This term we continued with our topic 'All About Me' with a focus on science based learning. We discovered that how we look on the inside, is very different to how we look on the outside. We learnt how our skeleton keeps us upright and how if we didn't have a skeleton we would be like a pile of jelly on the floor. Obviously the children found this very amusing and we all had to pretend to be a pile of jelly! We also learnt how some of our bones protect very important parts of our body such as our heart and brain and how our muscles help us move. We then created our own skeleton pictures. We hope you like them.
We then discussed our 5 senses and what we use them for and what it might be like if we didn't have one of them. We did some investigations to see how well our other senses might work if we took away our sense of sight. This involved lots of blindfolded activities such as trying to guess the scent of familiar foods such as oranges, curry powder, mint and bubble bath. We tried to identify animals by just listening to the sound that they make. We tried to identify objects just by using our sense of touch and our final investigation involved guessing the flavour of the sweet. When you can't see the colour of the wrapper it isn't always obvious what flavour you are eating. We realised that we rely on our sense of sight for all these activities normally.
Of course at the start of this term, it was Bonfire Night. We asked the question why do we have Bonfire Night, we had a few suggestions but nobody really knew. So using the internet we found out all about Guy Fawkes and how he had tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Which then created another question - what is parliament? So obviously after a lengthy political discussion, we decided to have some light relief and create a whole class firework painting. Splatter painting creates a fantastic explosion of colour just as fireworks do it is so much fun, but very messy!
We always feel it is important for the children to understand why we have special days and celebrations as they happen throughout the year. Remembrance Day is one of these days and this year we marked it by making poppy pictures. We created a class picture as well to hang in the hall we think it looks fantastic!
Week 3 of this term was a well-being week for the whole school. Our focus for the week was 'The Carnival of the Animals' by Camille Saint-Saens. During this week we all took part in a variety of activities including: making animal masks; creating animal dances; creating our own 'Carnival of the Animals' music; putting on animal puppet shows for our friends; pretending to be conductors and conducting whilst listening to the 'Carnival of the Animals' and trying to identify the instruments we could hear. Plus writing animal poems with lots of help.
Obviously from the 1st December in school it is officially Christmas. We start by decorating the classroom with both bought and made decorations and throughout the month we add to the decorations as we make them. So by the end of term it looks like Santa's Grotto and seems to be overtaken by Christmas elves!
One of the highlights this December was the sponsored Santa run. We ran round and round the outside of the school so many times in the morning, which meant in the afternoon we were all really quiet. Mrs Kent said it was her favourite day so far!
We enjoyed dressing up in our nativity costumes and as you can see we all looked very smart. We retold the nativity in a series of stills. Although actually being still all at the same time was quite tricky at times.
Also this term we had the Christmas party, Christmas dinner, the pantomime and the Christmas service. What a busy term we had! I would like to thank you all for your continued support and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Parrot Class Nativity 2020