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.
Term 3 - Week 2
We ended last week and started this week by making our own space ships. We painted two paper bowls, stapled them together and decorated them. We then drew an alien to go in the plastic cup pod and our space ships are now flying proudly across the classroom!
Throughout this term we will be thinking about how we can get to Zog in space. We had a circle time and talked about the fact that whatever we used to travel to space needed to fly. We made a mind map of all of our ideas and then talked about how realistic these ideas were. As you can see we have crossed some off, for example we didn't think we would be able to fly on a bee and get all the way to space! The children then voted and decided which would be the best method of travel!
We also started our new Talk 4 Writing book this week: 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers. We came in from playtime on Thursday and there was the outline of a star stuck to the board with an envelope which said clue 1. We then had to follow different clues around the classroom to find the different bits of the star. We ended up in the hall and the last bit of the star was pinned to the bottom of the climbing apparatus! It said that we weren't allowed to keep the star but if we were brave enough we could climb to get our own star. Everybody did a fantastic job and got their own stars. We carefully took them back to the classroom and decorated them with anything yellow that we could find. The stars have then been added to our class display in the corridor.
This week we have looked at kites to see whether they will help us get to space. We made our own kite pictures using tissue paper and laminating pouches. Next week we will add the string and ribbon so that they can fly across our windows. Some of the children were even able to make a repeating pattern with their tissue paper.
We ended this week by re evaluating our class rules. We had a circle time and the children talked about all the things that we need to do to have a happy Pippin class. The children came up with all the ideas themselves and then everybody signed their names and finger prints on the page to show that we all agree to them.
Term 3 - Week 1
This week we had a surprise delivery in our classroom. We came in on Tuesday morning and the whole classroom was a complete mess...we had no idea what had happened! All we could see was this funny silver thing in the corner...
Of course we had to investigate! The children hunted around the classroom to see if they could find clues about what had happened...and they found a letter!
It turned out that an alien, named Zog had crashed into our classroom. He had lost his teddy and moon rock so we needed to find them for him. Once we had found him the class thought it would be a good idea to write back so we gathered around and wrote him a letter.
Zog wrote back again and was a little worried about how we would survive if we came to visit so we did a bit of thinking and managed to write back to him. Hopefully he will write back again...
Also this week we designed some underpants for our alien friend Zog, because of course it is a well known fact that aliens love underpants! the children designed some amazing pants and wrote sentences using descriptive language to describe their designs. We are really hoping no aliens come and steal them...
This term you have all worked super hard and produced some amazing work. Our classroom looked absolutely fabulous by the end of term and I am so proud of you all. Thank you for such a lovely term (I am very sorry I missed the last 2 days) and have a lovely Christmas with your families.
See you in January! Love from Miss Standing x
Term 2 - Week 8
Term 2 - Week 7
This week started with school Christmas dinner and everyone wearing their Christmas jumpers! We had a fantastic time sitting together in the hall with our friends and our adults. Everyone looked very smart in their Christmas hats and enjoyed pulling their crackers with their friends.
We did more Christmas crafts this week and made snow globes with plastic plates and Miss Standing stuck a picture of us inside so we look trapped!
We have been doing lots of rehearsals for our Christmas play so we have been very busy but we have been doing lots of Christmas crafts to keep us going. We have decorated pine cones and turned them into Christmas trees, we have made wool wreaths out of paper plates and we also made paper chains to go up in our classroom!
This week also involved a surprise Christmas party! We couldn't let all the hard work go unnoticed so the adults pulled out all the stops to make sure the children had a lovely afternoon. Mrs O'Brien took the children onto the playground and Miss Standing set up the classroom. We had crackers, party hats and party food. We then made our own cinema and had popcorn and watched a Christmas film.
We had the school Christmas disco on Thursday and the children all looked fantastic. There were lots of giggles and lots of dancing and two children (Riley-Ray and Lottie) won the raffle prize of a biscuit selection. Mrs Booker did a fantastic job of arranging and running the disco and she gave all the children a candy cane as they left.
Term 2 - Week 6
Christmas in Pippin Class with our advent stockings.
This week we have started our Christmas preparations in Pippin Class. We have been writing letters to Santa and drawing him pictures.
We have also had a pizza delivery service running in our outside area. We attached some baskets to our bikes and the children took it in turns to deliver the pizza, take orders on the clipboards and make the pizza in the mud kitchen.
On Monday we received a surprise from Miss Hopkins. She had arranged for us to go and see a show at the Gulbenkien Theatre in Canterbury. We got to go on the school minibus for the first time and we got very wet on the walk from the car park to the theatre. Everyone was on their best behaviour and we had lots of fun being out and about!
Term 2 - Week 5
This week we have spent a lot of time looking at descriptive language as it is something that we have been finding tricky! On Monday we played a game where one person was blindfolded and the other one had an object that they had to describe for the blindfolded person to guess. The children did amazingly well and the language improved throughout the lesson. The other children in the circle stayed deadly quiet throughout the explanations and didn't give it away once!
To continue our Gruffalo theme and use of descriptive language we created our own pretend characters. At first the children found it hard to understand that they could draw anything they wanted but once they got into it they came up with some amazing creatures. We shared our designs with the rest of the class, and labelled our pictures and then came the best bit...junk modelling!! The children were given a selection of 'junk'/recycling and they created their own homes for their creatures.
This week we have started to map out the story of Elmer. We talked about the beginning of the story and what happened. There are a lot of words in Elmer so we worked together and Miss Standing read the words and we told her what to draw. She helped us to make the words easier for us to remember. We then worked with our story maps and told the adults what each picture meant so that they could write out the story.
Term 2 - Week 4
This week we have been looking at The Gruffalo book. We did a food tasting with the foods from the book. We tried owl ice cream (vanilla), Gruffalo crumble (rhubarb), roasted fox (sweet potato fries) and scrambled snake (macaroni cheese). We talked about which foods we liked and didn't like and used lots of adjectives to describe them.
We also made the different animals from the book in our house groups.
Term 2 - Week 3
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.