We have had a lovely morning in Class 1. Koome's dad came in to talk to us all about Kenya as this is where he grew up. We learned all about the climates and range of landscapes in Kenya. We learned about how culture and language is different in different regions of Kenya. It was especially interesting to look at the range of schools in Kenya and how it is similar and different to education here in Britain. Our favourite part was the amazing stories and experiences from childhood that Koome's dad told us about. It was very different to how children play today!
The children who have attended language club have loved learning languages, in particular French. It has been good for me too as I was a little rusty, but it is true that it all comes back to you as you use it again!
The children have learned how to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you in French as well as ordering our favourite French food on French cafe day. We listened to and translated the story of "Little Red Riding Hood". The children were able to act out parts of the story in French too!
The children have been learning all about Chinese new Year.
In Literacy, we read the story of the animal race together using our super phonic skills. We answered lots of questions about the story, finding the answers in the text. All of us wrote some animal names too.
There was lots of speaking and listening and we worked together co- operatively, communicating well as we acted out the race We had lots of fun wearing animal masks.
Today Class 1 and Class 2 visited Churnet Valley Railway for a Christmas treat. It was brilliant fun on the steam train. We saw the water tower used to refill the steam which powered our train. We also looked at the coal and discussed how this heats the water. We just hope Santa doesn't leave any of us a lump of coal. Although we are sure he won't because as always our behaviour and manners were excellent.
The children in Class 1 love learning! They are enthusistic to show off new skills and to share what they are able to do. It is lovely to see that so many families have shared the learning challenges at home too over the half term break. Please enjoy some of the photographs showing what the children have been doing and learning at home! There is an array of creative activities, learning about the world as well as lots of communication and language.
Class 1 have been finding out about Diwali today. This is part of PSHE and understanding People and Communities in the world in which we live. We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita and all about the ten headed monster! We have looked at a variety of Rangoli patterns used to celebrate Diwali by Hindus. Then we went outside to create our own!
“I like the one which looks like a star” – Koome
“It looks like a flower” – Peter
We have had a lovely afternnon in Class 1 and Class 2 today. We have been sharing books and stories, some of which were written by our author of the month - Julia Donaldson and some books that have been very kindly donated by Ellenor.
We would like to thank Ellenor and her family. The children from Class 2 have helped children from Class 1. It has been a wonderful afternnon. Children have used reading, communication and PSHE skills without even realising!
As we approach the end of the first half term, we would like to invite you to look at our gallery of photographs. The children have all settled into school life here at The Meadows amazingly well. Children have quickly made positive relationships with staff and their peers due to our small class size. There is a high adult to child ratio and we now see the true personality of each child shining through.
On Monday afternoon, we all went to the park for a Teddy Bears' Picnic. We invited our new reception children ,their teddies and the parents to come with us. As always behaviour was outstanding! We had lots of fun and it was great to make new friends. Some of the mums also made new friends and swapped contact details. The children all mixed well and interacted as they played on the park and enjoyed teddy bear snacks together. It was a lovely way to welcome the new reception children to our Meadows community.
Last Thursday, Reception and Class 2 had a fantastic beach day here at the Meadows. Throughout the day we took part in lots of beach related activities, whcih linked to our Geography and History work on going to the beach, looking at how beach holidays have changed and coastal areas in the United Kingdom.
Our first treat was a magic show and Punch and Judy. We made rabbits appear out of hats, changed the colour of handkerchiefs and even had balloon animals. Mr Punch was very naughty though, along with a number of sneaky animal puppets!