I do hope that everyone is having a super weekend. Bumblebees bring your hat, scarf and gloves in next week…it’s getting chillier!
Undoubtedly, the highlight of last week’s learning was our Percy The Park Keeper Day. It was wonderful to witness such great imaginations and purposeful play in our school gardens and in the classroom too.
Children became ‘experts’ for the day, choosing roles such as gardeners, animal carers, map makers, artists, den builders and science and math investigators, in order to help the newly ‘homeless’ animals from Percy the Park keeper story ‘After The Storm’. They were able to construct with natural and man made materials, weigh Autumn objects such as pine cones and conkers, looked at varieties of leaves and their changing colours, weed and prepare veg beds in the morning , ready for planting onion sets and garlic sets, peas and beans in the afternoon. They sowed wildflower seeds ready to put in the greenhouse, so that we can plant in the Spring next year. We had support from Marie Wellings, who is part of our school’s Polli:nation project team, developing our school garden areas to entice pollinating insects to our flowering beds, borders and wildflower and bulb areas.
Wonderful models of Percy’s hut were built, with Welcome signs, leaf printing with paint mixed with couscous to build up texture and relief, and hedgehogs were made out of play dough and straws. A busy team of Bumble Bees! The whole day finished with hot chocolate and a biscuit, we all enjoyed our special day together and said goodbye to our Percy The Park Keeper topic.
Our author this half term is David McKee, we shall be focusing our learning and story times around his Elmer The Elephant books.
In maths we have focused on 2D shape, the number 4 and have been practising counting forwards and backwards from a given number.
In Literacy we have been persevering with writing our first sentences and rehearsing our sentences orally, in order to recall the words to write.
It was great to see parents at Parents’ Evening this week, it was our first one and already you can all see how hard your children are working and enjoying their learning – they are a credit to you all. I was so pleased to hear that your children love school and are happy; I feel very privileged to be working with them and to hear that they are talking about their learning really made my day!
Next week we will be looking at developing language about weighing and comparing objects so that we can predict. Our number focus will be on the number 5.
Have a great rest of weekend. Best wishes, Mrs Merrifield.