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Hello and welcome to Red Class .
We have spent a few weeks getting to know each other and learning all the new routines. The All About Me booklets, shared 1:1 with the children, are a great way of opening up conversations. They also inform us about a few special things that are unique to your child. They really do help us to start to build those all-important relationships.
The children have each painted a self-portrait by looking closely at themselves in mirrors. They chose colours that they felt represented their skin, hair, eyes and lips. Just like the children themselves, each painting is unique.
We have made birthday present pictures. They are up on a display which shows how many of us are 4 and how many of us are 5. The display will change throughout the year as more and more of us have our birthdays.
We have an Autumn interest table in our classroom. We have found leaves of all different colours that have fallen from the trees, conkers, fir cones and sweet chestnuts to add to our table. Mrs Fitch brought in a pumpkin.
We are having a competition! Can you find the heaviest conker?
We learnt about Festivals and Celebrations, starting with Bonfire Night. We also learnt about the Hindu celebration of Diwali, including the story of Rama & Sita. We learnt how light triumphed over darkness and good triumphed over evil.
Next we learnt about Remembrance Day. We made our own felt poppies and observed a minutes silence. We also made a beautiful display.
As Christmas approached we created our own snowmen. I think you'll agree they all have so much character!
The children made some soup for Santa's reindeer. They developed their physical skills by cutting up carrots and brussel sprouts. They mixed these into a big bowl of water. We thought the reindeer might like our soup; it would make a nice change from plain carrots.
Every Christmas tree is special but we particularly like ours made of stars. Every child coloured in several different sized stars using brightly coloured oil pastels. We then arranged them into a beautiful Christmas Tree.
Our new topic for the spring term is The Word Around Us. We started by learning about homes from around the world. We discovered that children from around the world all live in different types of homes. We shared the book 'A Place to Call Home', which also, very sensitively, touched on the subject of refugees who have had to flee their homes to find safety.
We made homes from recycled materials and used them to make a display called Highbury Avenue.
Next we learnt about some of the different clothes that are worn in other countries from the book 'The Clothes We Wear'. Each child chose a picture in the book to copy. Together the pictures have made a beautiful and very colourful display in the hall.
We then learnt about Chinese New Year. We watched some video clips of people preparing for their celebrations. We learnt a new song, Gung Hey Fat Choi, and the children made up their own actions to accompany it. They made red packets and learnt about coins. Making dragon stick puppets was a popular choosing activity and everyone enjoyed doing a dragon dance to some Chinese music.
The children enjoyed the story of The Great Race. We made a fantastic display to show the order in which the animals finished the race across the river.
Our new topic for the second half of the spring term is Traditional Tales.
We shared the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and discussed keeping safe, including the reminder about not talking to strangers. We also talked about feelings in general and made a display about things that make us happy.
Our next story was The Gingerbread Man. We made storyboards to show the sequence of events in the story. We also experimented to find out why the Gingerbread Man didn't want to swim across the river. We put some real gingerbread men into some water to see what happened. We discovered that he went soggy quite quickly and then broke apart.
Mother's Day happened in Spring 2. We wrote sentences about our Mums and made cards to help them celebrate their special day.
We also celebrated Easter by making chicks out of mod-roc. We observed the changes that happened to the mod-roc as we used it. We made beautiful Easter cards for our families.
Our new topic is 'Let's Pretend'. We began by learning about castles and knights. We pretended that a fire-breathing dragon had come to scare us at school. We wrote letters to Sir Bash (a bold and brave knight from one of the stories we shared), asking him to save us from the dragon.
We turned our role play area into a beautiful castle and we are really enjoying exploring it with our friends.
We designed our own shields on paper, thinking about things that are important to us (such as pets, flowers or colours) and then we made clay shields to match our designs. They look amazing.
Next we learnt about some jobs that people do. Some kind parents recorded videos of themselves talking about their jobs and describing the special clothes that they had to wear or the equipment they needed to use.