by making some cupcakes. We helped the adults to weigh out all the ingredients. We had to be really careful so that we had the right amount of everything otherwise they wouldn't taste very nice! We added the ingredients one by one and then mixed them all together and baked them in the oven. Luckily they were ready by the time we went home so we got to take them with us!
We tried a different kind of P.E this week and watched a Cosmic Kids Yoga video called Squish the Fish. We went on an adventure under the sea with Squish. We learnt some new yoga moves, stretched our muscles and relaxed our bodies.
In our Music lesson this week we composed to 'Row Row Row the Boat'. We started by composing as a group and then we composed on our own. Miss Standing videoed us performing our individual compositions and then we watched it back on the board. When we had watched it we talked about what we could do to improve our performance and the second time we performed it, it was much better!
This week we were lucky enough to have a replica Anglo-Saxon boat called the Ottar! We were able to ask questions and we learnt that all boats are female...even if they have a boys name! We also got to touch it and look inside! We did have to stand on benches though because it was quite tall!
Term 6 - Week 5
This week we have been focusing on pirates! We brought in pieces of treasure from home and hid them in the garden. Then we made a treasure map with a route and an 'x' to mark the spot!
We then swapped maps with our partners and followed the route to find the treasure. Mrs O'Brien even hid a piece of treasure for Miss Standing to find and she made her go all around the garden!
In the afternoon we had a circle time and we shared our pieces of treasure with the rest of the class. We talked about what they were, where they came from and why we liked them.
To finish off our week we designed our treasure chests. Miss Standing gave us a template, and she told us to think about what we wanted to go on it. Once we had drawn a decoration on our treasure chest we picked up what we needed to keep for later (e.g. if you had a yellow oval, you would then put that yellow oval in your bowl to save it for later when we decorated them, fallowing their plans.
Term 6 - Week 4
We have had great fun this week with Sports Day. Well done to all of us for joining in and representing the school so well. Also, a special well done to Woodpeckers for winning the Sports Day trophy!
This week in our music lessons we have been continuing to compose our own pieces of music with the glockenspiels. This week we were using the notes D and C and the nursery rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider'.
When Miss Hopkins comes to visit our classroom we have been learning all about the outdoors. We have been talking about the different types of trees and the leaves and fruit that they grow.
We are only having toast once a week now (to get us ready for Year 1 when we won't have it at all) but we are still getting lots of practise with spreading our butter, jam and cream cheese! We are now much better than when we started!
This week we have been looking at sea transport. We have been learning about boats and submarines. We started by making lists of their key features from books we were reading. Then we looked at the similarities and differences between then and wrote comparative sentences. We finished off our week by making either a boat or a submarine out of our junk modelling resources.
Term 6 - Week 3
We started our week with Sports Day practise! We have been working on our throwing, our running, our jumping and obviously our hula hoop manoeuvring! We are all very excited for next week, and by the time we get to Tuesday we will be completely ready!
Pippin Class have been loving the glorious weather this week and making the most of it by sorting out our garden area with Mrs O'Brien.
Scribe Nancy with Phoebe, Riley and Riyah
Miss Andrews with Naylen, Tristan, Daria and Logan
Mrs O'Brien with Savanna, Archie and Emilio
Miss Standing with Lottie, Millie and Charlie
We have continued with our Talk 4 Writing book, 'Mr Gumpy's Outing', this week and we split into groups to use the story map to retell the story.
In our music this week we have been continuing with our composition journey. We have taken it one step further this time by composing independently. We used the notes 'E' and 'D' and played along to 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'.
In our topic lessons this week we have been looking at 'who eats what?' in the ocean. We started by looking at food chains in order to understand what the different animals eat and we cut out pictures to show this. Next we made the animals from our food chains and then made our own aquariums for the animals to live in.
By the end of the week we had labelled aquariums to decorate our classroom.
Term 6 - Week 2
This week we have been focusing on the different layers of the ocean. We started by looking at each of the layers and learning their names. The top layer is called the sunlight zone , the next layer is the twilight zone, then the midnight zone, then the abyss and right at the bottom there is the trench. At the bottom it is pitch black, freezing cold and we can't go down there because there is so much pressure and we would be squished!
Our next job was to paint the different layers of the ocean...
