What are you doing to enjoy the warm weather?
I'm sure you have lots of ideas.
Here are some fun ideas I have found that I might have a go at over the holidays. Maybe you will like some of these too.
Over the past 3 weeks we have been learning ab0ut growing.
We have linked this learning to the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk for the first week of this topic.
The children enjoyed planting bean seeds and making a castle in a cloud for their bean plants to grow towards.
They were excited to see that after weekend the beans had germinated and were starting to grow shoots.
Moving our learning on we shared the story of The Enormous Turnip.
The children enjoyed weighing and comparing different sized turnips and making up their own versions of the story. They also enjoyed making giant fruit and vegetable paintings.
On our third week of growing we have read stories from the Oliver's Vegetables series. We have learnt about different types of fruit and vegetables and created shopping lists of our favourite fruit and veg as well as exploring the insides of fruit and looking at the seeds.
This week the Pandas have enjoyed learning about different farm animals. We have watched video clips from Cannon Hall farm seeing as we have been unable to make a farm visit this year. and learnt about how they care for their sheep and baby lambs during lambing time.
We have shared stories with a farming theme such as Farmer Duck. From this story the children discussed the theme of working hard, team work and caring for each others.
Over the past 2 weeks the Pandas have been learning about Minibeasts. We have listened to stories about Minibeasts; such as the Bad Tempered Ladybird, Norman the slug with a Shell, The Very Busy Spider and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We have learned about doubles by doubling the spots on ladybirds and symmetry, where we have made symmetrical paintings. We have sorted minibeasts by the number of legs and created all sorts of different hanging minibeast decorations for or classroom window.
We have started going on Welly Walks and the children have really enjoyed the opportunity to explore and see what minibeasts they can find.
This week we have enjoyed an Easter egg hunt following the clues, creative activities making chickens, decorating Easter baskets. making chocolate Easter nests and learning about melting materials. We have been ordering numbers on eggs and practising our skills are counting to 20 and comparing numbers.
The Pandas have really enjoyed learning about dinosaurs this week. The children were really knowledgeable about dinosaurs and could name lots of them and recall facts about them. We have watched Andy's Dinosaur Adventures to find out about some of the different dinosaurs and we have created our own coffee ground dough fossils using the impressions of small model dinosaur skeletons.
This week was also Science week and our fossil investigation was part of our class Science activity for the week.
Over the past 2 weeks we have been finding about some different environments. First we found out about Polar regions using stories as a stimulus and learning facts about Emperor Penguins and also Polar Bears. We enjoyed creative activities making Arctic collage scenes by mixing paint and paper and using 2d shapes to make penguins.
When learning about under the Sea we shared the story Commotion in the Ocean and painted colourful sea creatures from the story and made hanging jellyfish. Children found out about their favourite Sea Creatures and shared their facts on Seesaw either by recording themselves or writing sentences about their creature. This week has also been world book day. Our chosen author was Julia Donaldson so we have enjoyed lots of stories from our author that have been about sea creatures, such as Tiddler, A snail and a Whale and Sharing a Shell. These stories are rhyming stories and have helped the Pandas learn about rhyming pairs of words and recognising rhyme in a story.
Over the past two weeks the Pandas have been listening to different versions of first the Three Little Pigs and then in week 4 The Little Red Hen. We have compared these stories with other stories. Such as Farmer Duck, with a Lazy old farmer. We have noticed similarities and differences between the stories and written sentences about story events.
We have enjoyed acting out the stories and learning story songs with actions and instruments for the Little Red Hen.
We have painted pictures from the stories, made model houses, baked bread and painted hens.
In maths we began our learning on number 10 and have compared the number blocks, matched objects to numbers, found ways of making 10, made up number stories to 10 and developed our understanding though stories and games.
For lots of the children they have adapted amazingly well to new ways of learning at home and its been a pleasure seeing the fantastic effort that they, and their parents, have put into using Seesaw. One month into lockdown and we are proud of the Pandas and the progress they are continuing to make with their phonics thanks to the parent support in following the Read Write Inc daily lessons. You truly are a wonderful lot. Thank you x
These past two weeks the children in Pandas have been getting on tremendously well with home learning on Seesaw and for some in school. As well as the daily use of Seesaw we have also started daily zoom meetings, which provide an opportunity to see all our friends and talk about the learning for the day.
Over these two weeks we have started our new topic of Traditional stories.
First we had the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and had a great time acting out the story, making stick puppets and retelling the story in our own words. We sequenced the story, wrote speech bubbles and made story maps.
We have also begun work around number 9 and over the 2 weeks we have ordered, compared, partitioned and counted to 9 and beyond. We have added using a numberline and with practical resources. We are now ready to move onto number 10.
Over the past 2 weeks we have been learning about opposites with the help of the story Day Monkey and Night Monkey and starting preparations for Christmas by making party hats for our Christmas party on 2th December and our Christmas cards. We have continued with our Christmas theme by learning Christmas songs, making snowmen decorations for Barnsley Hospital and listening to the Christmas story. On Wednesday 9th Dec we had a special treat with a pantomime afternoon, watching Jack and the Beanstalk. Our class elf has also been causing some excitement and we have been practising writing the dominant sounds in words as we write about the activities of our cheeky elf.
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