It’s Pancake Week!

This week at school we have had a “flipping” great time during our pancake themed work. We began by discovering why we celebrate pancake day and the important reason behind the celebration, we also discussed different ways around the world pancake day is celebrated. During the week we role played the story called ‘The run away Pancake’, we helped sequence the characters as they chased after the pancake, as well as used our prepositional language to help create a story scene. In our phonics session we recognised the initial sounds of a range of pancake ingredients and used our spelling skills to create our own shopping list. We had so much fun when we cooked our own pancakes and taking part in our class pancake race, seeing if we could toss the pancake twice before the finish line. The highlight of the week was when we designed our own ‘favourite pancake toppings’ and used ingredients to make our creations. Finally we used some of the pancake ingredients such as flour to help experience creating different weights. We even helped sort items into two categories heavy and light, whilst some of our friends experienced using the measuring scales to produce different amounts.

Chinese Lion Dance Workshop

On Wednesday we had a fantastic time when taking part in a ‘Chinese Lion Dance Workshop’. We enjoyed watching a very colourful lion dance performance and each of us had chance to meet the dancing lion. We then joined in learning two types of Chinese dances including a ‘Fan Dance’ and a ‘Umbrella Dance’. We carefully listened and followed instructions to learn important actions throughout. During the workshop we especially enjoyed experiencing dressing up and working with a chosen friend to perform our own lion dance. Finally we took part in a whole group performance.

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
We have had a busy week at school, sharing our love as we learnt about why we celebrate ‘Valentine’s Day’. We began by using our creative ideas to design and make our own special cards for our families to tell them how much we love them! We then progressed onto making some very special gifts including heart decorations, a heart wish tree and planting our own ‘forget me not’ seeds, which will grow for our loved ones to show how our love keeps growing and growing. Later in the week we used and developed further our cooking skills by making some amazing ‘red velvet Valentine’s cakes’. In PE we incorporated our throwing and catching skills to help play a range of valentine’s games including keeping the heart balloon in the air and heart balloon dodge ball. We were all very interested when exploring how ‘Valentine’s Day’ is celebrated around the world and how it is different in certain countries. Finally we celebrated ‘Valentine’s Day’ with all our friends around school in our whole school Valentine’s disco.

We have had a wonderful half term in Butterflies and would like to thank parents for all their continuous support and wish all pupils and their families a very safe and fun half term.

Nightie Night Circus!

We have enjoyed listening and acting out the story of ‘Nightie Night Circus’. We met many different animals that we may see at the circus and learnt about some of the tricks they performed. We focused on the letter sound ‘e’ and recognised objects with the initial sound, as well as spelling the names of different animal characters. As a group we extended on sequencing our story and following symbol instructions to follow key actions containing prepositions. As a group we turned our classroom into a performing circus and took on the challenges of each animals tricks and talents including ‘spinning a plate’, ‘balancing beanbags on head’, balancing on board’, ‘juggling balls’ and the ‘diabolo’. During our week we brought our circus animals to life in the swimming pool when swimming and playing ‘doh nutters’ and used our bodies in PE to make body shapes and actions linked to each animal. We have made our own circus animal shaped pizza.
As part of our problem solving activities we have continued with our shape work and built our skills in continuing, repeating and creating our own 2D shape patterns.