Summer Term Plans.....
Our topic for the Summer terms (1 and 2) is Animals. Already the children are fired up about our topic, sharing facts they know, their own experiences and what they want to find out! To this end we have planned a trip to Noah’s Ark Zoo for the beginning of Summer 2. The children have been tasked to bring in photos of their pets after a very interesting discussion on what pets we have in our homes. What a range ... including Bearded Dragons, horses, guinea pigs, birds, fish, dogs, cats to name but a few! We have already been exploring the similarities and differences between different types of animals, including what they need to survive, what they eat and where they live. We even have some temporary class pets as we are watching the development of four caterpillars, and are experiencing at first hand their life cycle.
As part of of our our topic we learnt the poem ‘How does a butterfly go?’. The children performed it beautifully during our whole school poetry slam (See the video on our gallery page), and also to many parents at our recent Stay and Play session. As part of our Talk for Writing approach, we are currently learning to retell The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This has already prompted many spontaneous story telling and role playing opportunities during the children’s play. Watch this space for further updates of our learning ....
Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018
As part of our topic, we have been learning about different celebrations. We held our own Chinese New Year Celebrations. The children tasted some Chinese Food and even had a go using chopsticks! We shared the story of how The Chinese Zodiac was created from the twelve animals that took part in a race as the Jade Emperor wanted to find a way to measure time. The school have some fantastic Chinese Dragons that we used to perform our own Chinese dancing to Chinese music. They used the masks to help them choose the colours for their own Dragon masks.
History Week - Dinosaurs in Crocodile Class!
As the children have shown a great interest in dinosaurs since they started school, we decided to learn all about them in History Week. We shared the facts we knew: "They got killed by a big rock in the sky" was one fact. "They eat meat and knock buildings down!" By being historians we used books and the internet to find out all about dinosaurs. We discovered that there were no human beings and therefore buildings when the dinosaurs were around millions of years ago and lots of other interesting information. This week we have gone on a dinosaur hunt where we counted and compared the different amounts of dinosaurs we found. We have also made dinosaur masks, drawings and rubbings of these exciting creatures. And of course we have read lots of dinosaur stories including Bumpus, Jumpus, Dinosaurumpus, Harry and the Dinosaurs goes to School and Dinosaur Dreams.
Court Farm Class Trip - Tuesday 17th October
We have had the most wonderful day at Court Farm. In school the children have shown a keen interest in animals and with our topic 'Autumn' we have been learning about Harvest time and what that means. So we thought it would be a great experience to visit a farm and see for ourselves at first hand what farming was all about. Farmer Ed showed us around the farm, introducing us to all of the animals - we even got too heard the goats out to their field, feed the noisy piglets some apples, give the calves some had and feed the lambs their milk! By looking at the goats feed we found out about what crops had been harvested to make it. Fun times were had by all when we weighed a lamb and compared its weight of 24 kilos against our individual weight (we had to climb into the special animal scales cage to do this - see the photos below!) We had to estimate whether we would be heavier or lighter. Some of us weighed around 15 kilos and some of us up to 22 kilos - so we were all lighter than the lamb (adults not included!).
In the afternoon we went on an exciting tractor ride where we saw the bull, cows and calves and a few sheep in the field and had some play time at the different play areas.
WE HAD SO MUCH FUN and learnt a huge amount too.
Welcome to the new crocodiles at Woolavington Primary School. The first week has been wonderful, watching the children settling in and making new friends. They are already nice and settled, which has shown that the transition has worked well! We have begun our topic about Autumn and have shared what we already know and what we would like to find out about. The children seem very keen on anything to do with farms, which ties in nicely with learning about Harvest time. So we are know in the midst of booking a class trip to a working farm to find out more!
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