Can you believe we are in the Summer term? We had such a lovely half term last term learning all about gardening and growing. We planted our own seeds and watched them grow, we also planted cress and tried it and we learnt all about beanstalks and what could be at the top of them! We had a great time.
We are now very excited about our jungle journey and what is going to happen! We are excited to learn all about jungles, what lives there and what grows there! We are going to have a jungle role play area and our classroom is going to be full of our work. If you'd like to come and have a look, feel free!
If you have any questions or queries please do come and speak to Mrs Gray, Mrs Caradice, Mrs Brown or Mrs Norton.
This week we are celebrating Easter and learning all about the Easter story and why it is important. We will try and retell the Easter story.
We have made Easter buns using Rice Krispies, chocolate and mini eggs. We practised our fine motor skills by stirring the mixture and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the chocolate melt.
This week we have started our new topic all about the Jungle. We have loved learning about the different animals that live there and what they eat to survive. We have made paper chain snakes using our fine motor control and chose which colours we wanted to use. This was lots of fun. You can see them hanging up in our classroom.
One of our favourite activities was ordering snakes in length order. We had to think which snake was the shortest and which was the longest using different terminology. We had lots of fun putting the snakes in order and we kept trying until we got it right.
Weeks 3 and 4
We have been reading Rumble in the Jungle and have learnt lots of different things about all the animals who live in the jungle so we have based our activities around this.
We went outside and practised our gross motor skills by pretending to be different jungle animals. We used huge arm movements to be elephants trunks and we crouched to the ground pretending to be monkeys and tigers. It was so much fun.
Also when we were outside, we talked about the different jungle animals and chose our favourite one to draw on the playground using chalk.
We love painting our hands to make fabulous pictures - look at our monkey hand print paintings!
We used our hand print for the monkey's body and legs, round sponges to print the head and ears and added a curly tail, a branch to swing from and other details using a paint brush. They really do look like they are swinging through the trees.
We enjoyed the Julia Donaldson story 'Monkey puzzle' the children loved it and enjoying joining in with repeated phrases - " No, that's not my mum"
We make animal masks and then used them in our jungle role play area.
We used mini mash to create our own jungle scenes and jungle animals.
We looked at pictures of jungle animals and tried hard to select a suitable colour or pattern. We loved the black and white stripe pattern to make zebras and the snake skin pattern so that we could draw long, slithering snakes.
We enjoyed singing and acting our the number song 'Five little monkeys.'
Five little monkeys swinging in the trees,
teasing Mr Crocodile "you can't catch me,"
along comes Mr Crocodile , as quietly as can be...
Four little monkeys....
Three little monkeys...
Two little monkeys...
One little monkey....
We used construction resources to create our own zoos after listening to the story 'Dear Zoo'.
We thought about cages, trees and rocks for the animals to live on.
We know that giraffes are really tall because of their long necks.
We printed our hands and arms to print with. That made the giraffes head,body and legs. After that we needed to give them spots and a face.