Our dinosaur party!
We had a fantastic time at our dinosaur party. We danced like dinosaurs, played musical statues and bumps and ate a lot of food! Thank you to all those families who contributed. Take a look at the rainbow cupcakes from Ashdyn, rainbow cake from Aibhilin and fresh fruit cake from Rudairo!
Dinosaur share session
We had a fantastic afternoon exploring all about dinosaurs using our literacy skills to help us. We read and wrote labels, read tricky words, thought of dinosaur names for the letters of the alphabet, wrote information sentences and made moving dinosaurs, writing instructions afterwards. We also used our speaking and listening skills to make up dinosaur stories in the role play and with the small world dinosaurs and to retell 'Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs'.
Thank you to all the family members who joined us and take a look at the photos below.
Walking through the jungle
After spending the week finding out about jungle animals, making models and listening to lots of animal stories, we went on a walk though the jungle!
We began by listening to the story 'Walking through the jungle' and learnt a song to sing. We decided we needed to make the animal noises, so chose an animal and then picked an instrument to make the sound. We then set off on our walk, singing the song and moving in different ways, including stomping, creeping, swinging, leaping and slithering. We created the animal sounds with our instruments (and definitely made ourselves heard!).
History Day-our grandparents
We have had a busy day today for our history day, focusing on our grandparents. We have been thinking about what grandparents do for us and why they are so special in our lives. The children looked wonderful in their costumes and have taken part in lots of activities in class.
Jimmy's Farm Trip: 11th June
WOW! What a day! Rainbows had a fantastic time at Jimmy's Farm, finding out about so many different types of traditional and non-traditional farm animals.
We began by meeting our guide Anna, who talked to us about the special 'farm rules', before leading us off to meet the rhea, reindeer and into the reptile house. Here we saw tortoises, free-flying birds and 2 crocodiles.
Izzy, another farm worker, then showed us a Python snake and bearded dragon, which we had a go stroking. We then found out about pigs, coatis and raccoons, before heading into the wallaby walkabout, seeing emu's, wallabies and sheep. Next we headed into the butterfly house (which was very hot!) and saw so many types different of butterflies, their eggs, some caterpillars and even a giant atlas moth.
After lunch we fed the goats and alpacas and saw the meerkats, including 3 babies, as well as the capybaras. We walked up into the woods and started building some amazing dens, including two cinemas, a campsite for toasting marshmellows, a swimming pool and lollypop house!
Our teachers were very impressed with our superb behaviour and we would like to thank all those adults who kindly helped.
We continued our work focused on the Supertato stories, listening to Evil Pea Rules and thought of ways to free the trapped vegetables from blocks of ice, including cutting the ice with saws, smashing it with hammers, and melting it using our warm hands, warm water, blankets and using the warm radiators.
When it came to investigating what method of freeing the vegetables worked the best, we found the hammers, saws and chopsticks did break the ice, but also broke the vegetables. Using warm water worked well, as it melted the ice and by pouring more and more warm water on the ice, we created a pool of water in the tray, which we could splash onto the ice block.
We listened to the story 'Supertato' today and were set the challenge by Supertato himself to make our own models of him in order to protect the other vegetables from the Evil Pea! We designed our Supertato's before making them using a variety of materials.
We also helped to free the trapped, stuck and wrapped by vegetables, as well as helping the peas escape from the jelly.
A visit from Sister Knights
Continuing our focus on people who help us, we had a visit from Amelie's mum Emma Knight, who is a Sister at the Paediatric A&E at Ipswich Hospital. We asked her lots of questions, including who she helps and how, what she likes about her job and what she finds scary.
Sister Knights showed us a special machine to take a patients pulse, which we had a go using, as well as putting on slings and bandages.
Thank you Sister Knights for visiting us!
A police visit!
We were very lucky to have PC Cotton come into the Rainbow class to visit us today. We have been learning about people who help us and look after us. PC Cotton talked about her role as a traffic officer and different parts of her uniform. The children asked lots of interesting questions including "What is your favourite part of your job"? "what do you say when you arrest someone"? and "why are your car lights blue?"
We then went outside to the playground to see her police car. PC Cotton turned on the sirens! They were very loud and made us jump! We even got the opportunity to sit in the Police car with our friends, wear a police jacket and hat.
