We have been studying the art work of an American artist called Jim Dine. He is a modern artist who has covered different themes but the main ones consist of hearts, birds and tools. He has also created sketches and a huge sculpture of Pinocchio. We decided to concentrate on the theme of hearts and even took the theme into our own work.
We all created our own wax resist heart and then put them together to make a class picture.
We used charcoal and chalk to sketch these hearts.
We used Brusho and experimented with letting the colours bleed together.
We created these hearts in clay, we then painted them.
In house groups, we created large scale pieces of work.
We experimented with molding pipe cleaners and weaving materials.
Jim Dine experimented with different textures, and so did we.
We used pastels to experiment with different mark making techniques.
Class Visit to Court Farm
We had such a lovely visit to Court Farm. The weather was beautiful, the animals were interesting and Farmer Ed was very funny.
We were greeted by Farmer Ed and then we ate our snacks in the barn.
We had a tour around the farm and got to see al the animals. We fed the pigs our left over snacks, we watched the pig have a bath and we laughed at the naughty goats. There was even a pig called Boris Rump!
We got to feed the sheep. They were very strong and very hungry. When they had finished a couple of us were picked to help Farmer Ed put them back in their enclosure.
After lunch, we played in the park. It was great fun!
Our last treat was to go on a tractor ride. It was very bumpy and we laughed and shouted at Farmer Ed to slow down.
On our return journey, we were so tired from all our adventures lots of us fell asleep.
British Values - Voting
This Thursday, we joined in with the voting theme. We took a vote on which poetry book we wanted Mrs Tesoriere to read to us. We had a choice of the blue book which was poems to join in with or the orange book which was poems that were a little more grown up. We lined up and Mrs Tesoriere checked we were in Owl Class and therefore could vote, she then handed us a voting card and we had to cross the box next to the colour we wanted. After a little initial confusion, as to whether we should tick the box we wanted and cross the box we didn't, we finally got the hang of it. We were then able to post our secret vote. Mrs Tesoriere counted the number of votes and the special person checked she wasn't cheating. It was a draw! Mrs Tesoriere read a poem from each book, if only life was that simple!
Light and Shadows
On Thursday the sun was shining and we were very interested in the shadows we could see. We decided that because the sun was shining so brightly we could see the shadows better. This made us think about what gives us light. We thought about the sun and other stars the lights in our classroom and devices such as laptops and tablets we also thought about candles and fire. We also thought about things that reflect light such as the moon and cats eyes.
After our little discussion, we went outside to spot some more shadows, We found lots of interesting shadows. We tried to seperate from our shadow like Peter Pan, we stood on one leg but it was still joined to us, we tried to balance on our hands but it was still with us, we tried running away but it was still with then we tried jumping and for a second we did it.
Then one of us had another idea, we could hide from our shadows we found lots of interesting places and they were all in the shade! We noticed it was much cooler in the shade and lovely and warm in the sun. We realised that shadows are formed when something solid is blocking the light. We thought it was very funny that our shadows didn't have eyes, noses, mouths or the patterns on our clothes. We wanted to make the most interesting shadow shapes, we thought they were great and then to round it all off one of us made up the 'Shadow Boo' game.
Cool in the shade, warm in the sun!
Getting away from our shadows!
Exercising our shadows
Making shadow shapes
We have been learning some traditional stories and we love them! See if you can spot some of the ones we have been reading and telling.
We have been busy making fairy tale castles
We made up alternative endings - some of us thought it would be funny if the pigs ate the wolf instead, so we made wolf stew! One of us made the whole class laugh when he suggested that the wolf wasn't really trying to blow down the pigs houses he just had a cough.
Making a house for the pigs
Acting out the story of the 3 little pigs
Our finger puppets
We were inspired to look at work by the artist Andy Goldsworthy after a couple of us had started making sculptures with grass and flowers. We invited our buddies to join us after all their hard work with their SATs. We thought his work was fascinating and it made us ask lots of questions. We were wondering why he had chosen to build certain shapes and why he had used certain colours. We discovered that he used natural materials such as leaves, pebbles, stones, snow, icicles and sticks and twigs. We worked with our buddies and could either work on our own or in a larger group.
