Welcome to our class page! Here you will lots of pictures and information about what we have been up to in Cherry Class.
Term 3 is already upon us and this time our learning is based upon the theme 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers!' Sometimes our learning may take a twist as we think it is really important to run with the children's interests. This term we will be thinking about animals, starting with jungle animals but we will explore pets, farm animal and sea creatures!
Thank you for your continued support and if you need any help or if you have any questions please speak to Miss Lake or myself, we are always available for a chat.
Mrs Ischt and Miss Lake
We have been practising for weeks, and finally our big show is here! We were very nervous but also very excited to show our grown ups what we have been working on!
Leeds castle very kindly offered us entry to their site for free! We were very excited to visit, the children couldn't wait to show us around. We had a go on the mini-golf with a few lost balls, many of which Mrs Ischt had to try and fish out! We fed the ducks, some of us were brave enough to feed them by hand! We got lost in the maze and travelled through the grotto. We were left enchanted by the beautiful decorations in the castle. Despite the terrible weather we were in highspirits, albeit a little tired and worn out by the end.
This week we had a visit from a rather naughty little elf, he was sent to cherry class so we could teach him how to be good. With it we read "There is an Elf in your Book." We wrote letters to santa and posted them in the postbox opposite, we created christmas tree paintings and ordered the christmas light numbers.
This week we really got into the swing of our Nativity practise. We read the Christmas Story and we had lots of activities out based around this theme. We made our own stick puppets and put on a puppet show, we explored a nativity scene and created stars.
This week we read Jack Frost and we were very lucky because he came and sprinkled his magic all over Hollingbourne. He left lots of ice and frost and lots of sparkles. We enjoyed crunching the leaves and spotting the mini icicles around the playground. We created frosty collages, decorated a frosty window and described Jack Frost we even made our own winter themed repeating patterns.
This week we read 'My Pet Star', we all had or very own star to care for, then we wrote instructions on how to look after it. We created constellations with star stickers and chalk, made our own starry sky by cutting and sticking and we also practised counting stars.
We loved having our parents and carers with us for our phonics workshop. We loved showing them our classroom and teaching them a phonics lesson, the children decided that they were much better at all of their letter sounds! We taught the grownups a new sound just like we do everyday, and then we had lots of games and activities set up around the room for us to explore. Mrs Ischt and Miss Lake set the task over the weekend to have a go at a few of the phonics games we showed or try a new one! It was lovely to hear what you got up to!
This week to celebrate bonfire night, we read 'Sparks in the Sky', which is a lovely ebook all about how people celebrate on firework night. We watched a video about fireworks and we drew them, writing down the sounds we heard them making. We continued our number practise, counting, reading and writing numbers as well as finding one more than a given number. We painted fierworks, created glitter glue firework displays and shape rockets.
This week we learned about Diwali, we read the story of Rama and Sita which taught us why people celebrate Diwali. Then we read Dipal's Diwali which taught us about how people celebrate. It was really interesting and we loved all of the colours. We made our own Diva's out of salt dough and decorated them to take home. Throughout the week we made rangoli patterns, designed our own mehndi and counted divas. At the end of the week, we began to read Room on the Broom and with it we made lots of potions, rescued the spiders from their webs using tweezers and we designed and created our own broomsticks.
Term 1 was a very exciting term for us in Cherry Class because we had a lot of firsts! We started school for the first time, had our first lunch at school, took home our first book and reading buddy, had our first harvest festival, had our first visitor and our first trip! Have a look below at all of the wonderful things we got up to.
We found so many types of pumpkins at Pumpkin Moon. The field was very muddy and a few of us lost wellyboots which Mrs Ischt had to fish out of the mud for us! Thankfully the weather stayed nice for us but it didn't stop us getting the bus stuck in the mud and having to have 4 members of staff push is off of the field!
This week we continued with our Superveggie theme and read Supertato Veggies Assemble. We also got really stuck into our outside construction.
This week we read Supertato which was very exciting! We wrote secret codes, revealing them by painting over the top, we mashed up peas, made super hero masks and we created our own superveggies.
This week we read Oliver's Vegetables which was very fitting seeing as it was Harvest Festical this week. We created our own scarecrow, weighed vegetables and cleaned them too.
We read 'Little Acorns' this week and had lots of autumn themed activities. We made leaf crowns and explored autumn objects. As a school, we held a Macmillan Coffee morning, so we had lots of dessert themed activities in the classroom. We decorated biscuits, made icecream sundaes and we made playdough cupcakes.
We kicked off this week with the book 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog'. We went on a hedgehog hunt looking for clues that hedgehogs may live in our playground, it ended with us finding a hedgehog, in our classroom! We all got to hold the hedgehog and stroke it if we wanted too. We did lots of other hedgehog and autumn themed activities to go alongside our book.
Our focus for these two weeks were settling into Cherry Class, making friends and learning the rules. Mrs Ischt and Miss Lake listened to the things we liked when they came to visit us at our houses and then set them up in the classroom to make sure we came in nice and happy. We read lots of books that the children brought in for us to share, and we also began to explore the idea of Autumn with the book The Leaf Man.
We went on the train to Maidstone to visit Pizza Express. We learned about the ingredients, the dough and the sauce. We used our fingers to make an edge for the dough, we spread the sauce over the base and then we added the cheese. Our pizzas were then cooked in the oven.
We took our pizza home and had it for our tea. It was yummy!
Back at school we have learned lots on the theme of pizza: we have learned about half and quarter of a shape, half of a number, written stories about pizzas, made symmetrical pizzas and sold pizza in our Pizza Kitchen.
We have had lots of fun this term. We have enjoyed exploring different ways of travelling. We had a lovely trip to the National Maritime Museum. We had fun on World Book Day sharing books in the hall with everyone. We have enjoyed the pancake race and all the Hollingbourne Easter events.
We have also really enjoyed experimenting with the speed stacks for the Inter-school speed stack challenge. We made some amazing towers and buildings. We made a tower with 20 layers!
We hope you enjoy looking at some photos of our time during term 4.
At the Nationasl Maritime Museum we went on a 'Monster Hunt, had lunch with a lovely view, went and played in a lovely park and explored the 'Ahoy Gallery'.
We had a lovely time and could have stayed for longer as there was so much to explore!
We had a lovely day!
With all the excitement of Christmas over term 3 began. We have been thinking about Toys, enjoying learning about number with Numberblocks, learning lots of Phase 3 digraphs and learning to write all our letters correctly.
We visited Maidstone Museum for a toys workshop and called in at the library to find books featuring information or stories about toys. We also went up to the campfire to learn how to be safe around the campfire, light the fire, toast marshmallows and make popcorn.
We had great fun dancing and playing games at our Christmas Party. We went to the hall with the whole school for party food and a visit from Father Christmas.
We hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas!
We worked really hard learning songs, dances and words to say. At last the time came to perform to our families and our friends. We were really nervous but we really enjoyed it. Mrs Nurden and Mrs Tong were very proud.
We were amazing!