We learnt lots about the Police service and what they do to help look after us.
Thank you PC Cotton for coming to visit us today!
After all 5 of our painted lady butterflies emerged from their cocoons on the last day of term, I gave them sugar water, flowers and fruit and then released them on Monday. So far 3 have flown away, with some pictures below.
(Unfortunately the videos are too large to upload, but I will show the children after the Easter holiday)
Easter maths share session
We had a lovely afternoon exploring all the aspects of our maths curriculum. We counted objects, solved sums, found missing numbers and estimated the number of chicks and eggs. We also made symmetrical shape patterns and patterned eggs using 2d & 3d shapes, weighed objects and described the position of the rabbit, sheep and chick.
Thank you to those adults who joined us and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as the children did!
Kimmy's Zoo visit
We split into two groups this morning for a very exciting visit from Kimmy's Zoo. Amy and Sarah introduced us to 5 creatures; a bearded dragon, royal python snake, giant millipede, tarantula and chinchilla. We listened carefully to the information about each creature, asking questions and talking about what the creatures felt like as we held and stroked them. Some of us even gave Princess Jasmine, the tarantula, a high five!
In PE today, we moved like different types of minibeasts, creeping, flying, crawling and slithering around the hall. We then used the equipment to create different habitats, including rocks, stones, leaves, tunnels and branches, exploring how we could move on, across, under and off them. We also found places to freeze and 'hide' when the bird came, looking for minibeasts to eat.
World Book Day-The Very Hungry Caterpillar
As part of World Book Day this week, we focused our work on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children listened to the story, and watched a version of the story of the whiteboard. We had a busy day of activities, sequencing and retelling the story using picture cards. We also made our own moving caterpillars, investigating what material would be best to make it move up and down and why.
The class had a fun day and learnt lots about the life cycle of a butterfly and the importance of reading books.
Chinese New Year celebrations
After finding out about Chinese New Year, we had a celebration afternoon to end our focus on this festival. We began by learning a Chinese New Year song, adding actions and movements, before going on a lantern parade with the lanterns we'd made. We then put on our Chinese hats and had some Chinese food, trying rice, noddles, spring rolls, prawn crackers and sweet and sour sauce, even having a go using chopsticks! We also had fortune cookies, finding out what our fortunes would be!
Kung Hey Fat Choy!
The great race, Chinese zodiac story
We continued our work on Chinese New Year by retelling the great race story in PE, using our bodies to move like the animals, as well as using the animal masks we had made to have our own great race!
As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations, we made our own dancing dragons. We watched some videos on the whiteboard of the dragons moving up and down and following the ball. They were being held up with sticks and moved around very fast with lots of instruments being played.
We choose what colour we wanted our dragon body to be and began folding it for a concertina effect. When we opened it up, we recognised we had made a fan! We then decorated our scary dragon masks, using paper plates, pens and different materials and then attached with straws to hold up.
This afternoon we went on our own dragon dance outside and in the classroom, following the leader and moving our dragons up and down like we had watched on the videos. It was important that we stayed behind each other and kept up to make a really long and scary dragon!
Chinese New Year!
We have had a busy week learning about the Chinese New Year festival. This week in Maths, we made our own Chinese hats, printing with 2D shapes using lots of different tools. We also learnt about symmetry, when we folded our hats in halve, it was the same on both sides!
We have also made Chinese lanterns, learning about the lantern festival which takes place on the fifteenth day. We made our own repeating patterns using red and gold paper, these are the colours meaning luck. We then used a Chinese number line to copy some Chinese numbers to 10.
We can't wait to wear our hats and go on a lantern parade next week!
The children in Rainbows had a fantastic time at Science club this week. They took part in 3 experiments to do with Static Electricity and watched a demo of a Van de Graff with impressive results! A big thank you to Mrs Anderson-Hurst & Mrs Candey for their time and love for Science.
Number day for the NSPCC
The Rainbow class took part in lots of number related activities on Friday as part of number day and to raise awareness for the NSPCC.
The children enjoyed lots of activities, with a focus on estimation including estimating how many bees were in the bee hive, building towers with cubes and assessing how close their estimates were and who could build the tallest tower and programming the bee bots to move to different destinations. The children also challenged themselves to write and solve addition and takeaway sums, order numbers to 20, make repeating patterns and go on a number hunt in the classroom.
