We came into school one morning last week to find a strange forest had grown overnight in Neptune’s, Mars’ and Jupiter’s classrooms.
There were branches that appeared to be made of metal, with leaves of silver and there were all sorts of metal objects hanging from the branches ……………..pots, pans, tea pots, trays, buckets and tin cans!!
It was all a bit confusing until Miss Warrener found a book in her classroom called ‘The Tin Forest’. We looked carefully at the front cover and thought that maybe what was growing in our classrooms was similar to what was shown on the front cover illustration, so after predicting what the story might be about, we started to read the book.
In the story, in a wide windswept place, near nowhere, in a place that was close to forgotten, nowhere, there was a small house. This house was surrounded by other people’s rubbish (a bit like our classrooms!) and inside lived an old man.
Every night the old man had a wonderful dream …….
We drew pictures of his dream using clues from the story and our imaginations. Next week we will be using these to help us write an account of his dream as if it has come alive.
I wonder whether our tin forests will come to life too!!!
Woah that was a busy half term!!!
Apologies for the lack of blog posts, but we have all been extremely busy for the last few weeks with all the exciting things that have been happening in the classrooms of Neptune, Jupiter and Mars.
So here are a few slideshows with some of the highlights …….
To help us learn about fractions we had great fun designing and making fraction pancakes in maths. We had to cover our pancakes using fractions, e.g. half lemon, a quarter chocolate and a quarter jam. Then we had to use fractions to cover our pancakes with a choice of toppings. We even got to eat them too!!!
We have been learning about Lent this half term and each class began this liturgical season by creating a Lenten chain of promises. Each promise shared something that we could give up, give away or pray for.
In Science we have been investigating forces so to link with our ‘Space’ topic we made rockets which we made move by pushing air through a straw attached to each rocket. We tested what would happen if we used more or less force and what would happen if we made the mass (weight) of the rocket larger.
We celebrated World Book day by using Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley as our focus text. We decorated the doors of our classrooms and the KS1 corridor doors to represent the doors of some of the characters in the story. We all had a really fun book themed day and looked fabulous in our costumes!
In Science, we also explored how we could change the shape of materials by using different forces and using saltdough made these very unusual monsters! Can you see where we stretched, twisted, bent and squashed the dough?
As part of our mini topic ‘Understanding Others in our Community – The Blind’, we were lucky enough to be visited by Tiny (Ian Morris) and his beautiful new guide dog Millsey. We learned lots about how Millsey helps Tiny every day and also about some of the things that help and hinder Tiny when he is out and about. After the holidays we will be going on a walk around our local area to see if we can spot any of these things.
Inspired by Tiny’s visit, we used our senses other than sight, to write descriptive colour poems. Here’s a few of them for you to read …
KS1 celebrated all the wonderful work they have been doing this half term in their ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ topic with a star gazing evening.
The children returned to school at 5pm to take part in a range of space related craft activities and also used the iPads to spot the planets and constellations in our solar system. A great time was had by all! We even got to finish some of the activities the following day in class.
We are only half way through our latest topic, ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’ but the response, from our children and their families, to our learning and enquiry homework has been fantastic!
We have so many different and creative outcomes that have certainly brightened up our classroom walls, shelves and ceilings. We were not able to photograph them all but here’s just some of them for you to view too…..
Thank you as always to our families for encouraging and supporting the children in their learning.