Welcome to Swallows Class!
Your class teacher is Miss Parry, supported by Mrs Scoot.
This half term our topic is Winter Wonderland and the inspiration for much of our learning will come from the story of The Nutcracker. Please do visit this page regularly for updates as well as pictures and videos of all that we are doing in school. We are especially excited to be doing Forest School this half term - it's going to get muddy!
Letters, Weather stations, Internet Safety, Bulbs and Baubles!
This week we learnt about weather symbols and looked at ways we could measure the wind, rainfall and temperature. We worked with a partner to create a weather station tool, with half of the class making a rain gauge and the other half making wind vanes. We are now looking forward to getting outside next week to measure the rainfall and identify the direction the wind is blowing on each day. Our rain gauges are going to be very helpful moving forward as we will be able to use them in other seasons as well so that we can make comparisons!
After carefully planning and developing our ideas, we have now written our letters from Sweetie Land and have included so many fabulous and imaginative ideas. If only our Sweetie Lands existed in real life!
We had an interesting Computing session where we sorted a selection of websites deciding if they were appropriate for children. The children came up with many thoughtful responses and I was very impressed by their understanding of how to be safe online!
We have been very fortunate to have two afternoons offsite and around the village this week! Wednesday’s forest school took us to the allotments where we planted bulbs into our beautiful new planters. We are so grateful to the LCSA who have organised, bought and painted these planters for us! On Friday we really enjoyed walking down to the village shop to hang our beautiful baubles on the Christmas Tree. It definitely got us all into the Christmas mood! Well done for another great week Swallows!
World Explorers, Winter Wonderlands, Sweeties, Money and a Manger!
This week the children have been learning about money. Children have been demonstrating their knowledge through a range of practical games including, ‘Coin Snap!’, ‘Coin Bingo!’, ‘Sort the coins’ and ‘Find the value in the colourful eggs!’ We have also used an online ‘Coin Game’ that children may wish to play at home. On Monday Swallows Children became World Explorers as they moved between different areas of the classroom that represented each continent. They found out about the population, the size of the continents and famous landmarks that are located there.
After looking at Miss Parry’s ‘Snow Globe’ collection, the children pretended that they were in a Winter Wonderland, describing what was around them. Together we made a story map of a letter home to Mum, telling her about what we had seen. The children did a brilliant job of including adverbs in their writing! Now Swallows are beginning to plan their own letter home, pretending that they have discovered a land of sweets. The children have created their own versions of this land in their Art lesson as they listened to Tchaikovsky. One of our Swallows had the marvellous idea of looking at some of the pages from their guided reading book 'A Horse Made of Marshmallow' which featured a world made entirely of sweets. Great Work!
Finally, to end our week we have been re-enacting the Christmas Story, travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Our imaginations managed to transform the playhouse into a stable and the backdrop of our beautiful field made a marvellous setting for the shepherds to be approached by an angel!
Rats, Fairies, Continents and Mud!
This week Swallows Class have enjoyed learning about the continents! They have loved listening to the Continents Song, locating the continents in the atlases and putting together a big map of the world puzzle! After realising that two of the puzzle pieces were missing a few of our children had the marvellous idea to make their own pieces to go in the gaps, drawing on the missing part of the equator and Antarctica- what innovative children we have! (We are now adding a world map puzzle to our Amazon Wish List.)
On Wednesday the children wrote some wonderful character descriptions of a chosen character from ‘The Nutcracker.’ This followed on from last week’s sessions where we re-enacted key scenes of the story. I was blown away by the children’s use of expanded noun phrases. It was also wonderful to see some of the children using their independent time to retell the Nutcracker story in the doll’s house with the small world people and animals.
This week brought with it another brilliant Forest School afternoon which consisted of making little wooden key rings, burying each other in piles of leaves, making stick people, building a ‘cheerleader boat’ and starting up a noodle restaurant! Miss Parry and Mrs Scoot loved the many dishes of noodles that were served up on bark plates. We hope you enjoy seeing some of the pictures of this week's learning!