Welcome to Owl!
Reminders: PE on Tuesdays and Fridays
Mrs Tesoriere, Mrs Curtis and Miss Read would like to welcome you to Owl Class page.
All about ourselves
We have started to think about ourselves in all sorts of different ways. We have started thinking about philosophical questions such as: if we could live anywhere where would we live?; if we could live in any type of home what would we choose and why?; if we could have anything we wanted in our homes what would we buy and why? and if we could be anything we wanted when we grew up what would we be? We had some very thoughtful and imaginative answers. Some of us decided to make our own houses uses blocks, they were very creative and Mrs Tesoriere said she would love to live in all of them.
We have been learning about different ways to stay healthy. It is lovely to have treats now and again so we have been looking at ways to have healthy treats. We made ice lollies with apple juice and all sorts of summer berries, including strawberries. They were delicious and they had the added advantage of helping us to learn about freezing, liquids and solids.
We have been learning about how exercise is very important and the changes that happen to our bodies when we exercise.
Cleaning our teeth
We have been learning about the importance of cleaning our teeth. We used tooth paste to clean our white multi link and we were so impressed with how white they became, it has made us think seriously about cleaning our own teeth properly. We experimented with different sized brushes and we can see why toothbrushes are the size and shape they are, they are perfect for cleaning our teeth.
We had fun making rotten teeth with modelling clay and pine nuts. They looked horrible and we all agreed that there is no way we want teeth like that!
Washing the Baby
We have also been learning how important it is to wash. We rescued some very grubby looking dolls and gave them super baths. We looked at which materials were better to wash with and which containers could hold more water. Mrs Tesoriere was very impressed with how clean they were after we had finished.
In maths, we have been problem solving with measure. We have looked at who is the tallest?, who has the largest hands and who is the quickest at things like writing their name, jumping on the spot or threading beads. We also learnt that we are quicker at different things but Mrs Tesoriere definitely has the biggest hands.
Mrs Tesoriere is very impressed with some of our hairstyles that our parents do, so we thought we would have a try at plaiting for ourselves. Some of us tried it with different coloured pieces of wool and some of us tried it with pipe cleaners. The wool was certainly trickier.
Court Farm Follow on Work
We have been thinking about what we have learnt from our visit to Court Farm. We wrote about our visit and our favourite animals, we discussed the produce that we get from animals and how important farming is to us. We really enjoyed role playing working on a farm looking after the animals.
Out Door Construction
We have been exploring construction outside. Lots of children have decided to make their own technology construction. We have made rooms with consoles, we have made vehicles with remote controls and i pads with and have made up our own secret passwords.
Fire Safety Talk
We were visited today by a member of the fire service who talked to us about the brilliant job the fire fighters do for us and how we can stay safe ourselves. When we returned to our class we were inspired to act out our learning and became fire fighters ourselves.
We have just been on a fantastic class visit to Court Farm. We were all very well behaved and Farmer Ed said we were one of the best classes. We thought it was going to be a wet and miserable day but the weather was actually perfect. We boarded the coach at about 9.15 and arrived at Court Farm an hour later. Our first stop was a snack.
Mrs Tesoriere would like to thank all the parents and family for coming to support us with our first sports day with the rest of the school. We were very well behaved and were enjoying cheering on our class mates and people in our house teams. We completed running races, bat and ball racing and through the hoop race. It was a great atmosphere and being part of a wonderful team!
Mr Inns The Potter
Mr Inns has been teaching us skills to use with clay. We have being using slip, which acts as a glue to stick clay, we have been using knives to cut and a mixture of tools for mark making. We were able to choose what we wanted to make whether it was a wishing star or a dragon's eye.
Garden Centre Fun
We love using our garden centre. We have been busy designing seed packets, writing lists, selling, weeding digging and planting.
We have been learning about the story Stone Soup. We have learnt that it has been told all around the world in many different countries. There are differences and similarities between them all but the thing that they have in common is that it teaches us it is a good thing to share with people. We have described different vegetables using our senses, we have produced plates of favourite food by mixing textured paint, we have made silly soup and we have used our story telling skills.
Doubling and Halving
In maths, we have been learning all about doubles and halves. We played a bean bag games where we threw the beanbag on a number and then found the corresponding double or half. We also had the job of sorting the dominoes to find all the doubles. We even took our learning into the environment and found doubles.
