This tree branch shows our 'learning journey' for this term.
As we complete a different aspect of our learning for this term, our teachers will add our work and photos to show what we have achieved.
We worked together to add blossom to the letters and the tree.
Our Skill for Learning & Life this term is: Independence
Sally the Independent Snail has helped us to think about ho we can do things for ourselves, by ourselves and how that by believing in ourselves we can achieve anything we work hard at!
Due to our wonderful British weather, our teachers have asked that we bring both a sunhat and a raincoat (both labelled please) each day. As the weather is so changeable it is important that we have all we need for any weather so that we are able to access the deck. Please help us to remember! (our teachers say THANK YOU!)
It was so lovely to see our friends after the Easter break. We enjoyed exploring our new classroom and playing with each other.
We worked with our Talking Partners to share our Easter news.
We were practising not just the skill of speaking, but of listening to our partner. We had some wonderful tales to tell!
We have started this term by thinking about special places. Where is your special place? We thought about our homes and how they are a special place for us.
We then thought about how people from different religions pray in different types of places.
As a Christian school, we pray at school or at St. Wulfram's - our church.
We learnt that: people who believe in Judaism are called Jews and they pray in a Synagogue; and that people who believe in Islam are called Muslims, they pray to 'Allah' in a Mosque.
We worked collaboratively to use mosaic to make each of the 3 special places. We also wrote sentences in our Project Books, describing why each of the 3 places were special to the people that prayed in them.
We have had a special visitor to help us to know how to use the internet safely.
We learnt that if we see something when we are on the internet that makes us feel uncomfortable, or we think isn't suitable for us to see, that we shouldn't just turn it off - we should TELL SOMEONE - to tell an ADULT.
We learnt a song to help us to remember to do this...
There is always so much to do, and we love starting the day playing and sharing with our friends.
Meet 'Mia the Hedgehog', made by one of our class at home. It has a herb in it called 'Lemon Balm'. We love Mia - she welcomes us as we arrive at Diamond Class - and she smells lovely!
REAL Project Launch:
Belton House, Grantham
What a wonderful day we had at Belton to launch our new project. We explored many different areas as we began to answer our key question:
'what are the natural treasures
of Belton House?'
A great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our day such a success.
As always travelling on the coach was super exciting!
We have learnt that 'natural' means 'from nature'. So the things we concentrated on were things that had grown, be born or constructed from things that had been grown from the ground.
We looked at lots of natural aspects of Belton:
1. Tropical Plants in the Orangery
We noticed that the plants in the warm Orangery were quite different to those we found outside.
There were so many different flowers and trees in the gardens. We were amazed by the different colours, shapes and sizes.
We had lots of fun searching for bugs. We gently used magnifying glasses so we could look at them closely.
We saw many different birds, both in the sky and on the water; were also welcomed by the deer, which Belton House is famous for; and saw lots of colourful fish in the Orangery Pool.
Wood was available for us to use to build dens - this was such fun!
Water was used in lots of different ways: ponds; pools; lakes; streams; water fountains.
Stone was carved to make statues - there were lots of different ones to find
Shrubs were planted to make a maze that we enjoyed finding our way in and out of! We had to use our positional language to direct each other.
We are now trying to decide which we think is the natural treasure of Belton. We have had some wonderful discussions and are starting to investigate.
Our Garden Centre...
We couldn't resist snack outside in the warm sunshine!
Introducing the new members of Diamond Class - our caterpillars!
We have been learning the importance of treating these creatures with care and respect. We can't wait to watch them transform...
We have been inspired by our little visitors and have been using printing to create our own caterpillars...
We are being artists!
We will soon start redrafting our pictures we drew at Belton House of some of the beautiful flowers we found there. We will draw the first few drafts using pencils and pencil crayons, but will use paint for our final draft - our 'work of excellence'.
We have been practising our painting skills, and have experimented with paint, seeing how 2 different sized brushes and a sponge can be used to create so many different marks.
