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The Gordon Brown Centre

 

Last week we visited the Gordon Brown Centre to help us learn about teddy bears. Take a look at some of the things we did....

 

First we arrived and made dens for our teddies!

Then we played a game called 'Dancing Teddies'. Some of us were trees and the others were dancing teddies. It was a bit like playing musical statues, and it was great fun!
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After lunch we learnt about our senses. We used our noses to make 'smelly cocktails'. Some smelt nice and others didn't smell so good! We used 'sky eye' mirrors to help us look into the trees. Then we used our hands to touch whilst we were blindfolded (but don't worry, our friends and grown ups made sure we didn't bump into anything).
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Finally, we went to see the animals. We visited the goats and the rabbits.
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BOOK WEEK!

 

This week has been book week and we have done some really fun things. On Wednesday we did a treasure hunt around school, which led us to a brand new, exciting book. We also had a visit from the Hobgoblin Theatre Company, who performed traditional tales, but with a bit of a twist!!

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...and on Friday we all dressed up as our favourite book characters. Can you guess who we are?

Water, water everywhere

 

As part of our water topic we have been learning about floating and sinking. We now know what these words mean. We had a look at some objects from around the classroom and predicted whether they would float or sink. We then tested them to see if our predictions were right.

 

We did some very clever scientific thinking too....

 

"I think the spoon and the giotto will sink because they're heavy" - Ava

 

"I think the sponge will sink because it will collect lots of water" - Vivienne

 

"I know the lego will float because I've done it at home" - Harry

 

"I think the pot will sink because the water will go in it" - Ethan

 

"I think the lollipop stick will float because it is light" - Cara

 

"I think the lego will sink because the water could go in the holes and make it heavy" - May

 

"I think the pot will float because it is empty. If you put heavy stuff in it, it would sink" - William

 

"I think the ping pong ball will float because it is round" - Ellie

 

 

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Harold the giraffe, from the Life Education Bus, came to visit us this term. We found out about the different organs in our body, including where they are and what jobs they do. Harold also helped us to learn about how to be healthy. We now know about healthy food and good hygiene. Thanks Harold!
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Technology forms a part of the Early Years Curriculum, so this week we have been learning to program the Beebots. It was great fun exploring how to make the Beebots move forwards and backwards and making them turn left and right. Next week we will be trying to guide them more accurately around a farm map.
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On Tuesday 14th March we were lucky enough to have Miller's Ark Farm come to visit us, to help us learn about animals. We got a chance to learn about donkeys, geese, piglets, chickens, goats, sheep and even 2 lambs!
These are our finished junk models! What do you think?

It was a pleasure to welcome Dads, Granddads and Uncles into Bumblebee Class today. We ended up with some fantastic junk model animals and everyone worked very hard. As soon as we can, we will put up photos of the children with their animals for all to see!  

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At the end of last half term, Lenny the Learning Lion challenged us to learn about the artist, Jackson Pollock, and to use his techniques to create our own paintings. We had a great time learning how to splatter, drip and drizzle the paint.

Lenny is sorry about all the mess it caused though!

These are our finished paintings, in the style of Jackson Pollock.
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OUR BIG BUILD!

This week we used large cardboard boxes to make a hut for Percy! It was great fun!

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In November, we do lots of remembering! We have been remembering the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes by creating our own fireworks paintings in PPA. We used fluorescent paint and glitter to make them glow and sparkle like real fireworks. You can see our paintings in the slideshow below.

We have been learning lots of new nursery rhymes this term. We have learnt Humpty Dumpty. After learning the nursery rhyme, Lenny the Learning Lion set us a challenge. He asked us to think about how to keep his friend, Humpty Lumpty, safe if he wanted to sit on the wall too. Lenny sent us a video asking us for help! You can see the video by using the link below.

 

 

We were each given their own egg and a large selection of materials to choose from. Lots of the children thought about whether their chosen material was soft and how this would protect a fragile egg. We each then pushed our egg off a wall to see whether Humpty Lumpty was suitably protected.
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