Elena Baltacha Foundation
We were very lucky to have some tennis coaches come into School today from the Elena Baltacha academy in our PE lesson. We learnt lots of different skills, practiced our throwing and catching and even tried hitting the ball over the net with our tennis rackets! We had a busy and fun afternoon!
Chinese New Year dragon dances
We continued our work on Chinese New Year by making our own dancing dragon puppets. We used our fine motor skills to fold paper for the body and then added decorations to make our dragons scary and fierce!
Later on, after watching dragon dance videos, we created our own dragon dances, using our puppets and moving them up and down and around in circles, just like in the real dragon dances.
Chinese New Year
This week in class, we have been learning about the Chinese New Year festival, where Chinese people celebrate all over the world for 15 days. We found out about the animal zodiac-this year we are in the year of the dog. We listened to the story of the 'the Great Race' and made animal masks and animal paintings. We have also made Chinese hats, printing with 2D shapes and learning about symmetry and repeating patterns. Other activities included making Chinese lanterns and learning about the lantern festival. We also had lots of fun in PE doing dragon dances! We have had a very busy week celebrating and learning about Chinese New Year. Kung Hey Fat Choy!
House and postbox walk
As part of our work on houses, we went on a walk around the local area to look at different types of houses and the features that they have. We saw semi-detached, detached and terraced houses, as well as a caravan, bungalows and some flats. We saw the windows, front doors with letter boxes, driveways, garages, roofs and chimneys.
We also looked for street signs and house numbers, used by the postal workers to deliver the post. We found the red postbox and each posted the letter we had written.
Whose letter will arrive first?
Thank you to all the adult helpers and fantastically behaved children.
When Father Christmas came into class!
We could not believe our eyes when Father Christmas came into our class this afternoon! He had read the letter we had written and sent to him to the North pole and he'd remembered that Sasha wanted a tea pot set and Sofia would like a Barbie doll house!
Father Christmas said he had spoken to Miss Skinner and Miss Aldous and they had told him how well the Rainbow class had done during their first term at school. Father Christmas said we were all on his nice list this year! We sat on the carpet and listened to Father Christmas and asked him some questions. We even got a gift from him and some reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve! We hope he comes to our houses on Christmas Eve too!
We worked extremely hard with Year 1 and 2 to practise and perform our nativity play "Joining Joseph, the joiner's family". Both performances went really well and our teachers were very proud of us!
Please see the Class 2 web page for more photos.
What a busy morning we had joined by members of our family to explore all things creative! We made winter pictures, reindeers, Christmas trees, wreaths, snowflakes and snow dough snowmen. We also built igloos, sleighs and Christmas models, as well as playing Christmas maths games on the computer.
Thank you to all the Mums, Dads and Grandmas who joined us and we hope you like your biscuits.
We had a very busy day making shortbread biscuits, working in groups to follow a recipe using the equipment and ingredients. After they had cooled down, we then iced them, adding decorations, ready to give them to our family as a thank you for helping us settle so well into life at school.
We were all very excited to see our Autumn tree art work on display in the hall today! We walked around and saw all of the classes work-it was fun! Our teachers were proud of us and we can't wait to show our pictures to our mums and dads later.
Today we went in the planetarium with the Year 1 class and went 'under the sea'! When we walked in the large dome, it was very dark and felt like a cinema! We saw lots of different sea creatures including sharks, whales and turtles-they were swimming all around us! We also learnt lots of information about underwater creatures. We all had a very fun and exciting morning!
As part of faith week in RE, we have been learning about one of the oldest religions Judaism. We worked hard to make our own star of David's, thinking about the Jewish symbol and listened carefully to the story of King David defeating the giant Goliath. We also learnt that Jews worship in a special place called a synagogue and that the Jewish holy book is written in the language of Hebrew and is called a Torah.
We went on an autumn hunt around the school site, looking for signs of autumn. We worked with a partner to use the Vtech cameras to take photos of the signs of autumn that we found, including leaves that had changed colour, fallen off trees and become old, crunchy and broken. We collected some autumn materials to use in our art work next week.
We were very lucky to have the fire brigade visit us in School on Thursday! We got to see a fire engine, learnt about fire safety and some of the equipment the firemen use and even had a go at using the large hose on the playground with help from the fireman!
We also learnt a rhyme to help us remember to keep safe- 'matches, matches we must never touch, they can hurt us very much'.
It was an exciting morning in the Rainbow class!
On Monday 25th September, we took part in the Sport for Champions sponsorship event with the Olympic gymnast Marissa King.
We performed the exercises, including jogging on the spot, push ups, bunny hops and star jumps excellently, before listening to Marissa tell us about the 2008 Beijing Olympics and show us some amazing gymnastic movements.
Thank you for all the sponsorship money raised!