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  • 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. 

     

    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.

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    Welcome to Acorns Class and Conkers Class

     

    Autumn Days...

     

    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! 


    Characteristics of Effective Learning
    This term we will be focusing on 'The Characteristics of Effective Learning' which enables the children to think of themselves as learners and identify the type of learner they are. We link this thinking to types of animals: Proud Peacocks are proud of their learning and personal successes; Go For It Gorillas take a chance and have a go; I know Rhinos play with what they know; Exploring Elephants love to explore the resources in their learning environment, and many more. Come along to the classroom to have a look at the learning journey board to see how the children are thinking about their own characteristics for learning. 


    Topic: The Big Wide World and ME
    We will be learning about families, ourselves and how we fit into our big wide world. We have already started to explore the seasons, observing the autumnal feel of the school, talking about the physical changes around us. We have been learning a poem about the wind and the Year 1s have created their own poem.

     

    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.

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