Peppard Class 11th July

This week in Peppard Class we have a new theme of Pirates. We started the week looking at different pirate books and designed and labelled a pirate using our imagination. In our creative time we then turned the climbing frame into a pirate ship and made props such as compasses, telescopes, flags, eye patches and hats to enhance our role play. On Friday we made pirate masks. They caused a lot of excitement and the children thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of a pirate.

In our maths lessons we have been looking at positional language. We used our theme of pirates and made treasure maps. The children had to direct each other to the treasure. We also used our Beebot robots to help us give directions.

 

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Peppard Class July 4th

Wow… What a trip! We had a fantastic day out in London. We had so much fun and everyone was beautifully behaved. We all had a chance to play on the new playground before entering the Aquarium. The Aquarium was very exciting and we were able to see most of the animals we have been talking about at school. Some of the highlights were the turtles, sharks, the sunbathing crocodile and the baby penguin that was born at the beginning of June. In the afternoon we went to the ‘Under Belly Theatre’. The children were very excited that the show was inside an ‘upside down purple cow!’ The children saw the performance of ‘Pirate Gran’.

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Back at school we had a circle time to discuss our favourite part of the trip before going away to write about it. The children also created some new animals to go into our Aquarium and enjoyed playing in the role play area designing tickets and shows.

The children did some research on different ‘Under the Sea’ animals. Each child picked an animal and designed a page. They thought carefully about the animal they had chosen and wrote facts about them. We are going to turn our facts into a non-fiction ‘Under the Sea’ book. Next week we will create a front cover.

In our creative time we made crabs and stingray out of paper plates.

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Peppard Class June 27th

This week in Peppard Class we have been looking at ‘Under the Sea’ animals. We watched a video about ‘Under the Sea’ and chose our favourite animal to paint. We then created an ‘Under the Sea’ display. We also painted and created jelly fish to go in our Aquarium.

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We have also started to practice our song and dance for the school production. We are going to be practicing lots over the next couple of weeks.

Today we designed and created our own boats. We made them out of junk and then tested whether they would float or sink in the water tray.

We are looking forward to our trip to London next week. We cannot wait to visit the ‘real’ aquarium and we are hoping to get some more ideas for the aquarium in our classroom. Please make sure you arrive promptly as we will be leaving at 8am.

Have a lovely weekend.

Peppard Class June 20th

This week in Peppard Class we have been learning about ‘Lighthouses’.  We have been talking about why it is important to have lighthouses and we looked at many different types of lighthouses all over the world.

We have been reading the story ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’. We talked about what happened and wrote recounts of the story. We also designed and labelled a ‘disgusting’ sandwich for the seagulls to eat. The children were very good at using their imagination and had fillings of worms, salt, stones and soil, just to name a few.

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In maths this week we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We practiced sorting them and using them in our play. In our creative time we made both 2D and 3D lighthouses.

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Our strawberries have finally turned red!! It was very exciting. We picked and shared them during our snack time…. they were delicious! Our beans and peas are also doing very well and we are looking forward to seeing some tomatoes soon.

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Peppard Class 6th June

This term in Peppard Class our topic is ‘Under the Sea’.  This week we have started to look at ‘The beach’. We have started to make signs to turn our outdoor role play into a beach hut and in our creative play we made beach collages out of different materials.

In maths this week we have been practicing being accurate counters and forming our numbers correctly.  We have been estimating and counting objects up to 20. We have been practicing our number formation in the sand, using the water paint, chalk and using the Ipads.

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We were very pleased to see that are beans have been growing in our garden. Today we picked 3 beans and enjoyed tasting them during snack time. We are all very excited about tasting the strawberries.

 

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Peppard Class May 23rd

Miss Bryant took an exciting trip to visit our chicks this week.  She took lots of pictures to show us how much they have grown. They have a beautiful new chicken house and lots of space to run around. They have kept their colourings and are all fit and well. We will keep you updated on their progress. We are looking forward to having some eggs.

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This week we went on a dinosaur hunt. We read the story ‘We’re all going on a bear hunt’ and changed the word ‘bear’ to ‘dinosaur’. We use junk modelling to create back packs and binoculars and we took some magnify glasses with us. We had to look for clues to help lead us to the dinosaur, there were footprints everywhere! Eventually we found the dinosaur in the woods. We named her ‘Jane’.  We stayed and explored the woods; we enjoyed finding mini beasts, a wood peckers nest, climbing and playing in the leaves. It was great fun.