Then we had to cut out the different animals and sort them into the different layers we had painted...
To finish of our learning we are split into groups and made mind maps about the different layers of the ocean. We then used our mind maps to write a sentence about the layer we had.
In our music lesson this week we have been looking at composing our own music alongside Baa Baa Black Sheep. We split into 3 groups and used the notes D and C in whatever arrangement we wanted to.
Miss Standing and Mrs O'Brien even managed to get some videos of us performing our compositions to the rest of the class.
Term 6 - Week 1
Pippin classroom had a bit of a make over in half term and we have become immersed in our under water topic with new display boards and a new role play corner.
We started our new topic by exploring our topic book: Commotion in the Ocean. Unfortunately, the pages of the book were broken into puzzle pieces and we had to work in our house groups to fix the puzzle and write down the animal we found on the page. Once we had found all of the pages we were able to read the book and talk about the different ocean animals.
In our P.E this week we looked at being healthy and safe. We worked in our house teams again to sort different pictures into two hoops: healthy and unhealthy. We had lots of different things to sort like crisps, grapes, riding a bike with no helmet and holding scissors safely. We talked about which were healthy and safe choices and which weren't. We then came back to the classroom and made our own healthy lunchbox.
We have had the glockenspiels out again this week. We started by shutting our eyes and listening to a piece of classical music. Some of us sat completely still and just listened. Some people sat completely still but some of us couldn't help but move to the music. We are also now starting to compose our own music. We got to choose which notes we wanted to play along with the 'Big Bear Funk' piece of music, and in which order. We then played along to the song as a class.
In our Maths Makes Sense lessons this week we have been looking at time. We are all now able to tell the times on the hour. We learnt how to move the clock hands to make the small hand point to the hour and the big hand point to the o'clock (the 12). We have also been learning how to draw the time with the different sized hands.
We have also started a new Talk 4 Writing book this week: 'Mr Gumpy's Outing'. It is all about a man who owns a boat and lives by the river. One day he went for a ride in his boat and lots of different animals wanted to come with him. There were lots of things Mr. Gumpy didn't want the animals to do. Everything was fine for a little while but then everything went wrong and everyone fell out of the boat. They had to walk home through the fields for tea.
We ended this week making jellyfish with paper plates, tissue paper and curling ribbon. For some reason it was very funny to wear them on our heads!
We finished our gymnastics this term with some jumping and equipment. We used the springboard to practise our 2 feet to 2 feet jumps and our landings.
Our jungle topic has come to an end this week and we finished it by talking about all the different animals we have learnt about his term.
Over the term we have been doing smart write-ups of our work to make a non-fiction book about jungle animals. We looked through some published non-fiction books and realised that our books were missing some bits. We needed a title page, a contents page and page numbers.
Our finished books...
...made into a display board for our reading corner.
Miss Standing has worked us really hard this week but as it was nice weather she also let us spend lots of time playing outside!
We spent the last day of term getting ourselves ready for our new topic: Commotion in the Ocean! We talked about what we would like to learn about next term, to help Miss Standing with her planning, and we made multi-coloured fish to go on our coral reef display.
Term 5 - Week 5
This week in our gymnastics we have been looking at rolling. We learnt how to do a sausage roll, a teddy bear roll and a forward roll. We learnt all about the importance of learning how to do them correctly and safely so that we didn't hurt ourselves. We learnt them step by step and worked in pairs so that wee could help each other improve our technique.
We also had a visitor to Pippin Class this week to help us bring our 'Rumble in the Jungle' topic to an end. We had Michael from Creepy Claws and he came with lots of animal friends for us to look at and touch. We met Pumpkin the snake, we met a cockroach, a millipede, Louise the lizard (she was Miss Standing's favourite), we met a tarantula called Rose and Michael put her on Miss Standing's head. We also met a scorpion and a bird eating tarantula but we could only look at them! We were all really brave and we learnt so much about the different mini jungle animals.
To celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May, we decided to have a crafty morning to get us in the wedding spirit. We had the pleasure of having Year 4 come and join us and they helped us to make some bunting, design a wedding cake, make a flag to wave at the telly tomorrow and to make some crowns so we could be Princesses and Princes too.
