Welcome to Tigers Class! Your class teacher is Miss Smith and Mrs Devereux is the teaching assistant.
Today we went for a walk to see what the woods are like in winter and compare it to what we saw in autumn. The children were all very observant, noticing that most trees didn’t have leaves anymore and that the leaves and seeds on the floor had all gone black and squidgy
This week we are exploring the South Pole. Today we went on an expedition to see what animals we could see in Antarctica and then we investigated the properties of snow and ice.
Today we went and saw our tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Martins church. We also enjoyed seeing all the other trees that had been decorated by people in the village.
Today we read Handa’s surprise and looked at the different fruits in the story. We ordered the pictures from the story and then we tried the fruit in the order they appear in the story. We tried bananas, guava juice, orange, mango, avocado, pineapple and passion fruit. All the children tried all the fruits, even if it was just licking them!
Today we received a very special letter from King Charles!
This week we been exploring what it would be like to go on a safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. We role played going on an aeroplane, building and sleeping in a camp and then looking for animals around the park. We have also been reading 'we are going on a lion hunt.' and have created our own version called 'we're going on a parrot hunt' which we acted out.
This week we have been woodland explorers. We completed a science discovery bag activity where we sorted parts from a tree and found out the different names for the trees. We also used our senses to explore some autumn jelly and used descriptive words to describe what it was like. Then we went for a walk to our local woods to see what it is like in Autumn.
Today we learnt all about the festival of Diwali. In the morning we learnt the story of Rama and Sita. In the afternoon we had a virtual author visit with the author of 'The best Diwali ever'. They read us the story and then showed us how to draw a lamp like in the illustrations. We found out all about how Diwali is celebrated too.
As part of our ‘love of reading’ we had Suzie from Woodbridge Books come in to read us some stories. She read us four stories including Owl Babies and Leaf thief. We really enjoyed them.
Today we went to our local church to have a look around. We completed a 'can you find..' sheet looking at the key features of a church and talking about what people do there.
We have covered the news that the Queen has died. We talked about how the Queen was old and what it means to die - that you no longer need your body, you don't need to eat, drink or breath and that we can no longer see them or do things with them. This is in line with advice from bereavement services about how to talk to young children about death. It is summed up nicely in this article on cbbc - https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/talking-to-child-about-death/zmh88hv.
We also talked about how although we can't do things with that person anymore we can remember the good times we had with them and I shared some of my memories of the Queen including the footage of her having tea with Paddington at the jubilee.
The children all listened well and were particularly interested in talking about how they celebrated the jubilee and about the new king. One of the children suggested that the king might be scared taking on a new job and we talked about how he would also be sad because it was his mum who has died. The children then asked if they could make him a card to cheer him up. The children who wanted to spent the morning make cards for the king. We wrote the message together and they asked to write King Charles themselves.
Tigers have had a fantastic first week in school. They have all joined in well and made lots of new friends.
This week we have spent time exploring the classroom, learning new routines and playing games to get to know each other.
Today we carried out a science experiment to see which implement would be the best to use to put out a fire. We tried a pipette, a water pistol and a spray gun. We used foam for the fire and made sure it was a fair test by only have three squirts of foam each time. We counted how many times we had to squeeze water on the fire to put it out. We found out the pipette was the best because we only had to squeeze water on the fire five times. It was more powerful than the water pistol and spray gun.
As part of National science week and our topic on 'In an emergency - ambulances, doctors and hospitals', we have been thinking about our bodies, how we grow and how to stay healthy. We carried out a science experiment to create a model arm to learn all about our bones and muscles.
As part of our Homes long ago topic we made these flap houses of our own homes. The children really took care to draw the outside of their house and four rooms inside.