Whole School Creative Curriculum Arts Week
Celebrating Earth Day (22nd April) with Art Specialist Caitlin Atherton.
We have had a fabulous afternoon learning all about recycling through art!
A tall order...not for Reception!
Webad a great morning using mathematical language to describe different lengths. We had a fantastic time measuring and comparing different lengths both inside and in our outdoor learning provision too!
A visit from an author!
Reception and Key Stage 1 met an author and discovered he is an illustrator too ! This morning we went into assembly and listened to him reading his new book. Then he showed us how he draws his illustrations!
Just before lunch we had another visit, personally to our classroom, from Simon Bartram the aurthor and illustrator, and he shared another story with us.
Simon answered many of the children’s questions and shared his thoughts on reading little and often for pleasure and enjoyment. He explained that we can all be authors and illustrators and has inspired many children to visit our own reading corner this morning to read - this area has never been so popular! A lot of children have said after lunch they want to make books too !!
His key message was to practise... practise... practise at whatever we do to get better and to read as much as we can to help develop our own imaginations !!!
Needless to say, children have really enjoyed this morning.
A terrific trip to Asda!
What a busy day we have had ! Well done Reception, we are extremely proud of all you and the Manager of Asda has emailed me tonight and has asked for me to pass on how impressed the staff were of our Reception class.
From speaking to the children this afternoon it was clear they enjoyed our trip,including the walk up which I must add was undertaken brilliantly and in record speed! We arrived at Asda much earlier than anticipated and we were greeted by Simon, the manager, and his team. We went upstairs into the staff room, were given a drink and talked through the posters.
After this we split into groups, one group learnt about recycling whilst the other group had a tour of the store and looked out for the FairTrade logo. We bought ingredients too.
Asda were very generous and have kindly given everyone an Easter Egg because our children we so impeccably behaved and keen learners - we are welcome back anytime ! Children were given a little balloon also but we have decided to keep those in our classroom as a reminder of our trip and also so we can all enjoy them together.
A highlight of the visit has to have been when all children were issued with their very own name badge - this afternoon many of the class have been acting out the role of a cashier and busily recycling waste in the kitchen (cosy corner role play area) !
Thank you to all of the parents and caters who accompanied us on the trip this morning, we hope you enjoyed it as much as our children have.
We have been learning about Chinese traditions and will be celebrating Chinese New Year (which starts on Friday). With this in mind, we have another very exciting week ahead and some of our challenges this week include continuing with our oriental music and dance lessons and finishing off our own creative dragon to then use in our dance as we go and visit each classroom in school and show the rest of the school what we have been doing!
Our writing focus for this week will involve making kindness wishes to each other, having a go at writing Chinese symbols and in maths, after we have tasted some Chinese food, we will be making a pictogram to show which is our favourite Chinese delicacy!
In preparation for the workshop on Tuesday, when we will be joined by special visitors to help us further learn about Chinese traditions, we decided to incorporate some Chinese style dancing in our P.E. and outdoor session this week and have created our own outstanding oriental moves! Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday 16th of February. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2018 is the year of the Dog.
We had a fantastic time on Thursday when we swapped classrooms with Year 2 ! We could have been mistaken for being Year 2 children as we were very sensible, followed instructions and worked together as a team !
In groups we all had a turn playing a musical instrument, performing a dance and being a super member of the audience.
Well done Hargreaves/Potter Class, here is to another busy week, it's going to be a brilliant week ahead and end to this fabulous term!