Category: Peppard: Year R
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today School and Worship Councils joined forces to lead their first whole school assembly about Mothering Sunday. They wrote prayers, selected a hymn and talked about the history of Mothering Sunday.
Geno read “Five Minutes Peace” which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
We are really looking forward to our next assembly after the Easter Holidays.
Wow…..well what an exciting week.
This week we started off with a trip to the Kenton Theatre to see ‘Peter and the Wolf’. It was a solo performance of a man who used shadow puppets to tell the story. At the end of the show he taught us how to make the wolf with our hands.
On Thursday we went to see the ‘Travelling Tuba’. It was a fun and interactive session where we were taken around the world whilst being introduced to some fantastic instruments. Olivia was lucky enough to play the ‘Alpine Horn’ from Switzerland and we were very impressed.
Our caterpillars are growing by the day and are now looking fat. It won’t be long until they have turned into cocoons.
Our chicks are due to hatch on Monday. Miss Bryant is taking them home for the weekend just in case they come early. We have set up a brooder box with newspaper and sawdust with an incubation light to keep them warm. We are very excited and will invite you in to visit the once they are settled.
In maths this week we have been learning about sharing and halving. We selected fruits from the Hungry Caterpillar and practiced halving fruits and sharing them. We then tasted them and decided which fruit was our favourite. We also practiced sharing out counters and compare bears. At the end week we shared out sweets, this cemented the concept of sharing fairly very quickly.
Our caterpillars arrived in Peppard class this week. It was very exciting. We had to divide the nutrient into small vials and then separate the caterpillars so that they had one vial each. We had to put holes in the containers to allow them to breathe. Altogether we have 33 caterpillars. We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and created our own for display.
Our eggs are also doing very well. Today we were very lucky to have Olivia’s grandma bring in a machine so that we could look inside the eggs to see how well they are growing. All 6 of our eggs appear to have chicks inside. We have approximately 10 days until they are due to hatch.
In Mathematics this week we have been looking at doubling and sharing. We practiced doubling numbers by drawing butterflies and doubling the amount of spots on both sides.
In our creative time we have made cocoons and caterpillars. We also painted symmetrical butterflies.
World Book was a huge success. Mr James Mayhew came into read us a story and painted as he read. It was very clever and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We also had to design a book cover of our favourite book. Mr Mayhew judged our covers and Lily Clements won a book voucher.
Next week is the Henley Youth Festival. We have 2 very exciting outings planned. On Tuesday we are going to the Kenton Theatre to see ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and on Thursday we are off to see the ‘Travelling Tuba’.
Have a lovely weekend.