What have we been learning?
January 2018 began with us exploring one of the school’s Core Value – Inspire. We talked about how the New Year inspires us to do and learn new things. We wrote down what we want to learn this year. In our House groups after half term we read The Dot which inspired us to create our own pictures and write about who inspires us.
We began our new Bears topic by bringing in our own bears from home. Super Ted has joined Robins class and is enjoying his visits to everyone’s homes. The children have been excited to draw and write down their adventures at home with Super Ted.
In the first half of the Spring term we learnt the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We tasted porridge, explored what we could do with porridge oats, acted out and wrote our own versions of the story. We explored the different sizes of the bears, bowls, chairs and beds and ordered them by from smallest to largest.
Over the first term we have also been finding out about fictional bears. We learnt about Paddington Bear and tasted marmalade sandwiches as that is his favourite food. We also tasted Winnie the Pooh’s favourite food, honey, on pancakes. Baloo the Bear encouraged us to explore dancing and Yogi Bear encouraged us to be resourceful. As we explored all the Care Bears we talked about how they help us to follow St Michael’s Code. We made graphs to find out which bear was our favourite and also asked staff around the school.
Sensory and Teddies Adventures
We visited Cudmore Grove and the Ranger took us on a ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” adventure exploring the long wavy grass, the thick oozy mud, imagining a river and snowstorm and finally finding the Bear cave. We went on a scavenger hunt on the beach and used what we found to make faces.
Feet on the Street
We have loved walking to school this week. We were inspired by wearing our favourite shoes to school to explore the Elves and the Shoemakers story and retell the story outside. We explored colours, size and counting in two’s with the shoes.
We having been learning about the beginning of Lent and how people celebrate this. We had great fun tasting pancakes, running pancake races and writing poems about pancakes.
Valentine’s Day gave us an opportunity to talk about ways we show kindness and love to people. The children designed made and wrote cards to the family and friends they care about.
Chinese New Year
We have been finding out about the traditions and celebrations for Chinese New Year. The children were excited to find out what year they were born in and helped to decorate the class with lanterns. We learnt how to do some of the Lion dance moves and danced to traditional Chinese music.
In the Autumn term we were visited by the E Safety team and who talked to the children about strangers on the internet and keeping safe when using apps on different devices. On Internet Safety day in the Spring term we listened to the story ‘Penguin Pig’ and the children were able to tell us how to keep safe online and made posters explaining to others about the importance of telling a grown up about what happens on the internet.
Getting to Know You
Robins have had a very busy term settling into St Michael’s learning about our school Core Values and the St Michael’s Code. We learnt about some of the things that make each child unique in Robins class and talked about some of the similarities and differences of our friends and families. We learnt about the story The Three Little Pigs and acted out the story on our stage outside. We also went on number and shape hunts around the school.
We have been learning about the traditions and stories of Christmas. The children worked with Woodpecker’s class to perform the Nativity story in front of their parents and the whole school. We enjoyed a visit to Colchester Zoo where they helped the elves work out if penguins would be a good replacement for Father Christmas’ reindeer and then met Father Christmas himself!
10 – 15 minutes each day on reading. We change reading books every Monday and Friday and library books every Wednesday.
Wednesday Morning - PE
For PE we wear red shorts or jogging bottoms in cold weather, white t-shirt with St Michael's badge, plimsolls/trainers .