We did lots of practical and fun learning through our play for number day and enjoyed wearing our numbered clothes! Thank you for your kind donations and sponsorship money for a very worthwhile charity.
NSPCC Number Day
During Number Day, our class challenge was to use our problem solving skills to see who could build the tallest tower out of blocks. We had to work out which shape blocks were the best to use, carefully balancing them on top of one another using our fine motor skills, as well as estimating how many blocks we'd used and then counting and finding the matching number.
The tallest tower was built by Mya, using 16 blocks, but we all showed an amazing amount of motivation, perseverance and resilience especially as our towers fell over a lot!
Our local walk
We went on a walk around our local area looking at the different types of houses, road signs and hunting for a postbox! We saw semi-detached houses, bungalows, detached houses, terraced houses and flats, looking at their doors, windows, roofs and driveways. We saw a builder working on a house using bricks, felt and wooden battens and even saw a caravan.
Once we spotted the red postbox, we checked our envelopes had a stamp and address on and then posted them in. Whose letter will arrive first and whose will come second?
Thank you for all the adult helpers and a huge well done to all the children for listening and behaving so well.
The class used their imaginations well in PE to take part in snowflake dances. They thought about the way snowflakes whirl and twirl in the air before falling to the ground, listening to a piece of classical music also. The children used their bodies well to demonstrate their snowflakes. They then worked in small groups to choose a winter animal, thinking of a range of ways that the animal moved and the noises they make. The class came up with great ideas including penguins, an arctic hare and polar bears!
A special visitor!
We had a very special visitor today.... Father Christmas came to see us!! He had parked his reindeer outside and came in to give us some presents and read a story about Santa coming to Ipswich. We told him what we'd like for Christmas and talked about how he manages to fit down our chimneys.
In PE today, the class took part in some Christmas yoga, going on an adventure to the North pole to help find Father Christmas! The yoga was designed to help build the children's strength, balance and confidence. The class followed instructions well copying the yoga poses on the interactive screen. They had lots of fun and tried out a range of different poses including a Christmas tree, riding a sleigh and being a Christmas pudding and then relaxed at the end and focused on their breathing.
Creative Christmas share session: Wednesday 12th December
In our Christmas jumpers, we all had a great time exploring lots of different creative based activities, including painting Christmas tree paintings, making star and bauble decorations, drawing round our hands to make a reindeer hat and creating our own dough snowmen in the snowman factory. We also used our fine motor skills to cut out spiral Christmas trees as well as make trees using different sized pieces of paper. We made up stories with the arctic animals and took on roles in the Santa's Grotto role play and when building igloos and sleighs out of the blocks! Phew, what a busy time we had!!
Thank you to all the family members who joined us and we hope you enjoyed your biscuits!
We decided to make some biscuits as a little gift for our family members at the end of the forthcoming share session. We followed a recipe, measuring out the ingredients using the scales and working together to sieve the flour, rub in the butter, roll out the dough and finally cut the biscuit shapes. They smelt lovely as they cooked and we are looking forward to icing them tomorrow.
In RE, the class have been learning about Advent and its meaning. It is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus. The children made their own wreaths with green handprints for the circular wreath and added red finger prints for the berries. They then stuck the candles on, remembering what each candle represented- love, joy, hope and peace.
The children also worked in small groups and with adult support, decorated our class advent wreath with greenery to put in our prayer corner and added the 5 candles.
Green Week: 19th - 23rd November
We were very busy for Green Week, focusing on the 3Rs of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Take a look at the Our Green School area and the Rainbows section (link below).
Children in Need
Thank you for your donations and fantastically spotty clothes today! You all looked brilliant!
An Autumn Walk
The class went on an Autumn walk around the School grounds, looking for signs for Autumn. The children worked in small groups searching for leaves, twigs and looking at different trees and bushes. It was a windy day and the leaves were blowing around the playground! The Rainbows enjoyed using the Vtech cameras and took photos of all of the Autumn materials they found.
We found out about Bonfire Night, listening to the story of the gunpowder plot, creating firework dances, chalk pictures, marble paintings and firework models.