We were very excited to welcome the visiting author to our school. David Lawrence Jones has written quite a few books for younger and slightly older children. He was very entertaining and made us all laugh with stories of his crazy pugs and his childhood in Yorkshire with his big brother.
Well Done Buddies
We would like to say a big well done to our buddies in Kestrel class for completing their SATs. We know how hard they have been working so we made them a card to say well done. They invited us to join them for a few minutes to help them celebrate at their party. They very kindly made us a game of pass the parcel.
Mr Bevis and Our Story Telling Session
We would like to say a big Owl Class thank you to Mr Bevis, who came to visit us for a story telling session. He told us the story of Anansi the Spider. We were all enthralled. We were invited to make suggestions of animals that Anansi would have met along the way. The animals consisted of a monkey who liked toast (just like Alfie) and we decided that there would have been an elephant who cooked eggs, a cow who cooked vegetables, a spider friend who cooked egg and beans, a dog who cooked a bone and a cat who barbecued a hot dog! We were a little concerned that if all the animals pulled the web it would go BOOM!
We have been sorting shapes. We have been sorting solid shapes and flat shapes whilst naming them and discussing their properties.
Liquids and Solids
We have been exploring different states of materials during our cooking sessions. We have been investigating how chocolate is a solid when it is cold and when we heat it, it becomes a liquid and then when it cools again it is a solid. The wonderful thing about using chocolate is that we get to eat it after. We compared the different chocolates and voted as to whether we favoured white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Which chocolate is your favourite?
Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth
Owl Class celebrated the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth this week. We made and decorated red, white and blue bunting, we made and wrote cards for her, we made our own crowns to wear to our mini party and we produced some fantastic portraits using oil pastels.
A big thank you to all the adults who came to help us with our, Inspire Morning. We had a great time and enjoyed spending time and working with our adults. The learning was centered around maths with the theme of traditional tales. We took a visit to Traditional Story Land where strange things had been happening and there were lots of maths problems to solve.
We love Maths
We are very interested in all areas of maths at the moment, this is just a sample of some of our learning.
We have used pencils to make sketches of teddy bears and we mixed water colours to paint Kipper. Mrs Tesoriere was so pleased with all our hard work she has put them on display in our classroom, so please feel free to come and have a look at them.
Our Class Assembly
Thank you to all the adults who came to watch our class assembly and for helping us learn our words. Everyone was very impressed with how well we spoke. For those of you who couldn't make it we have included the information on this class page.
We talked about toys old and new. We were surprised to learn that people years ago didn't have I pads or computer games! There were some toys that people played with years ago that we still play with today, although they looked very different and were made from different materials.
We looked at toys on the ground and toys in the air, we completed some maths and science work with cars. We measured how far different cars travelled and which was the best surface for them to move over.
One windy day we made our own super kites and experimented which conditions would be the best to fly them in. We found out that if we were in a sheltered area they wouldn't fly very well but they flew better if we ran with them.
We have found out that we like playing with lots of different toys and games, but that we all loved our cuddly toys. We read lots of different stories about cuddly toys some of our favourites are: Dogger, where a little boy loses his favourite toy but his sister Bella helps him get it back; This is the Bear and This is the Bear and the Scary Night, which are rhyming books and we found out we are rhyming champions; Where's my Teddy?, which inspired us to write our own stories about loosing a favourite toy.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
We also enjoyed reading the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We found a giant teddy when we went on our own bear hunt. We can all tell our story...
Learning With Food
We have had a week busy with food. In Maths we were learning about doubling and halving. It was made all the more exciting by the fact that we were sharing biscuits. We had to make sure that we had equal amounts otherwise we were worried that Mrs Tesoriere might have cried if she had less than anyone else! We also made a visit to the Maths Café, where our buddies served us and helped us to pay for our snacks. We could choose healthy fruit kebabs, sandwiches, popcorn, biscuits and a variety of drinks. We really enjoyed the experience.
Fun with Cold Weather
At last, we have finally had a cold spell that we could investigate. We went on a winter walk and compared our findings to our earlier autumn walk and we studied the ice that we found by holding it, looking through it. We also enjoyed writing our names in the frost, we have had such fun!
Teddy Bear Science
We completed some teddy bear science, in which we completed a series of investigations to help us to decide which materials would be the best for certain jobs. We investigated which materials would be the best to decorate a bag for our teddies to make them safe in the dark. We decided that the bright shiny materials would be the best because they reflected to light and made it easier for other people to see the bag in the dark. We tested different materials to see which would be the best material to make a coat for our teddies to wear in the rain. We found which were the most waterproof and decided they would be the best (although we did think that silver foil might be a little uncomfortable) We also tested which papers would be the best to use to wrap a parcel to send in the post for our teddies. Tissue paper was most definitely not recommended!
