This week was our final week of Forest Schools. We had fun with the clay making creatures and homes and then searched for wiggly worms! We will miss our Forest School sessions but can’t wait to start exploring the secret garden ourselves! Check out our video below to see what we got up to this week…
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we have had a busy week making things to show our mummies how special they are to us.
We have all tried really hard with our Mother’s Day cards. We drew a picture of our mummies and we had to think very carefully about what they looked like. We chose the right colour for their hair and eyes and thought about what they wear. Then we described our mummies.
My mummy is…
“A beautiful princess”
“Clever coz she goes to college”
“Kind coz she gives me cuddles”
“Nice coz she helps me”
“My best friend”
We all had a good try at writing our names in our cards and some of us wrote messages too!
Then we wanted to make a present so we threaded bracelets. It was very tricky and we had to be careful to hold the elastic and thread one bead at a time.
Once our presents and cards were ready it was time for our special Mother’s Day performance. We invited our mummies, aunties and grandmas and learnt a special song to sing called Skidamarink. We sang to our grown-ups and gave them our special gifts.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us. We hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day. Click here to listen to Skidamarink at home!
We love to learn about different cultures and celebrations and this week we have been talking about Chinese New Year. Before the break we watched videos of how Chinese New Year was celebrated and the children decided that they would like to create their own dragon puppets, dragon stories and to do a dragon dance!
We worked together to paint our dragon. We have not painted something this large for a while and we learnt that we needed to use different techniques to when we paint on the easel.
When we had finished painting our dragon we added glitter and fabric. Then the children decided that they would like to make drums to play as we danced like we had seen in the video. Everyone had their own way to make their drums, then we tested them to listen to the sounds they made.
We were all so excited to do our dragon dance and finally it was time to take our giant dragon to the hall. We danced to the music and moved up and down in time to do our dragon dance.
We had so much fun the children decided that next week we would like to learn about music and dancing from different countries. Check back to see what we get up to!
Yesterday was our Mother’s Day Celebration. To celebrate we made cards for our mummies. We drew pictures of our mummies and thought about what they looked like, what colour their eyes and hair were and what they like to wear. We chose how we wanted to decorate our cards.
Then we made our mummies a special present. We used clay to make a sculpture that we thought our mummies would like. We added jewels and stars and beads to make them extra special.
Then we learnt a special song to sing to our mummies for Mother’s Day. It was called Skidamarink…
Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you
Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon,
Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you, I love you too boo boo bi doo!
We performed our song for our mummies and gave them presents
We hope you enjoyed our special performance, thank you to everybody who came. Here are some of the reasons why you are special…
This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We read non-fiction books and found out how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Then we thought about what we would like to do. We decided we would like to try some Chinese Food and definitely do a dragon dance! After reading the story of The Great Race we had races in PE. Yusuff was very interested in speaking Chinese so we learnt how to say Happy New Year in Chinese ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy’.
Here is our floor book with all our ideas ….
We tried using chop sticks and learnt about different Chinese foods.
We tasted beansprouts, noodles, dragon fruit, chow chow and Chinese biscuits and snacks
Then we made our dragon. After looking at year 6’s amazing dragon, instead of using fabric the children decided they wanted lots of boxes stuck together.
We stuck the boxes together and then painted and decorated our dragon
Then we went up to the studio, listened to Chinese music and did our dragon dancing!
We had so much fun and we learnt to…
- taste different foods
- talk about how things taste and our likes and dislikes
- work together to make the dragon move
- use non-fiction books to find information
- move to the music, moving our arms up and down and walking forward (very tricky!)
- we learnt about other cultures and ways of life (we loved trying to eat with chop sticks!)
- we learnt about colours and textures as we decorated our dragon
After building lots of bridges to save the gingerbread man we decided to read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Everybody loved the story! All week the children retold the story and acted it out with the goats, on the bridge outside and at group times…
Lots of the children were inspired to produce some AMAZING home learning all about The Billy Goats Gruff …
Olivia’s beautiful Billy Goats Gruff scene inspired lots of clay work to create trolls and goats
We built lots of bridges with all different types of blocks and in the workshop too, we had to work as a team and test our bridge to see if it was string enough…
In Maths we learnt about the size of the Billy Goats then followed instructions to put them in different positions…
We were learning to..
- Retell the story
- Give the characters voices
- Remember what happened at the beginning, middle and end
- Solve problems to build bridges of our own
- Work together and share ideas
- We learnt about size with the big, middle and little goats and position as we moved the goats around
- Mould the clay into the shape we wanted and add features
We have been getting ready for our new friends arriving in nursery and the older children going to their new classes. To get ready we learnt all about what makes us us. We thought about the ways we were similar and the ways we were different and what makes us special. We looked very closely at ourselves and our friends and painted our portraits on mirrors. What do you think of our paintings?
We had to think about our skin colour, using paint chips to choose the shade we needed. We thought about our hair colour and eye colour and chose the colours we needed. Then we looked at our friends’ work and critiqued it to think about how we could make it even better. We reminded our friends about adding ears and necks or changing the colours they had chosen. Painting on mirrors is also a lovely sensory experience for younger children who like the feel of the paint on the smooth surface. You can try this at home on any smooth or plastic surface like an old container that you do not want anymore.
We had a fun afternoon in our art studio today making…Splat Art!
First we squeezed blobs of different coloured paint onto our card. We talked about the colours we could see before hiding them under circles of cotton wool.
Next came the fun bit. We hit the circle with a plastic hammer and watched the paint go splat!
We experimented with tools and hitting to try and make the biggest splat!
Then we took away the circles and looked at our pictures.
Finally we mixed the paint together with our fingers to see what colours we could make.
We had lots of fun making our splatter art. Why not continue having fun with paint at home?
Try painting with tools from around the home – spoons, mashers and spatulas make great painting tools. Playing with finger paints is a really good way to explore what happens when you mix colours.
With the weather getting colder we have been painting some snowy activities. This week we made snow paint.
On the easel we had shaving foam, powder paint in sugar shakers, ready mix paint in squeezy bottles and glitter in bottles.
The children mixed the ingredients to make their paint.
We followed the pictures and the instructions to make the paint. We learnt about how to make paint of different textures talking about thick and thin. We thought about wet and dry ingredients. We talked about the different shades of paint.
We had lots of fun making our paint. You could have a go at making your own paint:
In a sandwich bag mix 1/2 a cup of flour, 1/2 a cup of salt and 1/2 a cup of water. Add a few drops of food colouring and squeeze together to mix. Cut the corner off the bag and you’re ready to go!