We worked so well together, we listened to each other, we shared ideas, we took turns and shared ideas. It was such a lovely experience and such great fun.
We have taken advantage of the good weather and went on a senses walk in our local environment. We took a walk through the fields of Coleford and into Bluebell Woods. We realised just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.
We saw some beautiful views including Cranmore Tower. We saw some 'fluff' and thought it might have been from a polar bear, we talked about whether it was possible for polar bears to live in the wild in Coleford and decided that perhaps it had come from a sheep! We saw lots of cracks in the ground and worked out that it might be because we haven't had much rain lately. WE saw lots of sights that we thought might fit in with stories we have been learning about such as the troll, Stickman's tree and Mrs Wiggle and Mrs Waggle.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt ...
We went on a bear hunt around our school and had such great fun. We went down the slippery slope, we marched over the wooden sandpit, we crawled under the arched bridge, we went through the over grown wild life area and into the prickly bush. It was there that we found one brown nose, two furry ears and one very fat squishy tummy, it was a bear! We ran as fast as we could back the way we came and into our class but we felt so sorry for our bear that we told him if he could be very good he could come into our classroom and stay with us ... so far he has behaved himself very well!
We went out of our warm classroom, down the slippery slope, under the low bridge, through the creaky gate, across the wildlife area and into the prickly bush. Then we had to run all the way back to our class. We decided we're never going on a bear hunt again ... well maybe we will!
We made the most of the lovely sunny weather and took a visit to Coleford Park with our buddies. It was great to see how well we got on, how well we spoke to each other and how well we could take turns and share.
We have been having great fun learning all about the story of Easter and completing activities associated with Easter. We have then used our learning to complete our own activities such as making our own Easter egg hunt, our own Easter parade around our classroom and outside area writing our own prayers and after watching an artist tell the Easter story through sand art (you can watch it on CBeebies) we made our own sand art pictures.
We looked at different designs of Easter cards and what you can usually expect to see on them. We realised that they are usually colourful and sometimes have a symbol of new life.
Once again, we would like to say thank you to the adults who came to help us make our Easter bonnets. It was great fun!
The result of our creativity was fantastic!
Superhero Inspire Morning
We would like to say a big thank you to all the adults who came to spend the morning with us during our 'Inspire Morning'. It was based around the theme of Superheroes and showed how we cover the early learning goals and how our teachers can observe characteristics of learning. We had all made up imaginary superheroes for ourselves and enjoyed completing superhero missions throughout the day.
We worked with our adults to design and make superhero capes and masks. We were not quite sure who enjoyed doing this more us or the adults we were working with.
After we had made our costumes we were asked to strike a pose.
Another mission was to write a secret message to our adult and for them to write a secret message back. We wrote on white paper with white crayons and then using a paint wash to reveal the message. We also used tablets to write onomatopoeic words that could be associated with Superheroes.
We designed a setting and a vehicle for our superhero and made a slider to move it across the page. We had a variety of vehicles from rockets, to high speed cars, to ice-cream cars, to tractors! We are such an imaginative bunch.
We designed and made models of Superhero monster villains. Mrs Tesoriere was so impressed with how close the models were to the original designs.
When we got back to our classroom we recorded our achievements and reflected on us having had such a lovely morning!
We looked at pictures and discussed why different objects could be the odd one out. We learnt that there is not always a right or a wrong answer and that it is okay to have a different opinion to your friend. We have been learning about toys in lots of different ways. As part of this we have been looking at toys in the air and how we use them.
We designed and made kites. We investigated how we could fly them, we found that it is better when there is a wind and it helps it we run with them.
We made parachutes and investigated how they work. We discovered that if we stood on something and made ourselves higher and we threw the parachute up in the air. It worked a lot better. Lydia discovered that if your parachute has a hole in it it doesn't work very well and Leo discovered that if you put leaves in the parachute it doesn't work as well.
Looking for Signs of Spring
We have had a few warm days lately (and lots of rain). So we have been looking for other signs of spring. We have been finding mini beasts, looking at them carefully with magnifying glasses and building homes for them.
