Category: Learning Zone

Making Lanterns

We made our lanterns using thin card. The children drew or shaded with coloured crayons and then they painted the card with oil to make it more translucent.

 

Making a Dark Den

As part of our topic on day and night we have been exploring the dark. One of our projects was to make a dark den. The children knew that to make their den dark they needed to keep out the light. Some of the children collaborated for a long time to create their own dark den using fabric and pegs. However, it was difficult to block out the light. We then turned the story boat into a dark den and shared a book by torchlight. Since then, the children have enjoyed playing with torches in the dark den, exploring their shadows and the excitement of the dark.

 

Light Magic & Shadow Art

We have been exploring light and shadow in science and art. The children used objects of an overhead projector to create interesting patterns of colour and shadow. They were especially curious to see how they could change the pattern by moving the objects.

Lantern Walk

The children were so excited to go for a lantern walk. They learnt a special lantern song and made their own lanterns. In Pipit class we have been learning about how the earth’s rotation creates day and night. In the day time we practiced our lantern walk and observed the sun in the sky. Our lantern walk started at dusk and we stopped to look at where the sun had been in the day and we saw the colours of sunset and the first stars in the sky.

Thank you to all the families who came and joined us it was a marvellous way to deepen the children’s learning and to celebrate the coming of the winter.

 

 

Homes in the Past

We have been learning about homes in the past and we have looked at an old typewriter and telephone. They have been very keen to explore them and understand how they work.

It was hard for them to imagine a world with no mobile phones, computers or internet.

Forces & Gravity

Investigating the Theory

Ospreys are learning about forces, including gravity. We went outside to investigate the theory that “two objects of a similar shape, when dropped, will land at the same time”.

We used various balls from the PE shed, from sponge balls to medicine balls, and dropped them. Our partners had to get down to floor level to see if they did land at the same time.

 

 

It was amazing

Halloween

Halloween Theme Week

To launch the Halloween theme week the year 1 children investigated number lines, using finger painting to create their own pumpkin number line whilst the year 2 children made number bond broomsticks just to re-cap their number bonds before moving into their addition and subtraction unit. After this we continued the fun.

This terms DT topic was to make a puppet. We spent 2 days investigating, practising, designing and finally making our own Halloween finger puppets. Some children used sewing, some glue and some decided stapling was a convenient way of combining fabrics as this could also be used for the character’s features. We also explored using our fingers in different ways to create spiders on webs and paper pumpkins.

To complete the Halloween approach to the week we spent a day drawing and exploring different pencils and charcoals, as you can imagine we had a few sooty looking faces but we also had some amazing drawings at the end of the day.

We have had so much fun ....

Computing

Computing and Instructions

We combined the need to be able to follow instructions with understanding that computers only do what we as humans tell them to do. In pairs we had a controller and a robot, the robot could only do the exact movement the controller told them to do, as you can see this sometimes meant walking into walls.

The children absolutely loved doing this and it gave every child a chance to speak up.

English Autumn 2021

Year 1 Phonics

We have been going back over our phase 4 phonics sounds. We focus on a sound a day where we think of words independently which we then check the spelling of and discuss any rules surrounding the sound/grapheme of the day and then use them in a sentence. We often use this as an opportunity to edit sentences as a whole group.

 

 

English - Using our senses to create lists of adjectives

We went for an early morning walk to make the most of the amazing dew and fresh autumn sunshine. We were lucky enough to be able to see the webs all over the village cricket pitch as well as see the sun create a rainbow on the grass with the dew. We used this time to explore our senses and how this can help us describe, using adjectives.

 

Kingfishers - In the mirror I can see ...

To help us learn about adjectives we used mirrors to write about ourselves. The year 1 children wrote out different adjectives they could use to write about themselves, and the year 2 children used these in sentences.

 

 

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