This week w had our first balance bike session. We learnt the importance of wearing a helmet and learnt the different parts of the bike. We then jumped on our bikes and practised pushing and stopping the bike using our feet. When we felt nice and comfortable on our bikes we lifted up our feet to see how far we could glide. We can’t wait for our next session next week!
Today we have been making rocket mice. We used milk bottles as rocket launches and carefully cut out and created a cone shape to make the mouse.
The children were asked, what makes your rocket mouse fly?
” There’s air inside (the bottle) and it pops off.”
” You squish the bottle and all the air comes up.”
” Air inside the bottle pushes it up because air helps things move.”
” If it’s pushed hard it will fly to the roof because a lot of air will come out.”
” If you press it harder it fly’s up higher. There’s more air.”
This week, we have been working in teams to build an obstacle course in the garden using construction materials. We had to work together to choose the equipment we wanted to use, to design the course and to assess any potential risks. We were made to use our problem solving skills when some pieces of equipment fell over or was unsafe. We then used directional language such as: above, under, across and around when describing the course to Miss Roberts and Miss Averill. Finally, we drew a map of our obstacle course using 2D shapes to represent the different construction materials.
This week, we read the story ‘ How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers. We then used the internet to research facts about stars. We also explored the meaning of gravity and we discussed what would happen on planet Earth if there was no gravity. Inspired by this week’s story, we used our imaginations to think of different ways of how to catch a star. In maths, we have been learning the names of different 3D shapes whilst building different models. We investigated which shapes rolled and why and which were better for stacking and why. In Expressive Arts, we carefully designed and created our own rockets using junk modelling materials. We used our knowledge of 3D shapes when designing and choosing our materials. We had to use our problem solving skills and show resilience when constructing and joining the different materials together. We enjoyed showing our friends and talking about our creations. We used the internet again to watch videos of real life rocket launches.
We have had a very exciting week in school this week. We were lucky enough to see our butterfly’s emerge from their chrysalis and stretch their wings for the very first time. We observed them for a few days as they built up their strength before releasing them outside. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about and observing the different stages of the butterfly cycle and we couldn’t wait to show our grown ups during library time.
This week, we all helped to make vegetable soup following step by step instructions from our recipe. First we had to peel and then chop all the vegetables before putting them in a big pan with water and stock cubes. We now know how to use peelers and knifes safely when helping the grown ups. Later in the day, we all tasted the soup and gave it a score out of 10.
This week we have been reading and following instructions to plant our own sunflowers. We know that seeds need water and sunlight to grow so we have chosen a spot on our windowsill to put our seeds and we will take turns to water them every day. We have been enjoying the sunshine in our school garden this week. We took part in an observational drawing session and learnt the different parts of a flower. We also learnt the name of some different flowers that we might see in our gardens, or on our walks with our grown ups.
The People’s Kitchen
On Tuesday Mr Gill drove up to Newcastle with a car packed to the brim full of chocolate Easter Eggs. This lovely expression of love from our school community to those forgotten souls that live on the streets of Newcastle was warmly welcomed by the staff at the Kitchen. If you have not seen it yet, check it out on Facebook. Thank you to everyone that made a donation.
World Book Day
Every year we celebrate significant events in the UK. World Book Day celebrates literature and promotes reading. We all dress up as our favourite book characters. Can you recognise who we are?