- PE is on a Friday
- Class Library day is on a Friday
We had a fantastic afternoon learning all about Chinese New Year celebrations. We had a special visitor who taught us lots of Chinese phrases - we are trying to remember how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese!
During the afternoon we learnt three dances including the Dragon Dance, Lion Dance and Ribbon Dance. We got to play lots of different instruments including gongs, cymbals and drums. Some of us helped perform these dances using the special props. Florence and Patience made a great lion and performed the Lion Dance fantastically together!
Over the next two weeks we will be continuing to learn more about Chinese New Year and their traditions.
As part of our Celebration topic we discussed Birthdays. We talked about why we celebrate them and how people might celebrate them. During this discussion we talked about our similarities and differences between one another.
We painted self-portraits of ourselves using mirrors to help us identify our key features. Lots of us also used them to help us remember what our hair and eye colour were. Have a look at our paintings and see if you think they look like us.
We had a very busy last week at school celebrating Christmas. On Wednesday morning we made some lovely christmas tree decorations with Year 5 and 6 pupils from Velmead Junior School. It was great to see the children working together to create their decorations and talking to one another about their christmas wish lists! That afternoon we enjoyed a fantastic Christmas lunch in our festive jumpers. The children enjoyed pulling their crackers and singing along to some christmas carols.
On Thursday we had our class party to celebrate a fantastic first term. We enjoyed lots of party games including musical statues and pass the parcel. The children all had a great time and showed off their super dance moves!
Thank you all very much for our lovely christmas cards and presents. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!
Christmas Craft Afternoon
This afternoon we welcomed our families into our class to share some festive Christmas crafting. We had lots of fun creating sewn tree decorations and a Christmas bauble. There was glitter and sequins everywhere!
Thank you to all the parents who came in. We hope you had lots of fun making things with your child.
Please remember that we visit the school library every Friday afternoon. The children love to browse through the books and share their favourite stories with each other. They also enjoy the opportunity to borrow a book but can only do this if their previous one has been returned.
If you can help your child to remember to bring in their library book and wallet, on or before each Friday, it will help to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday 14th November
Parents into School
Today was another exciting day at school because we welcomed in some of our families to share our learning with us. We enjoyed showing the adults around our classroom and outdoor area and showing them some of the interesting things that we get up to at school.
Thank you very much to all the people that came in to join us - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Monday 13th November
We had a special visit today from Hydestile Resident Animals. We got to meet lots of amazing animals and learn about how to look after them in the wild or as pets. Some of the animals that we saw included a hedgehog, polecats, barn owl, kestrel and guinea pigs. The hedgehog was one of our favourite animals and we learnt how we can care for them in the wild as they are an endangered species. Thank you for all of your donations to go towards this fantastic cause.
Friday 10th November:
Today the children had lots of fun learning a dance routine to 'Singing in the Rain'. We learnt some movements as a whole class and then came up with our own movements that we incorporated into the song. We practised all morning and then invited Ladybird class to come and watch us perform. They were very impressed with our dance!
This half term our topic was Nursery Rhymes. I was impressed by how many Nursery Rhymes the children already knew and could teach me! We learnt a lot of new Nursery Rhymes and the children enjoyed singing them regularly. Some of our favourites included three blind mine, I'm a little teapot, Miss Polly had a dolly and Insy Winsy Spider.
This half term we have really enjoyed exploring the seasonal changes. We started our Autumn experience by going on a hunt in our outdoor area to see what signs of Autumn we could find. During our carpet time we talked about these changes and the children enjoyed telling me all about the colours of the leaves that they had found!
The children enjoyed exploring a range of Autumn activities including leaf printing, creating their own Autumn tree and weighing different Autumn objects. If you go on any walks then ask your child to tell you what they know about Autumn and see if you can find any signs of Autumn together.