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We also set up a dinosaur museum. The children made items and collected dinosaurs and fossils to sell. They priced up the items and sold them to each other. Year 1 and 2 came to visit our museum.

To end our topic of dinosaurs we put our measuring from maths into practice and did some baking. We talked about being hygienic in the kitchen and weighed out the ingredients.

Next term our topic is ‘Under the Sea’. If anyone is heading to the beach could you please bring pebbles and shells back for us to decorate and any other items you think would be nice to go on our show and tell table or in our role play aquarium.  Thank you.

Have a lovely half term.

Peppard Class May 9th

This week in Peppard Class we have been researching the ‘Stegosaurus’. We have created the next page of non-fiction book and are looking forward to sharing them with you.

On Wednesday we worked with year 1 and 2 to prepare our assembly about our school value this term ‘Integrity’. We talked about its meaning and how we can show integrity.

On Thursday a dinosaur egg arrived in our classroom. It has created a lot of class discussion. We have made a nest for the egg and are keeping it safe.  Another crack has appeared today and we are looking forward to it hopefully hatching next week.

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In maths we have been looking at measuring length. We have been paleontologists and have been finding bones and fossils in our sandpit and measuring them using non-standard measures. Towards the end of the week we looked at measuring in cm. We talked about things that we measure in everyday life and the children enjoyed having their own measuring tape.

We practiced our ‘Buddy workout’ this week in preparation for the NSPCC event. Please don’t forget to sponsor us, the money is going to a very good cause.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

Peppard Class May 2nd

Welcome back. Hope you all had a fantastic Easter.  Our caterpillars finally hatched!! Unfortunately they hatched during the holidays (2 days after we broke up). Miss Bryant took them to Mrs Byron’s house and we released them with her children. Miss Bryant made a slide show of pictures so we could see what they looked like.

This term our topic is Dinosaurs. This week we made a ‘Dinosaur Cave and Dig’ in our classroom. We have added our own pictures and labels. We have put sand inside and hidden fossils and made bits out of junk to help us to explore. We have been learning about non-fiction books and have identified key features.  We found out information about the T-Rex and the Triceratops and we will use this information to create our own non-fiction books.

For our dinosaur display we painted our own dinosaurs.  During our creative time some children decided to make their own dinosaur masks and wings. We have also created a dinosaur egg. We are hoping it will hatch soon.

In maths we have been subtracting numbers using a number line and counting back on our fingers. We have also been answer number problems.

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Peppard Class April 4th

Another busy week in Peppard class.

Our caterpillars have sadly not hatched in time for the Easter Break. Mrs Byron is going to keep them over the holidays and keep us updated on their progress.

In maths we have been learning about repeated patterns. We started the week by going on a pattern walk in the community. We took clipboards and Ipad’s to record our findings. Oliver was very helpful and carried our first aid bum bag. The next day we designed some of our own repeated patterns using the resources in the classroom. We also created repeated patterned Easter eggs.

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We thoroughly enjoyed performing at the Easter Service. We all practiced very hard, remembered our lines and spoke with clear, strong voices.  Miss Bryant was so proud.

We also made a start to our planting. We have planted peas, onions and garlic. We have spoken about how to look after our plants and are responsible for watering them every day. A big thank you to Laura Powell who came in to help.

Today we say goodbye to one of our students from Chiltern College, Miss Crocker, who has helped out in Peppard Class. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ and wish her lots of luck in the future.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter break.

Peppard Class 28th March

This week in Peppard class we said ‘goodbye’ to our chicks. They started to grow feathers and began to get quite smelly so we thought it would be nice to send them to their new home where they would have plenty of space.

Our caterpillars have now turned to cocoons. We carefully moved them into the net and are hoping that they will hatch sometime next week.

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We have looked at the life cycle of a plant and read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We discussed the main characters and retold the story in different mediums. We then talked about what a plant needs to survive and planted their own beans which will be coming home at the end of term.

We were lucky to have Highmoor teach us P.E on Monday. They were teaching us lots of skills such as balancing, hopping, catching, kicking and moving in different ways.  We thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

We have been practicing for our Easter service which is next Thursday and hope that you will be able to attend.