First day back to school
Group A have had a fantastic day back to School today and our teachers were so proud of us! We did lots of talking explaining the rules and the importance of keeping at a social distance, washing our hands and staying at our work stations. We looked at our classroom, recognising the things that were different but Miss Aldous told us that we will all still have lots of fun, laughter and learn together! We thought about and designed our own bubbles, explored different emotions and wrote down and made our own drawings of any worries we were having to put in our worry box to read at the end of the day.
Well done for a great first day back under the circumstances!
We are super proud of you all!
What an exciting and informative morning we had today when Kimmy's Zoo came to visit us with different creatures and mini-beasts. We firstly saw a bearded dragon who was called Charlie. He was 12 years old and very friendly, we got to stroke him and he felt spikey! We then saw a baby leaf insect named Ciara who pretends to be a leaf to protect herself from pray. She also looks a little like a scorpion. She has 6 legs and enjoys eating bramble leaves. We met a leopard gecko called Simba and he had beautiful markings on him. The fourth mini-beast we explored was a giant African millipede called Rapunzel. She is an omnivore and has over 600 legs- she felt very tickly on our hands! The last reptile we met was Monty, a royal python who was very slithery but friendly! The children were so brave and held him on their shoulders if they wanted to- he was slimy and very heavy!
Miss Aldous, Ms Abbott and Mrs Iannelli were so proud of how well behaved we all were today and the super questions that were asked!
Science day-pine cone bird feeders!
We have had a busy morning making pine cone feeders for the birds. We learnt about the different types of birds, what they eat and how they build their nests.
To make our feeders we used pine cones and covered them in lard and rolled the cones into some bird feed. The teachers then attached some string to hang our feeders outside ready for the trees in our gardens. It was messy but fun and we can't wait to take them home tonight!
World Book Day!
We had a busy day celebrating World Book Day on Thursday.
We focused our work and activities around the story of "the very hungry caterpillar", using story props to retell the story. We were also excited that our caterpillars arrived so we can now watch them grow and develop into beautiful butterflies over the next few weeks!
The children took part in lots of activities including story retell, painting repeating patterned caterpillars, ordering the life cycle, and making their own wiggly caterpillars, investigating the best materials to use and reasons why.
Year 2 also came into our classroom to read their favourite books to the children in the afternoon. We even had time to listen to some of our favourite stories we had bought in from home.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
We have had a busy 2 weeks learning about the Chinese New Year festival in class. We listened to "the great animal race" story, making our own animal masks and then having races outside. We also made special Chinese hats, explored 2D shapes and symmetry and patterns. We made colourful lanterns and went on a lantern parade outside whilst singing songs. On our last day of festival celebrations, we tried some Chinese food including spring rolls, noodles and prawn crackers. Some of the class even had a go using chopsticks!
When Father Christmas came to visit!
Wow! We couldn't believe it when we heard a knock at the door and saw Father Christmas in class! He said we had all been well behaved girls and boys this year and asked us if we had written our Christmas lists and what we would like for Christmas! We even had a special gift from him and sang him a song before he had to get back on his sleigh, feed his reindeer's and visit some more children. Thank you for coming to see us Father Christmas!
Our Christmas activity morning
We had a busy morning on Wednesday taking part in lots of creative Christmas themed activities from reindeer headbands, making snowflakes, winter glitter pictures and making snowmen using the snowdough.
A big thank you to all of the parents, aunties and uncles and grandparents that came for a lovely festive morning in Rainbows!
We have been preparing for Advent in class. This is the time in which we lead up to Jesus' coming and celebrate his birth. We learnt about the coloured candles and what each of them represents and made our own daily Advent promises.
We made Advent wreaths and also helped Mrs Iannelli decorate our Advent wreath for our prayer corner in the classroom using lots of greenery.
This week we have been learning about healthy eating and the importance of having a varied and balanced diet. Jaxon's mummy kindly made the class a fruit salad tray for their snack today. The class enjoyed tasting different fruits from pomegranate to a sharon fruit during snack time.
Children In Need 2019
The Whole School enjoyed taking part in fundraising for Children in need this year, wearing their sporty clothes and pudsey ears! The rainbows had lots of fun taking part in the 'Joe Wicks Big Morning Move', doing lots of different exercises.
Thank you for your kind donations for such a worthwhile course.
Fire brigade visit!
We were very lucky to have the firemen and fire engine come into School today!
We learnt lots about fire safety and what uniform firemen wear to protect themselves. We also got to have a go using the hose like we were putting out a fire and sat in the fire engine with our class peers! The fireman even put the sirens on, they were very loud!
This week our focus has been exploring colours and recognising and describing 2D shapes. The class have been using a range of materials including chalk, tissue paper and collage materials and paints to create their shape picture. The class have used their imaginations to design a range of pictures including a robot, aeroplane and racing car!
All of the children have been introduced to the library, enjoying lots of stories with Ms Abbott.
In PE, the class have been using their bodies to make different shapes, as well as learning to throw and catch effectively using the beanbags.
All of the Rainbow children have settled in fantastically, forming new friendships and enjoying exploring their classroom!
This week we have been focusing on Elmer stories, colour and shapes. We have listened to lots of Elmer stories thinking about how Elmer might have felt thinking that he was different than the other elephants. We also baked our own Elmer biscuits and decorated them and made patterns with icing and sweets. It was fun and they tasted yummy! We printed using different objects and colours onto our Elmer's, exploring how those materials felt using our sense of touch. The class came up with lots of describing words!
A busy first week at School!
What a fantastic first week at School the Rainbow class have had!
The children have settled in very well and are beginning to form their own friendships and learning the Rainbow and School rules.
The class have enjoyed lots of circle time, taking part in speaking and listening activities, playing in the outside area, having their first PE lesson and visiting the library. The children are looking forward to meeting more Rainbow children at School next week!