Stick Man and Sticky Marshmallows!
It was chilly start to the year and the children were glad of the warmth of the fire and their roasted Marshmallow snack!
Many of the children had seen the animation of Stick man on Christmas Day, so we had a go at making our own 'Stick Family'. Those that chose to, searched for an appropriate stick, whittled a face, tied arms on (a bit fiddly!) and drew a face using our home-made charcoal.
Other children played imaginatively in the stick den, explored for bugs - and sticks (!) using the ID sheets, and generally had fun!
I think some of the children are hoping to dig for dinosaurs at some point over then next few weeks, as they have been talking about this in class...I wonder what they will find!
Class 1 Parent Workshop
A big thank you to all those parents who were able to join us this morning for our first sharing assembly and parent workshop. We hope you enjoyed seeing what your children have been learning this term, we have all enjoyed our aeroplane topic.
Children had a fabulous morning making junk model aeroplanes with their grown up helpers, I hope the grown ups enjoyed it too (there was just a little competitiveness). The children selected to hang their aeroplanes up in the classroom, so please have a look when you come in (and mind your heads).
Carterton Travel Agents Visit
Today Class 1 caught the bus to Carterton to visit the travel agents to find out more about where people go on holidays and how to book a holiday. Staff were very friendly and helpful, showing the children holiday brochures and talking with them about how they do their jobs.
Children all behaved beautifully and were a credit to the school, even when we had to wait in the wind and rain to catch the bus back to school. Luckily the diggers demolishing the old petrol station opposite the bus stop provided some additional entertainment.
Following our trips to both the air base and travel agents we will be setting up our role play areas so children can explore their learning through play, with a travel agents to book holidays, an airport and our aeroplane in the garden. If any parents have any small, children's suitcases they would be prepared to lend us this would add another dimension to the play.
Homework this week will be to talk at home about places the children have been on holiday. I am planning to display a map in our investigation area and add markers to show where in the world we have been. If you have any photographs of your children on holiday in a place of interest that could be added to our board we would welcome these.
This week we have been thinking about Diwali in Class 1. We have learned about the story of Rama and Sita and how Diwali celebrates light conquering darkness. We made and decorated clay diva lamps to remember the lamps people lit to guide and welcome Rama and Sita home. Children also had a go at colouring rangoli patterns and made Diwali cards for their families. Thank you to Mr Chawlia who came in to talk to the class about how his family celebrate Diwali with fireworks and Indian sweets and gave us all a candle to put in our diva lamps.
Today we made three different types of Indian sweets, coconut burfi, cornflour halwa and oat and date ladoo. We also made a line of lights to follow like Rama and Sita.
If you would like to find out more about Diwali please have a look at this website:
It has lots of really good resources and activities to share with your child.
Brize Norton Airbase Visit
On Thursday Class 1 all boarded the mini bus and excitedly set off to the air base. To begin we explored a C17 and found out how many elephants could fit inside! Children were allowed to open and close the rear doors, change the light colour and explore the cockpit. We also found out all about the job of the load master who has to be very good at maths to make sure everything is balanced and secure when the planes fly.
We then watched a video of aircraft flying and parachuting their loads out whilst we ate our snack and coloured some pictures of planes. Next we learnt some more about the work engineers and pilots do and all had a go at flying a plane in the simulator, which was very realistic (and my favourite part of the whole trip).
After this we went to the departure lounge of the airport to have our lunch; from here we could see planes taking off and landing and even saw a chinook carrying a boat. Finally children had a play in the soft play area. At the end we were all tired out.
It really was a fantastic day out where we all learned a lot. A big thank you to Mrs Marshman for arranging the trip and all the staff and crew at the base who helped make the day so amazing.
(The answer is 25 elephants)