We have been watching a critique 'work of excellence'. We watched Ron Berger show us 'Austin's Butterlfly'.
It helped remind us of the rules of Critique:
We wrote our own Class Rubric about how to draw a flower.
We then used our Class Rubric and Works of Excellence (photographs from our trip) to help us Peer Critique each others first drafts, and gave feedback, remembering the important rules:
Be kind - tell the artist what you think they have done well
Be Specific - choose just one area to focus on which you think could be improved to make the drawing even better than it is already
Be Helpful - give specific and detailed ideas of how the artists can make the change you have suggested
As you can see in our second drafts, critique works brilliantly to help us make our work even better.
We have been given a mission by Mrs Parker. She has asked us to make our own Ladybird rocks. They had to be works of excellence. We will let parents know soon what they are for. Watch this space...!
Ladybirds inspired some Maths activities for us too this week.
We enjoyed playing Bingo to practise our number recognition to 20, and worked brilliantly in teams to play a Ladybird dice game. We threw a dice and found a card that matched our number. Then we turned it over to count how many ladybirds there were, and how many spots altogether by counting in twos. We then practised taking turns until all the cards had gone. We then had to add up all our ladybirds and spots at the end, to see who had the most. Great fun!
We blew our teachers away with our fantastic writing about our holidays. We have looked back at our first piece and compared it to our writing now. Just look at the difference!
We have now finished our final draft canvasses. We carefully drew our flowers on, then used paint to add colour. When they were dry we filled the background in with paint, it was tricky to carefully paint around the edges of our flowers. We are incredibly proud of our final drafts - as are our teachers! They really are works of excellence.
We have been so excited and interested to watch our caterpillars metamorphosize into butterflies. Just look at them now. Wow!
The caterpillars ate their special food and formed a chrysalis. We then waited patiently, for over 10 days, and then they started to hatch, and we were rewarded with beautiful butterflies.
Then we had to add branches to give them a habitat, and we also gave them sugar solution, oranges and tulips as food. They then ate the food and grew stronger and stronger. Our next job is to set them free into the school garden.
Sometimes you just want to relax and enjoy a story or two...
We love exploring the classroom and deciding what we would like to do, especially when we're with our friends.
The sun shone on our very first LG sports day. We had our running heats in the morning, and loved having our families join us in the afternoon for our carousel activities. Team Australia were our 2017 winners. Our teachers very pleased with how hard we tried and our brilliant sportsmanship.
And so the time came for us to say farewell to our butterflies. We took them out to the new Year 2 garden and set them free. One of them flew right up high above the road and then came straight back to see us.
Bye bye butterflies - thank you for helping us learn all about your life cycle.
Releasing our butterflies
We have been so inspired by our butterflies, that we now have our very own Diamond Class Butterfly House, where we can: draw and label; read about; and look at the life cycle of butterflies!
Stories in the sunshine...
Choosing time in the mornings...
Practising writing like big Year 1's - choosing "our best place to do our best work", and we did brilliantly!
Our project outcome:
Exhibition launch at Belton House
We worked so hard to paint beautiful flowers, draw colourful butterflies and create activity leaflets for our Exhibtion at Belton House.
Our teachers displayed all our works of excellence on boards which are now in the Discovery Centre at Belton House throughout the whole of July.
The Grantham Journal very kindly helped us to advertise our exhibition by writing a lovely article about us...
On Saturday 8th July our exhibition was officially opened, and to mark this our canvasses were also displayed at Belton. We were so excited that so many people attended our exhibition, and were especially happy to see so many families choose one of our leaflets so they could go and enjoy one of our activities within the grounds.
Not everybody was able to make it our exhibition launch, so it gave us a great opportunity to go and spend another day at Belton to celebrate our wonderful paintings and activities, and celebrate the end of our time in Reception with all of our friends.
Towards the end of the term Year 2 invited us to their Presentation of Learning.
They held a mini Sports Day for us, full of different activities that they had designed and tested. They kept score, and at the end we all won medals - it was such fun!