Our children looked amazing! They could all tell us who they had come dressed as and many brought books to show us their character illustrated in stories. During the day we shared stories with each other and also had some very special visitors. The Year 4 children came to our classroom and read with us, we felt very important! Thank you to all the parents who were able come and read with us at story-time, the response was fabulous.
This has been one of our favourite days! The children helped to make the pancake mixture and can now list the ingredients needed and the method used. The exciting part was watching the adult flip the pancakes and of course eating them! Apparently they were delicious!
This week was so exciting! Our very first coach trip in FS2. The children came dressed for the cold weather and although it was cold, the sun shone and it was very pleasant. We didn't have any complaints from the children at all, they were just so engrossed in the activities that they didn't seem to feel the cold.
In the morning we focussed on birds, this included different types of birds, different coloured feathers and the sounds that they make. We went in two different hides so were able to observe garden birds and wetland birds. The children inspected some bird's nests and then made their own nests. They were so enthusiastic, they really listened to the instructions from the trip leader and made them with twigs on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
After lunch we took part in a minibeast hunt, we had an information card and identified the creatures we found. In total we found 11 different minibeasts, We were very proud of ourselves!
The children's behaviour was amazing. They were well-mannered, polite and inquisitive. We can't to take them on another trip!
This week we have been finding information about a special celebration. We have used non-fiction books and the internet to find out about Chinese New Year. We have looked at the preparations that are made for the celebration and then the experiences the children have and the different activities they take part in. To round off our week we all tried different kinds of noodles and prawn crackers. It was interesting trying to eat them with chopsticks.
The children were such enthusiastic photographers last week that we decided to repeat the activity. It was a very frosty morning and one of the children suggested that frosty photos would be interesting too! Here are some of the photos they took of our outdoor environment.
In Foundation Stage we learn about the changing seasons and how these changes affect us. We have certainly had lots to talk about this week!
The children have investigated what happens to ice in different situations. They collected it from around our playground, held it in their hands, put it in trays or sometimes brought it inside. Some of the simplest activities can create the most interesting discussions! We have made footprints in the snow and piled the snow together, it wasn't the right consistency or amount to make snowmen but we did try.
On Friday the children were photographers and took their own photos so that we will remember the winter weather.
Our library visits were both in the afternoons, we were so excited and talked about nothing else all morning! We are so lucky to have a library in Wombwell. It is very well equipped and a welcoming place to visit. We walked to the library with a Year 6 buddy and the walk was exciting too. On our walk we looked at the local environment and discussed the buildings and landmarks that we passed.
When we arrived Mrs Blewitt was waiting for us. She told us about the different sections of the library and explained how the system works. We listened to some stories, sang songs and took part in a treasure hunt looking for book characters.
The Year 6 children were so kind and patient. It was so touching to see them reading to the FS children, asking them questions and listening to their opinions. We are hoping to arrange another visit for the Summer term with our new friends.
In Foundation Stage we love an excuse to dress up, so this was just our kind of thing! We discussed why hats are worn and came up with many different reasons. Some are worn for ceremonial, fashion or fancy dress purposes. Others are worn to protect us from sun, rain or very cold weather. We decided that hats are a very important article of clothing and we enjoyed celebrating this by wearing our favourite hat proudly to school. We also enjoyed the special dinner, it was a very memorable day.
The FS2 children really didn't know what to expect when we said we were watching a pantomime in school. Some of them were very nervous as they entered the hall as the lighting was dimmed. We sat on the stage so that we had a good view and weren't too close to the action. As the story unfolded the children were engrossed and were very vocal, joining in with the punchlines and repetition of lines. Afterwards we talked about favourite characters and the consensus was that Snow White, the Jester and the Prince were their favourites. The wicked Queen was definitely not on their good list!
We had a traditional party with dancing, pass the parcel and games like musical statues. It was such a special day, the adults thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the children! In the morning the children helped to prepare the party food, they made their own sandwich and bun. It was lovely to hear them commenting and praising themselves as they ate!
We are always very busy in FS2! We want our children to have fun whilst also becoming independent learners.