Why did the Elephants Live in Leamington Spa?
The children had a brilliant time in Leamington Spa learning all about its history and about a special man called Samuel Lockhart who was a famous elephant trainer.
We went to the Royal Pump rooms and tasted the salty water. We explored Jephson Gardens and discovered the elephant walk leading into the River Leam. We also found a statue of Queen Victoria who visited Leamington in 1838. She enjoyed her stay so much that she decided to give it a royal charter- to which it was then known as Royal Leamington Spa.
A fantastic day enjoyed by all.
In Maths the children have been developing their subtraction skills using the language ‘First’, ‘Then’ and ‘Next’ to see how many items there were to begin with and how many were left with at the end. They then translated this into writing matching number sentences. The children then used their problem solving skills to find missing numbers in a number sentence.
Exploring Outdoor Art
In art we have been learning about an artist called Andy Goldsworthy. He is famous for creating spectacular sculptures using only natural materials.
The children had a go at creating their own outdoor art using Goldworthy’s style as inspiration.
“I’ve made a lily pad” Aaliyah
“I’m making a smiley face with monster hair” Emily
“I’ve made my family” Joseph
“We made a dragon’s eye” William
A very wet day at the farm!
What a day it was at Umberslade farm! We saw lots of interesting, furry animals and even went on a tractor ride. It was such a shame about the weather, however the children handled this so well and I was so proud of them for powering through. We learnt lots about farming and why these animals are so important. A particular highlight was being able to hold and stroke the smaller animals. The rabbits were so soft and the children made sure they were very calm and careful with them. Overall a brilliant, albeit wet day!
We have been having fun finding halves using playdough! We found lots of different ways to do this and were able to explain how it is important that each part needs to be equal in order to be a half.
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Measuring using non-standard units
This week we have been measuring using various objects to help us. We did some estimations before we measured various items and then discussed how far off these were from their actual measurements.
On Tuesday the infant children took part in some pancake races. It was great fun!
When the moon came to Harbury…
We had a very special visitor come to Harbury this week! It was so exciting to see parts of the moon and all the meteorites. We loved comparing their textures and weights.
Counting in 2s
In Maths we have been practising counting in our 2s. We did this using paint. It was great fun!
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Exploring various houses for the three little pigs
In Science we have continued to explore various materials and their purposes. This lesson we focused on their durability by designing an alternative house for the three little pigs.
At the end of this week we learnt about repeating patterns. We found out that a repeating pattern can be related to colours, shapes and numbers. Using paint we continued various patterns and then created our own.
Paired kindness activity
What a wonderful morning we had with the Year 5s today! The year one children were paired up with a child in year 5 and drew around their hand as part of our ‘kindness week’ theme. These will all be put together and added to a whole class display in the hall for us all to see. Once the children had finished this activity they shared a book with their partner and spent some time getting to know each other. It was so lovely to see these children interacting so well with one another.
As part of kindness week, the children listened to the story ‘Imaginary Fred’ and explored the feelings of loneliness and what it means to be a friend. We then designed our own imaginary friend thinking about their appearance and qualities and described them using interesting vocabulary.
Here are some of the children’s ideas as they were making their friend;
“Mine makes rainbows.” Isabelle
“Mine picks up my toys for me.” William
“He loves sweeties.” Noah
“He likes being in the autumn leaves.” Jo-Jo
“Mine is funny and clumsy.” Ilayah
“He is helpful and funny and he has a hat and a moustache.” Liam
Developing an awareness of the past
As part of our, ‘How has London changed’ topic, the children have been listening to a book called, ‘The Great Fire of London’. It tells us all about London during 1666 and the great fire that took place.
The children made comparisons between London today and London during 1666 using this book as a stimulus and drew pictures and captions to show these comparisons. Here are some of the comparisons we made as a class:
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We had great fun on Friday using the autumn leaves we collected for various activities. We did leaf rubbings using pastels, made hedgehog spikes, and even created our own leaf people and animals using googly eyes!
Exploring the four seasons
In Science we have been exploring the four seasons. We looked at changes in the weather and the sorts of clothes we need to wear for each. We then used cotton wool and paint to decorate each seasonal tree and collected some adjectives to go with them.
This week we had some very special visitors. They taught us all about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. We also learnt about the dangers of playing with matches and were taught a little rhyme to help us remember. It goes like this; ‘matches and fires never touch, they can hurt you very much’.
We loved going on an autumn walk around the school on Tuesday. We collected lots of things related to Autumn and will use these next week to make an autumn collage.
In Art, we were working on cutting and shaping art straws to help us create a picture of a dinosaur skeleton. We looked at pictures of some dinosaurs from the Natural History Museum as inspiration. This was great fun!
Here is the completed Friendship Garden. Each child took it in turns to sit in front of the class and have the other children say lovely things about them. This was a wonderful activity and highlighted the super relationships we have in this class. Please feel free to come and read some of these.
After exploring various types of fossils, we had a go at designing our own by using various materials. We used shells, plastic insects, forks and dinosaur figurines to press into the clay to create a similar texture to the ones we had experimented with. Next week we will have a go at painting these and will practise mixing colours to look authentic.
Digging for fossils
We had great fun digging up treasure during our topic work this week. We found lots of special rocks called ‘fossils’. We learnt that these are found under the earth and are the remains of plants and animals from thousands of years ago.
We had a go at sketching them using pastels and worked on adding detail to show their rough textures.
We have done lots of work on counting this week. One lesson we had a go at threading some wool through some holes in a paper plate. We had to count down from the biggest number to the smallest number by counting backwards. This was great for our fine motor skills too!