We finished this week by painting the animals that we met when Michael from Creepy Claws came to visit. We talked about the different animals, what they looked like and what colours we would need to paint them.
Term 5 - Week 4
This week we have been looking at big cats! We decided to focus on lions and tigers because they were our favourite. We split into 2 groups and worked in our teams to write down all the facts we knew about the animals and what we wanted to find out. The weather was so beautiful that we took our learning outside. We then went back inside to use Miss Standing's computer to look up the answers to our questions and extend our knowledge.
During our Maths Makes Sense lessons this week we have been looking at weighing. We have been using the secret parcels from our 'post office' and seeing which was heavier or lighter. Some of the parcels tried to trick us though because they were very little but heavy and some of them were big but very light! We have also been using our parcels instead of cups to practise our addition and subtraction Maths Stories.
Miss Standing has changed one of our display boards this week to fit with our jungle theme. She used the neat writing we did about monkeys and the monkeys we made last Friday. Some of the monkeys are being very cheeky and hanging upside down from their tails!
We really enjoyed the sunshine this week and as we worked so hard in class we thought we would treat ourselves to a little sunbathe!
Term 5 - Week 3
This week in P.E we have been learning a sequence of gymnastic moves. We needed to watch Miss Standing really carefully and copy what she was doing. Some of the moves were hard and we had to stay very still. By the end of the two lessons we were able to do all of the moves really well which means that next week we will be able to learn some harder moves!
In our Maths Makes Sense this week we have carried on looking at shape and we have also learnt a new word...tessellate. We know that you can fit certain shapes together to make patterns. If the shapes fit together with no gaps that means it is a tessellating shape. We learnt that hexagons, rectangles, triangles and squares tessellated and that circles did not.
We have been having lots of fun in our outside area again this week as the weather cheered up. We have been using our magnifying glasses to find different insects. Miss Standing found a little spider in one of our tuff trays and she put it in the magnifying lens so that we could all see it. It moved around a lot but we did manage to get a picture. After a little while we put it in the flower bed so that it could carry on exploring and we could see what else we could find.
To carry on our theme of friendship this term we made friendship hats and practised being a kind and helpful friend.
Our Talk 4 Writing book this term in Little Red Riding Hood. As it is quite well known, we have started the process quite quickly. We mapped the story last week and then this week we shared the story in 4 groups and retold the story. We used the same story map but we came up with 4 slightly different stories.
The jungle animal we have focused on this week is the monkey. We did a research lesson on Monday where we came up with all the things we already knew about monkeys and then wrote down some questions we would like to research. We then used Miss Standing's computer to research and learn more. With all the information we had found out we did a piece of writing for a display board and then made monkeys out of card.
From now on we are trying something new with our snack time to help us be independent. It is called self service snack and we get to do everything ourselves. We even did our own toast today!
Term 5 - Week 2
This week in Maths we have been looking at shapes and their properties. During one of our Maths activities we had to find and sort the 2D shapes and find everyday objects to match the different shapes.
We have also been working on our balance and co-ordination. We used the wall bars and lots of different equipment to practise.
Sadly this week we have had to say goodbye to three lovely people. One from our own class...Miss Lexi. We all wish her the best of luck at her new school for her and her brother Brandon. We also had to say goodbye to our lovely cook Tracey. We decided to draw her some self portraits so that she will never be able to forget us!!
Throughout this term we will be looking at friendships, kindness and how to look after each other. We decided that we would make a tree display to represent our school family so we took some pictures!
Term 5 - Week 1
We started this term by talking about what we already knew about our topic: 'Rumble in the Jungle'. We came up with lots of different animals and what we though the jungle looked like.
On Tuesday we had a bit of a problem, the animals in our book for this topic ran away with the pages and they disappeared all round the school! We had to get our clipboards and go and find all the different pages. As they were jungle animals we had to get into our jungle car and put on our seatbelts...just to be safe.Thankfully we found them all and we were able to read the book.
The weather has been beautiful this week and we have made the most of it by being in our outside area. We have done lots of building and exploring and Miss Standing even had her own hard hat for the occasion! We also had a large box delivery which was great for den making.
As our topic is changing over we decided our outside board needed a revamp. We made lots of leaves, handprint butterflies and parrots and paper plate animals. Welcome to the jungle!