We have been learning about number. We have been counting to 100 and we have been talking about their value. We can tell you a number that is one less than and one more than. We have also been exploring numbers that are odd or even. We decided that even numbers always have a partner but odd numbers have an odd one out.
We have been talking about instructions and the importance of making them clear and checking that people understand. We have made our own board games and characters and we have used resources and found different games to play with them. We have discovered that we are very good at taking turns and sharing.
We also took it in turns to hide a teddy bear and then give our partner instructions to find the bear. It took us a little while to get used to not pointing and just using words but by the end of this week we were experts!
We have been exploring different methods of printing. We used tiles and a variety of different mark making tools. We created a design and used rollers to apply a variety of colours we then pressed the tiles onto the paper and carefully lifted the paper off. We were so proud of our efforts and our achievements.
World Book Day
We had great fun bringing in all our favourite books. We discovered that one of Mrs Tesoriere's favourite books is 'Why?' by Tracey Corderoy and Mrs Curtis loves 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes. We watched a clip of her reading her own book and her explaining what had inspired her. We completed art work, and presented it to the rest of the school, based on the story the cloud watcher. We also had fun sharing our favourite books and illustrating the covers to display in our classroom.
Us holding our favourite books. Can you spot us on the display?
Happy Chinese New Year!
We have been learning about another special festival this week, Chinese New year. We have learnt to say happy new year in Cantonese "Gong hei fat choi" and in Mandarin you can also use a shorted version, which is xin nian (new year) hao (good), which is pronounced shin nee-an how.
We have learnt about a couple of stories associated with this festival. The first one is the story of the Jade Emperor and the zodiac animals. We found out that 2017 is the year of the rooster and that our class are made up of people that were either born in the year of the rabbit or the tiger. The second story was the tale of Nian, the monster who is afraid of noise and the colour red. We discovered that this is why people consider red as a lucky colour and why Chinese New year is often celebrated with noisy fireworks, crackers and noise makers.
We made banners in groups to wish people happy new year. If you look carefully you can see the animals of the zodiac.
We all had to follow instructions to make Chinese lanterns. We made them very well and have hung them up to decorate our classroom.
We coloured different designs of dragon masks and then made up dances with them.
We made and wrote cards and messages to people we care about. some of us even made our own money to put in the special envelopes.
We experimented with different containers and different fillings and used them to make noise makers. We found out that if you didn't put enough objects in the containers then it didn't make a loud enough noise and if you put too much in it didn't make a loud enough noise. The skill was to use just the right amount. We then decorated them to make them eye catching.
We used our learning and applied it to many different activities, these are just a few of them.
We folded red paper to make fans ...
... and then decorated them.
We illustrated stories on the laptops ...
... and printed them.
We watched a shadow puppet show and made our own.
As part of our topic, 'Special Places' we have been talking about places that are special to us and our families and places that are special to us in our classroom.
We have been exploring special places in our classroom that make us feel good and safe.
on a comfy cushion
in our ole play area
a cuddle with Mrs T
We have been exploring light this week. We have looked at it as a symbol in religion. We have been looking through light filters and making observations about the changes we noticed.
Everything is red
but if I add blue it becomes purple
The whole room is green
When I look through this I can't see the carpet
It is funny!
We read the story of This is the Bear and the Scary Night. We talked about what we would do if we were lost or if someone told us they had lost their teddy. We wanted to help teddy to be safe at night in the dark so we designed bags that could been seen in the dark and then tested which materials showed up the best in the dark with torch light.
We explored shadows. We made shapes with our hands, we could make rabbits, dogs and butterflies. We then decided to make our own puppets.
making a rabbit puppet
moving the puppet nearer to the light source
Adding colour to our puppets
Mrs Hopkins has started making healthy pizzas. We have been able to choose our own toppings.
We have been working with money in our class Toy shop- We have also written shopping lists and order forms. Some of us wanted lots of toys and others just wanted a special toy.
Evaluating Our Models
We have been developing our model making skills and making sure we can add more details.
A walking swimming pool with shower and tap
Taking a call on a mobile
Building Charlie's Chocolate Factory
Tractor with wheels and rollers
Trapped In Ice!
