It’s been another busy month in the Infants - everyone has worked hard and continued to show a wonderfully positive attitude to learning at school and at home.
Reception continued their work on traditional tales, predicting what type of plant might grow from a mysterious magical bean and invented amazing porridge recipes for the Three Bears Cafe.
Year 1 and 2 found out about an Incredible Book Eating Boy and wrote some fantastic letters explaining why he shouldn’t eat their favourite book.
After exploring different types of paper and techniques such as collage this half term, we moved on to creating our final paper creations in art - papier-mâché toys! In school, we discovered first hand what happens if you use too much glue, and ended up rather sticky...
We also came to the end of our ‘Toys from the Past’ topic in History, and it has been lovely to see the children involve their families in this learning and talk about the toys that parents and grandparents played with when they were in school.
We also celebrated Safer Internet Day, exploring the story of Detective Digiduck and how we can check if what we read on the internet is true - we made Digiduck masks and became internet detectives too!
This half term, we began our new Paddington topic, which is off to a great start! In English we have been enjoying reading the story by Michael Bond and thought about what we would do if we found a strange bear in our classroom - lots of children thought it would be a great idea to keep him as a pet (we’ll have to ask Mrs Sutton of course!).
The Reception children are enjoying our new London bus station role play area and have been using their learning in Geography to plan all of the places they will visit on the bus - they even took Paddington to Buckingham Palace for a trip.
January has been a very busy month for us in the Infant class, and we've had to adapt to a new way of working with everyone at home!
In English, we have been exploring traditional tales, creating our own stories based on The Elves and the Toymaker. Our Reception children have been super creative in retelling the different stories and completing activities linked to these, such as creating Wanted posters for the Hansel and Gretel witch and planning a Fairytale Ball birthday party for Cinderella!
Year 1 and 2 have been brilliant builders, finding the best materials to build a wall by investigating their properties - we used new vocabulary such as 'absorbent' to explain our results.
In History, we have been focusing on toys, and have thought about how toys have changed over the years. We looked carefully at the materials used to make different toys to help us decide whether they were modern or from a long time ago.
This month the Infants have been exploring the stories of Dr Seuss! We had a visit from the Cat in the Hat and his Things, and wrote our own stories about what might happen if the Cat came back.
In Design Technology we have also been working hard on our glove puppets, based on another Dr Seuss character. He's green and very mean - Can you guess who it is? We have been investigating different textiles and fabrics and exploring ways to join them effectively, including gluing, stapling and stitching.
We have been looking at seasonal changes in Science and learning about the way that the weather and number of daylight hours change over the year.
In Forest School, we have been creating our own Christmas decorations using natural materials. We searched around the Forest School area to find the perfect sticks and twigs to use for reindeer antlers and used our new joining skills from Design Technology to fix them to wooden discs. We can't wait to take them home to show you!
Here we will add to a list of recommended websites and Apps designed to support your child's learning:
Alphablocks https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks Letters of the alphabet are put together to make words using phonics and tell stories.
Numerblocks https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks Counting is fun with Numberblocks
Phonics Play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Interactive phonics games
BBC Tiny Happy People https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people Lots of activities to help develop communication and language skills
Letters and Sounds http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
Phonics Bloom https://www.phonicsbloom.com/