What a fun packed term we have had! Our topic this term was 'People Who Help Us' and we have had lots of visitors into school including: the local fire service, Doctor Hulse, community police officers and Mrs Stacey the vet with Chewie and Betty the guinea pigs. A huge thank you to all our visitors, the children have had lots of fun and learnt loads!
The children loved meeting the local firefighters and have talked about their visit ever since. They learnt about all the different lockers on the fire engine, where the ladders are kept and got to spray water from the hoses. They also learnt about how to stay safe in their own homes by checking their smoke alarms every week and were told that they must never play with matches or lighters.
Doctor Hulse came to visit, she talked about all the ways that doctors help us. The children got to use some medical equipment including a stethoscope to listen to their very noisy tummies, and a special torch to look into throats and ears. They all enjoyed being a doctor for the day.
The children enjoyed meeting Kerry and Alex our local community officers. The children had lots of questions for them. They learnt about all the different parts of their uniform and got to try some of it on. They fully explored the police car and each child had a turn in the police car turning on the sirens and flashing lights. It was a very noisy and fun packed day.
Mrs Stacey with Chewie and Betty.
Mrs Stacey the vet came to visit and she bought her guinea pigs Chewie and Betty with her. Mrs Stacey told us about all the different ways that vets help animals; making them better and teaching owners how to look after their pets so they stay fit and healthy. We looked at X-rays and guessed what part of the animal they were. We listened to Chewie and Betty's heartbeat using a stethoscope, they beat very fast. We found out that small animals have a faster heartbeat than larger animals. We practised using a special torch that you can see right into animals eyes, we didn't want to scare Chewie and Betty so we looked into Mrs Stacey and Mrs Kent's eyes instead.
We enjoyed dressing up as book characters for World Book Day, some of the children bought in their favourite books for us to read. We enjoyed sharing stories and chatting about our favourite characters.
We visited the local church to explore all the different area of Prayer Space. It gave the children a chance to reflect and think of other people in many different ways. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event possible.
As always cooking is lots of fun with 4 and 5 year olds! Making Easter nests always provides a bit of a challenge getting the mixture into the cake cases to mould into nests before the chocolate sets!! We of course learnt about the importance of hygiene when cooking and the need for safety around both utensils and ingredients.
Visiting St Mary's Church
The children have had many visits to St Mary's church this term. They went to visit and explore the church as part of their RE work with Mrs Youd looking at the different areas of the church and what each area is used for. This inspired their Mothers Day presents that they made the beautiful stained glass windows. The children were so well behaved that they were invited back to have a go at bell ringing. As you can imagine they all had a fantastic time.
We finished the term with a Easter Service at St Mary's Church. The children sang 'Spring Fever' a song that reminds us of all the new life that we can see around us in the Spring time. Happy Easter to everyone from Parrot Class.