Welcome to Apple Class
Foundation Stage Two
This week we had a Stay and Play afternoon when lots of our parents came in to visit us. We had a super time with them.
We have had some of our pets come in to visit us. Tabby's Mummy brought in her pet pug, Frank; Ellie's Daddy brought in her pet Labrador, Millie and Isablle's Mummy brought in her pet rabbit Poppy. We talked about how to look after our pets, what to feed them and how to exercise them. Thank you so much parents, this has really brought our learning to life.
We made Easter hats or decorated eggs at home and then paraded them in front of the parents on the last day of term. Don't we look fantastic!
We coloured in all our apples on our reward chart so we celebrated! The children chose a treat afternoon which consisted of wearing PJs, putting on a show, eating party food and watching a DVD. We had a great time!
We went on a trip to St Mary's Church in Bleasby to learn about the celebration of marriage. We listened to Reverend Phil tell us about the celebration, had a pretend wedding service and got dressed up for the occasion too.
We had a fabulous time visiting Jubilee Ponds. We met Peter Cast who was brilliant at pointing out lots of colours, describing lots of flowers and how they are used by nature, observations of the environment around the ponds as well as the ponds themselves. We used the nets to do some dipping and observed what we found. We also chose our own tree in the area around the ponds which were planted a few years ago. We can visit these trees again to watch them grow. What a super trip. Thank you parents and a massive thank you to Peter Cast.
We have been lucky enough to have the chicks in our classroom. The first time we had the incubator and watched as they hatched from the shells. Next we looked after them when they were a bit bigger and watched them stay warm under the heat lamp and drink their water. They were very noisy but very cute. We were allowed to stroke them now they are a bit bigger. We'll be looking after them again next week!
We had a great time joining in with British Science Week. We did a Garden and Grow session during which we made bird feeders, a bug hotel and planted seed potatoes in our class garden plot. Thank you Mrs Roscoe and Mrs Parkinson, and Sylvie's Grandad for his help! Next Mrs Green came in and did an amazing experiment with us. We made 'Elephant's Toothpaste' using hydrogen peroxide, yeast, and washing up liquid. We felt the heat made during the reaction and saw the effects which were super! We loved it so much, thank you Mrs Green. We also did a 'Slippery Slopes' investigation. We tested water, oil, shaving foam and jelly to see whether or not they would slide down the slope. We used great describing words during our observations and realised that thinner liquids slide quicker. We recorded our results too. Finally we became 'Tunnel Engineers'. We made tunnels using sand, shells, blocks, sticks and duplo. Our tunnel had to be bigger enough for a car to pass underneath. The duplo made the best tunnel. The sand worked better if it was wet. We learnt so much during our science week and we presented some of our findings during an assembly to our parents.
We came to school dressed as our favourite characters to celebrate World Book Day. We also made 3d models to represent our books which we shared with Chestnut Class. They chose 2 winners - Tabby and Jacob. Well done!
We all made gingerbread biscuits during our Traditional Tales topic. They were yummy! Thank you to our Mummys and Grandmas for helping us!
Our topic of Super heroes was amazing. We celebrated the end of the topic and the end of half term with our very own Super Hero Day. We dressed up as Super Heroes and had a day full of activities including:
making and decorating capes which we tested in the wind outside
decorating and eating biscuits
colouring super hero pictures
making box models of super hero vehicles.
Thank you to Mrs Parkinson and Mrs Roscoe who helped us with some gardening. The Garden and Grow team have kindly given us a raised bed area within the garden so that we can continue to grow things throughout the year. We plan on growing potatoes and beans next.
Our topic of dinsoaurs was great fun. We discovered a dinosaur egg in the classroom with Mummy-sized dinosaur footprints. We wrote messages to tell people not to touch the egg and to keep quiet. After looking after the egg carefully it hatched into a tiny baby dinosaur. We fed it, gave it water, washed it and brushed it every day. It grew every day too. We did lots of super writing about our dinosaur including: instructions how to look after it, labelling it, naming it and making a dinosaur world. Well done Apple Class!
Katie Abey came to visit us and read her new book 'We Eat Bananas' which we really enjoyed. We asked her lots of questions and she taught us how to draw the pictures in her book. It was great fun! Thank you Katie.
We went to Sherwood Pines on our very first school trip. We explored the forest, went on a treasure hunt, made some craft, played on the equipment and had the very important job of choosing the school Christmas tree. despite the weather we had an amazing time. Thank you to all those parents who came with us!
Our current topic is 'People Who Help Us'. We have been visited by the police, a doctor, a nurse, an architect and the fire service. Thank you PC Crowhurst and PC Cook, Dr Smith, Mrs Barbary, Ms Richards and Southwell Fire and Rescue Service. It has been great fun and we are learning a lot.
Diwali was celebrated with a Collective Worship led by Dr Heena Patel and her husband Paul. We then followed this up in our R.E lesson where we watched a clip, read a story and made lanterns.
We enjoyed celebrating Black History month. We had a visit from Bemma who shared some iconic black characters from a book and did some African tribal dancing with us. Mrs Smith brought in a trumpet and we all had a go at playing it. We listened to Louis Armstrong and talked about his black culture too.
Our parents joined us for the morning and we enjoyed sharing our 'choosing time' with them.
We are currently renovating our outside area. So far we have had a canopy fitted and an outside tap thanks to Mr Dunsworth!
Harley's Mummy came to talk to us about being a Sikh. She shared a story, talked about their beliefs, let us dress up and eat some yummy sweeties. We also did some Bangra dancing. Thank you so much!
Last week we discovered large footprints in the classroom and then we found a dinosaur egg. We looked after it carefully and it hatched! We named our baby dinosaur Strawberry Bomb and took it in turns to feed him and wash him. To our amazement we found another egg. We helped it to hatch in the water. This dinosaur is called Apple Bomb. We have done some super writing abut our dinosaurs including instructions about how to look after them and labels too. We also have played some games on the i-pad all about dinosaurs.
We have been cycling with the help of British Cycling. We started using balance bikes but now most of us can cycle on a pedal bike.
Once we had brought the tree home we enjoyed decorating it along with the rest of the school. We think we did a brilliant job. What an amazing tree!
We really enjoyed our trip to Sherwood Pines. We made bird feeders, followed a reindeer trail where we decorated trees, made houses for the elves, made a stick reindeer and learnt about the different trees in the forest. We also had great fun playing in the parks before choosing Bleasby School's Christmas tree! Thank you to our Mummy helpers!
Thank you to Mrs Elliott and the other mums for helping us with baking. We made yummy cupcakes and had a great time weighing, mixing, spooning, decorating and eating!
We've enjoyed having visits from the Fire Service, the police, Noah's Mummy, a nurse and Dr Smith. Their visits have really brought our learning to life. Thank you!
Holly came to talk to us about being a good friend, and understanding the right and wrong things to do. We talked, listened to stories and played some games too.
Happy Diwali everyone! We celebrated Diwali with the help of Dr Patel.
We had great fun when our parents came to visit.
We all enjoyed using the balance bikes during our charity bike ride.
We learnt about African dancing with Bema. She told us about growing up in West Africa and we thought about famous black people. We had a great time.
We've been having great fun on Wild Wednesdays!
We enjoyed celebrating Ted's 5th birthday with a birthday cake and party music.
Follow the links to see examples of our activities in the areas of learning.
|Communication and Language||Physical Development||Literacy|
|Mathematics||Understanding the World||Expressive Arts and Design|