We had little creatures that were trapped in ice. We suggested different ways that we could rescue them. Some of us thought that we could put them in the sun and the warmth would melt the ice and free them. Some of us found materials that we thought could crush the ice and some of us thought we could get tools to chip away at the ice. We became a little frustrated with the melting idea as it was just taking too long!
We have been developing our counting skills. We have worked on 1 to 1 correspondence and counting on from a number. We can all count amounts within 20.
We have been learning about technology in our class and how to use it. We are able to use programmes such as Bug Club and Teach Your Monster to Read, we can use ipads and cameras to take photographs and we can drawing using 2 paint.
We have started taking responsibility for our own resources and if there isn't something that we need ... we just make it! We have made masks for our play and mobile phones when we wanted to talk to each other.
Mrs Tesoriere set us a challenge to plan and make a model using any construction materials we wanted to. She then asked us talk about our models to our groups, when we were finished people had to say what they liked about our models and we could share any ideas of how we could make them better next time. She was very impressed with how well we did this.
We have been writing letters and making envelopes. When we had finished them we posted them in our class post box and are waiting for the postal workers to deliver them.
We have been investigating different materials. We have been wrapping objects and recording our observations on the best paper for wrapping. We came to the conclusion that tissue paper isn't the best as it can rip easily but we all seemed to be drawn to the shiny paper for some reason.
We have been experimenting with musical instruments and body percussion. We all made music together and then we took it in turns to see how we could change sounds and then we made up different movements to the music we were making.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
At last, we have finally had some snow and we couldn't wait to have fun in it. We made marks in it, we made snow angels, we experimented with melting it and basically we just enjoyed it!
We were very pleased when Speedy returned to our class after his Christmas holiday. Have you seen these wonderful clay models we made of him?
We would like to say a very Happy New Year to everyone and we hope that 2017 is a year that is full of fun and joy for all!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New year full of happiness. Thank you for all your kind words and support this year and I look forward to working with you and your children in 2017
We have all worked so hard and have made so much progress that Mrs Tesoriere, Mrs Curtis and Miss Read all thought we deserved a little Christmas party. We had such great fun wearing our nativity costumes and playing games. We had a dancing competition ...
We played the musical hoop game ...
We played musical statues.
Our nativity Angel Express was a huge success, all the children remembered their lines and delivered them loudly and clearly. The singing and dancing was perfect and everyone appreciated the message that if you persevere with challenges you will succeed.
Mrs Tesoriere would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents for providing such fantastic costumes, the children looked amazing.
Our fantastic class all dressed up for our nativity, Angel Express.
We have been practising hard for our nativity play. We have been learning our lines, words for the songs and all the actions. We are now ready to perform to our grown up audience. Mrs Tesoriere would like to say a big thank you to all the adults who have helped us to learn our lines, and supplying us with all our costumes.
angel choir rehearsal
kings following the star
Mary and Joseph on their donkey.
We have been learning all about flat (2D) shapes and their properties. We looked closely at triangles and how we can use them to make stars. We then turned the stars into Christmas tree decorations.
As part of our work with shape we made pictures using shapes, look how clever they are
More Speedy News
We are still enjoying our pet Speedy, he has brought us hours of fun. We have been learning how to handle him and how to look after him. We need to make sure his heat lamp and light is on, we need to change his water and we need to make sure he has his food. He likes to eat leaves, dandelions are his favourite but there is a shortage of them in our school grounds this time of year. He loves cucumber and lettuce but it is only a treat as it is watery and not very rich in fibre. Someone told us that it is a bit like fast food for tortoises!
Picking Speedy up
Holding Speedy carefully.
Watching how Speedy moves
Admiring his beautiful shell.
Some people have moaned about the cold weather but we have enjoyed every minute of it.
Can we play Pooh Sticks in ice?
Objects frozen in the ice
Observing the ice up close
Looking at things through ice
What happens when we hold the ice?
Melting the ice in our hands
Making holes in the ice with our warm fingers
What happens to the ice in the sun?
Look the ice has gone - it has melted!
