We finished our theme of animals this term with a week in Zoo animals, finishing off with an amazing trip to Wingham Wildlife Park! We saw so many animals and despite the rain we were in good spirits. We drew and labelled animals we thought we would see, we thought about times and in our play we made zoos and printed foot prints. On top of that it was also Valentines Day! So we finally had our amazing Valentines event planned by Cherry Class and Mrs Bardley-Wyatt, it was lovely to see so many loved ones!
This week we celebrated Chinese New Year. We began with a very exciting trip to London, China Town where we looked at the deocrations, looked at key aretfacts and we got to taste authentic chinese food! When we got back to class we shared the story of Chinese New Year, ordering ordinal numbers in Maths and retold the story in English. We then made our own chinese lanterns, fortune cookies, wishing trees and wrote our own symbols too.
This week we read The Rainbow Fish and we had an underthe water theme - with an addition of three of our very own fish. The children named their fish Cherry, Sparkle and Firefly. We drew on tin foil, created our own fish and explored shells and coral.
This week we read the story 'Which Pet Should I Get?' and explored the theme of pets. We even had 3 new additions to the classroom, three beautful fish! We set up a petshop, drew and described the fish and we began to take away too.
This week we read the story 'The Giraffe who got his neck tied in a knot' by Thomas Ingham. We thought it was very funny and continued with our jungle theme, making snakes, animal masks adding animals.
We started off our theme with jungle animals and we read the story 'The Lion who Wanted to Love', although we did really focus on getting to know the new classroom as we had a big shuffle around of furniture and completely changed the layout and resources available to the children.
We really enjoyed our christmas party (although please excuse the classroom we were getting ready for renovations). We danced our socks off, played party games and we had a special party in the hall with a special visitor! We had a best hat competition and we had our beautiful christingle service at the church.
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.