The final week of term started in a very exciting way for us because we went to Wingham Wildlife Park. We went to visit the dinosaurs to finish our Stomp, Stomp, Roar topic, and to start our Rumble in the Jungle topic. It was a very exciting day but there was a lot of walking. We all behaved very well and Miss Standing was very proud of us. She was so pleased with how we behaved that she bought us a green Triceratops dinosaur called Wilbur. He now sits on her desk and makes sure we are making good choices in class too.
To get ourselves into the Easter spirit this week we started by making Easter bunny faces!
We continued with the Easter spirit by making Easter baskets, which we of course used to hunt for Easter eggs in our outside area. Miss Standing had hidden one small one and one big one for each of us. We had to find the ones with our names on to put in our baskets.
I would again like to thank everybody (children and adults) for their continued hard work and support this term. I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and that you end up eating lots of chocolate (I know I will do)! See you in a few weeks.
Miss Standing x
Term 4 - Week 5
We finished our P.E lessons this term by playing some team games! We incorporated all the skills we had been practising and competed for house points. In the end blue and yellow team won the pair games and green group won the group game at the end!
We have carried on looking at dinosaurs this week and we have been learning about the different things they eat. We started by looking at the dinosaurs and talking about how we could categorise them. We learnt that if a dinosaur had 4 legs and a long neck or defensive spikes it was probably a herbivore which means that it likes to eat plants. We also learnt that if a dinosaur had 2 legs and sharp teeth that it was probably a carnivore which means that it likes to eat meat. However, there were some tricky dinosaurs (like the Iguanodon) who stands on two legs but has defensive spikes on his 'thumbs' and likes to eat plants! As part of our exploration of the dinosaurs and their eating habits Miss Standing made dinosaur poo! One lot of poo had lots of leaves and sticks in it so we think it was probably from a herbivore dinosaur like a diplodocus, and the other one had lots of little bones in it (pasta and rice) so we think it was probably from a carnivore dinosaur like a Pterodactyl.
We turned our music lesson into a performance this week as there were so many songs to learn and play along to. We split into our house groups and learnt a song each. Red Robins learnt to play the Wheels on the Bus, green Woodpeckers learnt to play Row Row Row Your Boat, blue Magpies learnt to play Incy Wincy Spider and yellow Goldfinches learnt to play Baa Baa Black Sheep. At the end of the day everybody came together and we each performed the songs we had learnt. Everyone did a fantastic job and hopefully one day we will be able to show you what we have learnt.
After a week of waiting it was finally time for our dinosaur eggs to hatch. Some of them were a little bit slow though so we had to help them along.
Instead of working on our Talk 4 Writing story (The Three Little Pigs) this week we used the same principle to make our own story maps. We chose our own characters and where they were going to go in our story. We decided we needed something to go wrong in the story, to make it exciting, but we all agreed we needed a happen ending so that it wasn't too sad or scary.
In Maths Makes Sense this week we have been looking and weighing and sharing. What better way to finish this week off, than by making dinosaur footprint biscuits! We followed the instructions to make the biscuits and then used a T-Rex to make an imprint with the dinosaurs foot which we filled with a boiled sweet!
Unfortunately this week had a sad ending for Pippin Class, especially for Tristan. Friday was our beloved Mrs Worthington's last day with us. She has done so much for us and we are really going to miss. Everybody drew her a picture and made her a lovely card and we bought her a picture of her with Miss Standing, Mrs O'Brien and Miss Andrews in their dinosaur pant costumes, and some flowers. She cried so we gave her a big cuddle and we cuddled her so hard she fell over! She also bought us some lovely games to play with. We filled our class reward jar this week so we decided to have a party to celebrate and also to say goodbye to Mrs Worthington.
Term 4 - Week 4
Our P.E lesson this week was all about balancing and coordination. We carried on practising our ball skills with catching and throwing activities but primarily focused on balancing in a variety of ways. We started by playing our colours warm up game but this time when Miss Standing said a colour we had to do a certain balance instead of a type of movement. We then moved on to trying to walk along a masking tape line and then moving in a variety of ways along the benches. Some children managed to go on their tiptoes and some children even managed to go backwards!
This term we have been looking at 'The Three Little Pigs' story. We have made our story map to help us retell the story and this week we decided to change the story with our own characters.