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The children in Acorns and Conkers Class have been thoroughly enjoying themselves over these chilly winter months. Our children are robust little characters who know how to keep themselves warm, even when the thermometer reads -3*C. This is what we observed one very cold February morning:
When the children had finished zipping up their coats, pulling on their hats, scarves and gloves they excitedly ran outside to explore what effect the weather had had on their outdoor learning environment. Some were found squealing with excitement, having found a puddle that had frozen over, readying themselves to slide along in whatever manner they felt brave enough to try. Others had already found some tools to break the ice that had formed in the water trays overnight. One little boy came running over, holding between his gloved hands the largest piece of ice he could carry. He continued to hold it up, looking through it like a magnifying glass, amazed at how it glistened in the sun shine, then he smashed it on the ground with great force. Some children came running over to investigate what had happened and enthusiastically started jumping up and down, crushing the ice beneath their feet. Over in the shaded corner, two girls had decided to set up an experiment. They had found a few containers, poured water into them and asked if we could leave them alone as they planned to return to them later to check if ice had formed. A number of our toys had become stuck in the ice and so a few determined little children started trying to melt the ice around them. They persevered for a long time, and were extremely proud of themselves when eventually their toys came away. All in all we had a fantastic time making the most of the dramatic weather here in our EYFS/Yr1 outdoor learning space…and then to our delight, the snow arrived!
We are always looking to develop our outdoor resources, using real materials to build and play with. If any of you have any of the following, then we would be very grateful for any donations:
Tyres, wooden planks, wooden poles, crates, large cardboard boxes, tarpaulins, large cardboard tubes.
Thank you, from Acorns and Conkers Class.
BOUNCING INTO THE SPRING TERM
Spring term has started with a real bounce! The children have settled back to school, enjoying taking their next steps in learning.
We have been reading all about a little girl from Kenya, Africa who has a best friend called Akeyo. We have read Handa's Surprise, Handa's Hen and have learned a poem all about the animals that Handa and Akeyo come across in their travels. This has helped us in our science where we have been learning the names of animals, describing them and grouping them. We have also been talking about where in the world the animals live. The children had fun trying the Kenyan accent, after listening to a Kenyan lady read it aloud.
Year One children are learning to read and write the 'Common Exception Words' and identify phase 5 Letters and Sounds graphemes to read 'alien' words. If you would like some help with this please do come in for a chat with Miss Thornton. Please see the attached files to see some examples.
Year One have been learning their xtables 2x, 5x and 10x. It is really important to practise these regularly to ensure this learning is embedded and your child is quick to recall these facts. All the children can access 'Education City' from home and on here you will find lots of games and songs to help with this area of maths.
This frosty weather has enabled us to create investigations about ice. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the outdoor area, observing the changes to the ice over the day. They have set up their own experiments to find out where the ice melts quickest and found that the thicker ice is more tricky to break up and melt. They have looked through pieces of ice and used big pieces of ice as ramps for their cars.
This weather is great fun and nobody wants to miss out on all this fresh air, so please ensure your child has an extra pair of jogging bottoms, gloves, hat and scarf in school.
The children have settled happily into the routine of the week and are showing such great enthusiasm for learning through play. Our continuous provision encourages children to develop their skills and understanding through exploring their environment and making their own decisions to develop as a learner. Regular adult led challenges ensure the children are making steps forward in their learning, encouraging the children to think critically by solving problems and finding new ways to do things. We spend most of our time outdoors and use our wonderful conservation area regularly, so muddy footprints can always be seen!
As the weather becomes colder, don't forget to bring extra socks, jumpers and jogging bottoms to school. A warm waterproof coat is essential too.