This week in DT we completed our seaside themed moving pictures. Children designed their pictures to include some simple mechanisms such as a lever, slider and a wheel. We practiced our cutting skills and carefully attached the moving parts in place with split pins or as a slider on a lollipop stick. We think they turned out pretty great!
This week Reception children have been busy planting up our new herb garden. We chose a sheltered spot in the mud kitchen area so that we can add the herbs to our cooking! Earlier in the week Year 1 helped plant some pumpkins and we are all looking after our strawberries which are just beginning to ripen. Well done to all our budding gardeners!
Sheep and Whales had a fantastic trip to Cromer Museum and Cromer Beach. We learnt so much about fossils found in Cromer, handled various fossils and then went on our very own fossil hunt on the beach. The children were absolutely amazing and we had a wonderful day!
This week in Sheep class we’ve been experimenting with watercolours. After practising our blending technique we really enjoyed creating our own Turner style seascapes. We had to think carefully about which colours to use in order to ‘paint the light’. Well done Sheep class!
We have had a very summery start to the term! Sheep class has begun learning about how to write rhyming poetry about the summer using metaphors and lots of descriptive imagery. We have also been reading lots of poetry as well!In art, we have been appreciating the watercolour seascapes of Turner and we are looking forward to experimenting with washes of watercolour in our lesson next week.
Children have also begun learning about the geography of the seaside town of Cromer, ahead of our class trip there later this month – all the children are very excited to be going to the beach!
We have recently been investigating the properties of 2D shapes. Reception went on a shape hunt, finding shapes in our outdoor area to match the shapes they’d drawn in chalk on the ground. Year 1/2 started by making 2D shapes using pegboards and sticks, thinking carefully about the length of sides and number of vertices. Some children then progressed to drawing shapes accurately with rulers and thinking about whether they are regular or irregular polygons!
The children got busy gardening today, planting out some strawberry plants which had kindly been donated to the class. They enjoyed weeding the tyres, digging the compost and arranging the plants in our gardening area. Soon we will also be planting out the bean plants we have been growing in our science investigation!
Sheep class has been experimenting and learning the vital techniques needed for working with clay. Children were very skilled at using their hands and water to manipulate the clay, and were delighted to learn that even if you make a mistake when using the clay, it doesn’t matter as clay is very forgiving! We practised rolling, twisting, pinching, smoothing and joining, and finished the lesson making a small pinch-pot to take home and decorate when they’re dry. Next time, we will begin to sculpt our clay animal models.
Reception children (and Spiderman!) have been getting to grips with sharing in equal groups this week. Some children were even able to say that 20 is made up of 4 equal groups of five, so four lots of five is 20! We have also been practising our pattern and sequencing skills using geometric shapes. Great work, Sheep!