In geography this term we are learning about the four countries of the United Kingdom.
We have been thinking about our capital city, why it is important, who lives there and some of the famous buildings. Children have worked in groups to construct models of some of the buildings. Year 1 used the internet to look at aerial views and plot on our map where each of the buildings would be. We all decided London looked very crowded.
In science we have been thinking about the changing seasons and weather. We have made seasons pictures which are being displayed in our cloakroom so please come and have a look. This week we enjoyed going outside in the sunshine to play shadow tag then draw around our shadows. We talked about how shadows are made and why we don’t have shadows at night, as well as the best time of year to make shadows.
Later on foundation children made shadow puppets whilst Year 1 began their weather record. We will be using wind socks, thermometers and a rain gauge to record the weather all week.
You can help at home by talking about changes in season and the weather, especially how day length varies in the winter and summer.
Today we had some nature inspired activities for the children; they could paint mini beast bug pebbles, create a face using pieces of nature, make leaf animals and thread leaves. These activities were popular with the children but some prefer to put up dens, go pond dipping, hang out in the hammock swing, light fires and put together appetising mud kitchen meals!
At snack time, the children had campfire rhubarb crumble, using freshly cut rhubarb, whilst listening to the story, Leaf Man.
Concert with Nick Cope
Well done to all the Foundation and Year 1 children and parents who were able to join us today for the Music Festival. Fabulous singing by all and great performances, especially by our star lizard.
If you were unable to come along today we will be sharing some of the songs we learned at our Summer Concert towards the end of term.
We have had a busy few weeks at Forest School. Some of the children have been keen to learn how to use the knives safely to whittle sticks for swords; they showed great perseverance - as it takes much longer than you think! It has been lovely to see others working together on their weekly job of creating a pond in the mud kitchen area; they have dug it out, added water (helped by the rain!) and, today, they installed a bridge!! Meanwhile, in the pond, we have been spotting frogs, frogspawn and tadpoles; a perfect opportunity to talk to the children about lifecycles.