Money, Money, Money
In maths, we have been working with money, we have used our class toy shop, written price labels and solved money problems. We have used coins to make different amounts and thought it was very funny that we didn't have a 3 pence coin or a 4 pence coin. We have also been looking at teen numbers and we understand that they are ten and something more.
We would like to wish everyone a very happy new year!
We have started the new year thinking about how very lucky we have been over the Christmas holidays. Our theme this half term is toys. When it is our turn to be special person we are bringing in a toy that is special to us. We are explaining why it is special to us and we are answering questions from our friends.
We have also set up a toy shop in our class. This is proving to be very successful and we are busy serving each other, buying toys and pricing up all the stock.
We have been celebrating Christmas over the past couple of weeks. We have worked so hard at learning our lines for our nativity play, we thought about stage directions and actions. Our teachers were very impressed with us. We would like to say a big thank you to all the adults who helped us learn our lines and who helped with costumes.
This week we have been learning about measuring in maths. We have had a few problems to solve we needed to choose which bag Mrs Tesoriere should take on holiday with her. We chose the bag with the greatest capacity as we were concerned that the bag with the smaller capacity would not allow her room to pack her arm bands and we felt she may need those! We also had to solve the problem of who needed the longest crown in our groups and who needed the shortest.
Visitors from Longleat
We were very pleased to welcome some visitors from Longleat to our school. They came to give us a talk about some creatures. They were creatures that some of us were a little apprehensive at meeting but we were actually very interested in them and some of us even held or stroked them. We learnt about some pythons, corn snakes, a tarantula and a scorpion. The visitors said they were very impressed with the facts that we knew about these creatures and they gave some of us some special gold awards, which was very kind of them.
Fabulous Firework Fun
We have been learning about fireworks this week. We have painted collages, made firework movements, written poems with onomatopoeic words and we used the I pads to create some beautiful pictures.
We were very lucky to receive a visit from Clarissa today to introduce herself to us. Some of us knew her already from going to church and from attending christenings and weddings. She talked to us about her job and the church and showed us one of her favourite books, a children's version of the Bible. We then asked her questions about the church and her job. Our teachers said we had thought of some very sensible questions.
We are now into our last week of the first half term and it has flown by. We have been busy leaning all about owls and reading owl stories. We have learnt that owls are able to turn just their heads to see behind them but, when we tried we had to move our bodies and shoulders! We have learnt that owls are nocturnal and we researched other creatures that are nocturnal such as bats and badgers. We have been reading Owl Babies and have made our own story boards to share at home. We acted out the story on our stage.
One night they woke up and their Owl Mother was gone! "I want my mummy!" said Bill
A big branch for Sarah, a small branch The baby owls closed their eyes and
for Percy and an old bit of ivy for Bill. wished their owl mother would come.
And she came. Soft and silently she swooped
through the trees.
We have been making repeating patterns in maths using a variety of materials...
Mrs Hopkins came to see us and has started our cooking groups. We have started with making sandwiches, learning the art of spreading and choosing our own fillings. There have been some very interesting combinations.
We have taken our learning in class and used it in our free learning.
We are now in full time and altogether and are already learning so much. This week we have been learning all about being healthy.
We have eaten healthy lunches with our buddies ...
We have been learning about eating a healthy balanced diet. We talked about fruit and vegetables, about eating protein, diary products and carbohydrates. We used the role-play area to cook meals for each other.
We have been learning about how to clean our teeth properly and about the importance of when we should wash our hands and how well.
We have been exploring different ways to exercise. We were very lucky to be able to do exercise with Leon Reid, who is an international runner. He came to visit our school to open our new all purpose playground.
We have had great fun settling into all our new routines. We have joined in with 'Wake and Shake' or as some of us like to call it Wake-up and Shake-up.
Wake and Shake
We have explored our technology area and have made some super models.
And we have enjoyed role play with our underwater world.
We have used materials to make nests for our toy owls
and we have been practising our balancing.
It has been lovely getting to know all our little owls over the last couple of weeks and we are very much looking forward to teaching them this year.
Getting to Know Our Buddies
We have had fun getting to know our buddies and have enjoyed playing with them in our playground.
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