Looking at patterns in the ice
mark making with ice
Writing our names with ice
We have been learning about the story of Stick Man. We have completed lots of activities including map making, flag designing, character illustrating, role play, story writing rhyming, sand castle making and Pooh stick playing.
Looking for the perfect sticks for stick families
Stick Lady love
Making Stick People
rolling stick people
Shaping stick people
Mark making for stick people
Making Christmas Biscuits
We have made Christmas biscuits. We had to measure the ingredients, stir the ingredients, rub them and make a dough, roll the dough and choose a cutter. After they had been baked we then decorated them.
We wanted to turn our role play area into a little classroom, so we gave Mrs Tesoriere a list of things we wanted and she got them with the help of Mrs Curtis and Miss Read.
rewarding pupils with ticks
researching facts on the computer
drawing on a white board
have a chat with fellow pupils
practising our writing
listening to the teacher
writing certificates for our friends
We have been learning about capacity, we understand that it is a measure of how much something holds. We have investigated which bag would be the best for Mrs Tesoriere to pack her things in. She wanted to find a bag that held the most. She also made us laugh when she pored a drink from one glass into another and it overflowed and went everywhere. We then experimented in the sand and water tray.
We measured ourselves to see who was taller and who was shorter.
We were given a problem to solve, who had the smallest head in our group? We had some materials we could use.
We measured our heads with strips of paper.
It was quite tricky
we placed the strips on the table and compared
we made sure they all started in the same place
we then made the strips into crowns.
we decorated them with shiny shapes
and some of us made repeating patterns
A Visit From Thistle
As a school, we have decided one of the charities we would like to support this year is, 'Guide dogs for the blind.' We were very privileged to have a visit from Jess and Thistle who explained to us just how important guide dogs are for people who are blind or partially sighted.
Jess explained what daily life is like for her.
We were all fascinated to learn about guide dogs.
Thistle was so good and enjoyed his treats.
Our New Arrival
Mrs Tesoriere revealed to us that we had a new member of the class starting the following week. She said she would give us clues everyday until the day of the arrival. The first clue we were given was that it had 4 legs! We thought about this and came up with some suggestions such as a pony, a little giraffe, a dragon and a unicorn. We discussed whether it was possible to fit a pony or a giraffe in our class. We also discussed whether unicorns or dragons are real.
It has a tail ... again, we considered this clue and we thought it could be a cat, a dog, a rabbit or crocodile
It lays eggs... we pondered on this new fact and thought it could be a bird, a chicken, a spider or a slug. We were sure that spiders lay eggs because we had seen some but we were not all convinced that slugs lay eggs which gave us the opportunity to research this fact, and yes slugs do lay eggs-many of them.
It has a shell ... we contemplated this and thought a snail and a chick. This sparked a discussion about the chick not having a shell it comes out of a shell. One of us reminded everyone that we had to remember it has 4 legs and a tail.
We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Brodrick, who kindly donated a vivarium, for our tortoise to live in.
We took it in turns to touch our tortoise. You have to be gentle as he has nerve endings in his shell so he can feel you touching him. We gave him a little run on our mat. We were amazed and so excited about him. We couldn't believe how little he was and how fast he moved.
We took a vote to name our tortoise. We had 5 suggestions and we each had 2 counters that we could put into the pot with the names we wanted. We had: Esio Trot (tortoise spelt backwards); Gallop (we thought he was fast like a horse); Tommy (it is an alliteration); Shelly (because he has a shell) and Speedy (he was speedy walking across our mat). Speedy received the most votes.
We were so excited about our new pet we wanted to invite the rest of the school to come and meet him. So we wrote invitations and the teachers couldn't believe how good they were. We told the classes all the information we have already learnt. Even the teachers were very taken by Speedy.
We love Reptiles
We were very lucky this week to have a visit from Reptile Zone. We were able to learn about and handle a selection of creatures. We stroked a water dragon called Bob, a chameleon, a python, a tarantula, and an alligator called Tinkerbell. They were all fascinating.
We have started our cooking sessions. We have started by making sandwiches and learning some skills such as spreading, spooning, pouring, cutting and more importantly having fun!