As you can see from the photos, the children rose to the challenge of looking after their potato plants. I was a little worried we may not have any potatoes as they didn't flower. But I needn't have worried! The children will be bringing them home this week.
Hollow Trees Farm trip July 2018
A very hot but enjoyable day at Hollow Trees Farm! The children were so well behaved and the leaders commented on their excellent behaviour. There were so many things that we did. Please look at the photos to see what we got up to.
What a fabulous day! We went back to 1666 and were workers in Thomas Farrinor's bakery. We baked some bread and Mrs Nelli kindly baked it for us. We also sequence the events of the Great Fire and I was very impressed with what the children have remembered.
The children listened to the story about Jesus' resurrection and its importance for us. To help celebrate this new life with Jesus, we made some crosses and decorated them with flowers.
Jesus is risen! Alleluia!
The children worked together to plant their potatoes in a potato sack. I have set them the challenge of being responsible for their own plants and it is down to them to remember to water them. The children are rising to the challenge, so much so, that I fear the potatoes may drown! We are looking forward to harvest time, when we can see how many potatoes they have.
In Class 1, the children were making slime. They used cornflour, water and food colouring. They really enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together and watching the mixture turn from a solid in their hands to a liquid.
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain
The children listened to the story and they had to sequence the pictures in pairs. During the next session, the children had to read the captions and match them to the correct picture.
As part of our DT topic on free-standing structures, the children had to design and make a chair for a teddy to sit on. They had the choice of three different sized bears and a choice of items to construct the chair with. Some children opted for Duplo, some stickle bricks, others chose mobilo and a few opted for boxes and cardboard tubes. They had to make the chairs themselves, then we tested to see if their chosen teddy was able to sit on it. Afterwards, the children had to evaluate whether their chair was suitable for teddy and what they could do to improve it. The children were very good at saying how they could improve their chairs.
Wooden spoon puppets
We have been looking at old and new toys and discussing what materials have been used to make them. The children looked at some pictures from the past where children have made their own toys using things they have found in their homes or in the street. The children were then asked to design a wooden spoon puppet and then make it. The children had lots of fun.
The children were asked to bring in their favourite toys to talk and write about. Unfortunately not everyone was able to talk about them but we enjoyed looking at them. The children tried hard with their writing about their favourite toys.
As part of our DT topic, the children looked at books with moving parts. We looked at 'lift the flap', sliders and parts that move using a pivot. The children practised these and then they decided what type of Christmas card they wanted to make. Some cards needed a slider, another moved using a pivot. They worked really hard on their Christmas cards and they were very effective. I hope you liked them.
As we won the competition to guess how much money was in the bottle that was donated for 'Mary's meals', we were allowed a treat. Our treat happened today! We were able to join Rainbows in the planetarium that was set up in the hall and go 'under the sea'! The planetarium was a big dome and it was like going to the cinema! We watched the many creatures that are under the sea and the man talked to us about the different animals. We were able to watch films and hear the sounds that the creatures made. It was a brilliant treat!
Mrs Thackeray, Miss Borley and Mrs Tooke used the houses we made on Tuesday to re-create London in 1666. Mrs Thackeray then re-told the story with our help and showed us how London burnt. We ended the lesson by singing 'London's burning' and also attempted it in a round.
On Tuesday 21st November in the afternoon we invited the parents, grandparents and other family members to come in and help us build Tudor houses, just like the ones that were around during the Great Fire of London. We looked at some PowerPoints to give us some ideas and our parents helped us make the houses. We had a fantastic afternoon and the houses were brilliant! A big thank you to all of you who helped tidy the classroom afterwards
We were lucky enough to have Ipswich Fire Brigade visit us on Thursday 2nd November. We were given a talk from the fire officers about their job and looked at their uniform. We were also able to look closely at the fire engine and use the hose. We had to try to knock a ball off a cone. We all managed it.