Our First Weeks at School
What a wonderful first few weeks we've had in school! We have been busy making new friends, learning all the new routines and exploring the new environment inside and outside. Toucan class have been challenging themselves in all kinds of ways. We have been using our listening ears to listen carefully for sounds, practised our mark making and learnt how to count carefully.
This week we have been learning about the wonders of God's creations from little jellyfish in the sea to the tallest mountains. We went on a hunt around our school grounds to find some of God's creations - we found lots! We also learnt about Harvest. We had lots of very kind donations from all across our school community and we talked about how these would be shared out where they were needed. A very big thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Festival on Friday afternoon. The children sang and spoke with such confidence and were all very proud of themselves!
Tallulah’s Birthday and Where We Live
We have been really busy learning about the area around our school. We went on a walk and spotted lots of interesting things on the way. We even saw a little squirrel eating his breakfast! We heard the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears and made maps of her journey through the woods. We collected sticks and tried really hard to make stick houses just like the one in The Three Little Pigs. We huffed and puffed to blow them down. We’ve been learning how to add things together and have practised writing numbers. Tallulah’s birthday was great fun. What a busy week we had writing invitations, wrapping presents, making party food and playing games. We even celebrated a birthday in our class!
We met lots of interesting creatures in the Rainforest Workshop and challenged ourselves to touch them gently, they didn’t always feel how we expected them to. We tasted interesting fruit from ‘Parrot Tico Tango’, some we liked and some we didn’t! We created pictograms to show which fruits were the most popular. We had so much fun and our costumes looked AMAZING! Our classroom was alive with rainforest creatures and plants!
Autumn is well and truly upon us and we have been learning all about this special time of year. We went for a lovely walk to Vinters Valley where we saw lots of signs of Autumn and collected treasures to create natural artwork back in the classroom. We have been learning to measure length and have been trying really hard to begin to write simple words. We learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes before designing and constructing our own firework rockets. We had to use lots of problem solving skills! On Friday of last week, along with the whole school, we came together for a Remembrance Service to remember all those who gave their lives in conflict. We made poppies and presented them at our service.
It was lovely to see so many parents at our recent reading afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed showing our visitors how to play some phonics games before exploring different reading and phonics games in the classroom. The afternoon finished off with the children sharing a cosy story book with an adult.
Just for fun ...
The children LOVE this song and have asked if it can be put on the website so they can show you!
We were all very proud of how brilliantly the children performed in their Nativity play - ‘Come to the Manger’ and they thoroughly enjoyed putting on their performances to such lovely audiences. This week we also welcomed Year 3 who came to our classroom to perform their shadow puppet shows based on traditional tales. The sun even came out just in time to make the shadows even better. The children really enjoyed the stories and enjoyed making their own shadows dance! We have been busy practising our reading blending skills and searched for words we could read around the classroom. On Thursday we all used the iPads to film each other. The children used some fabulous technology skills!
People Who Help Us
Special thanks to our lovely parent volunteers who came in to tell the children about the different jobs they do. We had visits from a police officer, a physiotherapist and a doctor. The children really enjoyed learning about the different types of roles and jobs people do and especially enjoying using and playing with the equipment that was brought in. We were especially excited to use a radio to make a call to the Police control centre!
Chinese New Year
The children have really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year this week and we were really lucky to have our Chinese expert Mrs Tsang to tell us all about it! We have tried different Chinese foods, played Chinese games, written wishes for the wishing tree, practised using chopsticks, created lion dances and even tried writing Chinese numbers. What a busy week! Thank you also to our lovely parent helper who came in to tell the children about how Chinese New Year is celebrated in other parts of the world and his gift of decorations for our classrooms.
What an exciting week we’ve had in Toucan Class this week as we began our pirates topic in Book Week. We shared lots of wonderful pirate stories, many of which were brought in by the children themselves for us to share. On Tuesday we watched an amazing live performance of ‘Treasure Hunt’ and on Thursday we were joined by Year 6LG for a cosy book share afternoon. We learned how to describe and write about treasure and how to make amounts of money for the treasure chests. On Friday we joined the whole school in a special Book Week worship so that everyone could show of their fabulous costumes!
Boxley Church Visit
We had a lovely time when we went to visit Boxley Church recently. It was very exciting to travel there by coach and everyone enjoyed pointing out the landmarks we knew on the way. We explored the grounds of the church and were lucky enough to be able to thoroughly investigate all the interesting things inside. We learned lots of new facts about churches, saw beautiful stained glass windows, the font where baptisms take place and even held our own wedding; there were a lot of bridesmaids! Thank you so much to our wonderful parent volunteers, Rev Paul and Captain Bibby for all their help to make our visit extra special.