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We are looking after the birds...
At the farm we learnt how to make bird kebabs, using different fruit and vegetables. We found out why birds need extra food in early spring and found places to hang them around the farm. We also saw a bird gathering sticks for its nest. After our walk, we found a squirrel enjoying one of our bird kebabs. He seemed to like all the fruit, but not the carrots!
World Book Day
Today, we dressed up in our pyjamas and brought our favourite books to school to celebrate World Book Day. We shared them with our friends and talked about our favourite stories and why we liked them. Among the books we enjoyed were Simon Sock, The Hungry Caterpillar and, of course, Frozen. It was great seeing the children so enthusiastic about reading, and they loved showing off their pyjamas.
This week we have been exploring numbers 6,7 and 8. We used ladybirds to find different ways of making 6 and described the number bond.
We have also been learning about vegetables and where they grow. We asked the children: "Why do you need to eat vegetables?" We then encouraged them to try new ones by cutting and grating them to make vegetable tarts. They really enjoyed eating them!
We have been finding out how people celebrate Chinese New Year. We looked at different foods that are eaten and made our own noodles and dumplings with play dough. We listened to the Chinese zodiac story and found out it is the year of the rat. We made our own origami rats to help us remember! We also practised our cutting skills by making Chinese lanterns.
In music we listened to a special Chinese instrument called a hulusi and used ribbons to respond and move to the music. We also saw a special lion and ribbon dance. Later, some children created their own dances and performed them to their friends. We enjoyed making our own dragon puppets and tried to make them dance!
As part of our study of the local area we went to Cubitt Town Library. The children met the librarian and found out about the library services and how they could get their own library card. The children were excited to choose their own books and very well behaved.
We remembered all the people who have died or been injured fighting in wars. To reflect on this we made a poppy garden in our sand pit.
This week, we found out about the special festival Diwali. Seema celebrates this festival and she told the children the story of Rama and Sita. We painted diyas, the lights that help them find their way home. In the playground, we worked with our friends to make rangoli patterns; they spread happiness at Diwali.
We have been learning about birthdays...
- how old we are and when our birthday is
- recognising numerals and counting candles
- sharing our experiences and listening to others
- making friends and joining in with role play
- developing our fine motor skills by making birthday badges and cakes