Our introduction to All Creatures Great and Small involved welcoming some very unusual creatures to our classroom! We had a hissing cockroach, a giant land snail, a corn snake, a hermit crab and a tarantula.
We learnt lots of interesting facts about them.
We read The Very Ugly Bug story, which was very funny. Then we made our own ugly bugs.
We have started linking our maths to One is a Snail and Ten is a Crab. Its a story all about adding feet together, so we will get lots of practise.
The Giant land snail was a bit slimy!
The Cockroach was quite tickly on our hands
The tarantula was very hairy
The millipede has about 200 legs
The corn snake was smooth and shiny
We watched it curl and stick its tongue out
We made some very ugly bugs, after reading The Very Ugly Bug book.
We tried to camouflage our bugs
Look at all those pom poms to scare away the birds!
The hermit crab was hiding in his shell
We had a great time at Forest school.
We did lots of activities linked to the Three Bears story we had been thinking about.
We learned how to sit in the fire circle
We used clay to make pots
We made seats for the bears using wood and logs we had found
We looked around for animal homes in the woods. This one was up very high!
We made clay pots for the bears in different sizes and badges with bear pictures on them.
It was hard work sawing the branches!
Then we played hunt the bears
We collected lots of things from the woods and added them to our stick. We found small , medium and large things.
We have been using numicon to take away .
We worked out how many we had knocked down and how many were left.
looking at the numbers in a clock formation
Matching the numicon pieces and numbers
Two police officers came to talk to us about keeping safe.
We tried on hats. Very smart!
We heard about how the police help to keep us safe.
Then we went out to see the police car and van.
The sirens were very loud!
It was a very high step into the van .
We have started the Spring term with two days of Working With Others activities and then Science week.
All children participated enthusiastically and enjoyed the variety of experiments we set up. We talked about the importance of hand washing to remove germs and looked at germs using some fluorescent gel.
We also observed what happens to plants/flowers when they do not have what they need to grow.
At the end of the week we tried to predict and then find out where ice could be placed to slow down or speed up melting. It was a cold day so some of the ice remained for quite a long time before melting, but inside it soon became water.
Our new topic 'If You're Healthy and You Know It....' has continued with discussions on healthy eating, cleaning our teeth, drinking water and doing different types of exercise. We will continue to explore these themes and relate our own experiences of keeping healthy within our discussions.
Over the next few weeks we have some visitors coming to Elm Class who will help us to expand our knowledge of how to keep safe.
We are looking forward to learning together and sharing our ideas and results.
At the start of this half term we had maths week. There were lots of activities involving numbers , shapes and counting in our class. We used shapes to make patterns and pictures about space - our new topic.
We made rockets showing numbers counting down from 10-0 (or blast off!) and are learning to use our knowledge of numbers to say what is one more or less than a number. We are learning to identify the numbers, order them and count groups of objects accurately.
We practised ordering numbers and matching them to the numicon shapes.
We are getting to know the numbers really well!
We are learning to form the numbers .....
Playing with shapes to make rockets, and robots.
We used shapes to make patterns
Lots of exciting shapes to look at and play with
Welcome to Elm Class at Bartons Primary school.
We have had a busy few days in our new class, with all of us making new friends as we explore our classroom and play area.
We are looking forward to working with all of you over the year and learning lots of new and exciting things.
We can chooses to work and play inside or outside.
It is fun using the computers!
We can make up games with our new friends
Using lots of different pens and pencils to write and draw with.
We can use all sorts of materials to make models. This helps us to develop our cutting skills too.
There are so many new things to try.
We have been using all sorts of shapes to make pictures and patterns.
Developing our fine motor skills, so we are ready to write.
Counting and recognising numbers has been a focus at the start of term.
Sharing toys and using our imagination is important in our class.
We like a challenge! Solving problems and completing tasks are good skills to have.
'I can't do it yet' is something we say throughout the school. A never give up attitude is encouraged.
Everyone has been taking books to share at home.