Our gardeners planted grass seeds in some compost. The compost was special as you had to mix it with water to make it wet before you could use it. We put some gravel in the bottom of our containers to help the water drain away, put the soil on top then scattered our grass seeds. We then put a thin layer of compost on top to cover them. We watered them using a spray bottle. We wanted to grow grass so we can use it in our small world play.
Our Chefs made some delicious Easter nests. They worked very well with their partner, sharing the equipment and ingredients. We looked how the chocolate started off solid, then we melted it in the microwave and it was a liquid. Then we saw it went solid again when it cooled around the cornflakes, gluing them together. I hope everyone enjoyed eating them!!!
It's pancake day today!
We made Piggy Pancakes with Mr Rocco. Delicious!
Making Vegetable Stew
As a class we looked at the different vegetables we were using in our stew. We looked at their skin, what colour they were inside when peeled, whether we could eat it raw and what they were called. Some children helped me peel the vegetables and cut them into pieces. They then sprinkled on the herb Thyme and made some vegetable stock. Mrs Deegan cooked them in the microwave. When the stew cooled down, we shared it out. The children had to try it to make up their mind if they liked it or not.
All the children tried it. Some children ate it all. Some ate most of it. Some pulled faces and didn't like it at all. The children recorded their preference in a tally chart. The children who liked it tallied 20 and the children who hated it tallied 9. A great success for the Chiefs.
Wow we have been busy! We have experimented with ice and how it melts. We have painted with ice cubes and painted ice blocks. We have made snowmen in the dough. We have made icy collages. BRRRRRR! We have built igloos with sugar cubes. We have enjoyed Winter stories snuggled up in our blankets. We came to school in our pyjamas. What an amazing week.
We used different textures to make our Icy collages. It was important to use enough glue so things didn't fall off and decide whether to put the glue on the paper or the object.
We had such fun painting with ice cubes. Mrs Deegan had added food colouring to the water, put sticks in and froze them. We then painted with them. We noticed the colours were light on the paper but dark on the tissue paper.
We used paints to paint the ice blocks. We used the water from where it was melting to mix the paint. It was great fun.
We made dough snowmen using straws and wobbly eyes.
We made Igloos and walls using sugar cubes.
We read lots of winter stories, wrapped in blankets, sitting by the log fire!
And finally! We finished the week off eating ice poles. Yum!
Class R Christmas party 2017
We had a fantastic Christmas party, we played Pass the parcel, Musical bumps and Musical statues. We also had fun dancing in the hall.
Many thanks to the Parents/Carers who bought in lots of delicious party food, we enjoyed it very much
We looked very smart in our Christmas jumpers and helped to raise a lot of money for Save The Children
Thank you to our Parents/Carers for your contributions.
We enjoyed our Christmas buffet, it was delicious!
As a whole class we made the magic mixture which will make our bread rise. It was warm water, sugar, oil and yeast. The children were amazed at how frothy the mixture became. The Chefs weighed out the flour, mixed the wet and dry ingredients together then kneaded the dough. We put it in the tin to get bigger before we cooked it in the oven.
Mrs Deegan bought her bread maker in and altogether we made 3 loaves of bread. We made the school smell delicious!!!
Making strawberry jam
Making jam is very dangerous as it gets very hot so
Mrs Deegan was in charge of this. Together we smelt the strawberries which made our mouths water. We then smelt the pectin which was made from apples to make our jam turn from juice to a solid. We mixed sugar in then Mrs Deegan cooked it in the microwave. We saw how the strawberries turned into mush and then how the juice became thicker. When it was cooked it went into the fridge.
Teddy Bears picnic
As we were celebrating the end of our book 'Whatever Next!' we decided to have a picnic with our homemade bread and jam. Lovely. Then Mrs Deegan gave us a space sweet which some Aliens had given us. Some loved them, some thought it was yuk!!! We even gave one to Mrs Nunez. It made her mouth go all fizzy!!!
Every Friday afternoon we clean our teeth. The children are very sensible and understand why it is so important.
Children in Need
We had a great time celebrating Children in Need. We had stories, wrapped in blankets and cuddling Teddies. We also made patterns on Pudsey's scarf. We coloured Pudsey and we made patterns and sorted Compare Bears. Then we decorated biscuits with icing and jelly tots. Delicious!
Thank you so much for all your donations.
Here are the children who achieved 100% for their attendance. Well done.
Our challenge in Class R was to work in small groups drawing a picture. The challenge was to share the paper and draw in their own space and not on anybody else's picture, This was quite tricky for some children. Our vocabulary we were thinking of was Caring, Friendly and Sharing.
Here are some examples of some of the children's work.
Some children are making models, using their imagination and skills to join it together. Then they talk to staff about what and how they made it. We encourage the children to challenge themselves by showing us what they have learnt in Numbertime, the number 4 and number writing and in Phonics, segmenting words beginning with 'W'.
We had a great time decorating biscuits with icing to eat at our Macmillan fund raising day.