There was something very exciting in our classroom when we came back to school after the Easter holidays... a beanstalk had grown in our classroom! Mrs Cheetham explained that in the holidays when she was tidying the classroom, she found some rainbow coloured beans. She didn't know what they were so she left them on the table. Class 8 have now decided that they think the beans that were found in the classroom were magic beans and that is how the beanstalk was able to grow over the holidays! This reminded the children of a traditional story that they had heard of before - Jack and the Beanstalk.
In Literacy, we have been busy reading the story, pretending to be different characters and act out events from the story and have started to write about what happens at the beginning, middle and the end. In ICT, we have used a microsoft word document to type our own captions from the story and this week we will be drawing pictures on the computers to match our captions. We can't wait to show you them when we put them on display!
In Maths, we have been learning how to count in 5's to solve different problems and have been sharing and halving using the seeds we have collected to use to grow out our beanstalks.
Next week, the children in Classes 6,7 and 8 are going to be having a very special visitor who has an EXTRA special job for all of the children. They will have a big responsibility. Keep checking our website page and our news wall in the classroom to see what that will be! We will also be having a gardening day in Week 7 to celebrate the end of our topic. The children will be planting seeds to grow flowers and vegetables in our outdoor area, make windmills and plant their own bean plant to take home and care for.
People Who Help Us
We have had a lot of fun this half term learning about 'People Who Help Us'. We have had special visitors at our school to help us to find out more about our topic such as PC Connell, the GIST Road Safety Team and Mrs Darkin! We have even been to the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield to see lots of the equipment, vehicles and uniforms used by lots of different people who help us. It has been such an interesting topic!
In Maths, we have been learning how to count in 2's and solve problems using our 2's pattern. We have been learning how to recognise and describe 3D shapes which we used to create our own box model emergency services vehicle. We have also been learning how to solve problems by counting forwards and backwards to find the answer using money.
In Literacy, we have been using lots of non-fiction books to find out more information about the different people who help us such as the police, fire fighters, teachers, doctors etc. We have also been writing fact files, recounts of our visit and newsletters.
Take a look at some of the pictures we have taken over the past 5 weeks to see more of the exciting things we have been learning about.
After half term, our new topic will be 'Keep Going, Keep Growing'. Keep your fingers crossed for some warmer weather! Don't forget - on our first day back (Monday 9th April 2018) we will be coming to school dressed in our pyjamas to celebrate the end of our reading challenge.
For our new topic this half term, we have been learning about ourselves. We started by looking at photographs of ourselves from when we were a baby or a toddler, talking about the differences that we could see and how we had all changed. The grown ups even shared their baby photos - the children were able to notice lots of differences about ours!
We have also been very busy learning about our 5 different senses - touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste. We have been carrying out lots of different experiments to help us to find out more about each of the senses and how we can use our senses to keep safe. In the next two weeks we will be exploring our sense of smell using 'smelly pots' and our sense of taste by tasting foods that are bitter, sweet, salty and sour.
In Literacy, we have been learning about one of Mrs Cheetham's favourite stories - We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We have really enjoyed this story and have carried out lots of drama activities. We created a story map to help us to retell the story which we then added our own actions to. When learning about our sense of hearing, we made our own instruments which we used to add sound effects to our retell of the story e.g. squelch squerch for the this oozy mud. We have also been practising to use our non-negotiables (say our sentence out loud, capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, re-read and check) in our writing by writing our own captions for the different scenes in the story. In the next two weeks we will be thinking about our topic and writing three different things about ourselves - when I was a baby, now I can and when I am older.
In Maths, we have been learning about addition and how to solve everyday addition problems. Miss Corker has been helping us with our Maths learning this half term and we particularly enjoyed making a bus on our carpet using our chairs, counting people to go on the bus, adding more people and counting all of the people to find out how many people all together. We have now started to think about subtraction and how to solve real life subtraction problems. We have been talking about what will happen to the quantity when we take an amount away e.g. we will have less/fewer.
In PE, we have been learning Gymnastics. We have been practising to carry out a short routine of different moves and holds. We have also been learning how to hold and control our bodies when balancing. Mr Hiner has been very impressed with how quickly the children have been picking up all of the new skills - he was particularly impressed with their pencil rolls. They can hold their bodies very straight and travel along the mat beautifully.
It's a Celebration!
Our topic this half term has been about different celebrations. We have been learning about lots of celebrations - trying to find out who celebrates each celebration, how they celebrate them and why. We have used our own experiences, non-fiction books and videos on the internet to find out lots of information for each of the celebrations e.g. Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Birthdays, Bonfire Night, Halloween etc.
In Week 5, we went on our very first visit in Foundation to Perlethorpe. We went on a journey to Bethlehem, trying to find a place for Mary and Joseph to stay. The children dressed up as different characters to retell the story. We paid our taxes to enter Bethlehem and finally found shelter in a stable where we finished off our story by singing 'Little Donkey'. In the afternoon, we had a Christmas crafts session where we made Christmas trees using natural materials. We were also able to go inside the local church and look at the building and all of its different features. Back at school, we will also be going to visit Reverend Karen at St Cuthbert's to learn about her job and to have a look inside the church.
In Maths, we have been learning how to find 1 more or 1 less than a number. We have also been learning how to use what we know to solve every day problems. In Literacy, we have been trying to find out lots of information about different celebrations and writing lists of the things we would need to have a Diwali celebration, a birthday party etc. We have all written our own birthday invitations. We created a success criteria of all of the details we needed to include e.g. date, time, place, who it is to/from etc.
We will be finishing off our topic with our Christmas performance of Whoops-a-Daisy Angel which we have been practising together. We can't wait for you to see it. We are also looking forward to having our Christmas dinner, having a visit from the brass band and having our Christmas party to celebrate all of our hard work and the end of this year.
We have really enjoyed meeting all of our new children in Foundation. The children in Class 8 have settled really well and working hard to learn to follow new rules and routines. We are going to be learning about our six Sitwell Superheroes and their skills. They will help us to follow each of our six golden rules and to develop our own independent learning and team building skills. You will be able to see our new puppets in our classroom - please come and take a look.
Our topic this term is Once Upon a Rhyme. We will enjoy singing lots of our favourite nursery rhymes, listening carefully for the rhyming words and adding them to our Humpty Dumpty rhyming wall. We will also have a go at creating our own verses for different nursery rhymes such as Incy Wincy Spider and Humpty Dumpty where we will think of our own rhyming words. We will also be practising to sing Hickory Dickory Dock in Urdu with Mrs Khan.
In Maths, we will be learning to count both forwards and backwards using some of the nursery rhymes that we are learning about. We will also be learning to recognise our numbers 0-20 and practising 1-1 counting by matching numeral to quantity.
From Week 2, we will be participating in their first PE sessions at Sitwell. Our indoor sessions will be on Tuesday's where we will be learning ball skills with Mr Hiner. Please leave your PE kit on your peg and ensure that all earrings are removed for each session.
To celebrate the end of our topic, we will be having a nursery rhyme party. The children are welcome to come to school dressed as their favourite nursery rhyme character. We are really looking forward to it. Please continue to check our classroom notice board for the date of this upcoming event.