Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
The children have really enjoyed reading the story of Lost and Found.
We enjoyed making a story map to help us retell the story.
We received a very special delivery this week. An Emperor Penguin. We have been finding out about Emporer Penguins. We found out that they live in a place called Antarctica.
Here are some of the activities which we have been doing to find out about penguins and Antarctica.
Freezing and Melting Experiments
We wrote labels for our penguin
We have been comparing how Antarctica is different to Blackburn.
It is Winter
This half term we are learning about Winter. Luckily we have had some wintry weather this week and a little dusting of snow!
We have been very busy in art and craft producing lots of icy pieces of art work to display in our classroom. Our first job was to transform our Autumn tree into a Winter tree. We looked at photographs and went outside to observe how the trees have changed since Autumn. We then selected from a range of collage materials to create frosty leaves and developed our fine motor and cutting skills to make snowflakes.
We have been reading the story of
The Old Man's Mitten
by Yevonne Pollock and Trish Hill
This is the story of an old man who loses his mitten when taking his dog for a walk. His mitten is visited by six woodland animals who need a warm, snuggly place to keep warm in the snow.
The children have enjoyed joining in with the rhyming words and repeated parts of the story. Use the pictures from the book to tell the story at home.
We enjoyed creating our own versions of the story and choosing new characters to live inside the old man's mitten.
Rhyming Words Game
An interactive game where you click on the picture which rhymes with the word.
We enjoyed working in the 4D room acting out activities in the snow. We pretended to ski, ice skate, build snowmen and sledge.
We have been painting snowmen. I am sure that you will agree they are fantastic!
Mrs Addy challenged us to sort items found in winter and items found in summer .
We enjoyed dressing up our friends for each season.
We were not sure what waterproof meant so we decided to do an experiment. We all had a great time in the water area exploring which items are waterproof and which are not. We found out that waterproof means that it does not let water through. This is why wellies and umberellas are great in the rain as they stop us from getting wet.
Our FROZEN writing Area
We have now finished learning the phase two letter sounds. In our writing area we are supporting the children to correctly form each letter. You can help at home by re visiting each of the letter homework sheets. Practise forming each letter and remember if your child does not enjoy holding a pencil make it fun by using foam, sand or even a stick in the mud outdoors! Our Phonics Curriculum page has a handy power point to show how each letter is formed. If you have an I Pad the 'Magic Letters' APP is also very useful.
We have been learning to read and write simple sentences and are beginning to use finger spaces in our writing. Our 'Investigation Station' focused on clothing for Winter. We have been learning the sentence
I put on my ......................................
and adding our ideas at the end.
Why not try writing and completing this sentence at home and adding an item of warm, winter clothing at the end such as a hat or a scarf.
O we wish it could snow every day!
We had lots of fun making snow angels, building snowmen, creating foot print patterns, exploring ice and throwing snow balls.
The Day Jack Frost came!
Today we had a very special visitor...
He read us a story about how he creates magical, frosty flakes during winter. In the story a little boy is feeling upset because he did not like winter. Jack Frost helped us to see why winter is such an exciting time of year and reminded us of all the wonderful things which you can see and do!
We mixed blue paint with white and black to create dark and light shades. We then ran watery black paint around our paintings in different directions to create winter trees.
In maths we are learning about weight. We are learning the words heavy light heavier lighter heaviest lightest
In our post office we have been weighing the different parcels and labeling them with 'heavy' and 'light' stamps.
At home you could explore different items and compare their weight. Challenge your child to hunt for something heavier or lighter than you. Can you find things in your home which you use to measure weight?
Baking is a fun way to learn about weighing! If you bake some tasty treats at home your teachers would love to help you eat them!
We have been weighing using the balancing scales.