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A Sunny End to Spring Term

posted 29 Mar 2019, 09:39 by Georgina Bradley

Well done, yet again, to all the children for another fantastic term. Take a look at what we have been up to...




Have a fantastic break!

Week 4 and Week 5. Identifying Bugs and making bug hotels

posted 27 Mar 2019, 03:26 by Lisa Wells

In week 4 the children had to identify pictures of bugs hidden around the playground. They then used magnifying to find real bugs, they looked under logs and stones. The children found earwigs, worms and beetles. We're hoping that lots of them will move in to the newly made Bug hotels. 

Week 5 
This week the children had 2 activities for their outdoor learning. One activity was to find 'plastic' bugs hidden in boxes around the outdoor area. The children had to identify their bug and then decide if they were an arachnid or an insect . They did well sorting them using sorting rings .
The second activity was to make the Bug hotels. The children worked hard collecting leaves and sticks to fill up the pallets . They also added cones and hay.   A big thank you to all parents who helped provide the resources . 
You can find  the bug hotels on the grass area outside of Y1 and Y2. 

Outdoor learning

posted 13 Mar 2019, 03:08 by Lisa Wells

We've had a very busy term this year .
Week 1
Looking for early signs of Spring;
On a lovely and unusually warm February morning we went for a walk around Kingscroft and the school ground looking for early signs of spring .
The children found daffodils, crocus,catkins, snow drops, bluebell stems and also buds growing on trees. 

Week 2
Bug Hotels.
This week the children began to understand the difference between an insect and arachnid. We then scavenged and hunted the school site for leaves and sticks ready to make our Bug Hotels. The children loved pulling the trolley. We will be making our Bug Hotels in the last week of term, keep your eyes peeled !

Week 3
Jack and The Bean Stalk 
This week the children used their art skills in outdoor learning. They coloured mixed blue and yellow to make green and then painted string as their beanstalk. The children then collected leaves and painted those green too and added them to their beanstalk.  
Growing; the children also planted up beans . They put 2 beans in a transparent cup full of cotton wool balls. They then added water. The children will now be able to watch the beans grow over the next couple of weeks.

Spring 2: Welcome Back!

posted 28 Feb 2019, 08:52 by Georgina Bradley

What an amazing start to Spring 2 we have had. We have been making the most of the sunshine this week... any opportunity to get the parachute out! The children loved it, just look at their faces!




Spring 1: Rainbow Fish, Bear Hunt, Chinese New Year

posted 28 Feb 2019, 08:46 by Georgina Bradley

Here are a selection of photos from last half-term:

A special mention and thank you to Ruth's Grandparents and Ocsar's Mummy who came in to talk to the children all about China!

Week 5 Collecting bird watch data and bar charts

posted 7 Feb 2019, 08:38 by Lisa Wells

This week the children had to find pictures of birds hidden around the playground. On each bird was the amount of birds we saw as a class when participating in the RSPB Bird watch.
They then used this data to make a bar chart using natural resources and chalks. It was very tricky maths but we all did really well.

Outdoor Learning Week 4 . ICE!!

posted 1 Feb 2019, 00:47 by Lisa Wells

Well what a very cold and icy week we've had. I love the resilience of the children in FS2, they always wrap up warm and
 there's never any complaints as we leave our cosy classroom and venture into the minus temperatures outside !
This week the children had to hunt for treasure that was hidden around the playground. But, OH! MY! the treasure was frozen, how were the children going to get it out of the ice. The children had to think like scientists.
We used different 'sunstances' to see if its properties would melt the ice.
The children first tried bicarbonate of soda, this worked very well to bake ginger bread men but will it work with ice!
We then tried flour, and also salt. We thought about salt and how its sprinkled around school to stop the paths freezing. We also talked about the big gritting lorries, however we realised that the salt we were using was the type we used for our chips so maybe it didnt have the same properties. We then tried cold water, this melted the ice a little bit but we thought that maybe it needed to be warmer as we knew that the warm sun melted snow and ice. The warm water was much more successful, especially  on Wednesday when the warm sun was helping to melt it as well.
The children learnt that ice wasn't made of snow but infact was made of water and to melt it they needed a substance that was warm or it needed to be left in a warm place, like the water tray in the classroom. The children will be making thier own ice before the end of this term to test out their theories.

Outdoor Learning Week 3 . RSPB bird watch, Bird feeders and Birds.It was a very cold a snowy morning, the children were so resilient. They wrapped up in hats, gloves and scarves and we had a lovely morning.

posted 24 Jan 2019, 02:45 by Lisa Wells   [ updated 24 Jan 2019, 03:17 ]

This week the children were learning about the birds that live in their local environment. The children had 2 activities . 
Activity one:
They found pictures of common garden birds hidden around the playground then matched them up with the bird names.
Activity two:
The children made bird feeders. They threaded the string through a hole in their container, then filled the mixing bowl with mixed bird feed. We talked about the different seeds and how it felt when we put our hands in the bowl. The children then stirred in the lard and Mrs Wells gave it a good mix with her hands, YUK ! The children then carefully spooned the mixture  into their containers. 
Hopefully lots of the children will take part in the RSPB Big Bird watch this week and I look forward to seeing their spotting sheets next week.

Outdoor learning week 2. The Giving Tree.

posted 16 Jan 2019, 09:02 by Lisa Wells

This week the children have continued to think about kindness. Today the children decorated the twigs they had collected last week. They then used them to create  their own 'giving tree' and made apples and leaves as they wanted to give something back to the tree. It was their way of saying thank you to the tree for all she had given the boy in the story.

Outdoor learning Spring 1 week 1.

posted 9 Jan 2019, 08:15 by Lisa Wells   [ updated 10 Jan 2019, 04:35 ]

Over the next couple of weeks the children are learning about trees. How they grow, why they are important and their structure. I am linking their learning to the learning they are doing in class around kindness.
We looked at a tree outside and identified branches, the trunk and roots; we also talked about how trees get their water, why they lose their leaves and the connection with less day light.
The children listened to a story called The giving tree by Shel Silverstein.
Next week they are going make their own  'giving tree' display using branches, and make things to hang onto the tree, so they can give 'something back' to their tree .
We then went to Kingscroft to find some branches we could use for our display, we also looked at the different types in trees in the croft.

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